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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    •  I want to add a more personal note of thanks for a fantastic holiday. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, I thought it was well planned, superbly guided and supported by the camp crew. The four main guides were excellent and fully up to the standard I have become used to
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      Diego did a great job of keeping a very mixed group of cyclists safe and happy and although personally, I was hoping for a bit of single track, the mostly gravel roads allowed for some lovely free-flowing riding and enabled us to look at the scenery without too much risk of becoming part of it! I still can't believe I rode downhill for a whole day descending around 8,000 feet! If I were to change anything about the first week I would skip the second night in the Amazon Lodge in favour of some more riding.
      For the second week, Jose did an equally good job. His knowledge and his pride in the history and heritage of the area really brought the trek to life. I enjoyed his sense of humour and his 'half-minutes.' Thank you also for instantly converting everything from metres to feet just for me. I enjoyed the un-spoilt open trails mixed with the final historic route from KM104 up to the Sun Gate. What a great way to get the first view of Machu Picchu and to enter it as most visitors were going. I'm pleased I did this mixed week rather than just the 'classic' historic Inca Trail. I couldn't believe I was walking at over 14,000 feet and feeling so good! if I would suggest anything to change it would possibly be to try and plan to return to Cusco straight after lunch and have a final evening as a group.
      Incidentally, full marks to Jose for sorting out the problem with the train so quickly and efficiently.
      David W- cycle tour, September 2018
    • We were greeted warmly by Kiki and Remy impressed us with his driving right away. We loved all 3 hotels, they were so nice and each hotel's staff was so helpful, and all had excellent showers. The hotels all had great food but the real food highlights were the lunches and dinners during our excursions. Leo ( biking) and Romel, Gonzo and Santiago were excellent chefs!! The logistics were phenomenal! All of our rides/ guides were always there early and we never had to worry or even think about getting from activity to activity. All of the speciality equipment provided for rafting and biking was in great shape and clearly explained to us. It's hard to explain how perfect our days with Amazonas were. The guides were so thoughtful, caring and knowledgeable. They taught us so much about Peru and its history. From rafting to Apurimac to biking the Sacred Valley to hiking the Inca Trail to exploring Mapi, we're overwhelmed with all the beauty. We felt like Kiki, Wilheim, Leo; Ronny, Gonzo, Romel and especially our "primo" Santiago Carlin, are family now. We loved them all. Kiki is like familia, from our 1st tour of Cusco through our 2 days in Mapi, he excelled in every area. We had stomach issues for the hike and he was so patient and thoughtful. Santiago encouraging us to "cliff" jump and just every minute of skill and knowledge he brought to the trip exploring Mapi, a sunrise based on Kiki's rec, it was perfect. Honestly nothing was bad other than our own health issues. Amazonas excelled at every level.
      The Libby Family
      multi-activity private
    • Each day was well planned down to every detail -we only had to enjoy ourselves. Everyone without exception was friendly, helpful and skilled. The cook Enrique should open a restaurant! Last year we were so impressed with our guide in Africa- we thought no-one could be better- but Cristo was so good with our granddaughter who needed someone to keep up with her energy. I so appreciated the depth of personal sharing from our guides, especially Cristo and Santi.
      Charles, April 2018
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      Custom trip
    • Thank you, thank you, for an amazing and wonderful experience.

      Marianne & family(10) - SUP on lake Huaypo & Hike Maras Saltpans Day trip - August 2019