Peru’s Luxury Mountain Lodges
Mountain Lodges of Peru operates a collection of upscale lodges along some of Peru’s most scenic hiking routes.
Their most popular trek begins near sacred Mount Salcantay and concludes in Machu Picchu. Along the way, guests are treated to spectacular vistas, fine meals, and warm hospitality.
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”
Cusco to Salkantay Lodge After an early breakfast in Cusco, depart by vehicle toward Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort in Soraypampa.
En route, visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo, 90 minutes from Cusco.
Afterward, stop for coffee in the mountain village of Mollepata, before driving another 30 minutes up the mountain to the Marcoccasa trailhead.
Your guided trek begins here, on an easy, four-hour stretch of the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). A box lunch is provided.
Arrive at the Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort (12,500 feet above sea level), nestled below the breathtaking Nevado Salkantay (20,600 feet).
After some time to relax, your first afternoon is spent at leisure. An evening briefing by the fireplace is followed by aperitifs and dinner.
Soraypampa Today you’ll have time to relax and hike near the lodge. The most popular activity at Soraypampa is a half-day hike (3-4 hours of moderate to challenging trail) to a glacial lake.
In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing soak in the outdoor hot tub. Dinner and a trek briefing round out the day.
Soraypampa to Wayra Lodge After an early start, hike up the Rio Blanco Valley, circling Humantay Peak.
The highest point on the trek lives here—a pass—15,000 feet above sea level. At the top, take in views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range and observe Andean condors.
From the pass, descend toward Wayra Lodge at Huayraccmachay (12,600 feet above sea level). A hot lunch is provided en route.
Total hiking time for today is four to six hours.
Huayraccmachay to Colpa Lodge After a leisurely breakfast, begin today’s four-hour trek (easy to moderate) by hiking downhill near the Salkantay River.
You’ll be welcomed to Colpa Lodge at Collpapampa (9,200 feet above sea level) with a traditional Pachamama-style lunch.
In the afternoon and evening, relax in the outdoor hot tub and enjoy dinner at the lodge.
Collpapampa to Lucma Lodge Today’s hike begins after an early breakfast.
The trail heads down the lush Santa Teresa River Valley, through plantations of coffee and bananas (approximately four hours of hiking on moderate terrain). Stop for a hot picnic lunch along the river.
After another hour of hiking, board the lodge vehicle for the 30-minute drive to Lucmabamba (6,900 feet above sea level).
After some time spent relaxing at the lodge, you’ll visit the village and meet with members of the community. Return to the lodge for dinner and time to enjoy the starry skies.
Lucmabamba to Aguas Calientes After a hearty breakfast, begin the final day of trekking with a two to three-hour uphill climb towards Llactapata Pass (8,900 feet above sea level; challenging trail).
Here, Machu Picchu can be viewed in the distance.
Take time to explore the Llactapata ruins and have lunch, before beginning the final descent to the Aobamba River.
This moderate section of the trail takes two to three hours, traversing bamboo forests and fruit orchards.
Near the river, board the train for a 30-minute ride to the town of Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu. Tonight, you’ll overnight at a comfortable hotel near the river.
Machu Picchu to Cusco Anticipation is high as you rise early for breakfast and the 30-minute bus trip up the mountain to Machu Picchu.
Your guided tour of the Inca city will be followed by up to four hours of independent exploration.
During this time, you could hike Huayna Picchu, visit the Temple of the Moon, or marvel at the stunning scenery. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Cusco by train, arriving around 8PM.