Salkantay Machu Picchu Lodge Trek

10 Day Tour from $4,190 per person

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Lima, Peru

Upon arrival to Lima, you will be greeted and driven to your selected hotel. If staying at the Lima airport Costa del Sol Ramada, you will only need to walk out the airport exit and across the street to your evening accommodations.

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Day 2 - Lima to Cuzco

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. Depending on preference and price level we're happy to recommend the city's best options for dining and shopping.

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Day 3 - Cuzco to Soraypampa

Departing from Cuzco and heading towards 20,600-foot-tall 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.

Day 4 - Soraypampa

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.

Day 5 - Trekking over Salkantay

Heading out early, your hike begins up the Rio Blanco valley, traversing around 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.

Day 6 - Through the Cloud Forest

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.

Day 7 - Llactapata Inca Trail

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.

Day 8 - Llactapata to Aguas Calientes

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.

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Day 9 - Machu Picchu to Cuzco

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 ruins. 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.

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Day 10 - International Departure

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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