Mountain Lodges of Peru offers “Adventure at its finest”:
the opportunity to experience the essence of adventure within the realm of creature comforts.
But for Mountain Lodges of Peru, a great adventure does not end there: for it to be a
life-changing experience for our guests, we believe that the experience has to be an adventure
on many levels.This is why our proposal goes far beyond comfortable lodges and great treks…
it is a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the Land of the Incas, contemporary
manifestations of deep-founded culture, the most interesting and exotic variety of flora and
fauna, culinary surprises, the determination of local people to progress, new friends and
like-minded souls. This trip is culturally enriched and as well a hearty trek for the avid outdoors person.
Day 1 - Cuzco - Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort at Soraypampa(3,800 m/12,500 ft).
This morning we will journey after an early breakfast, 7:00 am from your hotel in Cuzco by our guide and
vehicle in direction to the Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort (SLAR) in Soraypampa. En route we will take
a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hrs from Cuzco).
After leaving Limatambo, we 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 will begin our trek to Soraypampa, on an old route called the "Camino Real" (Royal Path). This is a good
opportunity for guests to acclimate and enjoy a mild & beautiful 4 hour trek on their first day. (Hiking level: moderate).
(Optional: guests who do not wish to trek may be transported to the lodge in the vehicle). The SLAR takes its name from
the majestic peak at the head of the valley – the "Salkantay", the 2nd most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at
20,600 ft (6,270 m), the highest in the region.
After a warm welcome by our friendly staff, the guests will be shown to their rooms and have time to wash-up.
The first afternoon is spent at leisure to adjust to the altitude. An evening briefing by the fireplace is followed by
aperitifs and dinner. ( L/D )
Day 2 - Soraypampa
This day is spent at leisure for rest or activities, depending upon guests’ level of acclimatization.
The most popular activity at Soraypampa is a half-day hike (3-4 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging)
to a glacial lake where the more adventurous might take a very short swim! This activity is excellent for
acclimatization and a first immersion into high-mountain trekking! In the afternoon, guests may choose to trade
the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in our outdoor jacuzzi. In the evening, the guide will brief the trekking
party on gear and the itinerary for the next four days. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are taken at the Lodge.( B/L/D )
Day 3 - Soraypampa - Wayra Lodge at Huayraccmachay (3,850m/12,600 ft).
This is the big day: the start of the four-day trek to Machu Picchu. After an early start we will hike up the
Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from the Salkantay. The highest point on the trek is a pass at
4,600 m (15,000 ft). At the pass we stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every
direction, the 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 continue our descent toward the Wayra Lodge ("Wayra": wind; ‘the place
where the wind lives’) our destination for the evening. A hot lunch is taken en route. Dinner and overnight at
the Lodge. (Hiking time: 4-6 hours. Total excursion time for day: 5-7 hours. Hiking level: challenging with a
15,000 ft mountain pass).( B/L/D )
Day 4 - Huayraccmachay to Colpa Lodge at Collpapampa (2,800m/9,200 ft).
Following the long first day we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge. We then begin our trek by hiking
downhill above the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. Our arrival at the next lodge encounters
a "Pachamanca"-style lunch (subject to availability; traditional underground stone cooking). The Colpa Lodge is
located in an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor hot tub in this lodge has prominent
views of lush green mountains and a small, far-away, local town. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
(Hiking time: 3-4 hours. Hiking level: easy to moderate). ( B/L/D )
Day 5 - Collpapampa - Lucma Lodge at Lucmabamba (2,100m/6,900 ft).
After an early breakfast we head down the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas with
coffee plantations (said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world!), bananas, ‘granadillas’,
and orchards. We stop along the river for a hot picnic lunch. After another hour of trekking a private
vehicle arrives to take us to the beginning of the "Llactapata Inca Trail" (30-minute drive).
From the head of the trail it is a short climb (30 min.) to the Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard.
We arrive in time to allow for exploration of the small village of Lucmabamba and possible meeting with
members of the local community. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours. Total excursion time for day: 6-8 hours.
Hiking level: moderate to challenging, basically due to distance, not terrain). ( B/L/D )
Day 6 - Lucmabamba - Aguas Calientes - Pueblo Hotel (1,900 m/6,200 ft)
After an early start and a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. We head uphill
for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata pass (2,700 m/8,900ft), where we 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. Lunch is provided at the observatory,
in view of Machu Picchu. We then begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo
forests and more orchards and coffee plantations (2-3 hour descent). Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
are a short (30 minutes), scenic train ride away. (Total hiking time: 4-6 hours. Hiking level:
moderate to challenging). We then arrive in Aguas Calientes to check-in to the Pueblo Hotel the night.(hotel included) ( B/L/D )
Day 7 - Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu - Cuzco (2,450m/8,000 ft) to Cuzco
We wake up early to have breakfast at the hotel and then make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu (30 min).
A complete guided tour of Machu Picchu will be provided (2 hours). You will also have additional time hike to the top of Huayna
Picchu or a visit to the Inti Punku Pass ( Gate of the Sun ) Time will also be allowed for more exploration and photography of the area.
Afterwards, we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to go to the train station for the afternoon departure.
The train takes us to Ollantaytambo (1˝ hrs), where a private vehicle awaits to take us to
Cuzco (1˝ hrs). Upon arrival in Cuzco (approximately 7-8pm) you will transfer to your Cuzco hotel of choice. (not included)( B/L )
Low Season - March 1 - March 31 & November 1 - December 14.
High Season - April 1 - October 31 & December 15 - 31.
Single Occupancy Notes.
Single Willing to Share: 25% supplement.
Requested Single: 50% supplement.
INCLUDES: All treks are First Class Service (unless other wise stated at time of booking), bi-lingual guide, cook, either porters, mule or horse for
gear & personal items, all required equipment, meals where noted, entry fees into parks
and all transfers in/out.
NOT INCLUDED: Local air, meals not shown, departure taxes & additional incidentals.