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

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!

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

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.

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.

13 days ago

Amazing views and great people! You can see the Bolivian Andes. This is a wonderful island with interesting flora and some pre-Columbian ruins. A must-visit in the Lake Titicaca area.

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

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.

19 days 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
23 days 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
29 days ago

The most amazing hike so far ever!!!

hiking
29 days 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.

backpacking
1 month ago

Incredible sights. The hike was very difficult. However if you train correctly then it becomes difficult. The scenes and the mountains were jaw dropping. If you add another day or two then you can also see rainbow mountain which is just as beautiful. I highly recommended this hike to anyone. There are no people on the trial so you get to really take all of the environment in. I will never forget this hike and will trek it again in the future.

AMAZING. As good as it gets!

hiking
1 month ago

We did this in July of 2017. The hike hike down the canyon from Cabanaconde was easy. We camped a couple nights in the small "oasis" of Sangalle. I'm not sure if this map represents that exact path. Anyway, incredible place to camp! Id never seen so many stars! Also, we didn't pay to camp the first couple nights because we got in late and set up camp down hill from the main camping area(whatever, we were broke backpackers). The hike back up suuucked. Pack light but bring lots of water. They'll gouge you if you try to buy it in the canyon.

just finished this in 3 days with 2 friends. we did it on our own without a guide. went up to humantay lake first then on to the salkantay. make sure you acclimate before starting. it is a tough hike but very rewarding. camp in one of the coffee plantations just after the town of la playa. there is a lot of water on the trail so bring a filter and dont bother carrying much water. the final several miles to aguas calientes is miserable as it follows the train track and you are walking on loose rocks the entire way.

Challenging hike, beautiful scenery culminating in Machu Picchu. Unforgetable experience!

Great hike. A bit difficult to breath toward the end but it was worth it. Starting snowing when we got to the top but most of our trek was awesome. Our guide left around 10 in the morning for the trip so we managed to beat the crowd on the way up. There were only four of us at the top. Excellent sights and wildlife for most of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike but very steep. Expect the route to always be fairly busy. Track is extremely narrow so at times you may be 'in line' to continue. However, use those moments as breaks because you'll need them + the views are progressively stunning of the Andes.
Summit is well worth it but not much room so you can't relish in it too much without inconveniencing others.
Can be quite muddy with very small 'rock steps'.
Any moderately fit person is capable.

backpacking
2 months ago

I did this trek solo with all my own gear and food /water starting on Mollepata. See my profile for a day-by-day breakdown. The All Trails map is outdated in spots, as I found, and it starts from Soraypampa vs Mollepata. It was 5 days, 4 nights and incredible. Email me if you have any questions - bobbyboombeck at gmail dot com.

hiking
2 months ago

Difficult, but worth it!

We did this as part of a guided tour through Mountain Lodges of Peru (highly recommend) in June 2016. I struggle with altitude but spent two days in Cusco beforehand and took Diamox and was able to manage it fine. The last little bit was tough, above 14,000 feet, but definitely worth it. I did not take hiking poles and was fine except at the very highest part because altitude makes me dizzy. If I did it again I would probably take poles. Pack lots of layers and water.

Wear sturdy shoes for this very nice walk up to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. The views of the valley and the site are awesome. Took us about an hour up and half that down, very glad we took the trail.

We did this as a 3 day hike, beginning in Sorayampa. Don’t underestimate the effects of the altitude near the pass- it’s extremely hard to breathe- we ended up taking a horse for about a mile or so until the top of the pass. After that, the trail gradually descends and the scenery is beautiful. The campsites were nice- our guide took good care of us! We ended in Agua Caliente, and bussed to Machu Picchu.
We chose this trail instead of the original Inca Trail, as there are less people.

We went independently backpacking. Amazing nature & landscapes. You pass through 3 different ecozones. The directions are easy to followed as we we downloaded the offline map from all trails. The hike is hard; altitude plays a huge role in its difficultly. Better to acclimatize for 3 days before hitting the trail. You need to carry meals at least for 3 days as in some camping areas you might not find food. At first two nights it gets really cold. It’s worth all the tiredness.

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