There are literally thousands of miles of Inca trails that connect Machu Picchu with all the distant parts of the Incan Empire. Of all these trails, the Classic trail was the main pilgrimage route from Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire, to Machu Picchu. This became so popular in recent years that to prevent damage to the trail, the Park Authority introduced a permit system which strictly restricts traffic on this route.
With access to the Classic trail restricted, interest in other Inca trails increased dramatically and there are now many trails that are well established competing for trekkers. We operate three treks as well as the Classic Inca trail. These are the Salkantay trail, the Lares trail and the Vilcabamba trail. All of them are great treks and each is distinctly different.
The most well-known of all the trekking routes to Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail is the original pilgrimage route to this most sacred temple and is by far the most popular route. Starting at the Kilometre 82 gate (so called because it is 82 km from Cuzco by train) this trek to Machu Picchu provides the ultimate combination of mountain scenery and archaeological sites. Trekking through diverse environments including cloud forest, jungle and alpine tundra, there is also the opportunity to visit many Inca ruins, including Runcuracay, Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna, before arriving at the big one - Machu Picchu
This is the original pilgrimage route for the Inca to their most sacred temple and is by far the most popular route. This beautiful trail starts at the Kilometre 82 gate (so called because it is 82 km along the railroad from Cuzco) and takes in many of the Inca ruins including Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñay Wayna and of course Machu Picchu.
One of the reasons the Classic Inca trail is popular is the incredible diversity of the views and ecosystems and in this respect the Salkantay route is even better. The walk is dominated by the 20,500-feet-high Mount Salkantay and cuts through the beautiful Mollepata Valley and passes Salkantay at an altitude above 15,000 feet before traversing around the mountains to arrive at Aguas Calientes.
This trek is an excellent alternative to the Classic Inca trail for those who want to get off the ‘beaten track’ and would like to have a chance to visit authentic Andean communities whilst also being surrounded by stunning mountain, lake and valley landscapes. It begins from a small village in the Sacred Valley, crosses a pass over 4400 metres, passes through traditional, colourful villages and finishes with a visit to Machu Picchu
This tour is the ultimate Peruvian experience. Take delight in the magic of Lake Titicaca staying on Taquile island. Travel in luxury on the Andean Explorer. Canoe the Tambopata River and stay in an EcoLodge. Trek through the Sacred Valley untouched for centuries and visit Machu Picchu!
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.
The Ausangate trek is an amazing option for those looking to combine a challenging high altitude hike with a visit to Machu Picchu. With several high passes to cross the Ausangate trek is not for the faint hearted and a good level of fitness is required. You will be rewarded by quiet, uncrowded trails, spectacular glacial lakes, stunning snow-capped peaks and the unusual red scree landscapes of the Rainbow Mountains of Vinicuna.
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.