Top three reasons to go hiking to Machu Picchu
Pilgrim one of the most reputable hiking trails in the world
Learn about indigenous traditions by the Quechua people
Soar above the clouds while exploring the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu
Deep in the world’s longest mountain range, the Andes, lie the remains of the Inca, a once-largest empire of Americas. Somewhere between heaven and earth, perched among the clouds, rests Machu Picchu—the sacred Incan citadel at 8,000 feet. After mingling with Quechua people and learning about their traditions, take on the Inca Trail’s stairway to heaven and reach unimaginable heights. Journey the 26-miles-long ancient narrow paths used by the Inca in the 15th century—your fitness will be challenged with steep mountain paths and peaks at high altitude, but also rewarded 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.
May through September
Your tour begins in Cusco, Peru
Intermediate to advanced
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7-Day Women’s Hiking Tour To Machu Picchu
Discover the lost empire of Inca civilization with your all-women group on this epic journey to ancient Peru! Following a stroll through Cusco, the imperial city of Incas, visit an indigenous village up in the mountains and let the Quechua people themselves tell you about their way of life. Having acclimated to the altitude, start your guided hiking tour to Machu Picchu via the worldly-renowned Inca Trail. Expect a challenging hike, at times strenuous, but keep in mind what’s waiting for you at the top! Along with your fellow women hikers, porters, cooks and guides, reach the iconic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu 8,000 feet up in the air.
Day 1: Cusco Explore
Start your all-women’s journey of a lifetime in Cusco, the historic capital of Peru which the Incas once considered to be the navel of Earth. After settling in your hotel in the heart of the city, take a warm-up hike through the San Cristobal neighborhood. Get a great view of the imperial city of Incas founded 11 000 feet (3,400 m) up in the Andes. Wander through the colonial center of the city, Plaza de Armas, and visit 500-year-old cathedrals. Meet your expert guide and your fellow hikers.
Day 2: Cultural Immersion in the Sacred Valley
On your second day, you’ll do a lot more than hiking and sightseeing. Drive up the Sacred Valley to a small indigenous village outside of Chinchero, also known as the birthplace of the rainbow. As part of a community outreach project, you’ll have an opportunity to learn from Quechua people, indigenous people who’ll tell you about their sustainable way of life, spirituality and connection to Mother Earth. You’ll also learn how they support themselves by farming and weaving, both of them being important parts of Peruvian culture. Hear their native tongues, see how they traditionally dance and let them flaunt you their traditional Andean clothing!
Day 3: Start the Inca Trail
The time has come for your four-day, three-night, 26-miles-long (42 km) Inca Trail. Together with your group you’ll arrive at Ollantaytambo where you’ll meet your team of local porters, cooks, and expert guides—you can expect three gourmet meals cooked for you along the trail, and they’ll even set up your tent every night! The kilometer 82 marker indicates the beginning of the most famous hiking route of South America, the Inca Trail. Enter the microcosm for the 4 days ahead of you, climb up steep Andrean mountain paths surrounded by an array of Incan ruins and Andean environments, and end your pilgrimage at one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.
Hiking: 6 hours, 6 miles/ 10 km
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Day 4: Challenging Dead Woman’s Pass
Continue your hiking tour with views of the Veronica Mountain towering over the Sacred Valley. There’s a challenge awaiting you on your second day of hiking the Inca Trail, and it’s the Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point of the trail at 13,879 feet (4,215 m). After successfully conquering this peak, nothing can stop you—only lower altitudes and less physically exerting hiking lie ahead. After a delicious Peruvian meal, fall into the comfort of your already set-up tent.
Hiking: 10 hours, 10 miles/ 16 km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5: Inca sites and Cloud Forest
On your third day of hiking the Inca Trail, you’ll pass snow-white glaciers of the Vilcabamba mountain range and see the ruins of an ancient city among clouds, Phuyuptamarca. Descend to a forever young Inca site, which is the literal translation of Wiñay Wayna overlooking the Urubamba River where you’ll find your final campsite of the trip.
Hiking: 8 hours, 10 miles/ 16 km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6: Machu Picchu Arrival
Depart the campsite before daybreak to be one of the first hikers through Inti Punku, the so-called Sun Gate which was once a fortress to the sacred city. You’ve made it—you’re now floating among the clouds in the iconic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu! Wind through the paths of the archeological site while hearing from your expert guide about the citadel’s history and cultural significance. After you’ve taken in the views, take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Spend your last night of the trip back in Cusco.
Hiking: 3 hours, 4 miles/ 7 km
Day 7: Departure
After a challenging and tiring couple of days, enjoy your final breakfast and say goodbye to your fellow female hiking friends. You’ll be taken to the airport during the day.
Meet your guide
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!!!
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Things to know
Covid measures in Peru
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!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- All transportation listed in the itinerary
- All activities listed in the itinerary
- Transfer from the airport to the hotel and vice versa
- Breakfast, snack, lunch, tea, dinner
- 2 nights in hotel in Cusco, 1 night in hotel in Ollantaytambo, 3 nights in camping tents
- Tents and camping equipment
- Entrance ticket to Inca Trail
- Oxygen, first-aid kit
- Duffel bag, foam mattress
What’s not included:
- Food not mentioned in the itinerary
- Sleeping bag (possible to rent for $15)
- Inflatable mattress (possible to rent for $15)
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu ($70 per person)
- Travel insurance
How fit do I need to be?
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.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
- Battery charger
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 age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this group adventures, the usual group size is 16 women.
- It takes a minimum of 8 people for a tour to operate.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!
Hiking in Machu Picchu can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Deposits and cancellation policy
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.
Getting there and meeting location
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.