Vegan Trekking Adventure in Peru

Explore Machu Picchu and Cusco's Surroundings Vegan Style

2,650 USD / person
Next Trip Date: TBA* Destination: Cusco & Surroundings (Peru)

Get ready for the first vegan-only adventure in peru!

Created by Latinspirations especially for Vegan Travelers

Travel in Peru Vegan Friendly & Sustainably

This vegan-friendly vacation has been created keeping in mind all special needs of vegan travelers. Just relax and enjoy the magic and charm of Peru!
We have included overnights and meals in some of Peru's best-suited hotels and restaurants for vegans as well as unique vegan activities such as a vegan cooking class. Learn how to prepare Pisco Sour and Ceviche vegan style! While on the trek a chef will prepare some delicious vegan meals for the group. (Some of his vegan specialties: Pancakes, Quinoa Salad or Lemon Grass Coconut Soup, to mention just a small selection). When meals are not included we will provide you with insider tips on where to find the best vegan eats.
During the trek mules transport equipment and are used as an emergency back-up should a client be tired or sick, these mules are all owned by local communities and treated very well.
Our local partner for this tour is one of Peru's most committed companies to sustainability. They have been heavily involved in re-planting native forest, offset all carbon emissions, are a 1% for the planet member and Peru's only B Corp.

Tour Highlights

Explore Cusco with its Bustling Markets and Historic Buildings, Temples and Palaces

Taste Peru’s Culinary Delights during a Vegan-Friendly Cooking Class and Market tour

Visit the Sacred Valley, the Ruins of Moray and Moras Salt Pan

Discover authentic Andean Culture during encounters with Local Communities

Hike to Machu Picchu on the Royal Inca Trail via the famous Sun Gate

Travel in the company of an Outstanding Guide

Enjoy delicious Meals in some of Peru’s best-suited Restaurants for Vegans

TRIP ITINERARY

Join this once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Peru and experience the best of what Cusco and its surroundings have to offer. Peru awaits you with impressive Inca temples and historic buildings, lovely valleys, stunning mountain scenery, colorful villages, a mystical ancient culture and of course the majestic Machu Picchu. Enjoy spectacular hikes, sublime views and landscapes, an interactive vegan cooking class and delicious vegan food in in the company of a dedicated expert guide and a group of like-minded vegan adventure enthusiasts.

Day 1 (Saturday 09-May-2020): Arrival to Cusco

On arrival in Cusco your guide will be waiting for you and escort you to the hotel for the night. An expert guide will show you some of the highlights of this beautiful city. Some of these are the Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral or Qoricancha temple, once home to life sized statues in solid gold. If time permits, you could visit one of the bustling markets, full of tropical fruits fresh from the Amazon or even head up through the San Blas artisan district to San Cristobal church for a spectacular view over the red tiled rooftops of Cusco.
Lunch today is in a beautifully converted colonial building just off the main square complete with an in house factory and museum dedicated to Peruvian Coffee production. At a convenient time your guide will arrange a full briefing for the days ahead.

Day 2 (Sunday 10-May-2020): Inca Ruins & Cooking Class

Today you’ll visit Cusco’s outlying ruins. During a lovely walking (or vehicle) tour you will get a superb introduction into the Inca heritage of Peru. First we visit the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman. Huge stone ramparts surround a beautiful grass amphitheater. Once the scene of fierce battles it now hosts the recreation of traditional Inca ceremonies such as Inti Raymi and Warachikuy. Next is the Inca water temple of Tambo Machay lying at 3700m (12,000 feet) and the Red fort of Puca Pucara. From here, an optional hike following an ancient Inca trail takes us downhill to Cusco (or vehicle transfer), stopping at the Temple of the Moon and other historical sites along the way.
Your day continues with a Cooking Class and Market tour. This cooking class starts with a 30 minute tour of the traditional open air San Pedro market to source our produce and learn about Peruvian products. Afterwards we will head to the 11th floor Rooftop Kitchen facility, with breathtaking views of the city, to start the cooking lesson. The class consists of the preparation of a Pisco Sour (without egg), an appetizer, a main course and a glass of wine. The lesson lasts approximately 2 hours and is the perfect way to becoming a Peruvian chef.

Day 3 (Monday 11-May-2020): Sacred Valley, Moray & Maras

In the morning we head towards Chinchero plain before taking a dirt road to the incredible ruins of Moray. These rarely visited circular ruins are thought to have been agricultural experimental stations in the times of the Incas.
After visiting the ruins we follow an ancient mule trail with spectacular views of the snow capped Cordillera Vilcanota. We will also see examples of the finest Andean farming on our way. We head back across the plains to the interesting town of Maras for lunch.
In the afternoon we descend from Maras to the amazing Salinas, a series of salt pans that have been worked since Inca times. We explore this amazing site then descend to the Urubamba river and our awaiting vehicle, which returns us to your hotel for the night.

Day 4 (Tuesday 12-May-2020): Lares Trek - Totora Canyon to Quishuarani

Today you will start hiking the Lares Trek, a very beautiful trekking route that takes you off the beaten path to immerse yourself into living Inca culture. A scenic two hour drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes you to the start of your trek, at the small village of Totora. You follow an ancient Inca trail into a narrow canyon, where Inca tombs perch in the cliffs. Emerging from the canyon you pass through tiny rural communities before arriving to a delicious picnic lunch. Your bus then takes you to the small and very traditional community of Quishuarani, your camp for the night (3700m/12,140ft).

Day 5 (Wednesday 13-May-2020): Lares Trek - Quishuarani to Huacahuasi

This is a stunning days hiking. You leave camp behind and climb past colorfully dressed locals, and up towards the native forests that our local partner has been heavily involved in re-planting. These forests harbor Andean deer, vizcachas and several rare species of birds and are essential to the future of this area. A further push and you reach the stunning views from your highest pass of the trek, the Huchayccasa pass (4450 m/14600 ft). A chain of emerald blue lakes fills the hillside below you, and in the distance rise the snow clad Urubamba mountains. Descending through hand turned potato fields you come to the upper reaches of the ancient community of Cuncani at (3800m/12,4600 ft). From here our bus takes you twenty minutes to your camp at Chancachaca (3440m/ 11286ft). There is an option to visit the Lares hot-springs after lunch.

Day 6: (Thursday 14-May-2020): Lares Trek - Huacahuasi to Patacancha Valley

Today you have a day filled with encounters with locals ahead of you. Men head off to work in the potato fields, wooden plows slung over their shoulder. Women sit, legs outstretched weaving their traditional clothes on wooden looms. And small children sit motionless guarding herds of alpaca and llama, their ever faithful dog by their side.
You start fifteen minute’s drive from camp to begin towards the final pass. Lying at 4,200m/13,780ft the Ipsaycocha pass marks the border between Lares and the Patacancha Valley. You start gently and then climb one final steep section to gain the summit. If you are lucky, you will have spectacular views of Mount Veronica. You take lunch by the beautiful Ipsay lake then follow an ancient trail to the Patacancha Valley and the village of Patacancha where the trek ends. A vehicle takes down the valley and to your hotel for the night.

Day 7 (Friday 15-May-2020): Royal Inca Trail (km104) to Machu Picchu

You start the day with an early transfer to catch the train towards Machu Picchu. Jumping off at km104 you pass through the control point and begin your Inca Trail trek. First you visit the recently restored ruins of Chachabamba before gradually ascending through tropical cloud forest up towards the base of Wiñay Wayna. Here you climb more steeply on old Inca stairways through these beautiful terraces, stopping to explore the various buildings and water features. Here we can enjoy our packed lunch, with a great view. You then continue on perhaps the loveliest part of the whole Inca Trail. Lush vegetation flanks you on either side, the scent of wild orchids fills the air, and all around you brightly colored tropical songbirds fill your ears with song. Soon you will reach a final set of stairs to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. After plenty of photos you carry on past this wonder of the world to catch the bus down to the lively town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and a well-deserved hotel and shower.

Day 8 (Saturday 16-May-2020): Explore Machu Picchu

Today you explore the pinnacle of Inca engineering – Machu Picchu. For years it was lost to the jungle. Rediscovered in 1911 by the Yale professor Hiram Bingham, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu exceeds all expectations. This astounding site lies in an even more astonishing location. Perched high on an inaccessible hilltop it is protected by huge cliffs and the raging Urubamba river. Things are slightly easier now than in the time of the Incas and so you start your day with a twenty minute bus ride up to the site. The guided tour takes around two hours leaving you a few hours free to wander among the old Inca walls and just sit and take in the scale of the place on your own. For those who want to walk a bit more, you could take the hour long trail up to the Sun Gate, or a shorter trail to visit the Inca Bridge which once spanned a sheer cliff face.
Eventually the time comes to catch the bus down to Machu Picchu Pueblo and board your train back along the Urubamba River. The scenery is beautiful and the train jolts softly along, allowing you to sit, stare out the window and reflect on all you have seen. In the evening we will meet for a last get-together in one of Cusco’s best vegan restaurants where we can celebrate the last day’s adventures and taste some of the delicious dishes on the menu.

Day 9 (Sunday 17-May-2020): Departure

We transfer you to Cusco airport in time for your onward flight.

TRIP ITINERARY

Join this once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Peru and experience the best of what Cusco and its surroundings have to offer. Peru awaits you with impressive Inca temples and historic buildings, lovely valleys, stunning mountain scenery, colorful villages, a mystical ancient culture and of course the majestic Machu Picchu. Enjoy spectacular hikes, sublime views and landscapes, an interactive vegan cooking class and delicious vegan food in in the company of a dedicated expert guide and a group of likeminded vegan adventure enthusiasts.

Day 1 (Saturday 09-May-2020): Arrival to Cusco

On arrival in Cusco your guide will be waiting for you and escort you to the hotel for the night. An expert guide will show you some of the highlights of this beautiful city. Some of these are the Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral or Qoricancha temple, once home to life sized statues in solid gold. If time permits, you could visit one of the bustling markets, full of tropical fruits fresh from the Amazon or even head up through the San Blas artisan district to San Cristobal church for a spectacular view over the red tiled rooftops of Cusco.
Lunch today is in a beautifully converted colonial building just off the main square complete with an in house factory and museum dedicated to Peruvian Coffee production. At a convenient time your guide will arrange a full briefing for the days ahead.

Day 2 (Sunday 10-May-2020): Inca Ruins & Cooking Class

Today you’ll visit Cusco’s outlying ruins. During a lovely walking (or vehicle) tour you will get a superb introduction into the Inca heritage of Peru. First we visit the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman. Huge stone ramparts surround a beautiful grass amphitheater. Once the scene of fierce battles it now hosts the recreation of traditional Inca ceremonies such as Inti Raymi and Warachikuy. Next is the Inca water temple of Tambo Machay lying at 3700m (12,000 feet) and the Red fort of Puca Pucara. From here, an optional hike following an ancient Inca trail takes us downhill to Cusco (or vehicle transfer), stopping at the Temple of the Moon and other historical sites along the way.
Your day continues with a Cooking Class and Market tour. This cooking class starts with a 30 minute tour of the traditional open air San Pedro market to source our produce and learn about Peruvian products. Afterwards we will head to the 11th floor Rooftop Kitchen facility, with breathtaking views of the city, to start the cooking lesson. The class consists of the preparation of a Pisco Sour (without egg), an appetizer, a main course and a glass of wine. The lesson lasts approximately 2 hours and is the perfect way to becoming a Peruvian chef.

Day 3 (Monday 11-May-2020): Sacred Valley, Moray & Maras

In the morning we head towards Chinchero plain before taking a dirt road to the incredible ruins of Moray. These rarely visited circular ruins are thought to have been agricultural experimental stations in the times of the Incas.
After visiting the ruins we follow an ancient mule trail with spectacular views of the snow capped Cordillera Vilcanota. We will also see examples of the finest Andean farming on our way. We head back across the plains to the interesting town of Maras for lunch.
In the afternoon we descend from Maras to the amazing Salinas, a series of salt pans that have been worked since Inca times. We explore this amazing site then descend to the Urubamba river and our awaiting vehicle, which returns us to your hotel for the night.

Day 4 (Tuesday 12-May-2020): Lares Trek - Totora Canyon to Quishuarani

Today you will start hiking the Lares Trek, a very beautiful trekking route that takes you off the beaten path to immerse yourself into living Inca culture. A scenic two hour drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes you to the start of your trek, at the small village of Totora. You follow an ancient Inca trail into a narrow canyon, where Inca tombs perch in the cliffs. Emerging from the canyon you pass through tiny rural communities before arriving to a delicious picnic lunch. Your bus then takes you to the small and very traditional community of Quishuarani, your camp for the night (3700m/12,140ft).

Day 5 (Wednesday 13-May-2020): Lares Trek - Quishuarani to Huacahuasi

This is a stunning days hiking. You leave camp behind and climb past colorfully dressed locals, and up towards the native forests that our local partner has been heavily involved in re-planting. These forests harbor Andean deer, vizcachas and several rare species of birds and are essential to the future of this area. A further push and you reach the stunning views from your highest pass of the trek, the Huchayccasa pass (4450 m/14600 ft). A chain of emerald blue lakes fills the hillside below you, and in the distance rise the snow clad Urubamba mountains. Descending through hand turned potato fields you come to the upper reaches of the ancient community of Cuncani at (3800m/12,4600 ft). From here our bus takes you twenty minutes to your camp at Chancachaca (3440m/ 11286ft). There is an option to visit the Lares hot-springs after lunch.

Day 6: (Thursday 14-May-2020): Lares Trek - Huacahuasi to Patacancha Valley

Today you have a day filled with encounters with locals ahead of you. Men head off to work in the potato fields, wooden plows slung over their shoulder. Women sit, legs outstretched weaving their traditional clothes on wooden looms. And small children sit motionless guarding herds of alpaca and llama, their ever faithful dog by their side.
You start fifteen minute’s drive from camp to begin towards the final pass. Lying at 4,200m/13,780ft the Ipsaycocha pass marks the border between Lares and the Patacancha Valley. You start gently and then climb one final steep section to gain the summit. If you are lucky, you will have spectacular views of Mount Veronica. You take lunch by the beautiful Ipsay lake then follow an ancient trail to the Patacancha Valley and the village of Patacancha where the trek ends. A vehicle takes down the valley and to your hotel for the night.

Day 7 (Friday 15-May-2020): Royal Inca Trail (km104) to Machu Picchu

You start the day with an early transfer to catch the train towards Machu Picchu. Jumping off at km104 you pass through the control point and begin your Inca Trail trek. First you visit the recently restored ruins of Chachabamba before gradually ascending through tropical cloud forest up towards the base of Wiñay Wayna. Here you climb more steeply on old Inca stairways through these beautiful terraces, stopping to explore the various buildings and water features. Here we can enjoy our packed lunch, with a great view. You then continue on perhaps the loveliest part of the whole Inca Trail. Lush vegetation flanks you on either side, the scent of wild orchids fills the air, and all around you brightly colored tropical songbirds fill your ears with song. Soon you will reach a final set of stairs to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. After plenty of photos you carry on past this wonder of the world to catch the bus down to the lively town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and a well-deserved hotel and shower.

Day 8 (Saturday 16-May-2020): Explore Machu Picchu

Today you explore the pinnacle of Inca engineering – Machu Picchu. For years it was lost to the jungle. Rediscovered in 1911 by the Yale professor Hiram Bingham, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu exceeds all expectations. This astounding site lies in an even more astonishing location. Perched high on an inaccessible hilltop it is protected by huge cliffs and the raging Urubamba river. Things are slightly easier now than in the time of the Incas and so you start your day with a twenty minute bus ride up to the site. The guided tour takes around two hours leaving you a few hours free to wander among the old Inca walls and just sit and take in the scale of the place on your own. For those who want to walk a bit more, you could take the hour long trail up to the Sun Gate, or a shorter trail to visit the Inca Bridge which once spanned a sheer cliff face.
Eventually the time comes to catch the bus down to Machu Picchu Pueblo and board your train back along the Urubamba River. The scenery is beautiful and the train jolts softly along, allowing you to sit, stare out the window and reflect on all you have seen. In the evening we will meet for a last get-together in one of Cusco’s best vegan restaurants where we can celebrate the last day’s adventures and taste some of the delicious dishes on the menu.

Day 9 (Sunday 17-May-2020): Departure

We transfer you to Cusco airport in time for your onward flight.

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Included Services

  • 8 overnights in the following accommodations: Hotel Ananay Quinta San Blas (day 1, 2 & 8), Hotel Villa Urubamba (day 3), Campsites (day 4 & 5), Hotel Pakaritampu (day 6), Hotel El Mapi by Inkaterra (day 7),
  • Meals as follows: day 1: lunch, day 2 & 3: breakfast, lunch, snacks & water, day 4 & 5: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks & water, day 6: breakfast, lunch, snacks & water, day 7: breakfast, box-lunch & dinner, day 8 & 9: breakfast
  • Transportation and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking expert guide
  • Entrance Fees for: Cathedral and Qorikancha, Cusco Outlying Ruins, Maras Salt Pans & Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket to Machu Picchu and back
  • Mule Support during the Trek

Not Included

  • International and local flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Sleeping bags & walking poles (available at extra cost)
  • Tips
  • Payment Fees

Important Information

  • This is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude.
  • Hiking distances: day 4: 15 km / 9 miles, day 5: 23 km / 14 miles, day 6: 19 km / 12 miles, day 4: 11 km / 7 miles, maximum altitude: 4,450m /14,600 feet
  • While we have made a huge effort to adapt this trip and make it fully suited for vegans we would like to ask you to keep in mind that vegan life-style in Peru is still uncommon. You might eventually encounter local traditions or situations that contradict with your vegan way of living. In order to enjoy this trip we recommend you to travel with an open mind and tolerate cultures different from yours.
  • Accommodation is in double rooms in 3 Star Hotels (private bathroom) while staying in Cusco, Urubamba, Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo and tents during the trek (comfortable 3 person tents shared between two). If you are traveling solo you can be placed in a room with another solo traveler of the same gender (subject to availability). Single rooms are available at an additional rate of 430 USD per person (hotels only). We reserve the right to replace accommodation mentioned by a similar option of the same category.
  • The group size of this tour is 6-12 participants. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if we do not reach the minimum number of participants.
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers / Flights: The trip includes one group transfer from Cusco airport to your hotel and back to the airport on the final day. Please contact us if you have question about booking flights and make sure the flights booked match with the schedule of the group transfers informed to you during the booking process. If you arrive or depart in a flight that does not match with the group transfer schedule, individual transfers can be booked at an extra cost. To enjoy the full itinerary we recommend to book a flight that arrives to Cusco before 11 AM. We need full flight details at least 3 months before your departure including your arrival and departure time as well as your booking code.

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Explore Machu Picchu & Cusco's Surroundings Vegan Style

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