Climate: Rainy during the summer months (December-March). Sunny from May to September. Maximum temperatures reach 27° C, while minimum temperatures rarely drop below 11° C.
Access: Like the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the route starts out at Km 88 of the railway. Organized groups set out from the town of Chilca at Km 76 of the same line.
Hikers will need to take along drinking water and food, in addition to camping equipment.
Located in the department of Cusco, Mount Salkantay (6,271 m.a.s.l.) marks the culmination of a trekking circuit that combines majestic landscapes with the attraction of the world's most famous pre-Hispanic site: Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail.
The route starts out following the old Inca road carved into the rock and which leads to the citadel of Machu Picchu. The trail crosses through a high mountain pass between Mount Salkantay and Humantay (5,917 masl) before heading along the Acobamba River Canyon down to the archaeological site.
The trail is one of the most popular trekking routes in Peru and grant hikers extraordinary views of most of Cusco's most beautiful mountains: Mount Wayanay (5,464 masl), Palcay (5,229 masl) and Wakay Willka or Verónica (5,750 masl), which soar above one side of the Urubamba River Valley.
Inca trail to Machu Picchu Trek
|Other Trekking in Peru Articles
Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca
Trekking in the Cordillera Huayhuash
Llama Trek Chavín to Olleros
Trekking in the Colca Valley
The Salkantay Loop
Trekking beyond the mountains