There are several ways to get to the ruins of Machu Picchu, from express tours of a day to hiking several days to reach the magical citadel. Since the 70s, routes, and trekking circuits have been added that have expanded the possibilities to reach the Sacred City. In this article, we show you the two main trekking routes: the popular Inca Trail to Machu picchu and the alternative Salkantay Hike.
This is the most popular trekking to Machu Picchu because it manages to combine several climates, impressive landscapes, and centuries-old ruins. Due to its beauty, this walk is preferred by travelers, having to be requested five months in advance (a permit is required that has limited spaces per day).
The Inca Trail covers 42 kilometers of jungle and mountains, visiting some archaeological complexes such as Patallacta, the ruins of Wiñay Wayna and, of course, the lost city of Machu Picchu. Also, it delivers unforgettable landscapes of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba.
As the Inca Trail is the most popular and classic circuit in the area, there is an alternative trek to machu picchu series that does not require permission to perform them. Within them, Salkantay is the most popular alternative road to Machu Picchu. This route covers the southern part of the Vilcabamba mountain range, showing beautiful landscapes that vary from the pampas to the jungle.
Cusco, Huayllabamba, Warmiwañusca, Wiñayhuayna & Machu Picchu
Hiking the Classic Inca Trail in 4 days 3 nights is one of the lifetime experiences to the most famous trek in South America. More info:
Cusco, Km 104, wiñayhuayna, Machu Picchu
The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best alternatives if you don’t have too much time More info:
Cusco, Km 82, Huayllabamba, Warmiwañusca, Wiñayhuayna, Machu Picchu & Huayna picchu
The Special Inca Trail in this option, you are going to visit for a second time on the 5th day Machu Picchu, and huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. More info:
Cusco, Soraypampa, Salkantay Mountain, Warmi Wañusca, Wiñayhuayna & Machu Picchu
This incredible trek takes place under the sacred mountain of Salkantay Trek (6,271m), one of the highest and most dazzling of the Peruvian Andes. More info:
Cusco City tour, Sacred Valley, Km 82, Warmiwañusca, Wiñayhuayna & Machu Picchu
It is the beginning of contact with the Inca culture, the wonderful city of Cusco "Cultural Patrimony of Humanity," visiting the main tourist attractions. More info:
Cusco City tour, Sacred Valley, Km 82, Warmiwañusca, Wiñayhuayna, Machu Picchu & River Rafting
Towards Machu Picchu, along with the ancient Inca Trail, you will discover its peculiar architectural features, landscape and the veil of mystery. More info: