Excuse me while I kiss the sky.
- Jimi Hendrix
Jasmine Ayla is a free-lance writer, traveler and amateur photographer based out of Maui, Hawaii, USA.
Location: Vilcabamba Mountain Range, Peruvian Andes, Cuzco Region, Peru
Elevation: 4,630m (15,1906ft)
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Trail length: 92km (57.2mi)
Elevation gain: 1,800m (5,900ft)
Camping / Huts: Yes / No (scroll down for more info)
Date hiked: 2013
After our three days of acclimatizing in the warm and lovely city of Cuzco, we set off at 5am the next morning to begin our grand adventure. As per usual I slept on the moving vehicle (mini bus this time) to the drop site so not much to report. . . Read more of my Salcantay Trek story
Description: 3 - 5 day hike (most guided groups do it in 5 days, as did we)
Day 1: Mollepata to Soraypampa: 20 Km (12.4 miles)
Day 2: Soraypampa to Collpapampa: 22 Km (13.7 miles)
Day 3: Collpapampa to La Playa: 16 Km (9.9 miles)
Day 4: La Playa to Aguas Calientes: 25 Km (15.5 miles) – via Llactapata
Day 5: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu Peak: 9 Km (5.6 miles)
1. Take altitude sickness medicine
2. Download the Maps.me, Waze or Google Maps app and route beforehand.
Trail: Well-maintained. Mostly hard-packed dirt, rocky, loose gravel, dirt roads.
Organize before hike:
I recommend booking a guided tour, this is what about 95% of the hikers on this trail do. We booked our amazing guide Isaac with SAS Travel Peru (it cost $265 in 2013, now $660 in 2019), and couldn't have been happier. They were incredibly competent and friendly.