5 Day Trek along the SALKANTAY TRAIL to MACHU PICCHU - Travels Blogs

5 Day Trek along the SALKANTAY TRAIL to MACHU PICCHU



Nearly everyone that visits Peru is bound for the majestic mountain of Machu Picchu.  There are a few options on getting there once you arrive in Cuzco.  You can hire a private car or go with a shared van to take you there directly.  But that misses the real adventure of experiencing the wondrous nature that abounds.  The other option is to trek the many trails the end up at Machu Picchu - the most popular trail being the Inca Trail. I passed on the popular trail because it?s the most touristy way to trek and most expensive of the bunch.  However popular the Inca Trail is, one must reserve well in advance with a cash payment online, which may stifle your flexibility when you want to go once you?re on the ground in Cuzco because the date is fixed. Sacred ValleyA secondary option is the Salkantay Trail.  Now this trek is five days and more challenging, so I?ve been told.  But the reward outweighs the popularity of the Inca Trail, because the views are better and is less crowded.  And I have to say that I was not the least bit disappointed with the Salkantay choice.  Either way you go, you?ll need to get acclimated with the altitude for a few days in Cuzco before you venture off.along the Incan Trail

Quinoa fieldsEucalyptus forest Choosing a tour company is not so difficult, and I suggest you wait until you arrive in Cuzco to do your shopping.  There are uber companies competing for your business.  I went to about five companies after reviewing them on Trip Advisor.  The price ranges anywhere between $200 to $300 US dollars.  All options have their pros and cons.  I wanted the full package, so didn?t mind paying $275.  This package included, zip lining, thermal bath visit, entry to hike Machu Picchu mountain (more on this later), and the train ride back to Cuzco.  The cheaper you bargain, the less ?extras? you get, so be aware of this. DAY ONE
The company's transport arrived early to my hotel for a 6am pickup.  After scurrying around Cuzco picking up the other trekkers from their hotels, we were about fifteen deep with two guides.  We drove about two hours or so to the start of our trek about two hours away from Cuzco.  We were going to cover about sixty kilometers over five days.  It doesn?t sound too challenging but when you factor in the inclines and altitudes then it ends up being closer to about one hundred kilometers of hiking.

We had breakfast at a lodge nearby the starting point, and began the hike at about 2800 meters.  It?s wintertime in the southern hemisphere at this time of year, but with a cloudless sky, bright sun, and the green vegetation, it feels like spring.  We ascended up and along the valley with a deep gorge carved out by a running river below.  The guide Carlos was super experienced and knowledgeable, as he has been guiding this trail for years.  He knew so much about the fauna and his...
URL: http://worldkanno.blogspot.com

--------------------------------
 
Mysteries at the Museum: The Invention of Cable TV

Silversea Expedition Cruises - Exotic Journeys Focus on "The Journey" - Silver Discoverer Indonesia/Myanmar Expedition: Part VIII (Myanmar - Developing Tourism & Finding Nemo Again)

22-11-2016 03:37 - ( Travels-Blogs )
Lady’s Guide to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

Rent a car in Iceland: Car Comparison by price in Iceland + Tips for Renting a Car in Iceland

If you?re planning to tour Iceland by car, then Iceland car rentals provide the cheapest and best way to explore the vast island. With public transportation being scarce outside major cities like Reykjavk, renting a car becomes the cheaper and most...
12-03-2015 17:38 - ( Travels-Blogs )
Lady’s Guide to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

Fuji X-T1 | Fuji 56mm f/1.2 | Fuji XF 16-55mm f/2.8

Photo 2015 Tewfic El-Sawy- X-T1 & Fuji XF 16-55mm f/2.8 I rarely write up technical posts about the photographic gear I use when traveling, since there are many more photographers better qualified than I am to do so. However, I thought I\'d...
01-12-2015 18:03 - ( Travels-Blogs )
Lady’s Guide to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

Goldring Travel's 2015 Cultural and Cuisine (formerly Food & Wine) Cruise - Seabourn Quest - Part I (A Look Back and A Look Forward)

Tonight I fly out to Copenhagen, Denmark to meet the Seabourn Quest for the 2015 Goldring Travel Cultural & Cuisine Cruise spending fourteen nights immersed in the beauty and rugged scenery of the Norwegian fjords while traveling above the Arctic...
12-06-2015 03:31 - ( Travels-Blogs )
Lady’s Guide to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

POV: Neo-Colonialism vs Commercialism vs Envy"

Photo Jimmy Nelson-All Rights ReservedMuch as been written, praised, lauded, criticized and bloviated about Jimmy Nelson\'s Before They Pass Away ethnography photographs and books....and yet, it seems that the photographer, his publisher, his PR...
24-01-2014 00:48 - ( Travels-Blogs )
Lady’s Guide to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

Avalon Waterways - Myanamar - Part IV (Bhamo to Katha)

Avalon Waterways\' Avalon MyanmarAfter breakfast we headed to the domestic airport; a two month old very modern facility adjacent to the international airport (which will be replaced in the coming years); though it is quite functional now.  Our...
02-04-2017 16:05 - ( Travels-Blogs )
Lady’s Guide to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

Meet the Team: The Many Faces of Nomadic Matt

From tech and coding to design to fixing bugs getting readers books when downloads fail to scheduling social media or running the forums, it takes a village to run this website. I simply couldn’t run the website, write, travel, eat, sleep, or...
24-08-2017 16:10 - ( Travels-Blogs )
Lady’s Guide to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises - The Differences Are Fewer and Fewer. Is "OLife Advantage" A Good Thing"

Oceania Cruises has just announced "The OLife Advantage" program provides 2-for-1 pricing, "free airfare", pre-paid gratuities and "complimentary" shore excursions and unlimited internet, for all spring, summer and fall 2016 voyages in Europe,...
09-07-2015 03:31 - ( Travels-Blogs )
Lady’s Guide to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

Lesbian Travel: 4 Things To Know

I?ve addedan LGBT column for the website to make the site more inclusive and talk about issues that affect somemembers of our travel community. In this column, we will hear from voices in the LGBT community about their experiences on the road,...
20-09-2016 03:34 - ( Travels-Blogs )
Lady’s Guide to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

Bukchon Hanok Village & Insadong Street, Seoul

Date Visited: 23rd March 2014Not far away from Changdeokgung Palace, we found that we are not far away from Bukchon Hanok Village by looking at the street map. This district is packed with more than nine hundreds Korean traditional houses known as...
11-05-2016 03:32 - ( Travels-Blogs )
Lady’s Guide to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

Lady’s Quick Guide to London’s Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia always gets me excited. This London neighborhood is one of my favorite places to eat, drink, and explore, and given how central it is I end up there more often than I intend to. But it’s always for a good cause?calories don’t consume...
24-01-2017 03:41 - ( Travels-Blogs )
Lady’s Guide to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

Seabourn One Week Sale - Great Deals on Antarctic, South America, Asia, Canada, Mediterranean and Caribbean Cruises

Seabourn Cruises is holding another of its One Week Sales.This sale offers some deals such as purchase a cruise at the price of an  Oceanview Suite and receive a Veranda Suite and even seven day Mediterranean cruises for as low as $2,499 + tax per...
21-07-2015 03:37 - ( Travels-Blogs )
Lady’s Guide to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle

14 Packing Tips for Spring Break

The best time of the year for college students is spring break. Having roughed it through midterms, roommate debacles, and group assignments it?s time for a well-deserved break. One of most sought after spring break vacations is to Cancun, Mexico....
23-11-2016 03:39 - ( Travels-Blogs )
-------------------------------------