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About the Alternative Inca Trail routes

In March 2004, faced with serious erosion on the Classic Inca trail,  a permit system was introduced which limited trekkers on this route to 500 per day and this includes all crew. Permits are released in early October for the following year and popular dates sell out in weeks.  For 2017, the only dates now available  are for late November onwards. For 2018, some dates in April and May have already sold out.

If you want to visit Machu PIcchu and permits for the dates you want to travel are sold out, we do offer some fantastic alternative treks, all of which are ancient Inca trails. Our favourite alternative routes are  the Lares trail, which offers a stunning combination of mountainous trekking and cultural immersion and the Salkantay trail which offers a more mountainous approach to the ruins at Machu Picchu.

If your heart is set on hiking the Classic Inca trail, please get in touch so that we can check alternative dates for you. Permits went on sale in the first week of October and popular dates will sell out very quickly.

For the full detail on Inca trail permits see here.

 

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Vilcabamba trail

Vilcabamba trail

| 8 days
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This five day trek takes you right off the beaten track and far into the jungle where the Incas made their last stand against the Spanish. As well as enjoying a wealth of flora, fauna, snow peaks and impressive valleys, trekkers visit some of the last domains of the great Inca empire. The route runs through the sparsely populated Cordillera Vilcabamba, which looks much the same as when Hiram Bingham first explored here a century ago. This trek is not for the faint of heart or weak of legs, crossing three consecutive high mountain passes before descending into the jungle. The trek ends a short walk or train ride from Machu Picchu.


Choquequirao Trek

Choquequirao Trek

| 12 Days
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Choquequirao, meaning Cradle of Gold, is an Incan City built during the late 15th and early 16th century. It is thought that Pachacuti, the Incan Emperor responsible for commissioning Machu Picchu, founded Choquequirao, which was then passed on to his son, Tupaq Inka Yupanki, who then extended and remodelled it. Our Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu is a challenging hike taking you off the beaten track to the fascinating Incan city of Choquequirao and the famous city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.


Huchuy Qosqo

Huchuy Qosqo

| 6 days
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An excellent alternative to the Classic Inca trail. If you're short on time but still fancy doing a little bit of trekking before hitting the highlights of Machu Picchu, then the Huchuy Qosqo trail is perfect for you. With only 17km of trail and a maximum altitude climbed of 4350m, it is ideal for those looking for an introductory trek in the Peruvian Andes.


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Last Updated November 20 2017
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