The Classic Inca Trail -- all snowy peaks, subtropical forests and ancient ruins -- is one of South America's hottest tickets. But only 500 people are allowed on the four-day trek to Machu Picchu each day, so if you don't get a ticket months in advance, you might be stuck drinking pisco sours and watching badly dubbed Baywatch back at your Cuzco hotel.
Luckily, the neighborhood is filled with lesser-known, yet no less amazing, treks. I've hiked all five of these -- click through to see why they're my top picks.
-- Abbie Kozolchyk, Condé Nast Traveler
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