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Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Express Trek

Trip Length 7 days

From $3,240

  • Experience a challenging high-altitude trek, but with the welcome creature comforts of mountain lodges at the end of every day
  • Journey to Machu Picchu through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, whose glittering icy peaks feed the Amazon
  • Take in breathtaking mountain vistas, including spectacular Mount Salkantay—the highest mountain in the Cordillera and the most sacred peak in Inca mythology

If you love the idea of our challenging multi-day trek to Machu Picchu but want flexibility in terms of dates and pre- and post-trip activities, this is the trip for you. This streamlined adventure, following the Salkantay route, offers the same epic views of sacred Mount Salkantay, the same dramatic but rarely traveled route through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, and the same feeling of accomplishment—all in just 7 days! Cap off each amazing day of hiking with a blissful night in a luxurious mountain lodge. Take in vistas of Machu Picchu other travelers rarely see, and enjoy a full morning of exploration at the legendary sanctuary itself. Join us for an Andean journey you’ll never forget.

Day 1: Arrive at Salkantay Lodge and explore Soraypampa

Plan to arrive a day or two ahead of time. There will be a pre-trek briefing the night before your trek departure.

We'll pick you up at your hotel this morning at 7am to begin the 3½-hour drive to the Salkantay Lodge in Soraypampa (12,750'), where we’ll spend the evening. Along the way we’ll stop to visit the ancient Inca ruins of Tarawasi in Limatambo. The well-preserved archeological site, built from impeccably polished granite, is believed to have been critically important to Inca culture and religion. We'll then pass through the mountain village of Mollepata for a short break, before winding our way up to Marcoccasa. From here, you can continue on to the lodge with our driver, or acclimate yourself with a four-hour trek to Soraypampa on an old and beautiful route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path).

From the spectacularly situated valley of Soraypampa, you'll enjoy panoramic views, including an unimpeded view of Mount Salkantay from the lodge. At 20,574 feet, Mount Salkantay is the highest peak in the Cordillera Vilcabamba and is considered by climbers to be one of the most difficult. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure as you adjust to the altitude. After an evening briefing, we'll enjoy aperitifs and a hearty dinner.

(Hiking time: 4 hours — optional)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Salkantay Lodge

Day 2: Enjoy Salkantay Lodge and hike to a glacier lake

You can choose to spend the day at your leisure or join us for a morning hike to a glacier lake. Hikers will enjoy a panoramic view of the high Vilcabamba Range, and the more adventurous can take a dip in the cool glacial water of Lake Salkantay. Not only is this hike an excellent way to acclimate, it is a good first immersion into high-mountain trekking.

After lunch back at the lodge, trade your glacial swim for a relaxing soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi. We’ll meet up again in the evening for a briefing on gear and the itinerary for the next four days of trekking.

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours — optional)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Salkantay Lodge

Day 3: Trek from Soraypampa to Wayra Lodge

Today our trek to Machu Picchu begins in earnest. After an early morning start, we’ll hike up the Río Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay. After reaching an altitude of 15,340 feet, we’ll pause a moment in the thin air and take in the views of the surrounding Vilcabamba Range. From there, we’ll descend to Wayra Lodge (12,000') where we can wash away the trail dirt and relax in the Jacuzzi.

(Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Wayra Lodge

Day 4: Head onward to Huayraccmachay Lodge and Collpa Lodge

After a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge, we'll head through an increasingly verdant landscape down to the Collpapampa Valley. The change in scenery is dramatic, from the harsh alpine territory above to pastureland and lush, jungle vegetation below.

On arrival at the next lodge we are met with a Pachamanca-style lunch (subject to availability), where meats and vegetables are cooked underground with hot stones. Our rest spot for the evening, Collpa Lodge, is located on an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers. It sits in this relatively lower region (10,300') in the cloud forest, with orchids and butterflies all around. The outdoor hot tub at this lodge has amazing views of lush green mountains and small, distant towns.

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Colpa Lodge

Day 5: Follow lush trails to Lucma Lodge

After an early breakfast we’ll continue downhill through the slightly more populated rural areas of the Santa Teresa River Valley. The lush trail will take us past tropical fruit orchards, coffee plantations, and dazzling wildflowers of all sorts. We’ll rest alongside the river for lunch, and from there it is a short climb to Lucma Lodge (6,600'), hidden away in a wooded tropical enclave. We’ll arrive in time to explore the village and meet some of the locals.

(Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lucma Lodge

Day 6: Final trek from Lucma to Aguas Calientes

After an early start and a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin the final day of our trek. We’ll head uphill towards Llactapata Pass (8,900'), where we'll get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu off in the distance—a view that few tourists ever get. As an added bonus, we’ll see the recently restored Llactapata Ruins, before enjoying lunch at an observatory with more views of Machu Picchu.

We'll then begin our final descent to the Urubamba River through lush bamboo forests, more orchards and coffee plantations, and diverse mountain terrain. At the end of the trek, we’ll board the train for the scenic, 30-minute ride to the village of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. After checking in to our hotel, you can enjoy the hotel’s spa, or go shopping for alpaca-wool hats, sweaters, and blankets for which the region is well known.

(Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 7: Explore Machu Picchu

We’ll spend the last day of our trip inside Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” After an early breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to the bus station for the 30-minute ride up to Machu Picchu. By arriving early in the morning we have the opportunity to explore the sprawling ruins before the train arrives with day visitors.

Built in the mid-15th century, Machu Picchu was a sanctuary or retreat for Inca royalty. The landscape here is stunning, with orchids on the ground and a massive cliff face known as Huayna Picchu towering overhead. Our knowledgeable guides will help us understand the significance of the many temples, sanctuaries, and parks found here during a two-hour guided tour. You’ll will then have about four additional hours to explore on your own.

We’ll return to Aguas Calientes for lunch, and then take the four-hour train ride to Cusco. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to your hotel (tonight's accommodation is not included in the Land cost). Alternatively, we recommend spending an extra night at Machu Picchu. Even though you have enought tome to see the core of Machu Picchu during the regular itinerary, most visitors realize that they would have liked to stay longer since there is so much to explore!

  • Breakfast/Lunch

May 24 - 30, 2016

May 25 - 31, 2016

May 30, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016

Jun 04 - 10, 2016

Jul 12 - 18, 2016

pricing

2016 & 2017 PRICES
Mar 1-31 & Nov 1 - Dec 14 (low season)

$3,240 per person
$1,620 Single Supplement

Apr 1 to Oct 31 & Dec 15-31 (high season)
$3,750 per person
$1,875 Single Supplement

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. If you are traveling solo and prefer single accommodations, the listed Single Supplement applies. If you’re traveling solo but wish to share accommodations with another traveler, we’ll try our best to find you a roommate (same gender only). If no roommate can be found, you will be charged 50% of the single supplement.

Multiple departures for 2016 and 2017.  Please call for dates and up-to-date information on availability.

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Colpa Lodge

After crossing a high mountain pass and leaving the snow peaks behind, we arrive at Colpa Lodge. Set on a hillside across the river from a local village, the abobe-built lodge has impressive views of green hills and rolling fields.The lodges has six guestrooms, large public areas that open onto lawns, and a relaxing Jacuzzi. The decor in this lodge celebrates the arts and music of Peru, with colorful hats and instruments hanging on the walls. An orchid garden is carefully maintained behind the building and a guided tour is offered to the guests. The hill behind the lodge has been made into a private reserve to protect the spectacled bear. 

Lucma Lodge

Built at the head of the Inca trail, this elegant lodge sits amid avocado and coffee orchards within the archeological reserve and blends in with the beauty of the landscape. Welcoming staff attends to your every need and there are six comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. The walls of windows in the sitting area and dining room open the space to the grandeur of the rainforest's natural surroundings. Hear tales from the land of Incan legends in the large circular living room, or unwind in the Jacuzzi. 

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.

Salkantay Lodge

Nestled in the Andean valley of Soraypampa, at 12,690 feet, Salkantay Lodge is designed as a harmonious blend of nature and comfort. The bold, thatched-roofed, adobe lodge stands at the foot of high cliffs, where condors soar, and is uniquely positioned to provide a welcoming setting for those acclimatizing to the altitude. All guestrooms and living space are oriented to the dramatic views of Mount Salkantay—just step outside and you'll find yourself in front of two massive snow-capped peaks, among the most sacred to the Incas. The lodge has 12 guest rooms with private facilities, an expansive living room area and bar, as well as a separate dining room. Enjoy admiring mountain views from the large outside Jacuzzi outside, be pampered in the massage room, and star gaze around the fire pit at night. The lodge's decor is based on a red hue, which is the color of royalty and reflects the sacred power of the mountains.

Wayra Lodge

This charming lodge hovers on a secluded windy stretch of valley, beneath the peaks of Pico Soray and Humantay, at 12,812 feet. The stone and thatch structure, in characteristic Andean style, houses six comfortable, elegant guestrooms managed with care by the owners, a local family. Its name, Wayra, means place of the winds and the lodge is decorated with images of sacred pilgrimages to the nearby mountains. Feast on Peruvian fare cooked in the kitchen's impressive wood oven and enjoy candlelit dinners at night. Take a welcome dip in the courtyard Jacuzzi, and admire views of the mountains and cloud forest. This lodge has the feeling of a private mountain home, a safe refuge from weather and rough terrain. When you walk outside, you'll see alpacas roaming the hills, as well as a variety of birds like Andean geese and gulls, ibis, and condors.

  • Experience a challenging high-altitude trek, but with the welcome creature comforts of mountain lodges at the end of every day
  • Journey to Machu Picchu through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, whose glittering icy peaks feed the Amazon
  • Take in breathtaking mountain vistas, including spectacular Mount Salkantay—the highest mountain in the Cordillera and the most sacred peak in Inca mythology

If you love the idea of our challenging multi-day trek to Machu Picchu but want flexibility in terms of dates and pre- and post-trip activities, this is the trip for you. This streamlined adventure, following the Salkantay route, offers the same epic views of sacred Mount Salkantay, the same dramatic but rarely traveled route through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, and the same feeling of accomplishment—all in just 7 days! Cap off each amazing day of hiking with a blissful night in a luxurious mountain lodge. Take in vistas of Machu Picchu other travelers rarely see, and enjoy a full morning of exploration at the legendary sanctuary itself. Join us for an Andean journey you’ll never forget.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Salkantay Lodge and explore Soraypampa

Plan to arrive a day or two ahead of time. There will be a pre-trek briefing the night before your trek departure.

We'll pick you up at your hotel this morning at 7am to begin the 3½-hour drive to the Salkantay Lodge in Soraypampa (12,750'), where we’ll spend the evening. Along the way we’ll stop to visit the ancient Inca ruins of Tarawasi in Limatambo. The well-preserved archeological site, built from impeccably polished granite, is believed to have been critically important to Inca culture and religion. We'll then pass through the mountain village of Mollepata for a short break, before winding our way up to Marcoccasa. From here, you can continue on to the lodge with our driver, or acclimate yourself with a four-hour trek to Soraypampa on an old and beautiful route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path).

From the spectacularly situated valley of Soraypampa, you'll enjoy panoramic views, including an unimpeded view of Mount Salkantay from the lodge. At 20,574 feet, Mount Salkantay is the highest peak in the Cordillera Vilcabamba and is considered by climbers to be one of the most difficult. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure as you adjust to the altitude. After an evening briefing, we'll enjoy aperitifs and a hearty dinner.

(Hiking time: 4 hours — optional)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Salkantay Lodge

Day 2: Enjoy Salkantay Lodge and hike to a glacier lake

You can choose to spend the day at your leisure or join us for a morning hike to a glacier lake. Hikers will enjoy a panoramic view of the high Vilcabamba Range, and the more adventurous can take a dip in the cool glacial water of Lake Salkantay. Not only is this hike an excellent way to acclimate, it is a good first immersion into high-mountain trekking.

After lunch back at the lodge, trade your glacial swim for a relaxing soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi. We’ll meet up again in the evening for a briefing on gear and the itinerary for the next four days of trekking.

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours — optional)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Salkantay Lodge

Day 3: Trek from Soraypampa to Wayra Lodge

Today our trek to Machu Picchu begins in earnest. After an early morning start, we’ll hike up the Río Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay. After reaching an altitude of 15,340 feet, we’ll pause a moment in the thin air and take in the views of the surrounding Vilcabamba Range. From there, we’ll descend to Wayra Lodge (12,000') where we can wash away the trail dirt and relax in the Jacuzzi.

(Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Wayra Lodge

Day 4: Head onward to Huayraccmachay Lodge and Collpa Lodge

After a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge, we'll head through an increasingly verdant landscape down to the Collpapampa Valley. The change in scenery is dramatic, from the harsh alpine territory above to pastureland and lush, jungle vegetation below.

On arrival at the next lodge we are met with a Pachamanca-style lunch (subject to availability), where meats and vegetables are cooked underground with hot stones. Our rest spot for the evening, Collpa Lodge, is located on an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers. It sits in this relatively lower region (10,300') in the cloud forest, with orchids and butterflies all around. The outdoor hot tub at this lodge has amazing views of lush green mountains and small, distant towns.

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Colpa Lodge

Day 5: Follow lush trails to Lucma Lodge

After an early breakfast we’ll continue downhill through the slightly more populated rural areas of the Santa Teresa River Valley. The lush trail will take us past tropical fruit orchards, coffee plantations, and dazzling wildflowers of all sorts. We’ll rest alongside the river for lunch, and from there it is a short climb to Lucma Lodge (6,600'), hidden away in a wooded tropical enclave. We’ll arrive in time to explore the village and meet some of the locals.

(Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lucma Lodge

Day 6: Final trek from Lucma to Aguas Calientes

After an early start and a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin the final day of our trek. We’ll head uphill towards Llactapata Pass (8,900'), where we'll get our first glimpse of Machu Picchu off in the distance—a view that few tourists ever get. As an added bonus, we’ll see the recently restored Llactapata Ruins, before enjoying lunch at an observatory with more views of Machu Picchu.

We'll then begin our final descent to the Urubamba River through lush bamboo forests, more orchards and coffee plantations, and diverse mountain terrain. At the end of the trek, we’ll board the train for the scenic, 30-minute ride to the village of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. After checking in to our hotel, you can enjoy the hotel’s spa, or go shopping for alpaca-wool hats, sweaters, and blankets for which the region is well known.

(Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 7: Explore Machu Picchu

We’ll spend the last day of our trip inside Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” After an early breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to the bus station for the 30-minute ride up to Machu Picchu. By arriving early in the morning we have the opportunity to explore the sprawling ruins before the train arrives with day visitors.

Built in the mid-15th century, Machu Picchu was a sanctuary or retreat for Inca royalty. The landscape here is stunning, with orchids on the ground and a massive cliff face known as Huayna Picchu towering overhead. Our knowledgeable guides will help us understand the significance of the many temples, sanctuaries, and parks found here during a two-hour guided tour. You’ll will then have about four additional hours to explore on your own.

We’ll return to Aguas Calientes for lunch, and then take the four-hour train ride to Cusco. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to your hotel (tonight's accommodation is not included in the Land cost). Alternatively, we recommend spending an extra night at Machu Picchu. Even though you have enought tome to see the core of Machu Picchu during the regular itinerary, most visitors realize that they would have liked to stay longer since there is so much to explore!

  • Breakfast/Lunch
lodgings

Colpa Lodge

After crossing a high mountain pass and leaving the snow peaks behind, we arrive at Colpa Lodge. Set on a hillside across the river from a local village, the abobe-built lodge has impressive views of green hills and rolling fields.The lodges has six guestrooms, large public areas that open onto lawns, and a relaxing Jacuzzi. The decor in this lodge celebrates the arts and music of Peru, with colorful hats and instruments hanging on the walls. An orchid garden is carefully maintained behind the building and a guided tour is offered to the guests. The hill behind the lodge has been made into a private reserve to protect the spectacled bear. 

Lucma Lodge

Built at the head of the Inca trail, this elegant lodge sits amid avocado and coffee orchards within the archeological reserve and blends in with the beauty of the landscape. Welcoming staff attends to your every need and there are six comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. The walls of windows in the sitting area and dining room open the space to the grandeur of the rainforest's natural surroundings. Hear tales from the land of Incan legends in the large circular living room, or unwind in the Jacuzzi. 

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.

Salkantay Lodge

Nestled in the Andean valley of Soraypampa, at 12,690 feet, Salkantay Lodge is designed as a harmonious blend of nature and comfort. The bold, thatched-roofed, adobe lodge stands at the foot of high cliffs, where condors soar, and is uniquely positioned to provide a welcoming setting for those acclimatizing to the altitude. All guestrooms and living space are oriented to the dramatic views of Mount Salkantay—just step outside and you'll find yourself in front of two massive snow-capped peaks, among the most sacred to the Incas. The lodge has 12 guest rooms with private facilities, an expansive living room area and bar, as well as a separate dining room. Enjoy admiring mountain views from the large outside Jacuzzi outside, be pampered in the massage room, and star gaze around the fire pit at night. The lodge's decor is based on a red hue, which is the color of royalty and reflects the sacred power of the mountains.

Wayra Lodge

This charming lodge hovers on a secluded windy stretch of valley, beneath the peaks of Pico Soray and Humantay, at 12,812 feet. The stone and thatch structure, in characteristic Andean style, houses six comfortable, elegant guestrooms managed with care by the owners, a local family. Its name, Wayra, means place of the winds and the lodge is decorated with images of sacred pilgrimages to the nearby mountains. Feast on Peruvian fare cooked in the kitchen's impressive wood oven and enjoy candlelit dinners at night. Take a welcome dip in the courtyard Jacuzzi, and admire views of the mountains and cloud forest. This lodge has the feeling of a private mountain home, a safe refuge from weather and rough terrain. When you walk outside, you'll see alpacas roaming the hills, as well as a variety of birds like Andean geese and gulls, ibis, and condors.

Dates and Pricing

May 24 - 30, 2016

May 25 - 31, 2016

May 30, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016

Jun 04 - 10, 2016

Jul 12 - 18, 2016

pricing

2016 & 2017 PRICES
Mar 1-31 & Nov 1 - Dec 14 (low season)

$3,240 per person
$1,620 Single Supplement

Apr 1 to Oct 31 & Dec 15-31 (high season)
$3,750 per person
$1,875 Single Supplement

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. If you are traveling solo and prefer single accommodations, the listed Single Supplement applies. If you’re traveling solo but wish to share accommodations with another traveler, we’ll try our best to find you a roommate (same gender only). If no roommate can be found, you will be charged 50% of the single supplement.

Multiple departures for 2016 and 2017.  Please call for dates and up-to-date information on availability.

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