A high-altitude extension of Peru's most famous trekking route
Approaching the magnificant ruins of Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail is one of South America's great trekking experiences, and on this trip we spend a few days deep in the Cordillera Vilcabamba before joining the Inca Trail itself. Our high and remote route skirts many of the range's great peaks, and we camp below the hulking mass of Mt Salcantay, adding a fantastic mountain dimension to a classic trek.
Before the walk we spend time exploring the beautiful city of Cuzco and its surroundings to provide contrast and acclimatisation, and afterwards we have a full day in the picturesque Sacred Valley to discover the majestic ruins of Ollantaytambo and Pisac.
What makes this trip responsible?
On this trip, we operate a zero-impact policy on the trek, removing all waste from campsites and separating it so that it can easily be recycled or composted. Using a toilet tent at our lunch stops and in camp removes the need to dig holes at campsites, and alleviates the waste problems caused by the fixed toilet blocks on the Inca Trail. Our camp staff are paid a fair wage and receive all accommodation, transport and food during the trek. They are also trained and encouraged to put environmental protection practices into use in their own communities.
View from Inca Chiriasqa Pass on the High Inca Trail