Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley
Peru is magic. This iconic walking journey leaves you breathless with its natural wonders, Incan ruins, folk markets and warm-hearted people.
- Daily Mileage: 4 - 8|
- Walking: 2 - 6 hr|
Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred ValleyPeru is magic. This iconic walking journey leaves you breathless with its natural wonders, Incan ruins, folk markets and warm-hearted people. Our route follows ancient footpaths to Machu Picchu—the hidden jewel of the Incan empire—through tropical forests and terraced farms into ethereal cloud forests and high valleys framed by jagged peaks. Invigorating days at high altitude end in plush resorts surrounded by nature’s grace and Andean hospitality. Quinoa, corn beer, and coca leaf tea fuel the body among other delicious and energizing meals. The train ride down the Sacred Valley is a focal point, ending in the ancient capital of Cusco, a travelers’ delight with elegant Spanish charm, soft alpaca textiles, and vibrant street life.
What to Expect
This tour features a combination of cobbled streets, uneven footpaths, and rocky, irregular terrain over hills and through valleys. An elective 8 mile (13 km) Inca Trail hike includes a 2,000-foot (610 meter) elevation gain. Altitudes 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 would like assistance except on the Inca Trail, where there is no road access and you will be required to walk the entire 8 miles (13 km). Both morning and afternoon walking options are available most days. Appropriate for enthusiastic beginners and ideal for experienced walkers. Several of the walks require a transfer from our hotel to the start of the walk. Our Trip Leaders often use this time in the van for morning route reviews, so you can enjoy a more leisurely morning at breakfast.
- Daily Mileage: 4 - 8|
- Walking: 2 - 6 hr|
- Delight in a morning walk on ancient farm paths through the peaceful Andean Highlands
- Enjoy the bustle and barter at a fruit and vegetable market in Pisac
- Walk to the lovely Andean villages of Chinchero and Urquillo
- Taste Peruvian chicha de jora, corn beer, at an authentic chicheria
- Visit the colorful Qotowincho market in Urbamba
- Walk the Andean countryside through Maras village and its salt mines
- Gather with your fellow travelers for a delicious picnic lunch by Huaypo Lagoon
- Ride the narrow-gauge Vistadome train down the narrowing valley of Ollantaytambo
- Hike the stunning Inca Trail, with spectacular views of mountains and cloud forests
- Enter the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu from its original entrance at the Sun Gate
- Encounter more of Machu Picchu on a guided walk with your Trip Leaders
- Discover the ancient Inca capital Cusco on a walking tour of the old city
- Enjoy free time to shop for delightful Peruvian crafts, art, woolen textiles and silver jewelry
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Walking Vacation + Air Package
Walking Vacation Only
|Roundtrip international airfare|
|Transfers to and from international airport|
|One night in Cusco in a conveniently located hotel with breakfast included and one day room in Lima|
|7 nights in fine hotels and inns|
|16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners|
Casa Andina PC Cusco
A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just three blocks from Cuscos Plaza de Armas, Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco is replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. The hotel is distinguished by its three interior patios with wooden balconies. The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cuscos emblematic colonial courtyards. In the hotels cozy lounge and reading room is a massive stone fireplace thats always crackling, while the romantic restaurant invites guests to dine by candlelight in one of four connected salons richly decorated with 18th-century Cusco School paintings. Several rooms in the original structure of the hotel feature surviving colonial frescoes unearthed during renovation.
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Serenity and relaxation are hallmarks of the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, a contemporary, hacienda-style hotel on a 100-acre property surrounded by a dramatic mountain range. Set in the Sacred Valley, between Cusco and Machu Picchu, it proudly showcases the regions blend of Spanish and Andean influences in its colonial furnishings, Inca mask accents, and handcrafted woodwork. Harvest produce from the haciendas 10-acre organic plantation, where crops are cultivated as they have been for centuries. Gaze in awe at stunning views from nearly every window. And relax on the terrace or in the privacy of your comfortable room.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel is a pueblo of luxurious whitewashed bungalows nestled into terraced hills. The train station is only steps away, but the ambiance at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel seems to exist in a world apart. It is an intimate 85-cottage luxury hotel designed in the manner of a sprawling Andean-style village on 12 secluded acres of exquisite beauty. Guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one- or two-story whitewashed casitas. Spa services use natural essences, and a first-class restaurant offers grand views of the Vilcanota River.
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima
The Wyndham Costa del Sol Limaat Jorge Chavez Lima-Callao International Airport is a beautiful 130-room hotel. Each guestroom features a 26-inch LCD TV with cable, complimentary wireless Internet access, marble bathroom with tub and shower, individual climate control, minibar, in-room safe, and hairdryer.
Guest Reviews 110 out of 112 (98%) of reviewers recommend this tour
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