Located more than 7000 feet above sea level among the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most-visited tourist sites. Located in Peru, Machu Picchu encompasses more than 100 separate flights of stairs, hundreds of buildings ranging from houses to sanctuaries, with fables saying that the location was an astronomical observatory.
What is the Salkantay Trek?
There are several routes when it comes to reaching Machu Picchu with the Inca route being the most popular. Even though the Inca Trail tends to be the preferred route for most tourist organizations and initiatives to connect visitors to Machu Picchu, there are alternative routes. These courses are just as exciting, interesting, and thrilling. You may even be able to skip the massive crowds that can impede your experience. One of these routes is the Salkantay Trek.
The Salkantay Trek is an alternative route to Machu Picchu. Salkantay Trek is named among one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic. It is connected by the city of Mollepata. Salkantay Trek is an ancient remote footpath that located in the same region as the popular Inca Trail. Since it shares the same geographical location, those who venture to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay Trek will be able to observe the beautiful, snow-capped mountains adjacent to the lush rainforests below. Salkantay Trek follows the mountain of the same name, with the glacier summit worshiped by locals for generations.
The Salkantay route helps to alleviate some of the crowd that comes to Machu Picchu during the busy season. Excess crowds have the Peruvian government scurrying to limit daily access, imposing strict Inca trail regulations. These regulations are necessary for the preservation of Machu Picchu: they only means that you need to be more cognizant about obtaining a permit, booking your track, and being more proactive during your visit to Machu Picchu. Contact us to learn more about the Salkantay Trek and how to experience the best of Machu Picchu and the surrounding areas.
To plan your Peru adventure, get in touch with Alpaca Expeditions. Alpaca Expeditions is a Peruvian travel operator with a main office in located in Cusco, Peru, and we are the top-rated tour operators of the Inca Trail.