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Peru Cusco & Machu Picchu Trek

Cusco, Peru to Cusco, Peru

Peru Cusco & Machu Picchu Trek
Experience Peru's most famous sites on this memorable 10-day adventure. Your trip begins and ends in Cusco, a timeless town dominated by the fine stonework of ancient craftsmen and the evocative remnants of the Inca Empire. Journey lodge-to-lodge along the lightly traveled Salkantay Trail through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, the magnificent Andean mountain range. After days of hiking amid sparkling glaciers, azure lakes, dreamy cloud forests, and snow-capped peaks, enjoy ample time to explore Peru's star attraction: Machu Picchu, whose mystical ruins and misty peaks have lured humankind for centuries.
  • Explore the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Revel in panoramic Andean views, including Mount Salkantay's dazzling snowfields and ice cliffs
  • Discover the mist-shrouded wonder of magical Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas

Minimum Age: 16
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
  • Educational and Learning
9 Nights Starting At
December 18, 2022 through December 27, 2022
Book by:
December 14, 2022 7:00 PM
Itinerary Overview
Day 2
Journey to Salkantay Lodge
Day 3
Hike to Humantay Lake
Day 4
Trek over Salkantay Pass to Wayra Lodge
Day 5
Hike in Dramatic Cloud Forest Scenery to Colpa Lodge
Day 6
Follow the Santa Teresa River Valley to Lucma Lodge
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Dates & prices
Additional
Offers
December 18, 2022

to December 27, 2022

9 Nights from $5,595.00 (USD) Per Person
December 14, 2022 7:00 PM
May 14, 2023

to May 23, 2023

9 Nights from $5,595.00 (USD) Per Person
May 10, 2023 7:00 PM
June 04, 2023

to June 13, 2023

9 Nights from $5,595.00 (USD) Per Person
May 31, 2023 7:00 PM
July 16, 2023

to July 25, 2023

9 Nights from $5,595.00 (USD) Per Person
July 12, 2023 7:00 PM
September 03, 2023

to September 12, 2023

9 Nights from $5,595.00 (USD) Per Person
August 30, 2023 7:00 PM
September 12, 2023

to September 21, 2023

9 Nights from $5,595.00 (USD) Per Person
September 08, 2023 7:00 PM
October 08, 2023

to October 17, 2023

9 Nights from $5,595.00 (USD) Per Person
October 04, 2023 7:00 PM
October 16, 2023

to October 25, 2023

9 Nights from $5,595.00 (USD) Per Person
October 12, 2023 7:00 PM
Additional
Offers
December 18, 2022

December 27, 2022

May 14, 2023

May 23, 2023

June 04, 2023

June 13, 2023

July 16, 2023

July 25, 2023

September 03, 2023

September 12, 2023

September 12, 2023

September 21, 2023

October 08, 2023

October 17, 2023

October 16, 2023

October 25, 2023

Accommodations
MT Sobek: Peru Cusco & Machu Picchu Trek

Day: 1, duration: 1
Palacio del Inka

Housed in a 500-year old mansion, the exquisite Palacio del Inka is located in the historic center of Cusco, just a five-minute walk from the main square. The rooms are beautifully appointed, decorated with Peruvian art, handcrafted furnishings and modern conveniences and comforts, such as LED TV, high-speed Internet access, and comfortable beds.

Day: 2, duration: 2
Salkantay Lodge

Nestled in the Andean valley of Soraypampa, Salkantay Lodge is designed as a harmonious blend of nature and comfort. The lodge has 12 guest rooms with private facilities, an expansive living area and bar, and a separate dining room. Enjoy mountain views from the large outside Jacuzzi and star gaze around the fire pit at night.

Day: 4, duration: 1
Wayra Lodge

This charming lodge with six lovely guestrooms is managed with care by a local family, giving it the feeling of a private mountain home. Feast on Peruvian fare cooked in the kitchen's impressive wood oven and enjoy candlelit dinners at night. Take a welcome dip in the courtyard Jacuzzi, and admire views of the mountains and cloud forest.

Day: 5, duration: 1
Collpa Lodge

Perched on a bluff across from a local village, this adobe lodge has lovely views of green hills and rolling fields. Relax in one of the six guestrooms or the large public areas that open onto the grass. While you're there, take a tour of the orchid garden and unwind in the relaxing outdoor Jacuzzi.

Day: 6, duration: 1
Lucma Lodge

Located at the head of the Inca trail, this elegant lodge sits amid avocado and coffee orchards and has six comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. Soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi or relax in the large circular living room. The walls of windows in the sitting area and dining room showcase the grandeur of the rainforest.

Day: 7, duration: 2
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

A village in its own right, Inkaterra Machu Picchu comprises 83 whitewashed casitas set among 12 acres of cloud forest complete with terraced hills, waterfalls, and lush gardens. The individual casitas feature inviting beds and rustically elegant decor. Diners in the first-class restaurant can indulge in Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist, while admiring views over the Vilcanota River.

Day: 9, duration: 1
Palacio del Inka

Housed in a 500-year old mansion, the exquisite Palacio del Inka is located in the historic center of Cusco, just a five-minute walk from the main square. The rooms are beautifully appointed, decorated with Peruvian art, handcrafted furnishings and modern conveniences and comforts, such as LED TV, high-speed Internet access, and comfortable beds.

Guides
MT Sobek: Peru Cusco & Machu Picchu Trek

Ian Lewis
Ian is a British-Peruvian guide and an outdoor enthusiast with many interests, including photography, archaeology, and trekking in the Andes. His spirit, enthusiasm, and knowledge make Ian an ideal guide for exploring the enchanting and ancient wonders of Peru. He will enrich your experience in one of the world’s most interesting countries! Ian also speaks fluent English and Spanish.





Manolo Lazo
Manolo is one of Peru’s most skilled adventure travel guides, with more than 30 years of experience leading treks and whitewater rafting trips. A resident of Cusco, Manolo is well versed in the rich history of the Andes and the classic trekking routes that trace the footsteps of the Inca trade paths. His knowledge of the region, people, and traditions immensely enrich the travel experience. He is fluent in English as well as Spanish, and conversant in Quechua—the historic language of the Incas—and he has a gift for instilling confidence in every trekker.





Inclusions/Exclusions
MT Sobek: Peru Cusco & Machu Picchu Trek

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
Optional 2nd visit to Machu Picchu on Day-9
What To Expect
MT Sobek: Peru Cusco & Machu Picchu Trek

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been bringing travelers to Peru for over 40 years, and our expertise and local knowledge is second to none.

Reason #02

Our popular Inn-to-Inn itinerary was selected as one of National Geographic Traveler's "Tours of a Lifetime."

Reason #03

Enjoy the challenge of a high-altitude trek with the full support of our staff and the comfort of well-appointed lodges.

Activities

Moderate to strenuous high-altitude hiking from 3 to 8 hours a day, following the Salkantay Trail.

Lodging

Nightly stays in comfortable, well-appointed lodges, adobe casitas, and luxurious hotels - no camping required.

Climate

April through October expect to see mostly sunny days followed by cooler nights and the possibility of morning frost. In December expect periodic showers.

When is the best time to go?

Best time is during the dry season April to October. November & March are also a good option with only occasional showers.

How difficult is the hiking?

All trails are well maintained but may sometimes include steep, rocky or even muddy terrain. You can expect to cross sections of the Inca Trail in addition to beautiful valleys, mountain passes and cloud forest.

What are the lodges like?

They are cozy 6-room mountain lodges, each designed with traditional Incan building techniques, comfortable goose down-bedding, and outdoor Jacuzzi.

How much do I have to carry?

You will only have to carry a day pack for each day's hike. Your duffel will meet you upon arrival at each lodge.

Will I have access to clean water on the trail?

Purified water will be provided during your trek.

How much acclimatization time do I need?

We suggest an additional day of acclimatization in Cusco before your trek.

Do you offer any extensions?

Yes! Ask one of our Trip Consultants or Adventure Coordinators about our pre- or post-trip extension options:

Highlights of Lima (3 days/2 nights)
Paracas and the Nazca Lines (3 days/2 nights)
Peruvian Amazon at Tambopata (4 days/3 nights)

MT Sobek: Peru Cusco & Machu Picchu Trek

Day: 1, duration: 1
Palacio del Inka

Housed in a 500-year old mansion, the exquisite Palacio del Inka is located in the historic center of Cusco, just a five-minute walk from the main square. The rooms are beautifully appointed, decorated with Peruvian art, handcrafted furnishings and modern conveniences and comforts, such as LED TV, high-speed Internet access, and comfortable beds.

Day: 2, duration: 2
Salkantay Lodge

Nestled in the Andean valley of Soraypampa, Salkantay Lodge is designed as a harmonious blend of nature and comfort. The lodge has 12 guest rooms with private facilities, an expansive living area and bar, and a separate dining room. Enjoy mountain views from the large outside Jacuzzi and star gaze around the fire pit at night.

Day: 4, duration: 1
Wayra Lodge

This charming lodge with six lovely guestrooms is managed with care by a local family, giving it the feeling of a private mountain home. Feast on Peruvian fare cooked in the kitchen's impressive wood oven and enjoy candlelit dinners at night. Take a welcome dip in the courtyard Jacuzzi, and admire views of the mountains and cloud forest.

Day: 5, duration: 1
Collpa Lodge

Perched on a bluff across from a local village, this adobe lodge has lovely views of green hills and rolling fields. Relax in one of the six guestrooms or the large public areas that open onto the grass. While you're there, take a tour of the orchid garden and unwind in the relaxing outdoor Jacuzzi.

Day: 6, duration: 1
Lucma Lodge

Located at the head of the Inca trail, this elegant lodge sits amid avocado and coffee orchards and has six comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. Soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi or relax in the large circular living room. The walls of windows in the sitting area and dining room showcase the grandeur of the rainforest.

Day: 7, duration: 2
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

A village in its own right, Inkaterra Machu Picchu comprises 83 whitewashed casitas set among 12 acres of cloud forest complete with terraced hills, waterfalls, and lush gardens. The individual casitas feature inviting beds and rustically elegant decor. Diners in the first-class restaurant can indulge in Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist, while admiring views over the Vilcanota River.

Day: 9, duration: 1
Palacio del Inka

Housed in a 500-year old mansion, the exquisite Palacio del Inka is located in the historic center of Cusco, just a five-minute walk from the main square. The rooms are beautifully appointed, decorated with Peruvian art, handcrafted furnishings and modern conveniences and comforts, such as LED TV, high-speed Internet access, and comfortable beds.

MT Sobek: Peru Cusco & Machu Picchu Trek

Ian Lewis
Ian is a British-Peruvian guide and an outdoor enthusiast with many interests, including photography, archaeology, and trekking in the Andes. His spirit, enthusiasm, and knowledge make Ian an ideal guide for exploring the enchanting and ancient wonders of Peru. He will enrich your experience in one of the world’s most interesting countries! Ian also speaks fluent English and Spanish.





Manolo Lazo
Manolo is one of Peru’s most skilled adventure travel guides, with more than 30 years of experience leading treks and whitewater rafting trips. A resident of Cusco, Manolo is well versed in the rich history of the Andes and the classic trekking routes that trace the footsteps of the Inca trade paths. His knowledge of the region, people, and traditions immensely enrich the travel experience. He is fluent in English as well as Spanish, and conversant in Quechua—the historic language of the Incas—and he has a gift for instilling confidence in every trekker.





MT Sobek: Peru Cusco & Machu Picchu Trek

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
Optional 2nd visit to Machu Picchu on Day-9
MT Sobek: Peru Cusco & Machu Picchu Trek

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been bringing travelers to Peru for over 40 years, and our expertise and local knowledge is second to none.

Reason #02

Our popular Inn-to-Inn itinerary was selected as one of National Geographic Traveler's "Tours of a Lifetime."

Reason #03

Enjoy the challenge of a high-altitude trek with the full support of our staff and the comfort of well-appointed lodges.

Activities

Moderate to strenuous high-altitude hiking from 3 to 8 hours a day, following the Salkantay Trail.

Lodging

Nightly stays in comfortable, well-appointed lodges, adobe casitas, and luxurious hotels - no camping required.

Climate

April through October expect to see mostly sunny days followed by cooler nights and the possibility of morning frost. In December expect periodic showers.

When is the best time to go?

Best time is during the dry season April to October. November & March are also a good option with only occasional showers.

How difficult is the hiking?

All trails are well maintained but may sometimes include steep, rocky or even muddy terrain. You can expect to cross sections of the Inca Trail in addition to beautiful valleys, mountain passes and cloud forest.

What are the lodges like?

They are cozy 6-room mountain lodges, each designed with traditional Incan building techniques, comfortable goose down-bedding, and outdoor Jacuzzi.

How much do I have to carry?

You will only have to carry a day pack for each day's hike. Your duffel will meet you upon arrival at each lodge.

Will I have access to clean water on the trail?

Purified water will be provided during your trek.

How much acclimatization time do I need?

We suggest an additional day of acclimatization in Cusco before your trek.

Do you offer any extensions?

Yes! Ask one of our Trip Consultants or Adventure Coordinators about our pre- or post-trip extension options:

Highlights of Lima (3 days/2 nights)
Paracas and the Nazca Lines (3 days/2 nights)
Peruvian Amazon at Tambopata (4 days/3 nights)

About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

Read More

About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

Read More

Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.