Alternative Inca Trail

Peru

This tour is a perfect alternative to the Classic Inca Trail, whilst still ending at Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Tambomachay – Pukamarca

Depart from your hotel in Cusco at 7 am and drive for 20 minutes towards the archaeological site of Tambomachay. The hike takes 7 hours to the campsite at Pukamarca Village (3800m/12,467ft), passing through local communities, beautiful mountain lakes, vast grassland where the llamas and alpacas feed.

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After breakfast, hike for 1-hour to Huchuy Qosqo Inca City, located on top of the Sacred Valley, offering magnificent views. After exploring, head downhill for 2 hours to Lamay for a special Pachamanca barbecue lunch.

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After breakfast in the hotel, you'll take the first train to start the Inca trail, passing Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Sungate, and finally, arrive at Machu Picchu late in the afternoon. You'll have the unique opportunity to see an almost empty spectacular place. After Exploring the upper part and enjoying the sunset, you'll take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and check-in to your hotel.

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After a hearty breakfast you'll take the first buses to Machu Picchu. The guided tour takes about 2 hours to visit the most important places. After the guided tour, you can explore by yourself or either climb Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu. Return to Cusco on the panoramic train arriving at your hotel around 7.30 pm.

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FAQs

Included

  • Pick up from your hotel on the morning of the tour.
  • All transportation during the duration of the Trek
  • Duffle bag up to 7 kilos for your stuff to be carried by porters
  • Guides
  • Chefs and porters
  • Three nights camping
  • One night in a 3-star hotel
  • All meals during the Trek
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Bus down to Aguas Calientes from Machu Picchu
  • Panoramic Exclusive train on the last to come back to Cusco

Excluded

  • Sleeping bags, air mattress, or trekking poles
  • Huayna Picchu or Montaña entrances
  • Tips for porters, chef, guides  
  • Temperature checks for all travelers are mandatory.
  • Face masks required for travelers and staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff at all times
  • High traffic places and equipment are sanitized regularly between use.
  • Maximum eight people per group to reduce crowds
  • Transportation and touristic sites capacity will be reduced to 50%
  • Printed material such as maps or vouchers will be avoided.

Travellers do not need hiking experience. However, you can expect to hike for around 7 hours in uneven terrain, stairs, and narrow paths. Once you make the booking, it's recommended that you start training regularly by going on short hikes. 

They will carry all equipment and food needed for the 4 days hike. Also, you'll be given a duffle bag, which you can put your sleeping bags, clothes, and all hiking gear necessary for the Inca Trail. This bag will be carried by the porter, with a maximum of 7 kg per person. 

Start: Your guide will collect you at 07:30 am from your hotel in Cusco, on day 1 of the itinerary. Pick-up is also available from the Sacred Valley.

End: Your guide will drop you back off at your hotel at 7:30 pm. 

The minimum age for this trek is 18, or 12 with a parent/guardian.  

The average group size is 8 people, with a maximum of 10. Currently, the group sizes are a maximum of 8 people due to the COVID pandemic. 

It is worth checking on your government's website. British citizens can check here.  

Yes - there will be a group of trained chefs joining you. Just let us know your requirements before you arrive.  

Cusco is at 3400m / 11,150ft, so you will feel some of the effects of altitude straight away. If you can arrive a few days earlier, then this will give your body more time to adapt. You will need to book any extra nights accommodation.  

The winter season and driest time of year in Peru are May - Sept. The summer season is Nov - Mar, which is the warmest, but wettest time. During the summer season, it does not rain every day, but can often have a downpour in the afternoons. Apr and Oct can sometimes see some small rain showers.  

The host provides Eureka Timberline 4-person tents to every two travellers. If you want your private tent, you will get one at no extra charge. 

The currency used in Peru is Nuevo Sol (PEN) You will need to ensure that you withdraw enough PEN for your trip to the airport or in Cusco. 

Tickets need to be booked in advance and cost an additional $75 per person. You can request this when completing your participation form. This will be available to you after booking on your Skyhook dashboard. Your host will charge you directly for this upon arrival. 

You'll have some professionally trained chefs on the trek with you. They will prepare fresh food each day. Most dietary requirements are catered for e.g. vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, food allergies etc.

The guides will provide you with clean water throughout the whole trek. This water is collected from each campsite, boiled and filtered.

When travelling in countries such as Peru, it's important to maintain vigilance with hygiene and food safety. Bring plenty of hand sanitiser. 

Sleeping bag: $20

Inflatable air mattress: $15

Trekking poles: $15

You can request rental items when completing your participation form. This will be available to you after booking on your Skyhook dashboard. Your host will charge you directly for this upon arrival.   

Day 1: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea and Snacks

Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea and Snacks 

Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea and Snacks 

Day 4: Breakfast and Snacks 

• Valid, original Passport (a copy will not be accepted)

• Trekking boots (light, comfortable and broken in)

• A good quality daypack (light, small and cosy)

• Water storage for at least 2 litres; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)

Below is a list of items that we highly recommend you keep with you at all times in your backpack. It is important to note that due to local regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25L. All larger bags can not be taken into Machu Picchu and will need to be stored outside the gates.

• Hat and sunglasses

• Rain gear

• Warm layers (fleece / long-sleeved tops)

• Sun cream, bug spray

• Hand sanitiser

• Toilet paper

• Personal medication and first aid

• Camera, extra batteries

• Head Torch

• Additional snacks, power bars, chocolate

• Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, and tips

You'll be provided with a duffel bag which you can pack any items that you do not need to keep with you during the day. The porters will carry this bag for you throughout the trek. Please note this bag should weigh a maximum of 7 kg, including your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring/rent one). During the Inca Trek, you'll travel through different temperatures as you ascend/descend; it can also be cold at night when at the campsite. Therefore, layers work best!

• Sleeping bag for Inca trail (can be rented from your host) - this should keep you warm down to -10 degrees celsius. 

• Air mattress for Inca trail (can be rented from your host)

• Some light, comfortable shoes for the camp

• Warm jacket, hat, and gloves for Inca trail

• 2-3 t-shirts (not cotton)

• 1-2 hiking pants/trousers

• Four sets of undergarments

• Four sets of hiking socks

• 1 Fleece

• 1 Warm, down jacket for the coldest nights

• Quick-dry towel

• Soap

• Wet wipes

• Toothbrush and paste

• Other personal toiletries

• Powerbank / battery charger

Dry bag to keep muddy clothes separate 

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