Backroads & Highlands of Peru

17 days,Lima to Cusco

Gaze at Andean vistas, experience the culture and mingle with the locals on public buses, conquer the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, savour the diverse cuisine Peru is known for.

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Get off the beaten path in the highlands of Peru and discover stunning mountain scenery and remote cities few tourists visit. Getting to Cusco is half the adventure—travel by public bus keeps costs down and allows you to connect with the locals in the rarefied mountain air of the Andes. Climb the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas'. We operate our own treks in Peru and can ensure the fair treatment of our porters—and an exceptional experience for you.

What's Included

  • Huancayo stay. Huancavelica stay. Ayacucho stay. Andahuaylas stay. Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4-day). Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail. Machu Picchu guided tour. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners. (Allow USD300-350 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (13 nts), camping (3 nts).
  • Public bus, private van, hiking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on the hike, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 8
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Places Visited
Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-3 Huancayo (2B)

Spectacular bus ride into the Andes to Huancayo. Optional hiking, biking or horseback riding or free time to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Day 4 Huancavelica (1B)

Opt to visit to the nearby mines or explore the city's market and hot springs.

Day 5-7 Ayacucho (3B)

Travel by public buses and private van through the highlands and remote communities of the Andes to Ayacucho. Free time for day tours to nearby archaeological sites, markets, an optional city tour or individual exploration.

Day 8-9 Andahuaylas (2B)

Opt to visit to the Sondor archaeological site, the Pacucha Lagoon or the market.

Day 10-11 Cusco (2B)

Free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour, head out whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Day 12 Ollantaytambo (1B)

Time for an optional visit of the Ollantaytambo ruins, to go shopping or to explore the narrow cobblestoned streets. Optional Sacred Valley tour, including a visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op.

Day 13-16 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu (4B,3L,3D)

Take in Inca culture, history and great views on a 4-day guided Inca Trail hike with a visit to Machu Picchu. Planeterra-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Inca Trail. Optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco.

Day 17 Cusco (1B)

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking pre- and post-accommodation to fully experience these lovely cities.

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