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The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Challenge yourself and follow the road less traveled to Machu Picchu on our signature Salkantay Trek.

The Salkantay Adventure goes beyond deluxe lodges and a great trek. It is also a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Andean culture as you learn about the Inca civilization and the extraordinary legacy that they left for generations to come.

ITINERARY

DAY 0 EVENING BRIEFING IN CUSCO

Meet your MLP guide and fellow travelers for a general trip briefing and Q&A.

Location: El Mercado Hotel
Calle Siete Cuartones 306, Cusco
+51 1 421 7777

  • Approximately 45 minutes.
DAY 1 ON THE WAY TO SORAYPAMPA

Morning: Visit the Quillarumiyoc archaeological site en route to the town of Mollepata.
Afternoon: Lunch at El Pedregal before your first trek to MLP’s flagship Salkantay Lodge.

Optional: Guests may opt out of the trek and continue by transport to Salkantay Lodge.

Overnight: Salkantay Lodge (12,690’ / 3,869m)

  • From Challacancha to Soraypampa
  • Approximately 3 hours
  • Easy to Moderate
  • From Challacancha to Soraypampa
DAY 2 HIKE TO LAKE HUMANTAY

In the morning: Early morning round-trip hike to the turquoise waters of Lake Humantay
In the afternoon: Lunch at Salkantay Lodge and afternoon at leisure

OPTIONAL: Afternoon horseback riding at Soraypampa (subject to additional cost)

  • Salkantay Lodge (12,690’/3,869 m)
  • Approximately 4 hours
  • Moderate
DAY 3 CROSSING THE SALKANTAY PASS

In the morning: Journey through the Salkantay River Valley as you begin your climb to the Salkantay Pass
In the afternoon: After marveling at the majesty of the Salkantay Peak and patting yourself on the back for a job well-done, enjoy lunch on the mountain before heading down to Wayraccmachay

OVERNIGHT: Wayra Lodge (12,812’ / 3,906 m)

  • From Soraypampa over the Salkantay Peak to Wayraccmachay (Max elevation: 15,200’/4,640m)
  • Approximately 7 hours
  • Challenging
DAY 4 DESCENDING INTO THE CLOUD FOREST

In the morning: Begin your descent into the cloud forest on the way to Colpa Lodge
In the afternoon: Upon arrival, the staff will be waiting for us with a traditional Pachamanca lunch; afternoon at leisure

OPTIONAL: Mountain bike ride (subject to additional cost)
-From Machaywacco to Collpapampa
-Approximately 3 hours
- Easy

OVERNIGHT:
Colpa Lodge (9,414’/2,870m)

  • From Wayraccmachayto Collpapampa.
  • Approximately 4 hours
  • Easy to Moderate
DAY 5 FOLLOWING THE SANTA TERESA RIVER VALLEY

In the morning: Descend along the Santa Teresa River towards Lucmabamba
In the afternoon: Picnic lunch along the river, followed by a short hike & a van ride; afternoon visit to a local coffee plantation before arrival
OPTIONAL:
Zip Line in Santa Teresa: This is a full day activity that replaces the hike (subject to additional cost)
Mountain biking: (subject to additional cost)
Option A)
-From the Yanama Pass through Hornopampa to Lluskamayo
-Approximately 5 hours
-Easy to moderate
Option B)
-Descent from Hornopampa to Lluskamayo
-Approximately 3.5 hours
-Easy
OVERNIGHT:
Lucma Lodge (7,003’/2,135m)

  • From Collpapampa to Lucmabamba
  • Approximately 6 hours
  • Moderate to Challenging
DAY 6 FIRST VIEWS OF MACHU PICCHU

In the morning: Travel uphill through the cloud forest to the Llactapata Pass for a seldom-seen view of Machu Picchu.
In the afternoon: Lunch en route followed by a winding descent to the Aobamba River Valley, ending the day with a 30-minute train ride to Aguas Calientes.

OVERNIGHT:
Hotel in Aguas Calientes (6,232’/1,900m)

  • From Lucmabamba to Hidroelectrica train station
  • Approximately 5 hours
  • Moderate to Challenging
DAY 7 THE CITADEL OF MACHU PICCHU

In the morning: Early morning guided tour of Machu Picchu followed by free time for further exploration or a hike up Huayna Picchu.

Please note: Huayna Picchu tickets are subject to availability. Please ask your MLP travel specialist for details upon booking.

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In the afternoon: Lunch in Aguas Calientes; afternoon train ride and van transport back to Cusco (11,021’/3,360m)

  • The citadel of Machu Picchu has many steps and uphill climbs
  • Approximately 4 hours
  • Machu Picchu: Easy to moderate

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Experience a horseback ride like no other. Gallop through undulating open vistas. Climb rugged high mountain trails and meander beside raging rivers.

We’d like to introduce you to your trusty steeds: the finest American Quarter Horses from top farms in Uruguay. Our horses have also been through an extensive training program, which means they’re the perfect trail companions to riders with a range of experience in the high mountain terrain.

Those in search of a true once-in-a-lifetime experience can choose to make their pilgrimage to Machu Picchu in comfort with our sure-footed horses as their ideal traveling partners. Guests on horseback may choose to use Mountain Lodges of Peru’s outstanding collection of satellite lodges along an uncrowded route that led early Incas to the great city of Machu Picchu.

CHOOSE YOUR HORSE

Type:
MARE
Name:
Fiory
Race:
Quarter mile
Color:
Alazan, horsehair washed
Height:
63 in
Age:
14 years
Behavior:
Calm, docile and very obedient
Born in Uruguay



Our flagship Salkantay Lodge was built on the flatlands of the Rio Blanco river valley, with a stunning, unobstructed view of the majestic Salkantay mountain peak. Its contemporary, eco-conscious design was the inspiration for all other MLP lodges. (12,690’/3,869 m)

Type:
MARE
Name:
Alquira
Race:
Arab
Age:
11 years
Behavior:
Calm and docile, strong and resistant in gallop
Born in Uruguay



Wayra Lodge, a cozy mountain refuge with dramatic views of Mt. Humantay, is the most remote of our MLP lodges – and a welcome sight after a long day of trekking over the Salkantay Pass. (12,812’/3,906m)

Type:
MARE
Name:
Cesar
Race:
Quarter mile
Color:
Alazán
Height:
61.81 in
Age:
12 years
Behavior:
Calm and docile
Born in Uruguay



Surrounded by lush green mountains in a cloud forest, our Colpa Lodge is situated on a promontory at the confluence of three rivers (9,333’/2,845m). Sun-drenched in the afternoons, it is the perfect spot to relax or soak in the outdoor hot tub. (9,414’/2,870m)

Type:
MARE
Name:
Carolina
Race:
Between a quarter
mile and thoroughbred
Color:
Alazán, albo 2
posteriores
Height:
69.29 in
Age:
8 years
Behavior:
Calm, docile and very obedient
Born in Peru



Situated in a lush avocado orchard at the edge of the Amazon jungle, our charming Lucma Lodge resembles a contemporary treehouse. The view through the multi-pane windows that stretch almost to the ceiling will give you the sensation of living amidst the beautiful foliage that surrounds you. (7,003’/2,135m)

Type:
MARE
Name:
Chasca
Race:
Quarter mile
Color:
Saíno
Height:
61.02 in
Age:
12 years
Behavior:
Calm and docile, strong and resistant in gallop
Born in Uruguay


Type:
MARE
Name:
Fausto
Race:
Quarter mile
Color:
Alazán, frontino chorreado, albo 4
Height:
60.62 in
Age:
11 years
Behavior:
Calm and docile
Born in Uruguay


Type:
MARE
Name:
Fulmine
Race:
Quarter mile
Color:
Alazán
Height:
68.11 in
Age:
10 years
Behavior:
Calm and docile, strong and resistant in gallop
Born in Peru


Type:
MARE
Name:
Giant
Race:
Quarter mile
Color:
Alazán light brown
Height:
68.89 in
Age:
11 years
Behavior:
Calm, docile and very obedient
Born in Uruguay


Each of our four beautifully-appointed mountain lodges is one of a kind. The eco-minded architecture effortlessly mixes traditional Andean building techniques with contemporary design to blend seamlessly into their environs.

All of our guest rooms offer top-notch amenities. Hot showers, gourmet meals, fine linens, outdoor hot tubs, and highly personalized service from our local staff are just a few.

Our flagship Salkantay Lodge was built on the flatlands of the Rio Blanco river valley, with a stunning, unobstructed view of the majestic Salkantay mountain peak. Its contemporary, eco-conscious design was the inspiration for all other MLP lodges. (12,690’/3,869 m)

Wayra Lodge, a cozy mountain refuge with dramatic views of Mt. Humantay, is the most remote of our MLP lodges – and a welcome sight after a long day of trekking over the Salkantay Pass. (12,812’/3,906m)

Surrounded by lush green mountains in a cloud forest, our Colpa Lodge is situated on a promontory at the confluence of three rivers (9,333’/2,845m). Sun-drenched in the afternoons, it is the perfect spot to relax or soak in the outdoor hot tub. (9,414’/2,870m)

Situated in a lush avocado orchard at the edge of the Amazon jungle, our charming Lucma Lodge resembles a contemporary treehouse. The view through the multi-pane windows that stretch almost to the ceiling will give you the sensation of living amidst the beautiful foliage that surrounds you. (7,003’/2,135m)

We offer guaranteed departures from Cusco several times per week from March 1st through December 31st.

Trekking Program
2019

March 1st – March 31st
November 1st – December 14th
US$ 2,990

April 1st – October 31st
December 15th – December 31st
US$ 3,990

Trekking Program
2018

April 1st – October 31st
December 15th – December 31st
US$ 3,890

November 1st – December 14th
US$ 2,890

Equestrian Program
2019

March 1st – March 31st
November 1st – December 14th
US$ 3,125

April 1st – October 31st
December 15th – December 31st
US$ 4,125

Equestrian Program
2018

April 1st – October 31st
December 15th – December 31st
US$ 4,125

November 1st – December 14th
US$ 3,125

DETAILS:

● 7D/6N round-trip itinerary
● Rates are per person based on shared accommodations
● Single traveler accommodation request: Subject to a 50% supplemental charge
● Single traveler willing to share: Subject to a 25% supplemental charge
● A non-refundable deposit of US$500.00 per person is required to confirm a reservation.
● We recommend arriving in Cusco 1-2 days prior to your departure date for altitude acclimatization.
● Please review our full Terms and Conditions.

SERVICES INCLUDED:

● Transportation from hotel in Cusco to Soraypampa on Day 1 and from Ollantaytambo back to hotel in Cusco on Day 7.
● Six (6) nights lodging: Five (5) nights in MLP lodges and one (1) night in Aguas Calientes (Inkaterra Pueblo or similar)
● All meals except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7.
● Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) from Day 1 to Day 7. Tours are led in English.
● Transportation of personal belongings on the trek by pack horses/mules and/or porters.
● Guided visit to Machu Picchu (including entrance fee and transportation to site).
● Train service to Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo.
● Filtered water, tea, coffee, juice and soft drinks at all lodges (alcohol, sports drinks, and bottled water not included).
● Gratuities for the staff at the lodges and the staff in the field. Note: Gratuities for your guide are not included and are at your discretion. Feel free to follow the “Gratuities” guidelines in our FAQ’s

Ready to go? One of our travel specialists will be happy to help you book your next adventure!

Please note: Our goal is to respond to your inquiry within 24 business hours. MLP office hours are 8:30am to 7pm EST from Monday through Thursday and 8:30am to 2pm EST on Friday (excluding national holidays).
















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