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Peru Family Breakaway Multisport Tour
Peru Family Breakaway Multisport Tour

It's about that picture. You know the one. Every website and coffee-table book has it. History, archaeology, anthropology guides all have it. You'll have it too. Standing above Machu Picchu, wispy white clouds floating by, the jagged Andes in the background, you'll snap the picture. But being there will forever reset your view of humanity, society and history. How did they do this? When was this again? There are maybe ten places on Earth like this spot. And to think, it's only one moment in a week's worth of incredible moments.

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.

Hiking the Inca Trail

Permits to hike the Inca Trail are extremely limited. We recommend booking at least 4–6 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 Hike to impressive Inca archaeological sites 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 Q'enko, Temple of the Moon and Sacsayhuamán  Discover the superb collection at Cusco's Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Days 3-4 Experience Quechua culture in an off-the-beaten-path community where master weavers work Explore the ruins at Pisac, offering sweeping vistas of the terraced hillsides Pedal on paved and dirt roads through the Sacred Valley An expert guide unlocks the mysteries of Ollantaytambo's enigmatic ruins Visit the world-renowned ceramics studio of Pablo Seminario Enjoy a private dinner at the historical Hacienda Huayoccari.

Day 5 Las Salineras, a stunningly beautiful honeycomb of tiered pools, where salt has been raked and gathered by families for generations Bike along dirt roads through the altiplano amid a panorama of snowy peaks and traditional villages In Moray, learn how the Inca ingeniously farmed using high-altitude terraces Learn the secrets of Peruvian cuisine during our exclusive cooking class with Sol y Luna's chef, a highlight of our trip.

Days 6-8 Machu Picchu: the incredible "Lost City of the Incas"  After taking the train to Aguas Calientes, hike to the Gate of the Sun for an unforgettable bird's-eye view of Machu Picchu (you may have the option to take the famed Inca Trail) Spend a second full day exploring the "Lost City"   A local expert provides insight into the exquisite stonework and mysterious astrological designs of this sacred site Got an intrepid streak? Ascend Machu Picchu Mountain (with a special permit that Backroads secures on your behalf) for a memorable view of the ruins  Stroll through the grounds of the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel with a local naturalist to learn about the local flora and fauna.

Trip Highlights
  • Our local guide shares deep insight into Peru's culture and ancient civilizations
  • Machu Picchu: the incredible "Lost City of the Incas"
  • Cusco, alive with the energy of the Inca and history of the Spanish conquistadors
  • Hike to impressive ruins: Tambo Machay, Temple of the Moon and others
  • Experience Quechua culture at an off-the-beaten path weaving community
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Premiere Inns

Hotel Monasterio (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 (3 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 (2 nights): This hotel with Andean-style casitas is just minutes from the ruins of Machu Picchu. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

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
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Other Cusco Guided Walk (3.5 Hours)
2 Walking/Hiking 3* 300 5* 300 6 300
3 Biking 8* 100 26 100
Biking 12* 100
Other Pisac Ruins Guided Walk (1 Hour)
Other Pisac Market Visit (1 Hour)
4 Walking/Hiking 2* 500 4 1400
Walking/Hiking 3 600
Other Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Walk (1 Hour)
5 Biking 10* 100 20* 300 23 400
Walking/Hiking 2 0
Walking/Hiking 4 0
6 Walking/Hiking 2* 800 6* 1700 7* 2200
7 Walking/Hiking 2 2000
Other Machu Picchu Guided Walk (3 Hours)
8 Other Early-Morning Naturalist Walk (45 Minutes)

On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 70% dirt and 30% paved).

* Includes a shuttle

2016 Dates & Pricing*

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and pricing.

Guest Trip Reviews

When it comes to authentic travel experiences, Backroads' multisport adventure in Peru is really tough to beat. Everyone in your gang is sure to find inspiration on this trip, which features a great mix of stunning Andean landscapes, fascinating Inca history and captivating Quechua culture. You'll join longtime Backroads friend and local guide Aurelio, who shares insight into Peru's history and culture. And your visit to Machu Picchu will most likely be an experience you'll remember forever.
Michelle Muench- Regional Manager, Latin America