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Trek to Machu Picchu

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  • Explore the Inca capital of Cusco
  • Hike in the Peruvian Andes
  • Alternative, uncrowded route in the Lares Valley
  • Reach the lost city of Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate
  • Optional white water rafting or Lake Titicaca extension

Denise Van Outen, Fearne Cotton, Alexandra Burke, Amanda Byram, Gabriella Cilm and the Daily Mirror, trekked to Machu Picchu with Charity Challenge in September! View photographs from the challenge. 

Our Trek to Machu Picchu is a unique alternative to the extremely busy Inca Trail. It is off the beaten track and you will see diverse and spectacular scenery as you glimpse a way of Peruvian life that has remained untouched for centuries.

Your first taste of the Inca world will be in and around the city of Cusco, the ancient Inca capital. After acclimatising to the high altitude by visiting local Inca ruins and Spanish Colonial churches, you will head towards the remote and rarely visited Lares Valley. As you walk through these endless stunning valleys you will meet Andean farmers dressed in their traditional brightly coloured ponchos tending herds of Llamas and Alpacas. You will get to meet the local communities and visit a local school supported by Charity Challenge.

The region is also home to the Baños Del Inca, probably the best hot springs in southern Peru. Situated at an altitude of 2,667m, the springs offer spectacular views of snowy peaks and glaciers such as Mounts Veronica, Chicon and Pumahaunca. As you continue along your route, you will also take in the dazzling sight of glacial blue lakes.

At the end of the trek you will have some time to explore the ruins at Machu Picchu, the ‘lost City of the Incas’. These breathtaking ruins are nestled high in the Andes between two peaks. And really need no introduction!

After completing your Machu Picchu challenge, you will have the opportunity to participate in our optional white water rafting extension.

Why is our Machu Picchu challenge better than the famous Inca Trail?

  • It is  less crowded compared to 500 trekkers per day on the Inca Trail, therefore more sustainable and responsible
  • A flexible route allowing to create a superb camping experience and gives  extra security in case of any emergencies
  • Get to visit a local community school
  • The trek allows our groups to pass through communities who make their living primarily from the land and not from tourits

To look at an album of Machu Picchu photos, click here

This itinerary includes hotels and or tour operators verified by the Rainforest Alliance


Departures for Trek to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Charity Trek1024/07/201502/08/2015Spaces available
Trek to Machu Picchu1004/09/201513/09/2015Spaces available
Trek to Machu Picchu1016/10/201525/10/2015Limited spaces available
Trek to Machu Picchu1008/04/201617/04/2016Spaces available
Trek to Machu Picchu1013/05/201622/05/2016Spaces available
Trek to Machu Picchu1022/07/201631/07/2016Spaces available
Trek to Machu Picchu1002/09/201611/09/2016Spaces available
Trek to Machu Picchu1023/09/201602/10/2016Spaces available
Trek to Machu Picchu1014/10/201623/10/2016Spaces available