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Peru Trekking Tour

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  • Hiking lodge to lodge, with porters and mules handling our luggage
  • Trek an Inca route to 15,200 feet for superb views of the snow-covered Andes
  • Gaze upon Machu Picchu from the seldom-traveled Llactapata trail
  • Relax at high-altitude lodges - many with hot tubs!
  • Our two-night stay at the luxurious Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel allows a full day to explore Machu Picchu at leisure

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Lodge-to-Lodge Trekking from Cusco to Machu Picchu

It's easy to grasp the ancient Inca mindset. Easy, that is, once your lungs adjust to the rarefied Andean air. Once your brain absorbs the heart-stopping splendor of your surroundings. You're atop Salkantay Pass at 15,200 feet. Above you looms snow-mantled Nevado Salkantay, the 20,500-foot monarch of the Vilcabamba range. Towering nearby is colossal Humantay peak. From this vantage point, it's clear why these magnificent pinnacles of rock and ice inspired awe among the region's native inhabitants. And at the apex of this trek, Machu Picchu. You're breathless. Is it the altitude or the views? A little of both. 

Itinerary

Day 1 Expert-guided explorations of monumental Inca architecture  Savor stunning vistas of the Cusco Valley as you trek to the Inca sites of Q'enko, Temple of the Moon and fortress-temple Sacsayhuamán with a local expert  Overnight at Cusco's renowned five-star Hotel Monasterio.

Days 2-3 Our high-altitude lodge invites a soak in its outdoor hot tub While you're getting acclimated, walk up to a glacial lake or opt for a horseback ride - either way, get lost in views of towering white-capped Salkantay, Inca mythology's most sacred mountain Taste pisco sours, the country's national drink, before our dinner of organic regional cuisine Summit the Salkantay pass at 15,200 feet.

Days 4-6 Hike lodge to lodge, with porters and mules transporting your luggage, and sleep in style  Condors soar overhead as you travel up the Río Blanco Valley, circling Humantay Peak Descend through a lush subtropical landscape above the Salkantay River before passing the Santa Teresa River Valley's patchwork of orchards and coffee plantations Feeling adventurous? Try cuy (guinea pig), cooked in a large pit of hot rocks, at a traditional Andean Pachamanca feast.

Days 7-9 Gaze upon magical Machu Picchu from the seldom-traveled Llactapata trail Head downhill through bamboo forests to the Vilcanota River  Take a full layover day to deeply explore the ruins of Machu Picchu: hike to the Gate of the Sun for an impressive overview, then get up close as our local guide reveals secrets of the "Lost City's" astrological designs and provides insight into the stonework at this sacred site  Got an intrepid streak? Ascend Machu Picchu Mountain (Backroads has secured a special permit on your behalf) for a memorable view of the ruins Stroll the grounds of the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel with a naturalist to learn about the local flora and fauna.

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Hotel Monasterio
Hotel Monasterio

Cusco (1 night) "An outstanding property housed within a converted 16th-century monastery situated just a short stroll from the Plaza de Armas," says Andrew Harper. Travel + Leisure World's Best.

Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort
Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort

Soraypampa (2 nights) Located at 11,800 feet, this stylish mountain lodge welcomes you with a hot tub and incomparable views of Salkantay, the region's highest peak.

Wayra Lodge
Wayra Lodge

Huayraccmachay (1 night) Overnight at "the place where the wind lives" and enjoy a hot tub soak at 12,000 feet.

Colpa Lodge
Colpa Lodge

Collpapampa (1 night) This lodge with a hot tub rests in a cloud forest at 10,300 feet in the Collpapampa Valley.

Lucma Lodge
Lucma Lodge

Lucmabamba (1 night) Savor spectacular views from this lodge, built right into the mountainside and flanked by an avocado orchard.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Aguas Calientes (2 nights) This hotel with Andean-style casitas is just minutes from the ruins of Machu Picchu. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Incredible!!! This was a majestic experience--delightful form beginning to end!! Arduous and challenging trekking but so rewarding!
Melissa Macias - Corpus Christi, TX
This was the best vacation I've taken in a long, long time. Everything was perfect - Peru, the trek and the lodges. I am definitely having re-entry problems at home after such a fantastic time.
Michelle Barbour - Berkeley, CA
An amazing experience. A valuable mix of culture and nature and physical.
Greg Kolodziejzyk - Calgary, AB

Trip Dates & Prices

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2014 CLASSIC DATES
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
2015 CLASSIC DATES
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This Trip Is Rated Level 3-5

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 3* 0 5 100
4* 100
2 4 600 4 2000
3 4 1200
4 7 2600
5 6 200
6 8* 1200 11 1300
7 7 2200
8 2 2000
Machu Picchu Guided Walk (3 Hours)
9 Early-Morning Naturalist Walk (45 Minutes)
 
note:

The terrain on this trip includes high elevation mountain trails, Inca stone jungle paths, archaeological site walks.

Overnight trekking lodges are located at elevations of 6,600 - 11,800 feet. Trekking routes reach up to 15,000 feet. Due to the high elevations and rugged terrain, the routes often feel more challenging than the mileage suggests. Some routes may include substantial elevation loss.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

8 - 9 guests from $6,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,998 pp dbl. occ.

2015

8 - 9 guests from $6,298 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Peru tour experts. See our award-winning Latin America walking tours and hiking tours, Latin America biking tours and Latin America multisport tours.

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All meals included except 1 lunch

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