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Peru – Part II – Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Part II of my Peru series!

After arriving in Cusco, we searched for a company to book a trek to Machu Picchu. Most people choose the popular 3-day Inca Trail, however, the need to book it over 6 months in advance and it’s inflated $600-800 price tag meant that we were looking for an alternative!
The Salkantay trek is 5 days, and follows a much less crowded route, and reaches a peak altitude of 4630 meters above sea level (see the photo of the mountains and glaciers).

This was seriously challenging (especially for someone who has never done any overnight hiking trips!) but one of the most incredible things I have ever done in my life. What an experience! In a span of 5 days we hiked through highlands, tundra, alpine glaciers, cloud forest, jungle with a temperature range from -15 celsius to +30 celsius and a total elevation change of almost 2000 meters.

The pay off at the end was of course the icing on the cake. Machu Picchu lives up to it’s reputation. Watching the sun slowly light up the ruins at sunrise was awe inspiring.

Due to the difficulty of the trek, most of these photos were taken with a old Canon point and shoot (much lighter and easier to hike with when you’re huffing and puffing and dealing with altitude sickness!), with the exception of the ones at Machu Picchu.

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Check back again for more Peru blog posts!