Salcantay, Salkantay or Sallqantay is the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Cusco Region, about 60 km west-northwest of the city of Cusco.
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The Salcantay is considered to be of "medium difficulty" which means that you need to be fit, without necessarily being a great sportsman.
It is a little more difficult than the Inca Trail trek.
We walk about 5-8 hours per day and the altitude is an important element to take into account.
In addition to the air that offers little oxygen on certain sections (the guide will provide you with some if necessary), the trek presents wind and cold temperatures.
The trek arrives at 4650m of altitude, which is considerable.
This is very important!
it's necessary to spend at least 2 days in Cusco before the trek to give your body time to acclimatize to the altitude.
It varies a lot because of the different altitudes.
On the first day, it can be around 17C during the day, and the temperature drops to 0C or even -5C in winter.
From the second day, it is much warmer, so it is important to have clothes adapted to all types of temperatures.
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Machupicchu or Machupicchu Pueblo, also known as Aguas Calientes, is a location in Peru situated in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province. It is the seat of the Machupicchu District. Machupicchu lies at the Vilcanota River.