Perched in the remote Andes on the fringe of the Amazon rainforest, Machu Picchu’s incredible setting continues to amaze visitors year after year, earning the “Lost City” recognition as one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World. To put the Machu Picchu experience into perspective for those who have never visited, we often say that even if the Lost City was never built, the natural setting alone still surpasses anything we have ever seen (and we’ve been around a time or two).
As you can imagine, Machu Picchu treks are often the pinnacle of any Peru Expedition. Ranging from single-day Machu Picchu treks to the full-on Inca Trail, there are a variety of hiking and trekking adventures available for visitors to choose from.
At Paragon Expeditions, each of these incredible Machu Picchu multi-day treks and day hikes are led by local expert guides who enhance the adventure with their in-depth understanding of the cultural and historical aspects that make Machu Picchu so unique. We line you up with the very best guides in Peru, from charismatic locals to critically acclaimed archaeologists. This expert touch elevates your experience at Machu Picchu and helps you better understand how the Inca were able to create such an archaeological masterpiece.
On the other hand, if you’re the independent type, we can also setup self-guided Machu Picchu day hikes. However, it is important to note that Inca Trail hikes require a local guide and sometimes even a team of assistants (depending on the nature of duration of the Inca Trail trek).
Multi-Day Inca Trail
Of all the treks in South America, none are more legendary than the Inca Trail. This historic pathway once served as a prominent roadway during the Inca Empire, uniting the four regions of Tihuantinsuyo and connecting Machu Picchu with the former Inca capital.
At Paragon Expeditions, we offer multiple Inca Trail options, ranging from the shortened two-day Inca Trail to the classic four-day Inca Trail.
One-Day Inca Trail
One of our most popular Machu Picchu treks is the one-day Inca Trail. This exclusive six to eight hour day hike from km 104 of the railroad allows you to follow the same path that Inca royalty once traversed and catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, the same entrance that the Inca used more than five centuries in the past. On select Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Expeditions, you are to experience the one-day Inca Trail with Peter Frost, a renowned author and Inca history expert that has led multiple expeditions into the remote Andes.
In addition to multi-day Andean treks, we also have a number of Machu Picchu day hikes in our arsenal. Perhaps the most popular Machu Picchu day hike is the Huayna Picchu hike, named after the mountain on which its path ascends. This steep staircase takes you above the former Inca citadel, offering breathtaking views of Machu Picchu from a unique vantage point.
The Sun Gate and Other Hikes
Those looking for a more challenging Machu Picchu day hike can climb Machu Picchu Mountain, which is located above the Sun Gate across from Huayna Picchu. Or, if you would prefer a less strenuous option you may venture to the Sun Gate, the famous passageway that offers Inca Trail hikers their first glimpse of the Lost City. It is also possible to arrange hikes to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, though the trail continually crosses the road that buses use, so this is usually not a recommended option.
Our Favorite Machu Picchu Treks
- Short Inca Trail with Peter Frost
- 4 Day Luxury Inca Trail Hike with an Inca History Expert
- One Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek
- Huayna Picchu Hike and Lost City Tour
- Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu