Machu Picchu Alternative Trek

Machu Picchu Alternative Trek

Machu Picchu alternative treks

Machu Picchu Alternative Trek – If for any reason you are not able to book your entrance ticket to the Inca trail; There are other alternative hikes to Machu Picchu. Which are comparable in scenic beauty and history with the famous classic Inca trail. In addition, the alternative treks to Machu Picchu can be booked up to just one week in advance and are usually less crowded. Read carefully the alternative treks to Machu Picchu Alternative Trek, and you will see that there are some that combine cycling, rafting and zip-lining; while others have snowy mountains and turquoise lagoons as outstanding points. There are also alternative hikes that will allow you to be in direct contact with the local population; their customs and their beautiful herds of Alpacas and Llamas.

The main difference between the Inca trail and alternative treks; is that the alternative ones arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes, where you sleep the last night in a hotel and go up by bus, on the fourth day to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. While the classic Inca trail takes you hiking through mountains and the sungate to Machu Picchu Alternative Trek.

** In Incas Path has designed unique and unbeatable Inca Trail hikes; which include a last night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, hiking through the sungate and a chance to see Machu Picchu twice.

We have 10 tours for you to choose from: all of them are in group service; However, if you want to hike only with your friends or family, we also have the option of private service. Only in Machu Picchu Alternative Trek.

Machu Picchu Alternative Trek
Tours: Palcay Trek & Salkantay Trek via Llactapata 5D/4N
5 days

Palcay Trek & Salkantay Trek via Llactapata 5D/4N

The Palcay Trek & Salkantay Trek via Llactapata is an awesome off the beaten track to the sacred city of the Inca. Contrary to the classic Inca trail that is operated by many travel agencies, we are the pioneers and the only ones to lead tours to this 5-day trek to Machu Picchu. The Palcay trek winds through some of the most spectacular scenery the area has to offer; passing snow-capped mountains, sacred mountains, cascades, lagoons, and through remote hamlets. We hike through the cloud forest, reaching Llactapata, a stunning Machu Picchu overlook.

From $700 days

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Machu Picchu Alternative Trek
Tours: Lares trek and Short Inca Trail 5D/4N
5 days

Lares trek and Short Inca Trail 5D/4N

The Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail is an excellent alternative 5-day trek to Machu Picchu. If you are a hiker who would like to run away from the crowds and hike in an area that almost changed nothing in the last 500 years, then this adventure is for you. This trek goes through to authentic andean communities that keeps their traditions and lifestyle since times of the Inca empire. See thatched-roof houses made from stone and surrounded by hundreds of llama and alpaca herds. Observe locals weaving alpaca garments with rustic techniques. Be in contact with andean people, while you hike through blue greenish lagoons, snow-capped mountains and amazing wildlife. Combine this fantastic folkloric and scenic hike in the Lares region with the amazing landscapes and Inca ruins on the short Inca trail to Machu Picchu. On the 1st day you will trek through the beautiful Cuncani region and arrive at the picturesque little town of Kiswarani. On the 2nd day you will enjoy the beautiful views of the 7 waterfalls of Kiswarani, the beautiful Colalay lagoon, you will reach the highest point of the lares trek, from where you will observe many lakes of blue and greenish colors and with a little luck some specimens of the Andean condor. During the 3rd day visit a local family in the small town of Cancha Cancha and then descend to the beautiful sacred valley of the Incas. In the afternoon visit the panoramic Inca barns of Pinkuylluna and sleep in the last living Inca town of Ollantaytambo. On the 4th day hike through the amazing landscapes of the cloud forest of the short Inca trail and explore the Inca ruins of Wiñaywayna and Chachabamba. By sunset arrive at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and get your first postcard photos. On the fifth day, you will return to Machu Picchu and explore the Inca citadel from corner to corner and will also have a 3-hour guided tour. In the afternoon you will return by train to Cusco where they will arrive around 7 pm.

From $760

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Machu Picchu Alternative Trek
Tours: Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5D/4N
5 days

Inca Quarry Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5D/4N

The Inca Quarry Trek and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is trail that is off the beaten track, it was listed by National Geographic as 1 of the best 6 alternative Machu Picchu hikes. This path takes you through a majestic waterfall, unique Inca sites, glacier peaks, and pretty views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  On the other hand, on day fourth, we hike the famous Short Inca Trail through the sungate. This trail is paved completely with stones since 600 years ago. IncaGo Expeditions offers this stunning combined 5-day Machu Picchu hike; within one of the most isolated and spectacular spots in the Andes and a mysterious ancient Inca Trail.  On the first day, you will visit the majestic waterfall of Perolniyoc and explore the ruins of Racaypata. The second day is full of beautiful views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Ollantaytambo. Also this day you will reach the highest point of the Quarry trek and at sunset you can see the Veronica through the Sun Gate. During the 3rd day, you will go very early to the Puerta del Sol, from where you will observe a beautiful sunrise over the snowy Veronica. In the afternoon you will hike to the Inca deposits of Pinkuylluna and sleep in a hotel in Ollantaytambo. On the fourth day you will see the beautiful landscapes of the cloud forest on the short Inca trail, you will explore the Inca ruins of Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna and see Machu Picchu at sunset through the Sun Gate. Finally, on the 5th day you will explore the world wonder of Machu Picchu from corner to corner and then you will return by train to Cusco.

From $700

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Machu Picchu Alternative Trek
Tours: Lares Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Hotel 5D/4N
5 Days

Lares Trek & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with Hotel 5D/4N

The Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail is an excellent alternative 5-day trek to Machu Picchu. If you are a hiker who would like to run away from the crowds and hike in an area that almost changed nothing in the last 500 years, then this adventure is for you. This trek goes through to authentic andean communities that keeps their traditions and lifestyle since times of the Inca empire. See thatched-roof houses made from stone and surrounded by hundreds of llama and alpaca herds. Observe locals weaving alpaca garments with rustic techniques. Be in contact with andean people, while you hike through blue greenish lagoons, snow-capped mountains and amazing wildlife. Combine this fantastic folkloric and scenic hike in the Lares region with the amazing landscapes and Inca ruins on the short Inca trail to Machu Picchu. On the 1st day you will trek through the beautiful Cuncani region and arrive at the picturesque little town of Kiswarani. On the 2nd day you will enjoy the beautiful views of the 7 waterfalls of Kiswarani, the beautiful Colalay lagoon, you will reach the highest point of the lares trek, from where you will observe many lakes of blue and greenish colors and with a little luck some specimens of the Andean condor. During the 3rd day visit a local family in the small town of Cancha Cancha and then descend to the beautiful sacred valley of the Incas. In the afternoon visit the panoramic Inca barns of Pinkuylluna and sleep in the last living Inca town of Ollantaytambo. On the 4th day hike through the amazing landscapes of the cloud forest of the short Inca trail and explore the Inca ruins of Wiñaywayna and Chachabamba. By sunset arrive at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and get your first postcard photos. On the fifth day, you will return to Machu Picchu and explore the Inca citadel from corner to corner and will also have a 3-hour guided tour. In the afternoon you will return by train to Cusco where they will arrive around 7 pm.

From $760

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Machu Picchu Alternative Trek
Tours: Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
4 Days

Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

The Inca Quarry Trek is also known as Cachicata trek or Chaski trek. It is a 4-day trek through enchanting landscapes that are not seen elsewhere in the Peruvian Andes and that allow you to know and experience the best of the material and immaterial heritage of the ancient and modern Andean society. It is one of the most stunning off the beaten track trails to Machu Picchu. If you want to be away from the crowds and explore the beautiful landscapes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Urubamba mountain range, in addition to exploring majestic Inca ruins, then the quarry trek is the perfect option for you and your loved ones. This beautiful alternative Inca trail was recently included among the top 6 best alternative routes to Machu Picchu. The 1st day you will visit the marvelous Perolniyoc waterfall and explore the Racaypata Inca ruin perched in the top of a mountain. During the 2nd day you will conquered the highest point of the Quarry trek, you will observe majestic snowy peaks of the Urubamba mountain range and you will sleep 1000-meter over the town of Ollantaytambo. The 3er day you will contemplate a perfect sunrise over the Veronica snow-capped mountain, you will get some incredible views of the sacred valley of the Incas and you go by train to Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machu Picchu. Finally, on the last day you will visit Machu Picchu for the sunrise and you will explore the lost city of the Incas from corner to corner with your tour guide.

From $570

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Tours: Inca Jungle Tour to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
4 Days

Inca Jungle Tour to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

The 4-day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is the most fun and beautiful alternative trail to the classic Inca Trail. This tour combines fun, relaxation, hiking, history, culture and gastronomy. On the 1st day in the morning, you will descend by bicycle for 4 hours from 13,779 feet to 5,905 feet; in the afternoon there is 2 hours of rafting in a level 3 and 4 river. On the 2nd day, a 10-mile hike is made through a path surrounded by plantations of avocados, mangoes, coffee, tea, endemic fruits and a lots of tropical and medicinal plants; In the afternoon, visit the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, considered the most beautiful in Cusco, due to its crystal clear waters. During the 3rd day, the zipline is carried out for 2 hours with Vertical company, considered one of the safest and longest in South America. In the afternoon, a 3-hour walk to Aguas Calientes is made and during the course the beautiful Mandor waterfalls are visited. Finally, on the fourth day, you have a guided tour of the imposing Machu Picchu and in the afternoon you return by train to Cusco. The variety of activities that take place on this 4-day tour make the Inca Jungle Trail the best adventure tour to Machu Picchu.

From $450

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Machu Picchu Alternative Trek
Tours: Short Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu 3D/2N
3 Days

Short Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu 3D/2N

The 3-day short Inca Jungle trek, is suitable for those people who do not have the time to do the Inca Jungle Trail of 4 days. This fun tour to Machu Picchu also shows you the best of Peruvian culture, history and cuisine. This 3-day tour to Machu Picchu allows you to observe the beautiful Andean landscapes and the cloud forest of Machu Picchu while you are on a bicycle, in a rafting boat on the river or hanging on a 1000 meter long metal rope. On the 1st day in the morning, you will go down by bicycle for 4 hours from the Abra de Malaga to the cloud forest. In the afternoon, river rafting is done for 2 hours in a river of level 3 and 4. At night, you can enjoy some relaxing thermal baths of crystal clear water. During the 2nd day, zip line for 2 hours and then visit the Mandor gardens and waterfalls. On the third day, you have a 3-hour guided tour in Machu Picchu and then you return by train to Cusco where you arrive around 6:30 pm. The Inca Jungle Trail is ideal trip for you, your loved ones and your family to enjoy a memorable trip to Machu Picchu. Do not wait any longer and book with us, we are ready to work with a lot of passion and excellence to make this trip a lifetime experience.

From $420

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Machu Picchu Alternative Trek
Tours: Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
4 Days

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

The Lares Trek is an excellent alternative to the Classic Inca Trail; for hikers who would like to run away from the crowds and hike in an area that almost changed nothing in the last 500 years.

From $565

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Machu Picchu Alternative Trek
Tours: Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu 3D/2N
3 Days

Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu 3D/2N

Huchuy Qosqo trek it one of the shortest, a bit easier tan other treks and beautifull, a perfect alternative trek to Machu Picchu for those with limited time. Our itinerary allows you to enjoy this less crowded and les known hiking Trail to Machupicchu.

From $480

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