TREK TO MACHU PICCHU – TRAILS AND ROUTE OPTIONS

The Inca Trail and their alternative Machu Picchu Treks

When most people think about a trek to Machu Picchu, they immediately think of the famous Inca Trail.

Admittedly the Inca Trail is the only trek to Machu Picchu that actually arrives directly at the famous Inca ruin, via the impressive Inti Punku (Sun Gate).

It is, however, not the only trek to Machu Picchu.

Below we have provided a brief overview on the key characteristics of all the possible hikes to Machu Picchu, along with links to specific pages that provide detailed information on route profiles and itineraries.

Trek to Machu Picchu Summary Table

Treks Duration Difficulty Description
Classic Inca Trail 4D/3N  +++  Follow in the footsteps of the Inca´s to discover the
ancient city of Machu Picchu
Short Inca trail 2D/1N  +  A shorter version of the Classic Inca Trail
Salkantay / Inca trail Combo 6D/5N  ++++
Salkantay Trek 5D/4N  ++++  The most challenging alternative trek to Inca Trail
Lares Trek 4D/3N  ++  A beautiful trek in the Lares Valley to Machu Picchu
Choquequirao Trek 9D/8N  ++++  Cross the Canyon of the Apurimac River
to Machu Picchu
Inca Jungle Trek 4D/3N  +++  Combine biking and hiking to Machu Picchu
Vilcabamba Trek 5D/4N  +++++  An excellent combination of culture and nature ending at the
ruins of Espiritu Pampa
Huchuy Qosqo 3D/2N  ++  Trekking through the Sacred Valley and finishing at Machu Pic-
chu

Inca Trail

The continent’s most famous pedestrian roadway, the Inca Trail snakes 43km up stone steps and through thick cloud-forest mists. A true pilgrimage, the four- to five-day trek ends at the famous Intipunku (Sun Gate), where trekkers get their first glimpse of the extravagant ruins at Machu Picchu. While there are countless ancient roads all over Peru, the Inca Trail, with its mix of majestic views, staggering mountain passes and clusters of ruins, remains the favorite of travelers.

Classic Inca Trail

Activity: Trek the Classic Inca Trail, bound for the lost city of Machupicchu.
Duration 3 days of trek + 1 Day tour-excursion.
Time of Year: all year
Departures: Upon Request
Prices and Rates for Adult: U.S.A. Dollars per person on the basis of double accommodations. Group rates available upon request.

*Price for student (wiht ISIC Card)
Minimum number of passengers: 2
Location: In the department of Cusco – Peru

Short Inca Trail

Activity: Visit of the Wiñaywayna Archaeological Complex and Tour of the Archaeological Complex of Machupicchu
Duration: 1 day trek + 1 day tour
Time of Year:All year
Departures: Upon Request
Prices and Rates: U.S.A. Dollars on the basis of double accommodations. Group rates available upon request.
Minimum number of passengers: 2
Location: In Cusco, between the Urubamba Valley and the Cordillera Vilcabamba

Salkantay / Inca Trail Combo

Activity: Trek in the Cordillera Vilcabamba Inca Trail, bound for the lost city of Machupicchu.
Duration: 6 days of trek + 1 day tour-excursion in Machupicchu.
Time of Year: Aprill – November
Departures: Upon request.
Prices and Rates: in U.S.A. Dollars on the basis of double accommodations. Group rates available upon request.
Number minimum of passengers: 2
Location: In the department of Cusco, in the Cordillera Vilcabamba

Alternative treks to Machu Picchu

There are a number of alternative treks to Mach Picchu, each offers something unique.

All these treks do not require permits like the Inca Trail.

They all arrive at Machu Picchu town (i.e Aguas Calientes) the day before visiting the ruins. Trekkers sleep in a hotel in Aguas Calientes and either catch a bus up to Machu Picchu in the morning, or hike the final switchback paths to the entrance gate. None of these treks arrive at Machu Picchu via the famous Sun Gate.

It is possible to complete these treks unsupported, but not recommended for anyone who is not familiar with the area or inexperienced in backcountry trekking.

Salkantay Trek

Activity: Salkantay Trek in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, bound for the lost city of Machu Picchu.
Duration: 4 days of trek + 1 day tour-excursion.
Time of Year: Aprill – November
Departures: Upon request.
Prices and Rates:  U.S.A. Dollars on the basis of double accommodations. Group rates available upon request.
Number minimum of passengers: 2
Location: In the department of Cusco, in the Cordillera Vilcabamba.

Lares Trek

Activity: Trek in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, bound for the lost city of Machupicchu.
Duration: 3 days of trek + 1 day tour-excursion.
Time of Year: Aprill – November
Departures: Upon request.
Prices and Rates: U.S.A. Dollars on the basis of double accommodations. Group rates available upon request.
Number minimum of passengers: 2
Location: In the department of Cusco, in the Cordillera Vilcabamba

Choquequirao

Activity: Trekking in the Cordillera Vilcabamba To Choquequirao, one of the last Inca Cities.
Duration. 8 days and 7 nights
Time of Year: May to November
Departures: Upon Request
Costs and Rates: Price per person in U.S.A. Dollars on the basis of double accommodations. Group rates available upon request.
Minimum number of passengers: 2
Location: In Cusco between the Urubamba Valley and the Cordillera Vilcabamba

Inca Jungle Trek

Activity: Inca Jungle Trek, Biking, trekking Rafting and hiking to Machu Picchu.
Duration: 1 day of biking + 2 days of trek + 1 day Machu Picchu.
Time of Year: April to Dicember
Departures: Every day.
Prices and Rates:  U.S.A. Dollars. per person
Number minimum of passengers: 2
Location: Cusco.

Vilcabamba

Activity: This is a 7-day expedition that will take you to the limits of the unexplored realm of the Incas.
Duration 7 days of trek
Time of Year: all year
Departures: Upon Request
Prices and Rates for Adult: U.S.A. Dollars per person on the basis of double accommodations. Group rates available upon request.

*Price for student (wiht ISIC Card)
Minimum number of passengers: 2
Location: In the department of Cusco – Peru

Huchuy Qosco

Activity: Huchuy Qosqo route is a trekking that joins Chinchero with the Sacred Valley, in which we will have the possibility of knowing the beautiful Machu Picchu.
Duration 03 days, 02 night
Time of Year: all year
Departures: Upon Request
Prices and Rates for Adult: Prices may vary according to the season, availability and client preferences. Group rates available upon request.

*Price for student (wiht ISIC Card)
Minimum number of passengers: 2
Location: Cusco – Peru

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