Peru Mountain Lodges

6 Nights / 7 Days

Day 1:  Commence Mountain Lodges of Peru Salcantay Trek (B,L,D)

Our trek crew picks you up at your hotel in Cusco. We travel out of the Cusco valley and across the Pampa de Anta. After descending to the town of Limatambo, we begin our climb on an unpaved country road into the high country. We pass through the mountain village of Mollepata, and soon reach the trailhead at Marcoccasa. In today’s acclimation hike, we have 4 hours of hiking on a moderate grade ascending a winding mountain track high above the Rio Blanco. From time to time we reach viewpoints rewarding us with spectacular views to the peaks of Humantay and Soray. Just when you’ve had enough walking for one day, we reach the broad meadow called Soraypampa, and enjoy our first views to Nevado Salcantay. We check into Salcantay Lodge and enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot tub.

“Salcantay” the 2nd most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 20,500 ft (6,240 m) the highest in the region.  A briefing by the fire is followed by aperitifs and dinner.

Day 2   Soraypampa (B,L,D)

This day is spent at leisure for rest or activities, depending upon your level of acclimatization. You may do local hikes, fish a high glacial lake for rainbow trout with our fishing guide, or do a scramble to a viewpoint to take in the panorama. In the evening the guide will brief the trekking party on gear and the itinerary for the next four days.

Day 3 Soraypampa - Huayraccmachay (3,650m) (B,L,D)

This is the big day: the start of the four-day trek to Machu Picchu. The first part is a gentle grade, crossing Soraypampa up to Salcantaypampa, beneath the terminal moraine of the great glacier cascading off Salcantay’s south face.

Beyond Salcantaypampa the grade becomes noticeably more demanding, as we switchback upwards toward the pass. We reach the highest point on the trek, Salcantay Pass at 4,600 m (15,000 ft) in late morning.

At the pass we stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, the south face of Salcantay towering above us. We will keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass we continue our descent toward the Wayra Lodge (“Wayra”: wind; the place where the wind lives) our destination for the evening.

Day 4 Huayraccmachay - Collpapampa (3,150m). (B,L,D)

We continue hiking downhill above the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. Cold snack en route. The Collpa Lodge is located in an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers. We arrive for a late lunch at the lodge, and in time for an optional excursion to a nearby hot spring Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5 Collpapampa - Lucmabamba (2,000m) (B,L,D)

After an early breakfast we head down the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas with coffee plantations (said to be one of the best coffees in the world!) and orchards. We stop along the river for a hot picnic lunch. From the river it is a short climb to Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. We arrive in time to allow for exploration of the village and meeting with members of the local community

Day 6  Lucmabamba - Aguas Calientes (2,000 m) (B,L,D)

We head uphill for two hours towards Llactapata pass (2,600 m) where we are rewarded for our efforts with a distant but quite special view of Machu Picchu from the southwest.

Our viewpoint is the Llactapata ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is provided at the observatory, in view of Machu Picchu. We then begin our final descent to the Vilcanota River through lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations (1 hour descent).

Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are a short, scenic train ride away. We then arrive in Aguas Calientes to check-in to the Hotel Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel  

Day 7 Machu Picchu – Cuzco (B,L)

We wake up very early to have breakfast at the hotel and then make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu (30 min). A complete guided tour of Machu Picchu will be provided. You will have about 4 to 6 hours to tour the ruins (there is a lot to do and see).

Afterward, we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a hot buffet-style lunch and to go to the train station for the afternoon departure to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.  End of arrangements with Mountain Lodges of Peru

Dates & Prices

Prices Per Person US$

2014

Mar 01 - 31                        $2990

Nov 01 - Dec 14                $2990 

Apr 1 - Oct 31                   $3490

Dec 15 - 31                        $3490

2014

March        8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30, 31

April           1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27

May            2, 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31

June         1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29

July           1, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30

August     2, 3, 5, 6, 12, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 30, 31

Sept.        2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14, 19, 21, 24, 27, 28, 29

October   2, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28, 31

Nov.         1, 2, 5, 8, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30

Dec.        6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30, 31

 

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Inclusions: Accommodation in 4-5 star lodges / hotels  in double /twin  room with private facilities, local service charges & hotel taxes, transfers and tours as specified in the itinerary on a seat in coach basis  with local English speaking guides  meals as specified in the itinerary.

Exclusions: Insurance (it is mandatory to purchase appropriate insurance for this trip), Tips & Gratuities, meals not specified in itinerary & items of personal nature.