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Inca Trail Alternatives

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Inca Trail Alternatives
One of the most popular treks in South America, the Inca Trail draws thousands of hikers each year. If you’d rather avoid the huge crowds, here are some equally impressive alternatives for exploring hidden ruins and enjoying scenic landscapes.

Lares Trail
Beginning in the village of Lares, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) outside of Cusco, the Lares Trek is slightly shorter than the Inca Trail and passes through many of the same stunning Peruvian landscapes. While a bit more challenging, this less traditional route offers hikers the opportunity to encounter traditional Andean farming communities where locals still dress traditionally.

Salkantay Trek
This 4-day trek is quieter, more affordable, more authentic, and more convenient than the Inca Trail—you don’t have to book months in advance. This trail passes through the same region as its more popular counterpart, giving hikers spectacular views of valleys, snowcapped Andes mountain peaks, glaciers, and cloud forests along the way. A short train ride brings visitors to Machu Picchu at the end of the hike.

Choquequirao Trek
While the two-day drek to Choquequirao is quite strenuous, the reward is a chance to explore Inca ruins with only a handful of other visitors. The ruins at the end of the trail are nicknamed “the other Machu Picchu” for their stone terraces and ornate structures, believed to have been a retreat for Inca royalty.

Inca Jungle Trail
The Inca Jungle Trail makes an excellent alternative route to Machu Picchu for adventure travelers and thrill seekers. The 4-day trek begins with a mountain bike descent to the town of Huamanmarca and also allows for hiking, zip-lining, or even rafting on your way to the famed ruins.

Huchuy Qosqo Trek
This is the shortest and easiest alternative to the Inca Trail. Hikers often make this trek to Aguas Calientes over two days, with a visit to Machu Picchu on the third. The hike gets its name from the Huchuy Qosqo ruins, set atop a plateau overlooking the Sacred Valley.

Inca Quarry Trek
This trail winds for 16 miles (26 kilometers) through small villages, along scenic ridgelines, and past little-known ruins from the Inca Empire. You’ll likely see few other hikers on this 3-day trip before arriving at Aguas Calientes, where a pre-dawn bus brings trekkers to Machu Picchu.
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4-Day Machu Picchu with Biking, Rafting, Ziplining from Cusco

4-Day Machu Picchu with Biking, Rafting, Ziplining from Cusco

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If you want add some exhilaration to the Inca Trail then opt for this 4-day jungle adventure from Cusco, which includes adventure sports such as whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and ziplining. Amid the breathtaking landscapes of the Andes Mountains, you’ll hike to mountain summits, observe native flora and fauna, and visit Machu Picchu, UNESCO World Heritage Site and New7Wonder of the World, at sunrise. Most meals, accommodation, activities, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Cusco are included.
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  • 4 days
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$495.00
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4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu Including Mountain Biking, Rafting and Zipline

4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu Including Mountain Biking, Rafting and Zipline

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Enjoy an adventure-filled journey to Machu Picchu, biking, rafting, hiking and ziplining along the way, during this 4-day, 3-night trek. This action-packed trip is a twist on the traditional hiking paths to Machu Picchu, allowing you to enjoy a variety of fun outdoor activities. Do some whitewater rafting on Class III and IV rapids, zoom down a mountain trail by bike and fly through the sky on a zipline ride. Travel past amazing Inca ruins and admire incredible scenery, ranging from alpine peaks to lush jungle.
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  • 4 days
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4-Day Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu: Biking, Ziplining, Rafting and Hiking

4-Day Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu: Biking, Ziplining, Rafting and Hiking

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Maximize your adventure during your trip to Machu Picchu as you enjoy this 4-day, 3-night trip packed with fun activities like biking, ziplining and rafting. Choose an alternative to the typical Inca Trail hiking paths, enjoying a jungle bike ride, rafting trip on Classs III and IV rapids and Peru’s first canopy-level zipline. Cap it all off with a chance to explore the famous Inca citadel at Machu Picchu in the first light of day and with a guided tour of the site. This adventure-lover’s experience also features hotel pickup, three nights of guesthouse accommodations, guide, bus and train transfers, three days of meals and snacks, entrance fees and all necessary biking, ziplining and rafting equipment.
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  • 4 days
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4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

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Skip the tourist trail in Peru as you enjoy stunning scenery, visits to unspoiled Andean mountain communities and amazing ruins during this 4-day trek to Machu Picchu via the rugged Lares trekking route. Trek along the less-crowded Lares trail, enjoying visits to small Quechua mountain villages, gorgeous alpine lakes and views of majestic snow-covered peaks. Along the way you'll traverse high-altitude passes reaching nearly 14,000 feet (4,400m) and have a chance to visit the ancient Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo. Finish your trekking experience by catching the train to Aguas Calientes, ascending to the amazing Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the morning to beat the crowds. This 4-day excursion includes all meals, accommodations, a guide, entrance fees and transfers.
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  • 4 days
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Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu

Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu

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Take up the challenge of this rugged 5-day, 4-night trip to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay trekking route. This rigorous hike offers stunning views of both snow-covered Andean peaks and lush jungle, plus a trip through a mountain pass at 15,200 feet (4,650 meters). You’ll also get up close with Peruvian indigenous communities as you explore villages like Soraypampa and Santa Teresa, before finishing your trek at the unforgettable Machu Picchu with a guided tour. This Salkantay trek also features hotel pickup, guide three nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodation, bus and train transfers, four days of meals and three snacks, entrance fees and horseman and mules to help carry gear.
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  • 5 days
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Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Hike from Cusco

Full-Day Rainbow Mountain Hike from Cusco

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Experience the natural wonder of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain on this full-day tour from Cusco. Set out on a scenic hike through the multi-colored mountains valleys, enjoy spectacular views of Ausangate Mountain and Rainbow Mountain, and pass through traditional Quechan villages. Breakfast and lunch is included.
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  • 10 hours
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$36.00
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Full Day - Hiking Trip to The Rainbow Mountain from Cusco - Private

Full Day - Hiking Trip to The Rainbow Mountain from Cusco - Private

Explore the colorful landscape of Rainbow Mountain on a Private Full-Day, guided hiking trip from Cusco, and discover glacier-capped peaks, wildlife, and views across the Cordillera Vilcanota mountain range. Walk 9.3 miles (15 kilometers) with a high point of 16,520 feet (5035m), then meet some Quechua-speaking locals in a traditional Andean community. This 15-hour hiking tour includes breakfast, lunch, and entrance fees, as well as round-trip transport from your hotel in Cusco.
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  • 12 hours
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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

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Take the route less traveled to Machu Picchu on a multi-day trek from Cusco. Travel by bus to Mollepat and then embark on foot along Salkantay, a quiet alternative to the often-crowded Inca Trail. Four the next four day you'll hike in the shadow of snow-capped mountains and pass among tropical jungle, stopping at ancient archaeological sites en route. At night bed down in tents beneath the stars. Once reaching Llucmabamba hop the train to Aguas Calientes. The next day the Lost City of the Incas is yours to explore.
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  • 5 days
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$953.40
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5-Day Unique Cusco Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

5-Day Unique Cusco Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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Classic Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley & Cusco tour with unique touches.
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  • 5 days
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$960.26
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8-Day Salkantay Trek Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

8-Day Salkantay Trek Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

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Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with an 8-day Machu Picchu trip via the rugged Salkantay Trek. Spend two days exploring the Inca and colonial history in Cusco and nearby Chinchero. Then set off on an unforgettable hike amid Andean mountains and gorgeous valleys. Along the way you'll traverse various climate zones, encounter fascinating wildlife and explore magnificent Inca ruins before arriving at Aguas Calientes. From here, it's an early start to watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu and spend a day discovering this famed Inca Citadel. 
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  • 8 days
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