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  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Peru Walking & Hiking Tour
  • Peru Walking & Hiking Tour
  • Backroads Peru Walking & Hiking Tour

Peru Walking & Hiking Tour

Peru's Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

  • Hike from Cusco along the Sacred Valley into the “Lost City of the Incas”—Machu Picchu—and be spellbound by its history
  • Discover deep insights into Peru's rich culture and diverse ancient civilizations from our knowledgeable local guide
  • Explore on the impressive citadel of Sacsayhuamán, known as the “Stonehenge of the Andes”
  • Savor Peru's world-famous cuisine at an exclusive cooking demonstration and a private home-cooked lunch with a local family

Machu Picchu has a gravitational pull. It urges you to hike in Cusco at 11,000 feet. Investigate the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, “Stonehenge of the Andes.” Make friends with children who live in hidden weaving communities. Stand above it all at Machu Picchu's Gate of the Sun and testify to the resilience of humanity.

Peru walking and hiking tour map


Days 1-2 Explore Cusco, once the center of the pre-Columbian Inca Empire | Visit Coricancha, a Spanish colonial church built atop the ruins of an Inca temple | With a local guide, journey through the Temple of the Moon and Sacsayhuamán, one of South America's most impressive sites | Discover the superb collection at Cusco's Museum of Pre-Columbian Art | Sip a pisco sour, Peru's famous national drink | This afternoon, check out the action at the lively Plaza de Armas.

Days 3-4 Enjoy a private lunch in the home of a local family in the Maras Valley | Walk amid the Inca salt pans' beautiful honeycomb of pools above the Urubamba River Valley | Visit a weaving community tucked in the hills | In peaceful Ollantaytambo, climb the ruins of an Inca fortress and walk along the terraced valley | Shop for ceramics crafted using traditional Inca techniques at the Seminario Studio in Urubamba | Enjoy our exclusive cooking class with a local chef.

Days 5-7 Experience Machu Picchu, the incredible “Lost City of the Incas,” with its intricate stonework and mysterious religious designs | Hike on the Inca Trail, lined with ancient stones and stairs, to reach the Gate of the Sun and your first view of Machu Picchu | Spend a second full day exploring the “Lost City” with a local expert | Stroll the grounds of our hotel with a local naturalist to learn more about the area's flora and fauna.

This was a trip of a lifetime for me. I was so inspired by the history of the Incas and loved the hike on the Inca trail. Jose, our local guide was wonderful! Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and so sweet!
Trish - San Diego

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. Read the Straight Talk

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, which we recommend booking at least 4–6 months prior to departure. 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 will likely not be able to accompany you along the hike requiring an Inca Trail permit. 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 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. 
$4,898 - $5,598
pp dbl. occ.
(+$1,130 to $1,180 for sgl. occ.)


7 days, 6 nights
Activity Level

Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

Start / End
Cusco, Peru

All breakfasts, 6 dinners, 5 lunches included

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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 Dates & Prices tab.

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Hotel Monasterio

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Cusco (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.

Sol y Luna Lodge

Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Urubamba (2 nights)

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

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)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Absolutely loved our Backroads trip to Peru


from San Diego

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Comments about Peru Walking & Hiking Tour:

This was a trip of a lifetime for me. I was so inspired by the history of the Incas and loved the hike on the Inca trail. Jose, our local guide was wonderful! Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and so sweet!


Incredible experience - definietely a "bucket list" vacation


from Indianapolis, IN

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Peru was a fabulous experience! This is our fourth Backroad's trip and definitely one of our favorites. The leaders were outstanding and their enthusiasm was contagious. Accommodations were wonderful and the hiking was unmatched. Each hike built on the previous, so we were well prepared to hike to the Sun Gate and had energy left to revel in the beauty of Machu Picchu. This is a five star trip!


The trip exceeded my expectations!


from new jersey

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The trip exceeded my expectations!

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Awesome Trip!


from Indy

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Comments about Peru Walking & Hiking Tour:

We had an incredible time on this trip. The experiences offered were so special and will stay with us always. We got to see and do things off of the beaten path, away from the touristy crowds. Our leaders were wonderful and our local tour guide was the best of the best. We so enjoyed our fellow travelers as well. We thought "Machu Picchu" would be the highlight of this trip, and it was, but there were so many moments on the trip that rivaled/exceeded the time at Machu Picchu. That was a big surprise. This is a trip we will never forget.


Best Vacation Ever


from Daphne, Alabama

Comments about Peru Walking & Hiking Tour:

Backroads did a superb job of making this a trip of a lifetime. Our guides James and Paulo were fantastic. If you want to see Machu Picchu, this is the way to do it!


Beyond Bucket List


from California

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Comments about Peru Walking & Hiking Tour:

Everyone has Machu Picchu on their bucket list. But you will never really GET it, if it is not Backroads. Five Days in the Sacred Valley. Experiences that will touch your heart; and then elate you soul! The planning that goes into each day is beyond any normal trip operator. The quality of Backroads formula shines through from the moment you get up to the last impressions you remember as you drift off each night. Go do it and come back here and write your own superlatives...no word(s) can really describe how over the top this Backroads trip really is. I can't forget the Leaders - the face of Backroads - they are truly special people. Oh, and care free - from arrival to departure there is always someone there to help you! We had a situation where the leaders went out of their way to make sure a pair of boots were delivered at midnight!


Our trip was extraordinary - a trip of a lifetime.


from Toronto Canada

Comments about Peru Walking & Hiking Tour:

While Machu Picchu was one of the highlights, learning about the culture, history and indigenous people of Peru was the best part of the experience. Our leaders and guide were knowledgable, very competent and made the trip a great success. I loved the hiking across regions and to fascinating places like the salt farms. Accommodation was perfect.


Might have to put this back on our bucket list


from San Diego, Ca

Comments about Peru Walking & Hiking Tour:

ALWAYS wanted to visit Machu Picchu. The experience for our family of four with Backroads exceeded our expectations. From the knowledgeable, professional, friendly guides to the inclusive community of guests, we had such a wonderful experience that it is a trip to revisit.


great experience; great memories for a lifetime.


from Pasadena, CA

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Superb trip leaders, accommodations, activities, and food.

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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.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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Interested in a Private Trip? Check out the Make It Private tab for private dates available, or call us at 800-462-2848.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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.

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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 Cusco Guided Walk (3.5 Hours)
2 3* 300 5* 300 6 300
3 3* 200 6* 200 11* 200
4 2* 500 3 600 4 1500
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Walk (1 Hour)
Cultural Visit in Huilloc (1.5 Hours)
5 2* 800 5* 2000 7* 2100
6 Machu Picchu Guided Walk (3 Hours)
7 Early-Morning Naturalist Walk (45 Minutes)

Note: The terrain on this trip includes walking and hiking routes with a mix of village and archaeological site walks, Inca stone jungle and rugged mountain trails. Activities take place at elevations between 8,000 and 12,000 feet, which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest, so we have bumped up the route rating by one level to account for this. Some of the routes involve substantial elevation loss, which can also add to the perceived difficulty of the walks.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels 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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Peru

The Incas Weren't Keen on Crowds

And neither are we. In nearly two decades of exploring Peru, we've seen more and more people making the pilgrimage to Cusco and Machu Picchu. We get it – but we also need a little space to take in this otherworldly place among the peaks and contemplate its spiritual past. Fortunately, with our local connections we can get you clear of the tourist trek, hiking off the beaten path and immersing you in the culture of remote communities in the Sacred Valley.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in Peru are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

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.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Peru trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

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.)

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.

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.

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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Private Trips Options & Pricing

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.

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Pricing for Private Trips


  • 10 or more guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,198 pp dbl occ


  • 10 or more guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ

Click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.


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