Probably the most famous trek in South America is the Inca Trail but permits sell out faster and faster every year. In order to ensure a spot on this most famous trek in Peru, you better think about booking 6 to 8 months in advance. Not a plan-ahead kind of person? Never fear! There are a lot of alternative treks to Machu Picchu.
The mountains around Cusco, Peru offer an unending supply of trekking adventures and amazing Inca trail alternatives that are sure to satisfy everyone, from the expert mountaineer to the weekend hiker, the history buff to the nature lover. The Peruvian Andes have something for everyone! At SAM Corp, we specialize in offering unique, alternative Machu Picchu treks. Here are some of our favourites like the Lares Trek, Salkantay trek or Choquequirao Trek.
The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu is a challenging yet rewarding adventure that offers breathtaking views of the Andes Mountainside and the Peruvian countryside. This adventure is for people who really want to experience the incredible nature of Andes at its best. Witness waterfalls, snow capped peaks, and diverse wildlife like llamas and alpacas. The trek takes you through remote villages and ancient ruins, allowing you to experience the rich culture and history of the region. And of course, the trek culminates with with a visit to the awe inspiring 7th wonder of the world: Machu Picchu. With the stunning scenery, rich cultural experiences, and unforgettable memories, the Anascocha Trek is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that you will not want to miss. Book this amazing tour now and make memories that will last a lifetime.
For those that are looking for an adventure and high altitude mountain landscapes that will challenge most trekkers, the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is your best choice. Visit the picturesque deep blue, crystal-clear lagoons that are named after the great mountains that sustain them, Lake Humantay and Lake Salkantay. Witness incomparable views of the towering snow-hooded mountain peaks of Humantay (5 473m/17 956ft) and Salkantay (6 271m/ 20 574ft). Follow the remote foot path up to the forgotten Inca Ruins of Llactapata where you have an extraordinary view of Machu Picchu. For your last morning, visit the famous and mystical World Heritage site of Machu Picchu Citadel! Experience for yourself what sets our alternative treks to Machu Picchu apart from what other tour operators have to offer. All our treks are customized, unique and personalized to suite the individual.
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 and gives you a deeper understanding of the rich history and culture of the region. You’ll explore ancient Inca ruins, including the fascinating site of Huchuy Qosqo, Moray, and the Inca salt mines. At night you’ll have the opportunity to stargaze and learn about Incan constelations. Most importantly, you will arrive at Machu Picchu, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the iconic archealogical site. With its diverse range of experiences, our trekking adventure is the perfect way to explore the wonders of Machu Picchu and the surrounding region.
Looking for an epic adventure that takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in Peru? Look no further than our trek through Cusco, Pitumarca, Kayrawiry Lake, Mount Ausanagte, Jampa, and Machu Picchu. This tour offers a diverse range of experiences that will take you off the beaten path and give you a deeper understanding of the rich history and culture of the region. You’ll explore the charming Inca capital of Cusco, journey through breathtaking Andean landscape, stunning lakes, snow capped peaks, and diverse wildlife. Witness and hike the vibrant colors of the recently discovered Raimnbow Mountain. Along the way you’ll visit the traditional village of Jampa, where you can learn about the locals unique way of life. Explore beautiful Aguas Calientes and its colorful markets. Of course, no trip would be complete without a visit to the 7th Wonder of the World: Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the iconic archealogical site, learning about its fascinating history and significance. With spectacular glacial views, uninterrupted beauty, and diverse flora and fauna, this is a spectacular trip for experienced trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure. Book your tour now to explore marvelous Peru and make unforgettable memories.
This trek is famous for being “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 travel back in time to hike 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, and 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! Book your tour now and make unforgettable memories.
The name Choquequirao means “Cradle of Gold.” Located above the raging, glacier-fed Apurimac River, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and seated on a high ridge, Choquequirao is a remote and rarely visited ¨Lost City of the Incas.¨ The Inca archeological site is considered to be the sister to Machu Picchu. It is less known and less visited but three times larger than Machu Picchu. It was one of the last refuges for those Incas who continued to resist Spanish occupation after the conquest. The site was eventually abandoned and became covered by dense cloud forest vegetation and to this day archeologists continue to discover new sectors of the city. Choquequirao is situated between the jungle and the Peruvian Andes, on a mountain at 3033m/9,951ft. Keeping the crowds away the crowds is part of this site’s charm, as it is only accessible by footpath. It’s a relatively strenuous 40k/25 mile trek roundtrip, with highs and lows between 1400m/4,593ft. and 3100m/10,170ft. If you are looking for an adventure you’ve found it! Book your tour now and make unforgettable memories!
The Lares trekking route is one of the most scenic and culturally enhancing trail you will ever experience. Our four-day trek through the Lares Valley to Machu Picchu takes you to isolated villages, spectacular snow covered mountain peaks, striking lakes, rivers and streams that snake their way through the most tranquil and serene places in the Andes Mountains. What makes this trek the most unique and special is your encounters with indigenous communities, a truly culturally enriching experience that can only be exclusively experienced on this amazing trail. Discover the Inca culture through their descendants who maintain their ancestors’ way of life by herding llamas and alpacas, weaving, farming with ancient techniques, and using star constellations to guide their planting and harvesting seasons. This tour is perfect for someone looking to emmerse themselves in a cultural adventure with untouched indigenous communities. Book now to make unforgettable memories!
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