Many people look forward to visiting the historic site of Machu Picchu. However, outdoor enthusiasts also strive to explore some of the regional landscapes and even traverse part of the Inca Trail. Alpaca Expeditions has long featured extensive week-long hiking tours on the Inca Trail, but we also have shorter trips meant for travelers with less time to spare but who still want to experience hiking and camping high in the Andes.
Once-in-a-Lifetime Machu Picchu Hiking Tours
For many, traveling on the Inca Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The enchanting mountain vistas and valleys are visually arresting. Yet, knowing that one is hiking in the footstep of ancient peoples can only give one pause to reflect upon the passage of time and the timeless majesty of the place. Alpaca Expeditions features experienced guides who have a wealth of information to share about the trail, the ancient Incas who build Machu Picchu, and the overall Andean landscape that is impressive to say the least.
Hiking the Inca Trail
Hiking the Inca Trail requires a moderate level of skill and fitness. The terrain can be difficult and the weather can fluctuate in the extreme. Nevertheless, if you are physically fit and enjoy hiking in alpine climates, you are an excellent candidate for a Machu Picchu trek on the Inca Trail. Naturally, you’ll need warm clothes and good hiking boots. However, you can rent your sleeping mat and tent from Alpaca Expeditions.
The Camping Experience
There’s something utterly unforgettable about sleeping in the Andean Mountains with Machu Picchu just a day’s hike away. Alpaca Expeditions features private campsites and delicious food for the journey. Sleeping under the stars will be a welcome rest after a day’s worth of travel.
For many, the highlight of the trip is seeing Machu Picchu. Yet, hikers often are just enthusiastic about the experience of exploring the Inca Trail. If you enjoy a challenging hike, we invite you to learn more about the various Machu Picchu hiking and camping tours we feature. From two days to seven days, you can choose a journey that suits your time frame.
Machu Picchu Hiking Tours to Explore
A few of our top tours are highlighted below:
Classic Inca Trail Trek (4 Days/3 Nights): Follow in the ancient steps of the Inca to marvel at Machu Picchu. An early morning at the Sun Gate and you’ll trek to reach the Lost City of the Incas. Approaching Machu Picchu the views of the city just get better and better!
Salkantay and Inca Trail Expedition (7 Days/6 Nights): For those looking to combine the best of our two most popular treks, this is for you. And when hiked with Alpaca Expeditions you will get to enjoy the sights without the interference of other trekkers. We have private campsites custom built by our team, full of gardens and pools.
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu (4 Days/3 Nights): This trek combines the beauty of the mountains with a cultural visit to two different villages, deep in the mountains. Spend time learning about their culture, traditions and perhaps, join a game of futbol with the kids.
Special Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (5.5 Days/5 Nights): The best way to see all Salkantay offers including a visit to the Blue Lagoon (Hamantay Lake) and a night camping across from Machu Picchu. This hike leads to the glacier peaks of Salkantay pass and then down to the jungle, allowing you to pass through many different micro-climates full of color and life.
No matter how long you have with us, our expert guides will show you the rich history of the Inca and the amazing scenery of our beautiful country. Contact us today for more information on these tours and others.