At Machu Picchu, the completion of the Salkantay Trek. Deirdre Corcoran Foote photo
Cordillera Vilcabamba range in Peru. Deirdre Corcoran Foote photo
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Overview

Trip:
Peru

Journey to Machu Picchu along the less-traveled Salkantay Trek. Meaning "savage" or "wild" in Quechua, the Salkantay is indeed a wilder experience than the popular Inca Trail - fewer people, dramatic views, and rich history. Enjoy increased solitude as you climb to and cross the 15,091 ft. Salkantay Pass, which gets you breathtakingly close to the towering peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba range. From the pass the trail descends into the Santa Teresa Valley, passing small farms and villages, eventually reaching the Urabamba River. There are numerous archeaological sites along the way. A short but very scenic train ride takes us to the town of Aguas Calientes to spend the night before rising early the next morning for Machu Picchu.This trek, and the Santa Teresa Valley, is richly described in the NY Times best-seller, "Turn Right at Machu Picchu" by author Mark Adams.

The Salkantay Trek combines the fun and interesting city of Cusco, the beauty of the Sacred Valley, and a "road less traveled" trail to Machu Picchu. 

 

Trip Highlights:

-Immerse yourself in Andean and Inca culture

-A challenging trek over high mountain passes and subtropical highlands and valleys

-Guided tour of Machu Picchu and time to expolore on your own

-Comfortable upscale accommodations and fine Peruvian cuisine

-Shopping, and bartering, for native crafts, woven goods and fine silver jewelry

-Eating our way through the diverse and delicious Peruvian cuisine