Treks and Trails to Machu Picchu
By Viator, October 2013
The classic Inca Trail is undoubtedly the most popular route, with thousands taking to the trail each year (although only 500 hikers, including guides and porters are allowed to start the route each day). A 4-day trek, running through the Urubamba Valley, the challenging 26km hike is made all the more breathtaking by the steadily mounting altitude, passing ancient Inca ruins and traditional villages, before finally reaching Machu Picchu in time for sunrise.
Spectacular as the Inca Trail may be, if you want to get off-the-beaten-track and discover some of the region’s lesser-visited Inca sights, a more fitting option is the Inca Quarry Trail. The 6-night trail follows an alternative hiking route, climbing to an even higher elevation (almost 4,500 meters) than Machu Picchu, stopping at three prominent archaeological sites on route and passing through a number of remote Andean settlements as it winds its way to the Sacred City.
Another option for those seeking out the road less traveled is the Lares Trail, a 5-day hike that makes its way to the ruined city of Ollantaytambo (from where you’ll take the train to Machu Picchu). Natural hot springs, cloud forests and glacial lagoons are all on the menu, but the best part is that you’ll likely see few other travelers attempting the route and will have the chance to stop over in mountain villages genuinely unchanged by tourism.
Tours & Tickets
Discover the mysteries of Machu Picchu on a seven-night tour through Peru! Retrace the steps of the Inca Empire from Lima to Cuzco, including the Sacred Valley ... Read more
Duration: 8 days (approx.)
Hike for four days on the Salkantay Trek, a scenic alternative to the more traditional Inca Trail, and visit the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu – a UNESCO World ... Read more
Duration: 5 days (approx.)
Retrace the steps of Peru's ancient civilization on an exclusive six-night journey along the Inca Quarry Trail to legendary Machu Picchu. Following an ... Read more
Duration: 7 days (approx.)