The Inca Trail (That leads you from one point of the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu) is today’s best-selling route in Peru. That is the reason why the Peruvian Government has limited the income to the Inca Trail to only 500 people per day, including guides and porters. The objective is to safeguard and protect the road from its progressive destruction. However, the fact that only 500 can enter implies that there are thousands left without the option of doing the Classic Inca Trail. Imagine this: You are a traveler who is searching for a lifetime experience and you know that the Inca Trail is one of the best options for you because is one of the most famous in the world and you want to go to there and know more about the Inca culture, get to see the beautiful Machu Picchu and cross the same paths that the Incas crossed long time ago, but you did not have enough time to plan your trip and now the Classic Inca Trail is fully booked. Do not worry, you can still enjoy one of our amazing Alternative Treks!! These are the alternative trek to the famous Inca Trail:
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days: During this hike, you appreciate warm cloud forest nature as well as the Apu Salkantay Mountain (Apu is the sacred spirit of the mountain in Quechua), you visit the Incan site of Llactapata and the “Lost City of the Incas” - Machu Picchu. To reach Salkantay you go through beautiful Andean landscapes, 5,000 meters coves, and the chance to see condors and alpacas on its natural habitat. You can take a bath in the natural hot springs from the depths of the earth. You can also climb up to either Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu Mountain.
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days: This is a longer and very favorite variation of the Salkantay Trek! During this trek, you do not miss out any of its stunning nature as you walk along all its length!! So you can appreciate warm cloud forest nature as well as the Apu Salkantay Mountain (Apu means the sacred spirit of the mountain in Quechua), you visit the Incan site of Llactapata and the “Lost City of the Incas” - Machu Picchu. You can climb up to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain too. The famous Salkantay Trek is considered one of the 25th best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. It’s a trek open for all the people and without space limits at least for now. This famous trek connects Cusco Town with Machu Picchu. It is an ancient and remote path located on the snowy mountains and it’s surrounded by an exuberant tropical rain forest. This trek is definitely a worth!!
Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days: On the way, you can observe stunning landscape of Andean mountains with snowy peaks and beautiful mountain lagoons, meet local people of remote Andean villages and visit the overwhelming Machu Picchu on the last day!! There are a vast number of different itineraries and variations available on the Lares trek to Machu Picchu. The trek is also calmer than the Inca Trail as it is not well known. It is also a little bit easier than the Inca Trail. You can climb up either to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain as well!
Cachiccata Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days or Inca Quarry Trail: This place was dedicated to carve and extraction of stones that were used for the construction of Ollantaytambo and many establishments nearby and it is located 9 kilometers away from it. The tourist can see the great work done in the moment the gigantic stones were moved to build the enclosures of Ollantaytambo. There you can appreciate Incan terraces, short authentic Inca trail, Temple of the Water God above a secret holding lovely waterfall, Incan mummies and Andean highlands. On the last day, you take a train to Machu Picchu and visit the antique and mysterious Incan citadel!! A climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain can be also added to the trek.
Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days: This authentic Inka route (in Queachua Chapaqñan) was discovered as the last, 10 years ago. It is a new trek to Machu Picchu considered more adventurous and sporty than other treks as you do mountain biking on the first day, you hike through beautiful nature of a cloud forest and you can try ZIP Line and rafting too!! The last day, you observe the long-expected and stunning Inca´s city of Machu Picchu with a possibility of hiking to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain!