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Peru - Salcantay Trail - Mountain Lodges of Peru Trek
2016 Rates Single Double/Triple
Low Season
March 1-31
& Nov 1-Dec 14
Double/Triple
High Season
April 1-Oct 31
& Dec 15-31
7 days / 6 nights Add 50% $3240 $3750

Salkantay Trail entrance fee not included ($50 US per person and payable on Day 1). Willing to share single add $25%. Rates are per person in US dollars

Fixed Departures March through December
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel or similar
- Train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo: Vistadome Valley Train
- Transportation by minibus: Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Custom departures available for 4 or more people for 7 day / 6 night & 6 day / 5 night.
 

Salcantay Trail, Mountain Lodges of Peru, Inti Travel and Tours

Salcantay
"Adventure at it's finest"

Mountain Lodges of Peru Trek 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, 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 trek. 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, gastronomic surprises, the determination of local people to progress, new friends and like-minded souls.

We propose an expedition… one that takes guests on an ancient trail called the “Salkantay Route”, going from lodge-lodge along four mountain lodges in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, a spectacular Andean mountain range which cradles the famed Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Within MLP’s lodge system, the crown jewel is the Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort (SLAR), located in the high Andean valley of Soraypampa at 3,900m above sea level. In addition to high-quality “Andean Energetic Cuisine” (as created and named by MLP’s Food & Beverage Director), featuring guest-friendly regional organic cuisine, the Lodge offers an outdoor hot jacuzzi, cozy reading rooms, a bar/lounge (with Pisco Sour classes and all!) and 12 well-appointed private double (or twin) rooms with private bathrooms and hot showers.

The enchanting valley of Soraypampa is also the starting point of the “other” four-day trek to Machu Picchu – one that is much less traveled but, by many accounts, more scenic and exclusive than the famous “Inca Trail” itself.  In MLP’s Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge experience, trekkers spend one night each at three Trekker’s Lodges located at strategic points along the route: Huayraccmachay, Collpapampa and Lucmabamba.  Although MLP’s Trekker’s Lodge are smaller in size (only 6 guest rooms per lodge), each one of them offers the same amenities as the base lodge.

The Trekking Route, Mountain Lodges of Peru, Inti Travel and Tours

See Salcantay Trail photos by Jeff Waugh

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO to SALKANTAY LODGE & ADVENTURE RESORT at SORAYPAMPA (3,600 m/11,800 ft).

After and early breakfast, guests will be picked up starting at 7:00 am at their hotel in Cusco by an MLP guide and vehicle and transferred to the Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort (SLAR) (about 3.5 hours’ drive).  En route we will take a short break to visit the impressive Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hrs from Cusco). After leaving Limatambo, we pass through the mountain village of Mollepata where we stop for a short coffee break before ascending a winding mountain track to the spectacularly situated valley of Soraypampa.

Optional: Guests have the option of choosing to trek from Mollepata to Soraypampa, on an old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). This is a good opportunity for guests to acclimate and enjoy a mild & beautiful 3-4 hour trek on their first day.

The Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley – the “Salkantay”, the 2nd most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 20,500 ft (6,240 m), the highest in the region.

After a warm welcome by our friendly staff, the guests will be shown to their rooms and have time to wash-up.  The first afternoon is spent at leisure to adjust to the altitude. An evening briefing by the fire is followed by aperitifs and dinner.

Salcantay Lodge, Mountain Lodges of Peru, Inti Travel and Tours
Salkantay Lodge
and Adventure Resort
DAY 2: SORAYPAMPA.

This day is spent at leisure for rest or activities, depending upon guests’ level of acclimatization. The most popular activity at Soraypampa is a half-day hike to a glacial lake where the more adventurous might take a very short swim! This activity is excellent for acclimatization and a first immersion into high-mountain trekking! In the afternoon, guests may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in our outdoor jacuzzi. In the evening, the guide will brief the trekking party on gear and the itinerary for the next four days. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are taken at the Lodge.
 

Salcantay Lodge, Mountain Lodges of Peru, Inti Travel and Tours
Salkantay Lodge
and Adventure Resort
DAY 3: SORAYPAMPA to WAYRA LODGE at HUAYRACCMACHAY (3,900m/12,000 ft).

This is the big day: the start of the four-day trek to Machu Picchu. After an early start we will hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from the Salkantay. The highest point on the trek is a pass at 4,600 m (15,000 ft). At the pass we stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, the south face of Salkantay 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. A hot lunch is taken en route. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge (hiking time: 4-6 hours; total excursion time for day 5-7 hours).
 

Wayra Lodge, Mountain Lodges of Peru, Inti Travel and Tours
Wayra Lodge
DAY 4: HUAYRACCMACHAY to COLLPA LODGE  at COLLPAPAMPA (2,800m/9,000 ft).

Following the long first day we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Huayraccmachay. We then begin our trek by hiking downhill above the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. Our arrival at the lodge encounters a “Pachamanca”-style lunch (subject to availability; traditional underground stone cooking). The Collpa Lodge is located in an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor jacuzzi in this lodge has prominent views of lush green mountains and a small far-away local town. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
 

Collpa Lodge, Mountain Lodges of Peru, Inti Travel and Tours
Collpa Lodge
DAY 5: COLLPAPAMPA to LUCMA LODGE at LUCMABAMBA (2,100m/6,600 ft).

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 organic coffees in the world!), bananas, ‘granadillas’, and orchards. We stop along the river for a hot picnic lunch. A vehicle arrives to the lunch spot to pick us up for a short drive to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail”. From the head of the trail it is a short climb (30 min.) to the Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. We arrive in time to allow for exploration of the small village of Lucmabamba and possible meeting with members of the local community. (hiking time: 4-6 hours/total excursion time for day 5-7 hours).
 

Lucma Lodge, Mountain Lodges of Peru, Inti Travel and Tours
Lucma Lodge
Day 6: LUCMABAMBA to AGUAS CALIENTES (2,000 m/6,600 ft).

After an early start and a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. We head uphill for two hours towards Llactapata pass (2,600 m/8,500 ft), where we come upon a distant but quite special view of Machu Picchu from the southwest, a view few tourists ever glimpse; an added value are 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 (2-3 hours descent). Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are a short, scenic train ride away. (Total hiking time: 4-6 hours). We then arrive in Aguas Calientes to check-in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Machu Picchu, Peru,  Mountain Lodges of Peru, Inti Travel and Tours
© Candis Waugh
Machu Picchu

Day 7: MACHU PICCHU to CUSCO

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.  Guests 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 lunch and to go to the train station for the afternoon departure. The train will arrive in Cusco and MLP will drop passengers at the hotel of their choice.

END OF SERVICES

BRIEF TECHNICAL TRIP DESCRIPTION: 5 days of moderate to strenuous hiking at elevations of 6,600-15,000 feet (2,000-4,600m) on steep and rocky trails and a section of stone paved Inca paths. Trekking involves traversing through 9 different eco-zones, which supposes changing weather conditions. Minimum age permitted: 14.

DESCRIPTION OF LODGES: All 4 lodges have been designed and built in accordance to traditional building techniques, Inca architectural & mythological concepts and respect for the environment.

The Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort has 12 private double, twin or triple rooms with private bathroom facilities. Each Trekker’s Lodge (Wayra, Collpa, Lucma) has 6 private double, twin or triple rooms. Rooms can hold up to 3 people maximum. Lodges are fully equipped and serviced. Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort, Wayra Lodge and Collpa Lodge have an outdoor jacuzzi. Every lodge guarantees an ample supply of hot water for showers; there are no bathtubs in any of the lodges. Room heating ensures the temperature remains a comfortable 68° F (23° C).

Terms & Conditions

The rate includes:

           All services from pick up in Cusco on Day 1 to drop off in Cusco on Day 7.

           Transportation from hotel in Cusco to Soraypampa on Day 1 and from Ollantaytambo back to hotel on Day 7

           6 nights lodging (5 nights in MLP lodges and 1 night in Aguas Calientes in a 4* hotel or similar)

           All meals except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7

           All non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages are charged extra.

           The services of a bilingual guide from Day 1 to Day 7

           Transportation of personal belongings on the trek by packhorse/mules and/or porters

           Guided visit of Machu Picchu (includes entrance to the site)

 Trains (Hydroelectric station – Aguas Calientes & Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo or Aguas Calientes – Cusco).

Pricing is subject to change up until time of booking.

Please enquire for special requests or additional services. MLP also offer private departure dates, VIP/exclusive departures and others quoted on request.

Guides Pepe and Karla on Salcantay Pass, Mountain Lodges of Peru
Guides Pepe and Carla on Salcantay Pass

Please download mountainlodges.pdf (2.8 MB) for more complete information including more detailed terms and conditions, frequently asked questions, a packing list and tipping guidelines.

 

INCLUDES: DOES NOT INCLUDE: YOU SHOULD BRING:
  • Lodge accommodation
  • Transfers in and out of Cusco
  • Transportation to the head of the trail 
  • Mules, horses, and porters
  • All meals during the trek 
  • Professional bilingual guide, cook, assistant cook
  • Train to Olantaytambo
  • Minibus to Cusco
  • International or local airfare
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Hotel in Cusco
  • Camera
  • Trekking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Personal clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Day pack

Reservations

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Phone 1-403-760-3565 / Fax 1-403-760-3566