Experience life-changing moments in Peru during a 12-day active trip that blends nature, culture, and adventure.

The trip starts with a biking tour through the most attractive sites of the capital, Lima. Then you will fly to the Andes, Cusco, where you will acclimate and get to know the city and surroundings on foot, climb the famous Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain, and hike one of the best trekking routes in the world, the classic 5-day Salkantay Trek with incredible natural scenery, ending in the citadel of Machu Picchu.

📍 This tour includes sensitive destinations, therefore we request you to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

🍏 All food on this tour is prepared mostly with local ingredients.

🍃  Hotels with this mark are sustainable. We hope you will take them into account when making your reservation

 

TRIP SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrival to Lima

Day 2: Lima Urban Bike Tour

Day 3: Lima - Cusco 

Day 4: Cusco Walking City Tour & San Pedro Market

Day 5: Sacred Valley of the Incas with Llama Trek

Day 6: Palccoyo Rainbown Mountain Tour

Day 7: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Day 1/5

Day 8:  Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Day 2/5

Day 9:  Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Day 3/5

Day 10: Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Day 4/5

Day 11: Machu Picchu, Citadel Excursion – return to Cusco Day 5/5

Day 12: Añay Cusco!
 

Discover the magic of Peru with our carefully curated 12-day itinerary. In this active Peru Tour, you'll explore Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu through a series of exciting activities. The highlight of this program is the Salkantay Trek, culminating in an unforgettable arrival at Machu Picchu! 

Day 1: Arrival to Lima 

Upon your arrival to the Lima Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will provide a brief introduction to the city and our services while driving you to your hotel in Miraflores. You will have the remainder of the day free to relax and get acquainted with the city at your own pace. Depending on your arrival time, we have plenty of suggestions for you so you can make the most of your first day in Lima.

Meals: None provided
Accommodations: (S) El Tambo 

Day 2: Lima Urban Bike Tour

Our urban tour offers a combination of culture, sightseeing and relaxation. It starts at 09:30 in the center of Miraflores and will take 3 hours. The tour includes the visit of “Huaca Pucllana” an archeological excavation site of the Inca, the inspection of San Isidro as well as some further attractions on the way Crossing the Malecón in Miraflores we reach the market of Surquillo where you can taste some exotic fruits. At the end you can have a good coffee in an insider coffee of Lima with view over the ocean and afterwards go back to our starting point.

Duration: Approx. 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: (S) El Tambo

Day 3: Flight from Lima to Cusco

At given time we will take you to Lima airport from where you will travel further to the Andes to Cusco. Upon arrival, we will take you to your hotel and you will have the remainder of the day free for acclimatization and stroll through the impressive old town.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: (S) Yawar Inka

Day 4: Cusco Walking City Tour & San Pedro Market

Today we will explore the amazing city of Cusco, which was the Capital of the Inca empire and one of the most historical cities in the Americas.
In the morning, you will begin your tour visiting the Fortress of Sacsayhuamán, one of the most important military and ceremonial centers in Incan times. We will continue our tour strolling through the main square, where you will be able to explore one of Cusco’s most impressive buildings, Qoricancha or The Temple of the Sun, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. As you return to the lower part of the city, you will stop off at the San Pedro Market, where you will be mesmerized by the variety of unique and traditional produce and discover new aromas and tastes of the region.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: (S) Yawar Inka

Day 5: Sacred Valley of the Incas with Llama trek

We will pick you up in Cusco and drive you to Chincheros, 40 minutes away, where we will take you along the Piuray Lagoon to the village community of Cuper Bajo. The village community will greet you with music and dance, then guide you to the community center. The village community, which primarily relies on handicrafts and agriculture, will then begin with a short hike with llamas (30 to 40 minutes) to the lagoon Piuray. On the way, you will pass the ancient Inca ruins, and you can enjoy the tranquility and beauty of this area. Next, you will have the opportunity to learn about traditional weaving and dyeing techniques. You can also purchase these.
The next stop is Moray, where we will visit three huge terrace rings that are considered to be the Incas' agricultural experimental laboratory. Next, we will discover the process of salt mining at an elevation of 3000 meters in the nearby Maras. At the end of our excursion, we will go to Ollantaytambo, a lively village of Incan origin.
We will transfer you to your hotel at the end.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodations: (S) Yawar Inka

Day 6: Palccoyo Rainbown Mountain Tour

Today, early in the morning, we will drive to Palccoyo Mountain, which is only 20 kilometers from the original rainbow mountain. Only a few tourists visit this mountain, which is just as beautiful as its big brother and offers not just one but three rainbows.
We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning, around 4:30 a.m., and set out on a drive through the southeast of the Cusco Valley. The drive to Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain takes about 3 hours. Upon our arrival, our hike begins along a charming stream, where you'll be immediately surprised by herds of alpacas and llamas. After approximately 30 minutes of hiking, we will reach our destination: the stunning Rainbow Mountains of Palcoyo, standing at 5,020 meters (16,466 feet).
Once you recover from the awe-inspiring beauty, you'll have ample time to explore the area, take photos, and soak in the environment. We will spend approximately an hour at the summit, allowing you to also appreciate the beautiful natural rock formations in the area.
After this, we will start our descent, retracing our steps downhill for about 30 minutes. Then, we will drive back to Cusco; the approximate arrival time is about 5:00 p.m.

  • Activity level: Moderate to hard
  • Walking distance: 03 km/1.86 mi
  • Minimum elevation: 3310 m/10200 ft
  • Maximum elevation: 5,020 m/16,466 ft

Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodations: (S) Yawar Inka

Day 7: Salkantay Trek Day 1: The Road to Salkantay

Today we will start this amazing journey traveling to a small village, located six hours away from the Apurimac River.
On the way, we will observe breathtaking views of the chains of snowcapped peaks of Vilcabamba, the quaint village of Mollepata, and the stunning Apurimac River Valley. At this point, we will encounter the horses, mules, and wranglers who will carry your gear during the trek. We will start off with a gentle climb up the mountain through the Amazing River Valley of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, hiking steadily upwards to the high plateau, following a series of switchbacks called the Siete Culebras. This incredible path leads up to the grandiose Mount Salkantay, which is the highest point of our trek.
Along the way, you will get an amazing first view of the Humantay glacier. As we approach our campsite at Suiroccocha, the enormous Salkantay peak dominates the skyline. This first camp is located at 11,500 feet. For those ones who are still fit can hike to the beautiful lagoon of Huamantay.
Altitude: 13,448 feet.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Camping

Day 8: Salkantay Trek Day 2: Upward and Onward

After breakfast, we will start our trek with a moderate climb up the Salcantay Mountain, where we will find small piles of stones, also known Apachetas. These served as offerings to the Gods. At this point, we will find ourselves at the feet of two impressive mountains: Salkantay peak and Humantay.
Salkantay is the most imposing mountain in the Cusco region, a large, steep peak, with a steep vertical grade. From this point, we will descend to our camp in Colcapampa Village, where we will spend the night.

Altitude: 13,500 feet

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Camping

Day 9: Salkantay Trek Day 3: From High Mountain Peaks to Lush Tropical Jungle

Very early in the morning we will start our descent to the eastern slope of the Andes, into the lush tropical valley where we will be able to observe the interesting flora and fauna characteristic of this region. This includes orchids, hummingbirds, butterflies, parrots, lush groves, cocoa and coffee plants, to name a few.
After crossing the river, we will be trekking along the left hand side of the Alto Salkantay. This part of the trek is easy as you descend altitude and we will observe how the landscape changes from the Andes mountain terrain to the low jungle. Finally, we will reach Playa, a small village where we set up camp for the night.

Altitude: 6,724 feet

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Camping

Day 10: Salkantay Trek Day 4: Serene Views of Machu Picchu

Today we continue this amazing trek through a sub-tropical region until we reach the village of Lucmabamba, where we will join an original Inca Trail. From this point, we will be able to observe the quaint Santa Teresa Valley. After a gradual uphill climb through a lush forest, we will reach Llactapata from where we will enjoy beautiful views of Machu Picchu Citadel and of the surrounding peaks.
In the afternoon, we will descend to the Hydroelectrica, where we will have our final meal with the crew. Afterwards you will board the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo where you will spend the night.

Altitude: 6,560 feet

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: (S) Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

Day 11: Salkantay Trek Day 5: Stunning & Captivating Machu Picchu

Today after breakfast, you will take the early bus up to the stunning archaeological complex of Machu Picchu. You will explore this enigmatic citadel where your expert guide will lead you through the ruins.  He will provide archaeological and historical information on key areas of interest, including The Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana (the Sun Dial) and the Sacred Plaza. You will appreciate the most amazing views from the top of the citadel! This is an opportunity to revel in the energy and atmosphere of one of the most significant and spectacular archaeological sites of the world, surrounded by the cloud forest. You will also have the opportunity to see Llamas wandering around the citadel in their natural environment.
After descending to Machu Picchu Pueblo, you will have some free time for lunch, and to wander around this picturesque town. In the afternoon, you will board the train to return to Ollantaytambo Station, where one of our representatives will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: (S) Yawar Inka

Day 12: Añay Perú!

Today, after nearly two weeks of an Andean getaway, your adventure through Peru ends.
At the designated time, we will transport you to the airport, from where you will take your flight back home, bringing with you countless photos, unique impressions, and many beautiful memories from your trip!

Meals: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS AND NO INCLUSIONS

Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 8 nights with breakfast, as described in the itinerary.
  • Camping accommodations for 3 nights.
  • Private transportations hotel / airport in every destination.
  • Private Lima Urban Bike Tour.
  • Private Cusco Walking City Tour & San Pedro Market.
  • Private Sacred Valley of the Incas with Llama trek.
  • Shared Palccoyo Rainbown Mountain Tour.
  • Shared Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 5- Days.
  • All admission fees.
  • Train tickets to & from Machu Picchu.
  • Bus tickets to & from Machu Picchu.
  • 6 Lunch and 4 dinner included.

Not Included

  • International & domestic airfares, unless specifically mentioned.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of personal nature such as gratuities, internet charges, excess baggage charges, laundry, beverages and meals not described in the itinerary.

PRICE PER PERSON

  • Standard: $ 1685

CANCELLATION POLICY

Before booking your Active Peu Tour with Peruvian Sunrise, we recommend that you read through our detailed cancellation policy to ensure that you understand everything. Familiarizing yourself with our terms will help you manage your expectations and prepare for your exciting journey.

Changes: Please read our terms & conditions

WHAT TO PACK?

  • Travel Documents: Passport, travel insurance, flight tickets, and any necessary visas.
  • Tickets: Ensure you have your train and entrance tickets printed or downloaded to your mobile device.
  • Daypack: Bring a lightweight and comfortable daypack to carry all your essentials.
  • Comfortable clothing: Dress in comfortable layers that are suitable for changing weather conditions. It’s essential to bring a waterproof and windproof jacket.
  • Footwear: Sturdy broken-in hiking boots, Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers, Sandals or flip-flops (for relaxing at the end of the day)
  • Clothing: Lightweight clothing for Lima and Cusco (t-shirts and shorts). Warm layers for cooler evenings and high-altitude areas include sweaters and fleece jackets. Waterproof and windproof jacket (for possible rain and wind in the mountains) Comfortable hiking pants (quick-dry and moisture-wicking are recommended). Hiking socks (multiple pairs, including moisture-wicking options) Base layers are thermal tops and bottoms for cold nights. Hat and gloves (for colder climates on the trek), Swimsuit (for possible swimming opportunities), Underwear and sleepwear.
  • Sun protection: Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun’s rays at high altitudes.
  • Water bottle: It’s essential to stay hydrated at high altitudes. Bring a refillable water bottle.
  • Snacks: Bring light snacks like energy bars or fruit to keep yourself fueled throughout the day.
  • Camera: If you enjoy photography, bring a camera to capture the beautiful landscapes.
  • Cash: Bring cash in local currency in case you need to buy anything or tip your guides.
  • Rain Gear: Lightweight rain jacket or poncho, especially for the rainforest in Puerto Maldonado.
  • Personal Items: Toiletries, including sunscreen, insect repellent, and any personal medications.
  • Special Items for Specific Activities: Rain poncho (especially for the trek days), Extra layer for the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour (due to higher altitude and cold), Small gifts or tokens (for local interactions and visits), Cycling gloves and padded shorts (for the Lima Urban Bike Tour)

Welcome to the Peru Adventure Tour FAQs section. We understand that planning a trip to a new location can raise numerous questions. To help you prepare for your trip, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the itinerary, accommodations, activities, and more. Whether you're wondering about the trek's fitness requirements, what to pack, or how meals and transportation are organized, you'll find the answers here. If you have any additional questions that are not addressed in this section, please contact us. We're here to make your travel experience memorable and seamless!

What health precautions should I take?

It's recommended to consult with your doctor regarding vaccinations and medications needed for travel to Peru. You should also be aware of altitude sickness, particularly in Cusco and during the Salkantay Trek.

What currency should I bring to Peru?

Peru's official currency is the Peruvian sol (PEN). It's best to have some local currency on hand for small purchases, though credit cards are widely accepted in larger establishments.

How challenging is the hike to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain?

The activity level is moderate to hard, with a walking distance of approximately 3 km (1.86 mi) and a maximum elevation of 5,020 meters (16,466 feet).

What should I expect on the Salkantay Trek?

The Salkantay Trek consists of hiking through the Vilcabamba mountain range, reaching high altitudes, observing diverse flora and fauna, and camping every night. Salkantay Mountain, the Humantay Glacier, and views of Machu Picchu are among the must-sees.

What does the Machu Picchu visit include?

You'll take an early bus to Machu Picchu, where an expert guide will walk you through the ruins and provide archaeological and historical information. You will also have free time to explore the Machu Picchu Pueblo before returning to Cusco.

What is the best time of year to take this trip?

he best time to visit Peru and undertake this itinerary is during the dry season, from May to September. This period offers the best weather for hiking and outdoor activities.

What activities are included in the Sacred Valley tour?

The tour includes a visit to Chincheros, a llama-led hike to Piuray Lagoon, a demonstration of traditional weaving and dyeing techniques, and stops in Moray and Maras before returning to Ollantaytambo.