Beyond Machu Picchu, Lesser-Known Trails for Beginners 

Salcantay, Peru
Salcantay, Peru. Photo by Michael Brawn on Unsplash

In Machu Picchu it is possible to explore lesser-known trails in Peru, offering captivating experiences for beginners. While Machu Picchu is a must-see, these trails provide unique adventures and stunning landscapes away from the crowds and more approachable for less experienced hikers.

Lares Trek

This trail winds through Andean highlands, connecting remote villages and immersing hikers in traditional Quechua culture. Relax in natural hot springs while enjoying breathtaking views.

Choquequirao Trek

Often dubbed Machu Picchu’s sister site, Choquequirao offers a rewarding trek for beginners. Explore terraced ruins and lush landscapes on the way to this archaeological gem.

Salkantay Trek

A superb alternative to the Inca Trail, Salkantay introduces hikers to diverse ecosystems—from snow-capped peaks to tropical rainforests. It’s a thrilling option for those seeking a variety of natural wonders.

Huchuy Qosqo Trek

This shorter trek near Cusco leads to the ancient Incan site of Huchuy Qosqo. Perfect for beginners, it combines history and stunning scenery without the strenuous altitude of other trails.