||Cultural Tour, Trekking
The highlights of the once-mighty Inca empire, Cusco and Machu Picchu, often eclipse the wonderful, modern-day communities tucked within the surrounding Andes. But on this 12-day journey you’ll get an intimate look at Peruvian mountain culture, hiking through indigenous villages by day and savoring exquisite hospitality by night, in addition to those shining highlights.
All of Peru’s charms, scenic and human, are on display on this hiking and touring trip centered around a series of magnificently sited lodges: Salcantay, Wayra, Colpa, and Lucma. Beautifully built and sumptuous (private rooms graced with grand views, hot showers, great food), they look like they were airlifted from one of Vail’s better neighborhoods. Begin in Cusco, where you explore the ancient Incan capital and make a side trip to the famous Pisac market in the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River. Then devote five days to trekking from lodge to lodge in the Inca highlands, interacting with locals, passing waterfalls and orchards, and soaking up top-flight Andean landscapes. A short train ride later you arrive in Machu Picchu, where you spend two nights in order to discover the magnificent ruins at a relaxed pace. A guided tour of Lima breaks up your trip home.
This lodge-to-lodge route to Machu Picchu makes for an excellent privately outfitted trekking adventure for small groups. If you are a family or group of families, the trek makes a great setting for a reunion and a unique way to celebrate an important anniversary, birthday, or graduation. For business colleagues, a privately outfitted trek makes for a luxurious but challenging trip, ideal for building group cohesiveness or celebrating the successful end to a project or financial quarter. Your group will be met upon arrival in Cusco by one of our star local guides, an expert trip leader who will travel with you during the trek and until you depart for home. Many companies offer this trek, but only GeoEx can deliver the high level of service and attention to detail that private groups deserve.
Itinerary at a Glance
- Day 1: arrive in Lima
- Day 2: morning flight to Cusco
- Day 3: visit Pisac market, overnight in Cusco
- Day 4: drive to first luxury lodge; short day hike in area
- Day 5: day hike or relax at lodge
- Days 6–8: hiking, with overnights at luxury lodges
- Day 9: arrive in Machu Picchu
- Day 11: return to Cusco Day
- Day 10: full-day exploration of Machu Picchu
- Day 12: fly to Lima, tour city, depart.