Machu Picchu, Peru, is right at the top of many people’s bucket lists. But the biggest question you need to ask yourself is how are you getting there? It’s not just the Inca Trail that leads through the iconic sun gate to these ruins of an ancient civilisation.
If you want to get off the beaten track for your trip to Machu Picchu, then hiking the Salkantay trail is the perfect choice. The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is the more strenuous of the treks, a day longer and allows trekkers to see more of the unique wildlife that the Peruvian Andes have to offer.
This trek to Machu Picchu will suit the more experienced, fit trekker who wants to get off the beaten path and values solitude, mountain scenery, opportunities to view wildlife, and a wider range of overnight options. Salkantay trekking is a truly unforgettable experience, from the sublime mountain scenery to the authentic interactions with locals – and their friendly llamas!