Hike and bike the Inca trail in Peru
Hike the old Inca road to Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, bike the Sacred Valley, sail down the Amazon by night and learn how to make cocktails in Lima
Hike and bike the Inca trail in Peru
About your trip
From Andean peaks to the Amazon Rainforest, Peru offers a landscape of epic proportions – all yours to uncover on this 11-day adventure.
Explore elegant Lima and the historical sights of Cusco and sail through the Amazon jungle under the cover of darkness. Mountain-bike the highlands of the Sacred Valley and follow the old Inca Trail through the Andes, until you reach the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu.
Inca mysteries come to life in Peru, and we invite you to discover them.
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Local transport
- Most meals included
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Private airport transfers
Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
Day 01 PISCO SOURS ALL ROUND
Welcome to Lima. Upon arrival, you’ll be taken to your hotel by a private transfer – then it’s time for the fun to begin. After meeting your group, you’ll explore the district of Miraflores together on an introductory walking tour. Then, to kick things off in style, you’ll learn how to craft the perfect Pisco Sour, the nation’s favorite cocktail, under the guidance of a local Pisco master. Salud.
Day 02 Ceviche flavours & bohemian sights
Begin the day in the Plaza de Armas, Lima’s main square. Take a stroll through the elegant streets with your fellow travelers, admiring the city’s colonial cathedrals and Incan landmarks. In the afternoon, head to one of Lima’s most innovative restaurants, as the chefs prepare a ream of Peruvian dishes before your eyes. Then, roll your sleeves up and learn how to make your own ceviche, a true Peruvian classic. Later in the afternoon, join your guide on a scenic walk through the bohemian district of Barranco, stomping ground of the city’s artists and musicians. The rest of the evening is yours, with Barranco offering an array of restaurants at your fingertips.
Day 03 THE CALL OF THE AMAZON
Today you’ll all catch a 90-minute flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, then step aboard a traditional Amazonian boat to cruise your way to your jungle lodge. With just enough time to freshen up, prepare to sweat all over again with an immersive rainforest trek. Hike through the steamy foliage, following huge butterflies through this lush habitat. In the evening, explore the rainforest under the cover of darkness with an atmospheric night-time boat ride down the river.
Day 04 Traverse the jungle canopy
This morning will see you trek through the Tambopata Reserve to Lake Sandoval. Boasting an abundance of flora, fauna and wildlife, this route proves why this is regarded as the biodiverse capital of Peru. As night falls, be ready to channel your inner Attenborough, observing how the jungle changes as nocturnal animals emerge from hidden corners.
Day 05 THE GATEWAY TO THE ANDES
Today’s adventure will take you from the wild Amazon to the Andean city of Cusco. Once the capital of the Inca Empire, this beguiling city is the gateway to ancient citadels and ruins, scattered across a vast mountainscape. After checking into your new hotel, explore the picturesque stone streets lined with Inca architecture and baroque cathedrals, seeking out the perfect place to dine tonight. Easy in a foodie haven such as this.
Day 06 Uncover Cusco’s Inca heritage
Start your morning the local way: in San Pedro Market, perusing stalls lined with fresh produce and traditional textiles. Then, you’ll dive straight into Cusco’s rich heritage. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this imperial city was the historic capital of the Inca Empire until the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century. Begin at Koricancha Temple, built in honor of the Sun God, before weaving through the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the Qenqo Temple. After lunch, you’ll have the option to visit Cristo Blanco, where a formidable white statue of Christ rises over the Andes. Alternatively, you can spend the afternoon in Cusco however you please.
Day 07 Peruvian potatoes & highland beauty
Today, you’re off to visit Manuel Choque, a local agricultural engineer who has produced some of the world’s most unique potato varieties. Admired by world-class chefs, Manuel boasts 370 different varieties of potato in his repository; when sliced open, the potatoes reveal vivid pink and purple flesh. Manuel will prepare a few of his prize potatoes for you to sample, flavored with a traditional hot pepper sauce. Enjoy this unique taste of the highlands, then it’s onto Urubamba, where you’ll check into your new hotel.
Day 08 Mountain-bike the Sacred Valley
Prepare for a day of mountain biking in the Sacred Valley. Between shimmering salt terraces and Inca ruins, soak up magnificent views of the Andes expanding into the horizon. Your biking adventure will take you past the agricultural terraces of Moray, before gliding downhill to the salt mines of Maras. The rest of the day is best spent relaxing and admiring scenic views of the emerald slopes over a few cocktails at the hotel bar.
Day 09 TREKKING THE INCA TRAIL
This morning will see you take the train up to Kilometer 104 on the Inca Trail, where you’ll follow a hiking trail through the mountains. Your first stop is Chachabamba, whose ghostly ruins are believed to have been a religious site, and the gatehouse to Machu Picchu. You’ll continue the ascent to a mountain waterfall: the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch, with majestic views over the Andes. Then it’s onto Inti Puntu, the Sun Gate, which looks out onto Machu Picchu itself – and where today’s hike culminates. You’ll then catch a bus down to Aguas Calientes, a town renowned for its medicinal thermal waters. Lined with restaurants, boutiques and an artisanal craft market, this typical mountain pueblo brims with Andean charm.
Day 10 Hike to Machu Picchu
Today, you’ll be experiencing Machu Picchu in its full splendor. Located at 2,430 meters above sea level, the lost Inca citadel looks out over the ridges of the Andes Mountains – you’ll see exactly why Machu Picchu tops most travelers’ bucket-lists. Your expert guide will introduce you to the history of the region, then it’s over to you to explore the fortress at your own leisure. Enjoy lunch in the Lost City, before descending to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll hop on the train back to Cusco. On your final evening, enjoy a few rounds of Pisco Sours with your fellow travelers – a fitting finale to your Peruvian adventure.
Day 11 Hasta luego, Peru
After breakfast at the hotel, it’s over to you to make your own way to the airport. Alternatively, you could spend an extra night in Cusco to explore the city at your own leisure, or extend your adventure to neighboring Bolivia.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
El Mapi, Aguas Calientes
Decked out with soft furnishings and minimalist decor, this trendy hotel is located at the foothills of the Andes
Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley
A grand colonial-style house backed by a cluster of casitas all set in 100 acres of gorgeous Urubamba countryside.
Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción, Puerto Maldonado
You’ll find yourself surrounded by flora and fauna, with endless jungle walking routes at your doorstep.
Fly into Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima (LIM) and out of Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Cusco (CUZ).
Try and arrive in Lima by 3pm on Day 1 of the trip if you can, although we will pick you up from the airport no matter what time you arrive. You are free to leave at whatever time you please from Cusco on Day 12 of the adventure.
Please be aware that WE DO NOT CLIMB RAINBOW MOUNTAIN on this adventure. Instead, we tackle a tough and rewarding 15-kilometer trek up through the Inca trail to Sun Gate at Machu Picchu.
If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, an alternative activity will be planned.
Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Latin America (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. During the rainy season the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water.
The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will do an alternative hike.
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
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