Due to the great demand of the Traditional Inca Trail and for a policy of sustaining said route, the Peruvian government regulated and regulated the use of said road, determining only 500 spaces per day. This determination has an impact on the Tourism Sector, causing the opening of new alternative routes to reach Machu Picchu. It should be noted that the network of roads used by the Incas to reach Machu Picchu had different points of origin, different distances and was not just a road, but a network of several roads, many of them not yet studied and others used tourism.
Luckily, the Incas, who were masters of road construction, traced routes through the Andes. Many of them are alternative routes to Machu Picchu (or at least you get as close as in a quick train trip). Here we present the best alternatives, for most of which are not necessary permits and can be hired from any reputed agency in Cuzco. Some of these excursions can have multiple variants and can be adapted to fit certain physical conditions.
The Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of top treks in the world! The trek offers a 4 day journey through Andes including amazing views of snowy peaks, hardly accessible, but impressive Inca ruins and the overwhelming Inca city of Machu Picchu. This hike is very popular, which unfortunately makes it a bit crowdy. For that reason, the Peruvian government has limited its availability (only 500 persons a day including Tour Guides, Cooks and Porters!).
Every year, approximately 25,000 hikers from all over the world travel their extraordinary 43 kilometers along a stone paved road built by the Incas, which leads to the impregnable citadel of Machu Picchu located deep in the high jungle of Cusco. The trip begins in the town of Qorihuayrachina, at kilometer 88 of the Quillabamba railway - Cusco and takes 3 to 4 days of strenuous hiking, it is the road that takes tourists to Machu Picchu. The route consists of an impressive variety of altitudes, climates and ecosystems ranging from the Andean plain to the cloud forest.
For those who prefer less traffic and stress trying to book the Inca Trail, there are some perfect alternatives trails. These so called Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu offers challenging hikes, less crowd, beautiful sceneries, contact to local Andean inhabitants and some Incan archaeological sites.
The very best of those Alternative Treks are the 5 day Salkantay Trek, its shorter Salkantay Trek 4 day, you will appreciate the Salkantay Mountain, flora and Jauna or the new version route to Salkantay Trek Expedition 5 days, this trek involve a short Inca Trail, Mountain and beatifull landscapes,
The Cachicata trek to Machu Picchu, you can appreciate Incan terraces, short authentic Inca trail, Temple of the Water God above a secret holding lovely waterfall, Incan mummies and Andean highlands. On the last day, you take a train to Machu Picchu and visit the antique and mysterious Incan citadel!! A climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain can be also added to the trek.
All day the trails are connected with occasional small villages on the Lares Valley roads. So we must consider the Lares trek has a lot more interaction with the direct descendants of the Incas than the traditional Inca Trail. Past and present intertwine here along the Inca roads, the traditional life has changed little since Inca times and the mountain people retain some customs of the Incas. There are some very spectacular and beautiful views to experience and people to meet. This trekking trip will be an unforgettable experience.
The Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu is authentic Inka route (in Queachua Chapaqñan) was discovered as the last, 10 years ago. It is a new trek to Machu Picchu considered more adventurous and sporty than other treks as you do mountain biking on the first day, you hike through beautiful nature of a cloud forest and you can try ZIP Line and rafting too!! The last day, you observe the long-expected and stunning Inca´s city of Machu Picchu with a possibility of hiking to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
Many customers have asked us about the differences between the Classic Inca Trail and the Inca Trail Alternatives to Machu Picchu. Well, choosing the right trek might be difficult so we have stated below a list of various factors that might help you deciding.