Peru Walking Tours
Machu Picchu Found
Once the largest empire in pre-Columbian America, the Incas vanished with barely a trace. Peru has that effect on people; once you’ve found the Lost City of Machu Picchu, you might lose yourself a little, too. You’ll be captivated by the beauty and mystique of this place as you walk the ruins of the Sacred Valley and hike the cloud forests of the Inca Trail. Unwinding with a pisco sour at dusk after a picnic on top of the world? Transcendent.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
7 Days / 6 Nights
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Day by Day
Walk the ruins of Pisac, high above the modern day town. Wind down the day with a special afternoon ceremony with a local paco, guardian of Inca religious traditions.
Walk among the salt terraces and mountain villages of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Marvel at yet another spectacular lunch, catered in the most amazing of places.
Wander the cobblestone streets of Ollantaytambo, or venture up to the ruins at Pumamarca. Spend the afternoon on horseback, bike or sun lounger.
Journey into the Andes aboard an Orient Express train and hike the famous Inca Trail. Take in the views of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate.
Awake atop Machu Picchu at the luxurious Sanctuary Lodge, then tour the ruins with an expert local guide. Climb the impressive Machu Picchu mountain or hike out to the Inca Bridge.
Stay in an ancient colonial manor house in Cuzco and eat at an authentic hacienda.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel and goodbyes before your final departure.
Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley
Sol y Luna blends Old World charm with the tranquility of the Sacred Valley. Our hosts, Marie-Helene and Franz, have made Peru their home since the early 1990s. The stylish bungalow-style cottages on this intimate property are all thoughtfully decorated with local ceramics and indigenous woods. The hotel is surrounded by lovely gardens and features a fully equipped spa. View hotel website »
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu
Besides being the only hotel in the lost city’s citadel, and just a short, three-minute walk from the main ruins, this exclusive and luxurious retreat also scores high on what B&R holds sacred: it’s been immaculately refurbished by the Orient Express group; its many services are unequalled in the valley; and at 2,500 m. (8,200 ft.), it has breathtaking llama’s-eye views. View hotel website »
La Casona Inkaterra, Cuzco
This historic colonial manor house (perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cuzco) is centrally located on an ancient Incan settlement near Cuzo’s present-day main square. Eleven spacious suites surround a sumptuous courtyard, where the patina of time is tastefully preserved. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivity enjoyed by guests of the hotel. View hotel website »
This trip is rated Avid. Our daily walks range in distance from 4 to 10 km (2.5 to 6 mi.), on cobbled city streets, grassy terraced hillsides and along the winding footpaths of the Inca Trail. We travel throughout the Sacred Valley at altitudes between 1,500 and 3,200 m (5,000 and 11,000 ft.). Apart from one challenging walk up to Machu Picchu, it’s moderate going. You may find, however, that the effect of the altitude will make the walks require more effort than they would at lower elevations. Expect some uneven stairs on our hikes in the ruins as well as some sheer drop-offs in places.
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- All hotel accommodation
- All meals, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support vehicle
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Access to KM 104 of the Inca Trail. Please Note: We will need your passport information several months before the trip to reserve your pass
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- Pre-arranged pick-up from the airport
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“We would like to congratulate B&R and specially Tyler Dillon for the amazing experience we had in Peru. The unique opportunity we had to interact with local people and go really deep into their culture is something we will never forget.”
— Leandro Taga,
Peru Walking 2012
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