Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE the satisfaction of trekking through the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu Citadel with one’s own two feet, which is why the Classic Inca Trail hike has become so popular in recent years.  There was a time when a traveler could roll into Cusco and set up an Inca Trail trek for the following day—or week, or month—has long since passed! To limit damage to the trail, the Peruvian government now limits access to 500 persons per day, porters included. The entire world is competing for permits for the peak hiking season from May to October, thus permits sell out months in advance. Many of the best dates are sold out the prior year in October when the permits become available.

WHAT ARE ALTERNATIVE TREKS?

An alternative trek is another for a trek instead of the Classic Inca Trail, which is also in the Andes Mountains and Cusco region. The classic Inca Trail Trek is one of the most popular and well known, but unfortunately it sells out very quickly and bookings must be made way in advance.

There are alternative treks that include the 2-Day Inca Trail and another popular trek such as the Lares Trek or Salkanty trek.  Thus the hiker gets to experience the last part of the Inca Trail and still visit Machu Picchu at the same time.  These need 2 day permits for the Inca Trail but these do not sell out as fast and there are more available. These are a great alternative for those that want to at least trek part of the way on the Inca Trail and they also get to enter into Machu Picchu passing through the famous Sun Gate or Inti Punku.

There are also some great alternative treks (that do not include the Inca Trail) that still lead to Machu Picchu. These are gaining in popularity as they become more well known. These are not restricted by the government so they are available any time of the year. The two most popular are the Lares trek 4D/3N or the Salkantay trek 5D/4N. There are others that do not end at Machu Picchu, such as Choquequirao 5/4N, a new lost city of the Incas larger than Machu Picchu.

The actual hiking views on these Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu might be even more spectacular than what you see on the Inca Trail but instead of hiking directly into the ruins, your trek ends at Aguas Calientes and spend the night there in a hotel. These treks tend to be less crowded and you still have the Machu Picchu tour the next day and in fact get to the ruins 2 hours before the Inca Trail trekkers. On clear mornings you will see the sun rising over Machu Picchu the surrounding mountains.


From: $477
Duration: 3D/2N
Group size: 8 Person(s)

Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu

The Huchuy Qosqo trek takes you to a combination of amazing Inca ruins, secluded indigenous villages, incredible snow-capped mountains and exotic vegetation of different types and varieties. The trail goes off the beaten track, over high Andean passes, through the Sacred Valley of the Incas with its unforgettable scenic views, and visits both Moray and the Maras Salt Mines. It ends at the destination you have been anticipating, The New 7 Wonder of the World Machu Picchu! It is believed that the archeological site of Huchuy Qosqo was built during the reign of the eighth Inca Ruler, Wiracocha. Inca rulers acquired large royal estates to increase their power and wealth and that of their descendants who inherited the estates. Royal estates served also as elegant country palaces and, at times, fortresses to fend off rivals for power. Thus, the name Huchuy Qosqo, “Little Cusco”, was for a royal estate or government center modeled on the Inca capital.

From: $537
Duration: 3D/2N
Group size: 8 Person(s)

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour 3 Days

The Incas left some fascinating archaeological sites in and around Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire, the Sacred Valley with all of its treasures and ancient ruins to discover which all lead up to the Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu, the ultimate destination at the end of this particular adventure. Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire called Tawantinsuyo and is a living museum with lively streets full of culture and tradition. You can see the different stages of development from ancient times to the Conquest until modern times, all in one place! In Cusco, there are many archeological sites, 15th Century Cathedrals, museums, and traditional shops to visit and explore. This tour package also takes us to the hotspots of the entire Sacred Valley with all of its ancient treasures and Inca sites, not to mention the world famous Machu Picchu! The Sacred Valley stretches from Pisac to Ollantaytambo with many small indigenous towns, secluded weaving villages, outdoor handicraft markets and 10th and 11th century Inca Ruins including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras Salt Mines and Urubamba. Explore amazing ruins and sites, active Cathedrals and the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

See all the detailed itinerary and information below about the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour!

From: $517
Duration: 4D/3N
Group size: 8 Person(s)

Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

Our specialization is in trekking, “off the beaten track.”  Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu Trek is a personally designed and unique trek taking you to remote and rarely visited Inca ruins. You’ll trek by beautiful waterfalls, view wild panoramic landscapes, ancient Inca aqueducts, and take yourself back in time to the Inca stonemason’s unmatched masterpieces. You will visit the old Inca quarry from where the Incas carved the rocks to build the important Ollantaytambo Inca city, the impressive gate to Machu Picchu. Take time to explore the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo and hike up to the dusted remnants of the old Inca hillside storehouses. Then enjoy true luxury at the exclusive Veronica View Hotel!  On your final day, will be the long awaited tour to explore and experience the magical UNESCO World Heritage site: Machu Picchu!

From: $577
Duration: 4D/3N
Group size: 8 Person(s)

Wilderness Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days

A Unique and specially designed 4 day Wilderness Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, which takes you around the stunning spectacular peak of Mount Salkantay while “trekking off the beaten track.” It is the second tallest mountain in the Cusco region (6,277m / 20,577ft). The trek then explores a gorgeous turquoise glacial lake, waterfalls, and hike through the unforgettable Peruvian cloud forest, and take the opportunity to taste the fresh fruit grown there such as bananas, oranges, avocados, pineapple and much more.

From: $677
Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu
Duration: 5D/4N
Group size: 8 Person(s)

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is an incredible trail!  This adventure is for people who really want to experience nature and the Andes at its best: snow-capped mountains, deep valleys, pristine lakes, animals such llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and encounters with local people such as herders. This trek takes you to the most wild parts of the Andes, then to the UNESCO World Heritage site and New 7 Wonder of the World: Machu Picchu!

From: $547
salkantay trek
Duration: 5D/4N
Group size: 8 Person(s)

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

This is an alternative route to the Classic Inca Trail, which will take you through incredible landscape and natural beauty with exotic flora and fauna endemic of the region. The trek will involve hiking through valleys and mountains before arriving to the “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu. A unique and specially designed 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, with incomparable views of the snow-capped mountains of Humantay and Salkantay, sacred mountains for the Incas.

Trek off the beaten track, following our unique route where you visit two incredible crystal clear glacial lakes, Humantay and Salkantay. Hike through the Andes Mountains and camp at our private sites which are more remote, less crowded and off the typical path. Hike through the extraordinary Peruvian cloud forest, and take the opportunity to try the fresh fruit grown there such as bananas, oranges, avocados, pineapple and much more.  Take the opportunity to tour a coffee plantation next to your campsite! Explore the fields and learn about the different varieties of beans, pick, roast, and grind your beans.  Then enjoy brewing your own coffee, a very unique experience! You will have the opportunity to visit the Hot Springs of Cocalmayo, where you can relax your fatigued muscles after the long hike in a bit of utopia! Hike up to LLACTAPATA Inca ruins, and explore the ancient Inca city, which was once coated with vegetation. This is the best viewpoint to have a glimpse of the Majestic Machu Picchu. Following in the footsteps of the Incas, explore the crevices and and niches of the “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World, with our expert guide.

ORANGE NATION Peru is your best choice if you truly want to enjoy your Salkantay trek in Peru. We specialize in creating unique trekking routes, with our customized treks to Machu Picchu like the Salkantay trek which other tour operators are not offering. What that means for our clients is more unique, enjoyable and exciting treks, personalized service, and small groups, typically 2 – 6 trekkers with a maximum of 8 people in the group.

Other destination Inca trail Treks & Tours in Cusco


We have a large variety of alternative treks and tour Packate to Machu Picchu available. This gives our passengers plenty of options to choose. We do not just focus on the standard treks or tour that everyone else offers. Our treks have different routes, campsites, and added features that no one else does. It costs a bit more to do this but our focus is to provide the best “Off the Beaten Track Trekking” experience possible. Here are some great Tours, Treks and Packages to Machu Picchu, review and explore them bellow.

Choquequirao Trek
Choquequirao Trek
Classic Day Tours
Classic Day Tours
Inca Trail Combos
Inca Trail Combos
Inca Trail Treks
Inca Trail Treks
Lares Treks
Lares Treks
Rainbow Mountain & Ausangate Treks
Rainbow Mountain & Ausangate Treks
Rainbow Mountain Treks
Rainbow Mountain Treks
Salkantay Treks
Salkantay Treks
Special Day Tours
Special Day Tours
Tours to Machu Picchu
Tours to Machu Picchu

Our Last reviews the Inca Trail


Joshua L
Joshua L
2021-10-21
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Great Tour, Team and Guide Pretty much a perfect experience that far exceeded expectations. The porters were excellent & friendly with great service. The quality of the meals (3 courses while on a mountaintop) were better than most restaurants. Our guide Koko was perfect. He knew about all subjects but also let us dictate the journey. Most importantly he gave great insight to the cultural & spiritual aspects of the Inca. We all were really happy and noticed that the trip became personalized for our small & fast group rather than being a forced template. Can’t recommend enough! 💙
Jventura26
Jventura26
2021-10-04
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Great MP Experience Great tour, the guide was very helpful, the food was nice and the trekking also amazing! Very good experience
Yanet H
Yanet H
2021-09-07
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Una caminata lleno de carcajadas y el guía muy atento La mejor elección fue nuestra agencia ORANGE NATION Perú. Hicieron que la experiencia sea increíble y pensaron en cada detalle. Refrigerios y hasta las comidas con su propia Carpa. Recomiendo complementamente esta agencia. Muy contentos con nuestro viaje lo pasamos muy bien
Fredy R
Fredy R
2021-09-02
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Viaje fabuloso Fue un viaje sumamente hermoso, lo pasamos lindo con el grupo gracias ala agencia ORANGR NATION.y gracias al equipo humano
Kenny A
Kenny A
2021-08-25
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ORANGE NATION / Sam travel / Jhony We did the 4 day Inca Trail with tour guide Jhony to Machu Picchu, and I couldn’t have had a better experience. His knowledge of the ruins along the trial and his experience in my Opinion is unmatched. This tour was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only was his expertise helpful but I consider him to be a new friend of mine. I would take any hike or Tavel experience with this gentleman again. 10/10 experience with this entire crew and would book again with Orange nation in an instant. Jhony was amazing. If you’re looking for an amazing experience and a guide who is knowledgeable, book with Orange nation and tour guide Jhony.
chaiailana
chaiailana
2021-08-25
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Experience of a lifetime We did the traditional 4 day Inca trail hike & it exceeded our already high expectations. Our guide Jhony was super knowledgeable and friendly and helped to create a bond between our group from the very beginning. The food was incredible and varied & their were plenty of little touches that made our trip even more special. It was my first multi day hike and although it was challenging, sam travel / orange nation made the journey as comfortable, relaxing, and fun as possible. Highly recommend!!
Chloris M
Chloris M
2021-08-12
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Awesome Experience Orange Nation did an excellent job of covering all of the details of my daughter and my 2 day trek on August 5&6, 2021 for what we felt was an affordable price. Our Andean guide, Liz, spoke English well and was informative in explaining historical, cultural and spiritual aspects of the ancient native people. We were inspired and awestruck by the the beauty of this trek! HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Micahlee
Micahlee
2020-02-24
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Inolvidable Lares Trek ¡Pero que feliz me siento..! Una de los momentos más inolvidable en mi vida fue en el Tour de Lares Trek ,gracias a la recomendación de algunos amigos que ya habían tenido la experiencia de viajar con Orange Nation. Y si…! Orange Nation fue muy responsable desde mi recojo para el Tour , siempre mostraron ese profesionalismo que mis amigos me contaron y también me di cuenta de eso, como también el gran equipo que nos acompañó en el tour , Nuestro cocinero fue el mejor , preparaba la mejor comida que jamás había probado antes. Y el Guía quien fue muy divertido durante todo el camino hasta el fin del viaje, siempre estaba al pendiente de nosotros y eso me hacía sentir feliz. Pase momentos únicos que aún no puedo olvidarlos y cada vez que lo recuerdo me siento feliz, la experiencia con Orange Nation es la razón de todo eso. Me brindaron un gran servicio que no lo había esperado, pero me sorprendieron. Son los mejores, ¡súper recomiendo!
Nancy Ruth
Nancy Ruth
2020-02-24
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MACHU PICCHU Estar en la Gran Maravilla del Mundo “Machu Picchu” es un sueño que todas las personas quieren vivir. Mi familia y yo tuvimos la gran oportunidad gracias a Orange Nation , una Agencia muy responsable y muy profesional . Quienes se encargaron de todo para que mi viaje sea el mejor y fue así. Mi familia estaba super feliz y es por eso que quiero agradecer a Orange Nation por esta gran experiencia. Por todo el trabajo que hizo, por la magnífica organización y sobre todo por el profesionalismo que resalta siempre en ellos. ¡Gracias una vez más!
Christopher
Christopher
2020-02-19
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El Mejor Viaje Mi familia y Yo realizamos un pequeño viaje a Perú (Cusco) donde teníamos planeado visitar y sentir esa magnífica felicidad de estar en una de las maravillas del mundo “Machu Picchu”. Pues no fue fácil, ya que primero tuvimos que sentirnos bien con la altura ya que le afecto un poco a mi Esposa, pero eso no fue un problema para que se lleve a cabo nuestros planes. Por suerte encontramos a Orange Nation, una Agencia muy profesional y sobretodo responsable. Orange Nation se encargó de todo para que mi viaje sea el mejor, nos ofrecieron el tour de (Cusco- Machu Picchu) de dos días. Me encantó la idea ya que no nos sentíamos muy bien así que el primer día visitamos el Famoso Valle Sagrado de los Incas, un Lugar muy tranquilo y lleno de tradición donde podrás contemplar la naturaleza y también hermosas vistas de los diferentes pueblos que se encuentran en el camino. Nuestro Guía fue el mejor, durante todo el viaje fue muy profesional y cuidadoso, siempre cuidaba de nosotros y eso nos hacía sentir seguros. El segundo día fue el mejor, por fin pudimos estar en la Maravilla del Mundo “Machu Picchu” nos sentimos súper felices y muy emocionados, al fin pudimos cumplir uno de nuestro grandes sueños, pero también me siento muy feliz por haber elegido a Orange Nation. Nos sentimos muy agradecidos con ellos por el excelente servicio que nos dio y solo hay una palabra para eso “profesionalismo” y ellos lo tienen,solo decir una vez más Gracias. Súper recomendado.

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