Alternative Treks

Alternative Treks

Alternative Treks – If the Inca Trail is sold out or you prefer trekking along remote trails, these 4 Inca Trail alternatives are incredible trekking options in the majestic Andes Mountains of Cusco.

1. Salkantay Trek

The Ultimate Salkantay Trek is the most popular Inca Trail alternative trek for those wanting Machu Picchu along with the trek. This trail follows a portion of the of the royalty 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. 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, the trail snakes through small valley towns and ruins to ultimately end in Ollantaytambo. From there, trekkers take the train to Aguas Calientes to explore Machu Picchu 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 Treks 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 Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu, leading to the mysterious ancient 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.