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Peru is crisscrossed with ancient Inca Trails, some of which make for incredible off-the-beaten-path treks that allow you to really experience Peru, and you can still visit Machu Picchu. Inca Trail sold out for your travel dates? Don’t despair, there are lots of amazing treks on Inca Trails that don’t require permits in Peru! Check out our trips below.

Alternative Inca Trail Trek Trips

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The Lares to Machu Picchu Lodge-To-Lodge Adventure combines great trekking and adventure with cultural immersion, fantastic scenery, and comfortable lodges and great food.  Each day of your journey in the Lares Valley you will have the opportunity to tailor your trip from a choice of varied hikes and activities designed to offer both adventure and cultural education, and then at night you will relax in deluxe mountain lodges run in partnership with local communities. Length: 7 or 9 Days Destination: Cusco, Lares Valley, Machu Picchu Lodging: Luxurious private mountain lodges and hotels Activities: Trekking, cultural exploration, optional biking


Experience the best Inca sites on day hikes around Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Machu Picchu, then relax in in comfortable, local boutique hotels at night. You will experience Peru like no other tourists and you will even get to hike the last day of the Inca Trail to arrive to Machu Picchu on foot via the Gate of the Sun, just like the Incas did centuries ago.  World-class guides will entertain you and enhance your understanding of what you are seeing, giving you a very complete Inca Peru experience. Trip Length: 6 Days Destination: Cusco, the Sacred Valley, & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru Lodging: Charming & Boutique 3-Star Plus Hotels Activities: Day hikes, Inca ruins


The Salkantay to Machu Picchu Lodge-To-Lodge Trek is the only trek wherein you hike from one lodge to the next to Machu Picchu.  Most of the luxurious and small lodges are only accessible by hiking. Enjoy time in Cusco to sightsee and acclimate and visit the beautiful Sacred Valley prior to starting your trek. Length: 10 Days Destination: Cusco, Salkantay Trek, Machu Picchu Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult (depending on the day) Class: Luxury


This challenging trek goes far off the beaten path to explore the amazing ruins of Choquequirao, high above the Apurimac River. From here you continue to trek past Inca ruins and high Andean peaks to a unique, and spectacular view of Machu Picchu, before then exploring this incredible Inca citadel. Trip Length: 9 Days Destination: Cusco, Choquequirao ruins, Machu Picchu Lodging: Comfortable tent camping, boutique hotels Activities: Very challenging hiking, Inca ruins, cultural interaction


This demanding trek takes you around the stunning Ausangate mountain, a place sacred to the Incas and modern Andean people; easy to add-on Machu Picchu. Trip Length: 5 Days Destination: Ausangate Circuit, Peru Lodging: Comfortable tent camping Lodge Specialty: Very challenging hiking, Inca ruins, hot springs


On the Ultimate Lares Trek with 1-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you enjoy Cusco before heading out to trek the Lares Valley where you camp in small, Quechua-speaking villages and interact one-on-one with the direct descendants of the Inca's before hiking the last day of the world-famous Inca Trail to arrive to Machu Picchu on foot via the Gate of Sun. Length: 9 Days Destination: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Lares, 1D Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru Lodging: Comfortable tent camping, boutique hotels Activities: Moderate hiking, cultural interaction, Inca ruins


For those who want to see and do a lot, but don’t have a ton of time, this adventure combo is perfect.  Hike, SUP, bike, kayak and snorkel your way across 3 diverse islands in the Galapagos Islands on this action packed 6-day multisport adventure, checking out the Galapagos’ iconic wildlife all along the way. Then explore the history of the Incas in Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas  by whitewater rafting, hiking, and mountain biking before finally hiking the last day of the Inca Trail to arrive to Machu Picchu on foot through the Gate of the Sun. Trip Length: 13 Days Destinations: Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island, San Cristobal Island, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Royal Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Lodging: 3-Star Hotels in the Galapagos, 3-Star Plus Hotels in Peru Activities: Wildlife viewing, snorkeling, hiking, optional surfing or boogie boarding, optional Scuba diving, optional kayaking, optional stand up paddle boarding, Inca ruins, markets, cultural experiences


A challenging and rewarding lodge-to-lodge trek to one of the most scenic and sacred Andean peaks.  A combination of demanding hikes, authentic cultural experiences, and diverse alpine scenery. The local operator is also committed to making this as socially and ecologically sustainable a trip as possible. Enjoy time in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu to sightsee and acclimate prior to starting your trek. Trip Length: 8-11 Days Destination: Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Ausangate, Peru Lodging: 4-star mountain lodges, 3 star plus hotels in towns Activities: Multi-day trekking, culture, ruins


The Salkantay trek is the classic alternative to the Inca Trail, traversing high along the flanks of snow covered Apu Salkantay, one of the highest peaks in the region, before descending into the cloudforest and high jungle near Machu Picchu. The scenery is dramatic, from high Andean peaks to a unique view of the backside of Machu Picchu, and then, of course, Machu Picchu itself. Length: 9 Days Destination: Machu Picchu, Salkantay, Cusco, Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, Sacred Valley, Moray, Maras Salt Pans, Aguas Calientes Lodging: Comfortable camping, 3-star plus hotels Activities: Multi-day trek, day hikes, Inca ruins, cultural experiences