Most people travelling Peru now know that you have to book the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu well in advance: between 5 – 8 months before your travel to Peru. The Inca Trail sells out fast and especially the Inca Trail Permits for the months May – July are gone quickly.
But, what to do when you were not on time, and the Inca Trail is sold out? What are your options when you cannot do the four day Inca Trail?
Fortunately, there are many great alternatives. First, there are two shorter Inca Trails: the two day Inca Trail and the one day Inca Trail. You still need to book those Inca trail Permits in advance through a licensed operator, but they do not sell out so quickly.
Secondly, there are many other amazing hikes in the Cusco area of which most end in Machu Picchu on the final day of the trek. Get away from the crowds and choose between the Salkantay Trek, the Inca Jungle Trek, the Lares trek or any other Machu Picchu hike!
Another great trek in the Cusco area is the Ausangate trek. Unlike many of the other hikes, the Ausangate trek is not about Inca ruins but about beautiful scenery: snow peaks, glaciers and colourful mountain lakes. The famous and popular Rainbow mountain is part of the route of the Ausangate trek.
The Salkantay Trek (or: Salcantay Trek) is a great adventure and a popular alternative for the Inca trail. The Salkantay trek offers an incredibly diverse trekking experience in Peru
The Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu trek is a great alternative hike to Machu Picchu. The trail became popular with trekkers wanting to combine a quieter, less trodden route
The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is probably the most adventurous and varied alternative Inca trail in terms of the activities offered along the trail.
The Lares trek is another example of a great Machu Picchu trek. The Lares Trek is a truly fantastic trail that takes you well off the tourist trails, as you climb out of the Sacred Valley
The Ausangate Trek is a stunning hike through the wildest and rarely visited areas in Peru. It is a true outdoor adventure for nature lovers, with amazing natural beauty and wildlife
Another trail to consider when looking for trekkings in Peru is the 60-kilometer long Choquequirao trek. This beautiful hike goes via a remote trail to a different “lost” Inca city
The beautiful Huchuy Q’osqo trip is for you if you are looking for a short, off the beaten trek hike, and you love to be surrounded by nature! The main attraction of this trek are the ruins
The Vilcabamba is a stunning hike that takes you to new and fascinating sights and places every day! While you hike, you will see spectacular mountains and have great views
The beautiful Rainbow Mountain in Ausangate Region in Peru used to be a relatively unknown trek. It became very popular a couple of years ago. Rainbow Mountain in Peru