Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Hiking Trip with Meredith Ewenson

May 12th-19th, 2024

Come along for an immersive hiking adventure as we trek along the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. On this unforgettable journey through Peru, we’ll hike through the Andes Mountains to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, explore markets and the mountain town of Cusco, indulge in some delicious food and learn all about the Inca people through our guide. Option for a 3 day Rainbow Mountain add on, email for more info.

Join Meredith for a private group adventure of the Salkantay trail and Machu Picchu! The best way to cross Machu Picchu off your bucketlist. This is a fully supported 40 mile trek along the Salkantay Trail as we travel to Machu Picchu. Two days in Cusco before the hike to acclimate to the altitude are included as well as a hotel night in the end to relax before we depart! Option for a 3 day add on that includes Rainbow mountain. 

Trip begins and ends in Cusco (CUZ).  But there are often more flight options if you book to Lima from your home city, and then book a domestic jumper from Lima to Cusco.

Please speak to a Legit Trips travel guide before booking your flights for this trip – email

Itinerary subject to change based on discretion of trip leader or tour operator, due to weather or other extenuating circumstances.

May 12th- 19th, 2024: 2 Days acclimating in Cusco: May 12th-14th, TREKKING: May 14th-18th, Departure Day: May 19th

May 19th-May 21st, 2024Rainbow Mountain Add On


PRICE $2485 

Optional Rainbow Mountain ADD ON – $650

All trips are priced as double occupancy. When available, solo supplements may be offered.  If you are traveling solo, it doesn’t mean you need to pay a solo supplement, we’re happy to pair you with a roommate whenever possible.

After you pay your deposit, you may pay the balance anytime up to 90 days prior to trip departure, or we can set up equal monthly installments. Email us for payment options at

  • 4 Nights hotel stay- 3 nights at 4* boutique hotel in Cusco, 1 in Aguas Calientes
  • 3 Nights on-trek glamping: 1 night in a Sky Dome, 1 night in an Andean Hut, 1 night in a Jungle Dome 
  • Airport arrival transfer from Cusco airport to hotel
  • 5D, 4N guided Salkantay Trek with local guides, chefs and porters
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners on the Trek
  • Drinking water while on the trail
  • Transportation from and back to Cusco for Trek
  • Machu Picchu permits and Salkantay Trail entrance fees are included
  • Additional hiking items are available for rent as needed, locally in Cusco (trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc)

As soon as you put a deposit down for this trip, we begin submitting permits for Machu Picchu specifically with your name and passport information on them. Spots with our trekking operator and permits for Machu Picchu are non-refundable.   Thus, we are not able to honor any refunds or transfers on this particular trip.  Thanks for understanding.

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Fun Facts About Machu Picchu

150+ Buildings

Machu Picchu is made up of more than 150 buildings ranging from baths and houses to temples and sanctuaries.


Located at 7,000 feet above sea level , Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist destination in Peru and was built in 1450 AD.


Machu Picchu was only known locally until a Yale Professor re-discovered the site in 1911. His book, The Lost City of the Incas, was based on his findings.

Well Preserved

Machu Picchu is one of the most well-preserved Inca cities and an archeological gem, as it wasn't destroyed during the Spanish Conquest like other ancient cities.

Day 1 & 2

Arrivals to Cusco
private transfer from the airport

2 Acclimatization Days:

Group Dinner Night 1 in Cusco
Day 2 Half-day Cusco City Tour
Trek briefing Night 2 in Cusco

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Day 3

The Trek Begins! Depart at 5am

Hiking Distance: 6.2 miles
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Elevation change: 700ft gain, 0ft loss
(Optional hike to Humantay Lake, additional 985ft gain/loss)

Overnight in Sky Domes

Day 4


Hiking Distance: 13 miles
Hiking Difficulty: Challenging
Elevation change: 2,400ft gain, 5,675ft loss

About 10 hours of hiking this day

Overnight in Andean huts

Day 5


Hiking Distance: 11 miles
Hiking Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation change: 0ft gain, 2,850ft loss

About 7 hours of hiking this day

Overnight in Jungle Domes

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Day 6


Hiking Distance: 15.5 miles
Hiking Difficulty: Challenging
Elevation change: 2850ft gain, 2,500ft loss

Overnight in Aguas Calientes hotel
 Optional visit to Hot Springs

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Day 7


Touring Machu Picchu: 2hr guided tour
plus 2-3 hours to explore on your own
Difficulty: Moderate

Bus & Train back to Cusco
Overnight in Cusco Hotel

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Day 8

Departures from Cusco

Private transfer will return you to the airport

Safe travels!

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We’d love to have you on our private trek along the Salktantay Trail.

Should the need arise (injury, sickness, etc), we can arrange travel by train, bus, or horse.

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