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What's Included

  • Privately guided Inca Trail Lodge to Lodge trek
  • Private tour options in Lima and Cusco
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

A unique opportunity to hike to Machu Picchu and experience the mesmerising Andean mountain scenery, whilst staying in lodges rather than camping.

Starting off with a stay in the capital city of Lima, to rest and enjoy the cities museums and gourmet dining experiences, before making your way over to the simply magical city of Cusco and embarking on your seven day (six nights) Inca trek.

This is a very special way to experience the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and the beauty of the Andes, navigating a network of specially constructed lodgings along the Salkantay trail, to provide an extremely comfortable alternative to camping en-route. This section of the tour is with a small group, although the Lima and Cusco sections are entirely private.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-2

Lima

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Lima

Accommodation in Lima

Day one in Lima Day one in Lima
Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Lima airport

Days 2-4

Cusco

Flights & Transfers

Flight

Flight from Lima to Cusco

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Cusco

Accommodation in Cusco

Days in Cusco Days in Cusco

Enjoy this beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this beautiful city. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours to booking fine restaurants for you. Your personal travel designer will be able to recommend activities that are most suitable to your interests.

Days 4-10

Salkantay

Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 1 Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 1

An early start from Cusco and a drive to the Tarawasi ruins begins your first day. Onto the mountain village of Mollepata, you'll then begin a mild 4-hour trek up the "Camino Real" to ease you into the altitudes, ending at the Salkantay Lodge and your bed for the evening.

Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 2 Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 2

Day two is spent at leisure for rest or doing various activities, depending upon your level of acclimatisation. You may choose to embark on a half-day hike to a glacial lake, as a good introduction and preparation to high altitude trekking. Spend one more night at the Salkantay Lodge.

Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 3 Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 3

This is the big day - the start of your four-day trek to Machu Picchu. Hike up the Rio Blanco Valley to a pass of 4,600 m (15,000 ft), taking in the magnificent views of the Vilcabamba mountain range and keeping your eyes peeled for Condors. Descend to Wayra Lodge and your well-earned bed for the evening.

Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 4 Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 4

A slightly easier day after the hard first day's trek. A leisurely breakfast, then hiking down to the Salkantay River, and a Pachamanca-style lunch at your overnight accommodation of the Colpa Lodge.

Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 5 Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 5

Descend into the Santa Teresa River Valley, stopping along the river for a hot picnic lunch. Private vehicle then takes you to the beginning of the Llactapata Inca Trail for a short climb to the Lucma Lodge, and your lodge for the evening.

Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 6 Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 6

The last day of the trek. Head up to the Llactapata pass for unique views of Machu Picchu (a view few tourists ever glimpse). Visit the recently restored Llactapata Ruins before lunch at the observatory and final descent to the Aobamba River, then a short train ride to Aguas Calientes for the night.

Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 7 and tour of Machu Picchu Inca Trail, Lodge-to-Lodge: Day 7 and tour of Machu Picchu

Wake up early to have breakfast at the hotel to then make your way up to Machu Picchu (30 min by bus). Early morning is the best time to see the ruins and you'll be given a complete guided tour of Machu Picchu (2 hours). Guests will have about four additional hours to explore the site on their own (there is a lot to do and see). Afterwards, we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to go to the train station for the afternoon departure. The train will take you to Ollantaytambo (1½ hrs), where a private vehicle awaits to take us to Cusco (1 ½ hrs). Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7-8pm) you will be take to the your chosen hotel.

Days 10-11

Cusco

Accommodation in Cusco

Night in Cusco Night in Cusco

Enjoy this beautiful city and Unesco World Heritage site. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this beautiful city.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer to Cusco airport

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