Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge Trek

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Imagine trekking over high Andean passes and down into lush valleys during the day, while at night enjoying the luxury of mountain lodges, complete with hot tubs, comfortable beds, and delicious meals. This lodge to lodge trek allows travelers to combine the challenge of a mountain trek with the comfort and relaxation of quality lodging. Discover the best of both worlds during this rewarding seven-day trek that winds through wonderful ruins, charming mountain villages, lush orchards, and dense forests. The journey is breathtaking in itself, but manages to end with a bang at the Peruvian pinnacle Machu Picchu, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.

Day 1 : Cusco to Soraypampa
Day 2 : Soraypampa
Day 3 : Soraypampa to Huayraccmachay
Day 4 : Huayraccmachay to Collpapampa
Day 5 : Collpapampa to Lucmabamba
Day 6 : Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes
Day 7 : Machu Picchu Tour & Return to Cusco

Day 1 : Cusco to Soraypampa

  • After an early breakfast, one of our representatives will meet you at your hotel in Cusco at 7:00 a.m. and will drive you to the trail where you will begin your trek. On the way, you will stop to visit the beautiful ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo located about 1.5 hours from Cusco. You will then continue on the route past the village of Mollepata and up to Marcoccasa, where you will meet your trek team and start hiking.
  • Following the Camino Real (Royal Path), you will first hike for 4 hours through picturesque scenery. This part of the trail is moderately difficult and therefore a perfect path to ease into the trek and acclimatize to the high altitude. You will have some time to rest and have lunch on the way (lunch box). Your hike will end in Soraypampa at the first mountain lodge, the Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort, named after the majestic Salkantay Mount, the highest peak in the region at 20,600 feet (6,270 meters).
  • Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure exploring the surrounding area before your evening briefing and delicious dinner served at the lodge. 

Approximate time: 4 hours
Gradient: Moderate


Day 2 : Soraypampa

  • Enjoy a free day to spend at your leisure in Soraypampa. Depending on your level of acclimatization, you can take part in some of the many activities offered by the lodge, or just rest and soak up the spectacular landscape. One of the most popular activities available is a 3 to 4 hour long hike up to a glacial lake. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take a dip in this icy lake.
  • In the evening, you will receive a briefing from your trek guide who will give you all the necessary information about your trekking gear and itinerary.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the lodge. 

Day 3 : Soraypampa to Huayraccmachay

  • Today you will begin your exciting 4-day trek to Machu Picchu. After an early breakfast, you will start the day with a hike up to the Rio Blanco Valley, which circles the impressive Humantay Mount. On the way, you will stop at a pass at 15,000 feet (4,600 meters), highest point of the trek, and have some time to rest and take in the stunning view of the snow-capped peaks forming the Vilcabamba range. You might also catch a glimpse of the beautiful condors that can often be seen tearing through the skies here.
  • From the pass, you will start descending toward the next lodge, the Wayra Lodge. Enjoy a delicious dinner and quiet evening at the lodge with your team.

Approximate time: 4 to 6 hours
Gradient: Challenging


Day 4 : Huayraccmachay to Collpapampa

  • To let you recover from the long hike the day before, you will enjoy a more relaxed and moderately challenging day. After a filling breakfast at the lodge, you will set off on a 3 to 4 hour long hike downhill, above the roaring Salkantay River and through strikingly lush and green scenery. You will reach the Collpa Lodge in time for a Pachamanca-style lunch. This type of cooking is characterized by underground stone cooking (subject to availability).
  • You will have the afternoon free to spend at your leisure, soaking in the lodge’s outdoor hot tub which boasts spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy a hearty dinner at the lodge before retreating to your comfortable room to rest before the next day’s adventure.

Approximate time: 3 to 4 hours
Gradient: Easy to moderate


Day 5 : Collpapampa to Lucmabamba

  • After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will start hiking down toward the Santa Teresa Valley. This is a more populated area and on the way you will pass coffee plantations as well as beautiful orchards filled with bananas and granadillas (a type of passionflower). You will stop along the river to enjoy a hot lunch and relax before continuing on the trail for another hour. At the end of the trail, you will meet a vehicle that will take you on the 30-minute drive up to the beginning of another trail, the Llactapata Inca Trail.
  • Your destination, the Lucma Lodge, is only a short 30-minute climb away from the beginning of the trail. You will have some time to explore the small town of Lucmabamba and meet the local people before enjoying a delicious dinner and evening at the lodge.

Approximate time: 4 to 6 hours
Gradient: Moderate to challenging


Day 6 : Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes

  • Enjoy an early breakfast at the lodge before heading out for the last leg of your trek. You will start with a 2-3 hour long hike uphill to the Llactapata pass at 8,900 feet (2,700 meters) from where you will be able to catch your first glimpse of the distant Machu Picchu citadel. You will also have some time to explore the Llactapata ruins before having lunch at the observatory, enjoying views of Machu Picchu and the stunning surrounding valley as a background.
  • After lunch, you will start your final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, passing more orchards and plantations on the way. You will reach the train station from where you will take the short train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, where you will spend the night in a comfortable hotel.

Approximate time: 4 to 6 hours
Gradient: Moderate to challenging 


Day 7 : Machu Picchu Tour & Return to Cusco

  • Rise early for your visit to the wonderful Machu Picchu citadel and head to the bus station for the 20-minute drive to the hidden ruins perched in the mountains above. Once you arrive in Machu Picchu, you will enjoy a guided tour of this world wonder.
  • You will be able to appreciate the intricate stonework carved into the fantastic Andean scenery. The giant mortarless stones were hauled by hand to the top of the mountain centuries ago, and yet their foundations still remain. You will have the chance to explore the 3 zones of this centuries-old city: the urban, agricultural, and adjacent zones. The Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, and the Principal Bath are only a few of the impressive sights that you will see.
  • After your tour, you can wander the many Inca trails that lead to the main site or head into town for a late lunch. You will return to the station in the mid-afternoon to take the train to Ollantaytambo, where a private vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

See our Machu Picchu Guide for more information on what to see and do.

Check our Trekking & Adventure FAQs to help you prepare for your Lodge to Lodge Machu Picchu trek and contact your travel advisor for any additional questions. 

Included

  • Private transportation from Cusco to Marcoccasa (day 1) and from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (day 7)
  • English-speaking professional guide (1 guide for groups of 1-7 ppl / 2 guides for groups over 8 ppl)
  • All meals (except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 7)
  • Five nights in mountain lodges and one hotel night in Aguas Calientes
  • Mules and porters to carry trekking equipment and personal belongings
  • All transfers and entrance fees (transportation to and from Machu Picchu, entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, train tickets: Hydroelectric station – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo)

Not Included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Entrance fee to the Salkantay Trail ($50 per person payable in Mollepata)

 


 
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