The Peruvian landscape includes huge mountains, coastal lowlands, high plains, rainforests, and cloud forests. Not surprisingly, this is a great country for hiking. The following tours will get you on the trail with experienced and knowledgeable guides. You can enjoy mellow strolls through the Amazon Jungle or more strenuous ascents up the Andes Mountains. And during some hiking tours - most notably the ones along the Inca Trail - you'll pass ancient archaeological sites and famous Inca ruins.
19 Things to Do
This 4-day, 3-night tour provides travelers with a comprehensive experience on the Inca Trail. You’ll hike for several days, passing Inca archeological sites and enjoying stunning views before arriving at your final destination—the sacred city of Machu Picchu.
8 hrsFrom $1022
This 2-hour hiking tour is a breathtaking complement to a visit to the Machu Picchu ruins. You will leave for Huayna Picchu mountain from Aguas Calientes, the small town that is nearest Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu’s peak towers over Machu Picchu – at the summit of Huayna Picchu, hikers will be 1,180 feet higher than ruins of Machu Picchu, at 8,920 feet above sea level.
2 hrsFrom $138
Lake Titicaca is an enormous lake with islands that are home to indigenous people. On this 2-day tour you will meet some of these natives, and even spend a night at the home of a family that lives on Amantani Island. On your tour of the lake, you’ll also learn about the history and mythology of Lake Titicaca.
10 hrsFrom $134
This 2-day, 1-night tour offers travelers an excellent introduction to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. You’ll take the train to and from Cusco, hike along a section of the Inca Trail towards the Wiñay Wayna archeological site, and explore Machu Picchu. What more could you ask for?
10 hrsFrom $682
This tour allows you to experience beautiful views of the Palccoyo “Rainbow” Mountain. The colorful stripes on the mountain are layers of sediment exposed by erosion. How bright the colors appear depends on the weather — the colors can be more dull on cloudy or rainy days, but no matter what the conditions on the day of your tour there’s still plenty to see on this one-day trek.
10 hrsFrom $95
Take this tour to learn about modern culture around the lake as well as the fascinating history left behind by the indigenous people. This tour takes you to the many attractions on Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Sun God and the Inca empire itself. The first stop of the tour is at Copacabana, the main Bolivian town on the shores of Lake Titicaca, so make sure to bring your passport and a visa!
11 hrsFrom $380
Some say that the path to adventure is uncertain and unknown. When hiking to Peru’s Mandor Waterfall, the path to adventure takes you through the village of Aguas Calientes, past the bridges of Machu Picchu, up a ladder, past train tracks, through a garden, and jungle. After all of this, you still have a waterfall to look forward to — talk about taking the scenic route.
5 hrsFrom $36
This hike will take you to the top of the Machu Picchu Mountain, and will give you a sweeping perspective of the mountain range that the Inca held sacred. At its highest peak, Machu Picchu Mountain rises a staggering 10,000 feet above sea level. As you hike up the mountain, you will see the Machu Picchu ruins sprawled below, nestled among the mountains of the Sacred Valley.
4 hrsFrom $131
On this tour, you'll get to see one of the Andes' most breathtaking sights. In the native language of Quechua, Vinicunca means “seven color mountain.” It is also commonly referred to as “Rainbow Mountain” because of its striped pattern of red, green, and lavender. These colors come from different types of sediment and are due in part to the high altitude.
11 hrsFrom $63
Salkantay is the longer and someone less frequented trail to Machu Picchu. This 5-day, 4-night trek takes you to see glaciers, remote Andean villages, and Andean fruit and coffee plantations. The Salkantay Mountain served as an important point in the Incan concept of sacred geography.
9 hrsFrom $740
This tour offers an alternative option to treks on the Inca Trail. Over the course of 5 days and 4 nights, you’ll hike across beautiful mountainous environments as you make your way towards the crown jewel of Peruvian archeology—Machu Picchu.
9 hrsFrom $671
This luxurious 7-day trek to Machu Picchu allows you to have an unforgettable trekking experience in between stays in luxurious lodges that include perks like massages and Jacuzzis. Guides carry the bulk of your supplies and handle all of the meal preparations — while you hike, all you need to to focus on is the views and adjusting the tremendous altitude. Dinners include wine pairings and the cooks are ready to cater to your special requests.
6 hrsFrom $3371
The Perolniyoc Waterfall is a lesser-known sight in the Sacred Valley, just outside of Ollantaytambo. Travelers come here to admire the pristine beauty of the falls – this is a bit more off the beaten path, giving you the chance to experience a natural wonder without crowds. At the top of the canyon, you’ll also get to see the Inca ruins of Raqaypata.
6 hrsFrom $92
Embark on this two-day, one-night trek to see some of the most breathtaking views near Arequipa. Although the terrain doesn’t require technical skill, the presence of ash and sand and the high altitude make it a more challenging hike. That being said, the landscape here is quite beautiful and worth the extra effort. You’ll sleep in a warm, comfortable tent, and have all your meals prepared by your guides and served in the dining tent. Travelers carry their own backpacks, but all the other equipment gets transported by porters.
12 hrsFrom $953
Take this tour to see the beautiful scenery that surrounds Cusco, as well as a few of the lesser-known archeological sites in the area. You’ll go on a road trip through the mountains and take in incredible views of the rivers and valleys that shaped the Inca’s territory. This is also an excellent jaunt for bird watching, and you’ll stop at overlooks where you can see the majestic Andean condor take flight.
12 hrsFrom $95
This tour takes you to the many attractions on Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Sun God and the Inca empire itself. It starts out at La Paz and ends at Puno, so make sure to bring your tourist visa and passport.
11 hrsFrom $397
- Elliot H.
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