Machu Picchu Treks

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Inca Trail

Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is the most famous hike in South America – perhaps the world. It is a must-do and one of the biggest highlights of your trip to Peru. It offers 4 days of trekking along original paved Inca pathways and a range of spectacular Inca ruins along the way. The stunning scenery is breath taking. The trail spans through altitudes in the valley from 2,700 m (8,856 ft) to mountain passes of 4,215 m (13,825 ft). Finally it passes through the cloud forest to arrive at the majestic Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu itself.

This 4 day trek gets sold out pretty quickly, however the 2 day version might still have availability on short notice!

 

Ancascocha

Ancaschocha

This trek to Machu Picchu, which is uniquely offered by the agency we work with, is a remarkable trail that remains off the beaten path. It is listed as one of National Geographic’s 20 dream hikes on their World Best Hikes list. The trek wanders through traditional villages like Chillipahua and its namesake Ancascocha (3,700 m/12,136 ft). Along the way, it humps over big passes, including the high point at the Huayanay Pass (4,550 m/ 14,925 ft), and takes in views of towering 20,551 foot (6,266 m) Apu Salkantay. You’ll spend 3 or 4 days hiking through this beautiful landscape and tour Machu Picchu on the 4th / 5th day! On the last hiking day you spend more than half of the day on the classic Inca Trail.

 

Salkantay

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This trek to Machu Picchu runs beneath the magnificent Salkantay mountain (6,271 m/ 20,569 ft), one of the highest and most stunning in the Andes.  The Salkantay Trek was recently named on the National Geographic Ultimate Adventure bucket list – defined as “The 20 most extreme, hair-raising, legendary adventures on the planet.” It is a trek open to everybody, and the most popular alternative to the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

You will have 3, 4 or 5 days of trekking through various landscapes including highlands, cloud forest, rain forest and dry mountain and tour Machu Picchu on the last day!. Throughout the trek you have amazing views of Apu Salkantay, Pumasillo Mountain and Humantay Mountain, three of the most stunning peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba Mountain range.

 

Choquequirao

Choquequirao

The Classic Choquequirao trek is one of the most beautiful and spectacular treks in the Cusco region. This trek is an extended, 9 day version that continues on past Choquequirao to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. It was listed on the National Geographic 2015 best Trips in the world! This challenging trek will be very rewarding to the adventurous trekker. The difficulty of the trek is comparable to the hike to Mount Everest Base Camp.

On this trek you will see the great Choquequirao ruins and have a real adventure enjoying the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, great valleys and amazing canyons. You will also see native animals such as Andean Condors and native flora and fauna such as orchids and so much more.

On the 8th day of the trek we will arrive in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. Here you will check in to your hotel room at a very nice bed and breakfast. The trek is capped off by your visit to Machu Picchu and hike of Huayna Picchu Mountain on the 9th day.

Lares

Lares

This remote and rarely visited region offers the trekker an insider´s view into traditional Andean life – a timeless world where farmers plant their crops on the lands their ancestors tended and watch over herds of lama and alpaca beneath the sacred snow-covered peaks they worshipped as gods. The trail is one of the Inca trails from the time of the Inca Empire. Today, the trail is still in use by farmers, who are Inca descendants. It connects the communities of Cancha Cancha, Quisuarani, Cuncani and Lares with life in the Sacred Valley. On the third day, we’ll take the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes, having a full day to explore the Machu Picchu Sanctuary and climb Huayna Picchu mountain the last day.

We offer this alternative route to the classic Lares trek. We think it is superior because we visit the hot springs on day 3 instead of day 1. On day 3 it is a much deserved reward for completing the hiking portion of the trek.