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Mountain Lodges of Peru Trek to Machu Picchu: A Spectacular Lodge Based Trek to Machu Picchu

Days: 11 | From: $5,990/per person

Perfect for those who enjoy trekking more than camping: hike through magnificent landscapes between glaciers and jungle, with nightly stays in remote, comfortable lodges. Also includes time in Lima and Cusco, and the chance to explore Machu Picchu.

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
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At a glance

  • Lima
    1 night: renowned cuisine and world class museums
  • Cusco
    2 nights: walk the streets of the captivating former Incan capital
  • Mountain Lodges Trek
    5 nights: hike the beautiful Salkantay region and stay in remote mountain lodges
  • Machu Picchu
    1 night: explore this stunning icon in depth & at non-peak hours
  • Cusco
    1 night: more time to explore this fascinating city

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Lima

Arrive to Lima, former capital of the Spanish empire in the Americas, and transfer to your first class hotel in Miraflores, Lima’s main cultural and commercial district. This is a great area for strolling around and is home to many of Lima’s best restaurants.

Private tours of Lima or visits to any of Lima’s museums can be arranged; we can also arrange culinary tours focusing on Peru’s increasingly renowned cuisine, or art tours for those with special interests.

Accommodations: Hotel de Autor

Located in the center of Miraflores, the 4-suite Hotel de Autor is a set in a beautiful private house. Each of the suites features either a private balcony or an old-fashioned clawfoot bathtub; the suites are large rooms with charming details and local artifacts. Definitely a unique experience, being in the Hotel de Autor is more like staying in a private home than a commercial hotel.

Upgrades and alternatives: Hotel B, Miraflores Park Hotel, and others
Day 2:

Fly to Cusco

Fly over the Andes to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, where your private guide will take you to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon free to acclimatize to the altitude and explore a bit on your own. Cusco is located at 11,000 feet and you’ll have the next 2 nights here to get accustomed to the altitude as you prepare for your trek.

Accommodations: Inkaterra La Casona Cusco

A Relais & Chateaux property, La Casona is set in a restored 16th-century colonial manor house, which was built over an Inca complex and later occupied by the conquistadors of Peru. Its 11 suites surround an elegant courtyard, and the hotel offers a dining room, dining terrace, lounge and sitting area. La Casona graciously preserves the site's historic details while offering modern comfort and amenities. An exclusive boutique hotel experience, and one of the top options in Cusco.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Palacio Nazarenas, Palacio del Inka, and others
Day 3:

Private Tour of Cusco: History, Culture, Architecture, and more

Get to know Cusco with your knowledgeable private guide, visiting the historical highlights of this fascinating city. Visit Sacsahuaman, the massive Incan fortress on the hills above the city, where you can enjoy views out over Cusco and the entire surrounding area.

This afternoon you will meet your fellow hikers and have a brief orientation to prepare for your trek.

Accommodations: Inkaterra La Casona Cusco

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4:

Arrive to Soraypampa

Start your voyage with a scenic drive into the Vilcabamba mountain range. As Cusco disappears behind you, the road takes you through small towns dotting the roadside on your way to Soraypampa.

Make a visit to the little-known Inca ruins of Tarawasi before switching to a dirt road that lead to the first lodge. You have the opportunity to hike the last few miles to the lodge (about 4 hours) or continue by vehicle right up to the door.

Accommodations: Salkantay Lodge

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

Local Hikes for Acclimatization

Enjoy the day at leisure as you acclimatize to the altitude. One good option is a half day hike up to a small glacial lake, which serves as a good initiation into hiking at this altitude. For the brave there is the possibility of taking a dip in these chilly waters! There is also the option of relaxing in the Jacuzzi back at the lodge, with the peaks of Humantay and Salkantay in the background.

Accommodations: Salkantay Lodge

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:

Vilcabamba Range

Hike up the Rio Blanco Valley toward Mount Salkantay. After a few hours the trail starts up a series of switchbacks offering great views down the valley to the lodge you left behind. You will soon find yourself passing the highest point of the trek, just over 15,000 feet, with the south face of Salkantay towering over you. Start down to your second lodge, Wayra, passing by an ancient Inca road and rural settlements.

Accommodations: Wayra Lodge

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7:

Cloud Forests

Trek down the valley, following the flow of the Salkantay River. Leaving the rocky and shrub-filled highlands, the vegetation grows increasingly dense as you drop in elevation into this beautiful cloud forest. Colpa Lodge is situated on a bluff overlooking the confluence of three rivers and has excellent views of the surrounding mountains.

Accommodations: Colpa Lodge

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:

Santa Teresa River Valley / Rainforest

Take a short climb up the hill opposite Colpa Lodge before heading down the Santa Teresa River Valley. Pass by coffee plantations and passion fruit trees, following the river. The trail ends at a dirt road, where you will be transferred by private vehicle to the Llactapata Inca Trail, finishing with a 30 minute hike up to Lucma Lodge.

Accommodations: Lucma Lodge

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9:

Llactapata Pass

Ascend along the ridge line toward the Llactapata Pass. After tackling the final summit of your trek, you will begin your descent to Machu Picchu. This trail offers spectacular views of Machu Picchu from vantage points seldom seen by tourists. Pass by the Llactapata Ruins, then cross the Aobamba River and make your way to the train station. From here you will board the train to Aguas Calientes and transfer to your hotel for the night.

Accommodations: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

This hotel sits on its own 12 secluded acres in Aguas Calientes, the town located at the base of Machu Picchu. The hotel is ideally located in natural surroundings, a short walk to the train station and the shuttles that take visitors to the ruins, but just outside the town, which is quite touristy. Guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one- or two-story whitewashed casitas. Unlike the other hotels in Aguas Calientes, the Pueblo is set in a natural cloud forest, allowing you to experience the beauty of this unique ecosystem during your stay.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10:

Machu Picchu and Cusco

Visit Machu Picchu with your guide and trekking group in the early morning to explore the ruins. This is a great way to experience the site when there are fewer people around. You’ll also have the chance to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the mountain that towers above Machu Picchu (about 2 hours round trip).

After visiting the ruins, catch the afternoon train back to Cusco, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

Accommodations: Inkaterra La Casona Cusco

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11:

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Spend some time before or after your trek in the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, a long fertile river valley surrounded by snowcapped peaks that lies between Cusco and Machu Picchu. There are plenty of things to see and do in the Sacred Valley: explore Incan ruins, visit local villages and markets, go mountain biking, hiking, or horseback riding, and more.

  • Take part in a Pachamanca, a traditional Andean cooking ceremony on the shores of Lake Piuray.

  • Add a few nights in the Peruvian Amazon or Lake Titicaca, both easily accessible from Cusco.

  • Add extra days in Lima or Cusco: Both are worth exploring on your own, and we can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to ruins and historical sites, and active options such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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