Beekeeping on the Salkantay Hike
On the 5-Day Salkantay Hike to Machu Picchu, there are some great cultural and agricultural activities that we can do with a local family on the third day. Depending on the season, hikers may get to help collect and roast coffee beans, pick avocados, oranges, passion fruit, and other types of fruits. One of our favorite activities on this hike is learning about beekeeping in the Andes. Recently, two brave and adventurous Canadians decided to try their hand at beekeeping and learn about the process. They acted at helpful assistants, and in full beekeeping attire, they participated in this activity which involved using a smoker on the bees to calm them. This gave the main beekeeper the opportunity to open the beehive and do his work without the risk of getting stung. Our hikers fearlessly helped out as the honeycombs were removed from the frames to harvest the honey.
The Salkantay Hike is a great alternative to the Inca Trail and is especially ideal for nature-lovers as we get to pass through different and unique ecological zones that includes the highlands and the jungle. As an alternative hike to Machu Picchu, the Salkantay Hike offers a beautiful trail that gets you away from the crowds of the Inca Trail. Interested in what this amazing trek has to offer? Please visit the Salkantay Hike page here.