Polo, L., El optimismo ante la vida (1991), Lima: Colegio Salcantay
. Disponible en sitio web: www.leonardopolo.net
While doing unguided preparation for an ecotourism field school on the Salcantay Trail to Machu Picchu, my colleague Elena Carabajal and I literally stumbled onto their homestead with a torrential rainstorm on our heels.
Mollepata is the start of the Salcantay Trail, which is being recognized as the overflow trail into Machu Picchu (the primary trek is the iconic Inca Trail).
He returned in 2006 to the slopes of Nevado Salcantay
, a 20,000-foot-plus peak that is the highest in the Cordillera Vilcabamba range.
Alan Cummings, was driving due south when Salcantay, a 30-foot craft bobbing dead in the water three miles to the east, hailed him over VHF radio in insistent Spanish.
Salcantay, with a crew of eight, including a young boy, had run out of fuel after a night at sea and urgently requested enough gas to make the trip back to Paita, their homeport.
Local agents offer various routes, ranging from two-day jungle treks at lower altitude to the five day Salcantay
I made the choice to live in Peru because of the Latin culture, the heritage of the Incas, the cost of living and because I was enraptured by a beautiful valley in front of a towering mountain named Salcantay
The snow-capped Mount Salcantay
can be glimpsed in the distance