Luxury Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
Get the best of both worlds by trekking to Machu Picchu on the arduous and spectacular Salkantay route while recharging your batteries in rustic luxury lodges every night. Described by National Geographic as “the cool way” to get to the ancient Incan citadel, this bucket list adventure traverses soaring Andean peaks, fecund cloud forests, little-visited Inca ruins and ancient indigenous villages. You’ll sleep in a real bed, eat gourmet lunches and dinners and arrive at Machu Picchu refreshed. What’s more you’ll take in bustling Lima and charming Cuzco, one time capital of the Incas.
Starting from $4,390 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- Seven-days of exhilarating trekking through spectacular landscapes that see far less tourist pressure than the Inca Trail.
- Overnight stays in rustic luxury lodges along the trail route, to give you the opportunity to rest your hardworking body and make use of all amenities.
- Explore Andean villages and ancient Incan sites including Killarumiyoc and Mollepata.
- Witness the majestic Soyrococha glacier lake and take in views of the peaks of Salkantay and Humantay from a high mountain pass of 15,100 feet.
- Hike through gorgeous scenery from tropical cloud forests to bamboo groves, tiny Andean villages, valleys of rich vegetation and waterfalls.
- Trek along the challenging trail to the terraced Incan site of Llactapata, enjoying views of Machu Picchu in the distance as you hike.
- Stay overnight in the tranquil surrounds of the Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel in Aguas Calientes, to beat the crowds to Machu Picchu the next morning.
- A private guided tour of the key sites of Machu Picchu, with free time to further explore at your leisure.
- If time allows, a private tour of Lima, with visits to the city’s key sites, including the San Francisco Monastery, the Larco Archaeological Museum, and the picturesque waterfront district of Miraflores.
Travelling from Lima to Cuzco you will have gone from sea level to 11,500 feet. The first day you will be free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude. If you're feeling up to it, the city center is pedestrian-friendly and makes for a great stroll. We’d also love to recommend the city's best options for dining and shopping.
Departing from Cuzco and heading towards 20,600-foot Salkantay mountain, you will visit the Tarawasi ruins near the town of Limatambo. Continuing up a mountain road you will reach Marcoccasa, the starting point of the trek, and after another 4 hours of mild trekking you will reach the lodge at Soraypampa (12,500 ft). Enjoy the afternoon free to acclimatize and take in the beautiful surroundings.
Depending on your level of acclimatization, you can choose to take a half-day hike to a nearby glacial lake, or enjoy the day at leisure soaking in the outdoor jacuzzi. All meals will be served at the lodge, and in the evening you will briefed on the trekking itinerary for the upcoming days.Depending on your level of acclimatization, you can choose to take a half-day hike to a nearby glacial lake, or enjoy the day at leisure soaking in the outdoor jacuzzi. All meals will be served at the lodge, and in the evening you will be briefed on the trekking itinerary for the upcoming days.
Heading out early, your hike begins up the Rio Blanco valley, traversing Humantay Peak, and tackling a 15,000 foot pass across Salkantay. Here you will stop to take in the fantastic views of Salkantay glacier and the snowcapped Vilcabamba range. Hot lunch will be served en route and your journey for the day finishes at the Wayra Lodge.
After a leisurely breakfast, the trek begins downhill through lush vegetation along the Salkantay river where you'll feel warmer jungle air. Upon arrival at the Colpa Lodge, located in a beautiful riverside setting, you will be served a traditional Peruvian Pachamanca lunch. Enjoy the afternoon in the outdoor hot tub, taking in the beautiful surroundings.
The journey today follows the Santa Teresa River Valley, through plantations of coffee, bananas, granadillas, and orchards. You'll stop along the river for a hot lunch, before continuing an hour to the arranged pick up point. From here, a private vehicle will take you 30 minutes to the head of the Llactapata Inca Trail. Hiking up the trail for another 30 minutes you arrive at the Lucma Lodge, where you will spend the evening.
The final day of trekking, you climb for 2-3 hours to reach the Llactapata pass at 8,900 feet. From here, you get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu in the distance, and can explore the recently restored Llactapata Ruins. After a scenic lunch break, the descent to Aguas Calientes begins, taking you through bamboo forests, orchards, and coffee plantations. At the end of the hike, you board a train to take you the final 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes and your hotel for the night.
Rising early to make it to Machu Picchu before the crowds, you will take one of the first buses up to the ruins where you'll enjoy a tour of the citadel. Ample time remains after the tour to explore Machu Picchu on your own, walk to the Inca Bridge, or hike up to the Inti Punku or Sun Gate. After descending back to the town of Aguas Calientes you'll head back to Cuzco via a scenic train ride.
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. (Optional recommended excursion) - Depending on the time of your international flight out a private tour of Lima's key sites can be arranged. You will visit the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and the picturesque waterfront district Miraflores.
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