Trekking in Peru- NOT Inca Trail
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Oct 16, 2012 9:29 AM Last Post By: JULIOPERU
Oct 15, 2012 9:09 AM
Trekking in Peru- NOT Inca TrailHello,
I am travelling to Peru with a friend who has already hike the Inca trail. We are hoping to do another trek near Cusco, so that she does not repeat what she has already done and I can make a day trip to Macchu Picchu afterwards. Does anyone have suggestions about the trails in the area? We are strong hikers with a lot of backpacking experience.
From my research the Choquequirao to Vilcabamba trail or the Ausangate trail look very beautiful. Has anyone done either of these trails? Do you have any advice or tips?
We are planning to spend 2 weeks in Peru, so we would have time to do a longer trek, but if the shorter treks are the best ones we could do one of those and just explore Peru for the rest of the time.
Oct 15, 2012 9:38 AM
1A few months ago I did the trek to Choquequirao (just there and back, not onwards to Vilcabamba though) and thought it was amazing. Did the Salkantay trek to MP as well, but definitely liked Choquequirao better! About 20 people a day visit the site, which makes it really rewarding to be one of those few. The site itself, but also the views from the site over the surrounding valley and snowcapped peaks are amazing!
Oct 15, 2012 1:03 PM
2If you do the Ausangate trek then you'll need to do a seperate trip to Machu Picchu, you probably already discovered that from your research. If you're planning to either of the treks you mention then don't expect to have much time to do anything else - I believe the extended Choquequirao trek is about 9 or 10 days if you're going to include Machu Picchu. Ausangate is about 6 days.
If you organise either trek through an agency you'll be paying a premium as you'll be about the only people doing the trek.
Oct 16, 2012 7:43 AM
Oct 16, 2012 9:29 AM
I am from Cusco, Peru. I work in tourism. So here we have a lot options.
Traditional trek ( You can get here a good price, because a lot people go there)
- Salkantay Trek 05 days/04 night
- Choquequirao 05 days/04 night
- Cusco - Choquequirao - Machupicchu (08 day/07 night) very nice trek
- Ausangate 06 days/05 night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$45.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$17.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$170.00 per night