Join this breathtaking Peru lodge-to-lodge trekking tour to the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu! Hiking the quieter Salkantay Route (versus the busier Inca Trail), walk in the footsteps of Incan villagers to ancient ruins, home to master stone cutters, chieftains, and the Incan emperor himself while staying in the comfort of charming Peruvian mountain lodges.
You’ll earn your kudos on this challenging trekking trip in Peru all the way from Cuzco to Machu Picchu! You’ll hike four to nine hours a day supported by your fellow Adventure Women, catching exhilarating views of Peruvian Andes mountain peaks by day and sharing your high-altitude triumphs at night in the comfort of comfortable Peruvian mountain lodges nestled under star-filled skies. Peru’s Andes evoke a sense of wonder and spiritual connection in all who experience them. One can easily imagine how this location once attracted the attention of the Incan Empire’s king.
From Cuzco, you begin your Peruvian trekking trip by entering the Sacred Valley with its wealth of Incan ruins to reach your starting point on the Camino Real, eventually passing below the sacred Mount Salkantay. On an acclimatization hike to the turquoise Lake Humantay, prepare for the demands of the climb ahead, because trekking the Rio Blanco Valley and the switchbacks of the Siete Culebras (Seven Snakes) will test your limits as a hiker. With groans and cheers, arrive at Salkantay Pass (15,213 feet) then descend into a cloud forest where the sudden sight of butterflies, orchids, mosses, and other plant life along the Salkantay River are quite uplifting. Stop here for a traditional hot Peruvian pachamanca meal followed by time to unwind and soothe sore muscles in an outdoor Jacuzzi surrounded by towering mountain peaks. A day’s hike among orchards and coffee plantations in Santa Teresa River Valley ends sweetly in the evening as you explore a 12-acre cloud forest paradise.
Here’s a fun video of what it’s like trekking the Salkantay Route to Machu Picchu:
Continue your Peru trekking adventure on your way to Machu Picchu, “the Lost City of the Incas” with an optional hike or a trip to local hot springs to ease your (possibly) sore feet. Both choices will inspire you for that final push to the palace! You reach your goal, the Incan palace of Machu Picchu, as the morning sun lights your way into the city. Imagine life within the vibrant Incan society as you walk among the ruins of the perfectly constructed plazas and chambers, climb the perfectly-carved stone stairways, and visit the royal Inca residences of the Watchtower and the Temple of the Sun. You’ll have a chance to climb the iconic Huayna Picchu as well. Take plenty of photos with your fellow adventurers to celebrate this incredible moment!
Returning to Cuzco, you’ll get a chance to meet female master weavers and Peruvian artisans in their workshop and explore the city’s ancient beauty. In the evening, to top off your Peru trip, you’ll join your fellow trekkers for a jubilant farewell dinner celebrating your incredible journey together and the friendships that bloomed along the way.
On this hiking trek for women to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay Route, walk in the footsteps of an ancient Incan civilization – and push your fitness to a new level – on an unforgettable trekking journey to one of the world’s true wonders!
- Day-by-Day Itinerary: Machu Picchu Hiking Tour for Women
- What’s Included on your Peru Hiking Trip for Women
- Your Lodge-to-Lodge Accommodations While Traveling in Peru
- What to Pack for Your Machu Picchu Trekking Tour
- Travel Tips & Information About Traveling to Cuzco, Peru
- Detailed Itinerary: Peru Adventure Travel Tour for Women to Machu Picchu
- Take the route less traveled all the way from Cuzco to Machu Picchu on an active trekking challenge
- Explore some of Peru’s natural treasures from the Sacred Vally to Mount Salkantay to Huayna Picchu on foot
- Stay in delightful Peru lodges at night enjoying the best of Peruvian cuisine and comfort after challenging days of hiking
- Discover Cuzco’s colorful displays of textiles and Peruvian culture
What You'll See and Do
- Cultural Exploration
- Historical Sites
- Local Delicacies
- Natural History
- Spa Element
- Women-To-Women Exchanges