Treks in Cusco. As you may know, the Andes was the birthplace to many ancient civilizations, where some of them influenced the development of the succeeding cultures, while the latest ones left a prevailing legacy in the heart of each region.
We know, Machu Picchu is basically the synonym of Peru but that doesn’t mean it is the only thing to see in this South American gem. Our country is widely diverse, not only in culture but in history and nature as well, which is why we’d love to show you some of the not-so-touristy attractions in Peru but yet as impressive as the Inca Citadel.
As you can see, Peru is so much more than Machu Picchu and we want you to know at least a part of it without missing the best things along your desired travel itinerary. Here you’ll find the best off-the-beaten-path attractions in Cusco!
For that reason, the Cusquenian mountainside holds beautiful beliefs and ancient traditions that have been carried out through generations until the current date. Besides, the natural wonders of this region are undeniably impressive, with several snow-capped mountains, greenish valleys and turquoise-water lagoons.
Therefore, the Andes offer the most complete travel experience in our country, comprising culture, history and adventure sports from edge to edge.
If you’re looking for the best adrenaline-packed adventure, here we have gathered some of the most impressive trails in Cusco, as well as some of the most strenuous but totally worthy treks in Cusco.
As you may know, the Andes of Peru are the most sought-after destination in the ancient country of the Incas, where towering snow-capped mountains, greenish valleys and turquoise-water lagoons tell the story never told of our lands.
Nonetheless, we’d like to mention that some of these treks will take you over 4,000 meters above sea level, which is why it is best to be properly acclimatized before committing to any of these activities.
Dare to travel off the beaten track and discover the real authenticity of Peru like a total expert!
This adventure is for people who really want to experience nature and the Andes at its best: snow covered mountains, deep valleys, pristine lakes, animals such llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and encounters with indigenous people who live in these high mountains.
Ancascocha Trek & Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu will take you through beautiful landscapes and snowy mountains surrounded by colorful lakes and waterfalls. You will discover ancient inca ruins, local flora and fauna of Machu Picchu.
The Ancascocha Trail to Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes is a remarkable trail that remains off the beaten path. It is listed as one of National Geographic’s 20 dream hikes on their World Best Hikes list.
Ausangate is an excellent and quiet/remote trekking circuit offering stunning features such as spectacular mountain scenery, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, herds of llamas, alpacas, and wild vicuña, picturesque villages, and traditionally dressed Quechua people.
The Ausangate Trek is one of the hiking circuits, most incredible for the beauty of its landscapes, in this mountain adventure you will enjoy unique scenarios, such as lakes of different colors (blue, green, turquoise, red), the mythical mountain of rainbows and ancient Andean cultures, who are the true heirs of the Incas, many still celebrate their ancestral rites.
Ausangate Trek is in the Top Ten highly Recommended Treks in the World. Ausangate Trek 5 Days offers you a real taste of the Andean life, impressive mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, hot springs, and turquoise lakes.
The classic Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is one of the world's greatest hikes. Along the 45 km you will explore unique andean valleys, lush mountain forest.An exquisite architecture of the Inca sanctuaries, which will dazzle you for its fineness and location within the Andes.
Travel to Peru to retrace the steps of the Inca, Peru's fascinating ancient civilization. Travel from Cusco, through the fertile heartland of the Sacred Valley and to the magnificent Ollantaytambo ruins, hike the best inca trail to Machu Picchu.
The walk to Machu Picchu along the Huchuy Qosqo route is one of the shortest in Cusco; It is made for people who do not have much time. But even so, they want to take a walking tour before reaching the great Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. It is very ideal for people who like to enjoy nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the restless city.
The walk from Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu, is one of the shortest in Cusco, but full of unique landscapes, and towns with ancient traditions. This circuit is recommended for tourists who want to know little-visited places, with a camp from where you can see a unique sunrise of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
This trek will take you through remote villages, intact Inca ruins, while offering fantastic views of the Sacred Valley and the snowy mountains of Peru, and a less traveled route. You will explore a true Incas Sun Gate and the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Embark on an incredible Cusco Andean exploration through Lares trek with a taste of the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
The Lares Trek combines high Andean trekking with a chance for genuine interaction with the most isolated indigenous communities which keep the inca culture alive. Majestic glaciers, amazing glacial lakes, waterfalls, llamas, and alpacas.
Explore the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, this trip takes you to the heart of the Andes where few tourist have ventured, you will enjoy the Andean traditions and original indigenous villages, who are still keeping the incas traditions, imposing glaciers, green lakes, waterfalls, llamas and alpacas.
Your luxury trip to Peru includes a selection of Andean and Amazonian landscapes. We will help you to explore this welcoming and varied country, planning each step of your trip, with the best services. With the help of amazing expert guides, you can enjoy all that Peru has to offer, every detail is well taken care of.
You’ll spend the next five days trekking the iconic Inca Trail, crossing epic mountain passes and discovering ancient Inca ruins en route on a privately guided trek to the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu.
Pallay Poncho is one of the new attractions in Cusco that was discovered in 2020, it is a geological formation; whose surface has different pigments, as a result of the complex combination of minerals, where the colors red, purple, green, pink and brown stand out.
The salkantay trek with the short Inca trail to Machu Picchu, amazing trek with beautiful landscapes of mountains and forests, explore the original Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
Short Inca Trail & Yanacocha Lake tour you will enjoy the most beautiful landscapes of the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco.
The 2-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu, is the shortest version of the Inca trail circuits to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. Andean Great Treks organize this trek with the best local guides and hotels in Machu Picchu. We work only in small groups, the premium service for your delight in Cusco.
Singrenacocha turquoise Lake Day Hike is located about 3 hours away from Cusco City. This stunning lake offers up a great day trip option for those looking for amazing mountain views and gatorade blue water without much effort. The drive takes you right to the lake where you can walk small trails exploring different vantage points with the company of local farmers and their alpacas
On top of a mountain in Cusco, Peru, there is an enigmatic Inca fortress that very few know about. The place has an overwhelming landscape, where gigantic stone formations stand out and its beauty is one of the most spectacular in the Andean world.
Explore the Vinicunca rainbow mountain tour, walk through the most beautiful mountains in Peru, surrounded by large snow-capped mountains, and herds of alpacas. Enjoy great views of the Red Valley, which will give you a feeling of being on the planet Mars.