The incredible treasure of Machu Picchu at the end makes the Inca trail the world's most famous trek. The classical Inca Trial is a 4 days trekking but you can also do the 2 day trail. And you will already see plenty of other wonders and well known Inca ruins along the way! The Inca Trail is set in the Santuario Histórico de Machu Picchu; (National Sanctuary of Machu Picchu).
Located in the southern region of Cusco, Peru, Vinicunca will satisfy the most demanding hikers and create unforgettable memories of breathtaking panoramas of high mountains, formidable glaciers, crystalline rivers, lakes, and peaceful pastoral scenes of herds of alpacas kept by Andean ranchers wearing colorful garments. This new route outside of the ordinary day trip is a real adventure through a preserved and wild natural landscape, where you will meet with small communities of Quechua-speaking descendants. The trek reaches an altitude between 4710 and 5200 meters above sea level. This southern route to Vinicunca is well hidden and secluded, and you will see very few other hikers along this path. The VINIVUNCA one day trek is able to offer travelers an alternative trail that is second to none.
We have 2 alternatives for a unique trip and stay to Machu Picchu with a coffee and cacao experience:
1. The first option is a three day stay at a lodge in the Cloud Forest near Mach Picchu. The, lodge with swimming pool, has a a rich natural environment of flowers, exotic fruits and animals.
2. The second option also takes three days and leads you through beautiful nature and coffee plantations to Machu Picchu.
A relative new trekking to Machu Picchu is the Inca Jungle trek. This is a trekking that includes walking, biking and sometimes also rafting. The route is from Cusco to a place in the Sacred Valley from where you will descend by bike to Santa Maria. On the second day you will walk from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa and on the next day you walk to the village of Machu Picchu. The 4th day you will visit Machu Picchu and take the train back to Cusco. This trekking is the easiest trekking to Machu Picchu.
The cheapest way to go to Machu Picchu is doing the same route as the Inca Jungle trail, but by bus and taxi. This route, so also the Inca Jungle trail is not safe during rainy season: in January, February and March.
The Salkantay trek is an alternative for the Inca trail, as both trails end at Machu Picchu. The trek reaches a height of 4650 meters on its first two days and passes three snowy mountain tops. The third and fourth day you walk through densely overgrown jungle in tropical circumstances. You pass beautiful waterfalls, fruit and coffee plantations. The fifth day is for visiting Machu Picchu. The Salkantay trek masters the Inca trail in its nature beauty, diversity and rest and is physically more demanding.
Choquequirao is Quechua for "Golden Cradle," although this is probably not its original Inca name. The mysterious and dazzling Inca city of Choquequirao is located in the beautiful landscape of Vilcabamba over the Apurimac River Canyon in Peru. It is another "lost city of the Incas" in South America. It is located on a ridge spur almost 1750m above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks. According to historians, Choquequirao was the dwelling of the last rebel Incas of Vilcabamba, and like Machu Picchu, the Spanish probably never discovered it. This route offers a formidable trek across diverse ecosystems. You will enjoy beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range. Choquequirao is 47 km away from the little town Cachora, where the trail starts. The trail takes 5 days and is a real challenge!
The Ausangate trek is a long hike around the biggest mountain in southern Peru: the broad and majestic Ausangate (6384m). The trek offers glimpses of high altitude wildlife and pastoral people living with their animals, quietly apart from the turmoil of the modern world. You pass ice walls, a glacier, the cascades of a frozen river and numerous springs of hot and medicinal underground water. Besides that you have breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside of Peru, looking down into fertile valleys and across the Vilcanota mountains. You may observe rare Andean wildlife in the high wilderness, such as vicuña, vizcacha, condors, flamingos, Andean geese, and ibises.
Lake Titicaca, straddling the border between Peru and Bolivia in the Andes Mountains, is one of South America's largest lakes and the world’s highest navigable body of water. Said to be the birthplace of the Incas, it’s home to numerous ruins. Its waters are famously still and brightly reflective. Around it is Titicaca National Reservation, sheltering rare aquatic wildlife such as giant frogs.