Best hikes on the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail is perhaps the most famous hike of all possible leading to Machu Picchu. Known and recognized by hikers, historians, Peruvians and foreigners, walking on the Inca Trail is an unfishable tour of Peru.

For this reason, this impressive trek is one of the most sought after. Since there are a limited number of hikers allowed on the trail per day, you must reserve your place on the Inca Trail. This means that you will need to book your hike with an agency well in advance.

Book with a trusted Tour Operator

If you are considering this unique experience in your life, be sure to book with one of the best travel agencies offering Inca Trail. At Andean Path Travel, we are responsible for carrying out a variety of tours in Peru. We are perfectly able to offer you the best Inca Trail circuit. We will organize your stay step by step, from your first steps on Description Peru soil to Machu Picchu!

Go on an adventure of a lifetime by immersing yourself in the beauty of the Inca Trail (Inca Trail), and admire the landscape offered by the Description Peru Andes. You will reach the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. All our circuits offering the Inca Trail are certified Sustainable Tourism, guaranteeing you a quality service. Our years of experience in the tourism sector allow us to guarantee the smooth running and quality of our stays.

Hikes and excursions on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – 2 days – Easy to Moderate

Our two-day itinerary is perfect for people who are short on time. It is a good “appetizer” from the Inca Trail. This hike includes a full day of trekking on the classic Machu Picchu route, a guided tour of Machu Picchu and accommodation in a hotel, rather than a tent! Your hike will take you through the rainforest. You will pass fascinating archaeological sites and arrive at the Sun Gate for a long awaited first glimpse of Machu Picchu.

Inca Jungle Trail to Machu PicchuInca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu

For the more adventurous hikers, there is the Inca Jungle Trail leading to Machu Picchu, which lasts 4 days and 3 nights.

The first day begins with a morning of downhill cycling. It is a slope with 2,000 meters of elevation on mountain roads. It’s a fun way to get to Machu Picchu.

In the afternoon, the group dressed in life jackets and boarded rafts and fought the rapids of the Urubamba River.

The second day, you go for a trekking in the jungle along one of the Inca Paths.

On the third day, the group will set off on a zip line through the surrounding canyon of Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, you will walk to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu).

The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu – Easy to Moderate

If a visit to the thermal springs is something you would like to do in Peru, choose an alternative trail to the Inca trail, the Lares Trek. From a distance of 33 kilometers, you will start your hike with a relaxing bath in the thermal baths of Lares. Then, you will continue your stay with a 3-day hike that will allow you to camp by the lake and cross communities barely affected by time.

 Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Moderate to Difficult

Andean Path Travel is an expert for quality excursions on the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 days, but there are also other very nice alternatives to the Inca Trail. For those who plan to hike after visiting the city of Cuzco, the Salkantay trek has become an excellent alternative.

In 3 to 5 days, you will climb to over 4,500m under the shade of the Salkantay peak. You will be able to observe the landscape passing from the misty mountains to the green jungle before arriving at the site of Machu Picchu. Among the main points of interest of the hike, you can observe the Inca ruins of Llactapata and enjoy the thermal springs of Santa Teresa.

Classic Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu – Moderate to Difficult

The classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous hiking trails in the world. This is only a portion of the 40,000 km of road built by the Incas about 500 years ago. The traditional (or classic) Inca Trail circuit begins in the Sacred Valley and ends in the jungle. You will pass through different types of vegetation, giving you the impression of having crossed a multitude of biospheres to reach your destination.

Choquequirao trek to Machu Picchu – Difficult to Very difficult

The Choquequirao trek is an 8-day hike, which will give you the impression that Machu Picchu is only the tip of the iceberg of constructions made by the Inca culture. Half of the ruins have been discovered and cleaned up by archaeologists. You will really feel like you are in the Indiana Jones film during these difficult but fantastic expeditions.

Trek Ausangate and Machu Picchu – Difficult to Very difficult

The Asungate is a five-day hike in the Cordillera Vilcanota where we take a route that we call the “Camino for Ausangate”. Near the highest sacred mountain in the Cusco region, the carrier of life and the guardian of one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world. Your hike will be accompanied by llamas and horses, as well as shepherds from the community of Chillca who are proud to share their land with us. The daily meals will be prepared by experienced chefs who will introduce you to a wide variety of dishes and products typical of Peru. Each night, you will stay in “Tambos” or unique Andean Lodges. Some evenings you can listen to the traditional music of the locals.

Book in advance

  • All treks, except the Classic Inca Trail must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • The classic Inca Trail 4 days must be booked 5 or 6 months in advance.
  • A ticket for the visit to Machu Picchu (i.e. without entry to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain) must be booked at least 3 days in advance.
  • A ticket for Machu Picchu and access to Huayna Picchu Mountain must be booked at least one month in advance.
  • A ticket to Machu Picchu and access to Machu Picchu Mountain must be booked at least two weeks in advance.
  • A train ticket to get to Machu Picchu must be booked a month in advance.