Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu


Why Do an Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu?

  • Due to the pandemic Inca Trail reservations for most of 2020 have been rescheduled for 2022 and beyond. This means it will be a real challenge to get Inca Trail permits into 2023. Being at the forefront of new trek exploration, we have an extensive list of alternative treks on other sections of the Inca Trail that include Machu Picchu, yet offer a less crowded experience.
  • As featured in Mark Adams Best Seller “Turn Right at Machu Picchu”, we helped Mark Adams follow Hiram Bingham’s route to Machu Picchu and Choquequirao, essentially opening the route. Choquequirao is an Inca city 5 times the size of Machu Picchu and gets maybe a handful of visitors per day. Connecting Choquequirao with Machu Picchu is the ultimate experience for both trekking and living history. Click Here to learn more about our time working with the award-winning journalist and writer, Mark Adams then checkout some of our favorite treks below.
  • Many of these alternative treks are on old sections of Inca Trail, still used by the locals today. This allows for more authentic interaction and helps prevent overcrowding of the more popular treks and their related sites.
  • Peru is the land of superlatives and there are few treks more rewarding than those that take you over mountain passes of some of the highest tropical glaciers in the world and ends in one of the most bio-diverse cloud-forests on the content.
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    • Hi

      Just a thank you for the great trip we had on the trail, with Jimmy and in the rainforest with Pepe, plus a special thanks for sorting the flight issues we had, getting out of Puerto Maldonado as we had two flights cancelled.

      Bob, Inca Trail and Amazon
    • Carol,
      We truly had a wonderful trek on the Inca Trail, thanks to your company. Chino and the other staff were terrific.
      Please do not hesitate to refer potential clients to us for recommendations. Thanks so much for a trip of a lifetime.  
      Jeff and Danyelle, July 2019
    • Everything was well organised and friendly, the staff very friendly, competent and helpful. I could not have asked for a better guide. Friendly, fun, well educated, well spoken, fun to be around. The highlights were good friends- appreciating nature and beautiful country and the prepared tents with sleeping bags and inners. All the organisation was 100%
      Patty April 2018
    • All the excursions that Amazonas organised were very good. We enjoyed the Kayaking despite the weather not being great that day. It was incredibly well organised and the guide who did that with us was fantastic. they cooked an excellent lunch cooked by the lake which was great. The salt mine was well worth a visit and was fascinating. All the hikes were a great success particularly the one ending up in Ollantaytambo at an amazing organic farm/distillery/restaurant called El Albergue where we had a traditionally cooked meal, a Pachamanca. It was a spectacular day, possibly our best. The hike to the Sun Gate was a great success though we found it quite tough despite the fact that we are reasonably fit and had done several hikes at altitude in the preceding days. It was a great way to see the ruins but we were absolutely shattered at the end. Our guide was excellent both at explaining the local flora and fauna but also pacing us and coaching us when we were getting tired. It took us 5 hours. There were very few people on it until we got very close to Machu Picchu and we were really glad we had done it. It was a good recommendation.
      Ashley, private tour October 2018