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Inca Trail Alternative Treks

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Trekking on the Inca Trail in Peru is perhaps one of the most incredible travel adventures in the world, however; it is not the only one! Various so-called Alternative Treks also lead to Machu Picchu following authentic Inca trails! And visiting otherwise hard-to-reach and unknown Inca monuments! We offer a variety of tourist experiences, designed to fit most budgets and breaks.

So if the Classic Inca Trail is fully booked, but you still desire to hike to Machu Picchu, we recommend the best Inca Trail Alternative Treks! So, you can choose a hike that suits you the most. For instance, various length options of the favourite Salkantay TrekInka Jungle Trek to Machu PicchuLares Trek to Machu PicchuVilcabamba to Machu PicchuLlactapata Trek, varieties of Huchuy Qosqo hikes, Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu, Choquequirao Trek or the longer trail Choquequirao to Machu Picchu. The latter is the most interesting route to the New Wonder of the World and basically, it combines a visit of two “lost cities of the Incas“.

To complete the offer, our options also include other alternative trails near Cusco such as the increasingly popular hike to the Rainbow Mountain, also called the Mountain of 7 Colours, as well as to Ausangate, the most powerful Andean deity of the Cusco Region – the Mt Ausangate. You can select from their different combinations and lengths such as from the 2-day Rainbow Mountain Trek, 7-day Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain, and 7-day Ausangate Peru Hike.  

So if you do not get your Inca Trail permit months in advance, you could get stuck in your hotel in Cusco drinking pisco sour and watching the endless series repeat on TV. Luckily, there are Alternative Treks full of lesser-known but no less amazing trails and attractions! 

Ausangate Peru Hike

Ausangate Peru hike

Experience the Ausangate trek in Peru with us as we take you to one of the most pristine landscapes in the country, visiting the most sacred and highest peaks

Llactapata Trek to Inca Trail

From$600 USD
Llactapata Trek to Inca Trail is a new hiking to Machu Picchu. This trail involve the two important Inca Path. 1 Day Llactapata ruins and 2 Day Inca Trail.

Huchuy Qosqo Day Hike

Huchuy Qosqo means small Cusco, this citadel was a fortress of dominion and vigilance over the Sacred Valley and place of refuge of the Inca during the wars with the Chanca people.

Huchuy Qosqo Trek

Huchuy Qosqo 2 days hike combine archaeological site and spectacular geography typical of the Andes, appreciating the snowy peaks of the Urubamba Rainge Mountain along the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Salkantay Hike to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek Challenging

From$650 USD
The 3 day Salkantay Challenging to Machu Picchu was created for intrepid travelers, who like to explore and discount the sacred mountain in a short time

Salkantay to Short Inca Trail

From$680 USD
The Salkantay to Short Inca Trail 5 days an impressive excursion that passes under the magnificent Salkantay Mountain and hikes part of the Inca Trail
Choquequirao Trail to Machu Picchu

Choquequirao Trail to Machu Picchu

From$1,150 USD
Choquequirao, impressive not only for the archaeological complex, but for the views offered by the route from the city of Cusco. The vegetation, the view of the Apurimac canyon, one of the deepest canyons in America, makes this trek an unforgettable experience.

Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu

From$690 USD
The Vilcabamba trek to Machu Picchu is a remote and amazing hike that is not very famous and this is a new alternative hike to the Inca Trail. Peru is

Short Choquequirao Trail

From$500 USD
Test your inner adventurer with the 4day Trek to Choquequirao, the last stronghold of Inca resistance. Choquequirao, the best experience for natural lovers!
Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain

Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain

Explore Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain: nature and amazing colors in the Andes, discover their unique beauty today!

Condor Sight to Salkantay Trek

From$680 USD
This hike involves Chonta Canyon, where you can view the Condor overflight. Then hike to Machu Picchu city and stunning views of the Salkantay Mountain

Choquequirao Trek

From$550 USD
Choquequirao trek 5 days is best hike for you. Situated above the stormy, glacier-fed Apurimac River. Choquequirao was nominated by National Geographic

Salkantay Trek Expedition

Salkantay is known as the most impressive peak in the Peruvian Andes. Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is the best alternative for the Inca Trail.

Llactapata Trek to Machu Picchu

Llactapata trek is similar to Short Inca Trail 2 days. This archaeological site is small Inca ruins. Llactapata by name in Quechua means 'High City'

Short Salkantay to Machu Picchu

From$600 USD
The 4 Day Salkantay trek is the best alternative trek to reach Machu Picchu. Visit the Llactapata Inca ruins, located on top of the mountain same name
Putucusi Trek Machu Picchu

Putucusi to Machu Picchu Trek

If the Short Inca Trail is fully booked, but you still desire to hike a 2 day trek to Machu Picchu, this trek will surely take your interest. Putucusi Trek

Salkantay Trek Backpacking

From$550 USD
At the Salkantay Trek Cheap cost, you still get the chance to trek the beautiful Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu at a good price! Salkantay Trek Tour.
Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek

Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek

From$1,150 USD
Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek 9 days offering to hike the two most impressive Inca cities: Choquequirao and Machu Picchu! During Machu Picchu trek find
Inca Jungle Trek

Inka Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

From$300 USD
Take an unforgettable journey. Inka Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is the best option for those who prefer adventure and adrenaline way to reach Machu Picchu.

Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu

From$550 USD
Inca Quarry Trail's proximity to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an attractive alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail. Cachicata trek Machu Picchu

Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

From$320 USD
The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is the best option tour for those who prefer a more adventurous and adrenaline-pumping way to hike to Machu Picchu

Llama Trek to Machu Picchu

From$650 USD
The Lares trek to Machu Picchu involves a 4-day hike in the high mountains of the Lares valley. During the hike, discover the Andean life people and Llamas

Lares Highlights

Taking the Lares Route, you are given an opportunity to explore around the capital Lima, the former capital of the Incan Empire - Cusco as well as the best
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

From$650 USD
The 5-Day Salkantay Machu Picchu is the best alternative hike to the Inca Trail and involves hiking Humantay Lake and Enjoyed the scenic trail of Salkantay
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Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu

It is the shortest of the treks and is best suited for those with a limited amount of time, but who would still like to do a bit of walking before seeing Machu Picchu.
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Rainbow Mountain Trek

From$300 USD
Guardian of the Cusco region, Ausangate is the fifth highest mountain in Peru, with its 6,384 meters of height for centuries it has received many names
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