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Experience this amazing Peru hiking tour!

Unravel the mysterious culture, enchanting terrain and magnificent history of the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this exclusive, small group journey to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay Trail. On this all-inclusive Peru vacation package, explore the “back way” to Machu Picchu, kicking off your adventure on a hiking expedition in Soraypampa, following the ancient Salkantay Route. Trek through 15 different ecosystems, changing altitudes and sacred ruins, all the while learning the culture and age-old traditions of local Andean families. At the end of each day, enjoy a well-deserved dip in an outdoor Jacuzzi before indulging in the best in regional cuisine and relaxing in the comforts of an enchanting mountain lodge. Your final morning crescendos in Machu Picchu, the mighty world-wonder citadel resting high above the Urubamba River. Throughout this trip-of-a-lifetime, Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service takes care of the details so you can focus on the grandeur of the Andes. A truly magical experience awaits!

  • Latin America Vacations
  • Adult only
  • Hiking
  • Cultural/History

Activity Level: Difficult (5)

This Tour
While some visitors spend a day hiking the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu, this adventure includes a week-long, lodge-to-lodge trek along the road less traveled. The Salkantay Trail is used by fewer trekkers en route to Machu Picchu but no less scenery and many more bountiful moments of solitude. Throughout this seven-day journey, our expert guides illuminate the secrets behind the intriguing ways of the Inca as you savor the breathtaking vistas of the Andes by day and the exclusive comforts of your beautiful mountain lodgings by night.
  • Acclimate with a hike to a spectacular glacial lake in Soraypampa
  • Circle Humantay Peak taking in 360-degree views of the snow-capped Vilcabamba Range and Salkantay Valley
  • Traverse lush bamboo forests, avocado orchards and coffee plantations in Santa Teresa River Valley
  • Hike Llactapata Pass for jaw-dropping views (that most never see) of Machu Picchu from the southwest
  • Meet an Andean family and learn the culture and age-old traditions of the locals in Lucmabamba
  • Watch the day break over Machu Picchu and explore the ruins with a private guide
  • Take a well-earned dip in an outdoor jacuzzi and enjoy a restful night's sleep in the comfort of your enchanting mountain lodge
Hiker photographing the Salkantay Valley Peru Tours
Photo: Hiker photographing the Salkantay Valley Peru Tours

Excellent guide, food, lodges - top notch

Kerry A Newbury, MA

Exceptional. Every aspect of the trip exceeded my expectations

Carol H Fredericksburg, VA

Everything was organized perfectly. Amazing.

Grace H New York, NY

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Day 1: Cusco to Salkantay Lodge
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Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Salkantay Lodge
After an early breakfast, your Mountain Lodges of Peru tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco. The first stop will be a visit to the Quillarumiyoc archaeological site. Next you will stop in the mountain village of Mollepata. There you will visit El Pedregal, a beautiful farmhouse where you can learn about local agriculture and local community weavers and have lunch. Then, the transfer will take you through a winding mountain road to a site called Challacancha. Here you will begin your hike to Soraypampa along a picturesque path called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path) , which is also a good opportunity to acclimate to the higher altitude. As you round the final turn of the Camino Real, the Salkantay Lodge will come into view. * Note: A pre-trek briefing the night before your morning pick up by MLP will take place at Hotel El Mercado at 7:00 PM.  * Option: Guests who do not wish to trek may be transported to the lodge by vehicle.

About the Salkantay Lodge

The Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort, located in the high Andean valley of Soraypampa, sits at 12,690 feet above sea level. In addition to high-quality Peruvian/International cuisine, the Lodge offers an outdoor hot Jacuzzi, traditional sauna, cozy reading rooms, a bar/lounge and 12 well-appointed private double (or twin/triple) rooms with private bathrooms and hot showers.
Day 2: A Hike to Humantay Lake
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Salkantay Lodge
Early start with a half day hike to Humantay Lake, fed by the hanging glaciers of Mt. Humantay. The trek is optional but the views are amazing! This hike is excellent for acclimatization and a first immersion into high- mountain trekking. In the afternoon, relax with a soak in an outdoor Jacuzzi. In the evening, your guides will brief you on gear and your itinerary for the next four days. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Lodge. * Option: Horseback Riding Excursion: * Short Excursion:  2 hours ride around Soraypampa in the afternoon (after hike to glacial lake).  
Day 3: Crossing the Salkantay Pass
Cloud forest on the Peru tour
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Wayra Lodge
This is the big day! We leave Soraypampa Valley for our continuing trek to Machu Picchu! Wake up early and hike the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from the Salkantay. Trek to the pass (15,213 ft) and take in 360-degree views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range and the towering, glaciated south face of Salkantay. Hot lunch en route. From the pass, descend toward Huayraccmachay and the Wayra Lodge, your home for the evening, keeping your eyes peeled for Andean condors. Dinner at the Lodge. * Option: You may also choose to trade day three’s hike up to Salkantay pass for a horseback ride (entirely or partly). Subject to extra cost.

About the Wayra Lodge

Wayra Lodge (Wayra meaning "the place where the wind lives") sits at an elevation of 12,812-feet in Huayraccmachay. Relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi in the central courtyard.
Day 4: Descending into the Cloud Forest
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Colpa Lodge
Sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast in Huayraccmachay. Begin your trek by hiking downhill above the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. Arrive at the Colpa Lodge for a “Pachamanca,” a traditional festive Peruvian meal cooked by layering meat and vegetables with hot stones. Enjoy a well- earned soak in an outdoor Jacuzzi and take in the lush mountain scenery. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the nearby orchid trail. Dinner at the Lodge.

About Colpa Lodge

The Colpa Lodge sits at 9,414-feet above sea level in an open promontory at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor Jacuzzi has prominent views of lush green mountains and a small village nestled in a valley below. Feel free to explore the grounds in search of the magnificent orchid garden.
Day 5: Following the Santa Teresa River Valley
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Lucma Lodge
Early breakfast before setting off on a trek to the Santa Teresa River Valley. Hike through banana plantations, ‘granadillas,’ and orchards and visit a coffee farm (where some of the best organic coffees in the world are grown!) Break along the river for a hot picnic lunch. After lunch, we hike one more hour before a private vehicle picks us up to shuttle to the beginning of the Llactapata Inca Trail (30 min). From the head of the trail, it’s a short climb to the Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. On the way we visit an organic coffee plantation where we join the owner on a short tour of the farm and learn how coffee is grown, harvested, dried and processed.

About Lucma Lodge

The Lucma Lodge is set in an avocado orchard and sits at an elevation of 7,003 feet. Here you'll have time to explore the coffee plantations and see a demonstration of coffee roasting.
Day 6: First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass
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Meals Included:  B, L, D
Early start and hearty breakfast before tackling the last leg of your trek. Hike two to three hours uphill towards Llactapata pass (8,500 ft), for a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu from the southeast (a view most never see). Explore the recently restored Llactapata Ruins. Lunch at the view point, with more views of Machu Picchu. Begin your final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations (2-3 hours descent). Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are a short, scenic train ride away (approx. 1 hour). Enjoy your stay at your award-winning hotel.

About Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel

Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel's private 12-acre cloud forest inside the Machu Picchu Sanctuary offers a scattering of cottages, streams, gushing waterfalls, gardens and wild forest interspersed by stone pathways.
Day 7: Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary
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Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: No overnight
Morning wakeup call before ascending to Machu Picchu by bus (30 min) for a private guided tour. Your trip leader will give an introductory 2 hour guided tour of the ruins, after which you have the option of climbing the steep staircase of Huayna Picchu, a steep and vertically quite challenging hike that takes about 2 hours, providing great views of Machu Picchu. Return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and an afternoon train ride in the Vistadome car back to Ollantaytambo (1.5 hours). From here you will be escorted by private vehicle for your transfer to Cusco (additional 1.5 hours). Upon arrival in Cusco (approx. 7 or 8:00 pm, you will be dropped off at your hotel.   *Option: Spend an extra day at Machu Picchu. Subject to extra cost – inquire about details with your travel specialist. ** This trip is operated in partnership with Mountain Lodges of Peru. *** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, trail conditions, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and MLP.
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  • 7 days/6 nights
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  • (Varies single supplement)

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Additional Trip Information

  • We recommend that you arrive to the city of Cusco (elevation 11,000+ feet) at least 2 nights prior to the trip starting. This will help you acclimate better for your lodge to lodge trek.
  • The night before your trip begins, a pre-trip briefing will be held at a specified time and place in which you'll have a chance to meet your guides and receive important information about your upcoming trekking experience.
  • On Day 1, a Mountain Lodges of Peru guide will pick you up from your hotel starting at 7:00 am.
  • On day 7, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where a private vehicle will transport you to Cusco.
  • Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7-8 pm) you will be dropped off at the hotel of your choice.
Hiking: Moderate to Challenging. This trek covers approximately 32 miles of uneven, rocky terrain. Prior hiking experience is recommended as this is not a novice hike.
  • Day 1 - Cusco to Salkantay Lodge: 3-5 hours, moderate.
  • Day 2 - Humantay Lake: 3 hours, moderate to challenging.
  • Day 3 - Crossing Salkantay Pass: 6 - 8 hours, challenging.
  • Day 4 - Descending into Cloud Forest: 3 - 4 hours, easy to moderate.
  • Day 5 - Following Santa Teresa River Valley: 5 - 6 hours, moderate to challenging (due to distance, not terrain).
  • Day 6 - Llactapata Pass: 4 - 6 hours, moderate to challenging.
  • Day 7 - Visit Machu Picchu: time spent at site varies, easy to challenging.
Optional activities (subject to extra cost): Chakana Inca Cross Excursion, Canopy Zipline, and Horseback Riding. Please talk with your travel specialist for additional details.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners as indicated in itinerary are included. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages, bottled water, sports drinks and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
Included in Trip Price
  • 6 nights lodging (5 nights in MLP lodges, 1 night in Aguas Calientes in 4-Star hotel).
  • All meals except Breakfast on Day 1 and Dinner on Day 7.
  • Guided visit of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (includes entrance, transportation to the site, & Huayna Picchu permits).
  • Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) from Day 1 to Day 7. Tours are led in English.
  • US $50 gratuities for service staff (MLP lodge staff, mule drivers and route chefs), excluding guides.
  • Wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) at all lodges and hotels.
  • Transportation of personal items on the trail by pack horses/mules and/or porters.
  • All services and transportation (vehicles & trains) from pick up in Cusco on Day 1 to drop off in Cusco on Day 7.
  • Water, tea, coffee, soft drinks and fresh juices are free of charge at the MLP Lodges. Only filtered water and tea are available free of charge at the hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Tips for lead and assistant guides.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance and expenses.
  • Optional activities - Chakana Inca Cross Excursion & Horseback Riding.
  • Optional extra day at Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes.
  • Massage, spa, & laundry services.
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7.
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled water and sports drinks.
Pre-departure Information After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:
An " Adventure" of a LIFETIME! Worth every Penny for an adventure with a little Luxury. ” Todd H, Elizabethtown, KY
Our trip was beyond our expectations! All of it was amazing! ” Scott H, Prairie Village, KS
This trip was wonderful! We thoroughly enjoyed every second! ” Cate H, Salida, CO
Well managed, spectacular trip, great people from start to finish. lodges were really terrific. ” Doug W, Castle Rock, CO
AA is a first class organization - This is my 4th mountain trek and AA is "way ahead" of all. ” Donald C, Shawnee Mission, KS
Absolutely amazing experience! Great staff both here in US and in Peru. ” Trace U, Atlanta, GA
Every Detail and experience was handled expertly ” Gail C, Reno, NV
It was more than I had expected. I loved this experience. ” Rhonda M, Reno, NV
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The lodges! There's no better feeling after hiking Machu Picchu than finding an exclusive lodge (and hot tub) waiting for you around the final bend.
  • 2. The gourmet Peruvian cuisine: your own personal chef accompanies you on the trail from lodge to lodge.
  • 3. The local Indian market in Pisac: this colorful market offers the region's most impressive display of handmade textiles and crafts.
  • 4. Cusco: for a true taste of culture, spend an evening dining and dancing with the locals.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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