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On the fourth day of the Salkantay Trek we had a choice: trek along the road for 3 hours, or take on zip wires, crossing from one mountain to another. Guess which option we went for? Zip wires of course!
Cola De Mono are the company behind Peru’s first ever zip line and they offer you not one, not two, but six lines! After a 20 minute uphill hike you arrive at the first line. Once you’ve got used to the wires you can go upside down, twist about and even take on the last one “liked Superman” (face down to the ground, with arms stretched out).
The Cola De Mono Zipline company will drop you off at Hydroelectrica where the Salkantay trek continues. The afternoon was arguably one of the most pituresque parts of the trek. Arguably, as I’m sure the views from the trek’s summit are fantastic, just we couldn’t see anything due to the weather when we were there! Three hours of winding through the jungle, following a railway line, glancing upwards to spot parts of Machu Picchu, and you reach Aguas Calientes – the town at the bottom of Machu Pichu. Unlinke the Inca Trail you get a nice bed in and a hot shower before the big climb to Machu Pichu the following morning. Another bonus!