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Treks and Trails to Machu Picchu

By Viator, September 2018

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One of the world’s most iconic adventures is the pilgrimage to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, a popular bucket list journey. Visitors planning to make it to the ancient city on foot have a number of routes to choose from—here are your options.

Inca Trail
The classic Inca Trail is undoubtedly the most popular route, with thousands taking to the trail each year. The challenging 16-mile (26-km) hike through the Urubamba Valley takes four days and is made all the more breathtaking by the steadily mounting altitude, passing ancient Inca ruins and traditional villages, before finally reaching Machu Picchu.

Short Inca Trail
Travelers who are pressed for time but still want to do some hiking during their Machu Picchu visit can opt for a shorter Inca Trail excursion. The journey begins with a ride on the Machu Picchu train to kilometer marker 104, where a three-hour uphill trek leads to the UNESCO World Heritage site. Some hikers choose to spend a night on the trail so as to enter the Sun Gate at dawn.

Lares Trail
A perfect option for those who want to immerse themselves in the local culture, the five-day trek through the Lares Valley winds north of the more crowded Sacred Valley. Starting from the town of Lares, the trail passes several villages where local farmers and artisans in Andean dress carry on much as they have for centuries. From the ruins of Ollantaytambo, travelers board a 90-minute train to Machu Picchu.

Salkantay Trek
If you think the scenery along the Inca Trail looks impressive, wait until you see the Salkantay Route. This relatively strenuous option cuts through the Mollepata Valley past 20,500-foot (6,248-meter) Mount Salkantay before descending into a cloud forest and on toward the ruins of Llactapata. From there, hikers get a stellar view of Machu Picchu from a rarely seen angle.

Choquequirao Trek
The mother of all Machu Picchu hikes takes travelers on an eight-day adventure down into Apurimac Canyon and up to the remote Incan ruins of Choquequirao before finishing at Machu Picchu. Those who conquer this tough trek are rewarded with visits to two important Incan sites in one trip.

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7-Day Lima and Cusco Tour with Overnight at Machu Picchu, Lima, null
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7-Day Lima and Cusco Tour with Overnight at Machu Picchu

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Discover the very best of both Lima and Cusco on a 7-day tour of Peru. Visit the famous landmarks and government buildings of Lima before heading south to ...  Read more

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

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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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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 World ...  Read more

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

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4-Day Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu: Biking, Ziplining, Rafting and Hiking, Cusco, Multi-day ... 
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4-Day Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu: Biking, Ziplining, Rafting and Hiking

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Another alternative to the Inca Trail Trek is this amazing Jungle Adventure, which offers the possibility of low altitude mountain biking, rafting, trekking ...  Read more

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

From USD $668.00
4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Trail, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Trail

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Enjoy this trek to Machu Picchu, which is the only one to take you along the original Inca Trail, and reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Along the way, you ...  Read more

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

From USD $757.00
4-Day Machu Picchu with Biking, Rafting, Ziplining from Cusco, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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The Inca Jungle Trek, is an amazing 4-day alternative tour where you can practice adventure sports like rafting, trekking, biking, and zip lining. It also ...  Read more

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

From USD $495.00
Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu

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Forget the Inca Trail and hike to Machu Picchu along the higher and more beautiful Salkantay Trail! Discover a different side of the great Andes mountain range ...  Read more

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

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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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Forget the Inca Trail and hike to Machu Picchu along the higher and more beautiful Salkantay Trail! Embark on a challenging 4-day trek along the ...  Read more

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

From USD $669.00
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.)

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4-Day Machu Picchu Biking and Hiking Tour from Cuzco, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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Another alternative to the Inca Trail Trek is this amazing Jungle Adventure, which offers the possibility of high-altitude mountain biking and trekking to ...  Read more

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Duration: 4 days (approx.)

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4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco

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Enjoy a 4-day trek along a great and less crowded alternative to the Inca Trail called the Lares Trek. This high altitude trek will be enjoyed by hikers ...  Read more

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

From USD $759.00

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