Machu Picchu is one of the most popular places to visit in the world, with the site hosting up to 1000 people each day during the high season between May and October, and close to 1 million people visiting Machu Picchu annually. Sprawling across 7000-foot high hilltops in the midst of the Andes Mountains,
it’s easy to see why Machu Picchu is intriguing to travelers and historians alike. While some experienced hikers visit as lone adventurers, the best way to experience the grandiosity of the Peruvian sanctuary and UNESCO world heritage site is via guided Machu Picchu tours.
Choosing The Right Machu Picchu Tours For You
4 day and 5 Day Inca Trail. The 4 Day Inca Trail is by far the most popular trek when visiting Peru. One of the most popular in the world. As all our treks tend to be, this hike is challenging especially on Day 2 when you conquer 2 mountain peaks in one day. Rich in history and beauty. The 5 day version follows the same exact path at a slower rate.
- Recommended for: Anyone who is fit. It’s important to note that the hardest day is typically day
2, when traversing through the Dead Woman’s Pass. Permits required and limited.
2-Day Inca Trail. Spend one full day hiking the historic Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu on Day 2. Hiking day still has its challenges, with mostly uphill hiking before lunch. But walking through the Sun Gate for your first view of the ruins make all the hard work worth it. This hike still requires permits, but they are much more available than on the longer version.
- Recommended for: Fit hikers who want to get to the summit of Machu Picchu as soon as possible; repeat travelers who have hiked Machu Picchu before.
7-day Salkantay and Inca Trail. For those who have a true love for hiking and camping, this 46.7-mile track is a lot more immersive and strenuous – but the most rewarding. Salkantay is the highest peak it in the Vilcabamba mountain range, which is part of the Peruvian Andes.
- Recommended for: those who want to experience Machu Picchu in its entirety. It’s important to note because of its length and difficulty; this track can only be booked privately.
Salkantay Trek. There is a 4-day and day 5.5-day version of this trek. This is one of the more popular track outside of the Inca trail. This is because you’ll be going through several micro-climates with different sceneries in each zone. The 5.5 Day trek path will include two private Alpaca Expeditions campsites and a night camping with views of Machu Picchu.
- Recommended for: Salkantay Trek is recommended for fit hikers who focus on nature and quiet. The scenery can not be matched, but this hike is more challenging than the Inca Trail treks.
Lares Trek. This trail starts at the Punta Carretera. It’s an intermediate trail that is about 22 miles long. The trail is unique due to the fact that you’ll experience how the Andean people lived in the past and still do today. It’s a beautiful pass that goes through mountain peaks and natural lake features.
- Recommended for: This trek will give you the unique opportunity to interact with the locals.
Note that we do not control their schedule or when they travel through – there is a chance that you may not meet them.
If you are interested in booking one of our Machu Picchu tours, or have any questions regarding special accommodations, then feel free to contact us at Alpaca Expeditions. Alpaca Expeditions is a Peruvian travel operator with a main office in located in Cusco, Peru, and we are the top-rated tour operators of the Inca Trail.