Trekking suggestions................

Here are five of the greatest trekking regions in the world.



Most treks are centered around the mountains, valleys and passes near Machu Picchu. This makes including the Sanctuary (as it’s called) in your trip easy to do. Most treks run from 3 to 5 nights so you’ll have time to include other things before heading back home.


The Classic Inca Trail (something you just need to do in your lifetime)

The basics

  • 26 miles in 4 days/3 nights

  • Overnight options:  camping in tents

Key info

  • You MUST use a tour operator; only tour operators with a presence in Cusco are authorized to operate Inca Trail treks

  • Only 500 people (including guides, porters and hikers) are allowed on the trail per day. So you need to book your reservation months in advance. (for instance by December 1, 2017, the whole month of May 2018 was sold out)


  • This is the only multi-day trek that ends inside Machu Picchu

  • The porters can carry some of your gear


  • This is not a very technical hike; however, you start at about 9,000-foot altitude and get up to almost 14,000 feet at Dead Woman’s Pass so there is some climbing

  • Acclimatizing to the high altitude – you need to be there a few days before the hike to adapt to the high altitude

Who is this trek for?

  • Anyone who is in good physical condition and can sustain four back-to-back days of hiking at various elevations

The Salkantay Trek (the most popular alternate to the Inca Trail)

The basics

  • 46 miles in 5 days/4 nights

  • Overnight:  camping in tents; there is a more expensive version in which you stay in lodges each night


  • You can do this hike yourself (DIY) or you can go with a tour operator

  • This trail does NOT have to be booked as many months in advance like the Inca Trail


  • The passes are higher than other trails in the region, Salkantay Pass is about 15K foot elevation so the oxygen level can be a factor

  • Acclimatizing to the altitude​​



Torres del Paine

El Chalten and Monte Fitz Roy