Finding Your Way in the Second Half of Life - Peru Trek to Machu Picchu Inca Trail - Wellness Adventure with Carol Anderson

Finding Your Way in the Second Half of Life with Carol Anderson, Ph.D

Trip Includes:

  • Accommodations in 4 Locations
  • Private Transportation for Duration
  • 10 Days in Country
  • Fully Outfitted 2 Day Hike to Machu Picchu
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Hike at Machu Picchu
  • Patacancha Valley Textile Tour
  • Abra Malaga Bicycle Tour
  • Select Meals (9 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners)
  • Full Time Guide

Trip Pace:

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

Activity Rating:

Activity Rating 3 – Activities of mild-moderate intensity, average level of fitness required

carol-anderson-second-half-of-life-profileCaptivating History, Transcendent Beauty

From Carol Anderson:

Access the wisdom, peace, and truth within you as the vivid culture and stunning terrain of the storied Sacred Valley come to life. Summit the Inca Empire at dawn for one of the most stunning vistas on Earth, immerse yourself in rich South American culture, cycle beside ancient ruins, and explore the vibrant textile and folk art that blend the many cultures of Peru into an unforgettable tapestry. See into your deepest self as you experience a history and present unlike your own, and discover that which you overlook in your daily life, unmasked by an existence profoundly different from the familiar. Touch a culture and life that brings clarity to your own, and find the sacred, wise and knowing you.


  • $2,399 USD
  • Reserve Seat: $299!

Departure Dates:

Available Departure Date Range
  • May – July
Trip Duration
  • 10 Days (+1) in Country
Peru Itinerary Map - Travel Peru - Trek to Machu Picchu - South America Pilot Series
Trip Extension Recommendations:   The Amazon, Lake Titicaca, Galapagos Islands, Patagonia – 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

2 Day Hike to Machu Picchu

An expert Quechuan guide and trusted friend of Thrive Adventures with years of experience on the trail leads our guests on this historic, abridged pilgrimage of the Inca.

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

Experience the Patacancha Valley where a multi-generational team of Peruvian women reveal the secrets of the gorgeous textiles they’ve create by hand for centuries.

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.

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.

Ride horseback through the beautiful Sacred Valley

Hike to Las Cataratas de Mandor

Follow a smooth, flat path that parallels the train tracks leading out of Aguas Calientes, traces the Rio Urubamba, and leads through the cloud forest to a stunning waterfall.

Ride horseback through the beautiful Sacred Valley

Urubamba Market

Wednesday is Market Day in Urubamba, when local farmers and artisans gather to buy and sell goods and livestock. Visit this unique area for an essential Peruvian cultural experience and authentic souvenirs.

Day 1 – 2 :   Sacred Valley of the Inca
Day 3 – 4 :   Culture Rediscovered
Day 5 – 6 :   Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 7 :   Free Day in Aguas Calientes
Day 8 – 9 :   Ollantaytambo
Day 10 :   Lima & Celebration Dinner
Day 10 (+1) :   ¡Hasta Luego, Perú!

Contact Us to start your adventure today!
We believe an adventurous spirit and a wonder for this glorious Earth lies within each of us. Together, let us set yours free.

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