Andean culture and pre-Incan and Incan archaeological remains are some of the wonders you find when trekking in Peru. Whether you opt to trek for days or weeks, at high or low elevations, or on little- or oft-visited trails, we take great care for your safety and comfort. You'll have excellent guides, top equipment, mules or llamas to carry the load, and delicious, hot meals made from fresh, local ingredients—how about grilled trout, pumpkin soup, steak, sweet potatoes, and traditional lomo saltado.
The treks outlined below, listed roughly from easiest to most rigorous, are starting points and inspirations—our experts will customize them for you and your trekking compadres according to your interests, preferences, and time frame. Contact us to discuss the possibilities.
Lares Valley Lodge-to-Lodge Trek
(6 Days) On the Lares Trail, an alternative to the Inca Trail, you’ll meet local weavers in traditional garb and pass herds of alpacas. You're privy to scenery just as resplendent as the more touristed route—lavish waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, and glacial lakes—but have to share with fewer people. Finish in Machu Picchu.
Huchuy Quosqo Trek
(3 Days) The road above Lake Qoricocha and ancient Inca platforms marks the start of your expedition. Discover mysterious Huchuy Quosqo, or “Little Cusco,” then stop at several rarely visited ruins along the Inca Trail, as well as impressive Lake Piuray before the much awaited tour of splendid Machu Picchu.
Huchuy Qosco with Kayaking
(3 Days) This trek is a delightful mix of mountains, lakes, and culture. You meander the colorful market in Chincheros, kayak on Lake Piuray, and hike to the ancient citadel of Huchuy Quosqo along the ridge above the sacred Vilcanota River. After zig-zagging to the village of Lamay, Machu Picchu is next.
Hiking the Inca Trail
(4 Days) Explore less-visited sections of the Inca Trail en route to Machu Picchu's Sun Gate. Cross the Urubamba River at Q’ente to find archaeological sites, meet the Andean community of Huayllabamba, soak up breathtaking views of Mount Huayanay, and admire the ruins of Runkuraqay and Phuyupatamarca.
(5 Days) An alternative to the Inca Trail, this expedition winds along snowy Mount Salcantay, just beyond the Sacred Valley of the Incas, revealing the reining traditional Andean lifestyle: hardy locals herd livestock and plant potatoes as they have for centuries. Then, on to Machu Picchu.
Trekking the Peruvian Andes
(10 Days) Our South America advocates are pumped up about this trek in Peru’s stupendous Blanca and Huayhuash ranges. We ramble among the rolling plains, remote villages, crystalline lakes, and snowcapped summits—including the country’s loftiest, 22,205-foot Huascarán Sur.
(12 Days) In addition to the delights of Cusco and Machu Picchu, delve into Andean culture and hospitality while hiking through indigenous villages by day and savoring its lovely lodges by night. See trip description>
(13 Days) The huge, ancient citadel of Choquequirao sees about one percent of Machu Picchu's daily visitors. Be one of the few to explore them both. See trip description>