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Peru Walking & Hiking Tour

Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

Couples, Friends & Solos

7 days 6 nights

Activity Level: 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,399 - $6,299 pp dbl occ

($1,100 for sgl occ)

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 Quechua communities. Climb terraced mountainsides. Stand above it all at Machu Picchu's mystical Gate of the Sun and testify to the resilience of humanity. Experience life from above on our Peru Walking & Hiking Tour.

Peru Walking & Hiking Tour map
Peru Walking & Hiking Tour map


Start/End Cusco

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


  • Hike along the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, and prepare to be spellbound by its beauty and history
  • Discover Peru's diverse ancient civilizations and rich culture thanks to insight from our knowledgeable local guide
  • Explore 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


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
7 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Enjoy a private farm-to-table lunch in a local family home on the Maras plateau | Explore a beautiful white honeycomb of Inca salt pans above the Urubamba River Valley | Discover a traditional weaving community tucked in the hills | In peaceful Ollantaytambo, visit an Inca archaeological site and walk along its terraced valley | Shop for ceramics crafted using pre-Inca techniques at the Seminario Studio in Urubamba | Enjoy an exclusive cooking demonstration with a local chef.

Sol y Luna Lodge
Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa
| 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

Experience the 15th-century Inca retreat of Machu Picchu with its intricate stonework and mysterious religious designs | Hike 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 day exploring the incredible site with a local expert | Walk the grounds of our hotel with a local naturalist to learn more about the area's flora and fauna.

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

Join a local guide on a walking tour of Cusco's historic center to learn how it was the heart of the pre-Columbian Inca Empire | Following narrow streets lined with centuries-old walls, discover the grand main cathedral and a Spanish colonial church built atop an Inca temple | Our expert guide leads us among the hills surrounding Cusco to one of South America's most impressive sites, Sacsayhuamán | Sip a pisco sour, Peru's famous national drink | Take a walk to people-watch at buzzing Plaza de Armas.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
| 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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Activity Level: 2-4

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 walking and hiking routes with a mix of village and archaeological site walks, Inca stone-paved and jungle paths and rugged mountain trails. Activities take place at elevations between 8,000–12,000 feet, which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest (we have bumped up some 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 hikes.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles* | 200 ft. gain; 600 ft. loss
Level 3 | 6 miles* | 200 ft. gain; 1100 ft. loss
Level 4 | 8 miles* | 200 ft. gain; 1700 ft. loss
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 3 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Walk (1 hour)
Cultural Visit in Huilloc (1.5 hours)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 4 | 7 miles* | 2100 ft. gain; 1100 ft. loss
Day 4
Early Morning Naturalist Walk (45 minutes)
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 500 ft. gain; 500 ft. loss
Day 5
Scenic Train & Bus to Cusco (4 hours)
Cusco Walking Tour (half day)
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 6 miles | 300 ft. gain
Day 7
Cusco Market Discovery Walk (1.5 hours)

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 3-4 months prior to departure to have the best chance of securing your permit.

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. 


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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