Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trek

Starting From

$6,395/person

Number of days

10

Start Location

Cusco, Peru

End Location

Cusco, Peru

Group Size

6-12

Operated by

MT Sobek

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Experience Peru's most famous sites on this memorable 10-day adventure. Your trip begins and ends in Cusco, a timeless town dominated by the fine stonework of ancient craftsmen and the evocative remnants of the Inca Empire. 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.

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MT Sobek

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Itinerary

Arrive in Cusco

Meet your trip leader at the airport in Cusco and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a guided walk through the enchanting former capital of the Inca Empire, taking in its ornate cathedrals, adobe walls, carved balconies, hidden courtyards, and cobblestone streets. Choose from one of the many fine restaurants in town and stroll around the central square, where artisans display many fine Quechuan handicrafts.

Journey to Salkantay Lodge

Depart early for Soraypampa. Along the way, visit the ancient Inca ruins of Tarawasi, a well-preserved archeological site built from impeccably polished granite. Pass through the mountain village of Mollepata for a short break before winding your way up to Marcoccasa. 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 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 (subject to availability), 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," with a full-day visit. The landscape here is stunning, with orchids on the grounds and a massive cliff face known as Huayna Picchu towering overhead. Take your time exploring the vast city that was once at the heart of one of the world's most powerful empires, and learn the significance of the many temples, sanctuaries, and parks on a tour of the city's three sections: the Sacred District, the Popular District, and the District of Priests and Nobility.

Return to Cusco

Explore more of Aguas Calientes, take an orchid tour, go back to Machu Picchu (this needs to be booked ahead), or simply relax at the hotel. After lunch, take the afternoon train back to Cusco, where you can take a stroll or do some last-minute shopping.

Depart from Cusco

Explore Cusco in the morning, then bid "adios" to your traveling companions before your afternoon flight to Lima, where you can connect with your homeward-bound flight. If you're traveling on one of our late June departures, we recommend that you extend your stay to enjoy the pageantry of the spectacular Inti Raymi festival, a colorful celebration of the winter solstice. Call us for details.

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