Salkantay Trek Machu is one of the most acclaimed travel agency and the best operator in Peru. Offer hiking to Machu Picchu, Inca Trails and Salkantay Trek. The best alternative trail to get to Inca Trail The Salkantay Trek is named among the 25 best treks in the world, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.

jueves, 27 de diciembre de 2018

Salkantay Trek vs Inca Trail


This is the most popular trekking to Machu Picchu, because it manages to combine several climates, impressive landscapes and centuries-old ruins. Due to its beauty, this walk is preferred by travelers, having to be requested 5 months in advance (a permit is required that has limited spaces per day).

The Inca Trail covers 42 kilometers of jungle and mountains, visiting some archaeological complexes such as Patallacta, the ruins of Wiñay Wayna and, of course, the lost city of Machu Picchu. In addition, it delivers unforgettable landscapes of the Vilcabamba mountain range.

Despite being a very beautiful trekking circuit, getting a spot can be a real headache. This is because the Peruvian government limits the entry to 500 people per day, including guides (which are mandatory), in order to preserve the ruins and archaeological sites. So if you want to hike this trek, you must book in advance as is said before.


As the Inca Trail is the most popular and classic circuit in the area, there is an alternative trekking series that does not require permission to perform them. Within them, Salkantay is the most popular alternative road to Machu Picchu. This route covers the southern part of the Vilcabamba mountain range, showing beautiful landscapes that vary from the pampas to the jungle.

Being a less known route, it does not have the number of visitors that the Inca Trail has and it does not need any permission to travel this trek. Although, unlike the Inca Trail does not include historical ruins before reaching Machu Picchu, the Salkantay trek ensures less expenses, a route with fewer people and spectacular panoramic views of the mountain range, especially the Salkantay pass. 

With a duration of between 4 and 5 days, this tour visits different Altiplano localities, as well as lagoons, hot springs and the famous Salkantay mountain.



If your interest is to know in depth what remains of the Inca culture, the Inca Trail is the appropriate option, since the route includes a visit to different archaeological ruins, and much of the trail itself is made of stones, which They have remained since Inca times.

On the other hand, if your interests go more for the observation of nature and you value more virgin places, Salkantay is an excellent alternative, since you will see less people and landscapes less intervened by man.


Unlike the famous Inca Trail, where you must pay a permit and a guide, to make the Salkantay trek you do not need a permit or entry ticket (except entrance tickets to Machu Picchu). For those travelers who want to save money, Salkantay is a better alternative.


Although both circuits require preparation, to carry out the Inca Trail, it must be extremely orderly and far-sighted. To reach this trekking in high season, you must buy the ticket at least 5 months in advance. In that sense, it is always advisable to quote and buy the tour with a travel agency, where you can relax and just enjoy this trek.

On the other hand, Salkantay does not need so much advance notice, being able to go independently or through a travel agency. Although it is always advisable to conduct this circuit with a guide, because they have the knowledge to help you, guide you and assist you in any emergency.

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