Machu Picchu is the crown jewel of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, but you don't have to hike the famous Inca Trail to be surrounded by the sheer wonder of this fabled realm. Our hiking adventure brings to you breathtaking panoramas throughout the Incas' mountain-ringed Urubamba Valley (the "Sacred Valley") on exhilarating trails to hidden Inca sites surrounded by sky-piercing peaks. We'll even have llamas to carry our picnic lunch supplies on one hike, and on our final hike, we hike up to Machu Picchu itself through the Gate of the Sun, as the Incas once did. We also explore Ollantaytambo and Pisac, meet Quechua families in mountaintop villages, and enjoy gorgeous haciendastyle accommodations as we explore the world of the Incas.
Arrive: Cusco, Peru
Depart: Cusco, Peru
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Day 1 (1 night)
Urubamba Valley, Peru
Days 2-3 (2 nights)
Days 4-5 (2 nights)
This unique eco-resort offers a “glamping” experience with tented bungalows that offer king or twin beds, en suite bathroom, a woodstove, and a private deck with panoramic views. The resort's grounds are like a botanical garden, hosting a variety of the Sacred Valley's indigenous plants, trees, and herbs. Each tent...
Day 6 (1 night)
We have exclusive use of the private tented chalet camp at legendary Kilometer 82, right by the start of the classic Inca Trail. This “only with WT” feature gives us wonderful privacy for our groups, incredible views of the Veronica snow peak, and great access to the Inca Trail. The...
Aguas Calientes, Peru
Day 7 (1 night)
Day 8 (1 night)
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This trip is rated Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. Most hiking is between 8,000 and 13,200 feet on mountainous terrain. You will need to be comfortable hiking over 7 miles a day, being on your feet for up to 7 hours a day, and hiking on uneven surfaces with long descents that can be hard on the knees. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.
Peru's mountain trails can be a bit rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in the United States. A hiking pole is recommended. The altitudes are high, but our first hotel night is in Cusco at 11,200 feet, our second and third overnights are in the Sacred Valley of the Incas at 9,700 feet. These first days will help your altitude acclimatization
Note on optional hike up Huayna Picchu on Day 8: At Machu Picchu, you will have the option to climb Huayna Picchu, the spectacular peak rising from the ruins. This hike is quite rewarding but not for the faint of heart or those with a fear of heights. It is steep, a bit of a scramble, and can be slippery. It's suitable for very fit hikers who like a challenge. Think stairmaster at the highest level!
We recommend you make a special effort to get in good physical condition for this trip. The better condition you are in, the more you will enjoy your experience. We suggest you begin training several months before departure. Start gradually by doing hikes, running, using a Stairmaster, or riding bikes. The object is to improve your overall aerobic capacity and get your hiking muscles limbered up. Even a brisk 30-45 minute walk every other day over moderately steep terrain can do wonders for your conditioning, and it's a great way to break in your hiking boots.
Being so close to the equator, Peru has only two climate seasons: a dry season from April to October, and a wet season from December to March. Altitude is the main factor controlling the climate. In the mountains, you'll encounter sunny days with daytime temperatures ranging between 65°F and 70°F, dropping to the 40s°F and lower at night. The sun is very strong at high altitude and it can often be warm enough to hike in shorts and a t-shirt. However, it can also get extremely cold; if you're familiar with mountain weather, you know how suddenly it can get cold even in the daytime if the sun slips behind a cloud. Nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing. Rain should not be a problem on our treks, but always keep in mind that mountain weather is unpredictable and sudden storms can occur, especially on high mountain passes.
Lima lies in a coastal desert where rainfall is rare and temperatures are usually warm (70s°F and 80s°F). Days are overcast most of the year due to the Humboldt current that comes up from Antarctica and meets the warm, tropical El Niño current from the north to create the garua, or coastal fog/mist.
The climate in the Amazon Basin is generally warm and humid throughout the year but can also be unexpectedly cool (usually 60s°F) due to the breezes that blow down from the Andes.
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.