Alternative routes to Machu Picchu are a great hiking option for those who are not able to secure an Inca Trail permit, due to the strict permit process. Of course there are several differences between the Alternative route and the Inca Trail.
- The alternative route offers beautiful and amazing landscape along the way, but we do not pass any ruins.
- We spend the night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu City) before we head to Machu Picchu on the last day of the tour
- You will take a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and enter through the general public entrance. Buses are all first come, first serve. It is possible to hike from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, but you will still need to pass through the general public entrance.
- The main difference between the Alternative route and the Inca Trail is that the Inca Trail is only hike that allows you to walk directly through the Sun Gate into the Machu Picchu. With the Alternative treks, you must enter through the main gates of the citadel. Once inside you are always able to walk to the Sun Gate to get the view from above (for free) but it will not be your first view of the ruins.
The Alternative route to Machu Picchu sometimes offers the opportunity to hike through the Andes with just you, your team and the locals. The roads are not crowded with tourists and you visit places that can only be reached by foot.
In order to offer you a once in a lifetime experience, we have created different versions of Alternative trek that you can find in this section. Our itinerary stays ahead of the pack which allows us to use campsites that are less crowded, and which are away from the crowd. We use our own private portable eco-friendly toilets, rather than government crowded public toilets