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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu In Luxury

10 Days & 9 Nights
  • Hike the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, lodge to lodge
  • Spend afternoons soaking in the lodge hot tubs, marvelling at Andean views
  • Discover the archaeological mysteries of Machu Picchu with your expert guide
  • Explore the artisan markets and plazas of Cusco
  • Visit the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman
Hike the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, spending each night in the comfort of remote, stylish mountain lodges. Arriving into the ancient Inca capital, Cusco, ease into your trek with 2 nights of acclimatisation that includes a day-hike to the mighty Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The following day, together with your guide and fellow trekkers, transfer to the mountain village of Mollepata. From here, follow an ancient Inca trading route through the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Trek under the shadow of Humantay Peak, past the glaciated peak of Salkantay (6270m) and through 9 different eco-zones that include the lush coffee and banana plantations of the Santa Theresa Valley. At the end of each day, the stylish mountain lodges are perfect for reliving the day in the cosy dining room, or enjoying a dip in the al fresco hot tubs. The perfect conclusion to this hiking odyssey is a day of guided exploration at South America’s finest archaeological site, Machu Picchu.
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What To Expect

Graded moderate to challenging this guided group trek follows a trail through the Andean mountains, culminating in a day exploring one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, Machu Picchu. After hiking along rocky trails, stone-paved Incan paths and over high altitude passes (the highest being 4636m), spend each night in remote, comfortable, mountain lodges. All lodges have spacious rooms, hot showers, and mountain views. Complete with an outdoor hot tub some lodges even boast a resident masseuse to revive trekkers' legs!

Trip Style:

Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your trip.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Avid Adventurers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Luxury & Unique Stays
  • Historical Journeys
  • Mountains

Grade & Terrain

This trek is graded moderate to challenging. The tour begins in Cusco which is at an altitude of 3400m. Spending the first 2 nights at this altitude helps your body acclimatise. For further information on altitude and acclimatisation please refer to your country guide.

Navigation

This trip is a guided group tour with a maximum of 12 participants. On days 1-2 your guide will meet you as per your itinerary and accompany you on your day hike. From days 3-10 you will be hiking with the group. Each day your guide and support crew will lead you from lodge to lodge as you journey through the high Andes on the Salkantay Trail.

The experienced guide paces the day around the group needs which means all you have to do is hike and soak up your mountain surrounds. In the late afternoon and evening, you are free to spend the time as you wish. You can enjoy the privacy of your own room, relax in the lounge or take a soak in the hot tub. You will have also 24/7 telephone local partner support should you need to contact your guide or Macs Adventure at any time during the tour.

Accommodation Information

During this trip, you will spend 3 nights in 4* hotels 6 nights in stylish mountain lodges. Examples of the hotel used in Cusco is outlined on the following page. On occasion, we may have to use alternative hotels but will let you know at the time of booking should alternatives have to be used.

Single Rooms & Solo Travellers

If you’re exploring with friends or family and prefer to have your own room, single rooms are available subject to a supplementary payment. However single rooms are not always possible at the mountain lodges as there a number of limited rooms at each lodge.

This tour is available to solo travellers.  If you do not wish to pay a solo hiker supplement you will be paired with another group member of the same gender for the overnight stays at each of the mountain lodges when on trek.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 lunches & 7 dinners. Typically, breakfasts consist of fruits, juices, breads, eggs, muesli, yogurts and a plentiful supply of tea and coffee.

Included lunches will be a picnic-style served by your support crew. Lunches are made up of sandwiches (made of different breads), fruits, sweet treats and local specialities, which can also include some hot rice-based dishes.

For dinners that are not included in Cusco, you can choose to dine at your hotel restaurant or in one of the many restaurants nearby. There is also an excellent choice of cafes, bars and restaurants in Cusco, so we do recommend exploring the streets to sample local dishes. For further information on traditional Peruvian cuisine, please refer to your country guide.

Alcoholic drinks are not included and consumption should be limited when at altitude, especially during the first few days of your tour.

Should you have any special dietary requirements please let us know. We try to accommodate all requirements where possible but as the mountain lodges are in remote locations, dietary alternatives may not be possible without prior notice. It is essential you let us know at least a month in advance of any dietary needs. Should you have a specific diet, it is always worth bringing a small supply of your own snacks.

Included
  • 3 nights in 4* hotels & 6 nights in stylish lodges
  • All transfers as described in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches & 8 dinners
  • Guide and support crew on hiking days 2-9
  • Entrance & guided exploration of Machu Picchu
  • National Park Fees & trekking permits
  • Train ticket from Aguas Caliente to Cusco
  • 24/7 local telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Cusco
  • Entrance fees for attractions
  • Lunches & dinners other than those described
  • Personal equipment and expenditure
  • Travel insurance (details of your travel insurance must be provided before travel).
Extras
  • Additional nights in Cusco or elsewhere in Peru
  • 2 day, 1 night Lake Titicaca trip

When To Go

This tour has set departure dates from Mid-March through to early December. If you would like a private departure, please let us know and we can discuss options and dates with you.

Daytime temperatures are usually between 20 to 25 degrees from March through to December, which makes for pleasant trekking conditions. Being at altitude means the evenings are cooler throughout the year (with June to September temperatures usually dropping to zero degrees). 

The months of March, November and early December may have some showery days but usually, the rain doesn’t last for long and typically is an afternoon downpour.

Getting to the Start

Getting to/from Cusco

For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com  

Most travellers arrive into Cusco Airport via a 60-minute flight from Lima Airport which has excellent connections to North America and Europe. We would suggest checking the trip comparison website for airline information and prices for travel to Peru.

You may prefer to have an overnight stop in Lima before travelling onto Cusco. Please let us know if you would like extra hotel nights in Lima.

 

Baggage Transfer

Your main baggage will be carried by a support mule and therefore we ask you to limit your baggage during the hike to 1 main piece of luggage per person at no more than 12kg. Any excess baggage can be stored at the hotel in Cusco. The support crew will usually go ahead and prepare lunch on hiking days and travel ahead with your baggage so it is at the lodge on your arrival.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

Equipment

On this trail, you will have the full support of an English speaking guide, crew and mules. You will only carry a day pack during the trek, packed only with your essentials for that day. We will supply you with a detailed equipment list as part of your pre-departure information pack. You will need normal walking and travelling gear as well as a sleeping bag and warm clothes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, (for example, proper rain gear jacket and pants, sun hat, sunscreen). 

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this trip that you have adequate travel insurance in place, including for emergency medical evacuation, hospital care and/or curtailment of your trip. Please ensure that you check your policy as it should include cover for trekking at altitude. Prior to departure, you must provide us with your travel insurance details.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cusco Day 2 Hill of Cusco & Sacsayhuaman 6 miles / 10 km Day 3 Transfer to Mollepata, hike to Soraypampa Lodge 8 miles / 13 km Day 4 Loop Hike to Lake Humantay 4 miles / 6 km Day 5 Crossing the Salkantay Pass to Wayra Lodge 9 miles / 14 km Day 6 Descending through the cloud forest to Colpa Lodge 5.5 miles / 9 km Day 7 Hike the Santa Teresa Valley, transfer to Llactapata Trailhead and trek to Lucma Lodge 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 8 Llactapata Pass to Machu Picchu Pueblo 8 miles / 13 km Day 9 Exploration of Machu Picchu Day 10 Onward Travel

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