Machu Picchu Lodge-To-Lodge Trekking Package:
One of the "Best" luxury trekking / hiking adventure that combines superb comfortable cozy accommodations to Machu Picchu, spectacular scenery, majestic mountains of the Andes in charming lodges. The Only Trek to Machu Picchu in style and comfort.
Day 1 - Cusco
Arrive into Cusco afternoon and check into your hotel. This evening meet your guide along with the other guest in your trekking party with a pre trek / hiking meeting. Overnight at one of the many hotels available in Cusco from modest standard accommodations to the luxury Hotel Monasterio.
Day 02 Cusco to Hiking Trail Head - Hike to 1st Mountain Lodge
This morning your hiking guide and driver will pick you up around 7:00am and transport you along with your fellow hikers in your group to the start of today’s hike (2 – 3 van ride to trail head). En route we will take a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi, after leaving we continue to a small mountain village before we begin our hike, which is a moderate hike to the first lodge with plenty of stops for lunch, pictures and rest. This is a good opportunity for everyone to acclimate and enjoy a mild & beautiful 4 to 5 hour trek. On arrival to the lodge, the lodge staff will be waiting pass out room keys and give you time to relax, take a dip in the hot tub before an evening briefing and dinner. (L,D)
DAY 3 – Overnight 1st Mountain Lodge
This day begins with a full breakfast and a 1/2 day moderate to challenging hike up to a glacial lake a few miles above the lodge approximately 3 or 4 hours. The majestic Andes mountain range is the back drop to this crystal clear turquoise lake. If the weather is clear, there are picture postcard panoramic views of the valley and the snow peak mountain ranges. Afternoon, a hot lunch is served at the lodge. Remainder of the afternoon is free to relax, go bird watching, read or take a nap. Evening briefing about the next day’s trek before dinner is served. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. (Hiking time: 3-4 hours. Hiking moderate to semi-challenging)
DAY 4 - Hike to 2nd Lodge
Early morning wake up and a hardy full breakfast are on the agenda. The morning is spent hiking up the Rio Blanco Valley to the Salkantay Mountain pass. Our Hike starts with a moderate climb, plenty of resting stops to take pictures, refresh and hydrate are taken as you work your way up to the top of the pass at over 15,000 feet. At the top speculator views a wait you with snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction. Condors are very common and often visible during the hike. From the top we continue our descent towards the next lodge for the evening. A hot lunch is prepared and served en route. Arrival to the next lodge is early to late afternoon, enough time to relax before dinner and the briefing for the next day. (Hiking time: 4-6 hours. Total excursion time for day: 5-7 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging with a 15,000ft mountain pass).
Day 5 - Hike to 3rd Lodge
Today we resume our hike after a good night’s sleep, hot shower and a leisurely breakfast. Our hike begins with our elevation at 12,500 feet and ends at 9,500 feet through increasingly lush green scenery. Today is a fairly short hike all downhill. We arrive at our next lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon to take a nap, relax or enjoy the hot tub. This lodge has panoramic views of the flourishing abundant green mountains which surrounds the area. Dinner and overnight. (Hiking time: 3-4hours) Hiking level: easy to moderate),
Day 06 – Hike to 4th Lodge
Early morning rise with a full breakfast served by the lodge staff. Our hike today leads us down the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas with coffee plantations. Today’s trek follows along the river through a lush green trail with many types of birds, flowers, granadillas, orchards cloud forest vegetation and foliage. A hot lunch picnic is served in route before we arrive at a stopping point of the trail. Here we will board a private van that will take our group to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail”. From the trail head it is a short climb to our next lodge, set in an avocado orchard. We arrive in time to relax before our pre-dinner briefing and dinner. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours. Total excursion time for day: 6-8 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging, basically due to distance, not terrain).
Day 07 Hike to Aguas Caliente, Overnight in Hotel (elevation from 6,900 to 6,200)
Breakfast is served early again before our last day trekking uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata pass (2,700 m/8,900ft). Here off in the distance we can view Machu Picchu across the valley from the southwest, a view few travelers every experience. Llactapata Ruins recently restored is a great resting stop before lunch is provided at the observatory, in view of Machu Picchu. We then begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations (2-3 hour descent). Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are a short (30 minutes), scenic train ride away. (Total hiking time: 4-6 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging). We then arrive in Aguas Calientes to check-in to our hotel for the night.
Day 08 – Aguas Caliente – Machu Picchu - Cusco
We wake up 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 (2 hours). Guests will have about 4 additional hours to explore the site on their own (there is a lot to do and see). Afterwards, we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to go to the train station for the afternoon departure. The train takes us to Ollantaytambo (1½ hrs), where a private vehicle awaits to take us to Cusco (1 ½ hrs). Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7-8pm) you will be dropped off at your hotel of their choice and bid farewell to your new friends made over the past week.
Day 09 Cusco - Home
Today is a free day to travel to another part of Peru or depart to Lima for your return trip back home.
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Package price based on standard First Class (3-star) accommodation levels to Deluxe Luxury accommodation (4 or 5 Star) in Cusco and Aguas Calientes.
Departure Dates for Lodge-to-Lodge Treks
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1-Night accommodations in Cusco arrival. 5-Nights Lodging in Mountain Lodges as outlined in itinerary, 1-Night in Aguas Calientes, 1-Night in Cusco (last night), transfer as outlined in itinerary, all meals as outlined, snacks, trekking guide, assistance trekking guide, porter of luggage between lodges, lodging taxes.
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