Adventure Life’s CEO offers Inca Trail alternatives on

With trail passes for the Inca Trail in high demand, trekkers need other route options. As a guest blogger on’s travel blog, Brian Morgan, founder and CEO of Adventure Life, offers some spectacular Andean treks as Inca Trail alternatives.

Sticking close to the Inca Trail, the 45-mile Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu meanders through the same region – you just won’t hike directly into Machu Picchu. Technically, you’ll still be on “Inca Trail,” since the Incan road system consists of about 15,500 miles spanning Ecuador, Chile and Argentina.

A shorter, easier option is the 12.5-mile, four-day, three-night Cachiccata trek. On this route, you will hike to the Inca temples of Chokekillka and Intiwatana. At the end, you’ll visit Machu Picchu by train. As a bonus, this hiking route is more secluded and less traveled than others.

Away from the Sacred Valley, the 38-mile Cordillera Blanca trek is one of the most famous. The highlight of this trek is the plethora of peaks: 50 that are 18,700 feet or higher, including Peru’s tallest mountain, Huascaran.

Finally, there’s the 47.5-mile Ausangate trek to Peru’s most sacred mountain. Ausangate is located in southern Peru, near Cusco. You’ll gain altitude – 16,564 feet at Palomani Pass – on this seven-day, six-night outing.

But if you are looking to hike the classic Inca Trail, Adventure Life offers a Machu Picchu Pilgrimage during which you’ll trek into Machu Picchu.

Adventure Life is a Missoula, Montana-based adventure travel company that specializes in small-group tours of Latin America. To find out more information about Inca Trail trips and Andean treks offered through Adventure Life, visit