Peru Hiking

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• 6 day Salkantay Inca trail trek
• Hike the stunning northern mountains
• Ancient Chan Chan , Caral and Chavin
• The old Inca capital of Cusco
• Meet Taquile Indians
• 7 UNESCO sites including Machu Picchu
• Lord of Sipan and Princess of Cao museums

Fact File

• 23 land days
• Maximum 12 travelers
• Start in Lima and finish in Cusco
• All meals included
• Includes 2 internal flights
• Activity Level: 5


Peru offers some of the most impressive archeological sites in the world and equally stunning opportunities to hike past breathtaking mountain peaks, glacial lakes and lush river valleys. Visit the ancient lands of the Caral, Chavin, Chimu, Moche and Inca. Trek in the highest mountain range outside of the Himalayas, the Cordillera Blanca with 22 summits of over 19,000 feet. No Peru hiking adventure is complete without hiking a true Inca trail. Our ultimate 6-day lodge-to-lodge Salkantay Inca Trail will give you that journey, culminating in a visit to the UNESCO World heritage site of Machu Picchu.

We begin by exploring the captial city of Lima before departing along the coastal desert to Barranca and the 4500 year old ruins of Caral. Spectacular mountain scenery begins as we head inland to the Cordillera Negra and Cordillera Blanca with the city of Huaraz nestled between. The exceptional scenery is matched by the feat of engineering of the Chavin Culture in creating the tunnels and temples from 1200 BC. See Chiclayo and Trujillo and the ancient Mochica's Lord of Sipan, the pyramids at Tucume and the adobe temples of Chan Chan. Visit the heart of the Inca empire, Cusco and climb the Sacred Valley's fortresses of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. From Puno we travel by boat to the unique reed “ floating islands” of the Uros people and stay in a family guesthouse on Taquile Island where we can hike over terraces and past small villages with tranquil views over Lake Titicaca.

Our 6-day lodge-to-lodge trek combines superb scenery, comfortable lodges and great food while avoiding the crowds of the “other” more common Inca trail. Meet the local Quechua of the Andes as we traverse from high Andes to lush river valleys through nine different biozones. Discover remote ruins along the trails connecting these ancient routes and end your trekking day in the best of ElderTreks' adventure style - with a glass of wine in a warm jacuzzi! Our Peru trekking program is an adventure on many levels, one of the most strenuous and certainly one of the most rewarding.

FROM: $7995



Comfortable hotels/lodges with private bathrooms. 1 night homestay with limited facilities on Taquile Island. *Single occupancy is not guaranteed.

Comfort notes

12 days over 9,000 feet. Some rough/winding roads and long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lima
Day 2: Lima city tour, to Barranca
Day 3: Barranca, to Huaraz
Day 4: Chavin
Day 5: Callejón De Huaylas, Hike
Day 6: To Trujillo
Day 7: chan Chan –Chimu Culture and Temple of Moon-Moche Culture
Day 8: “Princess of Cao” Museum, El Brujo To Chiclayo
Day 9: “Lord of Sipan” Burial site and museum
Day 10: Fly to Lima and Puno, Lake Titicaca
Day 11: Uros Islands and Taquile Island Homestay
Day 12: Taquile to Puno
Day 13: Puno to Cusco
Day 14: Cusco to Salkantay Lodge in Soraypampa
Day 15: Soraypampa
Day 16: Soraypampa to Wayra Lodge at Huayraccmachay
Day 17: Huayraccmachay to Colpa Lodge at Collpapampa
Day 18: Collpapampa to Lucma Lodge at Lucabamba
Day 19: Lucabamba to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Formerly known as Aguas Calientes)
Day 20: Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
Day 21: Sacred Valley to Cusco
Day 22: Cusco city sights
Day 23: Depart Cusco
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