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Somewhere between heaven and earth rests Machu Picchu, the sacred Incan citadel perched among the clouds. On this all-women, 7-day journey, trek deep into the world’s longest mountain range, and to the remains of what was once the largest empire of the Americas. After mingling with Quechua people and learning about their traditions, take on the Inca Trail’s stairway to heaven, following the same steep mountain paths used by the Inca in the 15th century. This 26-mile path will challenge, and reward, you with ancient ruins, lush cloud forest and finally, the Lost City of the Incas. They say only the sky’s the limit, but this all-women hiking tour to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World will make you question that.
Walk among the clouds on this pilgrimage to the Sacred Valley
Learn about Indigenous traditions by the Quechua people
Soar in the sky while exploring Machu Picchu
The Crossover Peru team led by Edwind was amazing! I was blown away by their attention to detail, professionalism, energy, positive attitude and effort. They did whatever they could to make the experience more enjoyable for my friends and I. The food on the trail was delicious. They prioritized my safety and fun. Edwind made sure the journey was educational and he set really great expectations for the length of our journey and difficulty of the hike. He never left anyone behind and made sure we knew we had his full support the entire time. These porters and guides do a fantastic job and I would absolutely recommend them to future Inca trail travelers!
Our trip leader, Edwind, and all the porters made my Inca Trail experience so amazing. I am still in utter shock and awe about the time I had. Edwind really went above and beyond for my group and really cared about each and every one of us. You can tell how passionate he is about the Andes, the Incas, and the outdoors. The porters really worked so hard to make our experience so phenomenal as well. The food was absolutely amazing. Trip of a lifetime! I will remember this for the rest of my life.
Yaritza was excellent. She met us in Cusco to explain what to expect going up the mountain. She checked on us the night before to make sure we were set. The morning of the climb we met early and she negotiated us through the bus ride. We had a great climb to the top learning the key points on history, nature and people. That along with her company and the magnificent pictures made it all unforgettable. She will be our guide next time, our friends too. Many Thanks!!!
What you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
While previous hiking experience is unnecessary for all-women’s hiking to Machu Picchu, you’ll need to be in considerably good shape. Keep in mind that you’ll mostly be ascending or descending steep trails, and that you’ll be hiking for periods of several hours per day. Prior to your trip, you can prepare by exercising on steep inclines or even stairs. Don’t forget about a big change in the altitude—you can take some personal medication if needed.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and prices:
Hiking in Machu Picchu can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
A $250 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The deposit is non-refundable, since the Inca Trail tickets are not refundable nor transferable.
The rest of the amount must be paid 3 months prior to the start of the tour. Once the spaces are confirmed, the trip is non-refundable.
To get to Cusco, which is the beginning point of your trip, most people fly into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to Cusco, which is 10 minutes away.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, usually at your hotel in Cusco.
Generally, Peru is safe to visit. Like all countries, it has some bad neighborhoods, crime and political instability. However, there is no need to be concerned about political unrest.
We had a chance to catch up with our local guide Roland Llave, co-founder of CrossoverPeru Tours, who shared a few thoughts on the current political climate in Peru: “At the core, these protests are a way for the people in South America to express themselves and fight for what they believe in. We recognize this might be unnerving for travelers, but this is part of our culture.”
Roland let us know that the protests have stopped for now. Roads, airports, and lives are back to normal. As always, there is potential for more unrest because, as he mentioned, protesting is part of their culture and how they honor their beliefs and rights. If you have any concerns about traveling to Peru or South America, please reach out and we will help you navigate the best option for your travels.
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Peru please refer to Peru’s COVID-19 recommendations.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!