• 7 Days / 6 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $2,950 / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

Cusco to Machu Picchu Adventure Tours

Discover the mystery and majesty of Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Inca on this small group, action-packed journey to Machu Picchu. Join our expert guides as you trek from colorful Cusco to the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu and unravel one of the world’s most intriguing cultures. Explore archaeological sites, learn fascinating agricultural practices and peruse colorful markets on this carefully-crafted, custom itinerary featuring daily off-the-beaten-path adventures. Wander past roving herds of llamas and alpacas, greet friendly locals and stand in awe of the glorious, snow-capped Andes Mountains. Each night, settle into your cozy accommodations before indulging in Peru’s innovative cuisine and relaxing by the fire with a cup of coca tea. On the final morning, rise before the sun to witness the day’s first light illuminating the world wonder of Machu Picchu as you take a minute to appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the Inca’s most celebrated sanctuary. This all-inclusive Peru vacation package is complemented by Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service that invites you to unwind and soak in the enchantment of this iconic landscape.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking

Activity Level: Moderate

This Tour

Crowned by the towering Andes and tucked between the Amazon and the Pacific, Peru offers a captivating mix of adventure, nature and history. This seven-day, exclusive journey takes you to the great city of the clouds, Machu Picchu, a must-see for any adventure traveler. Start and end along the cobblestone streets of Cusco and venture the well-off-the-beaten-tourist-path to the Lares region, a part of Peru that has changed little over the last 500 years. All the while, enjoy the best in regional accommodations and cuisine on this trip-of-a-lifetime.

  • Explore the ancient avenues and colorful markets of Cusco as you acclimatize to the lofty elevation
  • Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the Andean Condor, a vulture with the largest wingspan of any land bird - 10.5 feet!
  • Delight in the traditional Peruvian dish of Pachamanca: lamb, mutton, pork, chicken or guinea pig, marinated in spices and baked with the aid of hot stones in an earthen oven known as a huatia
  • Marvel at the remarkable architecture of Machu Picchu: even a knife blade can't be inserted between the precise mortarless joints of the stones used here, many of which weighed more than 50 tons!
  • Get up-close-and-personal with a llama or alpaca, and learn the difference between the two!
  • Enjoy the solitude of the less-populated and more-indigenous Lares route to Machu Picchu

We knew the trip would be well organized, with new and unexpected experiences. AA staff facilitated a wonderful trip in an extraordinary country. It was what we hoped for and expected.

Joan S Chicago, IL

Extraordinary! A feast for the eyes and a thorough education on many levels!

Neal F Durham, NC

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Tour Itinerary

7 Days / 6 nights

Cusco, Peru Airport Code: CUZ

Day 1: Cusco to Lamay
Cusco to Lamay
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Lamay Lodge

Depart the bustle of Cusco for the splendor of the Sacred Valley of the Incas where lush green fields and imposing mountain peaks provide a magnificent backdrop to your day of discovery. Take an opportunity to step back in time and explore the archeological site of Chinchero, while the past comes to life at the salt mines of Maras and the circular terraces of Moray. An optional, challenging hike is offered today amidst impressive views of the Ausangate range to Huchoyqosqo. This Incan complex is believed to be the Palace of Viracocha, the eighth Inca ruler, where he would enjoy the 'fireworks of the gods' during thunderstorms. After a warm welcome to the Lodge, sip coca tea by the fire before relaxing over a scrumptious dinner.
* Note: A pre-trek briefing the night before your morning pick up by MLP will take place at Hotel El Mercado at 6:00 PM.

Day 2: Exploring Pisaq
Exploring Pisaq
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Lamay Lodge

As you adjust to the altitude, spend the morning either perusing the famous market at Pisaq, tuning your senses to the tastes, smells and colors of the region, or opt to take an invigorating bike ride along the Urubamba River, or hike in the highlands, overlooked by the Andes Mountains guarding the valley. This afternoon, enjoy exclusive access to Viacha, where you learn about artisanal potato farming practices and experience a traditional "Pachamanca," a festive Peruvian meal cooked by layering meat and vegetables with hot stones. Later, explore the archaeological complex at Pisaq, a unique opportunity to roam the complex free of crowds while the sun sets behind the peaks

Day 3: Lares Region
Lares Region
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge

This morning, venture deeper into the heart of the Lares Valley on a scenic drive along the celebrated "Inca Weaver's Trail" to the Ancasmarca archeological site. After lunch in the town of Lares, choose between visiting the traditional weaver's village of Choquecancha or opt for hiking amidst turquoise lakes and towering peaks to the village of Huacahuasi and your accommodations for the night. This lodge, which is run in joint venture with the community, aims to protect the cultural heritage and surrounding environment. Relax over a delicious meal this evening as your guides brief you on tomorrow's activities.

Day 4: Exploring Huacahuasi
Exploring Huacahuasi
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge

Savor a steaming cup of coffee and then spend the day immersing yourself in the culture of Huacahuasi. Explore the village, meet local weavers and farmers and test your skills during lunch while taking a Peruvian cooking class. For those who want to go deeper into these remote mountains, challenge yourself with an all-day hike from the community of Quiswarani on the "Trail of 1,000 Lakes". Worth the strenuous effort, be amazed and rejuvenated by the simple majesty of this Eden. Alpacas and llamas accompany you as you make your way over mountain passes before heading back to the lodge for another leisurely evening in the heart of Peru.

Day 5: Expedition to Ollantaytambo
Expedition to Ollantaytambo
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Pakaritampu Hotel

Spend the morning learning more about the Huacahuasi community before embarking on one of three activities. If you're looking for a challenge, step out on a spectacular hike from Huacahuasi through rolling terrain and over a high pass to the adjacent valley and the town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America. If you prefer to see more of the Sacred Valley, visit an ethnographic museum featuring the history of Peru's rich civilization or discover the valley on a mountain bike adventure before spending time meandering through Ollantaytambo's charming, maze-like streets. Reconvene at your hotel for the evening and enjoy a tasty meal by the fire

Day 6: Discovering Ollantaytambo
Discovering Ollantaytambo
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Inkaterra Pueblo

After a leisurely breakfast, hit the trail for an optional trek to the temple at Ollantaytambo. From the royal estate of Inca-Emperor Pachacutec to a stronghold against the Spanish conquistadors, this site was regarded by the Incas as one of their most important ceremonial centers. Magnificent views of the town and iconic archeological site across the valley are yours to relish as your guide explains the strategic architectural planning and mystical history of this wonder of Machu Picchu. This afternoon, board a train for a ride along the famous Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. This town began as a small railway stop and evolved into a bustling town still bisected by the train tracks. Check into your hotel and rest up before your early adventure to Machu Picchu tomorrow.

Day 7: Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary
Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: No overnight

Your journey to Machu Picchu begins at dawn with a short bus ride. The morning sun rises over the famous Sun Gate and washes the structure and terraces of the "Sanctuary" with resplendent light. Be awed and inspired by the imposing architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun and the royal Inca residences. Take a moment to sit, listening to the wind, as your imagination soars, contemplating the mysterious origins of Machu Picchu. For dramatic views of the Urubamba River valley extending to the edge of the Amazonian jungle, choose to hike to Huayna Picchu, the conical peak looming over Machu Picchu. Rejuvenated by the peace found in this legendary marvel, return to the bustle of Cusco and the end of this unforgettable journey.

** Talk to your travel professional if you'd like to learn more about the 5-day version of this itinerary.

*** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, trail conditions, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Mountain Lodges of Peru.

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  • 7 Days / 6 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $2,950 / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

Additional Trip Information


We recommend that you arrive to the city of Cusco (elevation 11,000+ feet) at least two nights prior to the trip starting. This will help you acclimate better for your trip. The night before your trip begins, a pre-trip briefing will be held at a specified time and place in which you'll have a chance to meet your guides and receive important information about your upcoming trekking experience. On Day 1, a Mountain Lodges of Peru guide will pick you up from your hotel starting at 7:00 am. On day 7, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where a private vehicle will transport you to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7-8 pm) you will be dropped off at the hotel of your choice.


  • Hiking: Treks offered throughout your seven-day itinerary vary from 1 to 7 hours in length and range from moderate to challenging in difficulty. If you do not wish to embark on the longer, more challenging hikes there are always options for shorter hikes or cultural immersion activities.
  • Cultural: Excursions to small towns, bustling local markets, fascinating archaeological sites, intriguing museums, and much more are offered daily throughout this itinerary.
  • Optional activities (subject to extra cost): 2 hour bicycle excursions with local guides.


The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions - except one dinner on your own - are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in the Trip Price

  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners - except one dinner on own your own - refreshments and receptions.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.

Not Included in the Trip Price

  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Loved the experience - not only activity - but a chance to see the real Peru - Guides were great at ensuring we experienced the culture & people

Timothy L, Kirkwood, MO

Excellent value for an amazing trip! First class all the way.

Amy J, Denver, CO

Very pleased with food, accommodations and Guide. Exceptional Trip with great company

Robin D, Kelowna, BC

Exceptional. Every aspect of the trip exceeded my expectations

Carol H, Fredericksburg, VA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. Peru's perfection: Crowned by the towering Andes and tucked between the Amazon and the Pacific, Peru offers a captivating mix of adventure, nature and history.
  • 2. Bucket-list Check: Embedded in every active traveler's Top Ten List is the great city of the clouds, Machu Picchu.
  • 3. The tradition: Explore archaeological sites, fascinating agricultural practices and colorful markets as you unravel one of the world's most intriguing cultures.
  • 4. Did you know that Machu Picchu is called “The Lost City” because when it was “rediscovered” by Yale explorer Hiram Bingham III in 1911, the jungle had literally swallowed the complex ruins?
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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