There are so many great treks in the Andes, it can be hard to pick just one! To make sure your once-in-a-lifetime adventure is the perfect one for you, here are a few tips for choosing among the best treks in Peru:
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These are sometimes referred to as “alternative” treks because they were originally developed as an alternative to the Classic Inca Trail. But they’re all among the best treks in Peru!
Before 2004, the Inca Trail was open to anyone who wanted to hike it. Since then, government regulations have become increasingly strict, limiting the number of people who get to hike its length on any given day. When the rules were new, some people found themselves unexpectedly unable to hike the Inca Trail and in need of an “alternative”.
However, “alternative” doesn’t mean “second best”! After decades of roaming these beautiful mountains, we know that every route features breathtaking vistas, captivating cultural sites, pristine natural environments and an unforgettable immersive Andean experience! That doesn’t mean we don’t love the Inca Trail, too – it’s called “classic” for a reason.
Should you do an Alternative Trek instead of hiking the Inca Trail?
Generally, what you lose in popularity you gain in unique experiences. Here are a few of the pros and cons: