Hidden within the magnificent snow-capped Andes is a part of Peru where you have all appeal of the Inca Trail – magical mountain scenery and the legacy of the Incas – without the tourist crowds. An exceptional alternative to the busy Inca Trail, the Lares Valley trek is so far off the beaten track that it has changed little over the last 500 years. With spectacular and diverse scenary, it is amazing that the area has remained largely untouched by tourism and retains its authenticity, offering a glimpse of life the way it used to be in Peru. You will meet traditionally dressed Andean farmers, and wander markets trading as they have done for centuries. You will see thatched stone and adobe houses and watch herds of llamas and alpacas roaming free.
The Lares Valley trek is a similar trek and grade to the Inca Trail trek (with one challenging high pass) and is full escorted. It includes 2 nights camping and one night in Aguas Calientes town before an early climb up by foot to Machu Picchu. We can generally guarantee your place on the Lares Valley trek, however you will be required to pay a single supplement if you are the only one trekking on your departure. This is payable to your travel agent at the time of bookingand will be refunded in Cusco if any additional group members join the departure of your trek.
The Salkantay is one of the most interesting and important alternative treks to do, due to its wide range diversity in flora and different ecosystems, and its inca site laid on top of a mountain and just in front of the back of the Machu Picchu mountain, and this trail finally gets to Aguas Calientes located at the base of the historical and archeological site of Machu Picchu, from where we take a early bus up there to see the sunshine and avoid crowds whilst doing Machu Picchu with one of our English speaking tour and knowledgeable guides. You can do the Salkantay Trek 5 or 4 days
Salkantay to Machu Picchu
The first day, we start early in the morning to drive from Cusco through along La Pampa de Anta (the breadbasket of Cusco) to Mollepata(breakfast) for 2:30hours, and we then continue driving to the headtrail at Soraypampa(3,800mt), from where we start doing a gentle ascend to Salkantaypampa, and we then hike up a 7 seven switchback to get much closer to lunch at near to the small lake Soyrococha. where afterwards we hike up to the highest pass at 4550mt, and we then just descend to campsite at 3700mt at Huayracmachay, the following days we keep on descending down to 2100mt at la Playa and 1986mt at Aguas Calientes on the 4th day,each day of our hike we go through different landscapes, so basically the first day is a kind of difficult hike in terms of altitude, but we just pass, and the temperature that gradually gets colder, but this can be easily cop with thermal clothes. (Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail)
Cachiccata’s proximity to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it an attractive alternative to the oversubscribed Inca Trail. Cachicata is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in this trek will appreciate the Huarocondo terraces, the water fall, incas ruins, andean terraces, Intipunku (Sun gate), Inca trail original, stone quarries. During this hike you will enjoy of both nature of the highland andean. Continue the hike will arrive to Ollantaytambo archeological. where we take the train to Machu Picchu.
The last day will visit the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu.
If you're a haphazard traveler aiming for Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail is possibly not the best option. It gets booked up months in advance (only 500 people can start the trail daily) and I do not like to think too far into the future and it is much more expensive than other treks. However there are many more exquisite hikes in the area so I did not feel that the famous Inca Trail was necessary.
We found out about the Inca jungle trek, a tour that involves biking and trekking through tropical jungle to Aguas Calientes. It is known as the fun tour to Machu Picchu as it includes white water raftin and zip-lining as well. It also cost a lot less than the Inca Trail. A 4 day hike like the Inca Jungle Trail is a very pleasing and fulfilling way of visiting the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. It's long shirts and pants.