Peru Trek to Machu Picchu Inca Trail & Salkantay Trek

IMPORTANT:

Inca Trail hike permits are limited and sell out 3-5 months in advance. Booking 6 months prior to departure is advised. If Inca Trail permits are sold out other hikes will be available. See hiking options

below.

Trip Includes:

  • 11 Days in Country
  • Accommodations in 3 Locations
  • Private Transportation for Duration
  • Fully Outfitted 4 Day Hike to Machu Picchu
  • Optional Extra Hike to Huayna Picchu
  • After Hike Natural Hot Springs
  • Patacancha Valley Textile Tour
  • Scenic Ruin Biking
  • Select Meals (10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners)
  • Full Time Guide

Trip Pace:

Pace 2 - Few destinations, average time in each location: 4-5 days

Activity Rating:

Activity Rating 4 - Activities of moderate intensity, intermediate level of fitness required

Alluring Culture in a Legendary Landscape

Summit the Inca Empire at dawn for one of Earth’s most stunning vistas, immerse yourself in rich South American culture & cuisine, bike beside ancient ruins, tour a Sacred Valley fortress, and that’s just the beginning.


Cost:

For 2014 Departures
  • $2,799 USD
For 2015 Departures
  • $2,849 USD
Deposit
  • Reserve Seat: $299!

Departure Dates: 

Available Departure Date Range
  • May – July
Trip Duration
  • 11 Days (+1) in Country
Peru Itinerary Map - Travel Peru - Trek to Machu Picchu - South America Pilot Series
Trip Extension Recommendations:   Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Galapagos – Contact us to explore personalized travel and trip extensions!

Included Activities

Participation in each of the activities on your adventure is based on our “Challenge by Choice” philosophy, meaning no previous experience is needed to participate, but you are welcome to swap out any activity with another of your choosing, or decline to participate in an activity at any moment. Our goal is to ensure your trip is filled with safe activities that pique your interest and cater to your enjoyment. Contact us for more details on activity options.

View beautiful Machu Picchu at dawn in Peru Inca Trail Trek
An expert Quechan guide and trusted friend of Thrive Adventures with years of experience on the trail leads our guests on this historic pilgrimage of the Inca. Peruvian ‘porters’ will dazzle you with their strength, agility, and speed as they travel ahead of us, carrying our belongings, to pitch our tents and fashion incredible traditional meals, and you’ll wake each morning to the delivery of a steaming cup of tea and the aroma of a hearty breakfast awaiting you in the dining tent. Each day brings glorious Andean vistas, compelling history, and the fulfillment of completing another piece of this epic trek.
View of Machu Picchu City from the peak of Huayna Picchu Optional Hike to Huayna Picchu
Brave the heights of this rugged trail for an aerial view of the condor shape of Machu Picchu and a glimpse of the high priests’ residence.
 
Relax in natal hot springs in Aguas Calientes after climbing Huayna Picchu Aguas Calientes Hot Springs
After a successful summit of Machu PIcchu, ease your muscles in the natural hot springs that lend this town its moniker.
 
Mountain Bike down from Abra Malaga Mountain Pass to Ollantaytambo Scenic Ruin Biking
Caravan to the top of Abra Malaga mountain pass, then descend on a well-maintained paved road or rugged biking trails past remote farms and Inca ruins, all in full view of the breathtaking Urubamba Valley.
View how still today women use the same techniques as the ancient inca to dye and weave textiles Patacancha Valley Textile Tour
Marvel at the mountainous terrain and alpine scenery of this spectacular valley by bike or by road, then make an optional visit to the rural village of Patacancha, known for its preservation of traditional artistry and culture.

Recommended Optional Activities

Our adventures are purposefully created to include destinations with a variety of both active and leisurely activities, and we welcome your preferences and ideas. Please contact us to discuss opportunities you find most intriguing.

Climb to the top of the Fortress in Ollantaytambo Peru Fortress at Ollantaytambo
Tread the same grand stone steps the Inca climbed to keep watch over the Urubamba Valley, and develop your own theory as to how they moved massive, perfectly carved stones to the heights. View the grain houses, rock quarry, wall sconces, and lookout towers that were part of daily life in a faraway time.  
Whitewater raft the Urubamba River Urubamba Whitewater Rafting
The Inca were masters of strategy, and they knew their mountainous home made the Urubamba River their enemies’ natural route of approach. Inca checkpoints and scout towers are still visible from the vantage point of a river raft, and beginner rapids make the float even more fun.  
Moray Ruin and Natural Salt Mine Tours Moray Ruin & Natural Salt Mine Tour
Explore a stunning, remote masterpiece carved into the Peruvian hillside, then mountain bike or caravan for a tour of a natural salt mine where Peruvian families still harvest this commodity in the fashion of their ancestors.  
Learn to paint with our friends at the art gallery in Ollantaytambo Peru Learn to Paint
Local artisan friends of Thrive Adventures host a special class in their family-owned gallery, explaining their unique traditional styles and the rich symbolism of their culture.  
Ride horseback through the beautiful Sacred Valley Sacred Valley Horseback Tour
top a steady and experienced steed, ride to the heights for incredible views and photo opportunities of the Sacred Valley, and visit secluded archaeological sites distinct from the typical attractions.
Day 1 – 2 :   Sacred Valley of the Inca
Day 3 – 4 :   Culture & Outdoor Adventure
Day 5 – 8 :   Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 9 – 10 :   Ollantaytambo
Day 11 :   Lima & Celebration Dinner
Day 11 (+1) :   ¡Hasta Luego, Perú!

Contact Us to start your adventure today!

Trekking Options

The Inca Trail is the classic and most popular of the Sacred Valley hikes, but there are other intriguing options. If you are the type who likes to avoid the crowds, the Salkantay or Choquequirau may be more your style. These are world class hikes with abundant Inca ruins and incredible mountains views; the only thing missing is the Inca Trail label.

Our Thrive Adventures group was excited to reach Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu | 4 Day / 4 Night

Description: Historic pilgrimage of the Inca to Machu Picchu, over mountain passes and through remote archaeological sites
Activity Rating: 4 of 5
Elevation Range: 8,817ft / 2,680m to 13,818ft / 4,200m
Distance: 28mi / 45km

Peru Inca Trail Trek glacial lake

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu | 2 Day / 1 Night – No Camping

Description: Relaxing walk through the archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley, stay the night in a hotel, and arrive to Machu Picchu in the morning
Activity Rating: 2 of 5
Elevation: 7,225ft / 2,200m to 9,025ft / 2,750m
Distance:10mi / 16km

At the highest elevation on the Salkantay Trek at a beautiful glacial lake

The Salkantay Trek | 5 Day / 4 Night or 4 Day / 3 Night

Description: High altitude trek to the base of Mt. Salkantay with fantastic culture and rugged mountains, morning arrival to Machu PIcchu
Activity Rating: 4 of 5
Elevation: 9,200ft / 2,800m to 15,100ft / 4,600m
Distance: 31mi / 50 km

Watch your step on your descent of the Inca Trail before you reach Machu Picchu Peru

The Choquequirau Trail | 5 Day / 4 Night

Description: Newly available trek to a lost city of the Inca, Choqueqirau, or “Cradle of Gold,” with intimate looks at newly excavated and growing archaeological sites
Activity Rating: 4 of 5
Elevation Range: 4920 ft / 1500m to 10,500ft / 3200m
Distance: 40mi / 64km