Best Treks in Cusco
Below are a selection of the best short treks in the Cusco Region. If you’re short on time here but want some adventure, then we highly recommend these.
Is a 6,272 m. peak in the heart of the Cusco trek region, it’s one of the most beautiful mountains in the Andes and one of Peru’s best and well-known treks. Over the course of five days, you’ll pass by a beautiful glacial lake, up and over the Salkantay Trek pass (4,650m), and descend down into the dense vegetation of the Peruvian cloud forest. This trek is highly recommended for trekkers without a lot of experience but who want a challenge and a fun and exciting route. This trek can be booked in the short-term there are no permits & waiting lists unlike the Inca trail.
See one of the most spectacular sites in the Salkantay region of the Peruvian Andes, on this day trip to Lake Humantay. After a breakfast snack, hit the trail for the approximately 1.5 hr hike to Lake Humantay gaining approximately 1,300 feet along the way. Ample free time at the lake allows you to relax and enjoy mountain views, including Salkantay, before returning down the same trail for lunch al fresco.
Embark on a beautiful 2 day trek through the Lares Valley, a trek through traditional native communities where you can see how these populations survive & thrive using local resources.
Starting at the Hot Springs of Lares Valley you’ll pitstop for lunch after a fairly long drive from Cusco in the morning. After lunch you follow a trail for about 4 hrs to the first campsite of Huachuasi. Here llamas & horses graze and are kept for many of the farmsteads.
On the second beginning from Huachuasi you’ll head deeper into the valleys of this area and see many traditional quechuan farm practices, whilst also scaling a 4,800m mountain pass. On the descent you’ll pass a mountain lake in Ipsaycocha & descend down to the town of Patacchanta for a final lunch, capping a great couple of days before the journey back through to Cusco or the Sacred Valley.
Ausangate Nevada & Rainbow Mountain – 3 Days
This is a breathtaking 3-Day trek in the Cordillera Vilcanota, on a route we call the “Camino del Apu Ausangate” located in close proximity of the highest Sacred Mountain in the Department of Cusco. The “Apu” is the Bearer of Life and guardian of one of the most pristine mountain ecosystems in the world.
Our treks will be accompanied by llamas and mules that carry expedition equipment, and are owned by shepherds of the community of Chillca, who are proud to share their land with us, as well as the Spirit of their inspiring world.
Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu
The Cordillera Vilcabamba is a range of mountains that are home to many historic attractions that were of great importance to the development of Andean civilisation. This part of the Andes mountains was known to be a refuge for the last of the rebel Inkas fleeing from the Spanish invasion; the rebel group of Inkas was led by Manqo Inka II for nearly forty years.
Many lesser travelled trails exist in this part of the Andes; and it’s a rare occurence to encounter other trekkers or groups. It takes most of the day to arrive at the mountain town of Huancacalle from Cusco, passing the abra Malaga en route. Parts of this region are closely surrounded by the Peruvian Amazon jungle; this also makes a nice climatic change to the trekking environment and there are some towns of the jungle nearby, like Quillabamba, Kiteni and Santa Teresa.