Salkantay Trek - How to get to Machu Picchu without a train?

Machu Picchu named one of the Wonders of the World in 2007 is undoubtedly one of the favorite places for visitors from around the World in Latin America and the ways to get there are several from trips by train, car, hiking or combining them with others traditional tours like the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Within the treks to get to Machu Picchu, Salkantay is one of the best, since it will allow you to enjoy the landscapes offered by the different ecological levels from valleys, puna and jungle. In addition to getting to Machu Picchu without the need to board the tourist train.

How to get?

As all routes can be done on your own or with an agency (except the Inca Trail which by regulation can only be done with authorized agencies), the departure is from the city of Cusco and you have to go to Av. Arcopata from where the buses depart daily towards Mollepata.

You must go early as the groups leave only until 07:00 am, the trip takes about 2 to 3 hours and you will pass through important towns such as Poroy, Anta, Limatambo and Mollepata where you can take another mobility that takes you to the sector of Soraypampa which is 1 hour and a half away.

* In case you do not find collective to Soraypampa you will have to walk from Mollepata, this walk takes about 8 hours.

This first day you can stay camping in Soraypampa or make the ascent to the Abra del Salkantay (4600 masl) and camp on the other side of the mountain and in the zone of the jungle.

When you get to the Salkantay Abra you will be able to appreciate singular rock agglomerations which are called "Apachetas" which are made by the walkers that pass through this place as a symbol of respect for the mountain and as a request of some desire that they have, this is a custom comes from the Inca era and from previous cultures even.

The route of descent to pass the Abra de Salkantay is jungle and you will pass through towns such as Chaullay, Colquepampa, La Playa and others.

The options for staying this day are to stay at La Playa or Santa Teresa for the next day leave for Hidroeléctrica en colectivo or walking to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) and finally visit the citadel of Machu Picchu.

The return can be done by train to Ollantaytambo or by Hydroelectric, everything will depend on your time and budget.

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What to bring?

  1. Camera and / or video camera to immortalize your trip.
  2. Warm clothes, light clothing and swimwear for the thermal waters of Qoqalmayo in Santa Teresa or the hot springs of Aguas Calientes.
  3. Tent, poles, sleeping bag (if you are on your own)
  4. Blocker, repellent, and personal medications.
  5. Hat or cap, sunglasses.


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24 Julio 2018

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