The more strenuous and less crowded Salkantay trekking is becoming a more attractive option for trekkers headed to Machu Picchu.
For years, Peru’s most well researched travelers have known of the “other trail” to Machu Picchu: the Salkantay.
Today however, as the more popular Inca Trail has become overcrowded, it appears that the Salkantay is making a name for itself.
According to the BBC, “the lesser-known Salkantay Trek is quickly gaining a reputation as both a less-crowded and more strenuous alternative.”
The BBC declares that “mind-blowing visuals” and “variety of ecosystems” seen on the alternative trail are worth the extra pain and sweat.
Those who brave the trek reach 4,650m, the highest point of the hike, the Salkantay pass. According to the BBC, “‘Salkantay’ is a Quechua word, meaning ‘Savage Mountain.’”
On the Salkantay, trekkers “follow in the footsteps of the highly trained Inca messengers” through “cloud forests and alpine peaks to glacial lakes and tropical jungles” to arrive at the of the journey, “the ancient site of Machu Picchu.”
Do you have what it takes to do the Salkantay trail, Living in Peru readers?
The Salkantay trail is four-to five-day trek. And, for now it doesn’t require permits.
Read the BBC article here.