“The toughest but at the same time most amazing trip I have done. A wonderful way to really see a country and Apus Peru made it all really easy.” Clare, United Kingdom. Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trek , October 2009.

Giving back

Trek with us and $20 of your trek price is donated to generate a sustainable trekking industry in the Andes, and the NGO: ThreadsofPeru.com



A young man sits on a mountain top with more of the Andes in distance beyond. A tall rock scultpure sits in the foreground by a small cactus.

Apus Peru Style (Standard - Private Service)

As a new, fresh company on the Cusco trekking scene, Apus Peru has quickly established itself as offering a high class trekking standard, with an environmental and social consciousness unique in Cusco.

Excellent guides, delicious food, alternative, custom designed treks and departures any day with two people mean that you can get off the beaten track and enjoy Apus Peru's well known service on the off the beaten track trekking route that you want to do. The advantage of this service is enjoying solitude on your trek and being able to walk at your own pace. This is a good option for groups of friends who want to share a great adventure together! This service can be upgraded in various different ways, including Aguas Calientes Upgrades. Should you want to open your tour up to Share with others, you would check out our Trekkers Wanted Trek Style.

What's included?

 Pre Trek Briefing - normally held at 5pm two days before your Trek Departure, at our office.

Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure.

Private transport from Cusco to the trailhead at the beginning of the trek, in a comfortable tourist class van and with a safe, professional driver.

Private transport from the end of the trek to Cusco (dropped off at your hotel), in a comfortable tourist class van and with a safe, professional driver.

Entry fees - in remote areas like Ausangate and Lares there are small entry fees levied by local authorities.

English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 8 people).
Tents - 2 people in a 4 person tent which allows for greater comfort, and also storage of backpacks. .
Basic foam mattress. If you require greater comfort during the trek we can hire you an inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest)
Cook and Cooking equipment (Assistants are provided for larger groups)
Toilet tent
Meals as indicated in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food). Our professional cooks prepare meals that incorporate elements of the western diet and also traditional Peruvian delicacies. (Please communicate with your guide/cook during the trek if you have a preference for certain types of dishes). Salads, if served, are washed in boiled water. We are increasingly incorporating fresh, organic produce in our menus. (This is not possible on all routes, but is our intention to use Organic produce where we can)
Horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen. They carry camping equipment, food and kitchen utensils. We provide duffel bags at your briefing for your personal items (up to 7 kg/15lbs per person). Your sleeping bag needs to be included in the personal items weight.
1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower
Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals
Tents for our staff to sleep in, sleeping bags & mattresses plus a budget for their meals.
First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle - but not blister treatments as known in western countries.


Breakfast on the first morning.
Sleeping bags. If you haven't got a sleeping bag or you don't want the hassle of bringing one all the way to Peru with you, then we have sleeping bags for hire.For this trek you should hire minus 15 or warmer bags.
Tips for the guide, cook and porters
Additional horses for passengers luggage.

Treks that visit Machu Picchu or the Hydroelectric area

  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu (If you wish to climb Huayna Picchu its $15 extra, please advise at booking)
  • Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Your guide travels on the same train as you
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco in a comfortable tourist class van and with a safe, professional driver.
  • Celebratory dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Lunch on the last day is included in this itinerary.
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a basic hotel. This will be a nice, clean and safe hostel with breakfast included and private bathroom. If you wish to upgrade from this hotel, please check out the options listed on our Aguas Calientes accommodation page.

In the case of Lares, Ancascocha or treks that have the Machu Picchu Trek Extension

  • The train TO Aguas Calientes is of Vistadome or equivalent category (Inca Rail has Executive Service)

Aguas Calientes upgrade package (optional) This is an upgrade package for treks that already include a nights stay in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, but you would like to upgrade the standard of hotel, meals and train service. This price doesn’t change depending on the number of people in the group.

Prices - Standard Aguas Calientes Upgrade - $140

Comfort Plus Aguas Calientes Upgrade - $180

** The difference between the Standard option, and the Comfort Plus option, is the standard of the hotel.

  • Standard Option includes - a night 3 star hotel, like La Cabaña (standard), Inti Inn (standard), Gringo Bills (Jnr Suite), Rupa Wasi (Suite).  These are a nice hotels, with a little more character tha the average Aguas Calientes Hotel - well decorated, and clean.

  • Comfort Plus Option includes - a night in higher price range 3 star hotel, like El Mapi or Taypikala. Both are new hotels with careful attention to detail.

Both packages include the same meals and trains.

  • Dinner at one of Aguas Calientes “best” restaurants, like Indio Feliz or Tree House restaurant.
  • Buffet lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant, located in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
  • With limited eating choices at Machu Picchu hunger tends to send clients to Aguas Calientes; by including the buffet lunch we find that clients can visit Machu Picchu early, then go to the buffet to try lots of different Peruvian (and Western) dishes, and then rest and go back for a second look at Machu Picchu.

  • Return in Vistadome train rather than Expedition train, which gives you the opportunity for a more varied timetable and to return in a nicer train, with big windows in the roof.


  • For a full list see Genral Booking condtiions
  • Minimum 1 passenger, Maxium 12 passengers
  • BOOKINGS CLOSE 7 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE but we prefer bookings in Advance in order to provide you with the best possible service.

Why Book in Advance?
Apus Peru carefully matches the best guides with each trek and group.  We also do our best to provide our staff with their schedule in advance allowing them to plan other activities in their lives, perhaps additional courses that they are taking or for many of our porters and muleteers, the sewing and harvesting of their fields.  Booking in advance (3-6 months before your trek) also ensures the quality of your service.  As we do provide our guides and support staff with their schedule in advance they are then free to schedule their time as they like.  As you can appreciate, if you book your service only a few weeks in advance we cannot guarantee that you will be trekking with one of our principal guides although Apus Peru will always provide you with an experienced, English/Spanish speaking guide. If you book later than 3 weeks prior to the trek, especially in high or shoulder seasons (April through October) we can find it hard to find you seats on our preferred trains or in our favourite hotels.