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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The tallest mountain in the cordillera Vilcabamaba at 6,271meters/20,569 feet and the second highest in the Cusco area. There are several ways of doing this, I will explain the most popular. It is more of a nature trek than a way to see ancient ruins. You pass high mountains and sweltering jungle, all in very desolate areas. you own, without an agency or evena guide. The trek generally starts in the town of Mollepata in the Apurimac Velley to the northwest of Cusco. It is reachable by an early morning bus. The first night on this trek is cold, as cold a night as I have ever experienced. The camp is beside the snow-covered peak of Salkantay.

Day two is straihht up forabout half a day. There is usually a great variance in times to complete this part of the trek. Those with greater physical strength and determination may finish hours ahead of the rest of the group. this day alone makesit more difficult than the regular trail, but do not let that stop you. I watched a group of four out of shape Germansin their 60s make it. They trudged along slowly and by no means embarrassed them selves.

From this point on , there are a number of variations for the trek. Some take four nights overall, some just three. Otheres take seven. Some will end in the town of Santab Teresa, a short walk from the train station at the Aobamba hydroelectricplant. Its a one hour ride from there to Aguas Calientes. Another trek leadsto Paucarcancha, Huayallabamaba, and then connects with the traditional Inca Trail.

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