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Easygoing Walking Tour Peru

Dolce Tempo Journey in the Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

Peru is welcoming and mysterious. Even Machu Picchu’s iconic citadel sat forgotten for centuries, hidden in the clouds. Today it’s as beautiful as ever—from the snowcapped peaks of the Andes to the crowds of smiling faces and colorful clothes crossing Cusco. But this country still holds more to discover. Visit a community of Quechua weavers. Investigate forgotten ruins in the jungle. Get beyond the surface and find adventure on the other side.

THIS ITINERARY: 7 days, 6 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $5,299 pp dbl occ
($1,300 for sgl occ)

Peru

Start/End Cusco

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

Dolce Tempo Highlights

Refreshingly Active Adventures
Explore the wild landscapes of the Peruvian Andes, from the citadel of Machu Picchu to the unearthed Temple of the Moon. Experience this stunning setting as the Incas did—on two feet. 

Immersive Travel
Discover the fascinating pre-Columbian culture of Cusco and hear tales of the Spanish conquest. Enjoy your time in this vibrant, youthful city with people-watching, market visits and incredible gastronomical experiences.

Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Enjoy South American luxury at our premiere hotels. Take advantage of the outdoor pool and the stunning mountain backdrop to lounge in the garden, get a massage, or take off to explore the surrounding landscapes.

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7 Days Premiere Hotels
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Days 1-2

Explore the Inca salt pans’ beautiful honeycomb of pools above the Urubamba River Valley | Be welcomed into the home of a family in the Maras Valley for a private farm-to-table lunch | Meet our friends and long-time partners, a group of women weavers in a remote mountainside village | Explore peaceful Ollantaytambo and discover a terraced valley beneath the ruins of an Inca fortress | Stop by a ceramics studio to learn tradition Peruvian clay-working techniques | Expand your palate at an exclusive cooking class with a local chef.

Sol y Luna Lodge
Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa
Urubamba
| Premiere Hotel

"An unpretentious but impeccably maintained lodge set in a wonderful garden surrounded by mountains," according to the Hideaway Report. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Days 3-4

Take a train ride along a winding riverside track at the foot of the towering Andes | Discover Machu Picchu, the mysterious 15th-century Inca retreat famed for its stunning beauty and intricate stonework | Snap a postcard-perfect photo of the citadel from the ideal vantage point, the famed Sun Gate | Wander a local market and browse colorful Andean textiles | Tour the lush cloud forest surrounding our hotel to spot orchids, butterflies and hummingbirds.

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)

Days 5-7

Satisfy your curiosity with a guided tour of Cusco’s historic city center, a vibrant colonial city and the epicenter of outdoor adventure in Peru | Learn about the pre-Columbian history of the powerful Inca Empire | Explore the winding streets of this historic city, and visit some of its most powerful monuments | See a Spanish colonial church built atop the ruins of an Inca temple | Sit for a coffee and feel the city's energy | Admire the handiwork of the Incas in Cusco’s Museum of Pre-Columbian Art | Sip a pisco sour, the national beverage of Peru | Retreat from the bustling streets of Cusco to relax at the pool or spa of our luxurious hotel.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Cusco
| Premiere Hotel

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)

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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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Dolce Tempo: What to Expect

Our walking activities allow you to leisurely explore local footpaths and paved walking paths, exploring authentic, local hidden gems. Get away from the crowds to experience the essence of your location, taking time to explore and experience your region on your own terms. Your day unfolds according to your agenda, not someone else's. Easygoing daily routes typically 2-3 hours of walking per day, approximately 2-7 miles. Fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and meticulously selected routes and a Backroads navigation app to offer guidance on the route.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip includes walking routes with a mix of village and archaeological site walks, Inca stone and trails and hard-packed dirt paths. Activities take place at elevations between 8,000 and 12,000 feet, which can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 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 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.

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 in 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 accompanied by one of our certified park guides. 

Air-Conditioning

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.

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