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Salkantay Trail: Marcocasa to Salkantay Lodge

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The first leg of the trek to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay Trail


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6.2

Miles

9.9

KM

Point to Point

12,690' 3,868 m

High

12,036' 3,669 m

Low

995' 303 m

Up

341' 104 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

This first leg of the trek to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay Trail is a pleasant hike which transitions from something more like civilization into more remote parts of the Andes. The trail is generally even, firm, and wide enough in many places for more than one person to walk abreast. This first segment of the trail ends at the Salkantay Lodge, which is the first of a series of four lodges along the Salkantay Trail.

Stunning views of the snow-capped mountains of the Andes are to be seen almost the whole length of this segment, along with rolling green foothills and generally interesting terrain. Much of the trail follows the route of irrigation systems put in place by the Incas, which are still operational.

Flora & Fauna

This is a verdant area, and many varieties of plants are present along the trail. In late March when we traveled, there were wildflowers along the path as well.

We encountered horses during our hike, which is apparently not unusual. The horses are not wild, but they are allowed to roam free. Our guides strongly encouraged us to give them a wide berth, as the horses can be unpredictable, and injuries are possible.

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Ken Roberts

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Approaching the Salkantay Lodge with the mountains of the Andes in the background.
Nov 11, 2015 near Limatambo, PE
Crossing a river on route to the Salkantay Lodge.
Nov 11, 2015 near Limatambo, PE
A view of the mountains of the Andes from the Salkantay Lodge.
Nov 11, 2015 near Limatambo, PE
Horses along the trail. They are not wild, but they do run free. Give them lots of space, as they can be dangerous. Note the irrigation system - this is the route of the original Inca irrigation system.
Nov 11, 2015 near Limatambo, PE
A view of Salkantay Mountain while walking the trail. The Incan irrigation system can be seen to the left.
Nov 11, 2015 near Limatambo, PE
Peru - Salkantay Trek 006 - approaching Nevado Tucarhuay
Nov 11, 2015 near Limatambo, PE

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