Trek the Salkantay Trail Lodge to Lodge

Trekking & Horseback Riding
luxury trekking in Peru

For those looking for a luxurious way to follow a less trodden Inca trail, try this peru adventure tour. By day we trek through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, a spectacular mountain range in the heartland of the Andes that cradles the legendary Machu Picchu. By night we stay in four boutique luxury lodges, each a day’s hike apart. The luxury mountain lodges feature gourmet Peruvian cuisine, outdoor jacuzzis, comfy beds with down duvets and cozy lounges with fireplaces. The highest point we reach is a dramatic 15,200-foot pass between Salkantay, the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology. As we descend to lower altitudes we trek through misty cloud forests, tangled with strangler figs, giant bromeliads, and exotic orchids. After our trek, we head to Machu Picchu for a day of discovering the exquisite ruins. This Peru trekking journey concludes with a train ride back to colonial Cuzco.

WOW FACTORS

  • Explore the cobblestone streets of charming Cuzco, the former capital of the Inca Empire
  • Trek through the Peruvian mountains for four days along the Salkantay Trail with overnights in luxurious lodges
  • Exploring the stunning ruins of legendary Machu Picchu overlooking the Urubamba River

Trip Itinerary

DayDestinationActivityLodgingMeals
1Lima - CuzcoArrivalHotel-
2Cuzco - SacsayhuamanHorseback RidingHotelB
3Cuzco - SoraypampaTrekkingLodgeB,L,D
4Soraypampa - Humantay LakeTrekkingLodgeB,L,D
5Soraypampa - Wayra LodgeTrekkingLodgeB,L,D
6Wayra Lodge - Colpa LodgeTrekkingLodgeB,L,D
7Colpa Lodge - LucmabambaTrekkingLodgeB,L,D
8Lucmabamba - Aguas CalientesTrekkingHotelB,L,D
9Machu Picchu - CuzcoHikingHotelB,L
10Cuzco - LimaDeparture-B

Day 1: Arrival into Lima- Fly to Cuzco

Upon arrival into the Lima International Airport a BikeHike Adventures representative will greet you and assist you with your domestic flight to Cuzco. The flight to Cuzco is one hour, and we’ll be awaiting you upon arrival. We’ll transfer you to a comfortable 4-star hotel in Cuzco. The remainder of the day is at leisure to acclimate to this high altitude colonial city located at 11,500 feet/3,500 meters.

Day 2: Cuzco - Sacsayhuaman (Horseback Riding)

This morning is at leisure to wander through the cobblestone streets of Cuzco exploring the cathedral, museums or shopping for local handicrafts. Later this afternoon we depart by horse, riding to the nearby ruins of Kenko, Tambomachay and Pucapucara. Our final destination is Sacsayhuaman, a spectacular mountaintop fortress overlooking Cuzco. We return to our Cuzco hotel late afternoon. Approximately 4 hours on horseback. (B)

Day 3: Cuzco - Soraypampa (Trekking)

We start with an early breakfast and then we’ll transfer to our cozy lodge in Soraypampa. En route we take a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi. From here we’ll continue our drive, ascending a winding mountain road to the village of Marcoccasa. Here we take to the trails and begin our trek along an old royal route called the Camino Real to Soraypampa. This is a good opportunity for everyone to acclimate, while enjoying a beautiful six hour trek. We’ll reach the Salkantay Lodge mid afternoon and have the remainder of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the dramatic scenery surrounding the lodge. We’ll meet around the fireplace for a trip briefing followed by aperitifs and dinner. (3,800 m/12,500 ft) (B,L,D)

Day 4: Soraypampa - Humantay Lake (Trekking)

Today is a day of leisure at the Salkantay Lodge to rest and acclimate in the cozy reading rooms or go on a half-day moderate hike to a glacial lake. The views are amazing on the hike, and those brave enough can even go for a dip. We return to the lodge for lunch, after which you may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in our outdoor jacuzzi. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, our guide will conduct a briefing on the upcoming trek, ensuring everyone has the appropriate gear for the next four days of adventure. (3,800 m/12,500 ft) (B,L,D)

Day 5: Soraypampa - Wayra Lodge (Trekking)

This is the big day! We’ll rise early and hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling the Humantay Peak. The highest point on the trek is the Salkantay Pass at 4,600 m (15,000 ft) where we’ll stop to indulge in dramatic 360’ views of the snowy peaks of the Vilcabamba Range. Keep your eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. We’ll stop along the trail midday for a hot picnic lunch en route. From the pass we continue our descent toward the Wayra Lodge, our destination for the evening. We’ll have dinner and overnight at the Lodge. (Trekking time: 6-8 hours including lunch). (3,850 m/12,600 ft) (B,L,D)

Day 6: Wayra Lodge - Colpa Lodge (Trekking)

We’ll start with a leisurely breakfast and then continue our descent along the left bank of the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. We can feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. We arrive at the Colpa Lodge in time for a Pachamanca style lunch (a traditional meal cooked underground in stone). The Colpa Lodge is located in a peaceful pasture at the confluence of three rivers. There is an outdoor hot tub at the lodge and the location offers striking views of the surrounding lush green mountains. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (Hiking time: 3-4 hours). (2,800 m/9,200 ft) (B,L,D)

Day 7: Colpa Lodge - Lucmabamba (Trekking)

After an early breakfast we head down the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas fertile with plantations of coffee, bananas, ‘granadillas’, and orchards. We stop along the river for a hot picnic lunch. After another hour of trekking a private vehicle and driver arrives to take us to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” (30-minute drive). From the trailhead, it is a short climb to our next accommodation, The Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. We arrive early with time to explore the small village of Lucmabamba and opportunities to meet the locals. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours. Total excursion time for day: 6-8 hours). (2,100 m/6,900 ft) (B,L,D)

Day 8: Lucmabamba - Aguas Calientes (Trekking)

After an early start and a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. We head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata pass (2,700 m/8,900ft). This is where we get our first glimpse of the striking Machu Picchu site. An added value from this viewpoint, are the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is provided in a scenic viewpoint, in view of Machu Picchu. We then begin our final 2-3 hour descent to the Aobamba River through dense bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations. Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are just a short scenic train ride away, following the roaring Urubamba River. We arrive in Aguas Calientes and check in to our hotel for the night. (Total hiking time: 4-6 hours. (1,900 m/6,200 ft) (B,L,D)

Day 9: Machu Picchu - Cuzco

We wake up early to have breakfast at the hotel and then make our way to the bus station for the rickety ride along switchbacks to Machu Picchu. We’ll have a comprehensive guided tour of the Machu Picchu site, after which we have the rest of the morning to explore the site on our own. Afterwards, we return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch and to meet our train. The train will end in Ollantaytambo and from here we’ll take a private transfer to Cuzco. Upon arrival in Cuzco we’ll be transferred to our comfortable 4 star hotel for the night. Dinner this evening is on your own. (2,450 m/8,000 ft) (B,L)

Day 10: Cuzco - Lima

We’ll transfer you to the Cuzco airport for your flight back to Lima. We have a morning city tour planned and the afternoon is at leisure. We’ll transfer you back to the Lima Airport in time for international flights back home. (B)

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Trip Includes:

All accommodation (twin shared), meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), internal transportation excluding internal flights (Lima-Cuzco-Lima), entrance fees, airport transfers and English-speaking guides.

Trip Does Not Include:

International and internal airfares, airport departure taxes, gratuities, meals not included and items of a personal nature.

Meals:

9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Accommodation:

Mountain Lodge: 5 Nights

Hotel: 4 Nights

About Peru:

From the dense jungles of the Amazon, to the craggy spires of the Andes, to the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru has enthralled travellers for hundreds of years. The rugged and isolated Andean mountain range is home to millions of highland Indians who still speak their ancient tongue, Quechua. The dense tropical rainforest shelters twice the number of bird species found in all North America. Precipitous glacier-clad mountains in Peru reach heights over 18,500 ft/5,600 meters and the deep valleys between shelter a host of rare and beautiful animals. Peru truly defies description. These are just a few of the awe-inspiring features that await you in this magnificent country.

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