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Peru Lodge-to-Lodge Trekking Tour

Trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu

From $5,698 - $6,698 pp dbl. occ. | 9 days / 8 nights

(+$1,850 to $2,050 for sgl. occ.)

It's easy to grasp the ancient Inca mindset—once your lungs adjust to the rarefied Andean air. From your 15,200-foot vantage point atop Salkantay Pass, it's clear why these majestic pinnacles inspired awe among the 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.

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Peru

Start/End Cusco

Peru trekking map

Highlights

  • Hike unencumbered between lodges, with porters and mules handling your luggage and leaving you free to soak up the scenery
  • Trek the famed Incan Salkantay Pass route to 15,200 feet for breathtaking views of the dramatic snow-covered Andes
  • Observe the bird's-eye view of the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu from the spectacular vantage point of the seldom-traveled Llactapata Trail
  • Relax in style after a great day of hiking at comfortable high-altitude lodges—many complete with hot tubs!
Peru

Start/End Cusco

Peru trekking map

Itinerary

Day 1 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 (“Stonehenge of the Andes”) with a local expert | Visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art to view unique artifacts from ancient Peruvian civilizations.

Days 2-3 Walk up to a glacial lake or opt for a horseback ride—either way, take in views of towering Salkantay, Inca mythology's most sacred mountain | Taste pisco sours, the country's national drink, before our dinner of organic regional cuisine. 

Days 4-6 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 a patchwork of orchards and coffee plantations | Feeling adventurous? Try cuy (guinea pig) at a traditional Andean Pachamanca feast.

Days 7-9 Gaze upon Machu Picchu from the seldom-traveled Llactapata trail | Head through bamboo forests to the Vilcanota River | Take a full day to 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" | Learn about local orchids, birds and tea plantations with our hotel's naturalist.

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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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 from the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $6,098 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $5,698 - $6,698 pp dbl. occ.
9 days / 8 nights

(+$1,850 to $2,050 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Inkaterra La Casona
Inkaterra La Casona

Cusco (1 night)

Salkantay Lodge
Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort

Soraypampa (2 nights)

Wayra Lodge
Wayra Lodge

Huayraccmachay (1 night)

Colpa Loge
Colpa Lodge

Collpapampa (1 night)

Lucma Lodge
Lucma Lodge

Lucmabamba (1 night)

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Aguas Calientes (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 3-5

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Peru

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Inkaterra La Casona

Inkaterra La Casona

Cusco (1 night)

Located between the San Blas arts district and Cusco's vibrant main square, this serene oasis mixes contemporary fixtures with traditional design. A Relais & Châteaux member.

Salkantay Lodge

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 Loge

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. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 3-5

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 (drag to see full )

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* 300 4* 500 5 500
2 4* 1000 5 1300
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 a mix of village and archaeological site walks, Inca stone jungle and mountain trails. Overnight trekking lodges are located at elevations of 6,600–11,800 feet and trekking routes reach up to 15,000 feet. The altitude and rugged terrain can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. Some routes involve substantial elevation loss.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 8 dinners, 7 lunches

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about 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.

Terrain & Trail Support

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.

Hiking on Your Own

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Peru

The Height of Luxury

Most companies shuttle guests quickly to high-altitude trails, not allowing time to acclimatize. That’s not our style. Before you start exploring the ruins around Cusco, you spend a night at the five-star Inkaterra La Casona, where you can opt to have a bit of oxygen piped into the room. And after our Salkantay trek you stay two nights at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, ranked one of the World's Best by Travel & Leisure, so you can explore Machu Picchu at a relaxed pace.

The Best Leaders in Peru

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Peru, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Peru, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Peru that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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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.

Terrain & Trail Support

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.

Hiking on Your Own

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.
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