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Alternative Treks are really hiking options that are not the Inca Trail. While many of these treks do offer trails made by the Incas, they are not regulated by the government and do not require a permit. They are much easier to book, more readily available, and as beautiful and rich in history. They are also less crowded than the Inca Trail.

The one important difference is that the hiking portion 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.

TreksTotal DaysDistance HikedMax. ElevationMin. ElevationDifficulty
Salkantay & Humantay Lake Trek5.5 Days/5 Nights36 miles/59 kms15,157 ft/4620 mts5,413 ft/1650 mtsDifficult
Salkantay Trek4 Days/3 Nights25 miles/41 kms15,157 ft/4620 mts5,413 ft/1650 mtsDifficult
Lares Trek4 Days/3 Nights22 miles/35 kms15,355 ft/4680 mts6,561ft/2050 mtsModerate
Lares & 2 Day Inca Trail5 Days/4 NightsModerate
Huchuy Qosqo Trek3 Days/2 Nights13 miles/21 kms13,615 ft/4150 mts6,561 ft/2050 mtsEasy
Humantay Blue Lagoon Hike **1 DayModerate
Painted Hill Hike **1 DayChallenging
Choquequirao & Machu Picchu Trek8 Days/7 Nights33 miles/53 kms11,154 ft/3400 mts10,498 ft/3200 mtsModerate/Difficult
Choquequirao Trek **5 Days/4 Nights33 miles/53 kms11,154 ft/3400 mts10,498 ft/3200 mtsModerate/Difficult

** Denotes that the tour does not go to Machu Picchu.

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