Machu Picchu Trekking Adventure

This fully-supported trek will delight all who travel to this amazing destination. Experience the ancient trails and lush Peruvian paths of the Inca Trail trekking to Machu Picchu. Interested in this trip? Call us at 888-849-6637 or email adventures@backwoods.com to reserve your spot!

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Adventure Itinerary

 
Day 1 - Arrive in Lima

Arrive in Lima, welcome and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Lima.

Meals Included: None

 
Day 2 - Travel to Cusco

Wake up and enjoy breakfast, then take a private city tour of Lima. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 3 - Tour Sacsayhuaman, Kenko and Pucapukara Ruins

We will enjoy a private tour of Cusco city and nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko and Pucapukara to learn about the culture and history of this astonishing town. This evening, join your trekking guide for a briefing on the upcoming hike. Dinner at a nice restaurant in Cusco.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 4 - Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo Ruins

With our local guide, depart from Cusco driving through Sacred Valley to spend a day visiting the Pisac market and ruins and in the afternoon visit the Ollantaytambo ruins and village. Overnight in Ollantaytambo.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 5 - Urubambu River Hike

Pick up at hotel and travel by private vehicle to kilometer 82. From here, you hike along the Urubambu River Stopping at Q’oriwayrakina for lunch. At Km 88, cross the small bridge at Q’ente and hike to the Uagtapata campsite. If there is time you make take a side trip to visit the archaeological remains of Qente and Machu Qente and the Llagtapata ruins, the camp is located amidst Inca terracing. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours; Distance 11 Kms). Overnight at Llaqtapata campsite.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 6 - Cusicacha Valley

The Inca Trail winds slowly up the Cusicacha Valley passing houses of settlers to finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here the Trail ascends steeply to a large pampa (meadow) below the first pass. At this campsite there is a breathtaking view of Mt. Huayanay. Along the Trail up this narrow hanging valley is a rare Andean cloud forest that harbors the Quenua tree. (Hiking time: 6 hours; Distance: 9 kms). Overnight at Llulluchapampa campsite.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 7 - Llulluchapampa to Phuyupatamarca

The Trail ascends at 30 degrees as it leaves Llulluchapampa campsite and beyond the tree line arrives at Warmiwanusca Pass (4,200m/13,280ft). The Inca Trail descends to the Pacaymayo River and then climbs slowly past Runkuraqay ruins. Over a low pass to Sayacmarca (the waiting village) the Inca Trail crosses a causeway on a now-dry lake past a cave and continues along a ridge to Phuyupatamarca (“village on the edge of the clouds”). (Hiking time: 7-8 hrs; Distance: 14 kms). Overnight at Phuyupatamarca campsite.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 8 - Winay Wayna and Machu Picchu

After continuing along a buttress and passing the Phuyupatamarca ruins, the flagstone trail winds sharply down into the cloud forest to the ruins of Winay Wayna. The recently restored Inca ruins are located below the ridge on the same water-course as the previous site. After a two hour walk through a cloud forest the Inca Trail arrives at Machu Picchu and the magnificent citadel, Intipunku (“door of the sun”). Shuttle to Aquas Calientes, celebration dinner; overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 9 - Huayna Picchu

The whole morning is dedicated to exploring these extraordinary Inca remains with your local guide, including the 07:00 a.m. climb up Huayna Picchu, the hill overlooking the site. The tour is after the climb. A mid-afternoon return to Cusco by train; transportation to your hotel; overnight in Cusco.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 
Day 10 - Departure

Free morning. Transfer to airport for your afternoon flight to Lima.

Meals Included: None

 
 
 

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Trip Details

 
Start

Lima, Peru

Finish

Lima, Peru

Duration

10 Days

Fitness Level

Activities
Backpacking
Hiking
Cultural Touring
Sightseeing
Visiting Ruins

Begin this adventure with tours of the ancient cities of Lima and Cusco, plus privately guided excursions to the sites of historic ruins. These educational tours provide a great introduction to the upcoming hike and give you more time to acclimatize to the altitude, increasing your chances of a successful journey.

As you travel along the legendary Inca Trail by foot, you will be transported back in time as you move through the diverse wilderness of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. You pass numerous Inca ruins on the magnificent stone highway and take in breathtaking views from the Trail including the dazzling 20,000ft. Mt. Salkantay, one of the most sacred peaks in Inca mythology. As you crest the hill on your final day, you will be astounded by the famed citadel of Machu Picchu. After taking in the site from above, you will then descend into the citadel to explore the world of the Incas.

This fully-supported trek will delight all who travel to this amazing destination.

 
What's Included
  • 4 nights hotel accommodations (double occupancy)
  • Porters, cook and crew for the hike
  • Permits for the Inca Trail
  • Ticket to climb Huayna Picchu
  • Tents and sleeping pads
  • Airport transfers and in-country transportation
  • All meals mentioned in itinerary
  • All excursions and guided city tours
  • Expert local guides and US-based Backwoods Adventures host
  • 3 pre-departure conference calls with your Backwoods Adventures host
What's Not Included
  • International and domestic airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Immunizations, Visa or passport fees
  • Personal gear and clothing
  • Extras such as laundry or massages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
 

Additional Information

Meals

All meals mentioned in the itinerary are included.

Accommodations

We stay in 3 star hotels in all locations. Examples may include The Faroana Hotel, the Casa Andina hotel, or the El Albergue Boutique Hotel. Hotels subject to change based on availability.

Passport/Visa Requirements

No tourist visa is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Peru. A valid U.S. passport is all that is necessary.

Health

Altitude – Our Machu Picchu Trip will take us to regions of high altitude. We always take our time to acclimatize properly by allowing for additional rest days. When gaining in altitude above 10,000 feet, we have included sufficient rest days to ensure that you acclimatize properly. While many people may experience minor ill effects from high altitudes, there are some who have persistent symptoms that require returning to a lower altitude or, in extreme cases, emergency evacuation. We do our best to allow a pace for everyone to acclimatize. Listening to your guide will help a great deal. We cannot determine how you will do at altitude, but being in the best shape possible and having a lower body fat percentage will help greatly.

The trek to Machu Picchu is a strenuous adventure and should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. You are strongly advised to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the mountain. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a “stress EKG”. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself. Medical supplies in third world countries are not reliable or guaranteed though we will have a fully stocked medical kit on the trip. Talk to your doctor about the following vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Malaria pills, prescriptions you are currently taking, or should take in case you get sick.

Single Supplement

All prices are calculated for double-occupancy. To ensure your comfort, we will always match you with a roommate of the same sex – and if we're unable to match you with a roommate, you may end up with your own room free of charge. If sharing is not your idea of fun, you can request a single supplement for a small upcharge when you pay your final amount. You will be able to make this election on your trip registration.

 
 
 

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Meet Your Guides

 
 
Cole Shobert
 
Cole Shobert

Cole Shobert is the Backwoods Adventures Travel Specialist and he specializes in making travel dreams come true! Cole hails from Lubbock, Texas, and when he’s not sending folks on amazing adventures around the world, you’ll find him somewhere in wild West Texas hunting, fishing, or mountain biking with his dog and best friends.

 
 
 

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Travel Insurance

Backwoods recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, contact Travelex Insurance Services.

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