Two Day Lares Trek in Peru

The Two Day Lares trek in Peru The two day Lares trek from Patakancha to Lares is a spectacular hike through the Peruvian Andes. One of the most popular alternative hikes to the Inca trail, the Lares trek can be done as a three day / two night trek, or…

Madrigal Chimpa Fortress Hike in Colca Peru

Hike in Colca Peru to Madrigal Chimpa Fortress (14)

Recently back from an incredible trip to The Colca Valley and Canyon, I want to share one of my highlights – a half day hike in Colca Peru to the pre-Incan Madrigal Chimpa Fortress. Sitting high above the Colca Valley (4,412m / 14,475ft), it has kept watch over the lands below since 1,200…

Alternative Treks to the Inca Trail

alternative treks to the inca trail

The Inca Trail in Peru is one of, if not the most, famous treks in the world, taking in three major sets of Inca ruins en route to the mythical citadel Machu Picchu, traversing through cloud forest, puna grasslands and high altitude passes. However, bucket-list status can sometimes come at a price. With…

The Cordillera Blanca Santa Cruz Trek

The Cordillera Blanca is one of the most impressive mountain ranges in Peru and arguably South America with 20 peaks that reach over 6,000m in altitude, including Huascaran at 6,786m (22,263ft), which is the highest mountain in Peru and one of the highest in the Americas. This region is a…

Trek to Huchuy Qosqo in the Sacred Valley

During my last visit to Cusco, I had the chance to try out a new, rigorous one-day trek in the Sacred Valley, the Patabamba Huchuy Qosqo Trek, which takes you to the fascinating archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo, reachable only foot. The total trek is about 12-14km, which is about 7-9hrs…

Qoyllur Rit’i

  Peru is famous for its rich culture and colorful festivals, Qoyllur Rit’i festival is an impressive high-altitude pilgrimage in the Cusco region. Qoyllur Rit’i Festival This festival is held annually on the north face of Ausangate mounta, on the Sinakara glacial mountain. A world-renowned pilgrimage, it involves a rigorous…