Mountain Lodges of Peru offers “Adventure at its finest”: the opportunity to experience the essence of adventure within the realm of creature comforts. But for Mountain Lodges of Peru (MLP), a great adventure does not end there: for it to be a life-changing experience for our guests, we believe that the experience has to be an adventure on many levels. This is why our proposal goes far beyond comfortable lodges and great treks…

it is a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the Land of the Incas, contemporary manifestations of deep-founded culture, the most interesting and exotic variety of flora and fauna, culinary surprises, the determination of local people to progress, new friends and like-minded souls. 

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a spectacular trek to Machu Picchu through the majestic Peruvian Andes
  • Stay at a series of 4 comfortable mountain lodges along the trek
  • Explore Machu Picchu for 2 days with expert, local guides
  • Soak in views of snow-capped Andean peaks and awe-inspiring ruins sites

While many trails lead toward the wondrous "Lost City of the Incas," only one offers trekkers a close-up view of towering snow-clad peaks, insights into the age-old culture and traditions of local Andean families, and the welcome comforts of a cozy mountain lodge after each day's trek.

Join EXPLORE ADVENTURES on this unique and unforgettable trans-Andean journey to Machu Picchu, leaving our sleeping bags at home! We begin in enchanting Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire and a marvelous setting for our pre-trek explorations. After transferring to the remote Salkantay Lodge (the first of four lodges along our route) we begin our hike through the spectacular Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range, enjoying dramatic alpine vistas each day and warm beds and delicious cuisine each night. Our adventure culminates with two days at the famed ruins—ample time to appreciate the beauty of this truly magical place.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1 - Tour Cusco's sites including Koricancha temple and Sacsayhuaman fortress.

Day 2 - Take a 4-hour warm-up hike to the Salkantay Lodge.

Day 3 - Relax or go on an acclimatization hike to a nearby glacial lake.

Day 4 - Hike up and over our highest pass with views of Mt. Salkantay.

Day 5 - Trek downhill to lower elevations and greener scenery.

Day 6 - Hike past coffee plantations, banana trees, and avocado orchards.

Day 7 - Begin our final descent and see the first views of Machu Picchu!

Day 8 - Guided tour of Machu Picchu and free time to hike and explore.

Day 9 - A final opportunity to return to the ruins before returning to Cusco.

Day 10 - Our great adventure ends in Cusco with a final farewell.

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