The name of this mountain is a contraction coming from “Salqa” which means unsociable, wild and “Antay” means producing “cloudscapes or avalanches”; considered as a “sacred geography” located at the south of the citadel of Machu Picchu at 6,264 masl / 20,551 feet, a mountain of the Vilcabamba Range. It represented an Inca astrological observatory during the June and December solstices; the best dates for your visit, refers to the winter season with little chance of rain in the months of April to October with temperatures ranging between 5°C / 41 °F and 23 °C / 73°F. Travelling on the highways of the “Apu Salkantay”, it allows us to reach a maximum altitude of 4,643 masl / 15,233 feet in the “Abra Salkantay” and a minimum altitude of 2,000 masl / 6,562 ft. in the village of “Aguas Calientes”. Its ecological floors allow us to observe the Quechua, Suni, Puna and Janca regions with impressive flora and fauna of its spectacular geography.
Start Time: 4:30 Hrs the first day
End Time: 23:00 Hrs the fifth day
Duration: 5 days