The Adventurer Chooses the Wonders of Peru

The avid adventurer knows the wonders of Peru includes the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, a “must see.”

For the novice adventurer or hiker to Peru, the Salkantay Trek is an ancient and remote footpath. It is located in the region near the Inca Trail. It is where lush tropical rain forests and massive snowcapped Andes mountains meet.

Salkantay Trek – The Inca Trail
If ever there was a popular hiking trail with fantastic flora and fauna amid majestic mountains, the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu fits that description.

For seasoned adventurers who want to be one with nature, this hiking trail fulfills that special need. It is easy to quickly acquire an ecological perspective of man’s place with nature as the Salkantay Trek begins.

Begin Your Salkantay Trek
At the foot of Machu Picchu lies the town of Aguas Caliente (meaning “hot waters). Begin the Salkantay Trek in this quaint town in the Andean foothills.

Take the gradual trail to the Sun Gate at sunrise for a breathtaking experience. Take a bus up to the Citadel to get to a brisk hike up the trail leading to the Sun Gate.

Hikers need 45 minutes to arrive at the Sun Gate and two to three hours to peruse the city ruins. There are regular guides and organized tours available. Purchase a guide book if planning to walk around these ruins. If you are relatively physically fit, the entire Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu won’t be physically taxing.

Choose Hiking Gear Carefully
Most avid hikers know the usual types of hiking gear like a backpack, a water bottle and snacks.

Hikers get a close up view of waterfalls, scenic valleys, natural bridges, wildlife, rare plants and the unusual sensation of being inside a cloud forest.

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