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Follow the classic Inca Trail

The four day Inca Trail trek follows the foothills, valleys and cloud forests of the Andes, ending as the swirling mist lifts over Machu Picchu at dawn. It’s one of the world’s most famous trekking routes, worth every aching muscle and every last blister. As this is the most popular route it can be hard to get permits, especially from June to September. The trail is very busy, so for those seeking a more serene and authentic hike, we offer several amazing (some say better!) Inca treks.

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The real Andes route to Machu Picchu

High on beauty, low on crowds—the Salkantay Trek is the ‘other’ Inca Trail. It may not be the traditional route to Machu Picchu, but it’s every bit as stunning. Trekking for three days through remote landscapes, you’ll see the lesser explored Andes and feel almost alone in the mountains. This is the most popular alternative to the four day Inca Trail, offering more challenging trekking with views of white snow peaks and a visit to Machu Picchu by local bus. 

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Try a shorter Inca trek (without camping)

If the idea of camping leaves you cold, try this shorter Inca trek. Setting off at 2300m altitude, the Camino Real walk lets you follow the Inca trading route towards Machu Picchu, passing several small ruins along the way. Spend a day exploring the snow-capped Andes, marvel at Machu Picchu and sleep in a comfy bed. You’ll see the Lost City in both the afternoon and morning light, giving you all of the Inca culture with none of the camping.

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Discover the majestic Cordillera Blanca

If you wish to explore some of Peru’s more remote areas then this incredible National park trek offers something a bit different. The Cordillera Blanca is one of the most imposing mountain ranges in the world, forming a natural barrier between Peru’s coast and the Amazon jungle. A land of snowy peaks and wisps of cloud reflected in blue lagoons, it’s Peruvian hiking heaven. On your way, visit traditional towns hidden in the Andes and swing in a hammock with valley views.

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Following Ancient Footsteps – Inca Trail

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Location:Cusco - Inca Trail - Machu Picchu - Cusco
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Condors in the Colca Canyon

Duration:3 days / 2 nights (flexible)
Location:Arequipa - Colca Canyon: Coporaque - Cruz del Condor - Arequipa/Puno
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