Choosing the Best Trekking Adventure

Peru is a dream destination for Trekking! Cusco is the country’s main hub for hikers and the starting point of a great range of multi-day treks in the surrounding Andes Mountains. The most popular treks include the Inca Trail and Salkantay Trek as well as the Rainbow Mountain Trek. Besides these well-known routes there are alternatives that go off the beaten path like the Choquequirao and Ausangate Trek.
If you are struggling to find the right trek for you take a look at the below comparison.

Inca Trail

Peru's most popular Trekking Adventure

The Inca Trail is one of the world’s most famous treks. It leads you through river valleys, spectacular high mountain passes and amazing archaeological sites and you will hike directly into Machu Picchu via the Sungate, just like the Incas did. Due to its popularity the Inca Trail is also the most crowded trail and booking far in advance is recommended as permits sell out fast. The classical trek has a duration of 4 days however a shorter 2 day version is available either.

Duration: 4 Days
Distance: 42 km/26 miles
Altitude: 2,400m/7,874ft to 4,214m/13,828ft
Difficulty: Moderate

Salkantay Trek

Popular Inca Trail Alternative

The Salkantay Trek leads you along beautiful trails through diverse landscapes. It combines Andean plateaus with spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, turquoise lakes with high jungle and cloud forest. You will pass through tropical fruit and coffee plantations and during part of the trek walk on an original Inca trail to a small Inca ruin where you will have a distant view of Machu Picchu. The trip concludes with a tour of the magical city of Machu Picchu on the 5th day.

Duration: 5 Days
Distance: 60 km/37 miles
Altitude: 1,870m/6,135ft to 4,600m/15,090ft. 
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Choquequirao Trek

Inca Culture and ancient Inca Ruins

The Choquequirao Trek takes you through historically rich territory and diverse landscapes and climates, from highlands surrounded by snow-capped mountains, along green valleys and arid mountain peaks to the cloud forest and the tropical forest of the high jungle. You will visit and camp in Choquequirao, a spectacular Inca Ruin site that is even larger than Machu Picchu and far less touristy as it is accessible only by foot. The 8 day tour includes visiting Machu Picchu on the final day, a 5 day trek without Machu Picchu is also available.

Duration: 8 Days
Distance: 101 km/63 miles
Altitude: 1500m/4,921ft to 4500m/14,764ft 
Difficulty: Strenuous

Rainbow Mountain Peru

Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek

Amazing Landscapes & Mountain Views

The Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain Trek is an off the beaten path wilderness hike. En route you encounter snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, glacial peaks, rainbow mountains, hot springs, llamas, alpacas, chinchillas, and maybe even a wild vicuña. It takes you along a portion of the Ausangate Trail to the incredibly colorful Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountain composed of stratified layers of sandstone. The actual trek is 4 days long, however it is usually booked as a 6 day package that includes visiting Machu Picchu.

Duration: 4 Days
Distance: 52 km/32.3 miles
Altitude: 3300m/10,827ft to 5050m/16,568ft
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Ancascocha Trek

A true Challenge and Adventure

The Ancascocha Trek has been named one of the World’s 20 Best Hikes by National Geographic. Along the trail you will encounter amazing, never-ending mountain vistas, glacial peaks, deep blue-green lakes, a small Inca ruin, waterfalls and lots of llamas, alpacas, and sometimes even a wild condor! It is the perfect alternative for trained hikers looking for an off the beaten path trek, pristine wilderness, and a challenging hiking experience.

Duration: 5 Days
Distance: 56 km/34.8 miles
Altitude: 2,870m/9,416ft to 4,959m/16,270ft
Difficulty: Very Strenuous

Still not sure which is the best trek for you? Get in touch with our Travel Specialists who will be happy to assist you!

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