Spectacular Hikes and Welcoming Lodges in the Realm of the Incas

Overview

The Incas placed their revered sites high above the Sacred Valley, with mystical Machu Picchu perched at its farthest reaches. Our exclusive journey is the perfect way to explore this realm, with fantastic hikes by day and overnights in comfy hotels and lodges (no camping!). Our hikes bring you to hidden Inca ruins surrounded by granite crags and snowy peaks, a traditional Quechua village where you’ll enjoy a pachamanca feast, and to Machu Picchu for an overnight right at the ruins. Gorgeous days on uncrowded trails, evenings in cozy lodges enjoying a great meal and a glass of wine—this is hiking in WT style!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Cusco / Sacred Valley / Pisac

Enter the world of the Inca with a hike from the stunning fortress of Saqsayhuaman, with its perfectly fitted limestone blocks, right into Cusco. In the mountain-ringed Urubamba Valley (the Incas’ “Sacred Valley”), hike from Chinchero past traditional farms to Urquillos, then descend past one of the oldest Inca cemeteries known to archaeologists and arrive at Pisac, an elaborate temple-ruin filled with astonishing Inca stonework.

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Days 5-6
Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo

Our hikes lead past the ancient terraces of Moray and to a remote Andean village where we are welcomed like family at a festive pachamanca (barbecue). In Ollantaytambo, where the rebel Manco Inca and his men held out against Pizarro’s forces, discover the exquisite traditional village below the splendid ruin.

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Days 7-9
Machu Picchu / Cusco

At enchanting Machu Picchu, explore the ruins with our specialist guide and enjoy optional hikes with condor’s-eye views. Staying at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, right at the ruins, gives you plenty of time to experience this celebrated site without the crowds. Return to Cusco and depart on Day 9, or join one of our extensions.

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Highlights

Highlights

Exhilarating day hikes and charming hotels—no camping!
Hike to remote Inca sites, visit families in Quechua villages
Explore magnificent Machu Picchu, with an overnight right at the ruins
Enjoy a traditional pachamanca, a Peruvian feast

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $4995  
Arrive: Lima, Peru
Depart: Lima, Peru
Lodging: 8 nights fine hotels, including the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Moderate to steep trails, 2-6 hours a day, altitudes up to 12,000 feet