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art & culture • 10 days, 10 nights

Peru: Machu Picchu and the Last Incan Bridges

art & culture • 10 days, 10 nights

Peru: Machu Picchu and the Last Incan Bridges

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  • Group Size 14 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Outdoor Expedition
from $5,740 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Trace the living legacy of the Incan Empire as you journey to the spectacular ruins at Machu Picchu and visit one of the last Incan Rope Bridges. In Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, delve into the enduring Inca influences on modern Peruvian culture. You’ll soar above the mysterious Nazca Lines etched in the desert, feel the morning mist as you walk the Inca Trail, and get to know local artisans during a weaving workshop. Along the way, you'll taste the bright flavors of Peru’s distinctive cuisine paired with local wines and pisco.


  • Unlock the secrets of the lost palace of Machu Picchu
  • Cross one of the last remaining Incan Rope Bridges
  • Attend a hands-on weaving workshop with local artisans
  • Marvel at the mysterious Nazca Lines from the air
  • Blast through the sands of Huacachina Oasis on a dune buggy


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info


The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy. Internal flight costs are charged at a supplemental cost of $285 per person.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1,560 per person. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. 

Activity Level

Four to six miles of walking each day, with lots of time spent moving around and on your feet. You should be comfortable walking on both flat and uneven ground, as well as stairs.  Our trip will gradually go up in elevation, starting in the Sacred Valley, which sits at an elevation of approximately 8,000ft (2,440m). We then make our way to Machu Picchu, which sits at an elevation of 7,874ft (2,430 m) and end in Cusco at the highest elevation on the tour at 11,152 feet (3,399 m). 

The short Inca trail trek included in the program is approximately 8 miles (13km) and 5-6 hours in duration. This is a moderate to difficult hike due to its exposed, rocky terrain and high altitude. The first leg of the hike will be approximately 3 hours and a steady climb to reach Wiñay Wayna. From here, the trail continues through woodlands and includes a river/stream crossing before it begins its final ascent to the Sun Gate or entrance to Machu Picchu. There will be porters to assist along the way.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins in Lima. Since most international flights arrive into Lima very late in the evening/early morning, Atlas Obscura has included and pre-booked the night before your trip at your Lima hotel. You can book a flight that arrives in the early morning of Day 1 (before 8am) or the day before. An airport transfer will be included. We will meet as a group on Day 1 of the trip for a welcome brunch at approximately 10 AM. 

Our trip concludes on Day 10 in Cusco, where we will transfer you to the airport. You can book your outbound flight at any time. 


*Airport transfers are only provided if arriving & departing on the trip dates, or if pre/post arrangements have been made through Atlas Obscura. 

Domestic Flights

As part of the trip, we will have a domestic flight on Day 4 from Lima to Cusco. The flight is approximately 1 hour & 20 mins in duration. Atlas Obscura will book this domestic flight on your behalf, but the cost is charged in addition to your trip price. Please refer to the Pricing section for more information.

Luggage Restrictions

Your domestic flight from Lima to Cusco has a luggage limit of one piece of checked luggage not exceeding 23kg / 50 pounds. 

For your Inca trail hike, you are asked to bring a day bag including a change of clothes and toiletries for your overnight in Aguas Calientes. We will have porters to assist in carrying your belongings along the trek. Your primary luggage will be transferred from the Sacred Valley to Cusco and securely stored at our hotel. 

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable hotels
  • Pre-Night accommodation (1 night) in Lima 
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • An experienced Trip Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Inca trail permits + porter assistance during trek
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • All customary gratuities (including porters, local guest tips, housekeeping, restaurants, etc), not including the Tour Leader
  • Transportation and flights to and from Peru
  • Pre and Post trip accommodations
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Internal domestic flight from Lima to Cusco on Day 4 (priced separately)
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuity for Trip Leader
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Trip FAQ

The Inca Trail is one of the world's most popular adventure travel experiences. To help protect the trail from its over-popularity a permit system was introduced to limit the number of people on the trail to 500 a day. To secure your Inca trail permit on the trip, we require a color copy of your passport at time of booking. 

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