Peru 12-Day Trekking Tours & Itineraries

Explore 5 trekking trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Peru.

Twelve days is enough time to not only see Peru’s most visited tourist attraction, Machu Picchu, but to explore the other great Inca treasures that abound in the beautiful Sacred Valley. After hiking around the mountains of Machu Picchu, travel to other archeological and natural wonders like the Shrine of Lord Huanca, the foot of Mt. Ausangate (the Inca’s most sacred mountain) and Mount Vinicunca, the iconic “rainbow mountain.” You could also combine the above itinerary with a visit to Lake Titicaca and the floating islands home to the indigenous Uros people.

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Apu Ausangate, Peru's Sacred Mountain
Map of Sacred Valley & Ausangate Mountain - 12 Days
Sacred Valley & Ausangate Mountain - 12 Days

Experience Peru's rich cultural history and hike through the Andes on this exciting blended trip. Spend several days exploring ancient Inca sites in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Then continue on foot through the mountains, trekking on and around Ausangate through vast glacial valleys and between herds of wild vicuñas. Spend your nights in cozy mountain lodges operated in collaboration with local communities.

Camp while trekking in the Cordillera Huayhaush
Active Peru: Trek the Cordillera Huayhuash - 12 Days

This awesome 12-day adventure takes you to the pristine heartlands of the Cordillera Huayhuash, one of the most stunning mountain areas in Peru. Your lungs will be tested as you cross four passes over 14,700 feet (4480 m)—but the challenge is well worth it for the chance to see colorful lakes, glaciers, wildlife, and Peruvian mountain culture.

Glacier lake in Lares Valley
Map of Sacred Valley Trekking & Lake Titicaca Exploration - 12 Days
Sacred Valley Trekking & Lake Titicaca Exploration - 12 Days

This 12-day tour of Peru's highlights is perfect for adventurous and fit travelers. Begin in the imperial Incan city of Cusco, where you'll embark on a 3-day trek to Machu Picchu. Then, explore the Sacred Valley's ruins, markets, and villages before summiting Rainbow Mountain and getting your fill of culture and stellar views at Lake Titicaca.

Howler Monkey in the Amazon Jungle
Map of Inca Trail & Amazon Excursion - 12 Days
Inca Trail & Amazon Excursion - 12 Days

From bustling cities to remote jungles, this tour of Peru's highlights is perfect for adventurous travelers. Discover Peruvian cuisine and culture in Lima, and continue to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Explore Inca ruins and colorful textile markets before embarking on a short Inca Trail trek, ending at the famed Machu Picchu ruins. Top it all off with a visit the Amazon, spotting wildlife like macaws, cayman, anaconda, and tapir.

Discover ancient Inca ruins along the Choquequirao Trail
Active Peru: Cusco, Choquequirao Trek & Machu Picchu - 12 Days

This active 12-day itinerary combines the cultural highlights of Peru's Sacred Valley with plenty of outdoor adventure. Based in historic Cusco, you'll tour ancient sites like Pisac and Moray then head into the cloud forest for a four-day trek along the Choquequirao Trail. Discover hidden Inca ruins and sleep under the stars as you make your way towards the crowning glory of Machu Picchu. After more downtime in Cusco, end the trip with a final hike up the "Rainbow Mountain" of Palcoyo.

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