There's more to Peru than Macchu Pichu. While the mountain city of the Inca is spectacular, you can also find amazing ruins elsewhere in the country, as well as mind-blowingly beautiful trekking in the Cordillera Blanca, and surfing on the coast!

Top Spots

Backpack the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Anta, Peru

44.5 mi

Hike Huayna Picchu at Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes, Peru

2.4 mi / 1000 ft gain

Hike to Laguna 69 in Cordillera Blanca

Yungay, Peru

8.1 mi / 2624.7 ft gain

Trek Colca Canyon

Caylloma, Peru

14 mi / 3675 ft gain

Hike Machu Picchu Mountain

Aguas Calientes, Peru

1.2 mi / 2000 ft gain

Backpack the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Urubamba, Peru

26.5 mi / 6279 ft gain

Backpack to Choquequirao

Abancay, Peru

28 mi / 9523 ft gain

Backpack the Santa Cruz Valley: Vaqueria to Cashapampa

Yungay, Peru

28 mi / 3445 ft gain

Hike to the Devil's Balcony

Qosqo, Peru

3.1 mi / 656.2 ft gain

Guides and stories

The Adventurous Route to Machu Picchu

Madalyne Staab

More Than Machu Picchu: Explore Adventurous Peru

Sara Sheehy

Win a Guided Trip for 2 in Peru

The Outbound Collective

Tips for Visiting Machu Picchu in the Rainy Season

Jess Fischer

Why Backpacking the Inca Trail Is Better Than Machu Picchu Itself

Katie Yarborough

5 Experiences Every Traveler Should Have While Visiting Peru

Hillary + Matt

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