Luxury Trekking to Machu Picchu

From Cusco, Peru
  • Peru
  • Walking
  • Custom
  • Luxury
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Tour Description

Experience Peru like never before!  Traverse across magnificent mountain passes, enjoying enormous and mystical snow-capped peaks, viewing nature in its purest form and enjoying ethnic and cultural exchanges with local people as you pass through the Salkantay Valley.  All the while enjoying the comfort and service of 4 top quality mountain lodges located in pristine areas on your way to reaching Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.

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Stay in luxury lodges throughout the trip

Experience Peruvian cuisine prepared by locals

Trek the historic section of Inca trail towards the mystical beauty of Machu Picchu

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Cusco

Upon arrival in to Cusco, you will be met & transferred to your hotel.
Cusco, set at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Incan remains.
Tonight a pre-tour meeting will be held.
NOTE: We recommend at least 2 nights pre-trek in Cusco to help with acclimatization
Overnight in Cusco

Day 2
Cusco Salkantay Lodge

After an early breakfast, after 7:00 am we are picked up from our hotel in Cusco by an MLP guide and vehicle for the drive to the Salkantay Lodge in Soraypampa. En route we take a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hrs from Cusco). After leaving Limatambo, we pass through the mountain village of Mollepata where we stop for a short coffee break before ascending a winding mountain road to a place called Marcoccasa (30 minutes from Mollepata by vehicle). Here, we begin our trek to Soraypampa, on an old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). This is a good opportunity for everyone to acclimatise, while enjoying a beautiful six-hour trek. Salkantay Lodge takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley—Mt. Salkantay, the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 6,270 m (20,600 ft), the highest in the region. After a warm welcome by our friendly staff, we are shown to our rooms and have time to wash-up, before tea and cookies. The trip leader will hold a briefing by the fireplace, followed by aperitifs and dinner.
Trekking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch en route).
Hiking Level: Moderate
Option: Guests who do not wish to trek may be transported to the lodge by vehicle.
Overnight Salkantay Lodge

Day 3
Hike to Humantay Lake

Today we take an acclimatisation hike on the slopes above the lodge to Lake Humantay, fed by the hanging glaciers of Mt. Humantay. The hike is optional, but the views are amazing, and those brave enough can even go for a dip. We return to the lodge for lunch, after which you may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in our outdoor jacuzzi. Afternoon at leisure. We spend the night at the Salkantay Lodge with gourmet food and warm, comfortable beds. In the evening, the guide briefs us on gear and the itinerary for the following day. All meals are served at the lodge. Trekking time: approximately 4 hours
Hiking level: moderate to challenging
Option: Horse riding
Overnight Salkantay Lodge

Day 4
Crossing the Salkantay Pass

This is the big day! After an early start, we hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point on the trek is the Salkantay Pass at 4,638 m (15,213 ft). At the pass we stop to take in views of snowcapped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering above us. We will keep our eyes open for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass we descend towards Wayra Lodge (“Wayra” means wind; so ‘the place where the wind lives’) our destination for the evening. A hot lunch is served en route; dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Trekking time: 6–8 hours (including lunch)
Hiking level: challenging, crossing a 4,640m (15,200 ft) mountain pass
Overnight Wayra Lodge

Day 5
Descending into the Cloud Forest

On this day we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge. Then we continue our descent along the left bank of the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. We can feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by colourful butterflies and striking orchids. Upon arrival at the Colpa Lodge we are welcomed with a pachamanca meal: a traditional festive Peruvian meal cooked by layering meat and vegetables with hot stones, and then covering the whole thing up to bake. Colpa Lodge is located on an open plateau at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor jacuzzi has panoramic views of lush green mountains. We spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the nearby orchid trail. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Trekking time: 3–4 hours
Hiking level: easy to moderate
Overnight Colpa Lodge

Day 6
Following the Santa Teresa River Valley

Today we hike along the Santa Teresa river valley, through more populated rural areas. We pass through banana, granadilla and avocado orchards and coffee plantations (said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world). A hot picnic lunch is served by the river. After lunch, we hike another hour before a private vehicle meets us for a short drive to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” (30 minutes or so). From the head of the newly restored Inca trail we easily make our way to Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Trekking time: 5–6 hours (including lunch)
Hiking level: moderate to challenging (because of distance, not terrain)
Overnight Lucma Lodge

Day 7
First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass Aguas Calientes

After a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. We head uphill for 2-3 hours towards LLactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974ft), where we come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view which few travellers ever get a chance to admire. We take a short break to explore the LLactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is served in a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu. We then begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu, is a short, scenic train ride away. Upon arrival, we check into our lovely hotel for a celebration dinner with our guide and one last briefing!
Trekking Time: 4–6 hours
Hiking level: moderate to challenging
Overnight in Aguas Calients

Day 8
Machu PIcchu Cusco

After a very early buffet breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (30 min). Our trip leader will give an introductory 2 hour guided tour of the ruins, after which we have the option of climbing the steep staircase of Huayna Picchu, a steep and vertically quite challenging hike that takes about 2 hours which affords great views of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, we meet up with our guide again and return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch and to catch our train. The ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes about 1½ hours, and then a private vehicle will drive us back to Cusco (an additional 1½ hour). Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7 or 8 p.m.), we are dropped off at your hotel.
*Overnight hotel in Cusco is not included but can be added

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 5 nights in Mountain Lodges of Peru
  • Included Copy 20 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a superior hotel
  • Included Copy 20 1 night accommodation in Cusco in a superior hotel
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily & all meals while on Trek
  • Included Copy 20 Filtered/sparkling water, tea and coffee, juice and soft drinks Free - At Lodges Only
  • Included Copy 7 Alcoholic and sports drinks, and natural bottled water are not included.
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) while on Trek
  • Included Copy 20 Transportation of personal belongings on the trek by pack horses/mules and/or porters
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers & tours on a shared basis
  • Included Copy 20 Guided visit of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (includes entrance and Huayna Picchu visit)
Transportation
Land, Air, Ship, Train ...

Activities

  • Included Guided visit of Machu Picchu Sanctuary
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Duration

8 days

Price from

$3,675 USD

Per person, twin share

March to December - Dates on Request
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