Peru Trek 2017: Cachicata Trek to Machu Picchu


Our expedition begins at 11,200 ft in Cusco, Peru, the capital of the ancient Incan empire and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cusco is a beautiful city with a vibrant cultural scene, where indigenous styles contrast with the modern western world. The city is filled with colonial churches, museums and Inca ruins. It is at the center of the Inca-Spanish culture that makes the Andes so spectacular.


Perito Moreno, Argentina

We will follow Incan footsteps in a remote region of Peru, off the tourist path, for 3-days, 2-nights on the spectacular Cachicata trail. Upon completion of the trek we will transfer by train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night. Our last day will be spent exploring the ancient Incan City of Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the world.

The Cachicata trek takes us into the Peruvian Andes to experience beautiful high mountain scenery of snow-capped Andean peaks, waterfalls, and inca ruins. Our high point on the trek will be 14,435 ft./4400 m. Besides spectacular scenery we will have the chance to experience the life of Andean farmers first hand, and visit the Incan quarry of Cachicata that was used by the Incans to build the town of Ollantaytambo.

Patagonia, Argentina

Our Trek will be fully supported by a local trekking company and led by experienced local guides. We will walk an average of 4-7 hours a day and sleep in tents. No previous trekking experience needed, but we require that all Trekkers be in excellent physical condition and able to hike for several hours, non-stop, carrying a daypack. It’s important that a good physical conditioning program be undertaken at least two months before departure.

Our Work

Trekkers will spend several days with the children at our selected orphanage. We will spend time getting to know the children, play games with them, put the finishing touches on significant capital improvement projects at their home funded by donations raised by Trekkers, take the children on a field trip to a nearby point of interest and celebrate our time together with food, music, and dancing.

Please contact Tricia Donaldson, Director of Operations, for more information

Group Size: maximum of 18 Trekkers (minimum 10)

Expedition Dates: August 3-12, 2017
(Please note: dates listed are the arrival and departure dates to/from Cusco)

Fundraising Commitment: $1000 ($500 for 13-18 yr olds)
tax-deductible donations for orphanage projects


• TFK group leader
• 4 day fully supported, guided Trek and visit to Machu Picchu (you only carry a daypack)
• Professional local guides on Trek
• 2 nights tents on trek
• 1 night hostel in Aguas Calientes
• 6 nights hotel in Cusco
• All meals except 2 lunches and 2 dinners
• Private tour of Machu Picchu, entrance fees, and ticket to climb Wayna Picchu
• All in-country transportation, including airport pick up and drop off
• Train service from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco
• Field trip and party with the children from the orphanage
• TFK shirts and luggage tags
• Tips for local trekking crew
• Trail fees
• Group travel insurance

Not Included

• Round trip airfare to Cusco and any overnight expenses that you might incur
• Several meals
• Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, or bottled water

Expedition Requirements

• 18 years or older (13 years or older if accompanied by an adult)
• Good health
• Physically fit
• Willing to raise minimum $1000 ($500 for 13-18 year olds)

3 Step Process

1. Apply • Fill out the online application
• Pay $500 deposit ($50 non-refundable)

2. Prepare • Read Information and Fundraising Packet from TFK
• Start a training regimen if not already exercising regularly
• Fundraise for orphanage projects
• Gather all necessary gear for the Trek
• Pay remaining Expedition fees
• Arrange flights

3. Experience • Arrive in-country.
• Enjoy a trip of a lifetime!

We are committed to supporting you every step of the way, both before and during your Expedition.

Click here to read about TFK’s Registration and Cancellation Policies.

Gear List coming soon.

Fundraising Resources

After signing up for an Expedition, Trekkers receive a Fundraising Kit, and access to the Trekker Resource Center, with online tips and tools to help you succeed.

TFK Brochures • brief version of the website in printed form
• great introduction to TFK for your donors

Personal Fundraising Page
• solicit donations on your page
• set fundraising goals
• track progress in real time
• post a message to your donors
• donors can send a message to you

Other Resources • Ideas for raising your $1000
• form letters to help you get started
• fundraising logs
• receipts and forms
• orphanage project flyer

Contact our Director of Operations, Tricia Donaldson, for more information.

Peru Family Trek 2017

Expedition Dates: August 3-12, 2017
(in country dates)
Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2017 (or until filled)
Days: 10
Group Size: 10-18
Trip Cost: $1850 for 10-13 people, $1750 for 14-18 people
Tax-deductible portion of trip cost: $1000
Fundraising Commitment: $1000 in tax-deductible donations for the projects ($500 for 13-18 year olds)
Activity Level: moderately-strenuous


Select a Trekker‘s name below to visit their personal fundraising page. Help them reach their goal by making a donation today.


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