World's Best Hikes: Salkantay Trail, Peru

A guide's guide to her 10 favorite hikes on Earth

Adventure guide Kasey Austin has been in the business since she was six and has traveled extensively in Europe and the Americas. She leads tours of Yellowstone and Alaska for Austin-Lehman Adventures in Montana. Kasey picked 10 of her favorite hikes in the U.S. and worldwide.

Salkantay Trail, Peru
This is the “back way” to get to Machu Picchu by foot and the 40+ mile trail takes you through 15 different ecosystems over the course of 7 days. Along the way, you’ll spend the night in beautiful, luxurious mountain lodges complete with hot tea upon arrival, warm water bottles in your bed at night, and a hot tub right outside the door where you can gaze upwards at the star-studded Peruvian skies. For an alternate to the popular Inca Trail (with entrance into Machu Picchu via the iconic Sun Gate) the Salkantay Trail with its dramatic scenery, fewer people, and stunning lodges cannot be beat!

41 miles point to point