Latin America Vacation
Peru | Women Only | Machu Picchu
Experience the intricate Incan ruins and more on this Machu Picchu adventure with your fabulous female companions
9 Days / 8 Nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
From the rapids of the Urubamba to the mystical mountains of Machu Picchu, the Land of the Inca begs to be explored by you and your fellow women travelers. This women-only adventure will be led by Austin Adventures Co-Founder and Adventure Travel Consultant Carol Austin. Visit the historic center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its various colonial-style buildings. Walk around Incan ruins thousands of years old as you try to solve the mysteries of this lost civilization’s expert craftsmanship. Visit and bargain with the locals at the colorful street markets as you practice your Español. View the expansive Machu Picchu site from perhaps the most famous entrance, the “Sun Gate.” Learn how salt is made as you gaze at the beautiful evaporating salt pools in Maras. Discover your inner adventurer as you mountain bike on trails to ancient Incan sites and later sip on a Pisco Sour. Reminisce over your adventures of the day with your traveling friends.
- Ogle at the intricate stonework architecture that dominates the design of Lima’s historic center where you’ll tour Paseo de la República, San Martín Square, the Main Square, and others as you stroll streets lined with colonial mansions and Moorish-style balconies
- Take a flight to Cusco, the Inca Empire’s capital and oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere
- Chow down on Peruvian cuisine at local restaurants with an authentic atmosphere
- Hike the challenging five-mile Inca Trail where you’ll gain 2,000 feet in elevation, passing through a cloud forest and subtropical jungle to Machu Picchu
- Raft the class II and III whitewater rapids of the Urubamba River, conquering the adrenaline-inducing “train station” and “slider” rapids
- Take a guided walking tour of the main square of Cusco, the Cathedral and the “Korikancha” temple of the sun
- Give back while on your trip as you give local school children and teachers materials including books, pencils, and crayons
A few more reasons why you’ve gotta go:
The “WOW” factors: Awe at the mystery of the ruins and the dramatic natural landscape.
The local Indian market in Pisac: This colorful market offers the region's most impressive display of handmade textiles and crafts.
The Sun Gate: Nothing prepares you for the feeling of awe as you step through Intipunku and gaze upon the ruins of Machu Picchu for the very first time.
Lima, Peru LIM
Lima, Peru LIM
Arrive in Lima, the “City of Kings,” and the cultural hub of Peru. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred (one hour) to Hotel B.
About the Hotel B
Hotel B sits in Lima’s most vibrant district: Barranco. Now home to many of Peru’s best-known artists, musicians, designers, and photographers, you’ll find the intrigues and mysteries of Peruvian culture, geography, and nature just a short walk from your hotel. The spacious rooms of the mansion feature charming views of the outside street or inner courtyard, plush sitting areas for relaxing after a day spent exploring Lima, and comfortable, luxurious beds. Surrounded by galleries and artists’ studios, Hotel B houses a unique art collection of its own and is linked directly to the Lucia de la Puente Gallery.
Morning tour of the historic center of Lima declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Visit the Paseo de la República, San Martín Square, the Main Square, Government Palace, Basilica Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, City Hall Palace, and stroll streets lined with colonial mansions and Moorish-style balconies. After lunch at Mangos de Larcomar, check out a collection of preColombian artifacts on a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Dinner perched over the Pacific at la Rosa Nautica, an unforgettable restaurant located on Pier 4 of the Lima Beach Circuit.
Cusco / Sacred Valley / Pisac
Fly to Cusco, the Inca Empire’s capital and oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Transfer to the Sacred Valley. Visit Awanacancha, the llama project, where we will see different South American camelids. Shuttle to Pisac for a hike to the region’s mysterious mountainside ruins. Shop an impressive display of handmade textiles and crafts at a local Indian market. Today’s lunch at the Cuchara de Palo restaurant will allow you to discover delicious Peruvian Cuisine. Check into your tranquil accommodation, your home for the next three nights, and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal.
About Sol y Luna Hotel or similar
Experience the pleasure of waking up each morning with a beautiful view of the Andes Mountains in these luxurious casitas, each uniquely decorated. The tranquil Sol y Luna Hotel is located northeast of Maras where the lush mountains border the vista. These accommodations feature tile flooring, Spanish colonial-style furniture, and an outdoor terrace that provides private lounging. The superior rooms are nestled within rich native wildflower-laden landscaping lined with warm lighting to illuminate your way as you explore the property.
*A similar resort accommodation may be substituted in place of Sol y Luna Hotel
Cruzpata / Moray / Maras
After a hardy breakfast, we shuttle to Cruzpata to visit a local school. Here, we’ll get to know the kids and their teachers and deliver materials, including books, pencils, and crayons. After this activity, we bike off-road to the Inca site of Moray. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch. Shuttle to Maras and bike to the ancient salt pools and mines known as the “Salinas de Maras”. Dinner at Wayra Restaurant, a unique space where nature, art, gastronomy, adventure, and good living blend together.
Urubamba River / Ollantaytambo
Upon reaching our private river put-in and listening to a safety orientation, raft the class II and III whitewater rapids of the Urubamba River, conquering the adrenaline-inducing “train station” and “slider” rapids. Savor a traditional pachamanca lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, explore the fascinating ruins of Ollantaytambo with your guide. Dinner in the colorful Huacatay Restaurant.
Inca Trail / Machu Picchu
Travel 1.5 hours by train to Kilometer 104 where we meet the Inca Trail and embark on a cloud forest and subtropical jungle hike to Machu Picchu. Visit the sites of Chachabamba and Wiñay Wayna and enjoy lunch at a waterfall before reaching Intipunku, the “Sun Gate” overlooking Machu Picchu. We’ll have time for a short visit before transferring to the upscale Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for lodging and dinner.
About Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
The Pueblo Hotel’s private 12-acre cloud forest inside the Machu Picchu Sanctuary offers a scattering of cottages, streams, gushing waterfalls, gardens, and wild forest. Discover a working tea plantation, and the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids, open to the public. What could be more enchanting than the vibrant Waqnaki, and the legend of a lovesick Inca princess whose sadness was transformed into colorful teardrop petals?
Machu Picchu / Cusco
Enjoy a full morning of exploring Machu Picchu’s mountaintop ruins with a private guide. You will have the option to hike up Huaynapicchu Mountain at 10:00 am if you desire. Chow down on some lunch in Machu Picchu. Ride a train back to Ollantaytambo this afternoon and drive to Cusco, relishing in the landscapes rushing beside your window. Relax during dinner at your hotel.
About Cusco Libertador Palacio del Inca Hotel
A storied mansion dating back nearly five centuries, Palacio del Inka stands in the historic center of Cusco. Directly across from the Koricancha, it is a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from an array of museums, markets, and restaurants. The rooms blend a rich Peruvian personality with the city’s enchanting history, all while providing the luxuries that a modern-day traveler expects. The state-of-the-art amenities guarantee an enriching and memorable stay in Cusco.
Tour Cusco’s nearby famous archeological ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Venture into the city for lunch. Take a guided walking tour of the main square of Cusco, the Cathedral, and the “Korikancha” temple of the sun. Gather together for a farewell dinner at Map Café followed by some lively music.
Cusco / Lima
Return flight to Lima. With guide assistance, connect with your international flight home.
**Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, 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 Apumayo Expediciones.
Arrival & Departure
An Austin Adventures/Apumayo representative will meet you upon arrival at the Lima airport. Upon clearing customs, transportation to Hotel B in Lima’s Barranco District (1-hour transfer) will be provided. On Day 9 you will be transferred from the Palacio del Inka to the Cusco airport according to your morning or afternoon flight schedule. You will be met upon your arrival in Lima and assistance will be provided to the international departures terminal of the Lima airport. Please confirm with your airline provider if the Peruvian airport departure and tourist tax are included in your ticket. If not, this departure tax must be paid in U.S. dollars or Peruvian Nuevos Soles, as credit cards are not accepted.
Hiking: 1 to 2-mile city walks and ruins tours; 5-mile challenging hike on the Inca Trail (elevation gain of 2,000 feet).
Mountain Biking: 15 miles on dirt, moderately difficult.
Whitewater rafting: Class II and III rapids, no experience necessary.
Crowned by the towering Andes and tucked between the Amazon and the Pacific, Peru offers a captivating mix of adventure, nature, and history. Embedded in every active traveler’s Top Ten List is the great city of the clouds, Machu Picchu. Our route takes us there from bustling Lima to the cobblestone streets of Cusco, from ruin to ruin across the Sacred Valley, and by train and breathtaking footpath over the Inca Trail. Catch a glimpse of the Andean Condor, a vulture with the largest wingspan of any land bird – 10.5 feet! Discover the colorful street markets, friendly people, and strong local culture of Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca empire. Photograph the myriad of salt pans in Maras as the sun reflects off the water’s surface, slowly evaporating and leaving salt in its wake. 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. 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? Even a knife blade can’t be inserted between the precise mortarless joints of the stones used in the building of Machu Picchu, and many of these stones weighed more than 50 tons! Come explore Peru with the experts in adventure travel!
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 the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire, and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in the Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
- All meals from breakfast on Day 2 until breakfast on Day 9.
- Fully trained, bilingual 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 & luggage tags.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- Materials for a school visit.
- Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, & local partner & expert gratuities.
- Entrance fees to attractions in Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu & Huaynapicchu.
Not Included in the Trip Price
- Flights from Lima – Cusco – Lima (approximately $500 per person, depending on availability).
- Guide gratuities.
- Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
- Dinner on Night 1 during the trip.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
Want to know how to fully experience the depth of beauty and culture in a place? Ask Carol Austin. A Montana native who treasures the land and people in her own backyard—be it Yellowstone, the Beartooths, or the family around her dinner table—Carol knows how to embrace any destination she explores, a feat at 40+ countries and counting. And with more than 20 years in the travel industry, she’s really good at helping guests plan—and fully enjoy—their adventure vacation, too. She co-founded Austin Adventures with her husband, Dan Austin.