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Mountain Lodges of Peru - Trek to Machu Picchu

7 days from £3280 per person

Following the ancient ‘Salkantay Route’ to Machu Picchu, this extension lodge trek offers the chance to experience Machu Picchu in a way never previously done before. A seven day itinerary, trek from lodge to lodge, over mountain passes and through local villages all with a spectacular backdrop of high snow-capped peaks. With the beautiful and luxurious lodge accommodation, all of which offers the highest quality and service, everything combines to provide an unforgettable experience.

Route: Cusco – Salkantay Lodge – Wayra Lodge – Colpa Lodge – Lucma Lodge – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Itinerary Highlights

A journey like no other, immerse yourself in the local Peruvian way of life as you trek from village to village, admiring the striking scenery and magnificent views.

Enjoy the peace, serenity and excellent facilities at each of the wonderful mountain lodges you will stay at; a pleasing retreat after a long day of trekking.

The finale of your weeks trekking will be to reach the historic and fascinating Machu Picchu, a mysterious ancient city located high up in the Andes mountain range.

Itinerary: Mountain Lodges of Peru - Trek to Machu Picchu

This morning you will be met and transferred by car to the trek start point, stopping en-route at the Inca ruins of Tarawasi and the small mountain village of Mollepata. Today the trekking route will follow the ‘Camino Real’, or Royal Path, and is a perfect opportunity to acclimatise on this gentle day trek. (L/D)
Accommodation: Salkantay Lodge
Today is spent at leisure to acclimatise to the altitude. One option is a half-day hike to a glacial lake for a swim or just relax at the lodge taking advantage of the outdoor jacuzzi and other excellent facilities on offer. In the evening there will be a trek briefing in preparation for the next four days. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: Salkantay Lodge
This morning leave Soraypampa and begin the day hiking up the Rio Blanco valley and circling Humantay Peak. The highest point on the trek today is a pass at 4,600m with views at the top taking in the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range and the south face of Mt. Salkantay. Descend towards your accommodation. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: Wayra Lodge
Following a leisurely breakfast, trek downhill skirting the Salkantay River and continue the rest of the day through increasingly verdant scenery. Later arrive at the Colpa Lodge which is beautifully located in an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers and has an outdoor hot tub which is perfect for relaxing in at the end of the day. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: Colpa Lodge
Today it is an early start following the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas, many coffee plantations, banana groves and orchards. After lunch you will be met and transferred by car to the beginning of the ‘Llactapata Inca Trail’. Later explore the small nearby village of Lucmabamba. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: Lucma Lodge
Today marks the last day of the trek heading for three hours towards the Llactapata pass. The view of Machu Picchu from the top of the pass is one that few tourists ever glimpse. After lunch, descend to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests to Aguas Calientes. (B/L)
Accommodation in Aguas Calientes: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (or similar)
This morning, after breakfast, head to the bus station for the 30min ride up to Machu Picchu. On your arrival enjoy a complete guided tour of the site followed by further time to enjoy the complex on your own. Afterwards, return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch before heading to the train station for the afternoon departure to Ollantaytambo. Here you will be met and transferred by car back to your hotel in Cusco. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with an accompanying English speaking guide
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Any International flights
  • Any Domestic flights
  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

Peru Holiday Review

We are safely back from Peru and our minds have been blown by this amazing country. Despite our fatigue every part of the journey brought us such extraordinary places to see that it is only now that we need to take time to recover and appreciate all that we have seen.

KJ & DJ - Peru - June 2017

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