A solo trip trekking the alternative Inca Trail
The Inca Trail is one of those travel experiences that sits on most adventurers’ bucket lists. In recent years it’s become more popular than ever as daily limits on the number of visitors have come into force, with travellers desperate to tread its paths. Imagine if you could avoid the masses and still explore the trail.
This is where KE Adventure Travel comes in.
Peer into ancient Peru
Combining 30 years of trekking experience in Peru, exploring off -the-radar paths is what KE Adventure Travel specialises in. Naturally, they’re well-placed to chart routes along the Inca Trail away from the crowds on the way to Machu Picchu. With the availability of single rooms and your own tent on this trek, it’s also a great trip for solo visitors, another of KE Adventure’s specialities, with 56% of their clients being independent travellers.
You’ll arrive in Peru with Avianca Airlines (www.avianca.com), which offers daily non-stop services from London Heathrow to Bogota on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This flight connects you directly with Cuzco as well as Peru’s other exciting main hubs.
After arriving in Cuzco, you’ll start your trek in the hillside ruins of Choquequirao. These already rival Machu Picchu for size but, each year, more of its stone buildings and llama-decorated terraces are unearthed. Nestled above the Apurímac Gorge, its secrets have stayed hidden for longer than most other Inca sites, and it just feels fresher.
Taking the quieter route
From there, walk the Choquequirao Pass to gaze the terraces at Pincha Unuyoc, the site of an Inca water shrine. Wind your way through lush cloud forest in the Rio Blanco river valley, before entering the heart of the rugged Cordillera Vilcabamba, a region dominated by towering peaks – Pumasillo, Salcantay and the snow-capped Sacsarayoc – that rise up from the emerald forest below.
Keep an eye out for the Andean cock-of-the-rock, Peru’s national bird, as you hike past waterfalls along the Rio Santa Teresa, then cut through the plantations of the Urubamba Valley. From here you’ll approach Machu Picchu from a rarely seen viewpoint, as you tread the rear of the Inca citadel: the epic way to end your KE Adventure trip – a genuine Inca Trail experience without the crowds.
Discover the new world with Avianca!
Avianca is the second oldest airline in the world. The Colombian flag carrier and Star Alliance member provides an extensive network spreading across North, Central and South America.
Route network from Europe
Avianca offers daily and direct flight LONDON-BOGOTA with immediate connections to Lima and Cuzco and also gives the possibility through its hubs in Bogotá, Lima and Salvador to connect to more than 100 destinations in the Americas. Avianca is the perfect partner to explore the diversity of Latin America`s colorful and exciting aspects.
Time flies by
Enjoy your individual entertainment system combined with Latin American hospitality on board of each Avianca flight. The new generation Avianca B787 Dreamliner operated in the route LONDON-BOGOTA combines advanced technology with the highest level of on board service.
Your Latin America experience starts already when boarding Avianca
How to Enter
KE Adventure Travel is offering the chance to win a place on their 13-day Choquequirao to Machu Picchu tour (worth £2660 including return flights with Avianca and a solo travel pack of a KE trek bag, trekking poles, t-shirt, buff and cap). The tour includes visits to Machu Picchu, Choquequirao, the Urubamba Valley and more. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:
Q: What is the altitude of Choquequirao? a) 3,050m b) 4,167m c) 2,895m
A: a) 3,050m