National Geographic Adventure - Dream It. Plan It. Do It.

Instant Adventure
Machu Picchu Photo Gallery
Adventure Travel Companies Rated!

Logo: Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth

Search through 158 top
travel companies that specialize in safaris, hiking,
biking, luxe, paddling, and
Plan an adventure trip

Video: Top Ten Adrenaline Flicks

Photo: BASE jumper

Our team hunted down the Web's ten wildest action clips. See our picks and nominate your favorites.
Watch the videos

Adventure Resources

1. Travel Directory

2. Best Places to Live

3. 25 Best New Trips

4. 100 Greatest Adventure Books

5. Great National Parks


Trekking to Machu Picchu (the Cool Way)

No crowds. Plush lodges. Jungles, glaciers, and high Andean peaks. The Camino
Salcantay is the savvy traveler's alternative to the Inca Trail. Never before has
the road to ruins been so much fun.   Photograph and text by Brent Stirton

Photo: Plaza de Armas, Inti Raymi festival

Crowds gather at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco before the Inti Raymi festival.

<< Photo 6 of 7 >>

The Inti Raymi festivities in Cusco lead up to a choreographed Inca ritual celebrating the summer solstice. All of the stuff before the actual Inca ritual felt very authentic, with people from all over the region participating and having fun. It took place in an old colonial square in Cusco that felt like something in a spaghetti western, and everyone was dancing and drinking a lot of chicha, or corn beer.  
Photographer Brent Stirton

Plan your own trip with our Adventure Guide to Peru's Camino Salcantay >>

See the feature story "Machu Picchu the Cool Way" in the November 2007 issue of National Geographic Adventure.

More Instant ADVENTURE exclusives >>

Cover: Adventure magazine

Subscribe now and save!

E-mail a Friend

Adventure Subscription Offer