by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine, the Salkantay trek offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Andes and marvel at the second-highest peak in the region.
Salkantay 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.
It is only possible to hike Salkantay during the dry season (April-October) as the chance of mudslides make it dangerous to hike during rainy season (November-March).
We offer a lot of options for hiking around Salkantay:
a combination Salkantay and Inca Trail hike – a 6-day adventure trek in Peru that lets you experience the best of two famous hikes;
an Humantay Lake tour – a 1 day hike from Cusco to experience the beauty of this majestic turquoise lake, surrounded by stunning mountain views.
Need help deciding which trek is right for you?
our Salkantay Trek Difficulty blog is an unvarnished look at just how hard the Salkantay trek really is – and if it’s right for you;
Salkantay vs Lares gives you the highlights of each of these two popular alternative Inca Trail hikes. Each offers something a little different, so be sure to read this page to see which one is right for you!
Scroll through all of our Salkantay hike options below!