Salkantay Lodge to Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu

Enjoy this unique and amazing adventure to Machu Picchu by way of the Salkantay Lodge to Lodge Trek.

Peru is a land of incredible natural beauty, rich cultural traditions and inspiring ancient ruins. The lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is just one of many sites making this a premier destination for the explorer-at-heart. Even amid the natural splendor of the country, it is difficult not to notice the cultural, historical and political roots of Peru, observable in the diverse architecture, food and people.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco Arrival

Cusco Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: El Mercado

Today, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel.


Cusco is a beautiful city with well preserved colonial architecture, evidence of a rich and complex history. The city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes, and by merely walking the streets one sees the layers of history. Spanish colonial buildings erected directly atop Inca walls line the square, while the modern tourist nightlife flourishes in their midst. The city is surrounded by a number of ruins, the most impressive being Sacsayhuaman, the site of the 1536 battle in which dozens of Pizarro's men charged uphill to battle the forces of the Inca. Nowadays, Cusco is known for its indigenous population--often seen on the streets in traditional clothing--and its substantial tourist-fueled night life.

Days 2 - 3: Cusco

Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: El Mercado
  • Meals: B

Free Day

Enjoy these free days in Cusco to acclimatize. Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture enjoying the many plazas and historical buildings to explore. You may want to enjoy a coffee on one of the balconies overlooking the Plaza de Armas or wander through the streets of San Blas in the historical district.

Day 4: Cusco - Salkantay Lodge

Cusco - Salkantay Lodge
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Cusco to Salkantay Lodge
  • Accommodation: Salkantay Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Cusco to Salkantay Lodge

Early this morning at 7:00 AM, you will be picked up in Cusco by a guide and driver and driven to the Salkantay Lodge in Soraypampa. En route, you will visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hours from Cusco).

After leaving Limatambo, you will pass through the mountain village of Mollepata, where you will 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 will begin your trek to Soraypampa on an old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). This is a good opportunity for you to continue to acclimate, while enjoying a beautiful six 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 6,270 m (20,600 ft), the highest in the region.

Upon arrival, you will receive a warm welcome by the friendly staff as you are shown to your rooms and have time to wash-up, before tea and cookies. The trip leader will hold a briefing by the fireplace, followed by aperitifs and dinner. Overnight at Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m/12,690 ft).

Trek time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch en route)
Difficulty: Moderate
Option: Guests who do not wish to trek, may be transported to the lodge by vehicle (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 5: Salkantay Lodge

Salkantay Lodge
Daily Summary
  • Tour: A Hike to Humantay Lake
  • Accommodation: Salkantay Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

A Hike to Humantay Lake

Today you will hike along the slopes above Salkantay Lodge to Lake Humantay, which is fed by the glaciers of Mt. Humantay. Those who are not up to diving into the frigid waters of the beautiful lake can sit back and enjoy the views here. After lunch back at the lodge, you may want to enjoy a relaxing soak in the outdoor jacuzzi. Enjoy this afternoon at your leisure to explore and relish in the tranquil surroundings.

This evening, enjoy a gourmet dinner while your guide briefs you on the gear and the itinerary for your next day's trek. Overnight at Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m/12,690 ft).

Trek time: Approximately 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 6: Salkantay Lodge - Wayra Lodge

Salkantay Lodge - Wayra Lodge
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Crossing the Salkantay Pass
  • Accommodation: Wayra Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Crossing the Salkantay Pass

You will begin your trek up the Rio Blanco valley early this morning, circling Humantay Peak. The highest point you will reach today is along this pass at 4,638 m (15,213 ft). Here you will stop to take in the view of the snowcapped peaks around you. Keep your eyes open for Andean condors, often sighted around this pass. From here, you will descend to Wayra Lodge, your accommodations for the evening. Overnight at Wayra Lodge (3,906 m/12,812 ft.).

Trek time: 6-8 hours (including lunch)
Difficulty: Challenging, crossing a 4,640m (15,200 ft) mountain pass (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 7: Wayra Lodge - Colpa Lodge

Wayra Lodge - Colpa Lodge
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Descending into the Cloud Forest
  • Accommodation: Colpa Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Descending into the Cloud Forest

After breakfast at Wayra Lodge, you will descend farther along the left bank of the Salkantay River. You will begin to feel the warm air rising from the jungle below you, accompanied by more verdant scenery and colorful butterflies. Upon arrival at Colpa Lodge, you will enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal, "Pachamanca." This will be prepared by layering meat and vegetables with hot stones underground and letting it bake naturally.

Colpa Lodge sits on a plateau, overlooking the confluence of three rivers. Enjoy this afternoon with a soak in the lodge's jacuzzi, or exploring the nearby orchid trail. Overnight at Colpa Lodge (2,870 m/9,414 ft).

Trek time: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 8: Colpa Lodge - Lucma Lodge

Colpa Lodge - Lucma Lodge
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Following the Santa Teresa River Valley
  • Accommodation: Lucma Lodge
  • Meals: B, L, D

Following the Santa Teresa River Valley

Today you will hike through the Santa Teresa river valley, through slightly more populated rural areas. Banana, granadilla and avocado orchards, along with coffee plantations will line your way as you trek. After a hot picnic lunch by the river, you will hike one more hour before reaching your private vehicle. You will be driven to the head of the "Llactapata Inca Trail," around 30 minutes away. From here, you will make the easy trek to Lucma Lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Lucma Lodge (2,135 m/7,003 ft).

Trek time: 5-6 hours (including lunch)
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 9: Lucma Lodge - Machu Picchu Pueblo

Lucma Lodge - Machu Picchu Pueblo
Daily Summary
  • Tour: First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass
  • Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Meals: B, L, D

First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass

After breakfast this morning, you will begin your final day of trekking with an uphill climb of 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974ft). From here, you will enjoy your first, distant views of Machu Picchu. After a short break at the Llactapata Ruins, you will continue to an area with scenic views of Machu Picchu for lunch. You will then begin your final descent to the Aobamba River through bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations.

You will finally reach Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins after a short train ride. Upon arrival here, you will enjoy a celebration dinner at your hotel with your guide, who will go over one last briefing for the tour of Machu Picchu. Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel 1,900 m/6,232 ft).

Enjoy your overnight stay at the fantastic Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel. Rated by Travel + Leisure as ‘one of the ten best hotels in South America’, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel is an intimate 85-cottage luxury hotel surrounded by 12 secluded acres of exquisite beauty. With its sublime Spa services and a first-class restaurant that overlooks the stunning Vilcanota River, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel provides a tranquil retreat at the base of Machu Picchu.

Trek time: 4-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 10: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Machu Picchu - Cusco
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • Transportation (Train): Peru Rail
  • Accommodation: El Mercado
  • Meals: B, L
Peru Rail
Machu Picchu Pueblo - Ollantaytambo
Train: Vistadome
Departs: TBD
Arrives: TBD

Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary

Following a very early morning breakfast at the hotel, you will board the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu. Your trip leader will first give an introductory 2 hour guided tour of the majestic ruins. Take your time to discover and investigate the multitude of hidden nooks and corners. You will then have the option of climbing the vertical and grueling staircase up to the summit of Huayna Picchu. If you do decide to brave this steep and challenging excursion, the astounding views from above the ruins will be a very well deserved award! Of course, individual exploration of the fascinating features of this mysterious Inca settlement, is encouraged to be had, should you choose not to head up Huayna Picchu.

After an overwhelming adventure, you will meet with your guide and ride the return shuttle down to Machu Picchu Pueblo for a late lunch, before catching the train to Ollantaytambo. The ride from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo takes about 1.5 hours. Upon arrival, a private vehicle will drive you the additional 1.5 hours back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel within the city. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 11: Cusco Departure

Cusco Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your departing flight. We hope you enjoyed your time in Peru and we wish you a pleasant flight home.


El Mercado

El Mercado

El Mercado is located in the heart of Cusco and offers exceptional customer service, to ensure you are able to get the very most out of your stay. "Mercado" is the Spanish word for "market", and El Mercado occupies the premises of a former market, located only a couple of blocks from Cusco’s main Plaza de Armas. A market is an expression of a town’s culture and traditions, a space where these may be appreciated, fostered and protected. Visiting a market is an effective way of obtaining a deep and lasting impression of a city. Just as the countryside’s best products are brought to a market, El Mercado brings the magic of the Apus—the spirits of the mountains—to the city. At El Mercado, you can expect to receive exceptional service and warm Peruvian hospitality.

Salkantay Lodge

Salkantay Lodge

Named after the peak at the head of its valley, the Salkantay Lodge is the perfect resting place for hikers along the Peruvian "Camino Real." Featuring an outdoor jacuzzi and spectacular dining, this lodge will usually serve as a starting point for much longer treks. However, it remains a magnificent lodge to spend a few days in and explore the surrounding mountain passes and river valleys.

Wayra Lodge

Wayra Lodge

"Wayra" means wind, and this lodge is named as the Place Where Wind Lives or Rests. For most hikers trekking the Andes Mountains, that is what this place will truly feel like after a long day's hike. Clean, comfortable rooms will greet you along with warm and friendly staff, who will prepare delicious dinner and breakfast for you daily.

Colpa Lodge

Colpa Lodge

At Colpa Lodge, the staff is continuously cooking magnificent Peruvian-style meals for any trekkers who might come and go. The outdoor jacuzzi offers stunning views of the surround snowcapped peaks. Nearby the hotel, orchid trails and river walks are available for any hikers that are not fully exhausted from their day's hike!

Lucma Lodge

Lucma Lodge

Set in a beautifully kept avocado orchard, this lodge offers a rare luxury in an alpine environment near Llactapata Pass, on the recently restored Llactapata Inca Trail. This lodge offers warm, comfortable beds for weary travelers, and delicious meals to accompany them.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (elevation: 6,232ft- 1,900m.), perfectly compliments a visit to Machu Picchu, providing you with a deeper understanding of why the Incas chose this hidden location in the Andean cloud forest to build their marvelous citadel. Nestled among 12-acres on the outskirts of Machu Picchu Pueblo, it is also a peaceful haven away from the tourist crowds that are inevitably a fixture of any visit to Machu Picchu. The lodge is laid out like a traditional Andean Village. You will follow stone pathways to your room, crossing gurgling water channels within a cloud forest dripping with exotic orchids and buzzing with colorful hummingbirds. The property was designed in traditional Andean style, using local materials of stone, adobe, stucco and eucalyptus. The expansive grounds offer a perfect refuge for bird watching and trained naturalist guides can also lead you on a variety of thematic nature walks in the morning and afternoon.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 3,927 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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