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.

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.

9 days ago

tough because of the over 4000m altitude

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9 days 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!

Difficulty is based on acclimatization. If you’ve adjusted, this hike is pretty easy. Cheapest way to arrive is with a tour. Spectacular views of 2 other glacier lakes right before beginning this hike.

My slowest 5 miles ever because of the altitude but absolutely worth every bit of effort it took to reach the end. The view of Rainbow Mountain is absolutely stunning.

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.

After being in Machu Picchu itself, which was sooo breathtaking, this was a great way to finish the day. Spectacular views with a different perspective on the citadel. Well worth it.

Very difficult because of the altitude, it is literally breathtaking. I have never experienced something so magical feeling really sick and yet wanting to push forward. Spectacular., we experienced extreme sun, rain, hail and snow! May 2017

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.

Very difficult hike but absolutely beautiful. You can pay to get a horse, while it’s a really rewarding feeling to hike this mountain without it. Views are amazing!

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.

This was the most challenging hike I’ve ever done to be honest. Rewarding when you climb 4 miles straight up switch backs the second day. We did the first stretch down and over and slept in the little oasis hostel at the bottom of the canyon. That pool was incredibly rewarding. Definitely remember a headlamp and bandaids for blisters. Also, look out for condors!

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

hiking
2 months 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.

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!

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.

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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
3 months 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!!!

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