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Treks and Trails to Machu Picchu

Treks and Trails to Machu Picchu

One of the world’s most iconic adventures is the pilgrimage to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, a popular bucket list journey. Visitors planning to make it to the ancient city on foot have a number of routes to choose from—here are your options.

Inca Trail

The classic Inca Trail is undoubtedly the most popular route, with thousands taking to the trail each year. The challenging 16-mile (26-km) hike through the Urubamba Valley takes four days and is made all the more breathtaking by the steadily mounting altitude, passing ancient Inca ruins and traditional villages, before finally reaching Machu Picchu.

Short Inca Trail

Travelers who are pressed for time but still want to do some hiking during their Machu Picchu visit can opt for a shorter Inca Trail excursion. The journey begins with a ride on the Machu Picchu train to kilometer marker 104, where a three-hour uphill trek leads to the UNESCO World Heritage site. Some hikers choose to spend a night on the trail so as to enter the Sun Gate at dawn.

Lares Trail

A perfect option for those who want to immerse themselves in the local culture, the five-day trek through the Lares Valley winds north of the more crowded Sacred Valley. Starting from the town of Lares, the trail passes several villages where local farmers and artisans in Andean dress carry on much as they have for centuries. From the ruins of Ollantaytambo, travelers board a 90-minute train to Machu Picchu.

Salkantay Trek

If you think the scenery along the Inca Trail looks impressive, wait until you see the Salkantay Route. This relatively strenuous option cuts through the Mollepata Valley past 20,500-foot (6,248-meter) Mount Salkantay before descending into a cloud forest and on toward the ruins of Llactapata. From there, hikers get a stellar view of Machu Picchu from a rarely seen angle.

Choquequirao Trek

The mother of all Machu Picchu hikes takes travelers on an eight-day adventure down into Apurimac Canyon and up to the remote Incan ruins of Choquequirao before finishing at Machu Picchu. Those who conquer this tough trek are rewarded with visits to two important Incan sites in one trip.

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7-Day Lima, Cusco and Sunrise at Machu Picchu

7-Day Lima, Cusco and Sunrise at Machu Picchu

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Experience the top highlights of Lima, Cusco, and world-famous Machu Picchu during this 7-day, 6-night excursion. Spend your first two days in cosmopolitan Lima, discovering its landmarks, shopping, and top-notch cuisine. Then head to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco to explore its fascinating mix of indigenous and colonial architecture, and then it's on to the iconic mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu. This week-long, budget-friendly Peru trip, including plenty of free time for independent exploration, also includes all transport, admission fees (including at Machu Picchu), six nights of accommodation and daily breakfast.
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  • 7 days
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$815.00
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4-Day Machu Picchu with Biking, Rafting, Ziplining from Cusco

4-Day Machu Picchu with Biking, Rafting, Ziplining from Cusco

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If you want add some exhilaration to the Inca Trail then opt for this 4-day jungle adventure from Cusco, which includes adventure sports such as whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and ziplining. Amid the breathtaking landscapes of the Andes Mountains, you’ll hike to mountain summits, observe native flora and fauna, and visit Machu Picchu, UNESCO World Heritage Site and New7Wonder of the World, at sunrise. Most meals, accommodation, activities, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Cusco are included.
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  • 4 days
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$495.00
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4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Trail

4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Trail

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Trace the path of the original Inca Trail during an unforgettable 4-day, 3-night trip along this classic road to Machu Picchu. Follow the footsteps of this ancient people as you cross mountain terrain and lush jungles and explore fascinating Inca ruins like Wiñay Wayna, hiking toward the ‘Lost City of the Incas.’ On your final day, wake up early to reach Machu Picchu's iconic Sun Gate at sunrise, watching the first rays of light creep across the landscape. Then spend the morning exploring this incredible mountaintop archaeological site with your guide. This classic Inca Trail trek also features hotel pickup, camping accommodations, bus and train transfers, entrance fees, three days of meals and snacks and porters to carry shared equipment.
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  • 4 days
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$788.00
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4-Day Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu: Biking, Ziplining, Rafting and Hiking

4-Day Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu: Biking, Ziplining, Rafting and Hiking

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Maximize your adventure during your trip to Machu Picchu as you enjoy this 4-day, 3-night trip packed with fun activities like biking, ziplining and rafting. Choose an alternative to the typical Inca Trail hiking paths, enjoying a jungle bike ride, rafting trip on Classs III and IV rapids and Peru’s first canopy-level zipline. Cap it all off with a chance to explore the famous Inca citadel at Machu Picchu in the first light of day and with a guided tour of the site. This adventure-lover’s experience also features hotel pickup, three nights of guesthouse accommodations, guide, bus and train transfers, three days of meals and snacks, entrance fees and all necessary biking, ziplining and rafting equipment.
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  • 4 days
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Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu

Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu

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Take up the challenge of this rugged 5-day, 4-night trip to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay trekking route. This rigorous hike offers stunning views of both snow-covered Andean peaks and lush jungle, plus a trip through a mountain pass at 15,200 feet (4,650 meters). You’ll also get up close with Peruvian indigenous communities as you explore villages like Soraypampa and Santa Teresa, before finishing your trek at the unforgettable Machu Picchu with a guided tour. This Salkantay trek also features hotel pickup, guide three nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodation, bus and train transfers, four days of meals and three snacks, entrance fees and horseman and mules to help carry gear.
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  • 5 days
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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Get off the beaten path to Machu Picchu during this 4-day, 3-night trip along the higher, more scenic and less-traveled Salkantay trekking route. Over the course of this 4-day trip you’ll enjoy incredible vistas of snow-capped Andean peaks, and cross a mountain pass at 15,200 feet (4,650 meters) before eventually descending back into the jungle landscapes at lower altitude. Cap it all off with your final day at Machu Picchu, the unforgettable ‘Lost City of the Incas,’ with a 2-hour tour of the site and time to explore on your own. Your Salkantay trekking experience also features hotel pickup, two nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodations, bus and train transfers, three days of meals and two snacks, entrance fees and a horseman and mules to help carry gear.
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  • 4 days
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4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco

4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu from Cusco

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Get off the beaten path on your hike to Machu Picchu with this incredible 4-day, 3-night trip along the less-crowded Lares trekking route. This high-altitude trail offers an unforgettable opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of local Andean communities, set among the jaw-dropping scenery of the region’s rugged terrain. Meet local families, admire scenic vistas of glaciers and observe the area’s diverse wildlife. Cap it off with a visit to Machu Picchu, enjoying a 2-hour guided tour and time to wander on your own. Your Lares trekking experience also covers hotel pickup, two nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodations, a guide, bus and train transfers, entrance fees, three days of meals and snacks and horses to carry baggage.
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  • 4 days
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8-Day Classic Inca Trail Journey to Machu Picchu from Cusco

8-Day Classic Inca Trail Journey to Machu Picchu from Cusco

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Journey through the ancient land of the Incas towards the magical mountaintop retreat of Machu Picchu during this 8-day, small-group excursion from Cusco. Start your trip in Cusco, the historic Andean capital, learning about the history and culture of the iconic Inca civilization. Then head out on the Inca Trail, a gorgeous but physically demanding hiking route through the Andean highlands. During your walk you'll experience lush jungle, incredible scenery and forgotten ruins built centuries ago, culminating in a visit to the iconic high-altitude citadel of Machu Picchu.
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  • 8 days
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4-Day Machu Picchu Biking and Hiking Tour from Cuzco

4-Day Machu Picchu Biking and Hiking Tour from Cuzco

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Combine hiking and biking on this 4-day tour to Machu Picchu through the jungles of the Andes. Opt to add rafting and zip lining to fully take advantage of Peru's landscape. Travel with a small group, which ensures personalized attention and an intimate experience. All equipment, nightly accommodations, meals, and transportation included.
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  • 4 days
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$645.00
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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

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Take the route less traveled to Machu Picchu on a multi-day trek from Cusco. Travel by bus to Mollepat and then embark on foot along Salkantay, a quiet alternative to the often-crowded Inca Trail. Four the next four day you'll hike in the shadow of snow-capped mountains and pass among tropical jungle, stopping at ancient archaeological sites en route. At night bed down in tents beneath the stars. Once reaching Llucmabamba hop the train to Aguas Calientes. The next day the Lost City of the Incas is yours to explore.
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  • 5 days
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