As a passionate architect who finds solace in both the beauty of natural landscapes and the intricacies of historical structures, the idea of embarking on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was a dream that had been lingering in my mind for years. Little did I know that this dream would become a reality on my honeymoon with my beloved wife, Gina.
Our Salkantay Trekking experience, booked through Bamba Travel, promised a unique blend of challenging trails, stunning views, and a deep dive into Inca history and local culture. Our five-day journey through the Andes was a perfect combination of romance, adventure, and unforgettable memories. Read my blog to learn why you should choose the Salkantay Trek vs the more popular Inca Trail.
Day 1: Soraypampa Camp - The Journey Begins
Our adventure kicked off with a 3-hour walk to Soraypampa, situated at an altitude of 3,920 meters. The panoramic views of snow-capped mountains during our lunch break left us in awe, and the promise of what lay ahead filled us with excitement. The highlight of the day was our hike to Laguna de Humantay, where we were treated to breathtaking views of the Andean peaks. The sense of isolation and immersion in nature set the tone for the romantic journey that lay ahead.
Day 2: Colcapampa Camp - Scaling New Heights Together
Day 2 presented us with a challenge – a 4-hour hike to the highest pass on the trek, located at 4,650 meters. As we trekked between the towering Salkantay and Humantay mountains, we discovered the true meaning of partnership and support. The vistas from the pass were nothing short of extraordinary, a reward for our determination and teamwork. The downhill hike and well-deserved lunch were followed by a trek to Challhuay, where we were greeted by the beginnings of the high jungle region.
Day 3: Santa Teresa Town - Discovering the Jungle's Secrets
The upper jungle awaited us on Day 3, where we crossed the Santa Teresa River and encountered valleys, waterfalls, and tropical flora. Our journey was a visual feast, and lunch at La Playa rejuvenated us for the rest of the day. The change in climate as we arrived in Santa Teresa town was a welcome surprise, and the option to indulge in the hot springs was the perfect reward for the efforts of the past days.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Nearing the Destination
As we approached Aguas Calientes, the excitement was palpable. The path led us through lush surroundings, and the anticipation of our impending visit to Machu Picchu filled the air. Arriving in Aguas Calientes after a 3-hour walk, we felt a mix of exhaustion and exhilaration. Our romantic dinner at a traditional restaurant provided the perfect setting to reflect on the journey we had undertaken together.
Day 5: Machu Picchu - A Fairytale Ending
The long-awaited day arrived – our visit to Machu Picchu. Catching one of the first buses, we were greeted by the mystical beauty of the ancient city as the mist dissipated. Our guided tour provided insights into the history and architecture, but it was the freedom to explore on our own that allowed us to truly absorb the wonder of the place. The energy, the views, and the shared sense of accomplishment made this day a true fairytale ending to our journey.
The Salkantay Trek tour to Machu Picchu was more than just a trek; it was a journey of love, growth, and adventure. Gina and I emerged from this experience closer than ever, having navigated challenges, celebrated triumphs, and cherished intimate moments amid some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth.
The blend of Peru‘s history, nature, and the bond we formed during those five days will forever remain a cherished chapter in our love story. This trek wasn’t just a honeymoon adventure; it was a testament to the power of shared experiences and the magic of exploring the world hand in hand.
Guest post written by Greg Rummans
Greg is an architect with a passion for nature and the outdoors. His goal is to go on a long hike every three months.