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Luxury Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu

7 days from £2700pp plus international flights.

This is a wonderful, award-winning trek through the Peruvian Andes, staying in fabulous accommodation - no tents!  It is a luxury lodge-based trek, which is a relatively new concept for trekking in Peru. 

You trek through 9 eco-zones in 6 days between 200 and 4,600m.  You'll walk through the Andes, trek over Salcantay Pass, descend through the cloudforest and end at the incomparable Machu Picchu.  Throughout the week you'll enjoy a wide variety of scenery and climates, and stay in comfortable lodge in remote locations. You can even enjoy a jacuzzi at the end of the day!

This is a trek with a maximum group size of 12 people, though you could well find yourself on a private trek if no-one else chooses to depart on the day you've chosen.  It is led by an experienced mountain guide. Your luggage is transported from lodge to lodge by mules, so all you have to carry is a small daypack. 

All the meals are prepared for you by the lodge staff, and all lodges have good heating and plenty of hot water. 

There are fixed departures most weeks of the year on a Friday or Saturday from March to December. 

Lodge to lodge trek, Peru


You will be collected from your hotel in Cusco after breakfast and driven to Marcoccasa at an altitude of 3,300m where your trail begins. On the way, pause briefly to explore the attractive Inca ruins of Tarawasi and the mountain village of Mollepata. From Marcoccasa, it is a 3-4 hour trek through beautiful mountain scenery to Salcantay Lodge at an altitude of 3,800m where you spend your first two nights. About 6 hours trekking in total. Lunch, dinner.
Jacuzzi at lodge in mountains


Today is an acclimatisation day, with a variety of optional activities possible. The most popular option is a half day morning hike to the glacial lake of Humantay at an altitude of 4,200m. You will also have time to relax and enjoy the facilities of the lodge, including the outdoor jacuzzi.
Other options (at extra cost) include a 5-6 hour guided horse ride/trek combination, or a 2-3 hour afternoon horse ride. (The horse riding is not really for beginners). Full board.
Trekking to next lodge


Today is your most challenging day's hike, taking about 5-6 hours. Your path follow the Rio Blanco Valley before rising steeply up to Salcantay Pass at an altitude of 4,600m. Here you will have time to enjoy the fabulous mountain vistas before descending to Wayra Lodge at an altitude of 3,900m. Full board.
Relaxing in the lodge


Today is an easier downhill trek leaving the mountains behind as you descend through the cloudforest to Colpa Lode at an altitude of 2,800m, about a 3-4 hour hike. We arrive at the lodge in time for a hot lunch, usually a typical Peruvian speciality.
A gentle hike into the cloudforest on an orchid trail is an option in the afternoon, or you can chill out at the lodge and enjoy a soak in the outdoor jacuzzi! Full board.
Trekking in the Andean Mountains


Today we follow the verdant Santa Teresa Valley with its coffee, banana and avocado plantations. We will have a hot picnic lunch by the Santa Teresa River.
We continue on (sometimes by 30 minute road tranfer) to the village of Lucabamba from where the Llactapata Inca Trail leads up to Lucma Lodge an altitude of 2,100m. It is about a 5-6 hour hike today.
Today there might be an option of a canopy zipline tour (min 2 people, at extra cost). Please ask us if you're interested in this.  Full board.
Last lodge on the trek


It is an early start following an Inca trail along the slopes of the Santa Teresa Valley to Llactapata Pass at an altitude of 2,800m. Here you will get your first views through the cloudforest to Machu Picchu.
You will have time for a picnic lunch and to explore the little-visited ruins of the Inca settlement of Llactapata before descending steeply to the Aobamba River. From here, it is a short train ride to your very comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes. About 4-6 hours hiking today. Full board.
Machu Picchu


After an early breakfast, you will be taken to Machu Picchu, a 30 minute drive, for a 2-hour guided tour of the ruins. After your tour you have free time to explore independently then returning to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Afterwards, you'll catch the train back to Ollantaytambo followed by the drive to Cusco, arriving between 7 and 8 in the evening. Breakfast, lunch.
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £2700 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing: £2700 in low season (March and Nov-Dec 14), and £3125 in high season (April-Oct and Dec 15-31).


5 nights accommodation in luxury lodges; 1 night in good hotel in Aguas Calientes; all meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on the last day; tea, coffee, filtered water and soft drinks at all the mountain lodges; transport to and from your hotel in Cusco; guide; mule and muleteers to transport baggage; train tickets; guided tour of Machu Picchu; all entrance fees.


Flights and taxes; visa; insurance; accommodation in Cusco; alcoholic drinks; all drinks at the hotel; tips; personal expenses; horse riding (about £40 for 2-3 hours); zipline tour for minimum 2 people (about £70 pp).

Getting there: This trip starts and ends in Cusco.  To get to Peru you need to fly into Lima. From here a domestic flight takes you to Cusco. From Europe Iberia Airlines or KLM are most frequently used for this route. There is no direct flight from the UK to Lima. A return flight will cost from about £900.

Departure dates: This is a trek which can depart any day from 1st March to the end of December.

places you will see

places you will see

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
The famous 'Lost City of the Incas’. An unmissable highlight of Peru, reached by walking the challenging Inca Trail, or catching the train to a nearby village.
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holidays with heart
holidays with heart

How this holiday helps

Taking this trek not only helps local people, but you get an amazing experience walking the Andes yet come 'home' each night to high quality lodges with great food. 

The trek is run by a company committed to helping their local communities. They work through a charity arm known as Yanapana a not-for-profit Civil Association. Their purpose is to reduce the condition of extreme poverty in the Andean Highlands, and improve the quality of life through sustainable community development. 

Most of the projects are related to education and health for those families and individuals in poverty so they have helped schools and clinics, but they also help with income-generating projects such as organic coffee production, women making handmade textile, provision of clothing in the cold periods and so on.  

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Time: GMT-5hrs

Flight time: Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.

Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.

Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.


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