Region Overviews: Peru Travel Guide: Overview
From the Amazon jungle to the to the Pacific Ocean, Peru is extraordinarily diverse. In fact, few places on this planet can claim the geographical variety of Peru.
As you stand above Machu Picchu, wispy clouds float by and the jagged Andes tower in the background. You'll snap the photo. But actually being there—it will forever reset your view of humanity. How did they build it? There are few places on Earth like this. And to think, this is only one moment in a week's worth of incredible moments.
THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Pedal in the altiplano through ancient Inca farmland and high-altitude terraces | Sit down for a private farm-to-table lunch in the home of a local family | Explore Las Salineras, a stunningly beautiful honeycomb of tiered pools | Join an exclusive cooking demonstration with a local chef | Walk through the magical hilltop ruins of Pisac, site of the largest known Inca cemetery | Learn about traditional farming techniques the owners of exclusive Hacienda Sarapampa have implemented for three generations | Bike through the Sacred Valley amid a panorama of snowy peaks and traditional villages | Engage with Quechua culture in a community famous for its master weavers | Visit the world-renowned ceramics studio of Pablo Seminario.
Situated in the heart of the picturesque Urubamba Valley, this contemporary hotel is inspired by colonial design and local cultural history. (spa)
Take in the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu—an Incan retreat built in the 15th-century | Take a train to begin our hike on the Gate of the Sun trail where we'll find a bird's-eye view of Machu Picchu (you may have the option to take the famed Inca Trail) | Spend a second day exploring more corners of famous Machu Picchu, joined by a local expert.
This eco-friendly hotel's Andean-style casitas blend seamlessly into the surrounding cloud forest. (pool, spa)
Stroll through Cusco, once the center of the pre-Columbian Inca Empire | Explore Coricancha, a Spanish colonial church built atop the ruins of an Inca temple | Our local guide joins us as we journey through the Temple of the Moon and Sacsayhuamán | Browse the local markets and shop for handicrafts, plus check out the action in the Plaza de Armas | Discover the superb collection at Cusco's Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.
This luxurious property, a former palace set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco's main square, offers personal butler service and is home to the city's first outdoor pool. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
The biking terrain on this trip is moderately rolling with some steeper sections. You'll be on titanium mountain bikes, perfect for our non-technical dirt road riding (about 70%) and paved riding (about 30%). Riding conditions change with the weather—trails can be dusty or muddy. Our walking and hiking routes are a mix of village and archaeological site walks and rugged trails paved with Inca stone through jungle and mountains. Elevations are between 8,000 and 12,000 feet, which can make activities feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. Also, some routes involve substantial elevation loss, adding to perceived difficulty. To accommodate, we bumped up the activity level rating on this trip by one level.
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.
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.
One of our hikes requires an Inca Trail permit that Backroads will obtain on your behalf (included in your trip price). Therefore, we recommend booking your trip at least 7-9 months prior to departure to have the best chance of securing your permit. Without it, you will miss this portion of the Trail but will still visit Machu Picchu with an alternate hike within the ruins. Also, due to national park regulations and difficulty securing permits, your Backroads leaders may not be able to accompany you along the hike requiring an Inca Trail permit. If they're unable to join you, 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.
Our hikes through Peru's captivating rugged terrain climb rocky and sometimes uneven paths, many of which are remote and do not intersect with roads. Vehicles will get us to and from the trailheads, but the nature of these trails is such that we won't see our vans along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.
This trip has been designed to offer as many hiking options as possible. Since many of the trails are unmarked, we recommend that you hike with the company of a Backroads leader or one of our local support staff. On the few days when we're in national parks, regulations require you to hike in the company of one of our certified park guides.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a Premiere Hotel. While it offers outstanding service and amenities, please note that it is not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.