I’m happy to report that I’m back from an amazing two weeks in Peru only slightly more worse for the wear. I opted to walk to Machu Picchu taking the less traveled and arguably more scenic Salkantay trail. My trek through the Vilcabamba Range took me through several ecosystems from cloud forests, high alpine valleys, and dizzying 15,200ft mountain passes. A once in a lifetime experience for sure.
Below is Nevado Salkantay, a 20,574 ft. rock we needed to walk around in order to get to our final destination of Machu Picchu on our 6 day journey. It’s pass lies at over 15,000 ft. to the west of its prominence and made for a vigorous and great day of hiking. Viewed from Machu Picchu’s main sundial, the Southern Cross is above Salkantay’s summit when at its highest point. The Incas associated this with concepts of rain and fertility, and considered Salkantay to be one of the principal deities controlling weather and fertility in the region west of Cuzco.
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