Peru Hiking & Trekking Tours
Peru is a trekking wonderland with towering, glaciated mountains; intricate and well-preserved ancient ruins; absolutely stunning alpine valleys, lakes, rivers and meadows; unique wildlife; and indigenous cultures still living traditional lifestyles. All of our Peru Treks are portered and/or stock-supported and feature elaborate and comfortable camping accommodations, transport of supplies, local transportation, a professional camp chef, local support staff, and all necessary permits and fees.
Our Peru treks focus on two spectacular areas, the most well known being the maze of ancient trails established by the Incas around Cusco that end at or near Machu Picchu. The most famous of these treks is of course the Inca Trail, but we also offer treks on two lesser-known routes, the Salkantay and the Ancascocha. The second area we run trips is the stunning Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash mountain ranges in central Peru. These areas are wild and remote, and feature some of the best treks in the world, literally.
We invite you to read more about our Peru treks below, and please don't hesitate to call us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) with any questions or to book a spot today!
More About Peru Hiking Vacations
Why a Peru Hiking Trip?
Peru is home to dramatic mountain landscapes, including famous Machu Picchu, the world-renowned Inca Trail, the towering Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash mountain ranges and a lot more! It is also a profoundly rich country from a cultural perspective, with intact cultures whose traditions and ancestry dates back millenia, like the Quechua People. And of course Peru is home to the amazing history of the Inca and their amazing city at Machu Picchu.
But why a Peru hiking tour specifically? Well, on a guided trek of Peru you'll see things that many visitors don't ever get to see, like breathtaking, glaciated peaks; roaring rivers; waterfalls; remote villages; off-the-beaten-path Inca ruins and more. You'll challenge yourself on demanding trails, but with the help and guidance of expert guides. And you'll be immersed in the culture as you'll be hiking with local guides, porters and chefs and can get to know the Peruvian people. What an adventure!
The Wildland Inca Trail Experience
If the Inca Trail is what you most want to hike, then look no further than Wildland Trekking! We have guided hundreds of guests across this famous, historic trail to Machu Picchu. With Wildland you can expect the best professional Peruvian guides, personalized tours of Machu Picchu and other historic sites, fantastic cuisine, top-notch gear, dialed-in logistics, wonderful accommodations, and thorough risk management. In other words, you can expect a world-class experience on a world-class trekking route. Our Inca Trail tours are all-inclusive, premier hiking vacations.
There is More Than One "Inca Trail"
The Inca Trail - what 98% of people coming to hike in Peru come to do - is really the tip of the Iceberg when it comes to Peru trekking adventures. Home to a stunning section of the towering Andes Mountains, Peru offers an array of lesser known, but equally or more impressive treks. Many of the best hikes are on Inca trails that aren't the "Inca Trail." Salkantay, Ancascocha, Ausangate, and a hundred others are stunning treks that follow ancient Inca trails past incredible ruins and into stunning mountain scenery. The advantages of hiking one of these lesser known Peru trails is that you avoid crowds and get to have as good or better of an experience as THE Inca Trail. With Wildland Trekking, they still include Machu Picchu!
Discover the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash
Several hundred miles northwest of Machu Picchu is the town of Huaraz, which rests in the foothills of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range. To the southeast of Huaraz is the Cordillera Huayhuash. These two areas comprise the second highest mountain range in the world, next to the Himalayas, and are arguably home to the most under-appreciated Peru trekking routes. It's for this reason we offer hikes in these areas, and we firmly believe they are the highest quality trekking experiences we offer in Peru. We hope you'll consider joining us to see for yourself how incredible they are!
Hike Peru with or without a Guide?
Some trails in Peru, like the Inca Trail, are only open to people on guided treks. So on these trails, there isn't another option. However, Peru does have more remote and wild trails that are hikeable without guides, so the question remains which option to go with. On a guided Wildland Trekking trip you'll have almost everything taken care of for you. Our trips are all-inclusive so all you have to do is get to Peru, and we handle everything from there, including hotels, transportation, permits, meals, logistics and more. Also, by going with a guided group, you'll be enjoying a much higher level of safety than going on your own. Peru's wilderness is vast, high and dangerous and hiking with local experts is an extremely wise decision unless you have extensive hiking and backpacking experience in the Andes and other high, remote mountain ranges around the world.
When to Hike in Peru
From a weather perspective, the Peruvian Andes have two very unique seasons: the sunny season and the rainy season. The sunny season runs from mid April through the fall, which is to say through November. The rainy season, on the other hand, runs from December through March. The sunny season is without a doubt the best time to hike in Peru.
The monthly temperatures and precipitation in Cusco, Peru (near where many of the hikes to Machu Picchu begin) are as follows:
|January||65.3° F (18.5° C)||42.4° F (5.8° C)||154 mm|
|February||64.4° F (18.5° C)||42.6° F (5.9° C)||119 mm|
|March||65.1° F (18.4° C)||42.3° F (5.7° C)||101 mm|
|April||66° F (18.9° C)||39.6° F (4.2° C)||40 mm|
|May||65.7° F (18.7° C)||35.6° F (2° C)||6 mm|
|June||65.3° F (18.5° C)||31.6° F (-.2° C)||3 mm|
|July||64.6° F (18.1° C)||31.5° F (-.3° C)||3 mm|
|August||66.7° F (19.3° C)||33.1° F (.6° C)||8 mm|
|September||66.6° F (19.2° C)||38.1° F (3.4° C)||25 mm|
|October||68.5° F (20.3° C)||40.5° F (4.7° C)||47 mm|
|November||68° F (20° C)||41.4° F (5.2° C)||75 mm|
|December||65.8° F (18.8° C)||42.1° F (5.6° C)||112 mm|