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Salkantay Trail: Wayna Lodge to Collpa Lodge

Intermediate
 3.5 (2)

A descent through the cloud forest, featuring lots of wildflowers and pretty views.


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Map Key

5.7

Miles

9.1

KM

Point to Point

12,776' 3,894 m

High

9,372' 2,856 m

Low

54' 17 m

Up

3,431' 1,046 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

51%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

This leg continues the descent through the cloud forest. In this climate zone, there are lots of wildflowers, including native orchids, fuchsias, begonias, lilies, lupines, and others. Hummingbirds flit across the path in front of us, there are often finches and brightly colored tanagers in the trees and visitors can hear frogs "singing" in the distance. Any local guides will know all of the local plants and birds.

The trail is all downhill and when our group visited in late March, things were quite muddy. Those who are experiencing altitude-related symptoms will most likely feel much better as you descend to lower altitudes.

Close to Colpa lodge, there is a small gorge where the trail drops 300 vertical feet to a river and comes back up the same amount on the other side. There is also a zip line in place as an alternative way to cross the gorge. I dont know who governs the use of the zip line, but we were able to use it and it was certainly a fast and fun way to get across the chasm to the lodge. Safety is on par with zip lines I have used in other places.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of wildflowers and butterflies.

Shared By:

Ken Roberts

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Much of this section of the trail was fairly wide but somewhat rocky.  The poles helped.
Dec 1, 2015 near Santa T…, PE
We crossed some small streams, but the trail was good and it was pretty easy to do safely.
Dec 1, 2015 near Santa T…, PE
A particularly damp section of the trail.
Dec 1, 2015 near Santa T…, PE
A rare homestead along the trail... note the solar panel.
Dec 1, 2015 near Santa T…, PE
Lots of beautiful native wildflowers were on display during our hike.
Dec 1, 2015 near Santa T…, PE
Native lupine along the trail.
Dec 1, 2015 near Santa T…, PE

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