Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Express Trek

Starting From

$3,995/person

Number of days

7

Start Location

Cusco, Peru

End Location

Cusco, Peru

Group Size

6-12

Operated by

MT Sobek

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Similar to our popular Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trek, this streamlined, seven-day adventure gives you extra flexibility in terms of dates and pre- and post-trip activities. Journey along a lightly traveled trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, the magnificent Andean mountain range. After days of hiking amid sparkling glaciers, azure lakes, dreamy cloud forests, and ancient Inca ruins, the path finally opens to Peru's star attraction: Machu Picchu, whose mystical ruins and misty peaks have lured humankind for centuries. Join us for this Andean journey that you'll never forget.

Operated by:

MT Sobek

MT Sobek, the originators, innovators and leaders in adventure travel for more than five decades, crafts journeys to the world's most memorable places.

Itinerary

Journey to Salkantay Lodge

Awake in Cusco and depart at 7am for Soraypampa. Pass through the mountain village of Mollepata for a short break before winding your way up to Marcoccasa, after a brief stop at Hacienda Pedregal, the transfer will take you through a winding mountain road to a site called Challacancha. From there, continue on to the lodge with our driver or acclimate yourself with a mild, four-hour trek on the "Camino Real" (Royal Path). Upon arrival at the lodge, spend the afternoon at your leisure as you adjust to the altitude. After an evening briefing, enjoy aperitifs and a hearty dinner.

Hike to a Lake Salkantay

Spend the morning at your leisure or join the group for a morning hike. Hikers will enjoy a panoramic view of the high Vilcabamba Range, and the more adventurous can take a dip in the cool glacial waters of Lake Salkantay. (Not only is this an excellent way to acclimate, it's a first immersion into high-mountain trekking.) After lunch back at the lodge, relax on your own or take a relaxing soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi. Meet up in the evening for a briefing and enjoy a gourmet dinner.

Trek from Soraypampa to Wayra Lodge

Today your trek to Machu Picchu begins in earnest. Start early on a hike up the Río Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak. After reaching an altitude of about 15,200', pause a moment in the thin air and take in the views of the surrounding Vilcabamba Range. From there, descend to Wayra Lodge, where you can wash away the trail dirt and relax in the Jacuzzi.

Hike in Dramatic Scenery to Collpa Lodge

After a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge, head through an increasingly verdant landscape down to the Collpapampa Valley. Enjoy a Pachamanca-style lunch where meats and vegetables are cooked underground with hot stones. Spend the evening resting up or relaxing in the outdoor hot tub at Collpa Lodge, located on an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers with orchids and butterflies all around.

Follow Trails to Lucma Lodge

After an early breakfast, continue downhill through the slightly more populated rural areas of the Santa Teresa River Valley. The lush trail winds past tropical fruit orchards, coffee plantations, and dazzling wildflowers of all sorts. Rest alongside the river for lunch, then take a short climb to Lucma Lodge, hidden away in a wooded tropical enclave. If there's time, you can explore the small village of Lucmabama in the afternoon and spend time with the locals.

Final trek to Aguas Calientes

Begin the final day of your trek by climbing towards Llactapata Pass, where you'll get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu off in the distance — a view that few tourists ever get to see. Continue on to the recently restored Llactapata Ruins before enjoying lunch at an observatory with more views of Machu Picchu. Begin your final descent to the Urubamba River through lush bamboo forests and diverse mountain terrain. Then, board the train for the scenic, 30-minute ride to the village of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu.

Explore Machu Picchu

Discover the secrets of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive early to explore the ruins before the train arrives with day visitors. Learn the significance of the many temples, sanctuaries, and parks on a two-hour tour. You'll then have four additional hours to explore the vast city that was once at the heart of one of the world's most powerful empires. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch, then take the three-hour train ride to Cusco, where you will say goodbye to your group.

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