The Salkantay Trek is a trek in Peru and an alternative to the traditional Inca Trail for reaching Machu Picchu. The trek crosses the Salkantay Pass at 4630 meter altitude, descends into the cloud forest and passes the Inca ruins Llactapata, with a view of Machu Picchu.
The trail starts in Mollepata, a couple of hours away from Cuzco and ends in Hidroelectrica giving access to Aguas Calientes for Machu Picchu.
This trek was named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. The part around Mount Salkantay has some outstanding views and the descent later down to 1,000 m above sea level is quite gorgeous and not too steep.
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