Enjoy 7 days of challenging trekking in the Vilcabamba Cordillera, on the flanks of Salcantay mountain, and overnight in luxurious mountain lodges on the Lodge to Lodge to Machu Picchu Trek. You'll awe at this exhilarating range of steep valleys, lacy waterfalls, and towering granite snowpeaks.
Five hundred years ago, the Incas united each valley and pass with a network of exquisitely crafted stone highways; life in these mountains has changed little. The Quechua-speaking peasants scattered througzh these high green valleys nurture their herds, till the soil with traditional tools, and make coca leaf offerings to the powerful Apu (mountain spirit) residing in the sacred peak of Nevado Salcantay (6,271 m/ 20,600 ft).
You start this Machu Picchu trek at the enchanting valley of Soraypampa and spend two nights at Soraypampa Lodge with an open day to become acclimated to the altitude and/or to take an optional hike. Continue trekking, spending a night at each of these trekkers’ lodges: Wayra Lodge at Huayraccmachay, Collpa Lodge at Collpapampa, and Lucma Lodge at Lucmabamba. Each lodge has a shared Jacuzzi and fireplace and offers full-service dining for guests. The cozy bedrooms have eiderdown bedding and a private full bathroom. The rooms, which can hold 2-4 people, also have serene views either of snow-covered peaks or lush tropical hillsides.
The Lodge to Lodge to Machu Picchu trek (also called Mountain Lodges of Peru) offers spectacular views, especially at the highest pass at 15,000 ft where you have views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction. You continue at a leisurely pace, enjoying the change from high peaks to lush forest, then to rural areas passing through coffee plantations and orchards.
On Day 6 you catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu from Llactapata pass, then descend to the Vilcanota River. A short train ride takes you to Aguas Calientes where you spend the night before your visit to Machu Picchu on Day 7.