Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Express Trek

Overview

Similar to our popular Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trek, this streamlined, seven-day adventure gives you extra flexibility in terms of dates and pre- and post-trip activities. Journey along a lightly traveled trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, the magnificent Andean mountain range. After days of hiking amid sparkling glaciers, azure lakes, dreamy cloud forests, and ancient Inca ruins, the path finally opens to Peru's star attraction: Machu Picchu, whose mystical ruins and misty peaks have lured humankind for centuries. Join us for this Andean journey that you'll never forget.

  • Discover the mist-shrouded wonder of magical Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas

  • Journey through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, whose glittering icy peaks feed the Amazon

  • Take in breathtaking views of Mount Salkantay, the most sacred peak in Inca mythology

  • Arrive: Cusco, Peru
  • Depart: Cusco, Peru
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Group Size: 6-12 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Journey to Salkantay Lodge

    Awake in Cusco and depart at 7am for Soraypampa. Pass through the mountain village of Mollepata for a short break before winding your way up to Marcoccasa, after a brief stop at Hacienda Pedregal, the transfer will take you through a winding mountain road to a site called Challacancha. From there, continue on to the lodge with our driver or acclimate yourself with a mild, four-hour trek on the "Camino Real" (Royal Path). Upon arrival at the lodge, spend the afternoon at your leisure as you adjust to the altitude. After an evening briefing, enjoy aperitifs and a hearty dinner.

    • Accommodation: Salkantay Lodge
    • Activity: Optional 3-4 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,200' elevation gain
    • Transportation: 3.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Day02

    Hike to a Lake Salkantay

    Spend the morning at your leisure or join the group for a morning hike. 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, relax on your own or take a relaxing soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi. Meet up in the evening for a briefing and enjoy a gourmet dinner.

    • Accommodation: Salkantay Lodge
    • Activity: Optional 3-4 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 1,100' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Trek from Soraypampa to Wayra Lodge

    Today your trek to Machu Picchu begins in earnest. Start early on a hike up the Río Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak. After reaching an altitude of about 15,200', pause a moment in the thin air and take in the views of the surrounding Vilcabamba Range. From there, descend to Wayra Lodge, where you can wash away the trail dirt and relax in the Jacuzzi.

    • Accommodation: Wayra Lodge
    • Activity: 5-7 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,500' elevation gain & 2,400' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Hike in Dramatic Scenery to Collpa Lodge

    After a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge, head through an increasingly verdant landscape down to the Collpapampa Valley. Enjoy a Pachamanca-style lunch where meats and vegetables are cooked underground with hot stones. Spend the evening resting up or relaxing in the outdoor hot tub at Collpa Lodge, located on an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers with orchids and butterflies all around.

    • Accommodation: Colpa Lodge
    • Activity: 3-4 hours/6 miles hiking with 3,400' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Follow Trails to Lucma Lodge

    After an early breakfast, continue downhill through the slightly more populated rural areas of the Santa Teresa River Valley. The lush trail winds past tropical fruit orchards, coffee plantations, and dazzling wildflowers of all sorts. Rest alongside the river for lunch, then take a short climb to Lucma Lodge, hidden away in a wooded tropical enclave. If there's time, you can explore the small village of Lucmabama in the afternoon and spend time with the locals.

    • Accommodation: Lucma Lodge-Peru
    • Activity: 6-8 hours/14 miles hiking with 2,400' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Final trek to Aguas Calientes

    Begin the final day of your trek by climbing towards Llactapata Pass, where you'll get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu off in the distance - a view that few tourists ever get to see. Continue on to the recently restored Llactapata Ruins before enjoying lunch at an observatory with more views of Machu Picchu. Begin your final descent to the Urubamba River through lush bamboo forests and diverse mountain terrain. Then, board the train for the scenic, 30-minute ride to the village of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu.

  • Day07

    Explore Machu Picchu

    Discover the secrets of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive early to explore the ruins before the train arrives with day visitors. Learn the significance of the many temples, sanctuaries, and parks on a two-hour tour. You'll then have four additional hours to explore the vast city that was once at the heart of one of the world's most powerful empires. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch, then take the three-hour train ride to Cusco, where you will say goodbye to your group.

    • Transportation: 1.5-hour train transfer & 1.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Upcoming Departures

  • DepartedSep 24 - 30, 2018
  • DepartedOct 06 - 12, 2018
  • DepartedOct 10 - 16, 2018
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MTS has been bringing travelers to Peru for over 40 years, and our expertise and local knowledge is second to none.

Reason #02

Our Inn-to-Inn itinerary was selected as one of National Geographic Traveler's "Tours of a Lifetime" - join this MLP departure offering an alternative with flexible dates.

Reason #03

Enjoy the challenge of a high-altitude trek with the full support of our staff and the comfort of well-appointed lodges.

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Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Moderate to strenuous high-altitude hiking from three to eight hours a day, following the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu.

  • Lodging

    Nightly stays in comfortable, well-appointed lodges - no camping required.

  • Climate

    April through October is mostly sunny days followed by cooler nights and the possibility of morning frost.

FAQ

  • Is WiFi available?

    Yes, you will have WiFi in the lobby of each lodge.

  • How difficult is the trek?

    Expect to hike upon paths that may sometimes include steep, rocky or even muddy terrain, and at elevations that might be higher than you are used to.

  • Do we need trekking poles?

    Trekking poles are recommended - the lodge has wooden poles, but it would be best if you brought your own.

  • Can I bring a rolling duffel or suitcase?

    We recommend soft-sided duffels. If you bring a suitcase or duffel with wheels, let us know in advance to request a soft duffle from the lodges.

  • How much do I have to carry on my daypack?

    You will only have to carry items for your day's hike. Your duffel will meet you upon arrival at each lodge.

  • How much acclimatization time do I need?

    We suggest a minimum of one day. Additional acclimatization nights in Cusco before your trek are recommended.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Departed
    Sep 15 - 21, 2018
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  • Departed
    Sep 24 - 30, 2018
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    Sep 29 - Oct 05, 2018
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    Oct 06 - 12, 2018
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    Oct 09 - 15, 2018
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    Oct 10 - 16, 2018
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    Oct 16 - 22, 2018
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    Dec 26 2018 - Jan 01, 2019
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    Dec 31 2018 - Jan 06, 2019
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    Apr 15 - 21, 2019
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    Apr 24 - 30, 2019
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    Sep 14 - 20, 2019
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    Sep 24 - 30, 2019
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    Oct 21 - 27, 2019
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    Oct 28 - Nov 03, 2019
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    Nov 17 - 23, 2019
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    Nov 23 - 29, 2019
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    Dec 14 - 20, 2019
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    Dec 22 - 28, 2019

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Additional Cost

  • $1,765.00 Single Supplement
  • $882.50 Single Supplement (Willing to Share)
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Additional Cost

  • $1,995.00 Single Supplement
  • $997.50 Single Supplement (Willing to Share)

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional travel protection

Testimonials

  • "This is a luxurious way to hike among the Andes and enjoy the historic ruins of Machu Picchu. Every little thing was taken care of by our guides and personal chef."

    A. Khullar

    MT Sobek Guest, Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Express Trek

  • "An extraordinary trip, in beautiful, remote areas, with wonderful accommodations and top quality international level cuisine, but with distinctively Peruvian flavor. I will remember this trip all my life."

    Anthony F.

    MT Sobek Guest, Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Express Trek

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