Your Andean journey begins in Cusco, where you will stay at El Mercado Tunqui which is Mountain Lodges of Peru’s property in the heart of Cusco. It features original and eye-catching interiors and exceptional customer service that starts right at the very beginning of the adventure. A UNESCO heritage site, the city is set in a green valley high in the Andean mountains and is home to some truly remarkable colonial architecture and impressive Incan remains. Whilst here you will explore the idyllic cobbled streets with a guided walking tour, before meeting the leaders for a briefing about the trek.
On day four the Mountain Lodge Peru Trek will begin! On route to Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort (SLAR) in Soraypampa you will take a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo, and will have a brief stop in the mountain village of Mollepata. Your first trek will start in Marcoccasa, heading on the old route called 'Camino Real' towards Soraypampa. This gentle route is a fantastic opportunity to acclimatise and enjoy a gloriously scenic start to your first day. On arrival at Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort you will enjoy a warm welcome from the friendly staff before being shown to your room. The next day you can either choose to take a half-day hike to a glacial lake, or relaxation back at the resort. On day five spend time at leisure or for activities, for example short hikes to acclimatise.
Day six you will begin the four-day trek to Machu Picchu, starting with a hike up to the Rio Blanco valley circling Humantay Peak across from the Salkantay. At the highest point of the trek you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcamba Range. From here you will begin your descent to Wayra Lodge where you will stay for one night. Day seven will begin with a downhill hike above the Salkantay River down to Colpa Lodge where you will be greeted with a delicious "Pachamanca"-style lunch and the option of visiting a nearby hot spring. On day eight, you will trek through the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas with coffee plantations, before spending one night at Lucmabamba Lodge.
The final and most important day of the trek will see you reach a spectacular view of the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu. You will head up towards Llactapata pass where you come upon a distant but quite special view of Machu Picchu from the southwest, a view few tourists ever glimpse; an added value are the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Your final descent will be past the Vilcanota River through lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations. You will arrive at Machu Picchu Inkaterra Hotel will you stay one night. The next day you will be transferred to Machu Picchu, where you will enjoy a 2 hour guided tour of the site, before spending 4 hours at leisure. Surrounded by soaring green mountain peaks, the view of Machu Picchu is an image you will never forget. You will return to Cusco by train for your final night in the city before your journey home.
Day 1: Flight to Lima.
Day 2: Half-day Lima City tour
Two nights at the B Arts Boutique in a Studio/Alcoba Room including breakfast.
Day 3: Flight to Cusco
Day 4: Half-day Cusco & nearby ruins tour
Two nights at El Mercado Tunqui in a Junior Suite including breakfast.
Mountain Lodges Of Peru Trek
Day 5: Salkantay Lodge (3,869m)
Day 7: Wayra Lodge (3,906m)
Day 8: Colpa Lodge (2,870m)
Day 9: Lucma Lodge (2,135m)
Day 10: Machu Picchu (Inkaterra Machu Picchu 2,400m)
Visit Machu Picchu. Transfer back to Cusco.
One night at El Mercado Tunqui in a Junior Suite including breakfast.
Day 12: Depart Cusco for Lima and your return flight home.
Day 13: Arrive home.