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Survey the high mountain peaks as you hike among spectacular scenery
Dates
  • Multiple departures -- please call
  • Duration 11 days
    Group Size 2-15
    Land Cost $4,425 Details
    Single Supplement $1,106-$2,213 Details
    Lodging 4 stars
    Grade III
    Best Time

    Mountain Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu

    A fantastic lodge-to-lodge trek through the Andes

    Day 1      Arrive Lima

    Arrive at the airport in Lima and settle into your nearby hotel for the night.

    Lodging: Ramada Costa del Sol

    It's said that "it never rains in Lima," Peru's large capital city on the Pacific coast.
    Day 2-3      Cusco

    Fly to Cusco and transfer to your hotel. Over the next couple days, you will have time to explore Cusco and acclimatize to the high altitude. Take a five-hour city tour. Explore the Temple of the Sun at the famous Inca site of Korikancha, then the Plaza de Armas and its dramatic cathedral. Depart by vehicle to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, located on a hill overlooking the city. On the second night in Cusco, your trekking guide will meet with you to discuss plans for the next day. Overnight in Cusco.

    Lodging: Casa San Blas (or similar)

    From Cusco's Plaza de Armas, walk the city's lanes, noting the Spansih colonial arcitecture built on the Inca stone foundations.
    Day 4      Cusco to Salkantay Lodge

    Depart by vehicle with your guide in the direction of the Salkantay Lodge in Soraypampa. Make a stop at the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (1.5 hrs from Cusco). Pass through the mountain village of Mollepata, and enjoy a short coffee break. Continue on to Marcoccasa. Here you have the option of taking the six-hour “Camino Real” trek to the Salkantay Lodge or driving the rest of the way. Mt. Salkantay is the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology and the highest in the region (20,600 ft). After enjoying some down time at the lodge, the trip leader will hold a short meeting by the fireplace, followed by dinner.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Salkantay Lodge

    Stay at Salkantay Lodge with a view of rugged Mt. Salkantay
    Day 5      Hike to Humantay Lake

    Take an optional four-hour hike on the slopes above Salkantay Lodge to Lake Humantay, fed by the hanging glaciers of Mt. Humantay. Lunch awaits at the lodge, and the afternoon is yours to do what you’d like. Spending time in the lodge’s outdoor jacuzzi or horseback riding are two popular choices. In the evening, relish in a gourmet dinner before your guide gives instructions regarding the next day. All meals served at the lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Salkantay Lodge

    The hiking route is carefully planned to allow for acclimatization and pacing.
    Day 6      Rio Blanco Valley/Salkantay Pass

    Head out early to begin your hike up the Rio Blanco valley and circle Mt. Humantay. Reach the highest point of this trek which is Salkanty Pass (4638m), and pause to gaze at the unparalleled scenery in every direction. You may even see an Andean condor! Then, descend toward Wayra Lodge, “Wayra” meaning ‘the place where the wind lives.’ Lunch is provided along the way and dinner is served at the lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Wayra Lodge

    Spot a soaring Andean condor. No other land bird has such a large wingspan.
    Day 7      Salkantay River Trek

    Hike down the bank of the Salkantay river and observe the increasingly vibrant vegetation. Notice the colorful insects and blossoming flowers, characteristic of a subtropical climate. Arrive at the Colpa Lodge, and enjoy a Pachamanca meal, a traditional Peruvian meal consisting of layered meat and vegetables baked with hot stones in an oven. Following lunch, explore the surrounding open plateau, put your feet in the three nearby rivers, or soak up the panoramic mountain views from the outdoor jacuzzi. Walking the nearby orchid trail is also a great way to spend the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Colpa Lodge

    Zoom out on the Andean panorama, zoom in on the orchids.
    Day 8      Santa Teresa River Valley

    Hike along the Santa Teresa river valley through more inhabited areas. Along the way, pass through banana, granadilla, and avocado orchards and coffee plantations. Relax with a picnic lunch by the river. Hike another hour before a private vehicle transports you to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail,” a path scattered with Incan ruins (30 mins). Arrive at the Lucma Lodge, which is nestled within an avocado orchard. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Lucma Lodge

    Through a beautiful river valley, over the Llactapata Pass, past smaller ruins, and then your first view of Machu Picchu.
    Day 9      Llactapata Pass

    On the last day of your trek, make the 2-3 hour hike to Llactapata Pass. Your reward is an outstanding view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a rare angle seen by travelers. Then, wander through the recently restored Llactapata ruins, and have lunch at a spectacular viewpoint of Machu Picchu. Afterward, descend to the Aobamba River, leading you through bountiful orchards, dense bamboo forests, and breathtaking coffee plantations. Take pleasure in a short train ride to the town of Machu Picchu Pueblo, also known as Aguas Calientes, where you will check into the hotel for a celebratory dinner with your group and guide.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo (or similar)

    At the end of your exhilarating trek, approach Machu Picchu town by train.
    Day 10      Machu Picchu Sanctuary

    It's a short bus ride from Machu Picchu town to the Machu Picchu sanctuary. Get a very early start for the 30-minute ride. Your guide will provide your group with a two-hour tour of the ruins, after which you will be able to explore the site on your own. Then, return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to board the train to Ollantaytambo (1.5 hours). Travel by private vehicle back to Cusco and arrive at your hotel. (1.5 hours)

    Option: Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu at the sanctuary site. Permits (which are quite limited) must be purchased in advance, so please contact us as early as possible for information.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Casa San Blas (or similar)

    Machu Picchu is as spectacular as promised.
    Day 11      Lima

    Bid adios to this part of the Andes. You can return to Lima early in the day to tour the city or spend time at the famous Lima Gold Museum before your homebound flight. (extra cost) Or, you can continue your adventures in Peru.

    You can fly to Puerto Maldonado and head out to experience the wildlife on the Tambopata River, part of the Amazon Basin.


     
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