Treks to Machu Picchu

This Huchuy Qosqo hike & 1 day Machu Picchu visit takes you from Cusco to the Sacred Valley passing by some impressive views and visiting the small site of Huchuy Qosqo. From here you will continue to Ollantaytambo for the train to Machu Picchu. This is a relatively new route that is not that often done so a great chance to enjoy the peace and quietness of the Andean highlands with few or no people around.

 

This 4 day Lares hike takes you from Cusco to the village Calca in the Sacred Valley from here you will drive into the mountains to start your first day of hiking. You will start this hike surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes and even touch the 4000 meters for the first time. This hike, besides being a great alternative when the Inca Trail sells out is a hike with a secondary focus on the beautiful and authentic Andean villages you will be visiting.

This 4 day adventure does not take you to Machu Picchu but to another large Inca Site; Choquequirao. Choquequirao means “the Cradle of Gold” and is an Inca site with a size that is almost comparable with that of Machu Picchu but does not have the number of visitors Machu Picchu receives. The site can only be reached on foot and parts of it are cleared and other parts still overgrown by nature giving it a very authentic flavor. The hike takes two days there and two days return. Ideally one can add one more day in order to discover the true extend of this site.

For people who do not have the time to do the entire 4 day Inca Trail or like hiking but don’t feel like camping, there is also the shorter 2 day Inca Trail available. This shorter trail will give you the chance to enjoy a part of the Inca Trail, get to know its ambience and maybe even more important enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. Even though it is called 2 day Inca the trek only involves one day of hiking. The night is usually spent in a hotel or hostel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). Here is an overview of what the two day Inca Trail looks like;

The 5 day Salkantay Trek takes you along the mountain chain south of Machu Picchu. You will leave Cusco for a drive to Molepata from where you will start hiking to the camping site located at 3900 meters surrounded by lakes and snowcapped mountains. The hike will show you an amazing diversity in landscapes ranging from snowcapped mountains to highland pampa and cloud forests, before reaching Machu Picchu. 

 

The 4 day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is probably one of the most enigmatic treks in the South America and even the world. Hiking and camping for 4 days on original Inca paths, crossing one ruin after the other and enjoying the amazing views that these Andean Highlands provide you with; hikes have been called emblematic for less. It is also the only way to arrive to the site of Machu Picchu by one of the old and original entrances of the site; the Sun Gate.