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This is a *theoretically* comprehensive list of towns/villages/points along the Salkantay Trek:

Town List 1

The list above has been combined from various tour itinerary descriptions and maps available online. The travel times are consistent with our experience; however do keep in mind - everyone walks at a different pace.

The one single thing I wish I had during our travels is a GPS, so I will have to resort to records of others for a true visual of the Salkantay Trek to accompany our blog.

Thanks to "jwheidmeijer" of for his record of the Salkantay Trek:

According to other sources this map for $25 includes the full Salkantay Trail GPS trek:

Some best free maps I found online:

One of the few (if not the only) accurate and mostly comprehensive treks laid out on a scaled, almost topo map. (Follow the left most trek - this is the "Alternative Salkantay"; Inka Trail is on the right):

A minimal representation of the trek on an accurate scaled map:

This map is one of the first results in Google and is pretty good, however note that you should NOT rely on the scale to judge distances, ie: Lucmabamba is actually only ~30 min walk from La Playa while the distance on the map is huge:

 This is a typical map you will find at tour agencies, mostly useless other than examining distances between indicated overnight camping locations:


breizh said...

I'm preparing my trip to PerĂ¹ for this Avril (2011).
I don't know if you can help me, or someoneelse, but, in your opinion, which is the best trek to do between:
- the Salcantay Trek, as you fine describe (5 days)
- the classic Inca Trail (4 days)
I know that for the Inca Trail I'll be bound to go with an agency, but apart that, I mean which of the 2 trail is really the BEST to visit and know the history and the beauty of this part of PerĂ¹?

Thanks very much,

February 15, 2011 at 5:30 AM
Krishna Thapaliya said...

Trekking in Nepal is still the most favorite adventure holiday activity in the country. The two classic trekking routes either to Everest base camp or the Annapurna circuit are not easy and the challenge you'll face on either route will have a lasting effect. The Manaslu route trek around the world's eighth largest mountain is more remote but no less beautiful passing through stunning bamboo forests, villages filled with prayer flags and culminating with spectacular views from Larkya La. Mustang is an easier cultural trek, suitable for those with good general fitness but not necessarily any previous trekking experience. The language, culture and tradition of the Mustang region are still mostly Tibetan making this one of the most culturally interesting treks. There are shorter treks up the Langtang Valley and Helambu which are still hard work but also deeply rewarding. They generally begin in Kathmandu, leading through large grazing areas covered in flowers, dotted with stone huts used for butter making, Sherpa, Tamang villages and the homes of yak herders, right up to the Tibetan border.

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Salkantay trek is one of the best alternative routes to Machu Picchu, and it is because of it passes through the Andes and you enjoy the open fields where culture still remains.

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