This Peru trek takes an alternative route to Machu Picchu staying in comfortable lodges instead of camping. Immerse yourself in stunning mountain scenery while enjoying the luxury of these beautiful lodges before visiting Machu Picchu. The Mountain Lodges of Peru have been built to fit in with the landscape and provide employment and other benefits to the local communities.
|Day 1||Arrive Lima|
|Day 2||Cusco Tour|
|Day 3||Sacred Valley Tour|
|Day 4||Cusco to Soraypampa|
|Day 6||To Wayra Lodge and Huayraccmachay|
|Day 7||Huayraccmachay to Colpa Lodge|
|Day 8||Collapapampa to Lucma Lodge|
|Day 9||Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes|
|Day 10||Machu Picchu|
|Day 12||Fly home|
This morning you will be accompanied to the airport to travel to the historic city of Cusco high in the Andes. We pick you up from the airport and take you on a city tour of the colonial and Inca highlights in and around this fascinating city.
We take you on a full day tour of the beautiful Sacred Valley. Explore a traditional market, wander the Inca alleyways of Ollantaytambo and enjoy lunch alongside the Urubamba River. In the evening you will have a briefing about the trek with your guide from Mountain Lodges of Peru.
An early start today to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi en route to Mollepata where we take a coffee break. We carry onto Marcoccasa by vehicle before we begin our 4 hour trek to the Salkantay Lodge and Adventure Resort (SLAR). The name relates to the nearby majestic mountain of Salkantay; the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology (6270m above sea level).
Today is spent at leisure or doing gentle activities; you can choose depending on how you are feeling and how well you are already acclimatised. Activities include a half day hike to a glacial lake or horse riding.
This morning we begin our trek by slowly ascending through the Rio Blanco valley to a pass of 4600m. This is the highest point of the trek and is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba range and the south face of Salkantay towers above us. From the pass we descend to the Wayra Lodge where we spend the night.
After a leisurely breakfast we begin by hiking downhill through increasingly lush vegetation. We arrive at the lodge in time for a traditional lunch. The Colpa Lodge is located in an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor hot tub in this lodge has prominent views of lush green mountains and a small, far-away, local town.
After an early breakfast we head down the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas with coffee plantations bananas, ‘granadillas’, and orchards. We stop along the river for a hot picnic lunch. After another hour of trekking a private vehicle arrives to take us to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” (30-minute drive). From the head of the trail it is a short climb (30 min.) to the Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. We arrive in time to allow for exploration of the small village of Lucmabamba and possible meeting with members of the local community.
After an early start we begin our ascent towards the Llactapata pass from where we have a distant but quite special view of Machu Picchu from the south west, a view few tourists get a chance to glimpse. After exploring the ruins of Llacatapata, and lunch we head down to the Aobamba River, passing through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. It’s then a 30 minute scenic train journey to the town of Aguas Calientes where we check in to our hotel for the night.
We wake up early to have breakfast then take an early bus to Machu Picchu (30 min). After a 2 hour tour of Machu Picchu you will have about 4 additional hours to explore the site at your leisure. Afterwards, we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to go to the train station for the afternoon departure to Ollantaytambo. From there a vehicle takes you to your hotel in Cusco.
You will be taken to the airport in Cuzco for your flight to Lima. In the afternoon you will have a tour of this cosmopolitan city.
Prices start based on 3 star hotels apart from at Machu Picchu where you stay in the beautiful Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel. Browse our collection for more options in Cusco and Lima, and upgrade ideas.
The hotel is in Miraflores, a modern, safe area on the coast with shops, excellent restaurants and all amenities close by.
A stylish, modern hotel with a fabulous restaurant, café bar and cocktail bar.
This beautiful independent hotel with 18 rooms is quiet yet central in the arty San Blas area.
Casa Andina Classic Cusco San Blas is a comfortable and cosy hotel in the district of San Blas, away from the hustle and bustle of Cusco.
A beautifully restored colonial building that once made up part of a market.
A meticulously restored colonial manor house.
This is a welcome sanctuary after the hustle and bustle of Aguas Calientes.
The original lodge to lodge trek and a fantastic idea if you don’t want to camp.
This route gets you right up close to the glaciers of Salkantay mountain, one of the most sacred peaks in the region. This same route can be done on horseback, ask us for more details
Visit the traditional fishing village of Pucusana from Lima and try the superb seafood
Upgrade to the Hiram Bingham train to take you back to Cuzco in style after your trek
Domestic flights are included in the price and we can also arrange your international flights.
Lima is Peru’s international airport and is well served by European and North American airlines. From May 2016 BA start direct flights from London Gatwick to Lima.