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new trails to Machu Picchu

i have heard of some newer trails that have recently been 'discovered' , which lead to machu picchu, avoiding the main crowds,etc. has anyone hiked one of these and/or recommend one? also my wife and i would like to do the inca trail in a very small group ( under 8 people if possible) and hire guides and porters. can anyone recommend a reliable company that could accomodate a very small group (even just me and my wife alone) ? thanks....

1. Re: new trails to Machu Picchu

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2. Re: new trails to Machu Picchu

I can recommend Peru Gateway Travel. They do an excellent job, and will do more than just packaged tours. Ask them about the "new trail", although once you see the area, I really doubt there are many "new trails" ... they would know however.

If you like hiking, this would be a good one. Allow extra time in Cusco before setting out on the trip, to get adjusted to the altitude.

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3. Re: new trails to Machu Picchu

Hi.. there are new trails that lead to Machupicchu, i.e. Salkantay, Ausangate - these are longer treks as the classic inca trail is 4 days walking, whilst these are around 7 days. I can recommend Pachamama Explorers based in Cusco. Their prices are good and they offer excellent service. Check out their website www.pmexplorers.com

I have been to Cusco a few times so can recommend them highly.

Enjoy your trip!

Lima, Peru
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for Cusco, Lima, Arequipa, Peru
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4. Re: new trails to Machu Picchu

Try Aracari Travel (www.aracari.com) for yr trip to Peru.

I would also recommend you stay at the Kuychi Rumi in Urubamba. These people will help you organize a great trip and you will be staying at a very nice Andean Cottage for a reasonable price (www.urubamba.com)

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5. Re: new trails to Machu Picchu

Be aware that the "new" trails are not officialy recognised and the goverment intends to stop them, also they do not go via many of the majour places that the trail does