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The view from Mollepata on the first morning

Salkantay: the alternative Inca Trail

Destination: Cusco

If you want to avoid the Inca Trail crowds on your way to Macchu Picchu, Peru, there is a more challenging way: try hiking up and down mountains and camping in the open on the Salkantay Trail

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The big day arrives!

The Inca Trail survival guide: How to prepare, pack and cope

Destination: Peru

Thinking of trekking Peru's Inca Trail? Find out how to prepare, what to pack and how to cope - and help maximise your chances of reaching Machu Picchu alive, healthy and (hopefully) smiling!

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The Amazon from the air

Iquitos, Peru: my Bruce Parry moment

Destination: Iquitos

It's as far from well-trodden Machu Picchu as you can get: Iquitos, deep in the Peruvian Amazon and 3,000km from the river's mouth. Fancy roast parrot, anyone? Believe me, that's tame…

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Day one – the start of the Inca Trail

Peru: doing the Inca Trail in style

Destination: Machu Picchu

If a four-day mountain trek in Peru seems too much like hard work, try it with the help of locals, the psychological reward of Machu Picchu – and a fabulous hotel at the end. This is how I did it

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Getting the ground oven ready - anyone for tea!

See, taste, experience real Peru

by Babsvc

Destination: Huaraz

If you want to experience real Peru, see the culture and be amazed at this vast mountainous country, head north to Huaraz and trek the Huayhuash region

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Alighting for the Inca Trail

Keep it local: the Good Inca Trail Guide

by Warrick

Destination: Cusco

Booking the Inca Trail through a UK operator is not the only way. Use a local company in Peru and you can save money – and the trail's future. Here, I explode the myths and tell you how to do it

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