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Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trek

Trip Length 10 days

From $4,995

  • Enjoy the challenge of a high-altitude trek in the Andes with welcome comforts of mountain lodges at the end of every day
  • Journey to iconic Machu Picchu through the diverse ecosystems of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, whose glacial peaks feed the Amazon
  • Take in panoramic Andean views including spectacular Mount Salkantay, with its dazzling snowfields and ice cliffs
  • Explore the ancient Inca capital of Cusco—a UNESCO World Heritage site

The mystical ruins and misty peaks of Machu Picchu have lured humankind for centuries, and MTS has been leading trips here for over 40 years. Our popular Inn-to-Inn itinerary, following the Salkantay route, lets you experience Peru’s most famous sites and was selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Tours of a Lifetime.” On this journey—specifically designed to dodge the crowds—you’ll enjoy the challenge of a high-altitude trek with the full support of our staff and the comfort of well-appointed lodges. After days of hiking amid sparkling glaciers, azure lakes, dreamy cloud forests, and ancient Inca ruins, the path finally opens to the mist-shrouded ruins of Machu Picchu, where you’ll spend one entire day and two luxurious nights.

Preview Mountain Travel Sobek’s most popular adventure, Machu Picchu Inn to Inn, in 360! Journey through Peru’s famous sites via the Salkantay Trail, which includes the mystical ruins and misty peaks of Machu Picchu. To get the full, immersive VR experience of Machu Picchu Inn to Inn, download the Jaunt VR app via https://www.jauntvr.com/title/d7f694b68f.

(press play then use your arrow keys or mouse to move left, right, up, or down)

You can also check out the Salkantay Trek trailer video, courtesy of GLP Films:

Day 1: Arrive in Cusco

Arrive in Lima, where you'll be met by a Mountain Travel Sobek representative who will assist you with your connecting flight to Cusco. Once in Cusco, you'll be met by your trip leader outside the baggage claim area and transfered to the beautiful Palacia del Inka-Cusco hotel. The afternoon will consist of a guided walk through the enchanting city, once the capital of the vast Inca Empire. Red-roofed Cusco is an intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish colonial influences—in some places colonial buildings were erected atop Inca stone foundations, a practice that was as much symbolic of Spanish dominion as it was practical. Ornate cathedrals, adobe walls, carved balconies, hidden courtyards, and cobblestone streets all add to the rich visuals of this ancient Inca city. You can choose from one of the many fine restaurants in town and then afterwards stroll around the central square where artisans display many fine Quechuan handicrafts.

  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka-Cusco

Day 2: Journey to Salkantay Lodge

We'll pick you up at your hotel at 7am to begin our 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. This well-preserved archeological site built from impeccably polished granite is believed to have been critically important to the 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 there, you can continue on to the lodge with our driver, or take acclimate yourself with a mild, four-hour trek to Soraypampa on an old 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 your leisure as you adjust to the altitude. After an evening briefing, we'll enjoy aperitifs and a hearty dinner.

(Hiking time: 3 hours optional)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Salkantay Lodge

Day 3: Explore 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—one of the most popular activities at Soraypampa. Hikers will enjoy a panoramic view of the high Vilcabamba Range, and the more adventurous can take a dip in the cool glacial waters of Lake Salkantay. Not only is this an excellent way to acclimate, it's a first immersion into high-mountain trekking!

After lunch back at the lodge, spend the afternoon at your leisure or take 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, and enjoy a gourmet dinner together.

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours optional)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Salkantay Lodge

Day 4: 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', 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 5: Hike in dramatic scenery from Huayraccmachay Lodge to 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 6: Follow lush trails from Collpapampa 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's a short climb to Lucma Lodge (6,600'), hidden away in a wooded tropical enclave. We may have the change to explore the small village of Lucmabama in the afternoon and spend time with the locals.

(Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lucma Lodge

Day 7: Enjoy an exhilarting 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 you'll get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu off in the distance—a view that few tourists ever get to see. 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:Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu

We’ll have the privilege of spending the entire day inside Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” 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 grounds and a massive cliff face known as Huayna Picchu towering overhead. The city is divided into three sections—the Sacred District, the Popular District, and the District of the Priests and Nobility—and our knowledgeable guides will help us understand the significance of the many temples, sanctuaries, and parks found here. We won’t be rushed at all, instead spending a leisurely day exploring the vast city that was once at the heart of one of the world’s most powerful empires. We'll enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Hotel within a stone’s throw of the ruins.

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

Day 9: Return to Cusco

The morning will be free to explore more of Aguas Calientes, enjoy an orchid tour, go back to Machu Picchu (this needs to be booked ahead), or simply relax at the hotel. After lunch we’ll take the afternoon train back to Cusco, where you can take a stroll or do some last-minute shopping.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka-Cusco

Day 10: Depart from Lima

In the morning, we'll transfer to the Cusco airport for the short flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection, where dayrooms will be available. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore on your own before being transferred to the airport in the evening, when most U.S.-bound flights depart. You may want to visit the exceptional Gold Museum with its dazzling gold artifacts.

If you are traveling on one of our late June departures, we recommend that you extend your stay to enjoy the pageantry of the spectacular Inti Raymi festival, a colorful celebration of the winter solstice. Call us for details.

  • Breakfast

Apr 09 - 18, 2017

May 14 - 23, 2017

May 28, 2017 - Jun 06, 2017

Jun 04 - 13, 2017

Jul 09 - 18, 2017

Jul 31, 2017 - Aug 09, 2017

Aug 27, 2017 - Sep 05, 2017

Sep 19 - 28, 2017

Oct 15 - 24, 2017

Dec 24, 2017 - Jan 02, 2018

pricing

LAND COST

2016 High Season
$5,595 (9-12 members)
$6,095 (6-8 members)
$400 internal airfare (subject to change)
$2,600 single supplement

Low Season (Mar 1- 31 & Nov 1- Dec 14)
$4,995 (9-12 members)
$5,495 (6-8 members)
$400 internal airfare (subject to change)
$2,100 single supplement

2017 High Season
$5,795 (9-12 members)
$6,395 (6-8 members)
$400 internal airfare (subject to change)
$2,600 single supplement

 

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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. 

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel — Aguas Calientes

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. Check out this fantastic video introducing Inkaterra:

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. 

Palacio del Inka-Cusco — Cusco

Housed in a 500-year old mansion, the exquisite Palacio del Inka is located in the historic center of Cusco. Just a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from museums, markets, and restaurants, Palacio del Inka puts the best of Cusco at your fingertips. The rooms are beautifully appointed, decorated with Peruvian art, handcrafted furnishings and modern conveniences and comforts such as LED TV, high-speed Internet access, and Starwood Hotels' signature Luxury Collection beds—among the most comfortable you'll ever sleep in. If you have time, enjoy a relaxing day at the spa, which offers idigenous treatments and a therapy pool.

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.

"I have traveled the world and this is my favorite journey. Unspoiled awe-inspiring beauty. No wonder the Inca's chose this as their source of inspiration to develop an amazing culture. While Machu Pichhu was a great way to end the trek, the journey was my favorite part: sweeping green-velvet vistas, waterfalls, roaring creeks, free-range horses, glacier peaks, orchids, cliff hugging Inca trails. What more could you ask for!" Mary Beth Price

"This trip is the perfect way to explore the culture, history, and ecology of the Andes while challenging yourself physically. Expert guides, luxury accommodations, the beauty of Peru, and the majesty of Machu Picchu—what more could you want from an adventure vacation? Lisa Eyler

"Fantastic tour hiking the Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu! It was wonderful to stay in the lodges at the end of a day of hiking, to have a hot shower and enjoy a gourmet meal! Wonderful guides! We will definitely book another hiking tour through MTSobek." Wanda Robinson             

"The best trip ever. MTS was simply the best." Vien and Michael Schwinn       

"This was a fantastic trekking experience from beginning to end. The quality of the guide, lodges and food were all excellent—I would highly recommend this trip." Gillian Lansdowne           

"Trip was amazing. The right amount of time to acclimate and hike. Lodging was spot on." Rosalinda Jenkins

"We just returned from our second worry free, perfect vacation with Mountain Travel Sobek. This time hiking the Inn to Inn Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu. No detail was left unthought of. We could put our heads in neutral and just enjoy everything without worrying about where to go or what to do next." Tracy Price

"Mountain Travel Sobek provided a well planned Machu Picchu Inn to Inn trek which was executed flawlessly by knowledgeable, personable and fun guides. I did not have to worry about anything other than enjoying every step of the way." Pearl Staudinger

"This was a trip of a lifetime! Everything was managed so well by MTS so we could simply focus on enjoying the experience." Lynn Jackson

  • Enjoy the challenge of a high-altitude trek in the Andes with welcome comforts of mountain lodges at the end of every day
  • Journey to iconic Machu Picchu through the diverse ecosystems of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, whose glacial peaks feed the Amazon
  • Take in panoramic Andean views including spectacular Mount Salkantay, with its dazzling snowfields and ice cliffs
  • Explore the ancient Inca capital of Cusco—a UNESCO World Heritage site

The mystical ruins and misty peaks of Machu Picchu have lured humankind for centuries, and MTS has been leading trips here for over 40 years. Our popular Inn-to-Inn itinerary, following the Salkantay route, lets you experience Peru’s most famous sites and was selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Tours of a Lifetime.” On this journey—specifically designed to dodge the crowds—you’ll enjoy the challenge of a high-altitude trek with the full support of our staff and the comfort of well-appointed lodges. After days of hiking amid sparkling glaciers, azure lakes, dreamy cloud forests, and ancient Inca ruins, the path finally opens to the mist-shrouded ruins of Machu Picchu, where you’ll spend one entire day and two luxurious nights.

Preview Mountain Travel Sobek’s most popular adventure, Machu Picchu Inn to Inn, in 360! Journey through Peru’s famous sites via the Salkantay Trail, which includes the mystical ruins and misty peaks of Machu Picchu. To get the full, immersive VR experience of Machu Picchu Inn to Inn, download the Jaunt VR app via https://www.jauntvr.com/title/d7f694b68f.

(press play then use your arrow keys or mouse to move left, right, up, or down)

You can also check out the Salkantay Trek trailer video, courtesy of GLP Films:

review

"I have traveled the world and this is my favorite journey. Unspoiled awe-inspiring beauty. No wonder the Inca's chose this as their source of inspiration to develop an amazing culture. While Machu Pichhu was a great way to end the trek, the journey was my favorite part: sweeping green-velvet vistas, waterfalls, roaring creeks, free-range horses, glacier peaks, orchids, cliff hugging Inca trails. What more could you ask for!" Mary Beth Price

"This trip is the perfect way to explore the culture, history, and ecology of the Andes while challenging yourself physically. Expert guides, luxury accommodations, the beauty of Peru, and the majesty of Machu Picchu—what more could you want from an adventure vacation? Lisa Eyler

"Fantastic tour hiking the Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu! It was wonderful to stay in the lodges at the end of a day of hiking, to have a hot shower and enjoy a gourmet meal! Wonderful guides! We will definitely book another hiking tour through MTSobek." Wanda Robinson             

"The best trip ever. MTS was simply the best." Vien and Michael Schwinn       

"This was a fantastic trekking experience from beginning to end. The quality of the guide, lodges and food were all excellent—I would highly recommend this trip." Gillian Lansdowne           

"Trip was amazing. The right amount of time to acclimate and hike. Lodging was spot on." Rosalinda Jenkins

"We just returned from our second worry free, perfect vacation with Mountain Travel Sobek. This time hiking the Inn to Inn Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu. No detail was left unthought of. We could put our heads in neutral and just enjoy everything without worrying about where to go or what to do next." Tracy Price

"Mountain Travel Sobek provided a well planned Machu Picchu Inn to Inn trek which was executed flawlessly by knowledgeable, personable and fun guides. I did not have to worry about anything other than enjoying every step of the way." Pearl Staudinger

"This was a trip of a lifetime! Everything was managed so well by MTS so we could simply focus on enjoying the experience." Lynn Jackson

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cusco

Arrive in Lima, where you'll be met by a Mountain Travel Sobek representative who will assist you with your connecting flight to Cusco. Once in Cusco, you'll be met by your trip leader outside the baggage claim area and transfered to the beautiful Palacia del Inka-Cusco hotel. The afternoon will consist of a guided walk through the enchanting city, once the capital of the vast Inca Empire. Red-roofed Cusco is an intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish colonial influences—in some places colonial buildings were erected atop Inca stone foundations, a practice that was as much symbolic of Spanish dominion as it was practical. Ornate cathedrals, adobe walls, carved balconies, hidden courtyards, and cobblestone streets all add to the rich visuals of this ancient Inca city. You can choose from one of the many fine restaurants in town and then afterwards stroll around the central square where artisans display many fine Quechuan handicrafts.

  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka-Cusco

Day 2: Journey to Salkantay Lodge

We'll pick you up at your hotel at 7am to begin our 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. This well-preserved archeological site built from impeccably polished granite is believed to have been critically important to the 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 there, you can continue on to the lodge with our driver, or take acclimate yourself with a mild, four-hour trek to Soraypampa on an old 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 your leisure as you adjust to the altitude. After an evening briefing, we'll enjoy aperitifs and a hearty dinner.

(Hiking time: 3 hours optional)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Salkantay Lodge

Day 3: Explore 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—one of the most popular activities at Soraypampa. Hikers will enjoy a panoramic view of the high Vilcabamba Range, and the more adventurous can take a dip in the cool glacial waters of Lake Salkantay. Not only is this an excellent way to acclimate, it's a first immersion into high-mountain trekking!

After lunch back at the lodge, spend the afternoon at your leisure or take 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, and enjoy a gourmet dinner together.

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours optional)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Salkantay Lodge

Day 4: 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', 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 5: Hike in dramatic scenery from Huayraccmachay Lodge to 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 6: Follow lush trails from Collpapampa 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's a short climb to Lucma Lodge (6,600'), hidden away in a wooded tropical enclave. We may have the change to explore the small village of Lucmabama in the afternoon and spend time with the locals.

(Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lucma Lodge

Day 7: Enjoy an exhilarting 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 you'll get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu off in the distance—a view that few tourists ever get to see. 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:Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 8: Explore Machu Picchu

We’ll have the privilege of spending the entire day inside Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” 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 grounds and a massive cliff face known as Huayna Picchu towering overhead. The city is divided into three sections—the Sacred District, the Popular District, and the District of the Priests and Nobility—and our knowledgeable guides will help us understand the significance of the many temples, sanctuaries, and parks found here. We won’t be rushed at all, instead spending a leisurely day exploring the vast city that was once at the heart of one of the world’s most powerful empires. We'll enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Hotel within a stone’s throw of the ruins.

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

Day 9: Return to Cusco

The morning will be free to explore more of Aguas Calientes, enjoy an orchid tour, go back to Machu Picchu (this needs to be booked ahead), or simply relax at the hotel. After lunch we’ll take the afternoon train back to Cusco, where you can take a stroll or do some last-minute shopping.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka-Cusco

Day 10: Depart from Lima

In the morning, we'll transfer to the Cusco airport for the short flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection, where dayrooms will be available. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore on your own before being transferred to the airport in the evening, when most U.S.-bound flights depart. You may want to visit the exceptional Gold Museum with its dazzling gold artifacts.

If you are traveling on one of our late June departures, we recommend that you extend your stay to enjoy the pageantry of the spectacular Inti Raymi festival, a colorful celebration of the winter solstice. Call us for details.

  • Breakfast
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. 

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel — Aguas Calientes

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. Check out this fantastic video introducing Inkaterra:

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. 

Palacio del Inka-Cusco — Cusco

Housed in a 500-year old mansion, the exquisite Palacio del Inka is located in the historic center of Cusco. Just a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from museums, markets, and restaurants, Palacio del Inka puts the best of Cusco at your fingertips. The rooms are beautifully appointed, decorated with Peruvian art, handcrafted furnishings and modern conveniences and comforts such as LED TV, high-speed Internet access, and Starwood Hotels' signature Luxury Collection beds—among the most comfortable you'll ever sleep in. If you have time, enjoy a relaxing day at the spa, which offers idigenous treatments and a therapy pool.

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

Apr 09 - 18, 2017

May 14 - 23, 2017

May 28, 2017 - Jun 06, 2017

Jun 04 - 13, 2017

Jul 09 - 18, 2017

Jul 31, 2017 - Aug 09, 2017

Aug 27, 2017 - Sep 05, 2017

Sep 19 - 28, 2017

Oct 15 - 24, 2017

Dec 24, 2017 - Jan 02, 2018

pricing

LAND COST

2016 High Season
$5,595 (9-12 members)
$6,095 (6-8 members)
$400 internal airfare (subject to change)
$2,600 single supplement

Low Season (Mar 1- 31 & Nov 1- Dec 14)
$4,995 (9-12 members)
$5,495 (6-8 members)
$400 internal airfare (subject to change)
$2,100 single supplement

2017 High Season
$5,795 (9-12 members)
$6,395 (6-8 members)
$400 internal airfare (subject to change)
$2,600 single supplement

 

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