In Cusco, the search for new circuits has increased. Cusco hiking is due to the increase of travelers from different parts of the world. Therefore, permits to the Inca Trail and surrounding trails have been multiplying. So Cusco has options for every type of traveler, whether it is a day hike, in places with altitude and slopes, or a simple group hike. The important thing is the adventure.
This region offers the possibility of practicing all kinds of sports such as canoeing, rappelling, zip-lining, bungee jumping, and hang gliding. But undoubtedly the most popular sport is trekking. Below we will tell you what these trails are like to choose the trekking you like the most.
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Cusco is a true paradise for hikers. Essentially the entire highlands, including valleys, plateaus, and mountain ranges, are home to trekking circuits with varying degrees of difficulty.
There are paths so steep that they get lost in breathtaking abysses; zigzagging like gigantic snakes moving through the mountain ranges; flat and so long that they seem to get lost in the immensity of the desert; hidden and invisible among the thick vegetation of the Amazonian forests.
Cusco’s trails offer countless possibilities and, of course, more than one ideal combination for hikers of all levels of demand and experience.
The Inca Trail is the best option for tourists when it comes to walking. Depending on your choice, you will reach Machu Picchu from Cusco in two or four days. The natural scenery is breathtaking, with views of snow-capped mountains, cloud forests, and hiking through the beautifully preserved archaeological remains is an unforgettable experience.
Going to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu by walking through the snowy Salkantay is undoubtedly a different journey from the traditional routes. This impressive trek passes under the magnificent mountain Salkantay (6.71/20569ft), one of the highest and most impressive of the Peruvian Andes; this hike offers you to enjoy spectacular scenery during the tour.
Another recommended hike to know Machupicchu is through the Lares Valley is an exclusive route away from the usual tourist routes. During the journey, you will cross snow-capped peaks and subtropical valleys; along the journey, enjoy scenic lagoons, natural thermal medicinal baths, and Inca archaeological remains. This route does consider experiential as you will visit Andean communities dedicated to agriculture, livestock, and weaving, where people still wear the impressive traditional costume of the area, and you can appreciate their generous hospitality.
Undoubtedly, the Ausangate trail offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the Cusco area, with many birds, wildlife, glaciers, and high alpine lagoons.