Aracari draws on over 20 years’ experience to offer discerning travelers authentic luxury Peru treks away from the crowds, coupled with top-notch equipment, first-class guiding and uncompromising safety standards. All of our camping and day treks are arranged on a private basis as part of any tailormade trip to Peru. We also arrange lodge-to-lodge treks and hikes in the Cordillera Blanca.
The Inca Trail Trek – Camping
The Inca trail trek is the most famous trek in South America, with three major sets of Inca ruins along the way, reachable only on foot, as you journey to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu. From cloud forest to puna grasslands, this magnificent multi-day hike ends at the mythical citadel following original Inca roads, with three nights camping at our handpicked camp sites.
Ascending and descending through various ecosystems at altitude, the challenge is one worth taking. Aracari offers two standards of luxury camping treks – both on a private basis – for the Inca trail and all our camping treks: Luxury Exploration Trekking and Luxury VIP Trekking, where you can expect a range of creature comforts en route, right up to your own dedicated massage tent!
Due to its popularity, the Inca trail is carefully regulated with limited permits that sell out well in advance. Contact us now for the latest availability and to not miss out on this popular trek to Machu Picchu!
10 Days / 9 Nights – View Itinerary
The Inca Trail Trek – One Day hike
Taking you along the last stretch of the iconic multi-day Inca trail, this trek is perfect for those without the time or inclination to camp or trek for four days. The One-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an impressive way to arrive at Machu Picchu and includes a stop at the stunning Wiñay Wayna ruins. There are also limited permits, so contact us now to check availability or book the trail as part of a tailormade trip to Peru.
Alternative Treks to the Inca Trail
Alternative Inca road networks, majestic mountains and little-known archaeological sites mean there are no shortage of alternative Peru treks to satisfy all ability levels and time-frames in the Cusco region. The most popular alternatives include Salkantay (camping or staying in lodges) and Lares, but we’ve scouted out many more routes that we think will impress you just as much, if not more! Take a look below at our luxury Peru trekking options or contact us today to speak to our Peru-based expert travel advisors for first-hand advice.
The Inca Trail with Aracari
We have 20 years of experience operating authentic, treks along the Inca Trail, ensuring you will be led by an expert guide using top-of-the range equipment for a luxury camping experience. We offer Luxury Exploration Trekking where 4-season tents, 3 person tents used for just 2, inflatable (not foam) mattresses and private ecological bathroom tents are our standard. We like to think of this as ”appropriate luxury”, for an authentic hiking experience. We also offer all-out Luxury VIP trekking – the most luxurious way possible to trek to Machu Picchu – with special upgrades including your own dedicated massage tent, gourmet dining, shower tents with premium toiletries and alcoholic drinks.
Multi-day Peru treks can be enjoyed either by camping, with trips as short as one night, or staying in sustainably-run mountain lodges. All of our multi-day treks are offered on a private basis only, without fixed departure dates, giving you complete flexibility. Our expert travel planners, based in Peru, can advise you on the best options to suit your time-frame and fitness levels. Contact us now for expert, honest advice.
Camping Treks in Peru
These are some of our top picks for Peru treks, led by specialist guides using only high-quality equipment. We arrange all the details for an authentic yet comfortable hike – such as pillows, extra luggage allowance and quality cuisine. Keep in mind campsites can be at high altitude (over 3,800 metres/11,400 feet), requiring acclimatization prior to your hike.
Salkantay – 4D/3N – Varied scenery and vistas of Machu Picchu
What you lack in Inca ruins you undoubtedly make up for in the variety of scenery with a glimpse of the archaeological ruins of Machu Picchu from the last campsite.
Choquequirao – 5D/4N – A challenging hike to a former Inca city
A rigorous trek, this route leads to a stunning, remote Inca site that is larger and lesser known than Machu Picchu–and therefore far less crowded.
Patakancha to Lares – 2D/1N or 3D/2N – Traditional villages and Andean scenery
Pass traditional villages where people live much like their Inca ancestors, working the land with foot ploughs. Conclude with a dip in the relaxing hot springs of Lares.
Lodge-to-Lodge Peru treks
These options allow for added comfort (no camping!) at rustic, local lodges:
Ausangate Lodge-to-Lodge – 5D/4N (shorter & longer versions available)
This is a breathtaking trek – accompanied by llamas and horses – round the highest sacred mountain in Cusco, Apu Ausangate. At high altitude, it requires acclimatization beforehand.
Salkantay Lodge-to-Lodge – 7D/6N – To Machu Picchu
Trek the spectacular Cordillera Vilcabamba range, passing glorious peaks and lush tropical vegetation en route to Machu Picchu. This hike features unique tambos or lodges.
Camping Treks with Aracari
We set ourselves aside from other Peru trekking operators by carefully designing and executing every aspect of our treks, while taking our social responsibility and conditions of our staff seriously. We use offer two standrds of service for our Peru Treks, Luxury Exploration Trekking and Luxury VIP Trekking, to deliver unrivalled service and comfort. As well as the most popular ‘alternative’ treks, we have scouted out many more exceptional routes for hikers looking to get off-the-beaten path in pristine environments.
– All of our camping treks are organized on a private basis, with no fixed departures giving you complete flexibility when you travel
– Along the Inca trail, we avoid the mass-tourist backpackers who reach the Sun Gate in the early hours by carefully planning our route to stategically selected campsites
– Behind the scenes-details like safety are prioritized and all taken care of, such as a satellite phone in case of emergency
Luxury Exploration Trekking
Suitable for discerning luxury travelers looking for the ultimate authentic camping experience, with all the practical comfort considerations taken care of. Expect details like:
– 4-season EUREKA tents, tested at over 5,000m
– Private ecological toilet tents – and also warm showers available on all routes (except the Inca trail)
– 3 person tents used for just 2
– Inflatable (not foam) mattresses, pillows and hot water bottles
– Option for camper-beds
– Proper dining with freshly cooked meals, served using linen and glassware (not plastic)
– Sleeping bags available in different sizes (using different thicknesses for different climates)
Luxury VIP Trekking
This is the most luxurious way possible to camp the Inca Trail and alternative routes. Suitable for those looking for adventure with minimal compromise on comfort.
– State-of-the-art tents (Satellite Mountain Hardwear) designed for 6, used for 2-3 for extra space
– Dedicated massage tent with massage bed and aromatherapy oils
– Private toilet tent and shower – even on the Inca trail – with premium toiletries and micro-fibre towels
– Therm-a-rest inflatable mattresses, sleeping bag liners, sheets, feather pillows, Andean textile decorations
– Chef meals: freshly made bread (we bring our own oven with us), freshly squeezed orange juice, premium alcoholic drinks, afternoon apertifs
– Unmatched staff-to-guide ratio
Whether you’re looking for a taste of adventure, a family looking for an active day out, or a warm-up to a more challenging, multi-day hike, we’ve developed a range of half-day and day-hikes to suit all ability levels in and around Cusco and the Sacred Valley. These Peru treks are all arranged on a private basis only, giving you complete flexibility with no fixed-departure dates, and offered as part of a wider tailormade trip to Peru with Aracari.
We can arrange pop-up picnics in the middle of the countryside, besides glistening lakes and in the shadows of breathtaking mountains during your hike. Shorter Peru treks can also be combined with our other adventure activities, such as biking, horse-riding, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.
One-day Inca Trail (Full Day) – Last part of the Iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Patabamba to Huchuy Qosqo (Full Day) – Challenging day hike to lesser-known ruins
Moray and Maras (Half Day) – Key sites of the Sacred Valley
Chinchero to Huallyabamba (Half Day) – Downhill hike from an Andean village
Tipon Ruins (Half Day) – Gentle hike to the archaeological site of Tipon
Pumamarca Ruins (Half Day) – A light hike to a hillside Inca fortress with a private picnic lunch
Day treks around La Paz, Bolivia are also available:
- Palca Canyon – Full Day – With views of Illimani Mountain towering in the distance, this trek takes you past farming villages, impressive formations of the Valle de las Animas or Spirit Valley. Featuring colorful canyon walls, the hike ends in the village of Palca.
- Tuni Condoriri Trek – Full Day – A strenuous high altitude all-day trek starting in Janchillani at 4500m and heading steeply upward to reach 5400m, on a journey that takes you past the Chiar Khota glacial lake with views of the Cordillera mountain range, and on a clear day, Lake Titicaca glistening in the distance.
Interested in hiking in Peru or Bolivia? Contact us for expert travel advice and to start planning your adventure.
Treks in the Cordillera Blanca (Huaraz)
The spectacular Cordillera Blanca Mountain range within the Huascarán National Park is a UNESCO reserve and the highest tropical mountain range in the world. The region boasts a jaw-dropping combination of pristine snow-capped peaks – of which there are over 50 exceeding 5,000m (16,4000ft) – turquoise glacial lakes, over 700 glaciers and lush valleys with flowering meadows. This setting makes the Cordillera Blanca a hiking mecca for all abilities – from serious climbers to novice walkers. It is considered to be equally, or even more beautiful than the Annapurna in the Himalayas, according to many!
This area is a separate destination from Cusco, reached by daily direct flights from Lima.
Day Treks in the Cordillera Blanca
Day treks can be arranged by basing yourselves at one of our top recommended mountain lodges. The crown jewel is a relatively rigorous day hike to Laguna 69 – a stunning turquoise glacier lake. Another landscape photographer’s dream is the route to Ice of Huandoy, an impressive ice field, which is the lowest lying ice in the region.
View our five day, four night itinerary Exploring the Cordillera Blanca – a great way to acclimatise to the region. Base yourself at the welcoming Llanganuco Mountain Lodge, with an itinerary of day treks. The five day itinerary can be shortened, lengthened or customised in any way.
5 Days / 4 Nights – View Itinerary
Camping Treks in the Cordillera Blanca
Santa Cruz Trek – 4D/3N – consistently rated as one of the best trekking routes in the world, this moderate multi-day trek with camping offers panoramic views of most of the majestic snow-capped peaks in the region. A highlight is crossing Punta Union on Day 3! It’s accessibility means it’s possible to hike with mule support, lightening the load you carry. You can also add on an extra day to visit Laguna 69.
Hiking the Cordillera Blanca with Aracari
The Cordillera Blanca range is reached from Lima via direct, daily flights, with a a handful of cosy lodges in the area. We take care of your transfers, flights, hikes and any other tours you might wish to do, such as to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chavín de Huantar archaeological complex. We personally try and test the properties we recommend.