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Peru Machu Picchu Lodge-to-Lodge Trek

Luxury Mountain Adventure on the Salkantay Trail

 

This streamlined, seven-day adventure gives you extra flexibility in terms of dates and pre- and post-trip activities. Journey along the lightly-traveled Salkantay 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

Activity Level:

4

Departures:

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Price: from $4,095

  • Journey to Salkantay Lodge

    Day 1

    After an early breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco. The first stop is a visit to the Quillarumiyoc archaeological site en route to the mountain village of Mollepata. Enjoy lunch at El Pedregal, a beautiful farmhouse in the village, where you will also have the opportunity to learn about local agriculture and livestock. After lunch comes a scenic ride on the winding mountain road to Challacancha. Here you will begin your hike to our flagship Salkantay Lodge at Soraypampa along a picturesque path called the "Camino Real" (Royal Path).

    Accommodation: Salkantay Lodge-Peru

    Salkantay Lodge-Peru

    Nestled in the Andean valley of Soraypampa, Salkantay Lodge is designed as a harmonious blend of nature and comfort. The lodge has 12 guest rooms with private facilities, an expansive living area and bar, and a separate dining room. Enjoy mountain views from the large outside Jacuzzi and star gaze around the fire pit at night.

    Activity: Optional 3-4 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,200' elevation gain

    Transportation: 3.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Above Lake Salkantay

    Day 2

    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 follow a trail that ascends 400 feet above the shimmering glacial waters of Lake Salkantay. This hike is a great first immersion into high-mountain trekking and an excellent way to acclimate. After lunch back at the lodge, relax on your own or take a soothing soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi. Meet up in the evening for a briefing and savor a gourmet dinner.

    Accommodation: Salkantay Lodge-Peru

    Salkantay Lodge-Peru

    Nestled in the Andean valley of Soraypampa, Salkantay Lodge is designed as a harmonious blend of nature and comfort. The lodge has 12 guest rooms with private facilities, an expansive living area and bar, and a separate dining room. Enjoy mountain views from the large outside Jacuzzi and star gaze around the fire pit at night.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/3.5 miles hiking with 1,100' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek from Soraypampa to Wayra Lodge

    Day 3

    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-Peru

    Wayra Lodge-Peru

    This charming lodge with six lovely guestrooms is managed with care by a local family, giving it the feeling of a private mountain home. 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.

    Activity: 5-7 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,500' elevation gain & 2,400' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike in Dramatic Scenery to Collpa Lodge

    Day 4

    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-Peru

    Colpa Lodge-Peru

    Perched on a bluff across from a local village, this adobe lodge has lovely views of green hills and rolling fields. Relax in one of the six guestrooms or the large public areas that open onto the grass. While you're there, take a tour of the orchid garden and unwind in the relaxing outdoor Jacuzzi.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/6 miles hiking with 3,400' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow Trails to Lucma Lodge

    Day 5

    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

    Lucma Lodge-Peru

    Located at the head of the Inca trail, this elegant lodge sits amid avocado and coffee orchards and has six comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. Soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi or relax in the large circular living room. The walls of windows in the sitting area and dining room showcase the grandeur of the rainforest.

    Activity: 6-8 hours/14 miles hiking with 2,400' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Final trek to Aguas Calientes

    Day 6

    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 Llactapata ruins, a recently rediscovered Inca complex that vegetation is starting to reclaim, before enjoying lunch at an observatory with more views of Machu Picchu. Begin your final steep descent to the Urubamba River through lush 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.

    Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel-Aguas Calientes

    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel-Aguas Calientes

    A village in its own right, Inkaterra Machu Picchu comprises 83 whitewashed casitas set among 12 acres of cloud forest complete with terraced hills, waterfalls, and lush gardens. The individual casitas feature inviting beds and rustically elegant decor. Diners in the first-class restaurant can indulge in Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist, while admiring views over the Vilcanota River.

    Activity: 4-6 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,900' elevation gain & 3,100 elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Machu Picchu

    Day 7

    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.

    Accommodation:

    Transportation: 1.5-hour train transfer & 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Peru Machu Picchu Lodge-to-Lodge Trek

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek 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.

Meet your guides

Admil Arce

Admil Arce

Admil was born in Cusco and developed a deep interest in Andean culture and the history of Peru at an early age. Over the years he has led many groups on a wide array of Inca trails throughout the Cusco region and Bolivia. Admil's knowledge of anthropology, archeology and Inca history has also enabled him to be part of a promotional documentary on Peru distributed worldwide in 2011. He recently authored a book about Peruvian customs, traditions and history.

Teddy Romero

Teddy Romero

Born in Cusco, Teddy began his study of the Manu wilderness at a young age. He began serving as a volunteer park ranger in the Manu National Park, and worked as a naturalist guide for 12 years. An avid student of flora and fauna, he also is a passionate birder. Teddy is well v versed in Inca history, nature photography, wildlife and the ecosystems of Peru. He has also worked extensively with highland communities focusing on ecological education and nature conservation. With a wide range of experience in the region, teddy is a quintessential expert and shares his deep passion and love for the region with all MT Sobek travelers.

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.

  • 2021
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2021

Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $2,400 Single Supplement

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

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