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”.

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Ultimate Classic Salkantay Trek 5D/5N

The Salkantay Trek is a favorite among hikers for the Humantay Blue Lagoon, glass cabanas, and our exclusive campsite overlooking the mystical ruins
  • 5D / 5N
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Special Salkantay Trek & Humantay Lagoon 4D/3N

Salkantay Trail Trek 4 Day – Alternative Hike to Machu Picchu Tour Type: Trekking/hiking, cultural, adventurous Good For: Those in moderate sh
  • 4D / 3N
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Humantay Blue Lagoon Day Hike

Humantay Lake: The Salkantay Trek to Humantay Lake Peru (or the Blue Lagoon) is a one-day hike to visit the beautiful turquoise lake at the base of th
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Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu: An especially loved trek that takes you to the villages of local Andean families to experience their culture, allows the
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Lares & 2 Day Inca Trail with Camping 5D/4N

Tour Location: Lares Trail Peru to Wondrous Machu Picchu Tour Type: This tour combines our Lares trek (2.5 days) with the short Inca Trail allowing
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$ 905
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Ausangate, Rainbow Mtn & Machu Picchu – 4D/3N

Alpaca Expedition created the Ausangate + Machu Picchu package based on our client’s feedback. They wanted a hike that included the Ausangate trek,
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Ausangate Trek, Rainbow Mountain 3D/2N

Trek Ausangate Location: Cusco, Peru to Rainbow Mountain Trek Ausangate Tour Type: Hiking, adventure, camping Good For: Those with a sense of adven
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Rainbow Mountain Hike & Red Valley Tour – in 1 Day!

Your Rainbow Mountain hike is like no other because of the mountain’s rich colors. This is a newer tourist attraction so there are less crowds. The
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7 Lakes trek Ausangate – Full day

Experience the 7 Lakes of Ausangate Peru, including Pariacaca, Otorongo, and the Pucacocha in The Cordillera Negra! A great option when traveling to C
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Choquequirao Trek 5D/4N

The Choquequirao Trek (also spelled Choquekiraw) ruins are larger than Machu Picchu, but are currently a hidden gem, and not easily accessible to vi
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Choquequirao Trek + Machu Picchu 6D/5N

Choquequirao Peru reveals historic ruins that are much larger than those at Machu Picchu. The Choquequirao Peru tour reveals this currently hidden gem
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Huchuy Qosqo 3D/2N

Tour Type: Huchuy Qosqo, Little Cusco perched above the Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour Type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture Good For:
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