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Walking Vacation Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley​

Activity Level: Moderate  |  Daily Mileage: 4 – 8 mi  |  Daily Walking: 2 – 5 hr
Air package plus
11 days from only
Price includes roundtrip airfare.
Land only
8 days from only
Pre-trip Extension:
Lima · 2 nights $445

Post-trip Extension:
Peruvian Amazon · 2 nights $595
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Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hike the celebrated Inca Trail and discover mystical Machu Picchu during VBT’s unforgettable vacation in Peru.
As we trek through the soaring Andes to behold the legendary “Lost City of the Incas,” we’ll explore the equally captivating sites of Ollataytambo, Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay. Along the way, we’ll meet members of the Cuyuni community, learning how ancient Inca traditions endure in modern Peru … journey aboard a Vistadome train through the spectacularly scenic Sacred Valley … stroll the cobblestone streets of Cusco, mingling with artists in the San Blas barrio … and much, much more.

What's Included

Walking Tour Only – without Air

  • 7 nights in fine hotels and inns
  • 16 meals – 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • Transfers
  • 8 nights in fine hotels and inns
  • 17 meals – 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • And the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extension: Pre-trip: Lima – 2 nights for only $445  Post-trip: Peruvian Amazon – 2 nights for only $595

Both Vacations Include

  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • On-tour vehicle support
  • FREE use of VBT custom walking poles
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
  • Permits for Inca Trail and Machu Picchu (subject to availability)

Cultural Highlights

  • Trace footsteps of the Inca in the astounding Sacred Valley
  • Approach Machu from above, and peer down at the ancient wonder from the “Sun Gate”
  • Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hike a stretch of the Inca Trail
  • Shop at a local market and get to know the locals with the help of your Trip Leaders
  • Browse local crafts and art work at the artists' galleries of Cusco
  • Spend a day walking the historic streets of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Take part in a tasty tradition by enjoying a glass of the native corn beer, at a local chicheria
  • Explore Machu Picchu at dusk and day break to avoid the crowds and unwind at luxurious and environmentally-conscious accommodations 

What to Expect

This tour features a combination of cobbled streets, uneven footpaths and rocky, irregular terrain over hills and valleys. An elective 8 mile Inca Trail hike includes a 2,000-foot elevation gain. Altitudes of between 6,500 and 13,500 feet may require a slower pace. Our VBT minibus support is available at specified meeting points for those who need assistance except on the Inca Trail, where there is no road access and you will be required to hike the entire 8 miles. Both morning and afternoon walking options are available most days. Appropriate for experienced walkers. Several of the walks require a transfer from our hotel to the start of the walk. Our tour leaders often use this time in the van for our morning route review, so we can enjoy a more leisurely morning at breakfast.
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Average Daily Mileage: 4 – 8 miles
  • Average Daily Walking Time: 2 – 6 hours

BOOK EARLY FOR THE INCA TRAIL: If you want to hike the Inca Trail, you should make your reservations as early as possible! The Peruvian government limits the number of hikers on the trail at any given time. Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Have your passport details in hand when booking your reservation with VBT. Permits are only issued for individuals, and only for a specific passport number. VBT cannot guarantee your permit. If a permit is unavailable, you will travel by train to Aguas Calientes, by bus to the entrance, and then walk into Machu Picchu. This will not impact your visit to Machu Picchu, only the hike into the site. Should you elect at anytime to take the train option instead of the hike, the permit is non-refundable. 

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