Salkantay does locate within the Vilcabamba mountains range, northwest of Cusco.
The snowcapped Apu Salkantay (APU means Sacred Mountain “watcher”) Salkantay has a height of 6271 meters / 20,574 feet. It can observe some condors “if we are lucky to see one” in their natural habitat.
The Cordillera of Vilcabamba (mountain range of Vilcabamba; north of Cusco) is where the Salkantay massif is, with a beautiful and secluded area.
The area is visible during the hike of Phuyupatamarca, which makes the Inca Trail (the third day of the experience). The Geography is intricate and whimsical all around this attractive. From Mollepata, Challacancha, or Soraypampa towards the classic 4-days Inca Trail to connect by Wayllabamba.
The temperature falls below 0 °C / 32 °F at night from June to September. The best time for the weather to do this Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is June to September.
It reaches a height of 4,650 meters above sea level / 15,255 ft. at its highest point. It is the 38th highest peak in the Andes and the highest 12th in Peru. However, it is the second-highest topographic prominence in the country after Huascaran.
The dry season “Temporada Seca” is the best time for this Salkantay trek. In Cusco, the dry season lasts from April to November, and the wet season is from December to March. It does usually thought that May and October offer the best weather conditions for exploring the Andes via Salkantay.