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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A peak, 6,275.4 m (20,575 ft) high, of the Cordillera Oriental in southern Peru. It is the highest mountain in the range.

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  • Take a direct north-south bearing, you find to your astonishment that it bisects the Intiwatana stone, goes to the skyline, hits the heart of Salcantay, the second of the most important mountains of the Incan empire, and then beyond Salcantay, of course, when the southern cross reaches the southernmost point in the sky, directly in that same alignment, the Milky Way overhead.

    Wade Davis on the worldwide web of belief and ritual

  • Salcantay is viewed as male, and Veronica is its consort.

    Exploring the Inca Heartland: The Mountain Gods

  • Salcantay is considered to be the brother of Ausangate, a high peak east of Cusco, and the two are thought to be equally powerful and the fathers of all the other mountains.

    Exploring the Inca Heartland: The Mountain Gods

  • Viewed from Machu Picchu, the constellation we call the Southern Cross, which was also known and of some importance to the Inca, rises on east and sets on west of Salcantay, and at its highest point is directly above the mountain.

    Exploring the Inca Heartland: The Mountain Gods

  • Reverence for Salcantay, the name is from salqa meaning wild or uncivilized, is recorded as early as 1583, and the mountain is still invoked in rituals to cure illness.

    Exploring the Inca Heartland: The Mountain Gods

  • The trail winds through jungle with orchids and bromeliads, through a tunnel, and along ridge above Urubamba River to Puyupatamarca, our third camp (14 km), with stunning views of Salcantay, Veronica, and Pumasillo.

    Exploring the Inca Heartland: The Inca Trail

  • The highest is Salcantay, at 6,271 m (20,581 feet), which looks like a frozen Gibraltar on steroids.

    Exploring the Inca Heartland: The Mountain Gods

  • Veronica and Salcantay are said speak to one another with thunder.

    Exploring the Inca Heartland: The Mountain Gods

  • Veronica, more properly known as Huaca Huillca or Waqaywillca, and also called China (female) Salcantay.

    Exploring the Inca Heartland: The Mountain Gods

  • There, at the fortress city of Vitcos and on the slopes of Salcantay and hundreds of other jagged peaks that reach west as far as the Apurimac, he established a new Inca state, a base from which he planned to wage guerrilla war until his forces were strong enough to reconquer the Americas.

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