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Peru Family Walking & Hiking Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Peru's Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

From $4,898 - $5,798 pp dbl. occ. | 7 days / 6 nights

(+$1,180 to $1,330 for sgl. occ.)

Machu Picchu has a gravitational pull. It urges you and your family 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.

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Highlights

  • 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
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Itinerary

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.

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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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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,898 - $5,798 pp dbl. occ.
7 days / 6 nights

(+$1,180 to $1,330 for sgl. occ.)

Traveling with Kids

Premiere Hotels

Hotel Monasterio
Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Cusco (2 nights)

Sol y Luna Lodge
Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Urubamba (2 nights)

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Aguas Calientes (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Peru

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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 View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

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)

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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 archeological site walks, Inca stone jungle 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 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.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 dinners, 5 lunches

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

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.

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.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Peru has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Peru designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

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.

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.

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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.
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