To Machu Picchu
Treks to Machu Picchu
Everyone knows, of course about the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. And as we have said before, despite its reputation for overcrowding, high cost and just being ‘touristy’ (none of which we think is true) it remains one of the premier trekking experiences in the world.
That said, many of our clients are looking for an experience a little more off the beaten path. Luckily, that happens to be our specialty !
We offer several treks to Machu Picchu that do not require hiking the classic Inca Trail. Most of these treks end up in St. Theresa, via one route or another, from where one then can continue on to the Hydroelectric station via walking or a taxi. From the Hydroelectric station, it is a lovely 3 hour walk to Aguas Calientes along the train tracks, otherwise an unreliable train service at 3 to 4 in the afternoon is another option.
Several of these treks, (for example ‘Abra Mojon’) are surprisingly remote and devoid of other trekking groups. That is not to say there are not other groups, but there are not many of them at all. They are not less expensive – we actually think the Inca Trail is a bit of a bargain given the complicated logistics the agencies have to work with. But although they are not much less expensive, our Alternatve Treks to Machu Picchu offer everything you are looking for – soaring Andean glaciers, bright green field of horses grazing, Incan sites, waterfalls, and more. Check them out by using the dropdown boxes above !