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Peru Walking & Hiking Tour - For Families with Older Teens & 20s

Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

One or more kids 17+ required (siblings 14+ ok)

Family — Older Teens & 20s

7 days 6 nights

Activity Level: 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,999 - $6,449 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.

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Start/End Cusco

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


  • Hike from Cusco along the Sacred Valley into Machu Picchu and be spellbound by its 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 at a private home-cooked lunch with a local family
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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 the home of a local family in the Maras Valley | Explore 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 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 | Stroll 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

Joined by a local guide, explore 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 the ruins of an Inca temple | Our expert guide leads us on a discovery of some of South America’s most impressive sites—Sacsayhuamán, the historic capital of the Inca Empire | Sip a pisco sour, Peru’s famous national drink | Take a walk to people watch at the 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)

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: 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 archeological site walks, Inca stone jungle and rugged mountain trails. Activities take place at elevations between 9,000 and 11,000 feet, which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest so we have accommodated for this by bumping up the route rating by one level. Some of the routes involve substantial elevation loss which can also add to the perceived difficulty of the walks.

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* | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 3 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles | 1500 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)
Afternoon Machu Picchu Guided Walk (half day)
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
Market Discovery Walk in Cusco (1 hour)

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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