Why Peru, and Why the Salkantay Trek in Particular?
Valencia Travel Cuzco via The Clymb’s Adventure appealed to me because the Salkantay Trek, a 5‑day trek through the Andes, is regarded as one of the best treks in the world. Capping at 15,253 feet, this ancient and secluded trail is located in the same region as the Inca Trail that leads to Machu Picchu. Exploring this region had long since been on my bucket list so when the opportunity came up I quickly jumped on it.
Beyond the hiking essentials (sunblock, hiking poles, camera), I couldn’t do without bug repellant. Traveling through an array of microclimates, I wore warm clothes to protect me from the cold conditions. After trekking alongside glaciers in the morning I had to quickly delayer when we reached the jungle, exposing myself to bugs that were in search of dinner.
The goal had been to reach Machu Picchu, but in hindsight the most memorable part of the trip took place on day 2 of the trek. That morning, my guide Fabi gave me a pep talk about the challenging route that entailed gaining 3000 ft of elevation within 3 miles to reach the Salkantay Pass. Making it to the pass, which is settled between massive mountains and glaciers, was truly epic. To the left stood Tucarhuay and to the right Salkantay. I felt the crisp air of the mountains and was grateful to stand at the top admiring the beauty of the Andes.
What Made this Trip so Special?
Along the Salkantay trail I had the privilege to be greeted by the many locals of the countryside. I was enamored by their kindness and generosity. It was a real honor to journey along this ancient and sacred path.
Where Do You Want to Go Next?
There are so many amazing places to see, but South America keeps luring me in. I would love to climb Aconcagua, which stands in the heart of the Andes wedged between Chile and Argentina and peaks at 22,841 ft. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres.
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