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Treks and Trails to Machu Picchu

By Viator, August 2016

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One of the world’s most famous treks, taking the pilgrimage to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu tops most travelers’ bucket lists and those hoping to scale the 2,430-meter peak on foot have a number of routes to choose from.

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.

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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco, Cusco, null
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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $904.99
The Inca Trail: 4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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The Inca Trail: 4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu

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Take on the Inca Trail, known as one of the most sacred pilgrimages around the world, on this 4-day trek through the Urubamba Valley towards the citadel of ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $847.99
4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This trek combines beautiful lakes, local Quechua communities of farmers and weavers who are still living traditional lifestyles in the mountains, cultivating ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $640.00
5-Day Salkantay Trek Adeventure to Machu Picchu from Cusco, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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5-Day Salkantay Trek Adeventure to Machu Picchu from Cusco

The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular treks in the Cusco area and for good reason! This route passes below breathtaking Apu Salkantay ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $725.00
8-Day Tour of Lima and Cusco Including the Inca Trail, Lima, Multi-day Tours
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8-Day Tour of Lima and Cusco Including the Inca Trail

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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

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,349.99
8-Day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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8-Day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu

If you are looking to hike to Machu Picchu away from the crowds, this truly spectacular trek is for you! Descend into the Apurimac canyon, climb back up to the ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,917.00
4-Day: Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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4-Day: Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Off the beaten path Lares trek. Affords wonderful panoramic views, shockingly blue lakes, the opportunity to experience rural Andean life up close and a final ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $999.00
4-Day Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu: Biking and Hiking Tour, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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4-Day Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu: Biking and Hiking Tour

If high mountain passes aren't your "thing" but you want to take an adventure trek to Machu Picchu, this hiking/biking jungle adventure is for you. ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $576.00
Viator Exclusive: 7-Day Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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Viator Exclusive: 7-Day Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu

Retrace the steps of Peru's ancient civilization on an exclusive seven-day journey along the Inca Quarry Trail to legendary Machu Picchu. Following an ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $1,360.00
Private Overnight Sacred Valley Combo: Triathlon and Machu Picchu Exploration, Cusco, Multi-day ... 
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Private Overnight Sacred Valley Combo: Triathlon and Machu Picchu Exploration

Enjoy a private adventure as you visit Machu Picchu and see the Sacred Valley of the Incas by taking part in our private Sacred Valley Triathlon which involves ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $928.00

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