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

Amazing trail. Can’t wait to visit again.

hiking
9 days ago

The trail was well worth the effort with ancient sites and fabulous flora and some fauna. We found the trail loaded with wild orchids. The ancient sites along the trail were spectacular. I do agree with other hikers that Machu Picchu itself is completely overrun with people. Once you arrive at the end of your 3 day hike, the crowds do overwhelm you. Don't let the crowds deter you. Machu Picchu is a breathtaking site and was worth the visit.

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!

hiking
14 days ago

Loved the trail. Machu Picchu itself is too busy with tourists who bused in. I would definitely do the hike again though.

camping
17 days ago

Completed the Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu July 18-21! Incredible journey to say the least! This trail is typically dry in July however we had 2/4 days of our trek soaking wet with rain and a bit of snow at the top of dead woman’s pass. This trek was very tough due to the altitude and ups and downs I would recommend being in good cardiovascular shape for this one, but it was so worth it to see all of the Inca ruins spread throughout the entire hike. Much like everyone else’s reviews the end destination of Machu Picchu was super crowded and overwhelming with people after spending a few days on the hike, still worth seeing but the trail was more enjoyable in my opinion. My family and I traveled with the company G Adventures and we would highly recommend them as guides for this trek as they were knowledgeable, prepared, and very enjoyable!

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

hiking
20 days ago

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.

hiking
20 days ago

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.

The hiking trail to Machu Picchu was breathtaking. The Inca sites along the way was a true highlight the the trip. Unfortunately, Machu Picchu itself is completely overrun with people bused in. Everyone in our hiking group agreed the trail leading to Machu Picchu was much better than the end of the destination.

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

My only regret from my trip to Machu Picchu is that I didn't do the Inca trail. But it was with a class trip, so I didn't have a choice. You need a special permit to hike the mountain that specifies what time you're allowed to enter. I think our group had the earliest time (8a) and we tried to hike pretty fast which ended up being worth it because for at least 10 minutes at the peak there wasn't anybody else. Once other tourists started showing up, we had to climb over people and try not to fall off. Spending the day at Machu Picchu is like spending 8 hours on a stairmaster but where most of the stairs are only deep enough for the balls of your feet (unless you go sideways). Amazing view up Huayna Picchu, but make sure you've done a LOT of lunges before you go!

Hiked this trek on day 4 of hiking the Inca Trail two weeks ago. Worth every vertical stair!!! The views are absolutely amazing and the hike itself was hard but extremely rewarding! A natural high! Do it if you can, it won't disappoint!

I did the 4 day trek the beginning of January 2018. It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. The trek (especially Dead Women’s Pass) was better than Machu Picchu. I can’t imagine just taking the train up to Machu Picchu, as it completely bypasses the experience of the pilgrimage.

Definitely do your research about how difficult the trail and altitude are. Be sure to acclimate for a few days prior. It is extremely difficult, but this is part of the reason it is so rewarding. It is a very spiritual and magical place.

A pretty epic trail with variety of terrain and scenery. Make sure you’re acclimatized first so you can really enjoy it.

Beautiful, Historical trail. Some areas are very dangerous because some parts the side of the mountain is like hiking along a cliff.

We hiked from the hidroelectrica station to Cusco and took the bus up to the ruins.There's really nothing else like it on earth.

hiking
1 month ago

Life changingly beautiful. Very crowded at the top, very steep on the way down (you take a different route from the way up). No a long hike, but truly amazing. Only a certain number of people can go per day, so plan in advance. Go in summer (US summer, June or July) for the best chance of clear weather.

crazy steep steps, portions are vertical climbs. guides said they were called the "gringo killers." worth it.

camping
1 month ago

be one with the pachamama up in the clouds and be forever changed.

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging hike but very rewarding. Many many steep steps especially on day 2,3 and 4. Climbed 2 mountains on day 2. Intense and non-stop nature with fantastic views!

Made the hike in 2007. Very step but an interesting adventure. However, when we got to the top, we could only see clouds and nothing else.

1 month ago

Completed in 4 days, with the 5th day at Machu Picchu. Had trek guides “Tour Leaders Peru” and they were energetic, had excellent equipment, and generally fantastic — local guys who spoke great English and were very passionate about the money from the trip going directly back into the Peruvian economy.

It’s of course simpler to have a trek guide and also porters for your stuff, as we did. I am a moderate hiker at best and the trail was tough for me. I trained weekly beforehand on similar inclines for a few hours at a time with a weighted backpack and my hiking boots (15 lbs as I didn’t need to carry food/tent). Acclimated for 2.5 days beforehand in Cusco, which is necessary. Took Diamox just in case, and the altitude was still tricky going up Salkantay. Was passed by tons of people going up on horses.

If your knees are bad, like some of the people in my group, the hours of downhills on slippery rocks is going to be tough. Poles were absolutely necessary — heading both up and down. Pack in layers as you’ll go through many different climates, the first night in tents it was so cold some members of our party couldn’t sleep.

Would recommend just buying a train ticket into Aguas Calientes instead of hiking the last set of miles bc it’s not a comfortable hike, although flat, due to the loose rock, and you’ll also be exhausted at this point. We hiked it and it was miserable.

I heard that this trail may be permitted (like the Inca) in about a year or two.

Hardest physical thing I’ve ever done but also most rewarding. Every day I saw magical landscapes that made me inadvertently gasp. I may never do another hike this demanding again in my life, but am proud to have done this one. Made the grandeur of Machu Picchu even more amazing when you realized how people traveled to the ancient city.

hiking
1 month ago

A dream come true! It was exhausting, Sun was too hot..
But it was an amazing journey, the best hike so far!
17,000 ft of hard work paid off at the top!!
And I did it!!!

hiking
1 month ago

The most amazing hike so far ever!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Not to hard, maybe cause I’m from Peru, but it was amazing breathtaking and you will not regret to do it.. is worth it!

The altitude makes this one extremely difficult but it was worth it

Just finished this trek in a 5 day trip towards Machu Picchu. I live below sealevel, so had to get used to the altitude. Went from Lima (msl) to Arequipa (2500m) to Cuzco (3300) and started the trek at Soraypampa (3800m). Which was fine altitude wise but if your not a trained hiker/runner and your daypack is too heavy (like mine ... 8kg) because you want to take your big-ass camera ... Do yourself a big favour BUY DECENT POLES!

They helped me a lot. Furthermore there are a number of opportunities to buy water and snacks so do not load up your backpack. Take the camera, a water bottle, a snack or two, a raincoat/poncho, gloves/beanie/buff and layer up (clothes) so you can layer down as well.
Leave enough room in your daypack to be able to stow the clothes you take off,

You will climb from moderate pampa, to a cold snowy mountain pass and descend to warm pre-jungle.

It’s super!

Leave some energy for the Machu Picchu (1670 steps) climb or even consider taking the bus up if you have to walk back (2hrs) to HydroElectrico afterwards.

Have fun

completed this yesterday 3 days after the salkantay trek. it was beautiful. any of the reviews you read that say it's not worth it must be because they did it on an overcast day. truly spectacular but it is a lung burner. definitely hike the extra few hundred feet to the right after you get to the top.

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