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The 6 Best Trekking Routes to Machu Picchu

Posted on : 19 July 2021

Know the 6 Best Trekking Routes to Machu Picchu: Trekking is the best way to have a complete experience on a Cusco Trip, not only with for getting to Machu Picchu, but also with the fantastic natural environment of jungle and mountain range that surrounds it. All organized trekking routes to Machu Picchu has porters, guides and meals included, so the weight you will have to carry is significantly reduced. Here is or recommendations for 6 of the best options to reach one of the Wonders of the Modern World in an exciting and unconventional way without forgetting about your Luxury needs, each of this routes count with the most exclusive services, so if your are planning to take a Luxury trip to Cusco, just ask for all the comfort to make this trekking routes.

The 6 Best Trekking Routes to Machu Picchu

6 Best Trekking Routes to Machu Picchu

1. Traditional Inca Trail (One of the 6 Best Trekking Routes to Machu Picchu)

Traditional Inca TrailThe Traditional Inca Trail is the most famous trekking route to reach the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. The route it’s small stretch of the gigantic network of trails that this ancient civilization built throughout its entire empire, there are trails from Ecuador to Chile. It is estimated that the trail had an extension of 40,000 kilometers. The usual path take 4 days of trekking, you can also choose the shot path that only last 2 days.

You should have in mind that, for reasons of preservation of natural and archaeological areas that cross during the route, there is a limited amount of people (500) who can start the Inca Trail per day, in groups of up to 16 people. In February, the road is closed for maintenance. If you want more information, go to our Inca Trail tours section.

2. Salkantay Trekking (One of the 6 Best Trekking Routes to Machu Picchu)

Salkantay TrekkingThis is a great alternative to traditional the Inca Trail, in which you can appreciate the variety of climates and ecosystems through all the way. You will be surprised to be at an impressive glacier in the middle of the mountain range and jus an hour later you’ll get to a lush jungle. A real adventure, in scenarios that take your breath away. Another advantage of Salkantay trek is that there no entrance limit, so if you are close to you trip to Peru and haven’t book a trekking route yet, this might be a really good option to get to the amazing Machu Picchu Citadel.

3. Lares Trekking (One of the 6 Best Trekking Routes to Machu Picchu)

Lares TrekkingLares trekking to Machu Picchu is relatively little known among most tourists. It proposes an interesting combination of nature and the visit to two authentic indigenous towns on the way to you Machu Picchu tour, both only accessible on foot. The fact that the route is still little traveled by visitors, offers the opportunity to approach and interact with people that still live as in inca’s times.

This trek lasts 3 nights and is also an interesting option to recover physically, since one of the nights is spent in a rural hotel. Find out more about the Lares to Machu Picchu trekking with Peru Private Tours and enjoy a unique experience through the magical landscapes of this trekking route to Machu Picchu.

4. Huchuy Qosqo Trekking (One of the 6 Best Trekking Routes to Machu Picchu)

Huchuy Qosqo TrekkingThe perfect alternative for those who like trekking and prefer a tailor-made trip to Machu Picchu. This is not a very extend trek but really challenging without giving up the comforts of a hotel. The Huchuy Qosqo tour proposes a walk of about 6 hours through various highlights of the Sacred Valley:  Qenqo, Siwa, Lamay and Ollantaytambo, among others. This is a good way to enjoy the attractions of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in a closer and more leisurely way making this a perfect choice for a Luxury Traven to Peru.

This a two-day duration trip, full of adventure and comfort. Find out more about the Huchuy Qosqo Trekking with Peru Private Tours, we can help you take the best option for your next vacation to Peru.

5. Choquequirao Trekking (One of the 6 Best Trekking Routes to Machu Picchu)

Choquequirao TrekkingThe Choquequirao Trek can be one of the most challenins trekking routes to Machu Picchu. In exchange you will be able to know to great citadels instead of one. If you have time to dedicate many days to your visit to Machu Picchu this is definitely the best option. This a 8 days trekking route that includes long walks daily, along trails with landscapes that we guarantee you will never forget, reaching an altitude of 4,670 meters.

On this route you will have the chance to know Choquequirao Citadel where 2,000 hectares are an extraordinary example of the Inca constructive mastery. You may have not listen about this citadel before, and its because reaching it its hard but it’s the longest trekking route to Machu Picchu, you will need to prepare yourself before doing this amazing and large trekking route.

6. Inca Jungle trekking adventure (One of the 6 Best Trekking Routes to Machu Picchu)

Inca Jungle trekking adventureDefinitely this is the most adventurous option for a trekking route to Machu Picchu. This proposal combines trekking, cycling, rafting and even zip-line (canopy), clearly betting on adrenaline and the variety of activities. It includes a  mountain  bike descent of nothing more and nothing less than 3,100 meters of elevation, rafting in a brave river with grade III and IV rapids, walks of up to 7 hours through the heart of the jungle to a thermal and  canopy  at more than 150 meters high.

Like all previous trekking, it ends with a guided tour to Machu Picchu. It can be done in 3 or 4 nights. With Peru Private Tours you can book a complete Luxury experience for this trekking route with al the comfort that you may need.

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