Machu Picchu, Peru

9 days

$4,390

Price based on a minimum of 2 explorers. The more people, the lower the cost.

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Description

This trip is a lesser-traveled route in Peru to the lost city Machu Picchu. This trip is a perfect alternative for those who don’t book the Inca Trail. The Vilcabamba area was the holdout for the crumbling Inca rebellion. The trail traverses the high Andean plateau, crossing passes as high as 4,750m – 15,585ft for an up-close view of the sacred Inca peak, Salkantay (6,280m – 20,598ft). The route then descends into the beautiful Aobamba valley with its tropical climate and vegetation. All along the way there are native Andean villages that time seems to have passed by. After a marvelous train ride, arrive at the spectacular citadel of Machu Picchu for a never to be forgotten guided-tour of this architectural marvel. Hidden under the dense foliage of a highland jungle, forgotten by the Incas themselves, Machu Picchu escaped the conquistadors and eluded treasure hunters until Hiram Bingham brought the “Lost City of the Incas” to the world’s attention in 1911. The intricate stonework of these enigmatic ruins is one of the finest examples of Inca masonry.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 CUSCO

    Upon arrival into Cusco airport, you are personally met and transferred to your hotel in Cusco. In the afternoon there are options for walking around the city and visiting some artisan shops. This evening there is a welcome dinner & briefing.
  • Day 2 SALKANTAY

    After an early breakfast, you are picked up starting at 7am at your hotel in Cusco for the drive to the Salkantay Lodge in Soraypampa. En route you will 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, you pass through the mountain village of Mollepata where you stop for a short coffee break before ascending a winding mountain road to a place called Marcoccasa (30 minutes from Mollepata by vehicle). Here, you begin your trek to Soraypampa, on an old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). This is a good opportunity for everyone to acclimate, while enjoying a beautiful 6-hour trek. Salkantay Lodge takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley—Mt. Salkantay, the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 6,270m (20,600ft), the highest in the region. After a warm welcome by the friendly staff, you are shown to your rooms and have time to wash-up, before tea and cookies. Your guide will hold a briefing by the fireplace, followed by aperitifs and dinner.
  • Day 3 SALKANTAY

    Today you take an acclimatization hike on the slopes above the lodge to Lake Humantay, 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. You return to the lodge for lunch, after which you may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in the outdoor jacuzzi. Afternoon is at your leisure. You spend the night at the Salkantay Lodge with gourmet food and warm, comfortable beds. In the evening, your guide briefs you on gear and the itinerary for the following day. All meals are served at the Lodge | B, L, D
  • Day 4 SALKANTAY

    This is the big day! After an early start, you hike up the Rio Blanco Valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point on the trek is the Salkantay Pass at 4,638m (15,213ft). 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. You will keep your eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass we descend towards Wayra Lodge (“Wayra” means wind; so ‘the place where the wind lives’) your destination for the evening. A hot lunch is served en route; dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
  • Day 5 SALKANTAY

    On this day we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge. Then you continue your descent along the left bank of the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. You can feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. Upon arrival at Colpa Lodge you 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. The outdoor jacuzzi has panoramic views of lush green mountains. You spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the nearby orchid trail. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
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  • Day 6 SALKANTAY

    Today you hike along the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas. You 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, you 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 you easily make your way to Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 7 AGUAS CALIENTES

    After a hearty breakfast, you tackle the last day of your trek. You head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass at 2,736m (8,974ft), where you come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers ever get a chance to admire. You take a short break to explore the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is served in a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu. You then begin your 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, you are transferred to check into a lovely hotel to celebrate with your guide and one last briefing!
  • Day 8 MACHU PICCHU

    After an early breakfast at the hotel, you make your way, a short walk over to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Your guide will give the group an introductory 2-hour guided tour of the ruins, after which you have the rest of the day to explore the site on your own—there is a lot to do and see! There are options to hike up Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu, which require permits so plan accordingly. You head back to your hotel at your leisure.
  • Day 9 DEPART

    Today you are transferred to the train station to catch the train to Ollantaytambo. At the station you meet with your transport and head to Cusco airport to connect with departures.

Tailor Made Expeditions

We specialize in curating unique expeditions. Want to summit Kilimanjaro on a full moon so you can ask your sweetie to marry you? Plan a gastronomic experience along the Camino De Santiago with your foodie friends? Trek lodge to lodge to Machu Picchu with your corporate team? You dream it and we'll make it come true. We will make a charitable donation in your name as our way of thanking you for choosing us. This is paid through our partnership with Crowdrise. We'll even set you up.

Price varies based on the size of your group. The more people, the lower cost. Contact us for pricing and fundraising details.

Want to start planning your tailor made expedition?

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