Machu Picchu

Lost in the misty valleys of the Andes mountain range until 1911, Machu Picchu is probably the most familiar landmark of the Incas: a spectacular city in the clouds, perched 2,400m above the farmland of Peru’s Sacred Valley. Thousands of travellers every year make the trek along the Inca Trail from the ancient capital of Cuzco, traversing the steep mountain peaks and the ruins of Ollantaytambo.  It’s a glorious trail, and our friendly Peruvian porters, guides and chefs help make it as fun and comfortable as possible. Whether you’ve only got a week or want to work it into a sprawling Peruvian itinerary, there’s a Machu Picchu adventure that fits the bill.  

Our top trips


The Inca Trail

8 days, 
The classic circuit to Machu Picchu. Fly into Cuzco and begin your journey north-west into the Sacred Valley. Explore a land of ancient ruins, mist-shrouded valleys and sheer green peaks. 

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Inca Trail Express

7 days, 
For those who are having trouble balancing a chock-full itinerary, a slight shortcut from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu helps shave a day off the classic Ina Trail.

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Majestic Peru

15 days, 
Our comprehensive Peruvian platter. Travel from the gorgeous coastal centres of Lima and Paracas to the Andean highlands of Cuzco.

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Best time to visit

Peru is a year-round destination, but the mountain dry season generally runs from April to October. The nights are milder in these mid-year months, and there are often wild orchids in bloom along the trail. June and July are the most popular, and therefore most crowded, months on the trail. Low cloud cover in winter also means cold nights on the trail – bring some thermals for a good night’s sleep. 

Forgotten fact

Many of the porters on the Inca Trail sleep with a mirror under their pillow. They believe it keeps away the Incan spirits that still haunt the mountains around the Sacred Valley.

Other popular cultural holidays

Angkor Wat
Egyptian Pyramids
Taj Mahal
Terracotta Warriors