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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    • Our guide was a very knowledgeable, warm, charismatic individual whose company we enjoyed. The highlight was the Inca Trail, especially when we had it to ourselves. We had a superb time due to organization and guides
      Check out Jo and Hugh's adventure, the incredible 5-day Inca Trail trek to the world-famous Machu Picchu.
      Jo and Hugh
    • I was astounded by the varied menu and what the cook produced. The personnel were all friendly, polite and very good at their jobs. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly with a sense of humor, professional at all times. He instilled confidence. Choquequirao was a little harder than expected due to the altitude. Every day was an experience/ an adventure. All our senses were stimulated.
      Check out Runa's adventure, our trek from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, here.
      Runa
    • I cannot put into words what this trip means to me: One of the best times of my life. One I will relish forever. The food on the trail was fantastic and I cannot believe the quality and diversity of the cuisine. The guides were wonderful, professional, knowledgeable, and caring. Thank you so, so, much for everything you did.  
      Check out DR's adventure, the incredible 5-day Inca Trail trek to the world-famous Machu Picchu.
      DR
    • 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 of 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.
      Check out Kristen's adventure, the one of a kind KM104 (Inca Trail) leading explorers into the world-famous Machu Picchu.
      Kristen