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Salkantay Trek

Mountain lodges trek to Machu Picchu

13 days from £6,615pp

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Tour highlights

  • Explore the former Inca capital of Cuzco.

  • Experience some of the community development projects run by Mountain Lodges of Peru.

  • Stay in luxury, sustainable lodges throughout the Salkantay trek.

  • Visit Machu Picchu, the jewel in the Inca crown.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international and domestic flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Cuzco.

  • Upon arrival in Cuzco today you will be met and driven to your hotel by private transfer. You will have some time to explore the colonial city and relax this afternoon.

  • Today take a private guided tour of Cuzco's historic centre and a number of fascinating Inca sites in the surrounding valleys. In the afternoon you are free to explore, why not soak up the atmosphere in the main square.

  • Travel into the fertile and picturesque valley known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, enjoying a guided tour of the key sights such as the Písac Market and ruins. Return to your hotel this evening, in time for a pre-departure briefing for the trek.

  • You will be collected from your hotel in Cuzco this morning to travel to the Salkantay Lodge and Adventure Resort, stopping en route to explore small Inca ruins at Limatambo. You will undertake an acclimatisation trek today.

  • Day two of the Mountain Lodges journey, with a full day to explore the surrounding area and acclimatise further. There are some lovely gentle walks from the lodge. You could also visit the reforestation project that Mountain Lodges are working on with volunteers from the university in Cuzco.

  • Today your trek begins in earnest, hiking from Soraypampa to Huayraccmachay, across stunning mountain terrain.

  • The early morning is at leisure, with optional treks, before descending through the lush Salkantay Valley. You will arrive in time for a late lunch.

  • Continue descending today through the Santa Teresa Valley, passing coffee plantations and the orchard conservation project as you walk. Climb up to your lodge and spend the rest of the day exploring the local area and village.

  • The final day trekking and a two-hour uphill walk to the Llactapata Pass from where you have a glimpse of Machu Picchu and the chance to visit the Inca ruins at Llactapata. Descend to the Vilcanota River where you will take the train to Aguas Calientes to check into your hotel.

  • Today you will visit the site of Machu Picchu and take a guided tour of the ancient Inca Citadel with the rest of your group. In the afternoon, return to Cuzco by train.

  • You have the morning free to relax before you are taken to the airport to begin your journey home.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu

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