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Mountain Lodges to Machu Picchu: 7 Day

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,240

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$ 3,240

Itinerary

Day 1

Cusco to Salkantay Lodge

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up by your tour guide from your hotel, starting at 7:00 am, by vehicle en route to the Salkantay Lodge and Adventure Resort in Soraypampa. On the way, you will take a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi, near the town of Limbatambo. Moving on, you will pass through the mountain village of Mollepata, stopping for a short coffee break before ascending to Marcoccasa, 30 minutes away. From Marcoccasa you will begin your trek to Soraypampa along an old route named the Camino Real (Royal Path). A moderate four-hour trek is available to acclimate to the 20 600ft (6,270m) altitude, while enjoying the scenery. If you do not wish to trek, transportation to the lodge by vehicle is available. After a warm welcome by friendly staff, you will be shown your room and have time to wash-up. The first afternoon is spent at leisure to adjust to the altitude. An evening briefing by the fireplace will be followed by aperitifs and dinner.

Note: Lunch is a boxed lunch.

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

The day will be spent at leisure to enjoy rest or activities, depending upon your level of acclimatization. The most popular activity at Soraypampa is a moderate 3 to 4-hour hike to a glacial lake, providing your first experience in high mountain trekking. Some of the more adventurous may decide to take a swim or choose a relaxing soak in an outdoor jacuzzi in place of the glacial swim. In the evening, your guide will brief you on gear and the itinerary for the next four days. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will all be enjoyed at the Lodge.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Soraypampa to Wayra Lodge at Huayraccmachay

The start of your four day trek to Machu Picchu will begin today. Early in the morning, you will begin you hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from the Salkantay. Passing the highest point on the trek, 4 600m (15 000ft), you will stop to enjoy the view of snow-capped peaks along the Vilacamba range. Afterwards, you will descend towards Wayra Lodge, your destination for the evening, enjoying a hot lunch en route. After your 5-to 7-hour excursion, you will have dinner and spend overnight at the lodge.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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

You will enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge before hiking downhill, above the Salkantay River. Upon arrival at Colpa Lodge, after your 3-to 4-hour hike, you will enjoy a Pachamanca style lunch, subject to availability. 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. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge.

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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

After an early breakfast, you will head down the Santa Teresa River Valley, through rural areas with coffee plantations, bananas, granadillas, and orchards, before stopping along the river for a hot picnic lunch. After another hour of trekking, a private vehicle will arrive to take you to the beginning of the Llactapata Inca Trail (30 minute drive). From the head of the trail is a short climb (30 min.) to the Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. After your 6- to 8-hour excursion, you will arrive in time to allow for the exploration of the small village of Lucmabamba and possibly meet with members of the local community.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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

After an early start and a hearty breakfast, you will tackle the last day of your trek. Heading uphill for 2 to 3 hours towards Llactapata pass (2,700m/8,900ft), you will come upon a distant, yet special view of Machu Picchu from the southwest and the Llactapata Ruins. You will enjoy lunch at an observatory, before descending to the Aoobamba river, through lush bamboo forests, orchards, and coffee plantations. You will travel by train from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on a 30-minute scenic ride. You will arrive in Aguas Calientes at night and check in to the Inkaterra lodge.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
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

You will spend today exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu with your guide. After lunch, you will return to Aguas Calientes, to board the Vistadome train for your journey back to Cusco. You will hop off at Ollantaytambo and change to motorized transport, arriving into Cusco in the early evening.

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DEPARTURES:

March to December.  Please enquire Goway for departure dates. 

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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