The mountains of the Cordillera Vilcabamba ascend to pattern a fragmented series between the districts two important rivers, the Urubamba and the Apurimac. Near the Cordilleras northern side large frosty summits bump in to abundant rain forests. Situated northwest of Cusco Nevado de Salkantay, the cordillera’s highest peak is at the east end of the range and ascends up to 6271 meters above sea level. The meaning of the name Salkantay is ‘Savage Mountain’ which could refer to the churning clouds that ascend from the jungle lowlands and absorb the summit.
The Choquequirao hike is an amazing trek that drops down into the Apurimac Canyon and then up again to the captivating ruins of Choquequirao. A difficult trek, though your efforts are paid off with the sensational vistas. The Choquequirao ruins sit atop of a ridge above Apurimac. Not as far reaching as Machu Picchu but likely more interesting and a lot more out-of-the-way. This is a one-of-a-kind path in the high Andes.
Trekking through the abundant, peaceful district of the cordillera Urubamba on one of the most popular alternative hikes we cross high mountain peaks and semi tropical valleys. We can appreciate beautiful lagoons, natural thermal springs and Inca ruins. We pass through quintessential native areas. The detachment of this region has meant the the locals have maintained their Andean traditions.
This is a less difficult trail and begins at kilometre 104 along the railroad of Cusco. The hike ascends to Wiñay Wayna where the trail connects with the final part of the classic Inca Trail and then moves down to Machu Picchu. This is an excellent alternative for tourists with less time or who are not up to the full four day trail. It also includes the fascinating ruins at Wiñay Wayna and participation in a section of the Classic Inca Trail. The route takes you through a lower altitude so acclimatisation beforehand is not necessary.
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