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Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trek

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  • 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.

Join us in September for a special departure with a documentary film crew!

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.

  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation:Collpa 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
  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation: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

Sep 13 - 22, 2015

Sep 22, 2015 - Oct 01, 2015 Special Departure with Documentary Film Crew

Oct 11 - 20, 2015

Nov 01 - 10, 2015

Nov 18 - 27, 2015

Dec 13 - 22, 2015

Mar 27, 2016 - Apr 05, 2016

Apr 17 - 26, 2016

May 15 - 24, 2016

May 29, 2016 - Jun 07, 2016

Jun 12 - 21, 2016

Jun 26, 2016 - Jul 05, 2016

Jul 10 - 19, 2016

Jul 31, 2016 - Aug 09, 2016

Aug 07 - 16, 2016

Aug 21 - 30, 2016

Sep 04 - 13, 2016

Sep 19 - 28, 2016

Oct 16 - 25, 2016

Nov 13 - 22, 2016

Dec 11 - 20, 2016

pricing

2015 PRICES

High Season
$5,395 (9-12 members)
$5,895 (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

2016 PRICES

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

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Collpa Lodge

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.

Lucma Lodge

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.

Palacio del Inka-Cusco — Cusco

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. 

Salkantay Lodge

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.

Wayra Lodge

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.

  • 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.

Join us in September for a special departure with a documentary film crew!

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.

  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation:Collpa 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
  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation: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
  • Accomodation: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

Collpa Lodge

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.

Lucma Lodge

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.

Palacio del Inka-Cusco — Cusco

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. 

Salkantay Lodge

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.

Wayra Lodge

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.

Dates and Pricing

Sep 13 - 22, 2015

Sep 22, 2015 - Oct 01, 2015 Special Departure with Documentary Film Crew

Oct 11 - 20, 2015

Nov 01 - 10, 2015

Nov 18 - 27, 2015

Dec 13 - 22, 2015

Mar 27, 2016 - Apr 05, 2016

Apr 17 - 26, 2016

May 15 - 24, 2016

May 29, 2016 - Jun 07, 2016

Jun 12 - 21, 2016

Jun 26, 2016 - Jul 05, 2016

Jul 10 - 19, 2016

Jul 31, 2016 - Aug 09, 2016

Aug 07 - 16, 2016

Aug 21 - 30, 2016

Sep 04 - 13, 2016

Sep 19 - 28, 2016

Oct 16 - 25, 2016

Nov 13 - 22, 2016

Dec 11 - 20, 2016

pricing

2015 PRICES

High Season
$5,395 (9-12 members)
$5,895 (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

2016 PRICES

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

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