Alternative Treks

Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu

Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu: If the Inca Trail is sold out or you prefer trekking along remote trails, these four Inca Trail alternatives are incredible trekking options in the majestic Andes Mountains of Cusco, and all of them take you to the iconic citadel of Machu Picchu.

1.Ultimate Salkantay Trek

The Ultimate Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is the most popular Inca Trail alternative trek for those wanting to witness Machu Picchu along the trek. This trail follows a portion of the Royal Path, the ancient transportation network built by the Incas. It climbs through the mountains, gradually increasing in elevation until reaching the Salkantay Pass. From there, the trek descends towards Machu Picchu and the jungle.

At a Glance

  • Duration: 5 days/4 nights
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Highlights: Mountain spirits, varied scenic beauty, and local farms
  • Starting elevation: 13,780 ft (4,200 m)
  • Peak elevation: 15,090 ft (4,600 m)
  • Total distance: 32 mi (51 km)

2. Ultimate Lares Trek

The Ultimate Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, known as the “weaver’s route”, starts in the Sacred Valley, Over the course of 4 days and 3 nights of hiking, the trail snakes through small, remote villages, towns, and ruins to ultimately end in Ollantaytambo. From there, trekkers take the train to Aguas Calientes to explore Machu Picchu at a glance the next day.

At a Glance

  • Duration: 4 days/3 nights
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Highlights: Stunning mountain views, Andean culture, and hot springs
  • Starting elevation: 9,596 ft (2,925 m)
  • Peak elevation: 14,600 ft (4,450 m)
  • Total distance: 21 mi (34 km)

3. Lares + Short Inca Trail 2 Days

This Alternative Trek Lares trek and one-day Inca Trail combination trek is the only multi-day Inca Trail alternative that enters Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. After passing through the Andean villages of the Lares Valley for the first two days, hike the last leg of the Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu, leading to the mysterious and iconic Inca citadel.

At a Glance

  • Duration: 4 days/3 nights
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Highlights: Stunning Andean scenery, local culture, and exclusive entrance to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate
  • Starting elevation: 12,300 ft (3,750 m)
  • Peak elevation: 14,600 ft (4,450 m)
  • Total distance: 28 mi (46 km)




Our local bilingual tour guides are fully trained and experienced in many different hikes to Machu Picchu. They are among the best in the industry!


Travelling with us will always feel like being with friends - we ensure our passengers leave with lifelong unforgettable memories of exciting experiences!


With over fifteen years experience in a range of tours to Machu Picchu, our team knows how to deliver a successful expedition that’s right for you.


We cater for all diets (eg. Vegetarian, gluten free etc.) and provide nutritious and balanced food on the trail that leaves you satisfied and ready to hike.


We use top quality equipment from well known brands that specialize in hiking and mountain expeditions for your comfort to facilitate enjoyable hiking and good sleep.


We are a sustainable tour operator that protects our land and environment to preserve it for future generations. In addition, we work with the local communities on various social projects.