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GO BEYOND THE INCA TRAIL

Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu

Alternative Treks are amazing hiking tours in the Peruvian Andes that take place on ancient trails that are not the classic "Inca Trail". The Inca Trail itself travels along the mountains to the actual Sun Gate entrance to Machu Picchu. Because Alternative Treks do not go on the classic Inca Trail, they are not regulated by the government and do not require a permit. This means they are easier to book, more readily available, and equally as beautiful and rich in history. They are also less crowded than the classic Inca Trail.

Alternative Treks Usually End with a Bus Trip into Machu Picchu

The one important difference between the Alternative Treks and the Inca Trail Treks is that the hiking portion of your tour will end at or before the town of Aguas Calientes. The last night of the trek is spent in a hotel in the village and on your last day you will bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide for your tour of the ruins.

Option: Add a 2-Day Inca Trail Hike to Your Alternative Trek

You can choose an Alternative Trek and ALSO add on 2 additional days of hiking the classic Inca Trail. This means you will hike scenic and less crowded alternative trek trails and STILL get to walk through the Sun Gate into Machu Picchu in the early morning of your last hiking day! These add-on trek options are indicated by "Trek Name + Inca Trail".

SALKANTAY TREK OPTIONS

Although challenging, the Salkantay trek is a favorite for its stellar views, unique lodging options, and what feels like a truly epic experience from start to finish.

SALKANTAY TREK - 5D/5N

Highlights: Stellar scenery, coffee farm, glass cabanas, etc.
Lodging Type:
Unique accommodations & camping
Trip Difficulty:
Challenging
Length: 5 Days / 5 Nights
MOST POPULAR SALKANTAY TREK!

SALKANTAY TREK - 4D/3N

Highlights: Humantay Lagoon
Lodging Type:
Camping
Trip Difficulty:
Challenging
Length: 4 Days / 3 Nights

HUMANTAY LAGOON - Day Trip

Highlights: Humantay Lagoon
Lodging Type:
None
Trip Difficulty:
Moderate
Length: 1 Day, Includes 3 Hour Bus Ride Back

LARES TREK OPTIONS

A cultural flare: experience the thrill of hiking the Andes, and spend time in local villages learning more about this incredible culture.

LARES TREK - 4D/3N

Highlights: Local Villages, Machu Picchu
Lodging Type:
Camping & Hotel
Trip Difficulty:
Slower Paced, Good for Young Hikers
Length: 4 Days, 3 Nights

LARES TREK 3D + 2-DAY INCA TRAIL TREK

Highlights: Lares, short Inca Trail, and Machu Picchu
Lodging Type:
Camping
Trip Difficulty:
Moderately Challenging
Length: 5 Days, 4 Nights
Hike into Machu Picchu, too!

AUSANGATE TREK OPTIONS

To watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu is a must-do for most, as is the mind-boggling Rainbow Mountain. These trek options bring both this favorites together for you.

AUSANGATE TREK - 4D/3N

Highlights: Rainbow Mountain, Ausangate and Machu Picchu
Lodging Type: Camping
Trip Difficulty:
Moderately Difficult
Length: 4 Days / 3 Nights

AUSANGATE TREK - 3D/2N

Highlights: Cusco, Peru to Rainbow Mountain 
Lodging Type:
Camping
Trip Difficulty:
Moderate
Length: 3 Days / 2 Nights

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN - Day Trip

Highlights: Rainbow Mountain & the Red Valley
Lodging Type:
None
Trip Difficulty:
Moderate
Length: 1 Day

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK OPTIONS

Choquekiraw ruins are larger than Machu Picchu, but are currently a hidden gem, and not easily accessible to visitors. Soon, a tram will be built and this will become as popular as Machu Picchu.

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK - 5D/4N

Highlights: Choquequirao Ruins
Lodging Type:
Camping
Trip Difficulty:
Challenging
Length: 5 Days, 4 Nights

CHOQUEQUIRAO + MACHU PICCHU 8D/7N

Highlights: Choquequirao Ruins & Machu Picchu
Lodging Type:
Camping
Trip Difficulty:
Challenging
Length: 8 Days, 7 Nights

HUCHUY QOSQO TREK OPTIONS

Known as the "Little Cusco" perched above the Sacred Valley, Huchuy Quosqo is one of our prettiest treks and is both shorter and easier for those with limited time. Great for families and those who want a taste of hiking.

HUCHUY QOSQO TREK - 3D/2N

Highlights: Huchuy Qosqo & Machu Picchu
Lodging Type:
Camping
Trip Difficulty:
Moderate, good for families.
Length: 3 Days / 2 Nights

HOW TO CHOOSE A TREK

Trekker Planning Resources

Are you ready to plan your Inca Trail journey to some of the most awe-inspiring sights of Peru?

We're taking the guesswork out of the process for you; start here to plan the best Inca Trail or Alternative trek for you—including choosing your hike, information on permits & tickets, fitness & altitude sickness, and FAQs.

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