While visiting Machu Picchu is definitely one of the highlights of this trip, there is so much more of Incan culture and history to explore. We start our immersion with a half-day of exploring Cusco, followed by a full day in the Sacred Valley with extremely knowledgeable local guides. Then we start our trek on the Salkantay Trail, an ancient Incan Trail (a more remote off shoot of THE Inca Trail). Trekking through constantly changing ecosystems, our trail traverses high passes and follows rivers, on paths through rocky plains and thick forest, as we go beyond the crowded guidebook trails and into the authentic heart of the Incan empire. At night we rest in remote and beautiful mountain ecolodges, enjoying delicious and expertly prepared cuisine. At the end we visit Machu Picchu, situated on the spine of a jungle-cloaked granite peak towering some 2,000 ft. above a roaring river, the crowning glory of the Incas. Maximum group size: 12.
NOTE: DUE TO THE NATURE OF PERMITS FOR MACHU PICCHU, DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS ARE NON TRANSFERABLE AND NON REFUNDABLE 6 MONTHS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE OR LESS. Also, because the backcountry lodges where we stay run on generators and shut off their electricity at night, we are unable to accommodate anyone traveling with a CPAP machine on this trip.
|June 17 to June 26, 2023|
|$5895.00 - Available|
This trip is appropriate for women in very good physical condition with previous hiking experience, who can hike 6 to 8 hours a day on rocky and sometimes steep mountain paths. The most challenging day includes hiking over a 15,000 foot pass with a 2500 foot elevation gain in 3 miles. This trip is rated 4 because on most days we hike 3 to 5 hours and there are a couple of 6 - 8 hour days. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be engaged in aerobic conditioning for at least 40-50 minutes 4-5 times a week. Additional endurance exercise (e.g. going for a 2 hour hike once a week) and strength training for your legs is strongly recommended. Rating: 1 2 3  5.
Combining cultural exploration with first rate hiking in the Andes, you will experience Andean culture, both past and present, as you hike over high mountains. (Those with a history of adverse reactions to high altitude activity should consult their physicians before registering). The breadth and vitality of Incan culture is seen not only at Machu Picchu, but also in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and the small villages we pass through. The vibrancy of that culture continues today in the Quechuan people who we meet on our trek.
We stay two nights in a 4-star hotel in Cuzco (El Mercado); and 2 nights at a 5-star hotel in Aguascalientes (InkaTerra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel). On the Salkantay Trail we stay in small remote mountain lodges where, with the exception of the first lodge, we are the only ones there. They are known for exceptional comfort and hospitality, and offer comfortable rooms and beds with glorious views, hot tubs, and excellent food. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions on this trip.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
The landscape of Peru was breathtaking, most people in the group got along well, and our guides were exceptional
This trip to Peru exceeded all of my expectations. The country is gorgeous, and being able to see it intimately, from places less visited by tourists made it special. And Lixayda, our in-country tour guide, shared with us her love of her country, providing a context for what we were seeing, whether it be anthropological sites, changes in flora and fauna, explanations of natural phenomena... And all of us, regardless of hiking ability, were supported and encouraged by staff as we trekked along.
All the leaders were great and made every single participant feel special. The entire trip was well coordinated. The places we went to were very special and well planned for. I loved Peru, the culture and the people we interacted with. The Mountain Lodge staff worked perfectly with our US leader, Brenda Porter.
This was an amazing trip. Brenda Porter is an excellent AGC guide and our Peruvian guides, Lecayda and Saul were amazing. The hike was very challenging but with such a great, encouraging group of women, and such beautiful scenery it was well worth the challenge! I would love to return to Peru and do another hike in a different area!
I honestly enjoyed just about every thing on this trip. It was all new and interesting and out of my world. The people of Peru are lovely. Our guide was outstanding because he loves his country and communicated that in his knowledge and the "heartfelt" way he spoke.
It was an amazing trip and thanks to our excellent Peruvian guide we learned so much about the country and the areas we hiked.
Guides passion about his culture