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Mountain Lodges to Machu Picchu: 7 Day

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7 Days
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US$ 3,990
  • Trek in the andes on your Peru vacation
  • Take the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu on your trip to Peru
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  • Relax at the comfortable lodges en route on your Peru Vacation
  • Visit Machu Picchu on your Peru Tour

Earn your comforts as you hike through the day, and then dine and relax in luxury at night. Enjoy enchanting mountain lodges, natural hot springs and innovative local cuisine.


Off the traditional Inca Trail lies a different route to the fabled lost city of Machu Picchu. Over 7 days, enjoy the breathtaking sights of the Andes, spending each night at an enchanting mountain lodge, with delicious local cuisine and natural hot springs ensuring a comfortable journey along the way.

Enjoy a leisurely day one, with an itinerary designed to maximize your sightseeing while allowing you time to acclimatize to the 20,000ft+ altitude. Visit Tarawasi, an ancient Inca ceremonial site, then follow the 4 hour Camino Real (Royal Path) up to Soraypampa, your first stop. Spend a full day at leisure to acclimatize and explore the breathtaking surrounds, including a glacial lake.

The 6 day trek to Machu Picchu begins with a hike up to the Rio Blanco valley, rewarded by snow-capped vistas. Day two is a downhill hike, finishing with a traditional Pachamanca (earth oven) style lunch and an outdoor hot tub with mountain views. Then trek through coffee plantations and fruit orchards on your way to the Llactapata Inca Trail. Call in at the small village of Lucmabamba to meet some of the locals before your final day of trekking!

Get your first majestic view of Machu Picchu from Llactapata. Descend to the Aobamba River, then climb aboard for a scenic 30 minute train journey to the main ruins. Stay overnight at Aguas Calientes, enjoying a full day to explore Machu Picchu before your return aboard the Vistadome train to Cuzco.


 

 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,990

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Day 1

Cusco to Salkantay Lodge

After an early breakfast (not included in tour), your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco. The first stop will be a visit to the Quillarumiyoc archeaological site. Next, you will stop in the mountain village of Mollepata. There you will visit El Pedregal, a beautiful farmhouse where you can learn about local agriculture and livestock.

Then, continue winding through the mountain roads to a site called Challacancha. Here you will begin your hike to Soraypampa along a picturesque path called the "Camino Real" (Royal Path), which is also a good opportunity to acclimate to the higher altitude. As you round the final turn of the Camino Real, the Salkantay Lodge will come into view.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Salkantay Lodge and Adventure Resort

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    Salkantay Lodge and Adventure Resort



    Salkantay Lodge is nestled in the valley of Soraypampa at 11800 feet with breathtaking views of the 20,574-foot Salkantay, the highest peak in the Cordillera Vilcabamba. The lodge has a large lounge, dining area and reading room. Activities in the area include day hikes, horse ...

    Salkantay Lodge is nestled in the valley of Soraypampa at 11800 feet with breathtaking views of the 20,574-foot Salkantay, the highest peak in the Cordillera Vilcabamba. The lodge has a large lounge, dining area and reading room. Activities in the area include day hikes, horse riding and fishing.

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Day 2

Soraypampa

Day two presents another opportunity to gauge your altitude-acclimatization with a halfday hike to Lake Humantay. After breakfast, you begin an ascent up the slopes that border the plateau behind the Salkantay Lodge. An hour and a half later, you will be stunned to see the turquoise water of the lake.

Here you will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack, meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot and be part of a traditional offering to “Pachamama” (Mother Earth). After your descent back to the lodge, the staff will be waiting with a hot lunch. The second half of your day is spent at leisure. You may opt to soak in our outdoor jacuzzi, indulge in a relaxing massage or even take a long nap.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Soraypampa to Wayra Lodge at Huayraccmachay

After an early start, you hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak. As you gradually make your way up these mountain trails, you will encounter expansive plateaus dotted with boulders of varying sizes, the remnants of a valley that was once bisected by a fast-flowing river. The final and most challenging part of your ascent is conquering the mountain switchbacks that take you to the Salkantay Pass, the highest point on the trek (4,636 m/15,213 ft).

What follows is a dramatic descent through fields of giant boulders, often shrouded in fog. After a very welcome hot picnic lunch, you will continue down through bucolic rolling hills and marsh-like plateaus as you take your final steps to the Wayra Lodge at Wayraccmachay.

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Duration1 Night
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Wayra Lodge

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    Wayra Lodge



    The Wayra lodge is located in Huayraccmachay known as "the place where the wind lives". This lodge is a little family encampment of cattle ranchers and farmers. This structure is built of stone and thatch with the local Andean style. In a windswept valley at ...

    The Wayra lodge is located in Huayraccmachay known as "the place where the wind lives". This lodge is a little family encampment of cattle ranchers and farmers. This structure is built of stone and thatch with the local Andean style. In a windswept valley at 3,900m below Humantay mountain, this lodge has a small Jacuzzi in an inner courtyard.

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Day 4

Huayraccmachay To Colpa Lodge At Collpapampa

After a leisurely breakfast at the Wayra Lodge, you continue the descent along the banks of the Salkantay River through increasingly verdant scenery. Today you will see more of the local people as the trail takes you past their simple homes and makeshift fences.

At lunch time you will arrive at Colpa Lodge, located on a high promontory at the confluence of three rivers. You are greeted by the staff with a Pachamanca lunch, a traditional Peruvian meal cooked in the earth by hot stones that create a natural underground oven. After lunch, spend the afternoon lounging in the sun or relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi while you take in the panoramic views of the lush green mountains that surround you.

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Duration1 Night
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Colpa Lodge

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    Colpa Lodge



    The Colpa Lodge is surrounded by forest perched on a 1,000 foot bluff overlooking the Colpapampa Valley. It is located at 2,800m above sea level, with views over the convergence of three rivers. There are hot springs near the lodge with traditional pachamanca (hot stones) ...

    The Colpa Lodge is surrounded by forest perched on a 1,000 foot bluff overlooking the Colpapampa Valley. It is located at 2,800m above sea level, with views over the convergence of three rivers. There are hot springs near the lodge with traditional pachamanca (hot stones) usually prepared.

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    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 5

Collpapampa to Lucmabamba

Today you will hike in the Santa Teresa River valley where you will hop over small streams fed by waterfalls descending from the glaciers and cross through fruit orchards. After breaking for a hot picnic lunch by the river, you will walk for one hour before you meet a vehicle for a short drive to the beginning of the "Llactapata Inca Trail" that leads you to Lucma Lodge.

On the way you will visit an organic coffee plantation, one of many in that area that produces some of the best organic coffee in the world. In Lucmabamba, the hot air and increased humidity signal that you are even closer to the edge of the Amazon Jungle.

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Duration1 Night
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Lucma Lodge

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    Lucma Lodge



    The Lucma Lodge is located near the village of Lucmabamba, in the tropical rainforest of an archaeological reserve at the head the Inca trail. This lodge was built in the mountains surrounded by avocado orchards and coffee plantations.

    The Lucma Lodge is located near the village of Lucmabamba, in the tropical rainforest of an archaeological reserve at the head the Inca trail. This lodge was built in the mountains surrounded by avocado orchards and coffee plantations.

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Day 6

Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes

During a 2-3 hour climb up a path mostly comprised of original Inca steps, you will get a sense of what hiking through the rainforest would be like. Your first milestone today will be the top of the peak, the last one before you reach the Aobamaba River valley that connects you to Machu Picchu. When you arrive at the ruins of Llactapata at the Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974 ft), you will be delighted to see a southeast view of the "back" of the Machu Picchu ruins.

Enjoy your lunch a bit farther down the trail in a meadow with panoramic views. The final descent takes you through lush bamboo forests, until you end the day's hike at the Hidroelectrica train station. A one-hour scenic train ride delivers you to your final stop, the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

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    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo



    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is set on 12 serene mountainside acres of natural paradise in Machu Picchu village. An intimate 85 cottage luxury hotel in sprawling Andean style village where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one or two story whitewashed ...

    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is set on 12 serene mountainside acres of natural paradise in Machu Picchu village. An intimate 85 cottage luxury hotel in sprawling Andean style village where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one or two story whitewashed casitas. Every hotel casita provides authentic Andean ambience.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gift Shop
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 7

Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and Cusco

At dawn, you begin your journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Your imagination will soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins.

Some may even choose a hike to Huayna Picchu (this requires a permit and must be pre booked. Subject to availability), the iconic towering mountain often seen in photographs. After the visit you will have lunch in Aguas Calientes before your train/ transfer back to Cusco. As night falls and you arrive at your hotel (not included in the tour price) amidst and hustle and bustle of Cusco, you will be touched by a feeling of peace and rejuvenation which will linger even as you journey back home.

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DEPARTURES:

March to December.  There are up to three departures weekly. Please enquire for exact dates

Low Season: March 1 – 31 & November 1 - December 14
High Season: April 1 - October 31 & December 15 – 31

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • English speaking train conductor
  • Private local guides
  • All porters
  • Guided visit of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (includes entrance, transportation)
  • Free Internet at the lodges
  • Gratuities for lodge and service staff

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Park entrance fee to Salkantay
  • Border taxes or fees
  • Huayna Picchu Permits
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

NOTE: Lodges are closed January and February. Massages and jacuzzi are available at all lodges.

 

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