Salkantay Trail: Marcocasa to Salkantay Lodge
ElevationAscent: 995' 303 m
Descent: -341' -104 m
High: 12,690' 3,868 m
Low: 12,036' 3,669 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
“The first leg of the trek to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay Trail”— Ken Roberts
Stunning views of the snow-capped mountains of the Andes are to be seen almost the whole length of this segment, along with rolling green foothills and generally interesting terrain. Much of the trail follows the route of irrigation systems put in place by the Incas, which are still operational.
We encountered horses during our run, which is apparently not unusual. The horses are not wild, but they are allowed to roam free. Our guides strongly encouraged us to give them a wide berth, as the horses can be unpredictable, and injuries are possible.
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