Tailor Made Trekking Tours

The best way to immerse yourself in South American culture is to explore the Andes on foot. Our expert guides would love to accompany you to Machu Picchu on a classic Inca Trail tour, or on the lesser-known Lares or Salkantay treks which can both be hiked in style on the lodge-to-lodge option. Trekkers who really want get off the beaten path should check out the peerless Great Inca Trail and Choquechaca treks – both of which are totally unique to SA Expeditions.

8 Day Great Inca Trail Expedition

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Huaraz, 4 nights on the trail

Walk five days on one of the greatest and most important roads in pre-industrial man, the Qhapaq Ñan, an Inca road system that connected the entire Inca empire. You will hike through some of the most remote and stunning landscapes of the Andes mountains to see for yourself how this road is alive, evolving, and ready to be discovered.

8 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour

1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail

Travel along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as the Incas did hundreds of years ago, over breathtaking mountain passes and through lush jungle via this famous Machu Picchu trek.

7 Day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Sacred Valley, 1 night in Machu Picchu town, 2 nights in Cuzco

Travel along the final portion of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as the Incas did hundreds of years ago. This shorter version of the Inca Trail is a great option for families and those with time constraints.

8 Day Inca Trail Choquechaca to Machu Picchu Trek

1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 2 nights on the trail, 1 night in Machu Picchu town

This trek developed by the SA Expeditions takes you through the remote Andes Mountains along old less traveled Inca routes to Machu Picchu. You will experience not only native forests, lost ruins and glacier clad peaks, but you will also learn and understand what life is like for the indigenous cultures of the region, spending an evening with the families of your porters and guides in route.

10 Day Salkantay Machu Picchu Lodge Trek

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Cuzco, 5 nights in rustic-luxury lodges, 1 night in Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel

Venture through the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu in comfort. Take in breathtaking scenery and explore remote villages while staying in picturesque Mountain Lodges.

9 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 3 nights on the trail, 1 night in Machu Picchu town

Called “the cool way” to get Machu Picchu by National Geographic, this route takes you to a summit of 16,000 feet before dropping into the high jungles of Machu Picchu. It’s a trek over five days that takes you through the many Andean ecosystems.

8 Day Sacred Valley & Lares Lodge Adventure

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Cuzco, 3 nights in rustic-luxury lodges, 1 night in Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel

Trek through the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu in comfort. This route combines adventure with cultural exploration, taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys, all while staying in picturesque Mountain Lodges.

8 Day Lares Trek & Tour

1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 2 nights on the trail, 1 night in Machu Picchu town

A trek that begins in the high puna of the Lares valley, passes by high Andean lakes and snow-clad mountains. While still a multiday hike at elevation above 10,000 feet, it probably required the least exertion compared to the other trails to Machu Picchu.

12 Day Great Inca Trail & Machu Picchu Tour

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Huaraz, 4 nights on the trail, 3 nights in Cuzco, 1 night in Machu Picchu town

Walk five days on one of the greatest and most important roads in pre-industrial man, the Qhapaq Ñan, an Inca road system that connected the entire Inca empire. You will hike through some of the most remote and stunning landscapes of the Andes mountains to see for yourself how this road is alive, evolving, and ready to be discovered. Then continue on to Cuzco to explore the fascinating Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

When to Visit Machu Picchu

Some would call this the shoulder season, yet we call it the ideal; The blend between weather, crowds and local happenings. As the Andes mountains comes out of its wet season (December to February), the green fields come alive with large families harvesting Andean potatoes and corn. The vacation season for North America has not yet arrived during this time, so the visitors to the region are a fraction of what they are in June through August. While tolerating some sporatdic showers in March and maybe early April, the days are sunny and crisp, and the landscape is green.

Peru Gastronomy

Millenia of Agricultural domestication by early Pre-colombian societies of the Andes created tubers and grains that continue to power modern societies. Earth would not be able to sustain seven billion people without the achievemennts of Andean agriculturalists. The Andes were also blessed to border the Amazon basin and the bountiful Peruvian coast where sophisticated trading routes allowed for kingdoms high in the mountains to enjoy the rich variety of fruits, nuts and seafood from far off lands. Today, traditional Andean cuisine is being continued by humble indigenous families, while the young modern chefs of Peru's urban centers are taking it to international acclaim.

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Climbing Huayna Picchu (the mountain in THAT photo)

Climbing Huayna Picchu (the mountain in THAT photo)

This short, sharp ascent on narrow paths and stairs is both hair-raising and exhausting. But this is all forgotten when you stand at the top and look down on the wonder that is Machu Picchu. What is Huayna Picchu? Day visitors to Machu Picchu can choose between a regular entry ticket or a ticket that includes hiking to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Huayna Picchu is the dramatic cone-shaped peak which towers above Machu Picchu in all the photos…you know the one. Machu Picchu means ‘old mountain’ in Quechua and Huayna Picchu means ‘young mountain’. At 8,920ft, it’s the second highest point in the ruins precinct (Machu Picchu Mountain is higher) but it still enjoys great views. This could be you... (Photo credit: Jipe7 on Flickr) Huayna Picchu versus Machu Picchu Mountain If your legs allow it, hiking up one of these two peaks is highly recommended. But which one will it be? Huayna Picchu is much more popular among visitors, and despite the fact that only 400 visitors …
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The Two Day Inca Trail – The Best Kept Secret

The Two Day Inca Trail – The Best Kept Secret

Hiram Bingham’s discovery of Machu Picchu and the subsequent photos published in 1913, in the fledging National Geographic magazine, changed the course of Peru (and the magazine). Today the region of Cusco, which is the gateway to the most stunning of mountaintop Inca citadels, now sees over a million tourists a year. When Bingham first arrived to the site, he traversed the beautiful stone roads that the Inca’s built 500 years prior, a walking path that was bypassed in the subsequent decades by a rail line, built in the 1940’s to bring ever more visitors arriving to Peru, on modern jet airplanes. The Re-discovery of the Inca Trail By the early 1980’s some entrepreneurial explorers recognized the potential of these same paths that Bingham took in 1911 when he re-discovered Machu Picchu (Bingham’s route differed slightly from the current Inca Trail) and created a four day trekking circuit that again changed the course of tourism for the region. It established one of today’s most …
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Lodge to lodge treks near Machu Picchu

Lodge to lodge treks near Machu Picchu

Dilemma: You’ve always wanted to do the Inca Trail but you also value the finer things in life. Get the best of both worlds by doing one of the luxurious lodge to lodge treks on offer near Cusco. You’ll get the chance to hike in one of the most spectacular corners of the Andes and you’ll visit remote villages and Inca ruins. You’ll experience a way of life that modernity has passed by and you’ll spend your last day immersed in the majesty of Machu Picchu. New perspectives on Machu Picchu (Photo credit: Philip Dixon) Lodge to lodge treks give you the chance to live out an authentic Andean trekking experience without having to sleep on hard ground or eat stodgy pasta. On both the Lares and Salkantay treks you can rest assured that the locally-inspired cuisine will be gourmet, the showers hot and the beds luxurious. If the idea of a less crowded, more luxurious and ultimately more spectacular experience appeals, read on to find out more about the various options. The Salkantay Trek …
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