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7 Day Machu Picchu Walking Vacation

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highlights
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu followed by time to explore on your own.
  • Hike the 1 Day Inca Trail through the Sungate or go by train to Machu Picchu
  • Cusco outskirts easy historical hike. Only 7 KM through local farms and countryside
  • Explore the beautiful rural Sacred Valley by car and on foot
This tour is for active travelers and nature-lovers of all ages. The trip includes daily guided walking tours in Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

You choose between hiking the Inca Trail (Only 12 km/7.5 mi), or taking the train to Machu Picchu. After booking the tour, please let us know whether you prefer to hike to the Inca Trail on day 4, or if you prefer to ride the train to Machu Picchu. Both options will still include a guided tour of Machu Picchu.

All overnights are in charming locally owned boutique hotels. Learn about the Inca culture while you enjoy the best of the Andes Mountains!

Please see our tour itinerary for a detailed breakdown of the tour. We look forward to showing you Peru. Any questions, please do not hesitate to make an enquiry with us, via the blue Make An Enquiry button.

We look forward to giving you an amazing time.
customer reviews
5.0 - Excellent Based on 13 reviews
Trip of a lifetime
Randy From Peru At
5 - Excellent
“Jacuie, Vidal, Victor,

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for setting up an amazing trip for me and my daughter Melissa! We had an experience of a lifetime. Jacquie you were so nice and attentive to our needs before we left and so fun to talk to about getting us excited to go. You made me feel very at ease about being in country and assured me that things would go as planned and they did. Victor was simply amazing to have as a guide and was very fun to talk to. Victor is very knowledgeable of his country’s history. Vidal we only met once but was very pleasant to meet.

We lost our breath looking at the millions of stars and the Milky Way the first night at 12,000 ft. Having three course meals on a table with silverware and snacks was pretty crazy. We were treated with such kindness and care. The sight of the glaciers and rivers were stunning. The sun coming up over the mountain above the clouds that were filling the valley on the back side at 12,000 ft was unbelievable. We of course had to try the Guinea pig. We let Victor have most of it. It was interesting like squirrel or rabbit. We loved the springs at Aguas Caliente. Yes Jacuie we did get to the hot springs! We still laugh at renting swim suits for $1. LOL I had a red Cusquena there and loved it. The cities and villages each had so many fun things to see and do. Of course we walked up hill everywhere we went! Haha. Our cooks and horseman were so kind and brought us hot tea to our tent every morning. The food was beyond our expectations. Machu Picchu was of course the pinnacle of the trip and didn’t disappoint. A sight to behold.

I can’t say enough good things about you guys. I have recommended you to several people. There is so much beauty on the world and thank you for guiding us to Peru and Machu Picchu to see that part of it.”
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Richard Michael Reed From USA At
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“Excellent”
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Anonymous From USA At
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“Greatest trip ever. Totally organized! Highly recommended great food and views of gorgeous mountains”
Inca trail to Machu Picchu
Robin At
5 - Excellent
“My friends and I had a great time in Peru. We are planning another trip there in the future. Awesome trip.”
3 hours 3 Star Hotel
Meet at the hotel lobby at 2 pm to begin city tour including the great Temple of the Sun, known as Qoricancha. We begin exploring in the main Plaza de Armas, with the statue of Inca King Pachacutec, whose inspired vision led to the design and building of Machu Picchu. Qoricancha Temple is considered a sacred and treasured Inca structure. (CLOSED EVERY SUNDAY) It is said that the temple housed mummies and Inca priests who exalted the moon and the sun gods. At the time the conquistadors arrived, the walls were laminated with gold and so many resplendent ornaments and gold jewelry, that it took weeks to melt and destroy all the adornments for shipment to Spain. We continue the tour stopping along the ancient Inca streets, to the divine Cathedral of Cusco, considered by many to be one of the most splendid in all of South America. Dine in local restaurant for lunch and dinner. About 3 hours. Hotel in Cusco. Altitude 11,000 ft / 3352 m
5 hours 3 Star Hotel
08:30 AM After breakfast in hotel, driver arrives for pickup to begin 20 minute drive to the tranquil terraced rocks of Tambomachay ruins (meaning guest house), with aqueducts, waterfalls and canals. It is said that the Inca emperor came here to bathe and perform religious rites in the water. Begin easy hike about 7 KM through local farms to the mysterious Qenco temple ruins where sacrifices and mummification took place. Not far are the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, first built by the Killke culture beginning 1100 A.D. and expanded by the Inca. It’s considered the largest structure built and one of the most significant archaeological legacies of the Incas. Due to the complexity of the layout of the massive blocks of stone, some bigger than a car, it is said that the construction of Sacsayhuaman lasted more than 50 years and employed over 20,000 men in the construction. Return to hotel on foot, then walk to lunch in local restaurant on your own. About 5-6 hours. Highest Altitude 12477 ft / 3800 m (bring small backpack with water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, rain gear, warm layers)
8 hours 3 Star Hotel
08:30 AM Pickup from hotel and drive about 30-40 min to Chinchero, home to the famous colonial style church and archaeological ruins and the backdrop for Qechua women & girls who demonstrate traditional dyeing and weaving. Continue 20 KM by car to the greenhouse ruins of Moray, the Inca Greenhouse ruins built in concentric terraces. More than just terraces, this is one of the old agricultural experimental places of the Incas. We explore for 30 to 45 minutes on foot, then begin walking east on an old Incan trail that is still in use by the local people. Along the way we pass farming fields where the people grow potatoes, quinua, barley and a lot of times you will meet farmers that are on their way home or to the main town. The first part of the hike is an average of 6 km before you arrive at Maras (the terraced salt ponds) Each pond is owned by an individual family who still harvest salt like the old times. There is the option to get picked up here, or continue hiking down for another 1.5 hours to the Vilcabamba River. Driver will meet you for pickup and continue by car where you finally arrive in Ollantaytambo, the oldest still-occupied town in Peru. If time permits, you explore the prominent ruins overlooking the Sacred Valley. These ruins are the last Inca stronghold when Emperor Manco defeated the Spanish in a famous battle in 1536. Drive to your hotel for checkin. Walk to local restaurant for dinner on your own. Full Day. Highest Altitude 12,375 ft / 3772 m - Lowest Altitude 9160 ft / 2792 m
6 hours 3 Star Hotel
After early breakfast, you walk to the station with your backpack and board an early train for 1 hour ride to KM 104. Non-hikers will bring small bag for the train. Everyone can store excess luggage at the hotel. The train stops in the jungle and the hikers jump off, then cross the bridge over the Urubamba River. (those who don't hike will stay on board the train until it stops in Aguas Calientes. Then walk to hotel to leave luggage while they are free to explore the village on their own.) Hikers pass through the checkpoint to begin the 12 KM/7.5 m hike on one small section of one of the most famous network of trails in the world. For the next 5-6 hours you will tread in the footsteps of the ancient ones. Gradually hiking up the canyon on Inca paths and short stone steps to the ruins of Winay Wayna. Unlike Europeans, the Incas used a road system that included steep stone steps instead of lengthy zigzag switchbacks. This reduced the amount of road building needed and was an efficient way to travel on foot with llamas who were adapted to higher altitudes in the Andes mountains. This was critical to the expansion of the empire. This system was a hindrance to Europeans and armies mounted on horses as they could not negotiate the steep steps as well as switchbacks. Pass by waterfalls and lush landscape of the cloud forest as you make your way to Inti-Punku (Sun Gate) for your first glimpse of the famous citadel of Machu Picchu. Descend another 45 minute to one hour stopping for photos before exiting the national park. Board shuttle buses that run every 10-15 minutes for 25 minute ride to the village of Aguas Calientes. Walk to hotel for checkin, then enjoy dinner in local restaurant on your own. Box Lunch included.
8 hours 3 Star Hotel
After an early breakfast, you meet up with your guide and walk to the boarding area for your shuttle bus back up to Machu Picchu where you enter for a private tour of the ruins. (earliest bus departs around 5:20 am) The guide will select the best route of the 3 choices and enter through the agricultural terraces and then enter the main gate of the city to get up close to the temples, structures and fountains. Exit ruins followed by free time to re-enter and explore on your own (or do the optional hike to Huayna Picchu) up to 12 Noon. Take shuttle bus down to meet up in Aguas Calientes for a quick lunch then walk to the station to board the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo. Walk to hotel in Ollantaytambo.
6 hours Hotel
08:30 AM Driver and guide will pickup from hotel and begin 1 hour drive to the village of Pisac home of the famous market as well as one of the lesser known archaeological gems of the Sacred Valley. Continue past the village and up to the parking area past sweeping agricultural terraces. The car parks and you prepare for 2-3 hour hike beginning with a short walk to the Inca cemetery where you see hundreds of holes in the mountain. Continue on the trail for another 20-30 minutes until you reach the first residential structure. Further down is the stunning temple complex constructed from exquisitely carved pink granite, featuring a sun temple, ceremonial altars, water channels and wells. After the tour of the site, you loop back to the van, where you are driven 10 minutes to the village. Here you can enjoy refreshments in the cafe and check out the famous market. Continue 1 hour by van to your hotel in Cusco.
After breakfast, our service concludes. You may want to spend time exploring this amazing city on your own before you fly out. The hotel will store luggage during the day. It's easy to walk around the historical city center. We recommend that you arrange your airport transfer at least 2 hours prior to scheduled departure.
what’s included
  • All ground transportation beginning from Cusco hotel
  • 3* locally owned boutique accommodations with private bathroom, including Peruvian breakfast buffet. Double Occupancy
  • 1 half-day entry to Machu Picchu National Park and the Sacred Valley sites as described
  • Full-time English-speaking local guide. (our groups are small and guides do not use microphones)
  • Private tours. We do not combine with any other groups
  • Local Travel Assistance (in case you need it, we do our best to fix any problems that come up)
  • 6 Breakfasts, 1 welcome dinner, 1 boxed lunch for the 1 day hike to Machu Picchu (let us know if you have special diet)
  • Permits for the Inca Trail hike (on day 4, if available)
  • Roundtrip train tickets and train station transfers
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Cusco airport transfer 1 way
  • Single room supplement
  • Huayna Picchu Tickets
what’s excluded
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers (can be arranged on request)
  • Lima hotel. Wyndham is the only hotel at the airport and can be booked online for best rates at Expedia, Orbitz etc.
  • Lunches / Dinners / Bottled Drinking Water (which is cheap and easy to buy everywhere.) We support "Travelers Against Plastic" and invite you to bring a reusable bottle and water purification device.
  • Gratuities for the guides and drivers. At your discretion.
  • Travel Insurance. We recommend that you purchase from WORLD NOMADS
  • Huayna Picchu Tickets (can be added for $85 USD pp) If available
Tour details
Availability 09 Sep 2018
Duration 7 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
Minimum Participants 2 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Cusco, Peru/ Cusco, Peru
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A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

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Other Practical Information
Minimum group size is 8 people. Full refund guaranteed if trip is cancelled. Deadline to book this trip is 60 days prior to arrival. We will notify everyone when it's time to book flights. Minimum age 15. Under age 20 must be accompanied by an adult over 30. Permits for the hike will not be purchased until 45 days from arrival and are subject to availability. This is usually not an issue for permits for the 1day hike. But operators cannot hold or reserve permits in advance without full payment. We will email a document with full trip description, hotel links and local contact info about 1 week before arrival. Your local guide will have your entry tickets, permits (if needed) and train tickets. You must show the same passport you used to reserve the trip to enter the Inca Trail hike and any ticketed site. Passports should not expire within 6 months of travel dates. The activities in this trip are designed for ordinary active people. You have some discretion regarding the duration of most of the hikes in Cusco and Sacred Valley. Single room supplement available on request. Add $210 USD pp
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