Throughout their history, the Inca people diligently worked to build a trail network of almost 40,000 kilometers (almost 25,000 miles!) to connect cities throughout their empire that stretched from Quito, Ecuador to Santiago, Chile. With Cusco as the center of this empire, the principle trails around the city became the focus of Inca construction and repair. One particular 43 kilometer (26.7 mile) stretch of trail connecting the major Inca archaeological sites of Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Winay Wayna, and Machu Picchu has become known as the “Inca Trail.”
Over the last 10 years, this hike has become incredibly popular to the point that access to this trail is strictly limited and requires a ticket to be purchased roughly 6 months in advance. In order to accommodate more hikers who want to avoid the crowds on the Inca trail, many alternative treks were created. Choose from any of the available options below!