MTS expertise plus a spectacular lodge-to-lodge trek make for a Peru experience like no other
Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of trekking to Machu Picchu—without the crowds or the need to camp! This amazing lodge-to-lodge journey follows a lightly traveled trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, the magnificent Andean mountain range that cradles the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. You’ll enjoy the personal, expert attention of your MTS guides and a full staff of porters and cooks, as you take in all the sights that have drawn centuries of travelers to the region.
MTS has been bringing travelers to Peru for over 40 years, and our expertise and local knowledge is second to none. Hiking from one remote lodge to the next, you’ll encounter dramatic, ever-changing landscapes, from brilliant azure lakes, to snowcapped peaks, to lush cloud forests filled with wildflowers. You’ll be surrounded by dazzling, ice-covered 20,000-footers, including Salkantay (20,574'), the highest mountain of the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the most sacred peak in Incan mythology. You’ll end each exhilarating day with a well-earned respite at a private, luxurious mountain lodge, where well-appointed rooms, hot showers, Jacuzzi, and first-class international and Peruvian cuisine await your pleasure. The final day of your trek culminates in an even bigger reward: the never-to-be-forgotten vista of Machu Picchu, one of the most awe-inspiring wonders of the Americas. Wreathed in mist and spiritual significance, it’s no wonder the Incas called this place the “navel of the universe!”
Peru is a very inviting destination, with friendly people and a fascinating pre-Hispanic and colonial history. Before and after our trek, you’ll delve deep into the rich culture of the Inca heartland. You’ll stroll the steep, narrow streets of Cusco, a timeless town dominated by the fine stonework of ancient craftsmen and the evocative remnants of the Inca Empire, overlaid with ornate cathedrals and elaborately carved balconies that show the influences of the Spanish. And you’ll spend an extra day at Machu Picchu to fully absorb and appreciate the sophisticated ideas and technology of the Inca civilization.
This Andean adventure is bound to be as memorable and thrilling as Machu Picchu itself! Unlike our competitors, MTS offers two nights at Machu Picchu, extra time to explore the ancient capital of Cusco, and the expertise that comes with over 40 years of bringing travelers to Peru. No wonder this trip was selected as one of National Geographic Traveler Magazine's “Tours of a Lifetime”!
6 days moderate to strenuous hiking at medium elevation (max. 15,340')
- Journey to iconic Machu Picchu through the diverse ecosystems of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, whose glacial peaks feed the Amazon
- Enjoy the challenge of a high-altitude trek—but with a full support staff and the welcome comforts of mountain lodges at the end of every day
- Get deep insights about the flora, fauna, and history of the region, from the adventure company with over 40 years of experience in Peru
- Take in panoramic Andean views including spectacular Mt. Salkantay, with its dazzling snowfields and ice cliffs
- Enjoy time to explore the ancient Inca capital of Cusco—a UNESCO World Heritage site
Duration: 10 days Start Location: Lima End Location: LimaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Cusco
Meet in Lima, Peru, and fly to Cusco. Afternoon guided walk through the city, once the capital of the vast Inca Empire. Overnight at the Palacio del Inka.
Day 2 : Salkantay Lodge
Transfer to Salkantay Lodge (12,750') in the Soraypampa valley, visiting the impressive Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo on the way. Optional afternoon hike.
Day 3 : Salkantay Lodge
The day is free to relax, with the option to hike to to a high glacial lake for a breathtaking panorama of Salkantay.
Day 4 : Soraypampa to Wayra Lodge
Begin the trek with a hike up the Río Blanco valley, circling Humantay (19,413') and crossing a pass at 14,700 feet. At the pass we stop briefly at Lake Salcantaycocha for views of icy peaks in every direction. Descend to Wayra Lodge (12,000').
Day 5 : Huayraccmachay Lodge to Collpa Lodge, Collpapampa
Hike down to the Collpapampa valley, where Collpa Lodge (10,300') is located in a lovely meadow. Optional visit to a nearby hot spring for a relaxing soak.
Day 6 : Collpapampa to Lucma Lodge, Lucmabamba
Head down the Santa Teresa river valley through more populated rural areas with coffee plantations. After lunch along the river, it's a short climb to Lucma Lodge (6,000'), set in a tropical wooded enclave. You'll arrive in time to explore the village and meet members of the local community.
Day 7 : Lucma to Aguas Calientes
Hike toward Palltayacta Pass (8,530'—great views of Machu Picchu from here!), then descend to the Urubamba River through lush bamboo forests and diverse mountain terrain. At the railway line, board the train and transfer to the village of Aguas Calientes, just below Machu Picchu. Overnight at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Relax in the spa.
Day 8 : Machu Picchu
A full day to explore the exquisite stone remains of Machu Picchu including lunch at the Sanctuary Hotel within a stone's throw of the ruins (8,000').
Day 9 : Return to Cusco
The morning is on your own to relax at the hotel or walk around town. Afternoon train to Cusco.
Day 10 : Lima, departure
Fly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore before homeward-bound evening flights.
DATES: Best time to go: March - December Departures: Sep 14 - 23, 2014 SOLD OUT Nov 2 - 11, 2014 Low Season price! Dec 21 - 30, 2014 Mar 29, 2015 - Apr 7, 2015 Apr 12 - 21, 2015 May 3 - 12, 2015 May 26, 2015 - Jun 4, 2015 Jun 9 - 18, 2015 Jun 28, 2015 - Jul 7, 2015 Jul 12 - 21, 2015 Aug 4 - 13, 2015 Aug 9 - 18, 2015 Aug 25, 2015 - Sep 3, 2015 Sep 13 - 22, 2015 Sep 22, 2015 - Oct 1, 2015 Oct 11 - 20, 2015 Nov 1 - 10, 2015 Nov 17 - 26, 2015 Dec 13 - 22, 2015
$5,195 (10-12 members)
Low Season (Mar 1- 31 & Nov 1- Dec 14)
$4,895 (10-12 members)
$5,395 (9-12 members)
Low Season (Mar 1- 31 & Nov 1- Dec 14)
$4,995 (9-12 members)
Palacio del Inka-CuscoCusco
Facing the Sun Temple "Koricancha," this romantic, personalized hotel is a traveler's favorite, reaching 11th place on Condé Nast Traveler's list of top South American hotels. Rooms furnished in a classic, traditional style ensure the hotel maintains its serene character despite its central location.
Nestled in the Andean valley of Soraypampa, at 12,500 feet, Salkantay Lodge is designed as a harmonious blend of nature and comfort. Enjoy excellent organic Peruvian cuisine, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and well-appointed rooms.
This charming lodge hovers on a secluded windy stretch of valley beneath Humantay mountain. The stone and thatch structure, in characteristic Andean style, houses comfortable, elegant quarters managed with care by the owners, a local family.
In an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers, Collpa Lodge sits in a cloud forest, with orchids and butterflies all around. The outdoor hot tub in this lodge has prominent views of lush green mountains and a small, far-away, local town.
Built at the head of the Inca trail, this elegant lodge sits amid avocado and coffee orchards within the archeological reserve. The walls of windows in the sitting area and dining room open the space to the grandeur of the rainforest's natural surroundings.
Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
A luxury boutique hotel just steps from the train, but a secluded natural paradise. Located in the small town of Aguas Calientes on the banks of the Urubamba River, the Pueblo Hotel was rated by Travel + Leisure readers as a top 500 hotel of the world in 2006. Rustic elegance distinguishes the private bungalows, each with its own fireplace, and the lush gardens are home to orchids, exotic birds and other flora and fauna.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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Manolo Lazo is one of Peru’s most experienced adventure travel guides, with more than 15 years of experience leading treks and whitewater rafting trips. A resident of Cusco, Manolo is well versed in the rich history of the Andes as well as the classic trekking routes that follow the ancient Inca trade paths. His knowledge of the country, its people, and traditions add immensely to your appreciation of the trip. Manolo is fluent in English as well as Spanish, and conversant in Quechua—the historic language of the Incas, and he has a gift for instilling confidence in every trekker.
A British/Peruvian and fluent in English and Spanish, is an outdoor enthusiast with many interests, including photography, archaeology, and trekking in the Andes. His spirit, enthusiasm, and knowledge extend well beyond the borders of Peru. He’s the ideal guide for your Peruvian adventure, and we’re confident he’ll enrich your experience in one of the world’s most interesting countries.