Peru is the place to go to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. But beyond this famous trail, there are paths less taken. Salkantay, Lares, Rainbow mountain, Waqrapucara, Choquequirao, and Vilcabamba — these treks appeal to true adventurers. Outside of Cusco, the possibilities are equally endless.

The Colca Canyon trek snakes along ancient terraced valleys shadowed by volcanoes.

Further north, Huaraz, “trekking capital of Peru,” is the basecamp for ascents to the icy 22,204-foot peak of Huascaran in the Cordillera Blanca.