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The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Peru has always been a dream destination for me. I always admired the photos I came across of Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, the sky-high Andes Mountains and the beautiful cities. Over the past few years, I had made it my mission to travel to a bucket list destination for my birthday and this year for my 28th, I decided to make Peru happen and I was going to do it right by hiking to Machu Picchu – one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Click here to read about my weeklong itinerary in Peru where I got to explore the beautiful cities of Cusco and Lima and also do a day hike to Rainbow Mountain.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The ultimate highlight and unforgettable experience during my time in Peru was my 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. It was the most physically and mentally challenging experience, but it was super rewarding in the end and I wouldn’t change a thing.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

In this blog post, I am so excited to take you all into detail of my 3-day trek to Machu Picchu.

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Getting to Peru:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Even though you could find amazing flight deals through Skyscanner, I decided to book my flight straight from LATAM Airlines’ website. They are recognized as one of the best airlines to fly to and from South America and I had a great experience with them. The reason why I recommend flying with LATAM is because they are very reliable whereas the other (more affordable) airlines flying to and from the airports in Peru have a reputation of canceling flights last minute. To ensure you are able to get to and from your destination, book through LATAM. It’s worth the money and you don’t have to stress.

When to Travel to Peru:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

When it comes to traveling to Peru, I would say the best time to go is when I went during the end of June or anytime between May through September. Since Peru is located in the Southern Hemisphere, it was wintertime when I traveled there. What is nice about traveling to Peru during winter is that it is considered their dry season. Mornings and nights in the Andes Mountains were cold (reaching down to the high 20s) and daytime was absolutely beautiful (in the mid to high 60s).

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Please note that if you travel to Peru during summertime, it is considered rainy season. Even though it is cheaper to travel to Peru during summer (December through March), the weather isn’t the most ideal for hiking since it is humid, damp and rainy.

The Altitude in Peru:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

One of the major things to consider when you travel to Peru is the altitude and how it will affect your body.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Most travelers experience shortness of breath, headaches, nausea, fatigue, swelling of the hands and/or feet or loss of coordination when they travel to destinations of high elevations (usually over 8,000 feet above sea level or higher). I will admit that the altitude affected me during my first few days in Peru. Even walking up a minor hill in the city or climbing up a set of stairs in my hotel made me feel like I got the wind knocked out of me. I also experienced a minor headache the first couple of days, but this all went away after 3 days when hiking up a mountain felt more “normal”.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

A lot of individuals will bring medication to help them with the altitude, but since I don’t do well with most prescription pills, I decided I would suck it up. Everywhere you go in the Andes, there will always be coca tea offered to you whether it is in your hotel, at a restaurant or café, when you do a hike or trek, etc. Not only is coca tea widely consumed in Peru, it is also a popular beverage in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia. One thing to note is that the leaves of the coca plant contain alkaloids, when extracted chemically, is the source for cocaine. However, the amount of coca alkaloid in the raw leaves is small and will have no effects.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

**Please also note that it is illegal and completely banned to bring coca tea leaves or any coca products into the United States and United Kingdom. (I don’t know the rules for other countries.) So, to play it safe, leave it in Peru!

In addition to coca tea, most tour groups, hotels and restaurants have oxygen on-site in case anyone has severe altitude sickness.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The Salkantay Trek was ranked one of the best hikes in the world according to National Geographic Adventure Travel. I did my trek through Machu Picchu Reservations and I couldn’t recommend them more because they are absolutely great, very professional and their treks are affordable.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

In addition to the Salkantay Trek, they also do the Inca Trail, Rainbow Mountain, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu by train, Choquequirao Trek, Laguna Humantay, the salt mines, various city tours and more. Not only could you do a 3-Day, 2-night Salkantay Trek like I did, they also have a 2-day, 1-night; 4-day, 3-night and 5-day, 4-night trek. Even though I did 3-Day option, the 4-day Salkantay Trek is the most popular!

Booking the 3-Day Salkantay Trek and What’s Included:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Since the 3-Day, 2-Night Salkantay Trek is not as popular as the 4 or 5-Day Treks, Machu Picchu Reservations will make your tour flexible so that you could start your journey any day. I will admit that I booked my trek and my overall trip to Peru a little over a month prior to going there, but I didn’t have any issues booking it. Plus, there are numerous groups doing the trek every single day, so it is very easy for 3-Day trekkers to join a 4-Day or 5-Day group of hikers. You could book the trek itself online like I did and someone will be in touch with you within 24 hours. I was very happy at how professional Machu Picchu Reservations were and they provided me with all of the information and resources I needed right away.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Overall, the 3-Day, 2-Night Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu cost me a little over $250 USD.  A $180 USD down payment is required when you book the trek and you pay the remaining balance during the briefing meeting the night before your trek. Included in this price was the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu; the pre-departure trek briefing; a duffle bag to carry up to 7 kilos (15lbs.) of your belongings, which were carried by horses (I left my luggage that contained my laptop and other dressy clothing items at my hotel who stored it in their private room during the days I did the trek. You could also store your luggage at Machu Picchu Reservations’ office in Cusco.); a bilingual professional guide; a guided visit around Machu Picchu; transportation to and from the trek; 1-night of camping; 1-night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes; three breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners; the cooks who wrapped up all the meals on tour and First Aid equipment. You could also rent extra hiking equipment from Machu Picchu Reservations at an additional cost. I rented hiking polls for the trek and a sleeping bag for the night we camped (you could also bring your own sleeping bag that will be carried by the horses). You could also book an extra excursion and trek to Huayna Picchu. In addition, you could upgrade and take the train back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes instead of trekking back down to Hidroelectrica (the meeting point for the shuttle to go back to Cusco).

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

My 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was a total of 27 miles (45 kilometers) and the highest altitude of the trek was up to 15,228 feet above sea level (4630 meters).

Day 1 of the Salkantay Trek:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The start of my 3-Day journey began at 2am when I was picked up from my hotel in Cusco on Thursday, June 27. The night before my trek, I had a briefing at Machu Picchu Reservations’ office in Cusco where I was given my duffel bag, hiking polls and a thorough description of what my trek consisted of. The staff member at Machu Picchu Reservations went into detail about everything to ensure I knew what I was in for.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The drive from my hotel in Cusco to the start of my trek in Soraypampa was 3 hours. I will admit that the journey itself to get to the start of the trek was a little confusing to me. I didn’t know prior to the trek that I was going to be picked up by myself to be taken to the starting point. (I thought there would be other people with me.) The man who picked me up from the company didn’t speak English, so I unfortunately couldn’t understand anything he was trying to tell me along the way besides asking if I was cold (I know, I need to learn Spanish ASAP). One thing to note about the roads in the Andes Mountains is that most of them are unpaved, so driving on them is very similar to off-roading. Because the ride was so bumpy, I didn’t get much sleep during that 3-hour ride. I also was a little confused at around 4:30am when we got to a point where the driver stopped the car in what seemed like the middle of nowhere and decided to take a half hour nap. I had no idea where we were and I had lost cell phone service a long time before we reached that point. (This could be a little spooky for a solo female traveler.) After thinking about it, I figured he needed to rest because he had been driving in the middle of the night and didn’t want to risk falling asleep on the road (the roads are very windy and most of them are on the edge of a cliff). I even tried to sleep during this time, but it was hard because I didn’t know what was happening. Once it was 5am, he got out of the car and got his hiking gear ready. So I automatically assumed that this was the start of the trek (I also had no idea that this was near the beautiful blue lake Laguna Humantay). The man was very nice to me, even though we couldn’t understand each other, and he directed me all the way to the campsite where I met the group I’d be spending the next three days with. It took a half hour to get from the man’s car to the campsite and since it was still dark out, I was able to see the stars perfectly! It was such a beautiful night in the mountains.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

When we finally reached the campsite, I met my group who consisted of a couple from Northern California and a couple from Germany; solo travelers from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Brazil and Australia as well as two brothers from the United Kingdom. Everyone was very nice and we all got along great! Our guide Oscar (Clavix) was also amazing and was a fun tour guide. For breakfast that morning, we were served pancakes with chocolate and fresh fruit. It was the perfect thing to eat before our trek began that day.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 1 was definitely the hardest day of my trek because it was the day where we hiked to the highest altitude. Even though I had been in Peru for a few days at that point, I still wasn’t used to the altitude and every hill I hiked up was a bit of a struggle than usual. We departed the campsite at 6:30am where we hiked uphill through gorgeous valleys and caught stunning views of the mountains, clouds, rolling green hills and unique rock formations. We also passed cute alpacas and beautiful local people.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Since the trek up was difficult, we made a lot of stops to drink water, chew coca leaves and admire the views. After 3 hours, we finally reached the highest point along the Salkantay Pass. When we finally got there, we joined together as a group where our tour guide Clavix guided us in an offering for the APUS (Andean gods). After we made our offerings, we all gave each other a hug and connected. It was a beautiful moment!

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

One thing to note about the Salkantay Trek is that you will be layering up clothing wise and also stripping off layers at different points throughout the hike. I will admit that I started to sweat during the challenging trek up, but during the offering, I was freezing! Always make sure you have more layers on for those cooler points and carry a backpack that will allow you room to store your clothes when you get hot.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

After spending some time at the highest point in our trek, we started hiking downhill where the views were just as stunning as they were from the top. After trekking downhill for 2 hours, we made our way to the lunch point where we enjoyed a large meal prepared by the cooks of our tour. We savored vegetable soup with noodles, fried potatoes with spinach stuffed inside, a Peruvian omelet, rice with beets and potatoes in a delicious yellow sauce. They also served pork, but since I got full on the other food items, I didn’t eat it. Everything was delicious! When we were finished with lunch, we were able to stock up on water and snacks for the remainder of our trek that day. Just like at Rainbow Mountain (which I talk about here), there were stops along the way where we could purchase water, Gatorade, soda, chocolate, chips, local fruit and candies from the local people.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The remainder of the trek for that day consisted of a 3-hour hike downhill into the jungle. During this part of the trek, we admired glacial mountains, lagoons, grassy green hills and so much more. Halfway down, there was a point where we were able to grab a Peruvian beer and enjoy with a view. Afterwards, we finally made our way to our campsite called Chaullay.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

During our night camping in Chaullay, we slept in a tent with the sleeping bags we either brought from home or borrowed from Machu Picchu Reservations. There were bathrooms and showers at the campsite, but you needed to pay 10 Soles to use the shower facilities. What was also great about this campsite is that they also had WiFi for 10 Soles if you needed it.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The night at Chaullay was a lot of fun! We all enjoyed a great happy hour with beer, popcorn and other snacks. We then savored dinner under stars where our cooks made us a fried potato soup, chicken and Peruvian fried rice. For dessert, we had fresh melted chocolate with sprinkles and coffee.

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(Please remember to bring both sunblock and insect repellent because the sun is strong throughout the trek and there are a lot of mosquitos in the jungle. Since you are high up in the mountains, you do not have to worry about scary bugs or getting a deadly disease such as Zika, but always keep your tent, sleeping bag and personal bags completely zippered up.)

Day 2 of the Salkantay Trek:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Since I didn’t get much sleep the night before, I did sleep well in the jungle. It rained a bit during the night, so that was definitely relaxing, but it cleared up when we woke up to begin our trek the next day.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

We woke up at 5:30am and were treated with coca tea. After getting our stuff together and packing up, we enjoyed a nice breakfast with mountain views. We had omelets, pancakes and fruit with coffee and fresh orange juice.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Around 6:30/7am we started our hike in the jungle for 5 hours where we enjoyed stunning mountain views, valleys, waterfalls and so much more! It was absolutely beautiful, but also a bit hot! As we continued walking, we made our way along the Santa Teresa Valley, which is formed by the Salkantay River. During our journey, Clavix pointed out unique plants and also found wild berries that he crushed with his hands and painted beautiful tribal prints on our faces like the Incas used to do. 

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Our first big stop was to a plantation where we were able to enjoy fresh passion fruit, bananas and avocados. Everything was super fresh! We also made our way to a coffee plantation where we were able to roast fresh coffee beans and enjoy a fresh cup on site. It definitely hit the spot!

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

In the middle of the day, we took a van to a site in Santa Theresa where we were able to participate in an optional excursion. This excursion involved zip lining, walking across a cable bridge and rock climbing next to a waterfall. I had such a blast zip lining across the valley and canyons. In fact we zip lined around 4 times and it was such a blast! (Zip lining was always a major bucket list item for when I traveled to South America.) There were different zip line trails, but in between consisted of a cable bridge that we had to cross, which I will admit was SCARY since the boards were far apart and I’m so short. There was also an area where we needed to rock climb next to a waterfall. Thankfully, I have rock climbing experience, so that wasn’t a problem for me, although a few others were a little nervous about it since it was high and straight up. Please note that the zip line excursion was an additional cost (150 Soles).

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

After our fun zip lining adventure, we took the van to La Playa Sahuayco (this is the campsite where the 5-day trekkers stay) where we enjoyed a large lunch of fresh beetroot rice, potatoes, veggies and chicken before making our way to Hidroelectrica (train station) to begin our 3-hour hike to Aguas Calientes.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

When we finally got to Hidroelectrica via the van, it began to rain pretty hard. We went into a restaurant right next to the train station where we were given ponchos. We also weren’t allowed to bring our duffel bags to the hostel in Aguas Calientes since the horses couldn’t go into the city. So we had to stuff whatever we needed for the night and for the hike up to Machu Picchu the next day into our backpacks and leave whatever we didn’t need in our duffel bags, which were stored in a closet at the restaurant.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Once we were ready, we began our 3-hour long trek along the railroad to Aguas Calientes – the town that Machu Picchu resides in. Even though the trek was fairly flat, it did rain pretty hard during this part of the journey and it also got dark halfway there. Please make sure to bring a headlamp prior to the trek because there are going to be a few times throughout the adventure where you will be hiking in the dark and along the railroad are a few ditches where you need to watch your step. One of the highlights of this long walk was having a cute pup walk along my side the entire way. Unfortunately, Peru has a lot of stray dogs, but all of them are super friendly! This little guy starting walking with us at Hidroelectrica and stuck by my side until we got to the city. (I wanted to bring him or her home!)

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

After a few hours of walking, we finally reached the thriving mountain town of Aguas Calientes. During our night in Aguas Calientes, we stayed in a hostel called Salkantay Inn. I will admit that it was my first time staying in a budget hostel (I usually stay in boutique or luxury hostels), but it was clean overall. I honestly was a bit turned off to a lot of the stray dogs I saw inside of the hostel though, but because I was only staying there for a night it was fine.

Once we settled into our hostel, we went out to dinner at a restaurant nearby and then went out to a local bar for drinks. We had such a blast when we were out and I feel like I got to know everyone in my group even more!

Day 3 of the Salkantay Trek:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The last day of our trek started with a 3:45am wakeup call so that we could begin our journey to Machu Picchu around 4:15am. When you purchase your ticket for Machu Picchu, you are given an allotted time when you have to be at the top. Since my scheduled time was at 6am along with many others in my group, we had to leave early since we were hiking up. (There is also an option where you could take a 15-minute bus at an additional cost if you do not want to do the trek to Machu Picchu.) We were provided with a bagged breakfast and began our journey to the entrance in the dark.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

When we finally got to the entrance, there was a rather large line. Please note that you will need both your ticket and passport to enter Machu Picchu! Thankfully the line went pretty quick and then we began the most challenging part of our trek – walking up the thousands of stone steps to Machu Picchu. In the beginning, walking up these steps were fine, but as we got higher and closer to the top, the stairs got steeper. At this point, my knees were killing me and I was tired, but with a lot of water and determination, I made it! When you finally reach the top, people will be cheering you on.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

At first, you won’t be able to see the actual site of Machu Picchu. You need to enter into the actual site and show your ticket and passport again. When we finally got to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, we got to see the sunrise over the stunning ruins. It was so magical! I couldn’t believe I was finally standing in front of Machu Picchu – one of the 7 Wonders of the World!

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

After walking around and taking photos, Clavix gave us a history lesson on Machu Picchu. Located at the meeting point between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Basin stands this World Wonder. It is the greatest artistic, architectural and legacy of the Inca civilization. This amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site was also built in the 15th Century by the Inca Empire and was abandoned in the 16th Century when the Spanish conquered them. In 1911, Machu Picchu was finally made known to the outside world.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

There are approximately 200 structures at Machu Picchu. Most of them are for religious, ceremonial, astronomical and agricultural purposes. Stone terraces also separate them. It is said that to this exact day, many of Machu Picchu’s mysteries remain unsolved.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

We spent around 3 to 4 hours at Machu Picchu wandering around the ruins, admiring the views and seeing all of the historical sites. The first thing we saw was the Watchman’s Hut where you could catch views of the entire city. After that, we walked over to the Inca Bridge that was built as a secret entrance for the Incan army. Walking over to this area was pretty scary because you are pretty much walking on the side of a cliff with no railing or wall. You will need to sign in and out of this area so that the park rangers know you have made it out alive! When you finally get to the Inca Bridge, you will realize that there is no bridge. Instead, it is a stone path that leads to a 20-foot drop. The drop is bridged with tree trunks though!

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

After seeing the Inca Bridge, we walked down to see the ruins. Please note that once you walk down to see the ruins, you will need to exit from there. Due to over tourism at Machu Picchu, park rangers are very strict on when you arrive at the site and when you leave. That is why everyone gets a scheduled time slot to enter into Machu Picchu. As you make your way around the ruins, you could see The Funerary Stone, the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb or the Palace of the Princess, The Fountains, The Temple of Three Windows, The Principal Temple, the House of the High Priest, the House of Ornaments (Sacristy), the Central Plaza, The Mortar/Industrial Section, The Prison Group and more.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

If you are looking to hike more, you could make your way up to Inti Punku (for free), which is The Sun Gate or climb Huayna Picchu (at an additional cost). Even though you could see Huayna Picchu from various viewpoints, it is a whole different experience climbing up it. Known to be one of the most thrilling climbs in the world, Huayna Picchu is a super steep hike that will require the use of both hands and feet to get up. (You do not need climbing tools here.) Once you are at the top, you could get a birds-eye view of the entire city complex.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Getting back from Machu Picchu can be done in a variety of ways. Since my knees were killing me, I honestly couldn’t take those stone steps back down, so instead I paid $12 USD to take the bus down and it was worth it! From there, I did the 3-hour walk back from Aguas Calientes to Hidroelectrica. This time, it was a lot easier since it was daytime and the sun was shining. After collecting our bags and having lunch (and celebratory beers) at the restaurant in Hidroelectrica, we hopped on a shuttle that took us over 7 hours back to Cusco. The easier and quicker option, if you don’t want to hike back to Hidroelectrica and take the 7-hour shuttle back, is getting the train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco at an additional cost.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

When I got back to Cusco, I went straight to my hotel, unloaded my duffel bag and returned it to the Machu Picchu Reservations office in town.


The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Overall, I was extremely fulfilled after my 3-Day Salkantay Trek. Even though it was physically and mentally challenging, I felt like I accomplished something that has made my soul more fulfilled. I laughed, I cried, I prayed and I thanked God for this amazing journey. I recommend this hike for anyone and everyone who loves to hike, enjoys the mountains and great outdoors, has an interest in exposing themselves to different cultures and appreciates the beauty of the unknown. It is important though, that you are physically fit and in good health to do the trek to Machu Picchu. I don’t recommend the trek to those who have had serious injuries or major operations before, have bad knees and feet, suffer from vertigo, have asthma or experience other serious health and physical issues.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

If you have any questions about my 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu or general inquiries about my birthday trip to Peru, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

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10 Comments

  1. Bonnie Balk on July 9, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I wish I went with you, Taylor! It looks like the most amazing and spectacular adventure!! Super proud of you for doing it!

    • Taylor Deer on July 9, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you so much Bonnie! It was very memorable and rewarding! 🙂

  2. Maile on July 10, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Great read! Definitely is on my bucket list. Great tips! I loved your poncho!! Did you leave items in your hotel that you didn’t take on trip?

    • Taylor Deer on July 10, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Thank you so much Maile! Yes, I left my luggage with my laptop, dressy clothes and other unnecessary items at my hotel who locked it up in their private storage room. You could also store your luggage at Machu Picchu Reservations’ office in Cusco as well. 🙂

  3. World of Lina on July 11, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Oh wow! That trek sounds really adventurous. I’d love to do that as well, however, I’m not sure if I’m physically ready for it ?

    • Taylor Deer on July 11, 2019 at 10:41 am

      It’s very challenging, but super rewarding. I will admit that I did feel a little slow compared to some of the others in my group. It was my first long-term hike. I definitely say do it when you’re ready!

  4. Binish Pirwani on July 16, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    This is on my bucket list. It looks absolutely amazing!!!

    x B
    http://www.binishpirwani.com

    • Taylor Deer on July 19, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Thank you!!! It was one of the best experiences!

  5. Emma on July 29, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Great blog girl! I have always wanted to go to Peru, so this has given me all the Inspo I need! ??

    • Taylor Deer on July 29, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Thank you so much Emma! It’s such a great trip and it’s also a nice solo trip as well. 🙂

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Taylor-Machu-Picchuxx

The Most Challenging, But Rewarding Experience

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Peru has always been a dream destination for me. I always admired the photos I came across of Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, the sky-high Andes Mountains and the beautiful cities. Over the past few years, I had made it my mission to travel to a bucket list destination for my birthday and this year for my 28th, I decided to make Peru happen and I was going to do it right by hiking to Machu Picchu – one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Click here to read about my weeklong itinerary in Peru where I got to explore the beautiful cities of Cusco and Lima and also do a day hike to Rainbow Mountain.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The ultimate highlight and unforgettable experience during my time in Peru was my 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. It was the most physically and mentally challenging experience, but it was super rewarding in the end and I wouldn’t change a thing.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

In this blog post, I am so excited to take you all into detail of my 3-day trek to Machu Picchu.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Getting to Peru:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Even though you could find amazing flight deals through Skyscanner, I decided to book my flight straight from LATAM Airlines’ website. They are recognized as one of the best airlines to fly to and from South America and I had a great experience with them. The reason why I recommend flying with LATAM is because they are very reliable whereas the other (more affordable) airlines flying to and from the airports in Peru have a reputation of canceling flights last minute. To ensure you are able to get to and from your destination, book through LATAM. It’s worth the money and you don’t have to stress.

When to Travel to Peru:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

When it comes to traveling to Peru, I would say the best time to go is when I went during the end of June or anytime between May through September. Since Peru is located in the Southern Hemisphere, it was wintertime when I traveled there. What is nice about traveling to Peru during winter is that it is considered their dry season. Mornings and nights in the Andes Mountains were cold (reaching down to the high 20s) and daytime was absolutely beautiful (in the mid to high 60s).

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Please note that if you travel to Peru during summertime, it is considered rainy season. Even though it is cheaper to travel to Peru during summer (December through March), the weather isn’t the most ideal for hiking since it is humid, damp and rainy.

The Altitude in Peru:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

One of the major things to consider when you travel to Peru is the altitude and how it will affect your body.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Most travelers experience shortness of breath, headaches, nausea, fatigue, swelling of the hands and/or feet or loss of coordination when they travel to destinations of high elevations (usually over 8,000 feet above sea level or higher). I will admit that the altitude affected me during my first few days in Peru. Even walking up a minor hill in the city or climbing up a set of stairs in my hotel made me feel like I got the wind knocked out of me. I also experienced a minor headache the first couple of days, but this all went away after 3 days when hiking up a mountain felt more “normal”.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

A lot of individuals will bring medication to help them with the altitude, but since I don’t do well with most prescription pills, I decided I would suck it up. Everywhere you go in the Andes, there will always be coca tea offered to you whether it is in your hotel, at a restaurant or café, when you do a hike or trek, etc. Not only is coca tea widely consumed in Peru, it is also a popular beverage in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia. One thing to note is that the leaves of the coca plant contain alkaloids, when extracted chemically, is the source for cocaine. However, the amount of coca alkaloid in the raw leaves is small and will have no effects.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

**Please also note that it is illegal and completely banned to bring coca tea leaves or any coca products into the United States and United Kingdom. (I don’t know the rules for other countries.) So, to play it safe, leave it in Peru!

In addition to coca tea, most tour groups, hotels and restaurants have oxygen on-site in case anyone has severe altitude sickness.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The Salkantay Trek was ranked one of the best hikes in the world according to National Geographic Adventure Travel. I did my trek through Machu Picchu Reservations and I couldn’t recommend them more because they are absolutely great, very professional and their treks are affordable.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

In addition to the Salkantay Trek, they also do the Inca Trail, Rainbow Mountain, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu by train, Choquequirao Trek, Laguna Humantay, the salt mines, various city tours and more. Not only could you do a 3-Day, 2-night Salkantay Trek like I did, they also have a 2-day, 1-night; 4-day, 3-night and 5-day, 4-night trek. Even though I did 3-Day option, the 4-day Salkantay Trek is the most popular!

Booking the 3-Day Salkantay Trek and What’s Included:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Since the 3-Day, 2-Night Salkantay Trek is not as popular as the 4 or 5-Day Treks, Machu Picchu Reservations will make your tour flexible so that you could start your journey any day. I will admit that I booked my trek and my overall trip to Peru a little over a month prior to going there, but I didn’t have any issues booking it. Plus, there are numerous groups doing the trek every single day, so it is very easy for 3-Day trekkers to join a 4-Day or 5-Day group of hikers. You could book the trek itself online like I did and someone will be in touch with you within 24 hours. I was very happy at how professional Machu Picchu Reservations were and they provided me with all of the information and resources I needed right away.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Overall, the 3-Day, 2-Night Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu cost me a little over $250 USD.  A $180 USD down payment is required when you book the trek and you pay the remaining balance during the briefing meeting the night before your trek. Included in this price was the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu; the pre-departure trek briefing; a duffle bag to carry up to 7 kilos (15lbs.) of your belongings, which were carried by horses (I left my luggage that contained my laptop and other dressy clothing items at my hotel who stored it in their private room during the days I did the trek. You could also store your luggage at Machu Picchu Reservations’ office in Cusco.); a bilingual professional guide; a guided visit around Machu Picchu; transportation to and from the trek; 1-night of camping; 1-night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes; three breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners; the cooks who wrapped up all the meals on tour and First Aid equipment. You could also rent extra hiking equipment from Machu Picchu Reservations at an additional cost. I rented hiking polls for the trek and a sleeping bag for the night we camped (you could also bring your own sleeping bag that will be carried by the horses). You could also book an extra excursion and trek to Huayna Picchu. In addition, you could upgrade and take the train back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes instead of trekking back down to Hidroelectrica (the meeting point for the shuttle to go back to Cusco).

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

My 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was a total of 27 miles (45 kilometers) and the highest altitude of the trek was up to 15,228 feet above sea level (4630 meters).

Day 1 of the Salkantay Trek:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The start of my 3-Day journey began at 2am when I was picked up from my hotel in Cusco on Thursday, June 27. The night before my trek, I had a briefing at Machu Picchu Reservations’ office in Cusco where I was given my duffel bag, hiking polls and a thorough description of what my trek consisted of. The staff member at Machu Picchu Reservations went into detail about everything to ensure I knew what I was in for.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The drive from my hotel in Cusco to the start of my trek in Soraypampa was 3 hours. I will admit that the journey itself to get to the start of the trek was a little confusing to me. I didn’t know prior to the trek that I was going to be picked up by myself to be taken to the starting point. (I thought there would be other people with me.) The man who picked me up from the company didn’t speak English, so I unfortunately couldn’t understand anything he was trying to tell me along the way besides asking if I was cold (I know, I need to learn Spanish ASAP). One thing to note about the roads in the Andes Mountains is that most of them are unpaved, so driving on them is very similar to off-roading. Because the ride was so bumpy, I didn’t get much sleep during that 3-hour ride. I also was a little confused at around 4:30am when we got to a point where the driver stopped the car in what seemed like the middle of nowhere and decided to take a half hour nap. I had no idea where we were and I had lost cell phone service a long time before we reached that point. (This could be a little spooky for a solo female traveler.) After thinking about it, I figured he needed to rest because he had been driving in the middle of the night and didn’t want to risk falling asleep on the road (the roads are very windy and most of them are on the edge of a cliff). I even tried to sleep during this time, but it was hard because I didn’t know what was happening. Once it was 5am, he got out of the car and got his hiking gear ready. So I automatically assumed that this was the start of the trek (I also had no idea that this was near the beautiful blue lake Laguna Humantay). The man was very nice to me, even though we couldn’t understand each other, and he directed me all the way to the campsite where I met the group I’d be spending the next three days with. It took a half hour to get from the man’s car to the campsite and since it was still dark out, I was able to see the stars perfectly! It was such a beautiful night in the mountains.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

When we finally reached the campsite, I met my group who consisted of a couple from Northern California and a couple from Germany; solo travelers from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Brazil and Australia as well as two brothers from the United Kingdom. Everyone was very nice and we all got along great! Our guide Oscar (Clavix) was also amazing and was a fun tour guide. For breakfast that morning, we were served pancakes with chocolate and fresh fruit. It was the perfect thing to eat before our trek began that day.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 1 was definitely the hardest day of my trek because it was the day where we hiked to the highest altitude. Even though I had been in Peru for a few days at that point, I still wasn’t used to the altitude and every hill I hiked up was a bit of a struggle than usual. We departed the campsite at 6:30am where we hiked uphill through gorgeous valleys and caught stunning views of the mountains, clouds, rolling green hills and unique rock formations. We also passed cute alpacas and beautiful local people.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Since the trek up was difficult, we made a lot of stops to drink water, chew coca leaves and admire the views. After 3 hours, we finally reached the highest point along the Salkantay Pass. When we finally got there, we joined together as a group where our tour guide Clavix guided us in an offering for the APUS (Andean gods). After we made our offerings, we all gave each other a hug and connected. It was a beautiful moment!

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

One thing to note about the Salkantay Trek is that you will be layering up clothing wise and also stripping off layers at different points throughout the hike. I will admit that I started to sweat during the challenging trek up, but during the offering, I was freezing! Always make sure you have more layers on for those cooler points and carry a backpack that will allow you room to store your clothes when you get hot.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

After spending some time at the highest point in our trek, we started hiking downhill where the views were just as stunning as they were from the top. After trekking downhill for 2 hours, we made our way to the lunch point where we enjoyed a large meal prepared by the cooks of our tour. We savored vegetable soup with noodles, fried potatoes with spinach stuffed inside, a Peruvian omelet, rice with beets and potatoes in a delicious yellow sauce. They also served pork, but since I got full on the other food items, I didn’t eat it. Everything was delicious! When we were finished with lunch, we were able to stock up on water and snacks for the remainder of our trek that day. Just like at Rainbow Mountain (which I talk about here), there were stops along the way where we could purchase water, Gatorade, soda, chocolate, chips, local fruit and candies from the local people.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The remainder of the trek for that day consisted of a 3-hour hike downhill into the jungle. During this part of the trek, we admired glacial mountains, lagoons, grassy green hills and so much more. Halfway down, there was a point where we were able to grab a Peruvian beer and enjoy with a view. Afterwards, we finally made our way to our campsite called Chaullay.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

During our night camping in Chaullay, we slept in a tent with the sleeping bags we either brought from home or borrowed from Machu Picchu Reservations. There were bathrooms and showers at the campsite, but you needed to pay 10 Soles to use the shower facilities. What was also great about this campsite is that they also had WiFi for 10 Soles if you needed it.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The night at Chaullay was a lot of fun! We all enjoyed a great happy hour with beer, popcorn and other snacks. We then savored dinner under stars where our cooks made us a fried potato soup, chicken and Peruvian fried rice. For dessert, we had fresh melted chocolate with sprinkles and coffee.

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(Please remember to bring both sunblock and insect repellent because the sun is strong throughout the trek and there are a lot of mosquitos in the jungle. Since you are high up in the mountains, you do not have to worry about scary bugs or getting a deadly disease such as Zika, but always keep your tent, sleeping bag and personal bags completely zippered up.)

Day 2 of the Salkantay Trek:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Since I didn’t get much sleep the night before, I did sleep well in the jungle. It rained a bit during the night, so that was definitely relaxing, but it cleared up when we woke up to begin our trek the next day.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

We woke up at 5:30am and were treated with coca tea. After getting our stuff together and packing up, we enjoyed a nice breakfast with mountain views. We had omelets, pancakes and fruit with coffee and fresh orange juice.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Around 6:30/7am we started our hike in the jungle for 5 hours where we enjoyed stunning mountain views, valleys, waterfalls and so much more! It was absolutely beautiful, but also a bit hot! As we continued walking, we made our way along the Santa Teresa Valley, which is formed by the Salkantay River. During our journey, Clavix pointed out unique plants and also found wild berries that he crushed with his hands and painted beautiful tribal prints on our faces like the Incas used to do. 

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Our first big stop was to a plantation where we were able to enjoy fresh passion fruit, bananas and avocados. Everything was super fresh! We also made our way to a coffee plantation where we were able to roast fresh coffee beans and enjoy a fresh cup on site. It definitely hit the spot!

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

In the middle of the day, we took a van to a site in Santa Theresa where we were able to participate in an optional excursion. This excursion involved zip lining, walking across a cable bridge and rock climbing next to a waterfall. I had such a blast zip lining across the valley and canyons. In fact we zip lined around 4 times and it was such a blast! (Zip lining was always a major bucket list item for when I traveled to South America.) There were different zip line trails, but in between consisted of a cable bridge that we had to cross, which I will admit was SCARY since the boards were far apart and I’m so short. There was also an area where we needed to rock climb next to a waterfall. Thankfully, I have rock climbing experience, so that wasn’t a problem for me, although a few others were a little nervous about it since it was high and straight up. Please note that the zip line excursion was an additional cost (150 Soles).

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

After our fun zip lining adventure, we took the van to La Playa Sahuayco (this is the campsite where the 5-day trekkers stay) where we enjoyed a large lunch of fresh beetroot rice, potatoes, veggies and chicken before making our way to Hidroelectrica (train station) to begin our 3-hour hike to Aguas Calientes.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

When we finally got to Hidroelectrica via the van, it began to rain pretty hard. We went into a restaurant right next to the train station where we were given ponchos. We also weren’t allowed to bring our duffel bags to the hostel in Aguas Calientes since the horses couldn’t go into the city. So we had to stuff whatever we needed for the night and for the hike up to Machu Picchu the next day into our backpacks and leave whatever we didn’t need in our duffel bags, which were stored in a closet at the restaurant.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Once we were ready, we began our 3-hour long trek along the railroad to Aguas Calientes – the town that Machu Picchu resides in. Even though the trek was fairly flat, it did rain pretty hard during this part of the journey and it also got dark halfway there. Please make sure to bring a headlamp prior to the trek because there are going to be a few times throughout the adventure where you will be hiking in the dark and along the railroad are a few ditches where you need to watch your step. One of the highlights of this long walk was having a cute pup walk along my side the entire way. Unfortunately, Peru has a lot of stray dogs, but all of them are super friendly! This little guy starting walking with us at Hidroelectrica and stuck by my side until we got to the city. (I wanted to bring him or her home!)

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

After a few hours of walking, we finally reached the thriving mountain town of Aguas Calientes. During our night in Aguas Calientes, we stayed in a hostel called Salkantay Inn. I will admit that it was my first time staying in a budget hostel (I usually stay in boutique or luxury hostels), but it was clean overall. I honestly was a bit turned off to a lot of the stray dogs I saw inside of the hostel though, but because I was only staying there for a night it was fine.

Once we settled into our hostel, we went out to dinner at a restaurant nearby and then went out to a local bar for drinks. We had such a blast when we were out and I feel like I got to know everyone in my group even more!

Day 3 of the Salkantay Trek:

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The last day of our trek started with a 3:45am wakeup call so that we could begin our journey to Machu Picchu around 4:15am. When you purchase your ticket for Machu Picchu, you are given an allotted time when you have to be at the top. Since my scheduled time was at 6am along with many others in my group, we had to leave early since we were hiking up. (There is also an option where you could take a 15-minute bus at an additional cost if you do not want to do the trek to Machu Picchu.) We were provided with a bagged breakfast and began our journey to the entrance in the dark.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

When we finally got to the entrance, there was a rather large line. Please note that you will need both your ticket and passport to enter Machu Picchu! Thankfully the line went pretty quick and then we began the most challenging part of our trek – walking up the thousands of stone steps to Machu Picchu. In the beginning, walking up these steps were fine, but as we got higher and closer to the top, the stairs got steeper. At this point, my knees were killing me and I was tired, but with a lot of water and determination, I made it! When you finally reach the top, people will be cheering you on.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

At first, you won’t be able to see the actual site of Machu Picchu. You need to enter into the actual site and show your ticket and passport again. When we finally got to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, we got to see the sunrise over the stunning ruins. It was so magical! I couldn’t believe I was finally standing in front of Machu Picchu – one of the 7 Wonders of the World!

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

After walking around and taking photos, Clavix gave us a history lesson on Machu Picchu. Located at the meeting point between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Basin stands this World Wonder. It is the greatest artistic, architectural and legacy of the Inca civilization. This amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site was also built in the 15th Century by the Inca Empire and was abandoned in the 16th Century when the Spanish conquered them. In 1911, Machu Picchu was finally made known to the outside world.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

There are approximately 200 structures at Machu Picchu. Most of them are for religious, ceremonial, astronomical and agricultural purposes. Stone terraces also separate them. It is said that to this exact day, many of Machu Picchu’s mysteries remain unsolved.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

We spent around 3 to 4 hours at Machu Picchu wandering around the ruins, admiring the views and seeing all of the historical sites. The first thing we saw was the Watchman’s Hut where you could catch views of the entire city. After that, we walked over to the Inca Bridge that was built as a secret entrance for the Incan army. Walking over to this area was pretty scary because you are pretty much walking on the side of a cliff with no railing or wall. You will need to sign in and out of this area so that the park rangers know you have made it out alive! When you finally get to the Inca Bridge, you will realize that there is no bridge. Instead, it is a stone path that leads to a 20-foot drop. The drop is bridged with tree trunks though!

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

After seeing the Inca Bridge, we walked down to see the ruins. Please note that once you walk down to see the ruins, you will need to exit from there. Due to over tourism at Machu Picchu, park rangers are very strict on when you arrive at the site and when you leave. That is why everyone gets a scheduled time slot to enter into Machu Picchu. As you make your way around the ruins, you could see The Funerary Stone, the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb or the Palace of the Princess, The Fountains, The Temple of Three Windows, The Principal Temple, the House of the High Priest, the House of Ornaments (Sacristy), the Central Plaza, The Mortar/Industrial Section, The Prison Group and more.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

If you are looking to hike more, you could make your way up to Inti Punku (for free), which is The Sun Gate or climb Huayna Picchu (at an additional cost). Even though you could see Huayna Picchu from various viewpoints, it is a whole different experience climbing up it. Known to be one of the most thrilling climbs in the world, Huayna Picchu is a super steep hike that will require the use of both hands and feet to get up. (You do not need climbing tools here.) Once you are at the top, you could get a birds-eye view of the entire city complex.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Getting back from Machu Picchu can be done in a variety of ways. Since my knees were killing me, I honestly couldn’t take those stone steps back down, so instead I paid $12 USD to take the bus down and it was worth it! From there, I did the 3-hour walk back from Aguas Calientes to Hidroelectrica. This time, it was a lot easier since it was daytime and the sun was shining. After collecting our bags and having lunch (and celebratory beers) at the restaurant in Hidroelectrica, we hopped on a shuttle that took us over 7 hours back to Cusco. The easier and quicker option, if you don’t want to hike back to Hidroelectrica and take the 7-hour shuttle back, is getting the train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco at an additional cost.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

When I got back to Cusco, I went straight to my hotel, unloaded my duffel bag and returned it to the Machu Picchu Reservations office in town.


The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Overall, I was extremely fulfilled after my 3-Day Salkantay Trek. Even though it was physically and mentally challenging, I felt like I accomplished something that has made my soul more fulfilled. I laughed, I cried, I prayed and I thanked God for this amazing journey. I recommend this hike for anyone and everyone who loves to hike, enjoys the mountains and great outdoors, has an interest in exposing themselves to different cultures and appreciates the beauty of the unknown. It is important though, that you are physically fit and in good health to do the trek to Machu Picchu. I don’t recommend the trek to those who have had serious injuries or major operations before, have bad knees and feet, suffer from vertigo, have asthma or experience other serious health and physical issues.

The 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

If you have any questions about my 3-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu or general inquiries about my birthday trip to Peru, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

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10 Comments

  1. Bonnie Balk on July 9, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I wish I went with you, Taylor! It looks like the most amazing and spectacular adventure!! Super proud of you for doing it!

    • Taylor Deer on July 9, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you so much Bonnie! It was very memorable and rewarding! 🙂

  2. Maile on July 10, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Great read! Definitely is on my bucket list. Great tips! I loved your poncho!! Did you leave items in your hotel that you didn’t take on trip?

    • Taylor Deer on July 10, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Thank you so much Maile! Yes, I left my luggage with my laptop, dressy clothes and other unnecessary items at my hotel who locked it up in their private storage room. You could also store your luggage at Machu Picchu Reservations’ office in Cusco as well. 🙂

  3. World of Lina on July 11, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Oh wow! That trek sounds really adventurous. I’d love to do that as well, however, I’m not sure if I’m physically ready for it ?

    • Taylor Deer on July 11, 2019 at 10:41 am

      It’s very challenging, but super rewarding. I will admit that I did feel a little slow compared to some of the others in my group. It was my first long-term hike. I definitely say do it when you’re ready!

  4. Binish Pirwani on July 16, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    This is on my bucket list. It looks absolutely amazing!!!

    x B
    http://www.binishpirwani.com

    • Taylor Deer on July 19, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Thank you!!! It was one of the best experiences!

  5. Emma on July 29, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Great blog girl! I have always wanted to go to Peru, so this has given me all the Inspo I need! ??

    • Taylor Deer on July 29, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Thank you so much Emma! It’s such a great trip and it’s also a nice solo trip as well. 🙂

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