Experience the gorgeous Andes, the Incan culture, and achieve a bucket-list goal without the hassle of planning a complicated trip and with the whole-hearted support of a group of like-minded women your own age.
If Machu Picchu is on your bucket list or even a glimmer on your travel horizon, we can take you there. We’re running an all-woman hike of the Inca Trail with a proven tour operator in Peru, and we will end up at mystical, magical Macchu Picchu for a day of exploration.
NextTribe Co-founder Jeannie Ralston has hiked the Inca Trail twice–read all about it here—and will be on the trip to encourage other hikers, just as she was in October ’22 when all 12 women in the group successfully completed the hike.
We will start our trip in the fascinating colonial city of Cusco (11,000 feet in elevation) so we have three days to adjust to the altitude. We'll use the time to explore Incan culture, take a dynamic cooking class, and get to know each other.
NextTribe members receive a $150 discount on this trip. Find out more here.
Then we hit the trail with our guides and tour company (our packs, tents, food, and other necessities will be carried by a small army of porters), trekking through the land once traversed by Incans, climbing Dead Woman’s Pass, passing through the Sun Gate, and onto the prize. Besides viewing these ancient ruins set beside a gum-drop peak, our reward will be one night in the super-luxurious Belmont Sanctuary Lodge at the base of Machu Picchu.
Your initial deposit in non-refundable and reserves your spot on a trip. Even though your deposit is non-refundable, it is transferrable to another trip provided you cancel at least 60 days prior to the start of the trip. You may apply your deposit toward any other trip through 2024.
Full payment for your retreat is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip. At 60 days prior to your trip, there are no refunds for any reason. If you must cancel within this 60-day period, you will need to contact your travel insurance company for reimbursement.
IF YOU CANCEL:
Up until 60 days prior to your trip, you can receive a refund for all but the deposit, which, as stated above, can be transferred to another trip through 2024.
At 60 days prior to retreat, there are no refunds or credits. Your room and tour has already been paid to our vendors. NextTribe cannot offer refunds for any reason (Covid, injury, illness, death, etc). For this reason, we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance.
To officially cancel, you must send an email to NextTribe stating that you wish to cancel to admin@NextTribe.com.
IF WE CANCEL:
If we are forced to postpone or cancel your trip due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the trip as planned (including, but not limited to, natural disasters, manmade disasters, Covid, disease, travel restrictions, etc.) NextTribe will offer credit for another trip (with a $100 discount on the next trip) or refund all of your payments. California travelers please note that NextTribe's Seller of Travel license number is 2153726-70 and we do not participate in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF).
PLEASE DO NOT MAKE AIRLINE RESERVATIONS UNTIL THE NUMBER OF SIGN UPS REACH THE MINIMUM STATED ON THE TRIP POSTING.
CHANGES TO TRAVEL:
We will make every effort to operate all trips as advertised, however all itineraries are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter or make reasonable substitutions as deemed necessary.
Travel insurance is recommended to be purchased within 21 days of booking your retreat.
For our hike we use SAS Peru as our tour operator. Jeannie Ralston has used them twice to complete the trail and was impressed with their commitment to safety, the geniality of the guides, the treatment of the porters, and the food on trek!
The porters will carry our tents, our gear (except what we need during the day), set up camp, feed us, then take down camp the next morning and move us to the next camp site. Our guides will point out natural wonders and discuss the history of the Incas and the trail.
We'll spend three nights in the stunning Costa del Sol Wyndham in Cusco. Situated in the city’s renowned Centro Historico, the Wyndham is a 17th century colonial mansion that combines high beamed ceilings, carved wooden doors, and elaborate murals with contemporary comforts.
You’ll be walking distance from historic attractions like Plaza de Armas, Sacsayhuaman, and Coricancha as well as traditional markets, lively bars and clubs, and top-rated Peruvian restaurants.
Certainly seeing one of the wonders of the world is reward in itself. But we add a bonus. After three nights camping on the Inca Trail, we will spend the night at the super-luxurious Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, which is a few steps from the entrance to Machu Picchu.
A stone’s throw from mystical ancient ruins, enjoy sunrise breakfasts overlooking the archeological site and luxuriate within the innate serenity. Here, verdant subtropical nature envelops you and delicious rainforest cuisine tantalizes the tastebuds.
NextTribe offers a safe travel environment that through the energy and alchemy of adventurous women turns into a real community in a short amount of time.
On every trip, you will be led by a friendly and fun woman of our own age, who has deep local knowledge and/or roots. She has proved to us that she is responsible, flexible, and truly cares about every traveler, nurturing new friendships and making sure no one feels left out. Other tour companies drop in a local guide who remains apart from the group. Our leader is the glue among the travelers--the person who ensures that this is more than a trip; it's a community of curious, like-minded women on the move.
We are known for group travel for women over 45 who don't normally like group travel. We keep our groups small and know that our guests are curious explorers who can take care of themselves. We allow them space to make the trip their own. You will not be in lockstep on a tight schedule behind a guide. You can roam on your own if you want (with a good GPS and an understanding of how to meet up with the group later) or you can take full advantage of the guide's knowledge of the city.
We do expect our travelers to have a level of self-sufficiency, being able to carry their own bags if need be, and to be respectful of others in the group and open to new experiences and friendships.
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Please be aware that you need to be healthy and at least of an average fitness level for this hike. You should put in some time training on hiking trails, stairs, and, if possible, at altitude before departure. (NextTribe is offering a chance to climb a 14,000-feet mountain in Colorado in August. Details coming soon.)
For more information about the trip, you can watch this video where Jeannie and some of the hikers from last year discuss the trip.
We don't require it, but we strongly encourage all of our travelers to purchase travel insurance.
If you buy it within 21 days of booking (and before your final payment) you'll get a better deal than if you wait.
There is trip protection insurance and travel insurance.
Trip Protection style travel insurance plans are designed to provide coverage for Trip Cancellation if you are prevented from taking your trip due to a covered reason listed in the plan certificate; most notably - illness, injury, or death to the traveler, a traveling companion, and/or an immediate family member not traveling, unforecasted inclement weather, and much more. Also included are benefits for Trip Interruption, Trip Delay, Baggage & Personal Effects, Travel Medical Expenses, and Emergency Medical Evacuation. Included:
What's the definition of travel insurance?
Travel insurance is the coverage for personal risks incidental to, and related to
planned travel, including one or more of the following...
● Cancellation or interruption of a trip or a vacation package
● Accident, sickness, disability, or death occurring during travel
● Delay of an arrival to your trip destination or a return to home
● Loss of baggage/personal effects
● Damage to accommodations or rental vehicles
What is not included in the definition of travel insurance?
The following are excluded from the definition of travel insurance..
● Major medical plans that provide comprehensive medical protection for
travelers on trips that last six (6) months or longer (ie working abroad,
deployed military personnel, missions and volunteering abroad, and more)
● Damage waiver contracts, as defined in paragraph (5) of subdivision (a) of
Section 1936 of the Civil Code. The phrase “damage waiver” or “collision
damage waiver” cannot be used to describe travel insurance coverage, but
the insurance contract may otherwise refer to “damage waiver” or “collision
damage waiver” provided by a company, as defined in paragraph (1) of
subdivision (a) of Section 1936 of the Civil Code.
The sooner you purchase a trip protection style plan, the more it can cover! We recommend purchasing a trip protection style plan within 21 days of making your initial trip payment of any kind for this trip, and prior to making your final pre-trip payment. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance.
When you purchase it within 21 days of booking (and before your final payment) you can get better coverage
Several people have had to cancel trips because of a death in the family, an injury (one women broke her foot on the way out the door to the airport!) or COVID, and once we enter the non-refundable stage of your booking, we CANNOT refund your trip for any reason.
NextTribe is an affiliate of Allianz, and you can get a quote from them by clicking on the name below. They offer one time policies and annual policies to cover all of your trips in a single year.
We are also an affiliate of Wanderwell, a certified B corp and a member of the Transformational Travel Council.
These plans provides insurance coverage that only applies during the covered
trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar
benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other
You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life,
health, home, and automobile insurance policies.
If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer or
insurance agent or broker.
When selecting a travel insurance policy, please bear in mind that all travelers are strongly recommended to have medical coverage and that we recommend a minimum coverage of $150,000 USD for travel medical/accident & sickness, and $500,000 USD for emergency medical evacuation and repatriation. It can help for those benefits to be Primary coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also includes benefits for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, and some coverage for baggage & personal effects.
Since we are not licensed insurance agents or brokers, we are not allowed to
*Answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of any of the
insurance offered by the travel retailer.
*Evaluate the adequacy of the prospective insured’s existing insurance coverage.
A room and tent of your own.
While you acclimate to the altitude, explore the city with us. We'll visit the Inca History Museum, the Traditional Textile Center, go on a walking tour, and take part in a lively Peruvian cooking class.
For dinner we'll eat at top-notch Peruvian restaurants. On the last evening, Oct. 14th, we'll meet our guides for our hike.