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Peru Walking & Hiking Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Walk amid the Inca salineras' (salt pans) beautiful honeycomb of pools
  • Machu Picchu: the incredible "Lost City of the Incas"
  • Rub elbows with the locals at Pisac's lively market and visit a weaving community hidden in the hills
  • Sacsayhuamán, "Stonehenge of the Andes"
  • Exclusive Peruvian cuisine cooking demonstration by Sol y Luna's chef

Call 800-462-2848, Every day 6am-6pm,PST

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The Wonders of Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu has a gravitational pull. So strong that Inca culture still influences people today. Some practice the 600-year-old pottery techniques. Others, like you, are moved from thousands of miles away. It urges you to hike in Cusco at 11,000 feet above sea level, investigate the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, "Stonehenge of the Andes," make friends with the local schoolchildren who live in hidden weaving communities in undiscovered valleys, stand above it all at the summit of Montaña Machu Picchu and testify to the resilience of humanity. Theirs and yours. 

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Hiking the Inca Trail

Permits to hike the Inca Trail are extremely limited. We recommend booking a minimum of 4 to 6 months prior to departure in order to significantly increase your chance of securing a permit.

Also, due to national park regulations and difficulty securing permits, your Backroads leaders may not be able to accompany you along the Inca Trail. Rest assured, you will always be well supported by our local Peruvian guide, who we've worked with for years, and a staff of porters.

Days 1-2 Extraordinary archaeological sites  Explore Cusco, once the center of the pre-Columbian Inca Empire  Visit Coricancha, a Spanish Colonial church built atop the ruins of an Inca temple  Our local guide shares deep insight into Peru's culture and ancient civilizations as we journey through Puca Pucara, Q'enko, Temple of the Moon and Sacsayhuamán  A long-time friend and Quechua shaman teaches us the meaning of his indigenous "Pago a la Tierra" ceremony Discover the superb collection at Cusco's Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and sip a pisco sour in the museum's historic courtyard.

Day 3 Walk amid the Inca salt pans' beautiful honeycomb of pools high above the Urubamba River Valley  Alpaca sweaters, decorative gourds, appetizing smells and colorful characters fill Pisac's lively market Admire some of the finest Inca masonry at the Pisac ruins.

Day 4 Visit a weaving community tucked in the hills to experience authentic rural Andean life In peaceful Ollantaytambo, meet kids at the local school, climb the ruins of an Inca fortress and walk along the terraced valley Urubamba is a great place to shop for ceramics crafted using traditional Inca techniques at the internationally acclaimed Seminario Studio  A culinary highlight is our exclusive Peruvian cuisine cooking class with Sol y Luna's chef.

Days 5-7 Machu Picchu, the incredible "Lost City of the Incas," replete with intricate stonework and mysterious religious designs Hike on the Inca Trail, lined with ancient stones and stairs, to reach the Gate of the Sun and your first unforgettable view of Machu Picchu  Got an intrepid streak? Summit Machu Picchu Mountain (with a permit Backroads secures on your behalf) for a bird's-eye look at the ruins Spend a second full day exploring the "Lost City" with a local expert who provides insight into this sacred site Stroll the grounds of the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel with a local naturalist to learn more about the area's flora and fauna.

Premiere Inns

Hotel Monasterio
Hotel Monasterio

Cusco (2 nights) "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.

Sol y Luna Lodge
Sol y Luna Lodge

Urubamba (2 nights) "An unpretentious but impeccably maintained lodge set in a wonderful garden surrounded by mountains," according to the Hideaway Report. (pool, spa, tennis) 

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

I can't imagine visiting or experiencing Machu Picchu and the Andes any other way. This was PERFECT.
Emily Darby - New York, NY
I had an amazing week. When thinking about the value of the trip, I could not have put together the number and range of activities for a single week on my own. Not even close. So really, it is like having three weeks of vacation seamlessly organized into a single week. All I had to do was show up. My favorite aspect of the trip is how the activities fit together like a story across the week as opposed to a random collection of activities. Wow.
Carol Waldo - Ventura, CA
Backroads delivered what they promised and more! Hiking among Inca ruins would have been enough. But the gorgeous flora and fauna of the Forest of the Clouds and beautiful accommodations made this hiking trip incredible. In addition, the fantastic leaders made the trip safe and fun, and the hiking itinerary was very well set-up to prepare you for the most difficult (and important) hike to Machu Picchu. Thanks for a wonderful and memorable vacation!
Enid Gomez - Los Angeles, CA

Trip Dates & Prices

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4

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
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
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1 Cusco Guided Walk (3.5 Hours)
2 3* 300 5* 300 6 300
3 2* 0 4* 0
Pisac Ruins Guided Walk (2 Hours)
Pisac Market Visit (1 Hour)
4 2* 500 4 1400
3 600
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Walk (1 Hour)
5 2* 800 6 1700 7 2200
6 2* 2000
Machu Picchu Guided Walk (3 Hours)
7 Early-Morning Naturalist Walk (45 Minutes)

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

Altitude and rugged terrain make the routes 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)


8 - 9 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.


8 - 9 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $4,998 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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