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Enjoy the beautiful snowy Salkantay

Posted on : 18 February 2021

The ‘Apu’ Salkantay is located in the Cordillera de Vilcanota in the Andes of southern Peru.

Beautiful snowy Salkantay

*The word “Apu” means a God who inhabits a mountain and protects its inhabitants, the Incas believed in the Apus and constantly performed mystical ceremonies in honor of the Apus.

The snowy Salkantay has a frigid climate, with several degrees Celsius below 0. During the trek, the climate can be varied.

There is a trek to Machu Picchu that is known as Salkantay Trek 4 Days. You can book this tour on our website.

The Salkantay trek 4 Days is a 4-day trek that will take you to Machu Picchu. The total walking distance is approximately 70 kilometers (4 days of the route). If your walking pace is slow, no problem, we can arrange a 5-day walk for you, just let us know!

For this tour to Salkantay, you will need a professional tour guide, because the path is along a shepherds’ path and presents some difficulty (this trek you must go up and down slopes in addition to walking steadily), so I recommend that you book this tour with a formal agency in Peru and also the tour guide must be professional and he has his identification card as a professional Peru Tour Guide.

The route from Cusco to Machu Picchu, by Salkantay, has of 70 kilometers (approx).

I going to explain to you how the Salkantay trek 4 days is:

First day

This day we will walk 16 kilometers. We will start our first day in the city of Cusco. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco along with the other hikers and we will go to the town of Mollepata. Upon reaching there we will start a walk (7 hours approx) to the Soraypampa camp passing through the Huamantay lagoon. This is the famous lagoon of social networks, in which you must take photos. However, I do not recommend you swim in it, because the water is too cold. This day we will camp and have dinner near the Humantay lagoon.

Second day:

We start with a delicious breakfast and then we will start the walk towards the ‘Abra Salkantay’ from where we have beautiful views of the landscape. Then we will continue walking to the town of Chaullay. NOTICE: The weather will change from cold to warm. This day we will walk 22 kilometers.

Third day

We start the day with our delicious breakfast, We will take the way down to the famous ‘Playa Sahuayaco’. This day we must arrive at Santa Teresa, on the way we will pass through the Thermal Baths of Cocalmayo, where you can relax and enjoy the hot water that will give your body rest and relief. This day we will walk 16 kilometers.

Fourth day

This is the last day of our Salkantay Trek 4 Days. We start the day with a delicious breakfast and then we will walk to the hydroelectric station of Machupicchu. We will take the train to Aguas Calientes.

Once we get to Aguas Calientes we will take the bus to Machu Picchu. Where we will make our visit with the professional guide. The rest of the day is to enjoy the lost city of the Incas.

Back in Cusco, we must take the train to Ollantaytambo and then We will take the bus to Cusco.