While the usual idea of tourists may bring to mind families enjoying theme parks or couples eating foreign cuisine and visiting museums, some crave action and adventure on vacation. They may simultaneously feel the need for a different type of experience. This may be a longing to visit historical sites, a penchant for intensive physical activity, or a desire to travel to exotic locations and learn about other cultures. Some adventurers may even want to combine these elements into one adventure.
If this sounds like you, then South America has your perfect vacation destination. Experience this beautiful continent as few will ever have the opportunity to do. Learn about an ancient culture, visit magnificent ruins, and challenge yourself to complete a demanding, one of a kind hike. The Salkantay trek in Peru has all this and more waiting for you.
See What Makes the Salkantay Unique
While the ultimate goal of the journey is Machu Picchu, this is neither the typical tour nor the usual path, which is the Classic Inca Trail. Instead, you have unregulated access to the site and can travel without a guide. With the Salkantay Pass, you will find yourself crossing 4600 meters high. There are still Incan Ruins to explore during your adventure, and you will be able to enjoy the highest peak of the Willkapampa Range as well as one of the most iconic mountains of the Cusco Region. It truly is an incomparable adventure.
If this sounds like the type of adventure you want during your vacation, there are several options from which to choose. Budget-minded adventurers can find both four and five-day options for only a few hundred dollars, while those who want a slightly less cumbersome trek can include riders and horses for carrying gear for a few hundred more. There are both four day and five-day options depending on which experience you book. Whichever option you choose, once you leave your Cusco accommodations, your nights will be spent roughing it under the stars and sleeping in tents. This is a true outdoor adventure that even the fittest will find challenging.
Visit Machu Picchu for an Unforgettable Experience
Machu Picchu has a unique and fascinating history tied to a unique and fascinating part of the world. This ancient site is awaiting your next vacation adventure. Take a trek like no other and give yourself bragging rights once you return home. Challenge yourself, and experience one of the best treks South America has to offer.