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Inca Trail Alternatives: The Best Options in February

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Due to laws of the Peruvian government, the Inca Trail closes every February for maintenance and prevention work. However, all of our other travel options are still available daily, including packages to the Machu Picchu sanctuary. Below we detail the excellent alternatives to visit Cusco in February.  


Inca Trail February 2019

The Inca Trail Closes Every Year in February 

Although the Inca Trail is closed, you can still get to Machu Picchu 

Both the Classic Inca Trail Tours and the 2 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu are the tours with high demand in Cusco and are also among those with the highest demand in the world. Due to this, for the Classic Inca Trail there is a daily number of tickets that is 500 (with approximately 300 for visitors and the other 200 for the support staff of tourist agencies), while for the Inca Short Trail the number is 250.

For this reason, the routes of the Inca Trail February 2019 is closed, through the disposition of the authorities, for prevention and maintenance work, and finally to contribute to the best preservation of all elements of the journey. But fortunately there are excellent options to enjoy Cusco and the Inca culture in February, which we will explain below. 


Alternatives to the Inca Trail February 2019


Inca Trail Alternatives: Adventure Tours 


Salkantay Trek, 4 days and 3 nights

The Salkantay Trail Peru passes under the magnificent Salkantay climb (6.71 / 20569ft), one of the highest and most impressive of the Peruvian Andes. Its first two days will be dominated by the impressive "Apus" of Salkantay and Humantay Lagoon, while touring the high puna landscape. The third day will descend to the warm cloud forest, to reach Aguas Calientes on the fourth day. The impressive Inca sacred city of Machupicchu is visited during the last day of the program.


Inca Jungle, 4 days and 3 nights 

The Inka Jungle Trail combines different outdoor activities, such as biking, rafting, zip line and trekking, culminating in Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Favorite tour for young people from all over the world who come to Cusco in search of adventure. It is an alternate route to reach Machu Picchu, which includes stretches by bike and hike, crossing mountains, valleys, rivers, native villages, coca plantations, coffee and an immense variety of fruit trees through a part of the Inca Trail. 


Lares Trek, 4 days and 3 nights 

Lares is the name of a small town north of Cusco, a beautiful place to make an Inca Trail. We started in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (in Huarán). The tour program, Lares 4 days trek to Machu Picchu is an excellent way to get to know the Andean landscape, with valleys, rivers, lagoons with crystal clear waters, waterfalls, Queuñas forests and know the way of life in the Andes.  


Cachiccata Trek, 4 days and 3 nights

This place was dedicated to the carving and extraction of stones that were used for the construction of Ollantaytambo and many surrounding areas. The visitor can observe the great work done when moving the giant stones to build the Ollantaytambo enclosures. We can find the "Tired Stones" that were left during the trip to Ollantaytambo and in some parts of the town. 

The Cachicata trek is one of the newest hiking trails offered in the Cusco region. Based in the area around Ollantaytambo, the Cachicata hike takes you through high waterfalls, Inca ruins and beautiful landscapes. 


Inca Trail Alternatives: Cultural Tours 


Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, 4 days and 3 nights

Tour in the city of Cusco and Machu Picchu Tours for 4 days and 3 nights with visits to: City Tour in Cusco, Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Koricancha, the Sacred Valley tour with Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and the excursion to Machupicchu, Aguas Calientes and Huayna Picchu . On this tour from Cusco we will discover all its greatness. 


Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour, 2 days and 1 night 

With the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour we take you to the most important tourist attractions of the Sacred Valley of Cusco and to discover the greatness of the Inca city of Machu Picchu. Start your journey in the city of Cusco (Peru) and travel (in a tourist bus) the most important and impressive archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley: the archaeological park of Pisac, the traditional market of Pisac and the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. And, at sunset of your tour of the ancient villages of the Sacred Valley, board the tourist train and continue your adventure to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.


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