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.


Pack­ing Essentials?

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.


Trip High­lights?
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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On June 1st and 2nd, moun­tain bik­ers from around the world will gath­er at 16,000 feetincabikes above sea lev­el on the back­side of one of the sev­en won­ders of the world, Machu Pic­chu, Peru, for the ulti­mate test of moun­tain bik­ing prowess. When the start­ing gun fires the mass chaos begins as 100-plus down­hill rac­ers descend 5,900 ver­ti­cal feet to be the quick­est to the fin­ish line.

Rid­ers take to the course for three runs over the course of a week­end. Qual­i­fy on day one and you’ll get a chance to com­pete in two timed runs on the sec­ond day. Who­ev­er gets the low­est com­bined time of those two scores claims victory.

incadhThis will be the sixth iter­a­tion of the Inca Avalanche and some of the biggest names in the sport will be present, includ­ing moun­tain bike street guru Aaron Chase and Red Bull Ram­page com­peti­tor Wil White. This race has attract­ed some of the fastest down­hillers in the world as well, such as Cedric Gra­cia, Bri­an Lopes, and Chris Van Dine to name a few. You don’t have to be a top dog to com­pete though, because this race is open to anyone.

Test your met­tle on this gnarly course and expe­ri­ence Machu Pic­chu in a whole new light. Reg­is­ter here. Or, if com­pe­ti­tions aren’t your thing, check these guys out to expe­ri­ence Machu Pic­chu and its sur­round­ing areas in style.