Mountain Lodges of Peru offer a unique adventure travel experience in the Sacred Valley of the Inca's.

Their adventures take you off the tourist trail letting you take in the outstanding natural beauty of the Andes and revealing the authentic culture and customs of the Quechua people. Their ancestors have called these mountains their homes for thousands of years. As the descendants of the Inca's, meeting them is a rewarding and insightful experience as they share with how they have adapted to life in this harsh and unforgiving landscape.

In the evening you will arrive at the warmth and comfort of the luxurious lodges. The staff will greet you at the door and offer you a refreshing soft drink and a warm towel to freshen up. Your bags will be taken to your room and you will be free to relax.

After a hot shower, why not head for a massage or a soak in an outdoor hot tub or you can enjoy a light snack, or a refreshing beverage and take a moment to enjoy the stunning Andean vistas. 

In the evening you will be briefed on the next day's activities before sitting down to dinner with your travelling companions. 

Mountain Lodges of Peru offers three main itineraries, The Salkantay Trek, The Lares Adventure and the Grand Andean Experience.

Whilst all three adventures end with a visit to Machu Picchu, which one you choose depends on the focus you want to place on your trip. The Salkantay trek is primarily trekking orientated, as you walk (or ride) between high altitude lodges, whilst the Lares Adventure lets you choose between visits to important cultural sites in the valleys or trekking in the mountains. The Grand Andean Experience lets you do both.

If you would like to include Mountain Lodges of Peru in your perfect South America holiday, Simply complete the enquiry form to get in touch.

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The Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay is a 7-day lodge to lodge trekking adventure that lets you experience up close the history of the Incas, as well as the exotic variety of flora and fauna indigenous to the Andes. You will be joined on your adventure by a small group of new friends and like-minded travellers. You can also do the adventure on horseback should you prefer.

Itinerary

Day 0 – Evening Briefing In Cusco

The night before your excursions begins you will have a meet and greet in Cusco with the other guests on your trip you receive important information for a great trekking experience.

Day 1 – Cusco To Salkantay Lodge

On your first day you will travel from Cusco to visit the Quillarumiyoc archaeological site which was an important site for the adoration of the moon in Inca culture. You will continue on to the mountain village of Mollepata before embarking on your first trek on the Camino Real.

The destination for your first trek is the welcoming Salkantay Lodge, named after the breathtaking peak that sits at the head of the valley. You will receive a warm welcome at the lodge where you’ll find jacuzzis, aperitifs, and a crackling fire in the fireplace.

Overnight: Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m/12,690 ft)
Trekking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch en route)
Hiking Level: Moderate

Day 2 – Hike to Lake Humantay

After a delicious breakfast at Salkantay Lodge you can whet your appetite for trekking and scenery with an acclimatisation hike from the lodge to the glacier-fed Lake Humantay. You will be able to enjoy the incredible views of Mt. Salkantay, which was a sacred mountain in the Inca's mythology.

Overnight: Salkantay Lodge (3,869 m/12,690 ft)
Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging
Optional Activities: Horseback Riding (at additional cost).

Day 3 – Crossing the Salkantay Pass

This is the big day! You will reach the highest point of the trek on the incredible Salkantay Pass which sits at 4,638 m/15,213 ft above sea level. You will take in the panoramic views of the Vilcabamba Range. Whichever way you look you will see snowcapped peaks, enjoy the astounding views of the glaciated south face of Mt. Salkantay towering above. You will finish your days trekking at Wayra Lodge.

Overnight: Wayra Lodge (3,906 m/12,812 ft)
Trekking Time: 6–8 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level: Challenging, crossing a 4,640m/15,200 ft mountain pass

Day 4 – Descending into The Cloud Forest

On Day 4 you will begin your descent along the Salkantay River. You will see warm air rising up from the green jungle, accompanied by beautiful butterflies and striking orchids. At Colpa Lodge, we’ll be greeted with a delicious Pachamanca, a traditional meal in the Peruvian Andes.

Overnight: Colpa Lodge (2,870 m/9,414 ft)
Trekking Time: 3–4 hours
Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate
Optional Activity: Afternoon bike from Manchaywaycco to collpapampa. After Lunch /Duration: 3hrs approximately/  Level:  easy. This activity has an additional cost.

Day 5 – Following the Santa Teresa River Valley

You will hike through some of the more populated rural areas, passing through banana, granadilla and avocado orchards. You will picnic by the side of a flowing river, and later enjoy a tour of a coffee plantation. In the evening you will arrive at Lucma Lodge, which is surrounded by its very own avocado trees.

Overnight: Lucma Lodge (2,135 m/7,003 ft)
Trekking Time: 5–6 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging (because of distance, not terrain)
Optional Activities:
Zip Line in Santa Teresa:
 This is a full day activity which replaces the trek. Operated by Cola de Mono. It has an additional cost.
Biking:
Option a) Yanama pass – Hornopampa – Lluskamayo. Duration: 5 hrs. approximately. Level:  Easy to moderate. It has an additional cost.
Option b) Descent from Hornopampa to Lluskamayo. Duration: 3.5 hrs. approximately. Level: Easy. It has an additional cost.

Day 6 – First Views of Machu Picchu From Llactapata Pass

This will be your last trekking day, you will hike along the famous Llactapata Pass and enjoy a spectacular view of Machu Picchu from the southeast, a view that few travellers ever get a chance to admire.

You will make your way to the train bound for your ultimate destination: Machu Picchu.

Overnight: Aguas Calientes (1,900 m/6,232 ft)
Trekking Time: 4–6 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging

Day 7 – Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary

You will take an introductory two-hour guided tour of the ruins, after which we have the rest of the morning to explore the site on our own or hike the steep Huayna Picchu for expansive views.

Return to Cusco (3,360 m/11,021 ft)

Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets are subject to availability*

The Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu

The Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu can be either a 5 or 7-day lodge to lodge journey through the culture, history and landscape of the sacred valley. The programme consists of a choice between cultural and trekking options on each day. You will also have the opportunity to go mountain biking on one of the days, but there is an additional charge.

Itinerary

Day 1 Sacred Valley of The Incas | Exploring Pisaq

You will leave Cusco early in the morning. You will have the option to visit the important market at Pisaq, where you will meet some of the friendly locals and learn about the traditional crafts in this part of the Andes. You can also enjoy some of the local delicacies, like Chica Morada and empanadas. 

Alternatively, you can take on a moderately challenging hike in the hills and mountains over the Sacred Valley. Later, you can enjoy exclusive access to the isolated community of Viacha, where you will be able to learn about its unique farming practices and try your hand at using their traditional tools. For lunch, you will enjoy a traditional “Pachamanca” meal, cooked in a pit, under hot stones this delicious and succulent meal is unique to the Andes. Your afternoon excursion will be a walk down the hill to the archaeological complex at Pisaq. An excellent opportunity to enjoy the views and explore the complex free of crowds, with the sun setting behind the surrounding peaks.

Highlights: Viacha | Pisaq Archeological site

Day 2 Lares Region | Inca Sites and Villages

The day will take you much deeper into the heart of Peru's Lares region. Your road journey into the mountains will guide you through remote archaeological sites. After lunch, you can choose between visiting a traditional weaver’s village or a scenic drive and a moderate/strenuous hike amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote town of Huacahuasi. Locals will give you insight into the evolving role of the original Andean people in both the culture and commerce of modern-day Cusco.

Highlights: Ancasmarca | Choquecancha | Cuncani hike | Quelquena hike

Day 3 Sacred Valley of The Incas | Hiking Among Authentic Inca Trails

Spend some time in the morning learning more about the heritage and day-to-day activities of the Huacahuasi community. Then, you can choose to embark on a spectacular hike 7 hour through the varied terrain and over the high pass at the end of the valley. You will stop for a delicious meal in a remote outhouse to a lake.  You will travel to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America; or try an easygoing hike from Lares Pass- through an astonishing authentic Inca trail- along with a beautiful canyon down to the Local Community of Totora.

If you prefer to see more of the Sacred Valley, you can drive back for a visit to an ethnographic museum featuring the history of Peru’s prosperous civilisations of the past or choose to explore the valley on a mountain bike. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in the Urubamba River countryside on your way to Ollantaytambo, where you can spend time meandering through its charming maze-like streets.

Highlights: Ollantaytambo old town |Huacahuasi | Local communities

Day 4 Sacred Valley of The Incas | Discovering Ollantaytambo

You can enjoy an early morning short hike to Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo. Here you will be able to enjoy magnificent views of the town and see the unique shape of the temple. Afterwards, you will be able to enjoy a guided tour of the fortress; this is one of the best examples of the Inca's architecture. Revel in its mystical history…it is the perfect introduction to the wonder of Machu Picchu. Midday, embark on a scenic train ride along the Urubamba River Valley to Aguas Calientes, a bustling town below the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

Highlights: Ollantaytambo old town

Day 5 Machu Picchu | The Sanctuary

At dawn, you will begin your visit to Machu Picchu with an uphill bus ride to the citadel from Aguas Calientes. As you enter the Sanctuary, the morning sun rises above the iconic Sun Gate and washes the structures and terraces with resplendent light.

Prepare to be awed by the incredible architecture and stonework of the Incas. You don't want to miss the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences. Be sure to take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind…or to meditate and absorb the mystical energy that envelops you. Let your imagination soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu, from the men who built it, to those who called it home, how it fell into ruin, before being reclaimed by the jungle before its discovery by Hiram Bingham.

There is an optional uphill hike to Huayna Picchu. You will have lunch in Aguas Calientes. Afternoon/Early evening return to Cusco by train and private coach.

Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets are subject to availability*

The Grand Andean Experience

The Grand Andean Experience combines the best of the Salkantay Trek and the Lares Adventure into one exciting 10-day package. That gives you a really in-depth look into the communities and culture of the sacred valley and its surroundings.

If you are short on time the lodge excursions are a great alternative. This 3-day package packs in the best of Salkantay lodge with excursions out into the surrounding area.

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