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Peru Lodge-to-Lodge Family Trekking Tour - 20s & Beyond

Trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu

Peru is vibrant. Intoxicating. Brimming with fascinating history and awe-inspiring landscapes. And thanks to our longtime friendships here, we'll reveal the region's deep cultural roots and introduce you and your family to our favorite places—from remote indigenous villages to mystical Machu Picchu—as an honored guest.

THIS ITINERARY: 9 days, 8 nights


FROM: $6,799 - $6,899 pp dbl occ
($1,500 for sgl occ)

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Start/End Cusco

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

  • Trek unencumbered from lodge to lodge, with porters and mules handling your luggage and leaving you free to soak up the scenery
  • Hike the famed Incan Salkantay Pass route to 15,200 feet for breathtaking views of the dramatic snow-covered Andes
  • Discover a stunning bird's-eye view of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Trail and join our local guide for a visit to Machu Picchu
  • Relax in style after a great day of hiking at comfortable high-altitude lodges—many complete with hot tubs!
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
9 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Take in 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 | Pay a visit to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art to view unique artifacts from ancient Peruvian civilizations.

Inkaterra La Casona
Inkaterra La Casona
| Premiere Hotel

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.

Days 2-3

Hike along a route used by the Inca in the 15th century | Ascend to the high-altitude grasslands of Soraypampa with breathtaking mountain and valley vistas, including your first look at Humantay Mountain | Rest your legs as you soak in our lodge's outdoor whirpool tub or sit by the fireplace with a cup of coca tea | Hike up to a glacial lake or opt for a horseback ride—either way, savor the views of towering glacier-covered Salkantay Peak, Inca mythology's most sacred mountain | Try pisco sours, the country's national drink | Savor Peruvian cuisine prepared by our personal chef, who travels with us from lodge to lodge.

Salkantay Lodge
Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort
| Premiere Hotel

This stylish mountain lodge, set at 11,800 feet, welcomes you with a hot tub and incomparable views of Salkantay, the region's highest peak.

Day 4

Get ready for today's exhilarating high-altitude trek to Huayraccmachay via Salkantay Pass | As you travel up the Río Blanco Valley, circling Humantay Peak, look for condors soaring overhead | Descend through a lush subtropical landscape above the Salkantay River before passing a patchwork of orchards and coffee plantations.

Wayra Lodge
Wayra Lodge
| Premiere Hotel

Overnight at "the place where the wind lives" and enjoy a hot tub soak at 12,000 feet.

Day 5

Make your way into the cloud forest—one of the world's most fascinating and threatened ecosystems | Look for frogs, hummingbirds, parrots and beautiful flowers, including orchids, asters and begonias amid the Ceja de la Selva (or "eyebrow of the jungle") | Ready to eat like a local? Try cuy (guinea pig) at a traditional Andean Pachamanca feast.

Colpa Loge
Colpa Lodge
| Premiere Hotel

This lodge features a hot tub and rests in a cloud forest at 10,300 feet in the Collpapampa Valley.

Day 6

Hike through an incredible portion of the Santa Teresa River Valley | Trek through wild highland landscapes to the river, up a picturesque mountainside | In the town of Playa, try specialties like giant avocados and exotic granadilla fruit | Hike on a restored ancient Inca trail to our serene lodge, nestled amid coffee plants and banana, avocado and eucalyptus trees.

Lucma Lodge
Lucma Lodge
| Premiere Hotel

Savor spectacular views from this lodge, built right into the mountainside and flanked by an avocado orchard.

Days 7-9

Gaze upon Machu Picchu from the seldom-traveled Llactapata Trail | Weave through bamboo forests to the Vilcanota River | ​Take a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes and explore its markets and shops | ​Get an early start for our full day in Machu Picchu | Take the morning to explore the ruins with your family | Trek to the Gate of the Sun or up Machu Picchu Mountain for an impressive overview, then get up close as our local guide reveals secrets of Machu Picchu's discovery | Learn about native orchids, birds and tea plantations with our hotel's naturalist.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Aguas Calientes
| Premiere Hotel

This eco-friendly hotel's Andean-style casitas blend seamlessly into the surrounding cloud forest. (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

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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Activity Level: 3-5

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.

Route notes

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.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 4 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 5 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 4 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 5 | 7 miles | 2600 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 6 miles | 200 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 8 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 5 | 11 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Day 7
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 7 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 8
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 2 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Machu Picchu Guided Walk (3 hours)
Day 9
Early Morning Naturalist Walk (45 minutes)
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • 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

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

One of our hikes requires the Machu Picchu Mountain 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 do the full Machu Picchu Citadel tour within the ruins.

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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