Journey in the Footsteps of the Incas
This is the classic four day Inca Trail, follow in the footsteps of the Incas through the foothills, valleys and cloud forests of the Andes, ending your trek as the mists lift and reveal Machu Picchu at dawn. It’s one of the world’s most famous trekking routes, worth every aching muscle and every last blister. As this is the most popular route it can be hard to get permits, especially from June to September, but we offer lots of great alternatives which are detailed below.
Trek Amongst White Peaks and Green Valleys
High on beauty, low on crowds – the Salkantay Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail. It may not be the traditional route to Machu Picchu, but it’s every bit as stunning. Trekking for three days through remote landscape, you’ll see the lesser explored Andes and feel almost alone in the mountains. This is the most popular alternative to the four day Inca Trail, it offers more challenging trekking with views of white snowy peaks and a visit to Machu Picchu by local bus.
Follow Trails and Valleys
If the idea of camping leaves you cold, try this shorter Inca trek. Spend a day exploring the snow-capped Andes on the last section of the classic Inca Trail, marvel at Machu Picchu and sleep in a comfy bed. You’ll see the Lost City in both the afternoon and morning light, giving you all of the Inca culture with none of the camping.
Huaraz to Cordillera Blanca Trek
If you have a bit more time to explore some of Peru’s more remote areas then this National Park trek offers something a bit different. Trek through the world’s highest tropical mountain range, meeting the locals on your way. A land of snowy peaks and wisps of cloud reflected in blue lagoons, it’s Peruvian hiking heaven. Visit traditional towns tucked away in the Andes and swing in a hammock with valley views.