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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    • Chino was so amazing. By the end of the trek we felt that we had made a great friend, he was so kind, intelligent and polite and was just great with our teenage children. We went 9km and told Chino we wanted to go really fast to challenge ourselves. We made the trek in about 3 hours instead of 5. We were very happy. The difficult initial ascent from km104 was a very vigorous trek which we loved. The ruins Winay Wayna were magical and the amazing flowers, ferns, moss and vines were the best. I loved it all except the scary bus ride down from Machu Picchu to the train station. Next time I will trek down.
      Kristen, April 2018
    • Carlos was awesome, very helpful, knowledgeable, informative, friendly, good company. He was thoughtful about our needs and when feeling some illness he had helpful suggestions and very professional. We felt well taken care of and highly recommend him as a guide. Pedro was an incredible cook and the meals on the trek were awesome. Food/ meals at restaurants were also great, snacks were just right and a good supply of water. We had a great size tent, sleeping bags of perfect warmth, Thermarest great, baño and shelter great and loved the water bottles we were given. Highlights included the trekking for sure, the way Carlos introduced us to Machu Picchu when we reached the sun gate and the shared enjoyment of flora and fauna along the way. Awesome experience of completing a trek I've wanted to do for a long time and spending it with my son and such a wonderful team that felt so unified
      Harriet, Lares km104 April 2019
    • Jose did a great job getting us safely through the tail and was very informative and knowledgeable. The scenery was spectacular.
      Beth, April, 2018
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    • The daily highlight was arriving at lunch to see the dining-tent set up with our cook's Leonardo's fantastic cooking. Carlos our guide worked tirelessly for us all - a credit and a really nice guy.  
      JP - Group cycle ride Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca  - September 2019