Best Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu

There are many alternative treks to Machu Picchu if Inca Trail is sold out. The most popular ones are Salkantay Trek, Lares Trek, Huchuy Qosqo, and even the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Each of these treks has its own unique features and scenery. The Salkantay Trek is a longer trek that takes 4-5 days to complete. It's less crowded than the Inca Trail and has stunning views of glaciers and mountains. The Lares Trek is the shortest and easiest. It's not as popular as the other 2 treks, but it's very scenic, with beautiful lakes and mountains.

View of Humantay Lake during the Classic Salkantay trek 4 days
The 4-Day Salkantay Trekking is the second most popular hike to Machu Picchu, listed among the 25 best hiking tours in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. Over these epic 4 days and 3 nights, you will cross high Andean mountains, stunning lakes, and lush cloud forests to reach the World Wonder of Machu Picchu. Enjoy this exciting experience with comfortable tents, a Pachamanca barbecue, and a coffee tour, and return aboard a scenic panoramic train. 
Llaqtapata during the Ultimate Salkantay Trek
Go off the grid with the ultimate Salkantay Trek to the iconic Machu Picchu. Over 5 days, you will explore the most breathtaking Andean wonders: the Salkantay Mountain, the Humantay Lake, and the challenging hike to the Cloud Forest. Along the way, you’ll be amazed by snow-capped peaks, picturesque valleys, waterfalls, and quaint rural villages. Unlike most tours, this trip goes truly wild with an authentic camping experience, including fantastic food on the route and a night on a hill in…
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu
The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is the best alternative hike after the Classic Inca Trail if you want to explore lightly trodden paths. The trek starts in the small village of Lares, nestled in the Andes Mountains. From there, you will wind through stunning valleys and lakes before finally reaching Machu Picchu. Along the way, you will have the chance to see some of Peru's native wildlife, including llamas and alpacas. You will also get to experience the traditional culture of the Andean people…
Choquequirao hike 4 days
The Choquequirao 4 days trek offers stunning views of the Andean mountains, deep river canyons, and diverse ecosystems. Trekkers also have the opportunity to learn about the Inca culture and history and witness local rural life in the Peruvian highlands.
Choquequirao Trek 5D/4N
Choquequirao Trek takes you off the beaten path, far from the crowded places. This trip doesn’t take you to Machu Picchu. Instead, you’ll hike to another lost Inca Citadel. This spectacular archaeological site was hidden in the mountain for centuries and was recently uncovered. During the Choquequirao Trek, you may see less than a dozen travelers, making this place a truly unique and quiet retreat.
Huchuy Qosqo + Short Inca Trail 4 days - Alternative Inca Trail
Huchuy Qosqo + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the perfect Alternative if the Classic Inca Trail is sold out. This 4-day trek will allow you to hike in the mountains near Cusco, following an ancient Inca Trail and to combine it with the Short Inca Trail. Arrive in Machu Picchu twice and through the Sun Gate (Intipunku).
Lares Trek + Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 5 days
The Lares Trek and Short Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu offers a unique experience for hikers to combine the beauty of the Andean mountains, local villages, and the Inca Trail 2 days, arriving at Machu Picchu twice. You will enjoy the natural gems of the Andes, visit local villages, and explore the Iconic Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Inca Quarry Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu
Inca Quarry Trek is the perfect alternative for those who like to explore much less crowded routes off the beaten path. This ancient Inca trail was built by the Incas 500 years ago, and it is still being used today by the local people. 
Huchuy Qosqo Trek To Machu Picchu 3D/2N - TreXperience
Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu is one of Peru's most beautiful and rewarding treks. This 3-day/2-night trek will take you through some of the country's most stunning scenery, sweeping mountain vistas, beautiful lakes, and lush green valleys. You will also experience a wide variety of Inca ruins, including the little-visited site of Huchuy Qosqo, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area and the Sacred Valley. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Machu Picchu in a…
Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu
The Inca Jungle Trek is a 4-day adventure trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu with multiple activities, including biking, river rafting, and trekking. Experience Mountain Biking to Maras Moray, River Rafting in the Urubamba, hiking the lost Inca Trails in the thick Andean Jungle, and finally, visiting Machu Picchu.
Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley - TreXperience Peru
Explore Rainbow Mountain in small groups with exclusive tour guides, chefs, and porters. Amaze yourself with the beautiful scenery of the colored mountains, local villages, llamas, alpacas, and the Ausangate Mountain glaciers. We have daily departures to Rainbow Mountain, which include picnic meals and private transportation!Our Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley premium tour is the perfect way to see these amazing natural wonders up close! This tour includes a guided tour to Rainbow Mountain,…
Discover the two major Inca cities on this epic 6-day Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu. This challenging trail is lesser known but offers killer views across the staggering pathways of the Apurimac Canyon to reach the "Cradle of Gold" - Choquequirao. Perfect for those who want to level up their knowledge of the Inca Culture.  Throughout the journey, expect to pass several Andean natural wonders, from the roaring Apurimac River to exhuberating flora and fauna. You will camp in secluded…