Map of Peru: Women's Expedition including Peru

See Peru from a female point of view

Learn about the lives and legacy of Peru’s women on an illuminating 8-day adventure. Meet a woman running a food stall in downtown Lima and hear how her business supports her children’s education, get to know the women of the Umasbamba community and find out what weaving means to them, and dine at Mama Seledonia's restaurant, providing employment and training to single mothers. With your local female leader at the helm, take on the iconic Inca Trail, a truly rewarding experience, then explore the spectacular site of Machu Picchu. This expedition will introduce you to extraordinary Peruvian women open to sharing their way of life.


Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Cusco, Peru
Destination
Peru
Style
Original
Theme
Women's Expedition
Code
GGSF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Follow in the footsteps of the Incas as you spend four days trekking the iconic Inca trail, led by your local female leader and accompanied by female porters and your all-women group.

  • Take a walking tour of downtown Lima and visit a food stall where you’ll pick up some snacks and meet the female owner to hear how the business has supported her children’s education.

  • Learn about traditional techniques and the importance of weaving to the women of the Umasbamba community in the Sacred Valley, then join your hosts for a delicious homecooked lunch.

  • Visit one of the world’s most spectacular sites – the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. With your local leader and a female guide, you’ll hear how history unfolded here from a female perspective.

  • Dine at Mama Seledonia's in Cusco, a restaurant that supports single mothers from underprivileged backgrounds by providing employment and culinary training.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, which can cause altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more details on travelling at altitude and ensure you are familiar with signs of AMS.

  • This trip involves a lot of walking to see the sites, as well as the Inca Trail hike. The trip is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Please bring comfortable footwear suitable for hiking. See the ‘Packing’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more detail.

  • While hiking the Inca Trail you will be camping with basic facilities. It's not exactly luxury, but the rewards of the trek make it worth it!

  • According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only, and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted. Please refer to the itinerary for details.

Itinerary

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Lima, Peru. Your Women’s Expedition begins with a 2pm welcome meeting at your hotel, where you’ll meet up with your local female leader and fellow female travellers. After your meeting, head out to explore downtown Lima on a walking tour with your leader. This part of the city is full of historic buildings, manor houses and grand churches – the perfect place to see historic and modern Lima play out side by side. From here, continue to Alameda Chabuca Granda park, home to inviting food stalls run by Lima’s local women. Pick up some tasty snacks, then meet one of the women to hear how she has made a living for herself and supported her children's education through her food stall business. This evening is free for your own discoveries of Lima – the city is known for its fantastic food scene so be sure to ask your leader for tips on where to grab a bite to eat.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lima - Downtown walking tour
  • Lima - Alameda Chabuca Granda tour and tastings
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Say goodbye to Lima this morning and board a flight bound for Cusco (approximately 1.5 hours). The former centre of the Incan Empire, the city of Cusco is like a history book come to life. On arrival, take some time to settle in then head out to get to know the city on a walking tour with your leader. Check out the spectacular Plaza de Armas, the heart of the city, flanked with colonial and Inca buildings and ornate churches. Your dinner tonight is certainly a special one. Dine at Mama Seledonia’s, a restaurant that supports single mothers from underprivileged backgrounds by providing them with employment while teaching culinary and hospitality skills. Specialising in delicious and traditional Cusco dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients, this is sure to be a meal you won’t forget.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cusco - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Cusco - Dinner at Mama Seledonia
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
While away from Cusco, the bulk of your luggage will be stored at your hotel. The evening before you leave Cusco you'll receive a small duffle bag to carry your clothes in during the trek (5kg/11lb maximum). Your team of porters will carry these bags for you, together with the food and equipment for the trail. You won't have access to your duffle bag until the end of each day, as the porters will always be ahead of the group.
Travel from Cusco to the Sacred Valley (approximately 1.5 hours), famed for its Inca ruins and fertile farmland. Here you will visit the Umasbamba community, made up of around 32 families. The community relies on the production of textiles for income, so while here you’ll meet the talented female weavers who skilfully craft colourful pieces. Check out the Umasbamba Textile Museum, opened by the community to give visitors insight into their customs, practices and craft. Join your hosts for a tasty homecooked lunch where you’ll have the chance to try guinea pig, a staple ingredient for communities in the Andes. Bid farewell to your newfound friends and continue to Ollantaytambo, where you will spend the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sacred Valley - Community workshops visit
  • Sacred Valley - Home-cooked lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
The next four days will be spent following in the footsteps of the Inca as you complete the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. First, travel by minivan to the 82-kilometre marker and meet your trekking crew, including female porters and a cook. Your first day is an uphill trek to the campsite, sitting 3100m above sea level. Pass by the Inca sites of Ollantaytambo, Huillca Raccay and Llactapata, and take in unforgettable views of Veronica Peak dusted with snow. When you arrive at the campsite, take the chance to put your feet up, tuck into a good meal and catch up with your travel buddies.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • 3 Night/4 Day Inca Trail (or 2 Night/3 Day Inca Quarry Trail) guided hike(s) with porters' support. Or guided Cusco stay (Machu Picchu by train)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Classic Inca Trail is within the abilities of most fit people, but be prepared – it’s 45 km long and often steep. Each day generally consists of seven hours of walking (uphill and downhill), with snacks and lunch stops. Trekking usually begins at 7 am (except the fourth morning) and you reach the campsite around 5 pm. Accommodation on the trek is camping (three nights). Double tents (twin-share) and foam camping mats are provided. Porters will set up the tents while the cook prepares meals.
Today marks the most challenging day of your trek, but with your female guide and porters leading the way, you should have all the encouragement you need! Climb a long, steep path (approximately 5 hours) before reaching the highest point of the Inca Trail. Known by the ominous moniker of ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, this section of the trail can be tough, but is equally rewarding. Sitting at a height of 4200m, the views over the valley below are simply unbeatable. From here, descend towards your campsite in the Pacaymayo Valley at 3650 metres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Begin the day by climbing through the Pacaymayo Valley to Runkuracay pass (3980 metres). Awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped peak of Cordillera Vilcabamba make every step worth it. From here, spend the next two to three hours descending towards the ruins of Sayacmarca, then continue over the trail’s third pass to the ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3850 metres), also known as 'Town Above the Clouds'. Start the two-hour descent down the Inca steps to the final night's campsite by the Winay Wayna archaeological site.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Get ready for the most scenic day of trekking, and the greatest finish line you could imagine – the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Rise bright and early at 4am and fuel up with breakfast. Say goodbye to the porters who have accompanied you this far as they descend to the train station, then begin your final day of walking by 4.30am. The final checkpoint opens at 5am, at which point you’ll get back on the Inca Trail and complete the last leg of the trek. The walk to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) takes around two-and-a-half hours. Weather permitting, enjoy unforgettable views over the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ as you enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. Here you’ll link up with a local guide who will take you through the ruins and tell you stories of its history and the ancestral people of the region from a female perspective. The true purpose behind Machu Picchu may always be a mystery, as no historical records of the complex exist, but most archaeologists believe it to be the 15th-century headquarters of Emperor Pachacuti. After exploring one of the world’s most spectacular sites, return to Ollantaytambo by train and then on to Cusco by private vehicle.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Machu Picchu - Guided tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With no activities planned for today, your Women’s Expedition comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Taxi, Private vehicle, Plane, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Camping with basic facilities (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Lima - Downtown walking tour
  • Lima - Alameda Chabuca Granda tour and tastings
  • Cusco - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Cusco - Dinner at Mama Seledonia
  • Sacred Valley - Community workshops visit
  • Sacred Valley - Home-cooked lunch
  • 3 Night/4 Day Inca Trail (or 2 Night/3 Day Inca Quarry Trail) guided hike(s) with porters' support. Or guided Cusco stay (Machu Picchu by train)
  • Machu Picchu - Guided tour

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

1. Full passport details are required at the time of booking to purchase Inca Trail permits, entrance fees and transport tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary. Details provided must be accurate as per your passport bio page. Any discrepancies may result in denied entry to the Inca Trail.
2. This trip starts in Lima at 2pm on Day 1. This allows time after the welcome meeting to explore Lima. We recommend booking flights out of Cusco no earlier than midday on Day 8 to allow for possible delays on the final section of the Inca Trail or if you are required to take a Covid test. Intrepid staff will be able to assist in booking any required tests in Cusco.
3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
4. Parts of your trip go above 2800 m/9200 ft where it is common to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude, regardless of age, gender or fitness. Please consult your doctor for professional advice about travelling at high altitude if you have a health condition.
5. This trip includes domestic flights. The luggage allowance is 23kg for check in luggage and 7kg for carry on.
6. Mask wearing is currently mandatory in Peru. You will be required to wear a mask whenever you are unable to maintain the required physical distance between yourself, fellow group members and local people. This may be while hiking or in public spaces.
7. Currently, travellers aged 40 and above will be required to show evidence of a booster shot in order to access domestic flights and trains, and to enter enclosed public spaces (eg restaurants, museums, shops). We recommend all travellers receive their booster shot prior to travel.

Essential trip information

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