Salkantay to Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge Trek
$3590US per person on a double occupancy basis 2016
For low season the price drops to $3090US per person available dates March 1st to April 1st and Nov 1st to Dec 14th.
Ask for hotel nights in Cusco before and after your Salkantay trek. It is a magnificent journey through the Peruvian Andes,
A 62km hike through the Andes past the Salkantay mountain, walking from spectacular lodge to lodge. The lodge to lodge trek in Peru. All have hot showers, gourmet food, and a lot more, culminating in a visit to Machu Picchu. The luxury way to trek in Cusco, Peru.
Salkantay to Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge Trek
Day 1. Cusco to Soraypampa Lodge
After an early breakfast, guests will be picked up starting at 7:00 am at their hotel in Cusco by your guide and vehicle in direction of Soraypampa the first night on the Salkantay Lodge trek. En route we will take a short break to visit theInca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hrs from Cusco). After leaving Limatambo, we pass through the mountain village of Mollepata where we stop for a short coffee break before ascending a winding mountain road to a place called Marcoccasa (30 minutes from Mollepata by
Here, we will begin our trek to Soraypampa This is a good opportunity for guests to acclimate and enjoy a beautiful 6 hour trek on their first day. The lodge takes its name from the majestic peak at the head ofthe valley – the “Salkantay”, the 2nd most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 20,600 ft (6,270 m), the highest in the region.
After a warm welcome by our friendly staff, guests will be shown to their rooms and have time to wash-up. The first afternoon is spent at leisure to adjust to the altitude. An evening briefing by the fireplace is followed by aperitifs and dinner before a dip in the hot tub or a nice sleep under your duvet.
Day 2. Soraypampa Lodge
This day is spent at leisure for rest or activities, depending upon guests’ level of acclimatization.
The most popular activity at Soraypampa is a half-day hike (3-4 hours. Hiking level: moderate
to challenging) to a glacial lake where the more adventurous might take a very short swim! This
activity is excellent for acclimatization and a first immersion into high-mountain trekking. In the
afternoon, guests may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in our outdoor jacuzzi. In the evening, the guide will brief the trekking party on gear and the itinerary for the following day.
Day 3. To Wayra Lodge
This is the big day: the start of the four-day trek to Machu Picchu. After an early start, we will hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point on the trek is a pass at 4,638 m (15,213 ft). At the pass we stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, the south face of Salkantay towering above us. We will keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass we continue our descent toward the Wayra Lodge (“Wayra”: wind; ‘the place where the wind lives’) our destination for the evening. A hot lunch is taken en route. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 4. Collpapampa
On this day we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge. We then begin our trek by hiking downhill above the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. 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.
Day 5. Lucma Lodge
We depart early today and head down the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas. We will pass through banana, granadilla, and avocado orchards and coffee plantations (said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world). 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 possibly meeting with members of the local community. End of the lodge to lodge part of the trek as we move towards Machu Picchu.
Day 6. To Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
After an early start and a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. We head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata pass (2,736 m/8,974ft), where we come upon a distant but quite special view of Machu Picchu from the southwest, a view few tourists ever glimpse.
An added value are the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is provided at the observatory, in view of Machu Picchu. We then begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations. Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are a short (30 minutes), scenic train ride away. We then arrive in Aguas Calientes to check-in to our hotel for the night.
|Accommodation||Hotel in Machu Picchu town|
Day 7. Machu Picchu
We wake up early to have breakfast at the hotel and then make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu. A complete guided tour of Machu Picchu will be provided. Guests will have about 4 additional hours to explore the site on their own—there is a lot to do and
see. Afterwards, we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to go to the train station for the afternoon departure. The train takes us to Ollantaytambo, where a private vehicle awaits to take us to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7-8pm) we will drop guests off at the
hotel of their choice.
Medium Lodge to Lodge trek in Cusco, Peru.
- All services from pick up in Cusco on Day 1 to drop off in Cusco on Day 7.
- Transportation from hotel in Cusco to Soraypampa on Day 1 and from Ollantaytambo back to hotel
- 6 nights lodging (5 nights in MLP lodges and 1 night in Machu Picchu town in a 4* hotel)
- All meals except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7
- Service of a bilingual guide from Day 1 to Day 7.
- Transportation of personal belongings on the trek by packhorse/mules and/or porters
- Guided visit of Machu Picchu (includes entrance and transportation to the site)
- Trains (Hydroelectric station – Aguas Calientes & Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo)
- All beverages except alcoholic drinks
- Tips for Route & Hospitality Staff (
- Lead & Assistant Guide tips are not included
- please tip Lead & Assistant Guide at the
- end of the trek)
- Alcoholic beverages
- DAY PACK
- BROKEN-IN COMFORTABLE HIKING BOOTS
- RAIN GEAR (PONCHOS OR FULL RAIN GEAR)
- LIGHTWEIGHT HIKING PANTS OR SHORTS (PANTS RECOMMENDED)
- BREATHEABLE LIGHTWEIGHT TOP-WEAR
- COMFORTABLE SHOES / FLIP-FLOPS
- COLD-WEATHER JACKET
- LONG-SLEEVE FLEECE / SWEATER
- WOOL HAT
- SPORT HAT (BASEBALL STYLE OR SOMBRERO STYLE OUTDOOR HAT)
- COMFORTABLE HIKING SOCKS (4 PAIRS AT LEAST)
- INSECT REPELLENT
- BATHING SUIT
- CASUAL MOUNTAIN WEAR FOR EVENINGS
- PHOTO/VIDEO CAMERAS & CHARGERS
- TREKKING POLES (MLP PROVIDES QUALITY WOODEN WALKING STICKS)
- RE-FILLABLE WATER BOTTLE
- LIGHT-WEIGHT, SMALL BINOCULARS