Trip Preview: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Next week we head off on a week-long adventure to the Sacred Valley of Peru to hike our way to Machu Picchu. Instead of the famed Inka Trail, we’ll be hiking the Salkantay Trail, which boasts incredible scenery as you traverse the Salkantay Mountain Pass at more than 15,000 feet. After spending a couple of days in Cuzco acclimatizing, we’ll embark on a 5 day trek though glacier, jungle, and valley.
We’ve been lightly training every weekend for the past few months on the local mountain bike trails at our meager 3,000 feet. Salkantay will be the highest elevation either of us have ever been (other than flying, of course), making this hike probably be the hardest thing we’ve ever done. *Deep breath*
We’ll be guided by Alpaca Expeditions, who will be providing all the campsite luxuries including tents, dinner, and coca tea! We hope to post lots of photos (once we reach wifi back in Cuzco, of course) so stay tuned! And we’ll of course have follow up posts detailing the trip, reviewing our Airbnb stays, and offering suggestions for your own Salkantay trek! In the meantime, you can follow along the journey with our custom map. Click to zoom!