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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    • The team that looked after us was very special. Signor Domingo who led the muleteers was fantastic. Edwar is a genuine man and a great guide.
      Check out Colin's adventure, the incredible Choquequirao trek, leading to forgotten Inca Ruins high in the mountains.
    • Cristo was excellent. Very knowledgeable and easy pace with lots of detail- a first-class guide. The kids enjoyed the chocolate museum and Machu Picchu. The climb of Waynapicchu is a highlight and the salt ponds were great. Ollantaytambo was also lovely. The bike ride was ok but it didn´t really lead anywhere to see anything, so could be improved or replaced.
      Check out AB's adventure, our 8-day family exploration of Cusco, seeing the best sites there are to offer.
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    • I cannot say enough good things about Amazonas Explorer and our passionate tour guide, Cristo, the diligent porters, and all the people working in the background on the Amazonas Explorer team. My husband and I did the 5-day Machu Pichu hike this past September. AE is professional, organized, ethical, and made this experience one I will never forget. The porters were amazing, the food was delicious and we even had plenty of snacks supplied by AE. Cristo shared so much knowledge, that the few months since being back I've been reading more books about the history of Peru. He was so insightful and really put his heart into the tour. I really enjoyed visiting the Inca sites leading up to Machu Pichu and a few of our stops in the Sacred Valley. I also want to thank Andrea, who was our main contact with organizing the trip. We had planned to trek in May of 2020, but we all know the world had different plans. After postponing a few times, we were finally able to book for September of 2021. She was punctual, efficient, and organized. I know she did not have an easy job that year and I really appreciate her hard work. Seriously, book with this group! Amazonas Explorers, thank you for a trip we will never forget.
      Check out Cindy Lee's adventure, our incredible 5-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.
      Cindy Lee
    • I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for the trip of a lifetime, we've had an amazing time in Peru, all the organization has been seamless, everybody is so welcoming and helpful. Congratulations too on your business, very impressive. Hopefully, get to see you when you're back in Wales. All the best, and until next time ...
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      Andrew and Kathy