The Salkantay Trek in 20 Photos

Here is our 4-day, 56 km trek along the Salkantay, for those who would rather have it in pictures than in words:

Day 1

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A fork near the start of the trail. The first day’s trail has several such junctions.
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Reaching Parador Horanda Pata, the first vista along the trail
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Hiking deeper and higher into the Andes
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A view of Salkantay Mountain overshadowing Sorayapampa, the first night’s campsite

Day 2

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A cow rests in the valley below the Salkantay Pass
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Campsite at Salkantaypampa on the way to the Salkantay Pass
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Switchbacks rising from the valley floor up to the Salkantay Pass
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The top of the Salkantay Pass on a rainy day
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The mists of the rainy season hang over the Andes on the other side of the Salkantay Pass
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The rainy season temporarily converts the trail down into a slippery stream. This is how I slipped and fell and hit my neck (but not where it happened, thank goodness, or I’d be much worse off).

Day 3

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A view of Salkantay Mountain over our campsite last night (Wayramachay)
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A turquoise river flows through the dense jungle next to the trail.
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Hiking mostly downhill today, a welcome change. I’m wearing a makeshift neck brace after yesterday’s fall.
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The Santa Teresa/Salkantay River at high levels from the rainy season
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A washout on the steep valley trail beside the river. This one was thankfully passable.

 

Day 4

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Operating the gondola to cross the river at our campsite (Winaypocco). We tried to venture further on this side of the river but encountered an impassable washout.
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Locals wait as a CAT digger clears a washout on the vehicle road. Rainy season brings washouts throughout the valley. Some (like the one above), cut people off from the outside world for several days.
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Hiking the hot, shadeless vehicle road just outside of Playa. From here, we took a car to Santa Teresa to find a doctor and make sure I hadn’t been injured from Day 2’s fall.
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The first hot meal after four days of trail food, after arriving by car in Santa Teresa.
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Reference stacks at the Santa Teresa medical clinic. We visited to make sure I haven’t seriously injured my neck. It all turned out fine.
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