Machu Picchu Re-ups

High above the crowds     Photo: Photo by Leonardo Tamburri

The Inca ruins are South America's most iconic and popular tourist site—for good reason. But that doesn't mean you have to experience them like everyone else. Gap Adventures leads a new expedition that tours Cuzco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas before transporting guests to Cachora. Hikers will then tackle high Andean passes and camp in remote river valleys on their way to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. $1,300; year-round; gapadventures.com. Mountain Lodges of Peru offers accommodations for hikers along the Salkantay Route, an alternative trail to Machu Picchu. This year, it introduced a seven-day lodge-to-lodge horseback trip. Daytime is for riding through lush pastures, coffee plantations, and 14,000-plus-foot peaks; nighttime is for soaking in your lodge's hot tub. From $2,950; April–November; moun­tainlodgesofperu.com. On a new ten-day multisport trip with Adventure Life, travelers visit Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo, but also mountain-bike, camp, soak in hot springs, and raft the Class III–IV Apurímac River. From $2,315; year-round; adventure-life.com.

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