""Excellent! Off the beaten track, altiplano-cloud forest; I loved the scenery, it was absolutely beautiful." Karin, Switzerland, Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu, May 2011.

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Trek with us and $20 of your trek price is donated to generate a sustainable trekking industry in the Andes, and the NGO: ThreadsofPeru.com

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Apus Peru trekkers head off on the Llactapata route, near Santa Theresa, Cusco, Peru

Which Trek to Take?

At first glance there are many different treks to take while in the Cusco region.

Things for you to consider (in no particular order)

Number of days – how many days do you have available to do your trek? You should make sure you acclimatize 2, preferably 3 days at altitude prior to trekking. So if you want to do a 4 day trek, you actually need 6-7 days in the region. Also, the longer a trek is the more remote experience you will be able to have!

Permits. Required for any trek that utilizes the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Permits should be purchased 3-4 months in advance.

Your interests – what would you like to see and do on your trip? Do other tourists bother you? Read the trek descriptions carefully for a good indication of what you will see.

Living Culture vs Ruins vs Scenery– treks have different strengths and weaknesses. Some treks have it "all" but others have strengths and weaknesses. If you aren't able to get a good sense from our informative website, please ask your Travel Consultant.

Trek difficulty & your fitness – these two items are directly related. For a person of average fitness the Choquequirao treks will be exceptionally hard – for someone of top fitness and prior trekking experience, then Choquequirao will be fine. We attempt to describe trek difficulty as clearly as we can, but ultimately it depends on your expectations of what “difficult” is – and how fit you are. You book the trip, and you are the person that has to hike it! Try to be realistic about your fitness and also be aware that generally, treks in the Andes are more difficult than you think!

Prior Experience –Sometimes while people have good fitness, they have not spent much time outdoors, or have rarely camped in their lives.  If you have never been camping, or are uncomfortable with “roughing it” you should consider if a long, difficult trek is right for you. Maybe a short, taster trek might be a more appropriate introduction to hiking.

Do a test trek! If you are not an experienced trekker, before you book we encourage you to try walking 15 - 20 km in a day!  (preferably in the mountains!)  Or even trying walking in your home town/ city for 5 hours with just short rests. If either of these things are not possible for you to do OR a real struggle then you should consider if trekking in the Andes is right for you! Or, if you are determined to do a trek, then you should embark on a personal training program, with appropriate guidance.   

• Read the testimonials. We include a lot of trek testimonials on our trek pages. These testimonials indicate a lot about our services, BUT they also include people´s comments about the treks and what they liked/didn´t like. One of the most common comments is, “it was much harder than I thought it was going to be.”

• Check out the photos. We have tried to provide not just stunning photos on each of the trek pages - we have tried to show photos that show terrain, landscape and experiences that are indicative of each of the treks.