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Lodge to Lodge Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Trek

Highlights of this Tour: Salkantay Inca Trail • Machu Picchu

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Days of Departure: Set departures (Group)

This exciting adventure of surprising comfort that takes you on an ancient Inca trail called the “Salkantay Inca Trail”, the road less traveled to the lost city of the Incas. The route winds through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, a spectacular Andean mountain range, before plunging into forested canyons. Discover a world surrounded by magical moments which will stay with you far beyond your return home. This is the only lodge-to-lodge trek to Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

hike to soraypampaDay 1 | Cusco to Salkantay Lodge
After breakfast, drive to the Salkantay Lodge in Soraypampa. En route we take a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hrs from Cusco). After leaving Limatambo, 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 vehicle).

Here, we begin our trek to Soraypampa, on an old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). This is a good opportunity for everyone to acclimatize, while enjoying a beautiful six hour trek. Salkantay Lodge takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley—Mt. Salkantay. Arrive at the lodge, we are shown to our rooms and have time to wash-up, before tea and cookies. The trip leader will hold a briefing by the fireplace, followed by aperitifs and dinner.
Trekking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch en route)
Hiking Level: Moderate
Optional: Guests who do not wish to trek may be transported to the lodge by vehicle

hiking Day 2 | Hike to the Humantay Lake
Today we hike on the slopes above the lodge to Lake Humantay, which is fed by the hanging glaciers of Mt. Humantay. The hike is optional, but the views are amazing, and those brave enough can even go for a dip. We return to the lodge for lunch, after which you may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in our outdoor jacuzzi. Afternoon at leisure. We spend another night at the Salkantay Lodge. In the evening, the guide briefs us on gear and the itinerary for the following day. All meals are served at the Lodge.
Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging
Optional: Horseback Riding

salkantay peakDay 3 | Crossing the Salkantay Pass
After an early start, we hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point on the trek is the Salkantay Pass at 4,638 m (15,213 ft). At the pass we stop to take in views of snowcapped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, the glaciated 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 descend towards Wayra Lodge (“Wayra” means wind), our destination for the evening. A hot lunch is served en route; dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Trekking Time: 6–8 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level: Challenging, crossing a 4,640m (15,200 ft) mountain pass

colpa lodgeDay 4 | Descending into the Cloud Forest
Today we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge. Then we continue our descent along the left bank of the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. We can feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. Upon arrival at Colpa Lodge we are greeted with a Pachamanca meal, a traditional festive Peruvian meal cooked by layering meat and vegetables with hot stones, and then covering the whole thing up to bake. Colpa Lodge is located on an open plateau at the confluence of three rivers. We spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the nearby orchid trail. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Trekking Time: 3–4 hours
Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate

trekking through the cload forestDay 5 | Following the Santa Teresa River Valley
Today we hike along the Santa Teresa River valley, through more populated rural areas. We pass through banana, granadilla, and avocado orchards and coffee plantations (said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world). A hot picnic lunch is served by the river. After lunch, we hike another hour before a private vehicle meets us for a short drive to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” (30 minutes or so). From the head of the newly restored Inca trail we easily make our way to Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Trekking Time: 5–6 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging (because of distance, not terrain)

hiking near the riverDay 6 | First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass
After 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 spectacular view of Machu Picchu from the southeast. We take a short break to explore the Llactapata Ruins. Lunch is served in a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu. We then begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu, is a short, scenic train ride away. Upon arrival, we check into our lovely hotel for celebration dinner with our guide and one last briefing!
Trekking Time: 4–6 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging

the final day at machu picchu Day 7 | Visit Machu Picchu
After a very early buffet breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu (30 min). The trip leader will give the group an introductory two-hour guided tour of the ruins, after which we have the rest of the morning to explore the site on our own—there is a lot to do and see! Afterwards, we return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch and to meet our train. The ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes about one and a half hours, and then a private vehicle will drive us back to Cusco (an additional hour and a half ). Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7 or 8 p.m.), we are dropped off at our hotel.

Optional: Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Permits must be purchased in advance with your Machu Picchu Picchu permit.


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Departure Dates

This trek starts almost every day, but it is very popular, so plan in advance! Please call our South America Travel Specialists at 416-413-9090 toll free (worldwide) to check availability.

2013 Rates

rate in Canadian Dollars rate in US Dollars
Category Low Season High Season Low Season High Season
Twin/Double 2,851 3,488 2,690 3,290
Single 4,277 5,228 4,035 4,932


Low Season is March 1 - 31 and November 1 - 14. Prices are subject to change until time of booking.

Accommodations

Salkantay Lodge (2 nights) • Wayra Lodge (1 night) • Colpa Lodge (1 night) • Lucma Lodge (1 night) • Inkaterra Machu Picchu (1 night)

What’s Included in Your Tour:

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 on Day 7 • 6 nights lodging (5 nights in MLP lodges and 1 night in Aguas Calientes in a 4-Star hotel) • All meals except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7 • Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) from Day 1 to Day 7. Tours are led in English. • Transportation of personal belongings on the trek by pack horses/mules and/or porters • Guided visit of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (includes entrance and transportation to the site) • Train transportation (Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes, and Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo) • At the lodges water, tea and coffee, juice and soft drinks are available free of charge. Alcoholic and sports drinks, and natural bottled water are not included. Only filtered water and tea are available free of charge at the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel.

What’s Not Included in Your Tour:

International airfare • Airfare Lima - Cusco - Lima • Gratuities • Meals and beverages (unless specified above) • Cancellation/medical insurance

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