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LODGE TO LODGE TREK

Lima/ Cusco/ 7 Day Luxury Lodge to Lodge Salkantay Trek/ Machu Picchu

Our 10 day ´Lodge to Lodge Salkantay´ luxury trek package is...World Class. You will hike the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, along the way immersing yourself with the ancient Inca Culture while retreating at a unique lodge each night. Soaking in hot springs under the stars, eating amazing meals and enjoying like minded company.
Spaces are limited with set departures per week. Please see High Season and Low Season prices at the bottom of the itinerary. High Season: April 1st - October 31st/ December 15th - December 31st // Low Season: March 1st - March 31st/ November 1st - December 14th
10 DAY ITINERARY

Our itineraries are second-to-none – The Luxury Lodge to Lodge Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu is World Class.

Upon arrival into Lima´s International Airport you will make your way through the arrivals doors. Your hotel is conveniently located in the carpark of the airport. A quick walk and no need for transfers. You will appreciate the convenience and comfort after your international flight. 

Note: Most International flights arrive into Lima late in the evening. All flights for Cusco depart in the morning and afternoon. 

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Breakfast at your hotel. At the designated time you will walk over to the airport and check in for your flight from Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival into Cusco you will be greeted by our staff who will be holding a sign with your "last name" on it. You will be transferred to your hotel. Free day to acclimatize. 

Pre-Briefing:
In the evening at 7pm your guide will come to your hotel and present you with important information regarding your trek departing the next day. It will be a good opportunity for you to ask any final questions that you have.  

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On the way to Soraypampa
Early breakfast at your hotel. Pick up by your guide and driver. We will enjoy a scenic journey to a site called Challacancha, it´s here we will begin our hike to Soraypampa along the picturesque path called the "Camino Real" or the Royal Path. The Salkantay Lodge will come into view. It´s here we will overnight. 

Optional: Those who do not wish to trek can be transported by vehicle. 

Salkantay Lodge Altitude: 3869m   

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Hike to Humantay Lake
Breakfast at the lodge and afterwards we will begin an ascent up the slopes that border the plateau behind the Salkantay Lodge. After hiking for one hour and a half we will reach Humantay Lake, which is turquoise in color and surrounded by glaciers. Here we will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack, meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot and be part of a tradition offering to "Pachamama" (Mother Earth). After our descent back to the lodge, the staff will be waiting with a hot lunch. The second half of the day is spent at leisure. You may opt to soak in the outdoor jacuzzi, indulge in a relaxing massage or take a long nap. 

Altitude Salkantay Lodge: 3869m

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Crossing Salkantay Pass
After an early start, we will hike up the Rio Blanco Valley, circling Humantay Peak. As we make our way up the mountain trail we will encounter expansive plateaus dotted with boulders. The most challenging part of our ascent is conquering the mountain switchbacks that take us to the Salkantay Pass, the highest point on the trek. (4,636m) What follows is a dramatic descent through giant boulders and often shrouded in fog. After a welcoming hot picnic lunch, we will continue down through bucolic rolling hills and marsh like plateaus. We will arrive to the Wayra Lodge at Wayraccmachay. 

Salkantay Pass: 4,636m (The highest altitude reached on the trek) 

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Descending into the Cloud Forest
After a leisurely breakfast at the Wayra Lodge, we will continue our descent along the banks of the Salkantay River through increasingly verdant scenery. Today we will see more locals. At lunchtime we will arrive at Colpa Lodge. Upon arrival we will be greeted by the staff with a Pachamanca lunch which is a traditional Peruvian meal cooked under the earth with hot stones that create a natural oven. After lunch, spend the afternoon lounging in the sun or relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi while you take in the panoramic views of the lush green mountains that surround you.

Altitude at Colpa Lodge: 2,870m

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Following the Santa Teresa River Valley
Today we will hike to Santa Teresa River Valley where we will hop over small streams fed by waterfalls descending from the glaciers and cross through fruit orchards. After breaking for a hot picnic lunch by the river, we will walk for one hour before we meet our driver for a short drive to the beginning of the "Lactapata Inca Trail" that leads us to Lucma Lodge. On the way you will visit an organic coffee plantation, one of the many in the area that produces some of the best organic coffee in the world. In Lucmabamba, the hot air and increased humidity signal that you are even closer to the edge of the Amazon Jungle. 

Altitude Lucma Lodge: 2,135m

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During a 2-3 hour climb up a path mostly comprised of original Inca steps, hiking through lush tropical Rainforest. We will trek to a peak, the last one we reach before the Aobamba River Valley that connects us to Machu Picchu. When we arrive at the ruins of Llactapata at the Llactapata Pass (2,736m) we will be delighted to see the southeast view of the "back" of Machu. We will enjoy lunch a bit farther down the trail in a meadow with panoramic views. The final descent takes us through lush bamboo forests, until we end the day´s hike at the Hidroelectrica train station. A one-hour scenic train ride delivers us to our final stop, the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. Here we will overnight at the 5 star Inkaterra El Pueblo hotel. 

Altitude at Aguas Calientes: 1,900m 

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At dawn, we will begin our journey to Machu Picchu with a short bus ride. Prepare to be awed by the inspiring and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Your imagination will soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and it´s mysterious origins. After your visit you will have lunch in Aguas Calientes before boarding a scenic train ride back to Cusco where you will be met and transferred back to your hotel. 

*You may be interested in hiking up to Hyuana Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. These hikes are subject to availability. Enquire for more information. 

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Breakfast at your hotel. At the designated time you will be picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight from Cusco to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima you will connect for your flight departing homeward bound. 

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INCLUSIONS & DETAILS

Accommodation

- 1 night at Lima Airport at Wyndham Hotel 
- 2 nights in Cusco at the El Mercado 
- 2 nights at Salkantay Lodge
- 1 night at Wayra Lodge 
- 1 night at Colpa Lodge 
- 1 night at Lucma Lodge
- 1 night at Inkaterra El Pueblo

See info regarding the hotels and Salkantay Lodges below. 

This hotel is conveniently located within Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport, only 20 metres walk away from the arrivals area. It provides comfortably furnished rooms and suites that include 26 inch LCD TV with cable, free Wi-Fi, and marble bathrooms. Rooms feature a 32 inch LCD TV and a separate living room. Guests can keep fit at the gym or relax at the spa. There is a restaurant and bar where breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a variety of drinks are served. The hotel is ideally located to provide ideal accommodation for guests in transit to a host of Peruvian destinations. A retreat to relax, unwind, rest, and recharge your batteries either before or after your Peruvian vacation.

Room Features
192 non-smoking guest rooms and suites effortlessly fuse form and function with well-designed amenities and modern conveniences, including plush bedding with pillow top mattresses, free WiFi, flat screen TVs, fully stocked mini-bars, marble bathrooms with soaking tubs and showers, spacious work desks with ergonomic chairs, free local calls, electronic safes, and coffee/tea makers. 

Services
Sauna, Gym, Relaxation centre with plunge pool, Business center 24 hrs, Spa, Laundry service, Massage, Restaurant, Bar, Buffet Breakfast included

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Located right in the heart of Cusco. A new addition to the 4 star range in Cusco, it´s our choice of best 4 star in Cusco. Modern, trendy and chic. Warm Peruvian hospitality and attention to detail. Eye catching design and exceptional customer service. Ideal for the traveller looking for somewhere inspirational to stay, trend setters, hipsters and young professionals. Treat yourself to a massage at the relaxation centre. The feedback we get from our clients who stay here is always exceptional. 

Room Features
King sized beds, or twin rooms with 2 double beds, Shower, Heater, Snack Basket, Coffee maker, Hair dryer, Bath amenities, In-Room Safe, Phone, Smart TV 32" with Sat.Tv, Clock radio, Internet Wifi Wired High-Speed, 24/7 hour reception and security, Daily Housekeeping Included, Private Bathroom, Daily World Newspapers, Laundry service available, Medical assistance upon request. Also available here is the Junior Suite, a room we recommend as it includes an open fire place that creates a cozy atmosphere. 

Services
Restaurant, Bar, Massage and Relaxation Centre, Wifi, Business Centre, Reception, Breakfast included

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Only offered for those doing the Lodge to Lodge Luxury Salkantay Trek. This is the first lodge trekkers will retreat at. A fantastic experience. When you arrive the staff will greet you with warm towels and hot Coca Tea. Warm showers and comfortable beds. Outdoor hot tub with views of Salkantay and Humantay glacial peaks, and a eucalyptus sauna - so deluxe! Delicious, organic meals. The perfect first retreat as part of the world class 7 day Salkantay Lodge to Lodge trek. 

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Only offered for those doing the Lodge to Lodge Luxury Salkantay Trek. The second lodge offered on the trail. The most remote and possibly most picturesque. With cozy common areas such as a bar and dining area, great views and a courtyard hot tub. Friendly staff and amazing food. This place provides 6 private bedrooms with gas heating. The perfect Andean retreat after a solid day of trekking. 

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Only offered for those doing the Lodge to Lodge Luxury Salkantay Trek. The third lodge retreat on the trail located on the edge of a coffee plantation in the mountains. At this lodge you will enjoy a traditional "Pachamanca" lunch, where your meal will be cooked underground with hot stones. At this lodge you will enjoy time soaking in the sun on one of the wooden deck chairs, or in the outdoor jacuzzi. Rooms are warm and comfortable with hot water bottles. Excellent fresh and organic food. 

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Only offered for those doing the Lodge to Lodge Luxury Salkantay Trek. The final lodge that you will stay at. Views of the river below and close to fruit orchards. All 6 private guest rooms include private bathrooms and comfy beds with down comforters. The eco-minded architecture and decor merges traditional Peruvian heritage with contemporary design. All meals are a creative mix of international/Peruvian cuisine, providing a refreshing take on the region’s most iconic dishes. From here you can visit the local coffee plantations. Like all the other lodges you will stay at this features a jacuzzi. 

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Our pick of the 5 star hotels in Aguas Calientes. Think 5 Star Indiana Jones luxury. This 85-room eco-lodge is surrounded by twelve acres of high-mountain forest filled with all kinds of flora and fauna, wild birds and exotic orchids. It’s at the edge of the town of Aguas Calientes — there are bars and restaurants here, if you’re in the mood to explore. But there are so many reasons to stay in. 85 rooms and suites decorated in a classic Spanish Colonial style are spread about the property, all outfitted with local craftsman-made furnishings and alpaca blankets on the beds. Slippers are made from recycled material, the bath products are environmentally friendly. A restaurant serving upscale Andean cuisine and a full-service spa drive home the point that this is a luxury hotel. Dinner is complimentary here. For slightly more money, you can upgrade to the Junior Suite which has rooms with an open fire place. We highly recommend doing this, makes for a cozy and romantic night in before going up to Machu Picchu the next day.

Room Features
This is the perfect sanctuary for simple relaxation with one queen* or two double beds, 100% cotton sheets and hypoallergenic pillows, plus an inviting dining area for two. Decorated with local crafts and eucalyptus beams, casita´s includes a room heater, a colonial style wardrobe, robes, Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials, plus a complete set of environmentally friendly toiletries and a safety box, all provided for the comfort of our travelers. Other rooms available here are the Junior Suite that include an Open Fire Place (we recommend this room), the Junior Suite, the Junior Suite Deluxe, the Suite and the Villa Inkaterra. Enquire for more information. 

Services
Welcome tea, Gift, Personalized welcome, Buffet breakfast, A la carte dinner, Tea Time Pisco Sour, Cocktail Hour, Turndown service, Internet, Inhouse excursions, Luggage reception to and from the train station, Eco media center (Books and magazines on nature related subjects and book exchange of novels), World class day spa facility

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Transfers & Transportation

Pick up from the airport in Cusco and transfer to hotel

Trek Inclusions

- All meals except breakfast on the last day and dinner on the last day 
- Transfer services
- Guided tours during the whole trip 
- Daily A-La-Carte Activities
- Entrance fees and permits to tourist and archaeological sites 
- Tips for staff at the Lodges and staff in the field are included (except Guide tips, it is suggested US$5 - $10 per day) 

Meals

- All breakfasts at hotels 
- All meals included during the trek except for breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day

Not Included

Domestic flights
- Lima to Cusco (Roundtrip)
Approx. price (US$80 - $150)
We get the best rates on Domestic Flights. Ask one of our Travel Specialists for a quotation.

Guides

The Guides on the Lodge to Lodge are among some of the best in the world (some have even won International awards) and have on average at least 15 years experience guiding in the mountains, not only in Peru, but around the world. Many of them are considered pioneers in this area, having scouted many of the current routes in the country. All guides have excellent language skills, and are highly trained in managing group dynamics. All guides undergo continuous medical and rescue training, with certification in "Wilderness First Aid". You will appreciate their knowledge and history and cultural traditions, as well as their interpretation of the local flora and fauna, and their insights (and stories!) that go far beyond any guide and history book.  

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Quote in US Dollars/ per person

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$5196 Single Occupancy 


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$4384 Double Occupancy
$6700 Single Occupancy 


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