The Salkantay Trek is probably the second-most famous trek in the Peruvian Andes, being the first “alternative trek” in Peru that local operators started offering when the Peruvian government got strict about hiking the Inca Trail.
Trekking Salkantay is an incredible journey through constantly changing scenery which ends at Machu Picchu.
Many of Apus Peru’s Salkantay treks let you customize the last day – from relaxing in hot springs to soaking in more Inca history, or even exploring your wild side as you zip down the Cola de Mono zipline. The Salkantay trek is only available during dry season (April-October) as the chance of mudslides make it dangerous to hike during rainy season (November-March).
For more tips on how to decide between the Salkantay Trek and the Lares Trek, another popular Inca Trail alternative, read our Salkantay vs Lares trek page!