Explore the most popular hiking trails near Machu Picchu with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Ya, pretty epic

Gorgeous every step of the way. Altitude is no joke. Temperatures throughout the hike range from very hot to very cold - be prepared!

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washed out
27 days ago

Day one of salkantay was great. Day two was too much. It's started out great, but then the walk from Hydroelectico to Aguas Caliente was over trail tracks which really messed up my feet. I should have taken a bus for the last segment.

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1 month ago

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beautiful 5 day trek to machu Picchu! highly recommend it and do it solo, no need for a guided tour. altitude can get to you over the salkantay pass but after that it's not too challenging! beautiful mountains and jungle views. ausangate is next!!

KILLER (especially if you normally live in a place that is sea level) but so worth it. Breathtaking views and so so rewarding. If you camp near Sorasypampa do the extra hike up to Laguna Humantay - even if you feel like you are dying it is so worth it!

There are tiendas with water and snacks along the way owned by locals so you never have to carry a whole days supply - there are also streams on trail or taps at camp sites from which you can filter (don’t drink without filtering!). Our lead told us that the locals who own the little tiendas also own the land and are the ones who maintain and prepare the trail, so knowing that made me want to support their businesses even more =)

Hiked late December with a trekking company we were in tents 3 of the 4 nights. It rained during the night but not too much during the day. Prepare for very cold weather on Salkantay pass and (possible) warmer weather during day 3 and 4 (hiking through Amazon).

Wir haben den Trek mit Guide gemacht, jedoch auch ohne gut machbar. Der Trail ist nicht besonders gut gepflegt, es ist viel Geröll auf dem Weg und viele Steine. Trotzdem ist er wunderschön :)

Breathtaking!

One of the best hikes I have ever done in my life. The elevation is real. At some points it gets a little bit scary. The view on top is breath taking. I got so emotional on top I was actually in tears. You got to be in a good shape otherwise you will face some difficulties.

Beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

My wife and I did this hike in Oct 2012. It is something I still count among the most amazing things I have ever done. Beautiful hike through jungle, cloud forest, and other Incan ruins. That final climb to the Sun Gate and seeing Macchu Picchu for the first time was an amazing feeling. If you only do one hike in your life, do this one.

Amazing journey through spectacular scenery ranging from alpine desert to rainforest. Unforgettable NatGeo experience!

Hiked in April and was a truly amazing trip. Quite hard, but worth it. It rained 2 of 4 days, but we managed to stay out of torrential downpours. The only thing I'd wish I'd known was how much horse poo would be on the trail.

We hiked this trail for our honeymoon and it was amazing. It is very challenging but worth it! Definitely bring Deet spray for chiggers, they’re worse than mosquitos.

Did the trek in Aug with REI adventures. Food and lodging was amazing. The hike took us 6 days with the longest day being 9 miles. Not very many people on the trail and the weather was perfect. Hardest day was getting up and over the pass at 15,200 feet. Take diamox if needed and acclimate a few days in Cusco or higher if able.

I’m so glad that we didn’t take classic Inca trail. Salkantay trail is definitely marvelous, holy, peaceful and not crowded at all. Our trip with “Alpaca Expedition “ makes the 4-day trekking flawless.

hiking
4 months ago

So hard but incredible trail

We did the classic 5 day hike to Machu Picchu with Salkantay trekking in May. Highly recommend they were wonderful! Food was amazing! This hike pushed us past our mental and physical limits. We’re from very low sea level. We arrived a few days early to help acclimate to the elevation but it’s still hard to breathe no matter what. Just take it slow and go at your own pace! Reaching the pass was the hardest day with the highest elevation of over 15,000ft. But once we reached the top it was the most beautiful sight! We even saw an avalanche happen right before our eyes at the top of the pass! Truly an experience of a life time.

We did this for our honeymoon and it was an incredible trip! We did the 5 day which is spectacular and the Salkantay company was amazing!

Gorgeous scenery and it is great (and a bit scary) to look at the classic pictures of Machu Picchu to know that you also hiked that mountain right behind it. I do have vertigo but it only kicked in after I reached the summit. Safe hike overall. Be sure to use sunscreen year round and long pants in the wet season (Off was more like an attractant for the mosquitoes) but they only seem to aim for exposed skin.

5 months ago

Did this yesterday. Definitely a cardio workout with the most spectacular views. Fairly safe but take it slow and easy on the top part. Take 1. To 1.5 liters of water and your camera. Took about 40 minutes up with some bottlenecks and about 35 down to the entry point. You will need to sign in and out. Wear good hiking shoes as some folks came in street shoes and never made it up to the top.

Walked the Lares trek, similar in many ways, highest altitude 4600 metres, walking was easy breathing was harder! Fantastic experience. Didnt see any other groups but plenty of animals, (Llama’s) and locals. Kiliminjaro next!

Amazing trail. Can’t wait to visit again.

The hike was may favorite part (more than the destination). It was so amazing, in fact, that we're heading back to Cusco to do it again tomorrow!

A Must Do if you can .. no words or pictures can ever capture the visit.

One life experience definitely recommended on everyone's list .. the trek from KM104 after a nice train ride from Cusco was amazing .. fun hike that can be done by most I feel as long as you have some basic fitness .. slow climb that can be done at a leisurely pace .. the first view of Machu Picchu is astounding .. something you will never forget.

My God .. Killer climb .. about an hour of hell climbing up with the heart-rate at its peak but when you get up top .. WoW, it will be well worth it .. note, numbers are limited so you need to book your spot - highly recommended.

Vous devez avoir un bon guide et être en forme. Excellente alternative à Inca Trail plus populaire.

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