Peru's Best top Trekking Circuits - Explore Adventures A paradise for walkers; To trek in Peru is to walk through beautiful Andean landscapes with stunning views of mountains and lagoons. One can journey along the Qhapaq Ñan, the network of ancient roads that connected the Inca Empire; experience the culture of
the communities; hike along the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash in Áncash or find more than one route to Machu Picchu in Cuzco. Almost all the mountain ranges, including valleys, plains and hills, offer trekking routes with higher or lower degrees of difficulty. Only some of these trails have been 'discovered' as commercial trekking routes. The rest remain unexplored, awaiting lovers of these magical Andean paths, with their extraordinary network of pre-Hispanic paths and over 12,000 lagoons, with the deepest canyons on earth, glaciers and snowy peaks, forests and waterfalls, beautiful towns and, above all, the most hospitable people that one could imagine.There are roads that are so steep that they get lost in abysses that take your breath away; zigzagging trails that stretch across the mountains; long, flat tracks that seem that seem to lose themselves in the immensity of the desert; hidden and imperceptible paths in the dense vegetation of the Amazonian forests.
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The Classic Inca Trail - 4 days
Undoubtedly the most popular trek in Peru, the Classic Inca Trail is on the bucket list of many a traveller and for good reason. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu has been named as one of the best trails in the world by numerous publications. Following Inca roads through the exotic geography of Cusco and exploring well-preserved ruins is an experience like few others.The 45km Inca trail is part of an enormous network of roads amounting to approximately 50,000 kilometres, which once joined the remotest parts of the continent to the city of Cusco and was used to govern the empire. Information, armies and workmen could be moved quickly around this network, the central route of which is known as Qhapaq Ñan.
The Inca Quarry Trail
The Inca Quarries trekkking Peru in the Peruvian Andes is a spectacular trail that remains off the beaten path even given its close proximity to the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.It is less traveled than the classic Inca trail there are opportunities to interact with local communities and to visit smaller and less known Inca archaeological sites and the beautiful mountain vistas of the Vilcabamba and Urubamba ranges. The trail ends at Ollantaytambo, where trekkers can visit one of the most famous sets of Inca ruins before hopping the train to Machu Picchu.
The Salcantay trekking
The Salkantay trek is the most popular alternative trek to Machu Picchu and was rated as one of the top 25 treks in the world by National Geographic Magazine. It is a powerful Apu, meaning mountain spirit in Andean mythology and stands as the female deity who protects the local Quechua people. The term ‘Salkantay’ literally translates as ‘who cannot be tamed’ or ‘wild one.’ Experience The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in style. This 5days trekking adventure will take you on a historic section of Inca trail through 15 different eco-systems, while you traverse a mountain pass over 15,000 feet, explore villages where locals still maintain age-old traditions and re-discover the mystical beauty of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the Inca Empire.
Ausangate trek plus Rainbow Mountain
The Rainbow Mountain & Ausangate trek is one of the 10 top hikes in the Peruvian Andes, we have specially crafted this Ausangate and Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Trek in response to requests from our clients. This trek takes you off to the snowy Vilcanota mountain range and circles the 6384m peak of Ausangate worshipped throughout the Cusco region as one of the most powerful of mountain Apus or spirits. This stunning route usually combines trekking and horse riding and takes you through tiny Andean villages and past emerald coloured lakes. A trek for the hardy and well acclimatized. >> more info >>
(moderate to difficult)
A demanding 85km trek through some of the most magnificent scenery in the Cordillera Blanca. Much of the trek is spent above 4000m so acclimatisation is essential. Five passes over 4400m. Maximum altitude 4860m (Osoruri Pass). Best Months May to mid-September. >> more info >>
Santa cruz trek
(easy - moderate)
The most popular trek in the Cordillera Blanca. This 45 km hike passes through incredible mountain scenery including snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes and tranquil meadows. Maximum altitude 4760m (Punta Union Pass). Best months May to September. >> more info >>
Colca Canyon trek
Most people who visit the Colca Canyon do it as part of a one or two day organized tour of the villages along the edge of the canyon which requires very little exertion. However, the more adventurous can descend into the canyon itself on foot. There are numerous trails in the area.>> more info >>