The Choice Hiking Trails To Machu Picchu

In general, people mean the rather brief 4-day trek from very close to Machu Picchu into the main relics when they talk about the Inca trail. This is but just a tiny portion of the huge networks of trails which the Incas made that are projected to be more than 20,000 miles.

The entirety of the Inca trails were built with the engineering aptitude and devotion to detail which the people of Inca are still renowned for and therefore several are yet in good condition today.

Therefore, instead of the existence of a solitary “Inca path”, there are, in fact, several great Inca routes to select from and regardless of the route you pick, all trips offered by Kandoo comprise an exclusive circuit of the relics around Machu Picchu. Kandoo operates eight routes thereby providing a diversity in the length of the trek, the ways of life you will come across and, in the scenery you can look forward to seeing.

For more information on routes in general, visit Below is the main focus which are brief summaries of each of the eight most popular routes to Machu Picchu.

The Classic Inca Route
This is the trek that is the most famed in all of South America by far and is by many rated as one among the top 5 treks on the planet. In just 43km (26miles) it is able to join subtropical forest, lush cloud-jungle, stunning peak scenery and a striking blend of Inca paving stones, tunnels, and ruins. The ultimate terminus of the path is matchless: Machu Picchu, the enigmatic "Inca Lost City" and suffice to say you reach the ruins at the well-known Sun Gate. The only perceived flaw is that it is such a hike that is neither long nor especially exciting.


Salkantay Trail
A good reason why the Classic Inca route is widely known is the great variety of the ecosystems and vistas, and in such detail, the Salkantay trail is quite better. There are few relics and fewer hikers on this path. It is included in National Geographic’s list of the World’s Best Hikes. This hike is dominated by Mount Salkantay which stands at tall at 20,500 feet. It slices through the gorgeous Valley of Mollepata and goes past Salkantay at an elevation well over 15,000 feet, then crisscrosses about the peaks to culminate at a place called Agua Calientes.

Lares Trail


For fold who desire not to be on the ‘beaten trail’, the Lares trek is a brilliant path as it hikes through Andean societies which are over centuries unaltered. The actual attention is in the charming villages you hike through though you are still encircled by valleys, peaks, and lakes. The route begins from the Sacred Valley, named so due to its incredible fertility, and comprise crossing two 4,000 metres passes and visiting the soothing hot springs located in Lares then culminating at the Agua Calientes together with your circuit of Macho Picchu.


By striking lakes, valleys, and mountains you will be enclosed but the actual delight lies in the enthralling villages you hike through. You will see fewer relics than you will on the Classic Inca route but this route is a good choice if you are unable to obtain passes for the Classic trail. The Lares Trail alongside the Salkantay route was categorized by National Geographic as one among the leading alternate routes to the Manchu Picchu.


Inca Route Via Salkantay


Here is a trail that is the ideal blend of culture and mountains. It blends the best of the Inca Trail with the best of the rugged landscape on Salkantay in one fabulous week’s escapade. Coming through the Inca Trail through Salkantay peak, it is a wonderful one week trek that begins in the warm citrus valley close to Mollabamba, passes below the sacred, snow-capped peak of Mount Salkantay and finally meets the Classic route of Inca.


Nevado de Salkantay, the cordillera's highest mountain lying northwestern of Cuzco stands at 6,271 metres above the level of the sea. The appellation ‘Salkantay’ means 'Savage Mountain'. It is an amazingly stunning lone mountain which provides a good central spot for this path. The hike to Machu Picchu from Salkantay typically takes a week hiking and has grown to be well-known with trekkers desiring to blend a noiseless, less trampled path with a trip to the Inca relics at Machu Picchu.


You would be hemmed in by wonderful scenery and seldom see other sets of hikers for the first four days. You meet up at Wayllabamba with the Inca Path on day five of the trek and carry on to ruins at Machu Picchu, to arrive at the Sun Gate. The hike is just a tad tougher than the Inca Path, and horses could be used to move equipment and food for the initial 4 days. For the reason that horses are not permitted on the Inca Path, you will for this concluding segment switch to engaging human porters.



Ausangate Trail
As this trail does not pass any place close to the ruins, it does not actually pass as a hiking path unto Machu Picchu. It is worthy of mention because Cuzco is its departure town and so, the route can be completed as an extra trip and also because it visits the marvellous Rainbow Mountains. Ausangate is a fabulous trail by its own merit. It comprises some of the wild and remote locations in the nation of Peru. The route traverses Cordillera Vilcanota and the Rainbow Peaks where the landscapes comprise stunning verdant valleys and snow-capped peaks.

Vilcabamba Trail
Spanning 60 hilly miles is this hike lasting 5 days not for the weak of legs or faint of heart. Beginning at a town called Cachora, a trek of two days passes the mile-deep Canyon of Apurimac River to the distant relics of Choquequirao (in Quechua the term means "Cradle of Gold"), which has become well-known recently for their resemblance to Machu Picchu. This trail then keeps on through the thinly peopled Cordillera Vilcabamba that looks not so different as the day Hiram Bingham first reconnoitred here hundred years ago. The trail crosses a range of peaks, valleys and rivers and slices through Peru’s varied biozones: verdant cloud forest, dry scrub and a puna which is a high-elevation prairie. The hike halts a train ride or short walk from Machu Picchu. Several days on the hike can be rather lengthy and arduous. This trek can be extended by an extra day in the event you are not unsure of your level of fitness.

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Huchuy Qosqo Trail
The Huchuy Qosqo trail is ideal for you if you are low on time but yet have a desire to go a short hiking before checking the best parts of Manu Picchu. It is perfect for those seeking an initial hike in the Andes range in Peru with a 4,350 metres maximum elevation ascended and just 17km of trail. The designation Huchuy Qosqo renders as Little Cuzco mirroring its historic significance and the settlement boasts of a number of well-preserved Inca relics.

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Choquequirao Trail
Of all the trails listed here, this trek is the most tasking and longest in Peru. The route takes you through the old Choquequirao city, which means ‘Cradle of Gold’. Choquequirao was first on the esteemed Top Regions list of Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017. The place is still undergoing by archaeologists and it can still just be reached by hiking for a period of 3 days meaning it is still pleasingly silent and a great option for the very daring trekkers.


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