Machu Picchu Explorer – 7 Days

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Dates: Mar-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 7

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014

REI member: $3,199

Non-member: $3,525

2015

REI member: $3,499

Non-member: $3,850

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $1,099

Holiday supplement: $350

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Mar 29 – Apr 4
  • Apr 19–25
  • May 3–9 Sold out
  • May 17–23 Sold out
  • May 21–27
  • May 31 – Jun 6 Sold out
  • Jun 14–20
  • Jun 21–27
  • Jul 19–25
  • Jul 22–28
  • Aug 2–8
  • Aug 9–15
  • Aug 23–29
  • Sep 6–12 Sold out
  • Sep 20–26
  • Sep 27 – Oct 3
  • Oct 4–10
  • Nov 1–7
  • Dec 6–12
  • Dec 20–26 H
  • Dec 27 – Jan 2 H

H = Mandatory holiday supplement applies

2015

  • Mar 21–27
  • Mar 28 – Apr 3
  • Apr 18–24
  • May 2–8
  • May 16–22
  • May 23–29
  • May 30 – Jun 5
  • Jun 13–19
  • Jun 27 – Jul 3
  • Jul 11–17
  • Jul 18–24
  • Aug 8–14
  • Aug 15–21
  • Aug 22–28
  • Sep 5–11
  • Sep 12–18
  • Oct 3–9
  • Oct 10–16
  • Oct 31 – Nov 6
  • Nov 14–20
  • Dec 5–11
  • Dec 20–26 H
  • Dec 27 – Jan 2 H
  • Dec 28 – Jan 3 H

H = Mandatory holiday supplement applies


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Group Size: 4-15

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Hiking

Accommodations:

Small hotels, 6 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of the Inca to spectacular Machu Picchu
  • Tour Cusco and the iconic sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Spend 3 days at Machu Picchu with a guided tour and time to explore
  • Follow expert, local guides and stay in charming, small hotels

Traveling from Cusco through the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu is a journey that emanates ancient history from start to finish. It's here that active adventurers can step back in time and literally walk in the footsteps of the Inca.

REI's 7-day itinerary provides a fantastic opportunity to see the best of this region of Peru. We start with a guided tour of Cusco, South America's oldest continually inhabited city, where much of the city's long history is still visible in its buildings and streets. In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we visit a traditional Quechua market, hike through spectacular terraced salt mines, and trek to the fascinating Pisac ruins.

Arriving at Machu Picchu itself, we have three days to revel in this immense and magical complex. Our expert, local guides lead us on a tour of the site, and we also have time to explore on our own—with options for more hiking to the Temple of the Moon and/or the summit of Huayna Picchu.

Short on time? We also offer a 6-day itinerary of this trip with one less day at Machu Picchu. Or, extend your stay in South America by visiting other great Peruvian sites: Lima, Paracas & Nazca Lines; Lake Titicaca; Northern Peru; Peruvian Amazon – Sandoval Lake Lodge; Peruvian Amazon – Tahuayo Lodge; and Peruvian Amazon – Heath River Wildlife Center extensions.

Traveling with kids under 18? Check out our Machu Picchu Family Adventure.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Take a tour of Cusco including its famous temple and fortress ruins.
  • Day 2 - Hike to well-preserved ruins and shop for crafts at Pisac market.
  • Day 3 - Visit the village of Chinchero and hike through terraced salt mines.
  • Day 4 - Amazing Machu Picchu awaits! Enjoy a guided tour of the Sacred City.
  • Day 5 - Hike to Machu Picchu's Temple of the Moon or Huayna Picchu.
  • Day 6 - Back to Machu Picchu for a morning of exploration. Return to Cusco.
  • Day 7 - Depart the land of Incas for home or continue your travels in Peru.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Take a tour of Cusco including its famous temple and fortress ruins.

    Your trip begins today in Cusco, Peru. Located high in the Andes at an elevation of 11,150', this beautiful red-tile-roofed city was founded in the 12th-century by Manco Capac, the original Inca considered to be a child of the sun god himself. For almost 400 years, Cusco served as the flourishing capital of the Inca Empire and still retains its centuries-old appeal with numerous sections of original Inca stonework still visible in the streets and buildings. Upon arrival in Cusco, we're greeted by our local guide and transferred to our centrally-located hotel where a brief orientation meeting will be held. Early afternoon, we depart on a walking tour of the city's most intriguing sites including the bustling Plaza de Armas, the Santo Domingo Church (built atop the great Inca temple Koricancha), and the imposing hilltop ruins of the monolithic Sacsayhuaman fortress. Considered by many to be one of the greatest examples of stonemasonry in human history, the 60-ton limestone boulders used in the construction of the fortress walls fit together so perfectly without mortar that even a blade of grass can't be inserted between them. Overnight in Cusco tonight. Dinner included.

    Walking: 2 miles.

  • Day 2 - Hike to well-preserved ruins and shop for crafts at Pisac market.

    We set out this morning for the Urubamba Valley and famous market village of Pisac (approximately one hour's drive from Cusco) where authentic shopping and photographic opportunities abound. This region is well-known for high quality local crafts including handknit wools, ceramics, leather goods and jewelry - all available in Pisac as we time our visit to coincide with one of the liveliest market days in South America. This afternoon, we hit the trail for an uphill hike to the nearby Pisac ruins. One of the most important and well-preserved ruins in the Sacred Valley, our guide helps us identify the various structures at the site including the fascinating Temple of the Sun, used by the Incas as an astronomical observatory. We climb to the top of the ruins to take in the spectacular views of the terraced countryside before heading back down the trail to Pisac town. We spend the next two nights at a traditionally styled boutique property in the village of Urubamba. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3 miles.

  • Day 3 - Visit the village of Chinchero and hike through terraced salt mines.

    This morning we visit Chinchero, a high Andean town that once served as a country estate for Tupa Inca, one of the early Incan rulers. Known for its commanding view of the surrounding snowcapped mountains and traditional centuries-old houses, Chinchero's inhabitants continue to honor their Inca ancestors by passing their weaving skills from generation to generation and dressing in traditional Quechua clothing. Following our stop in Chinchero, we drive to the nearby village of Maras where we begin a two-hour downhill hike to the multi-tiered Pichincoto mines, local salt mines used by the Inca as a mineral source and still visited by local residents today. This afternoon, we travel through the Sacred Valley, past Incan terraces and fields of corn, wheat, barley and quinoa, ultimately arriving in the small town of Ollantaytambo, whose street plan still maintains its original Incan layout. After Cusco was overtaken by the conquistadors, Manco Inca and his army of approximately 30,000 retreated to Ollantaytambo and were victorious here against the forces of Spanish commander Hernando Pizaro in the Battle of Ollantaytambo. After a guided walking tour of the town, we return to Urubamba for dinner. All meals included.

    Hiking: 5 miles.

  • Day 4 - Amazing Machu Picchu awaits! Enjoy a guided tour of the Sacred City.

    We return to Ollantaytambo this morning by private van (approx. 25 minutes) and connect with the scheduled daily train to Machu Picchu. We arrive at the village of Aguas Calientes at the base of the Lost City in mid-morning and take a shuttle up to this spectacularly perched archeological treasure. Our knowledgeable guide leads us through the center of the site, recapping Machu Picchu's rediscovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and explaining the current theories regarding the purpose and significance of the city. Later this afternoon, we'll return to Aguas Calientes and the always welcoming Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel. All meals included.

    Hiking: 2-3 miles.

  • Day 5 - Hike to Machu Picchu's Temple of the Moon or Huayna Picchu.

    Perhaps the best time of day to appreciate the full majesty of this remarkable site is during the early hours, taking advantage of the soft morning light for dramatic photography or just some quiet meditation. Our goal is to ride one of the first shuttles of the day up to the complex and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere before the first tourist train from Cusco arrives. As the sun continues to climb, we can choose from a variety of different active explorations including a challenging hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the iconic peak that soars above Machu Picchu itself or a hike to the Temple of the Moon, located inside a cavern part-way down the north face of Huayna Picchu.

    We'll have the entire afternoon today to explore the ruins, extend our hiking time, and visit all of the spectacular sites, structures and viewpoints that make a visit to Machu Picchu so memorable. Overnight again at the fabulous Machu Picchu Hotel. Breakfast and dinner included.

    Hiking: 2-5 miles.

  • Day 6 - Back to Machu Picchu for a morning of exploration. Return to Cusco.

    We have a final opportunity to return to Machu Picchu during the morning hours today to complete our explorations. Some of us may choose to hike up to Intipunku ("Gateway of the Sun"), the location on the Inca Trail where trekkers gain their first panoramic glimpse of the magnificent ruins complex spread out below their feet. After lunch, we head back to Aguas Calientes and board the train to Ollantaytambo, connecting there with our private van to Cusco, arriving in early evening. Dinner is on our own allowing us to choose from the variety of local restaurants serving Peruvian and international cuisine. Overnight in Cusco tonight. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Hiking: 2-3 miles.

  • Day 7 - Depart the land of Incas for home or continue your travels in Peru.

    After breakfast, transfers back to the Cusco airport will be arranged for travelers departing today. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including unexpected weather and terrain conditions.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Hotel accommodations with private bath; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; bilingual guides; all ground transportation within Peru as noted, arrival transfers on Day 1, departure transfers on the last day of the published itinerary; all sightseeing excursions as noted (including daily admission to Machu Picchu).

Not Included

Air transportation to/from Cusco; 2 lunches and 1 dinner; guide gratuities; excess baggage charges; alcoholic beverages; airport taxes and items of a personal nature such as souvenirs, laundry fees, immunizations or insurance of any kind.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Participants should enjoy hiking/walking and arrive in good physical condition. Daily hikes/walks will be on-trail and may include some short, steep ascents and descents and climbing numerous flights of stairs at various ruins complexes. Please keep in mind that we spend all of our time at moderately high altitude (7,800’ -12,300’) where most trip members will feel the effects of the thinner air. We highly recommend a conditioning regimen consisting of activities such as hiking, jogging, stair-climbing or cycling beginning several months prior to departure to get in shape for the adventure. The better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy all this trip has to offer!

Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets and Huayna Picchu Hiking Permits

Effective immediately, all visitors to Machu Picchu are required to have entrance tickets valid for the specific date(s) of their visit. These tickets are included in the price of your trip and will be purchased for you in advance by REI Adventures. In order to purchase entrance tickets on your behalf, we must have your valid passport number as soon as possible after your initial trip sign-up. Any delays in submitting your passport information may result in our inability to procure entry permits for you on the trip dates.

Permits are now also required for the popular hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the iconic peak that rises above the ruins of Machu Picchu. The number of daily permits issued for this hike is extremely limited. Please be advised that we will automatically obtain a Huayna Picchu hiking permit for all trip participants when we obtain your Machu Picchu entrance permit. While you will not be obligated to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, those interested will have the opportunity to do so at some point during your visit to the Sacred City, based on the hiking time noted on the permit. If you should choose to participate in this hike, be advised that you may miss the included guided tour of Machu Picchu. Your trip leader will provide specific schedule details and options upon your arrival in Peru. Please note that the Huayna Picchu hike is challenging, steep (with some exposure) and unguided.

Weather

Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55° - 75° F with Andean evenings cooling down into the 40s and 50s.  Much of the itinerary takes place in the mountains where weather can change very quickly.  During the months of May-October, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of precipitation.  While rainfall is more common during the months of December-April, all-day rain is unlikely.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Machu Picchu Explorer – 7 Days Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering.  To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection.  This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip.  Try to bring only what is necessary as this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers
  • Passport
  • Airline ticket
Luggage
  • Duffel bag or soft sided luggage, sturdy, large enough to hold all your gear.
  • Small spare overnight bag for 1 night at Machu Picchu
  • Day pack or fanny pack (1500 cu. In.), for carrying water bottle(s), lunch, rain gear, camera
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
  • Passport pouch or money belt
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket, lightweight and breathable
  • Rain or wind pants
Footwear
  • Lightweight, waterproof hiking boots, broken in, aggressive tread
  • Comfortable shoes for travel and evening wear
Clothing
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and evening wear
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Lightweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Casual socks
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
Travel Accessories
  • Two (2) 1-quart water bottles or hydration system
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Toiletry kit
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Insect repellent
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Electrical adapter plug
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Ear plugs
  • Favorite energy snacks or drinks
  • Sewing kit
  • Bandana
  • Knee supports
  • Travel pillow
  • Hiking staff or trekking poles

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Regarding weight and size restrictions of luggage: The Peruvian Government regulates policies for the Machu Picchu Sanctuary and Peru Rail. The luggage size and weight restrictions listed in our materials are accurate at time of printing; however it is highly possible that due to unforeseen circumstances or changes in government policy, these figures can change with little to no notice. At our group orientation our guides will advise the group of the most current policy.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax. 
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear.  Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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REI AdventuresMachu Picchu Explorer
 
4.9

(based on 22 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Guides (22)
  • Accommodations (21)
  • Well organized itinerary (21)
  • Exceeded expectations (18)
  • Group camaraderie (18)

Cons

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual adventurer (11), Avid adventurer (7), Casual/ recreational (6)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Destination (20), All the details planned for me (18), I liked the itinerary (16), Active adventures (14), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (12)

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exceeded All Of My Expectations

      By EricPDX

      from Portland,OR

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

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          Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu Explorer:

          Everything about the trip was well organized, and first rate. The hotels were nice, the food was great, and there was a good flow to the days. We were busy and active without being rushed. I am so impressed by the professionalism & knowledge of our guides, Harvey & Alejandro. I can't imagine there are any better working in the Sacred Valley.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • The extra time spent at Machu Picchu compared to other tours was an important factor for me. I also felt confident that REI would deliver a high quality experience.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Our guides, Harvey & Alejandro, were outstanding. They taught us so much about the Inca, their culture, and history. I expected to be amazed by Machu Picchu, and was. But there was something every day of the tour that was beyond belief.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Give yourself at least one full day in Cusco before the tour to relax and adjust to the altitude. I found that trail running shoes were adequate, and didn't wear my hiking boots.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Superb Adventure

          By Rex from HI

          from Honolulu, Hi

          About Me First-Time Adventurer

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Harvey Was Great -
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

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              Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu Explorer:

              Harvey, Alejandro & Lazardo our driver were excellent all the time. Really appreciated their extra effort when strike in Cusco delayed our train back to Ollantaytambo. They got us on one of the first trains back & felt well taken care of.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • Three days/times at Machu Picchu so having a cloudy day was OK.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Learning so much from Harvey.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Get to Cusco at least two nights ahead of time to get used to the altitude. Get in shape for hiking.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Worth the Challenge!

              By 5cows

              from Michigan

              About Me First-Time Adventurer

              Site Member

              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu Explorer:

                  Our guides were great! There were lots of opportunities to refill water bottles. Get the prescription pills for preventing altitude sickness prior to the trip and take for 2 days prior to going to Cusco. I had no problem with altitude sickness and did not need to take additional pills. Also, drink the coca tea.

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Recommended by a Friend
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • My friend encouraged me to join her on this adventure. I needed to increase my training to feel comfortable going. I did all that I hoped to and more.
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • Meeting the physical challenges, seeing so much of this beautiful part of the world and enjoying the trip with friends.
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • Do the hiking that is suggested by REI and increase the amount of stair training you do. Nothing is level or smooth in Peru! Walking along the salt mines required good balance.
                   
                  5.0

                  Machu Picchu ExplorerTrip Rocks!

                  By Bikesarah

                  from Murphys, CA

                  About Me Avid Adventurer, Avid Hiker, Curious About Countries, Energetic

                  Pros

                  • Accommodations
                  • Activity Level
                  • Exceeded Expectations
                  • Excellent Food Choices
                  • Food
                  • Great Lodging
                  • Group Camaraderie
                  • Guides
                  • Like Minded Adventurers
                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                  • Peruvian Guides Best
                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                  Cons

                  • None - Too Short

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu Explorer:

                    Great: Guides Ernesto & Carlos, can't say enough good about them - their energy, way they maximized group dynamics, knowledge of the land & culture; and FUN!
                    GREAT: Lodging: especially in Sacred Valley & Agua Calientes....best available
                    Great: New friends from all across the country - some of whom I know we will connect with again
                    We will travel with REI for many more adventures after this, our fist trip with REI

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • 3 Days In Machu Picchu, Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts, Travel With The Best
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • I researched planning a Peru adventure on my own, but saw that REI had it all planned out, with many other adventures leading up to highlight of Machu Picchu. Wanted the local guides to teach me about the land, the culture, the people. All details taken care of, and a chance to tour a new land with like minded adventurers.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • The great job the guides did with showing our group the very best of this part of Peru, giving us a lesson in history, culture & people, as well as challenging us each day with great outdoor adventures. Hiking to top of Huayana Picchu to see Machu Picchu from above was beyond fantastic! Every part of the trip exceeded expectations.best lodging, great food in excellent restaurants,everything
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Sign up with REI. Every detail taken care of, and all went so smoothly. Felt very cared for & safe, without being smothered. Our group of 15 very diverse, but interesting & excited about our trip......lifelong friends made. The guides were exceptional. Ernesto, the lead guide,was a wealth of information & culture, and made every adventure fun!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Incredible experience

                    By Vicky and Andy

                    from Bethesda, MD

                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Accommodations
                    • Activity Level
                    • Exceeded Expectations
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Itinerary Flexibility
                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu Explorer:

                        Very nice, clean hotels with relatively modern conveniences. Exceptionally friendly locals. The group was large enough to provide an ongoing dynamic (11 people), but small enough so that we weren't spending most of our time herding everyone. The ruins are incredibly sacred and beautiful - be warned that your photos will not come close to doing them justice. Our guides (Alvin and Carlos) did an excellent job making sure that we saw the most important sites from the best vantage points and were exceptionally personable - they bought a birthday gift for one of us as it was her 30th, coordinated a cake at a restaurant, and a singing of 'Happy Birthday' on top of a mountain. When REI says they take care of all the details, they mean it. Everything from tickets to the national sites, to transfers, to meals, to baggage handling, is absolutely taken care of without even having to ask. It is so nice to be able to enjoy such a wonderful location and not have to worry about the minor details.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Reputable Company
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • Machu Picchu was on the very short list of places we wanted to visit in the near future. We are not lay-on-the-beach vacationers, and this trip appeared to have everything we wanted (moderate amount of activity, nice accommodations, and affordable) - and it did NOT fall short of our high expectations. The guides were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. We would do it over in a heart beat.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • Watching the sun rise on Machu Picchu and climbing Wayna Picchu.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Arrive a full day early so you can sleep, drink water and get used to the high altitude before beginning the trip.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Would go on this trip again tomorrow!!

                        By Cassandra from Austin

                        from Austin, Texas

                        About Me Casual Adventurer

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Accommodations
                        • Activity Level
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                        Cons

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu Explorer:

                            You definitely need to train cardio-wise for the trip. There are a lot of steps, up and down, and very uneven in height and depth. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT. Coming from Austin, which is practically at sea level, it was difficult the first few days getting used to the altitude. It's one thing to be able to do a treadclimber for 45 minutes, it's an entirely different thing doing it at 11,000 and 8,000 feet above sea level (Cusco and Machu Picchu respectively). Several of the other people on the trip were from Denver, so it wasn't such an issue for them. Also, I decided to bring a collapsible hiking pole and I'm glad I did -- I think it made a world of difference.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • I've always wanted to go to Machu Picchu and this year I decided that I was going to make it happen. I was researching the trip details when I came across the REI package. I loved the idea that so much could be done in a short time frame. I'm sure if I had tried to plan it myself, I would have spent more money and probably wouldn't have seen 1/2 of what I did on the REI trip.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • There are too many to list!!!
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • If you are thinking of going to Machu Picchu, this trip is for you.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            So much fun

                            By Jeka

                            from Short Hills, NJ

                            About Me Casual Adventurer

                            Site Member

                            Pros

                            • Accommodations
                            • Activity Level
                            • All Details Taken Care Of
                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

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                                Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu Explorer:

                                The guides really brought the history to life...they were terrific. I thought there was a terrific mix of activity and down-time. We added a trip to the Amazon at the beginning of the trip, and it complemented perfectly the Machu Picchu adventure. All together a truly amazing experience!

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, I trust REI
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • I wanted to go to Machu Picchu, and the timing was perfect.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Follow the guidelines from REI...they are spot-on, including what to pack.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Amazing!

                                By Christi C

                                from Houston, TX

                                About Me Avid Adventurer, Casual Adventurer

                                Site Member

                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Guides
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

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                                    Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu Explorer:

                                    The hotels were incredible!

                                    The food was mostly amazing (1-2 meals weren't as spectacular, but still good and only due to where we were when it was time to eat).

                                    The guides were terrific (smart, knowledgeable, reliable, accommodating,funny, organized etc.)

                                    Peru is a magical wonderful country! Hope you can enjoy as much as I did!

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • I wanted to go and do an active trip (lots of hiking) in Peru and see Machu Picchu. REI's trip matched what I wanted perfectly.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • Everything! The trip greatly exceeded my expectations. I learned so much more than I would have on my own. The guides were knowledgeable, accommodating, smart, reliable, well organized and really made the trip amazing.
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • Be careful packing and bring an extra bag to use to bring 2 days worth of clothes to Machu Picchu.

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    High Andes Adventure

                                    By Arlan Lewis

                                    from Huntington Beach, CA

                                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                                    Site Member

                                    Pros

                                    • Accommodations
                                    • Exceeded Expectations
                                    • Food
                                    • Group Camaraderie
                                    • Guides
                                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu Explorer:

                                        The Guide was very knowledgeable and I enjoyed it with very friendly people.

                                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                        • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                        • I liked that everything was planned and taken care of in advance, from hotels to all the bus tickets and entry fees. Machu Picchu was a great destination and figured I would enjoy it with like minded people.
                                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                        • Hard to top Machu Picchu. Amazed at all the Inca ruins and their history.
                                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                        • Definitely plan to arrive early to account for travel delays (several missed flight connections) and to have time to acclimate to the altitude.

                                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Amazing trip

                                        By Brandi E

                                        from Pennsylvania

                                        About Me First-Time Adventurer

                                        Site Member

                                        Pros

                                        • Accommodations
                                        • Exceeded Expectations
                                        • Food
                                        • Group Camaraderie
                                        • Guides
                                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                                        Cons

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                                            Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu Explorer:

                                            The only bad thing about the trip is that it was over too soon. The travel group was great, the guides (Ronny and Marco) were amazing and the scenery was absolutely breathtaking.

                                            Definitely get into Cuzco a day or two early to get adjusted to the altitude change - it can make for a rough start if you get there and begin hiking that same day.

                                            Bottom line: Just go. If you have any desire to see Machu Picchu, but you aren't sure that hiking a portion of the Inca Trail is the best way for you (personally) to get there, then this trip is the one you want.

                                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                            • Machu Picchu has always been at the top of my list of places I want to visit.
                                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                            • Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley were both amazing.
                                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                            • Even if you can't train at altitude, do some conditioning work prior to the trip. Every little bit helps. If you have knee issues (like I do), make sure to take along any knee braces or straps that you use.

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