Classic Machu Picchu Adventure

Classic Machu Picchu Adventure

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Classic Machu Picchu Adventure

6 Days Starting and ending in Cusco, Peru

Visiting: Cusco, Saqsaywaman, Sacred Valley Tours, Pisac, Chinchero, Juchuy Coscco, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Salineras de Maras

Tour operator:

Active Adventures

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

5 - 14

Physical rating:

Medium, 3: Step It Up

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Tour Overview

Discover the highlights and hidden gems of Peru on our Classic Machu Picchu Adventure There's no doubt you'll be mind blown by the contrasting landscapes, from the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu to the crystal clear water of Isabela Island, on our Classic Machu Picchu Adventure. Starting in Cuzco, you'll cycle into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, hike the Huchuy Qosqo Trail, experience Machu Picchu and explore Pisac market.


  • Walk around this amazing ancient city and up to Sacsayhuamán fortress overlooking the main Plaza and Cuzco Valley.

  • Enjoy spectacular hike up to the Pisac ruins.

  • Hike to the Sun Gate for a unique perspective on these remote Inca ruins.


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Day 1 : Arrive In Cuzco, Hike Sacsayhuaman Fortress

Location: Cusco, Saqsaywaman

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ramada Wyndham Costa del Sol, Cuzco

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner,

Our trip starts in Cuzco, the heart of the Inca empire. After lunch, we’ll set off for a walk around this amazing ancient city and up to Sacsayhuamán fortress overlooking the main Plaza and Cuzco Valley. The fortress is a magnificent archaeological site representing a set of jaguar’s teeth with massive, perfectly fitted stones weighing up to 130 tonnes each and was the place where the Incas made their final stand against the Spanish conquistadores. No one really knows what the Incas used Sacsayhuamán for – some say it was a sanctuary and temple of the sun, others say it was a granary, and yet another theory is that it was the place where the old Inca king would play football using the heads of his enemies! No matter who is right, you’ll have a lot of fun hearing all the stories this amazing area inspires. Later, we’ll take a walk through the colorful Cuzco street markets. If you prefer, you can take some time to soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Cuzco’s lively town square and meet up again later for an evening meal.Hiking:2 kilometers (1.2 miles, 1-2 hours, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)

Day 2 : Cycle Sacred Valley, Visit Pisac Market, Hike Pisac Ruins

Location: Sacred Valley Tours, Pisac

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sonesta Posada del Inka, Yucay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

We’ll head into the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas this morning, stopping just above Cuzco, where we’ll jump on our bikes and ride down through breathtaking scenery, dotted with local villages and surrounded by the massive green slopes of the Andes. We’ll finish our ride in the small town of Pisac, where we’ll have a chance to check out the colorful mercado artesanal. From here, we’ll begin a spectacular hike up to the Pisac ruins. It’s a heart-pumping walk up through ancient agricultural terraces – you’ll never forget the views of Pisac and the Urubamba Valley! After exploring the ancient complex, we’ll descend the original Inca stairways and head further into the Sacred Valley. Our home for the night is the small village of Yucay, in the heart of the Peruvian Andes.Biking:20 kilometers (12 miles), 2-4 hours (flexible) Hiking:7 kilometers (4.3 miles), 2-4 hours, elevation +/- 450 meters (1,476 feet)

Day 3 : Explore Chinchero, Hike To Huchuy Qosqo

Location: Chinchero, Juchuy Coscco, Aguas Calientes

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hatun Inti Boutique, Aguas Calientes

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

We’ll set off early this morning and head to the remote market village of Chinchero. Said to be the birthplace of the rainbow, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time 500 years while we explore the cobbled alleyways and beautiful town square – still the main trading centre of the Incas from over half a century ago. From Chinchero, we’ll drive past the Piuray Lagoon and on to the Andean village of Tauca, where we’ll begin our hike to Huchuy Qosqo. The dramatic mountain views of the Urubamba range and deep valleys below are off the charts! As we make our way over the Pucajasa Mountain Pass, we’ll pass through high mountain meadows, lagoons and indigenous communities that have little contact with the outside world. Shortly before lunch we’ll arrive at the spectacular ruins of Huchuy Qosqo (Little Cuzco), thought to be the remnants of an Inca hideaway village. After lunch, we’ll hike down to Lamay village and drive a short distance to Ollantaytambo, where we’ll take an unforgettable train ride down to the sub-tropical village of Aguas Calientes. You’ll have a chance to wander around this colorful little town before dinner and relax after a full day of hiking!Hiking:13.5 kilometers (8.4 miles), 5-7 hours, elevation + 579 meters (1,900 feet) / - 1,524 meters (5,000 feet)

Day 4 : Visit Machu Picchu

Location: Machu Picchu

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: El Arbergue Hotel or similar, Ollantaytambo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

After an early breakfast, we’ll head up to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, where we’ll meet our local guide who will show us around this fascinating ancient city. Afterward, you’ll have all morning to explore the many passageways and stone structures of this mysterious place on your own. We’ll also have the chance to hike to the Sun Gate for a unique perspective on these remote Inca ruins, set high on top of a mountain surrounded by lush peaks. After plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu, we’ll take a scenic train ride back to Ollantaytambo, known to the locals simply as ‘Ollanta’.Hiking:1-3 hours, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)

Day 5 : Ollantaytambo Archaeology Tour, Hike To Las Salineras

Location: Ollantaytambo, Salineras de Maras, Cusco

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ramada Wyndham Costa del Sol, Cuzco

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Ollanta is dominated by two large ruins and is the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been inhabited since the 13th Century! The Ollantaytambo ruins offer a fascinating insight into Inca archaeology, so we’ll spend the morning with a local guide discovering the site, placing our travels into context. Later, we’ll take an incredible hike into the majestic Valle Sagrado de Los Incas. After a visit to the town of Maras, we’ll hike down to the salt pans of Las Salineras with the Rio Urubamba and the Sacred Valley below us. These unique salt terraces have been used since Inca times and provide a great opportunity to hone your camera skills. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt-laden water that the Incas diverted into shallow pools to produce salt, and this is still done today.Hiking:4 kilometers (2.5 miles), 1-3 hours, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)

Day 6 : Free Morning In Cuzco, Depart

Location: Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast,

Cuzco is the archaeological capital of the Americas and it’s a fabulous place to wander around and get a taste for an ancient city arriving in the 21st century! Walk along Cuzco’s central streets, lined with massive Inca-built stone walls that form the foundation of the city and blend into the colonial and modern architecture that has been added over the years. You can take some time this morning to explore Cuzco’s most popular temples, museums, churches and fortresses. There’s no shortage of great food and entertainment in Cuzco, with restaurants to suit any taste, cafés for coffee in the Plaza de Armas and great bars with local music. Your trip finishes here and you're free to depart any time today.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    All accommodation for duration of your trip

  • Fully Guided

    All guiding services with experienced guides

  • Meals

    Most meals (except where indicated, so you can experience local cuisine independently!) and Trekking and 'in-between-meal' snacks included.

  • Transport

    ll ground transportation from trip start to end (including buses, boats, trains and included domestic flights)

  • 7:1 guest to guide ratio

  • Our 'Red Carpet' pre-trip customer care service available to answer questions

  • Travel Wallet: a resource for everything you need to know about your trip in one secure space!

  • All drinking water and puritabs (when drinking water not readily available)

  • Specially curated tour 'Wow' moments throughout your trip

  • All activities described in the itinerary

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What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

    Gratuities for your guides at the end of your fabulous trip

  • Insurance

    Travel insurance (Mandatory for this destination)

  • International Travel

    International/Domestic Flights before and after your trip

  • Optional

    Optional additional activities

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Rental equipment available as per your itinerary

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Activity Level 3: Step It Up, I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings. Hiking: Typically, 3-6 hours per day on well-formed backcountry trails. Expect some significant gradient inclines and declines. Altitude: Your trip may include some moderate altitude areas, though these don't form the focus of the trip and are generally manageable. Biking: 1-3 hours on well-formed paths or roads where you can expect some hills with moderate climbs and descents. Kayaking: 1-3 hours, entry-level sea kayaking with specialist guides and stable boats. Other activities (i.e. caving): Always optional and very little exertion required. A highlight for many!

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, Local English speaking guide on this tour.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Most people do choose to tip their Active Adventures guides and we recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per trip leader and S/100 (US$30) to be shared amongst your trekking crew on the Machu Picchu & Amazon Adventure (Classic Inca, Lares Inca guide and porters). During your Active Adventures trip, your trip leader will take care of all included restaurants and service tips for you. For other restaurants or services during your time in Peru, 5-10% is a typical gratuity amount.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International/Domestic Flights before and after your trip are not included.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The max group size is 14 peoples.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, All Park entry fees (except for additional fee of US $120 per guest for ALL Galapagos trips) are included.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You are covered by our Active Adventures Assurance policy.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1996

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Our trips attract a wide range of people from all different backgrounds, countries and ages, which makes our small group adventures all the more interesting and fun. All our people tend to enjoy active lifestyles, great food, good company and new experiences. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be in good company

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    We send online booking information via our club page you’ll gain access to your trip notes, destination information, a detailed gear list and all the information you need for your trip. There are a few things to fill in – medical and dietary information, extra accommodation requests, gear hire requests etc. – to ensure you are well prepared for your adventure vacation.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Travellers Against Plastic

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?


  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?


  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    When it comes to the safety of our guests, it has always been our number one priority. We’ve introduced strict protocols to adhere to current Covid safety guidelines that are relative to the destination, country and location of your adventure – these are dependent on the current rules and restrictions that are in place at the time of your trip.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Health and safety are just as important as the amazing places in the most stunning parts of the world we travel. Another focus of ours is having a good place to rest and rejuvenate at the end of a busy day, and to make sure we are fully charged for the next day’s activities, so you’ll always find yourself in a clean, comfortable room.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?


Reviews of this operator

Carmelita Perez  

Great Company


Active Adventures is a great way to go if your idea of a perfect trip is getting out and hiking, bicycling and kayaking in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world, with guides who are local, experienced, fun, flexible and take excellent care of their clientele.

Dave, United States  

Northern Italy Adventure, Dolce Vita


My wife and I went on the Dolce Vita trip with Active Adventures and we both feel that it was one of our top 3 holidays ever. We LOVED our guides (Andrea & Enrico - one for the mountains and one for the Lakes Region kayaking). The natural beauty was amazing but the care our guides took of the group was truly beyond our expectations. Bravo to Active Adventures for partnering with such amazing local guides who are not only knowledgeable but funny and a true pleasure to be around. We LOVED this trip and plan to do more!

Jodi, United States  

Tortuga, November 2021


The trip was wonderful – better than ever imagined. Snorkelling was the highlight of the trip. I never thought we would snorkel so close to sea turtles and with sea lions – it was fantastic. Walking near blue-footed boobies and their chicks and stepping around sea lions, it was unbelievable. We even got up close to white-tipped sharks. We had a group of 13 that went In September 2021, and it was a truly remarkable experience for all of us.

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  • Low Deposit

    Active Adventures requires a minimum deposit of 500 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of active adventures charges.

    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination or Testing For trips in the United States:?Vaccination is not required. All guests must adhere to the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations and guidelines.

    For all International trips (all destinations except the United States):?All guests aged 13 years and above must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of travel.? We accept vaccines authorized or recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Adults who cannot be vaccinated due to valid medical exemptions will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result (official paper or official electronic record) showing the test was carried out no later than 72 hours before the trip starts. Testing must be performed by an approved entity.Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative test (where applicable) must be provided prior to the start of your trip (only official vaccination card or electronic record will be accepted). Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test must include identifying information (full name), as well as the vaccination or the test dates.Proof of Vaccination must demonstrate the final dose of the vaccine was administered at least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of your trip.You will be required to upload Proof of Vaccination into your Travel Wallet prior to departure. If Proof of Vaccination or a Negative Test is not produced at the commencement of travel with us, you will not be allowed to travel. You will not be eligible to receive a refund of any sums paid to us if this occurs.?? Guests must comply with any additional vaccination or testing requirements and/or additional health and safety measures that are required to travel in their chosen destination. We recommend using?CIBT for up-to-date requirements.? We do not grant any exceptions to this vaccination and testing policy.?

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