Breathtaking Photos That Will Make You Want to Hike the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu

Experience the sheer beauty of nature and browse through the pictures I've taken in my journey to Machu Picchu, Peru. From stunning landscape views to snowcapped mountain peaks, these photos just might make you want to take a less beaten path and hike the Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu. 

 The start of the hike, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

The start of the hike, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

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 Striking peaks of Salkantay, Humantay, and Ausangate, Peru 2017

Striking peaks of Salkantay, Humantay, and Ausangate, Peru 2017

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 Huts on the Salkantay Trail, Peru 2017

Huts on the Salkantay Trail, Peru 2017

Salkantay will make you feel as if you've stepped into an epic, adventurous movie. During the trek, you will be greeted with magnificent views and incredible wildlife.

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 River, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

River, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

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There are countless ascending paths on this trail. Needless to say, this is not for the average hiker. There are high-altitude and strenuous trails to conquer, so physical training is a must. 

To learn more about Salkantay Trek or Peru, read "Traveling to Peru: Ways to Get to Machu Picchu."

 Hiker on the Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

Hiker on the Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

 Horseman on the Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

Horseman on the Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

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Traversing to the highest point in Salkantay (15,092 ft) is considered to be one of the most challenging hikes in Peru. All throughout you are rewarded with spectacular views that make the climb all worthwhile.

 Foggy snowy mountains, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

Foggy snowy mountains, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

 Abra Salkantay, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

Abra Salkantay, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

 Abra Salkantay, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

Abra Salkantay, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

This place truly is a nature lover's paradise. 

 Travelers hiking down from the peak, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

Travelers hiking down from the peak, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

After a cold snowy first day, you will be journey through a cloud forest. When the weather permits, you will get to feel the warmth of the sun and enjoy the magnificent views of the jungle during this hike. 

 Subtropics surrounding Machu Picchu, Peru 2017

Subtropics surrounding Machu Picchu, Peru 2017

 Rest area on the Salkantay Trek, Cloud Forest, Peru 2017

Rest area on the Salkantay Trek, Cloud Forest, Peru 2017

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Later in the day, you'll then set up camp in Playa Sahuayaco, where you can rest and shower. 

 Campsite in Playa Sahuayaco, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

Campsite in Playa Sahuayaco, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

 G Adventures, Campsite in Playa Sahuayaco, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

G Adventures, Campsite in Playa Sahuayaco, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

 Hiking to the Inca site Llactapata, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

Hiking to the Inca site Llactapata, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

The next morning, you and your group will then prepare to hike to the Inca site in Llactapata. This is where you'll first get a glimpse of  Machu Picchu. 

 Bienvenidos camping site near the Inca site Llactapata,

Bienvenidos camping site near the Inca site Llactapata,

To learn more about Salkantay Trek or Peru, read "Traveling to Peru: Ways to Get to Machu Picchu."

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On this trail, you will need to observe your surroundings. Llactapata is filled with beautiful blooming flowers and butterflies.

 Butterflies on the highest peak of Llactapata

Butterflies on the highest peak of Llactapata

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At the top, you will see a gorgeous site of the Sahuayaco River and experience Llactapata's Inca Ruins. This archaeological site is the traditional lookout post used to spot intruders, threatening Machu Picchu. 

 Inca site Llactapata, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

Inca site Llactapata, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

 First sight of Machu Picchu, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017 

First sight of Machu Picchu, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017 

 Descending down the Llactapata trail, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

Descending down the Llactapata trail, Salkantay Trek, Peru 2017

Once you've reached the end of the trail, you will then be lead to the closest train station.

Next stop, Machu Picchu Pueblo, AKA Aguas Calientes.

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I hope you enjoyed scrolling through my photos from my adventures on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. I'd love to know which photo(s) you liked the most. Comment below!

To see more photos of the next part of my journey to one of the seven wonders of the world, read "Traveling to Peru: Ways to Get to Machu Picchu."

 
 
 
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