Last Stop: Machu Picchu
Peru is a country with a vast history, from pre Inca times to the Colonial years. These tours will have Machu Picchu as the main attraction. All paths lead to the land of the Incas.
Inca trails have been used for over one thousands years. Hundreds of these trails weave their way together to create a network throughout South America, and yes, some of them cross paths around Machu Picchu, your final destination.
Lima & Cusco to Machu Picchu
After a first night in Lima, the trip continues to Cusco where you explore the different valleys in the area. We stop in Pisac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo before heading to Machu Picchu. Once back in Lima, you'll get the chance to experience colonial Lima and taste its popular flavors and cuisine.
Cusco & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Cross off everything on your must-see list with this route. Starting with a tour of Cusco and its surroundings, we will walk through colonial streets and Inca buildings. Here you will discover local cuisine and handmade crafts in the Sacred Valley in Pisac and Ollantaymbo before starting the 4-day hike to Machu Picchu.
Tambopata to Machu Picchu
We start by exploring the humid Amazon basin and Tambopata National Reserve. Our next stop is Puerto Maldonado where you will learn about the ecosystems of Tambopata National Reserve. You'll then continue to the center of the Inca Empire, Cusco; the Sacred Valley, and then finally to Machu Picchu.
cusco & machu picchu, to uyuni salt flats
After arriving in Lima, “Ciudad de los Reyes” (City of Kings), you will be introduced to the vibrant colonial heritage of Peru's capital. We'll trace the history of the Inca civilization by starting in Cusco and Sacred Valley.
We'll visit Inca sites in towns of Pisac and Ollantaymbo, and end the Peru portion of the tour with a train ride to visit the infamous Machu Picchu.
Then, we will head south to the world's largest salt flat: Salar de Uyuni. You will be amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia: a desert-like, 4,000 sq. ft. landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations on cacti-studded islands.
You will start with a journey to the heart of the Inca Empire: Cusco and the Sacred valley. We admire the stone work and the engineering and architectural skills of the Quechua people. It's both amazing and honorable. Even more proof that Machu Picchu is still an enigma.
The journey then takes you to Lake Titicaca, a different contrast of Peru; higher in altitude, colder in temperature. And yet, the warmth and hospitality of their people on the small island reminds you of the importance of sharing and reciprocity that their rules every day life.
This small (30 km.) mountain range is probably one of the most spectacular sites in all of Peru. It has six peaks over 6,000 m. and 15 over 5,400 m. - among them the second highest mountain in Peru, Yerupaja (6,634 m.). Sparkling glacier lakes, streams, forests and wildlife are also a feature of this region. Our trek takes us past the wild summits of Jirishanca, Rondoy and Siula - mountains that are not climbed very often but are on the bucket lists of many of the world's best climbers.
We camp close to the beautiful lakes of Jahuacocha and Carhuacocha, and if you feel like eating trout we can offer you an evening’s fishing.
Alpamayo & Cordillera Blanca
This off-the-beaten-path hike is one of the most amazing circuits you will ever experience. With remote areas and stunning glaciers, this route circles Santa Cruz, Caraz, Alpamayo, Pucahircas, Huandoy, Chacraraju, Taulliraju, Chopicalqui and Huascaron mountains, while crossing passes between 4,500 and 4,800 m.
Hiking through Quenuales forests (endemic Andean shrub) in narrow and deep canyons, you will enjoy views of green and turquoise lagoons reflecting the sparkling glaciers. Above you'll see villages where the peasants attempt to harvest their crops. The surrounding mountains are covered with "ice flutes" - incredible ice-formations hanging from slopes.
A rugged, remote trek which leads you through a diversity of climates to reach the archaeological complex of Choquequirao - stronghold of Manco Inca. Legend has it that the Inca rebelled against the Spaniards, grabbed all of the gold and treasure, and set off into the jungle to found a new nation. The rough terrain makes this a physically challenging yet rewarding trek. When you reach the site of Choquequirao (3,000 m.), with its impressive views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, the recently discovered terraces, the depths of the Apurimac canyon will make you feel like you have reached a land with everything to offer.
Choquequirao, Huancacalle & Machu Picchu
Starting in the Incan Capital of Cusco, this trek takes you towards the last stronghold of the Incas. Choquequirao is an archaeological complex, with hundreds of terraces and buildings. One particular set of terraces depicts a group of llamas, which makes this site unique within the Inca territory. The hike then continues to explore Yanama and the Choquetacarpo valley, hiking old paths towards the Inca sites of Vitcos and Rosaspata. Our final stop is Machu Picchu where you arrive to Aguas Calientes from Santa Teresa.