Legendary Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, should be the star of any Peruvian adventure.
Ours also includes a stellar supporting cast: the urban delights of Lima and Cusco, colorful forays into Quechua and Cuyuni communities, a spectacular Vistadome rail trip, the archaeological marvels at Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Pisac, and more. Our invigorating hikes (including an elective Inca Trail ascent to Machu Picchu) wind through varied Andean vistas, providing the narrative thread of a richly epic New World adventure.
This tour features a combination of cobbled streets, uneven footpaths and
rocky, irregular terrain over hills and valleys. An elective 8 mile Inca Trail
hike includes a 2,000-foot elevation gain. Altitudes of between 6,500 and 13,500
feet may require a slower pace. Our VBT minibus support is available at
specified meeting points for those who need assistance except on the Inca Trail,
where there is no road access and you will be required to hike the entire 8
miles. Both morning and afternoon walking options are available most days.
Appropriate for experienced walkers. BOOK
EARLY FOR THE INCA TRAIL: If you want to hike the Inca Trail, you should make
your reservations as early as possible! The Peruvian government limits the
number of hikers on the trail at any given time. Permits are issued on a
first-come, first-served basis. Have your passport details in hand when booking
your reservation with VBT. Permits are only issued for individuals, and only for
a specific passport number. VBT cannot guarantee your permit. If a permit is
unavailable, you will travel by train to Aguas Calientes, by bus to the
entrance, and then walk into Machu Picchu. This will not impact your visit to
Machu Picchu, only the hike into the site. Should you elect at anytime to take
the train option instead of the hike, the permit is non-refundable.
- Activity Level: Moderate
- Daily Mileage: 4 - 8 miles
- Daily Walking Time: 2 - 5 hours