Located at 12,795 feet, Salkantay Lodge takes its name from the sacred most sacred peak in Inca mythology, which stands tall at a spectacular 20,500 feet.
The Lodge features 12 rooms, 1 hot tub, reading room, Trout fishing, horseback riding and fantastic views of an enormous glacier-cloaked mountain, this luxurious weigh station is on a lesser known route to Machu Picchu Located between Humantay Peak and Salkantay Peak, it sits in Peru’s Soraypampa Valley, on an unspoiled landscape of towering peaks and alpine grasslands.
Located at Huayraqmachay, Wayra Lodge is “the place where the wind lives”. In this a windswept valley, 3,900 metres below Humantay Mountain.
Wayra Lodge offers 6 private double rooms; and is fully equipped and serviced, with a cosy reading room, fireplace, outdoor Jacuzzi and central heating.
Perched on a 1,000 foot bluff above the river, the Colpa Lodge rests in a cloud forest at 10, 3000 feet overlooking the Colpampa Valley, near hot springs and confluence of three rivers; where you can hear the union of the three rivers.
As with all the lodges we use on the Salcantay Trail, the 6 private double rooms each with private bathroom are kept at a comfortable temperature. The lodge is fully equipped and serviced and provides a cosy ready room, fireplace, central heating and a wonderful outdoor Jacuzzi with spectacular vista.
Lucma Lodge is built right into the mountainside and flanked by an avocado orchard. Near the village of Lucmabamba, it is in a tropical rainforest of an archaeological reserve, at the head of the Inca Trail. Lucma lodge is also fully equipped and serviced.
There are 6 private double rooms, each with a private bathroom complete with hot and cold water. There is also a cosy reading room, fireplace, central heating and a relaxing outdoor Jacuzzi to bubble away any aches from your day out trekking.
Decorated with Andean tapestries, this hotel is supremely serene and cozy, yet full of breathtaking wonder. Inkaterra Pueblo Machu Picchu is located in Aguas Coliente and is just a short distance from the bustling pedestrian-only town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). This is a sanctuary in every sense.
The vibrant culture of the Andes is ever-present here, in the architecture, the tasteful carvings and textiles, the delicious cuisine, and the mystical vestiges of the Inca.
There is a restaurant that that offers Andean cuisine overlooking the Vilcanota River and all rooms offer private bathroom with free wifi.
Prices are "from" per person based on twin beds or double share bedroom departing during Low Season: March 1 – 31 & from November 1 - December 14
During High Season trekking dates: April 1 - October 31 & December 15 – 31 an extra surcharge of USD$1,000 per person applies.
Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability.
Rates for solo traveler, triple share or more travellers are available on request - please inquire.
Requested Single Room: 25% supplement of the retail cost per person
If a guest is a single willing to share, we will do our best to pair up the guest with another traveler of the same gender
In case ultimately no roommate is found then the guest would only be subject to a 25%
Day 0: City of Cusco - Pre Trek briefing
Tonight you will meet your guides and other travelers for an important but informal meeting held at El Mercado Hotel in Cuso at approx 6pm.
The meeting will run for approximately 45 minutes.
Accommodation and meals not included on this day.
Lodges are closed January and February.
March to December. There are up to three departures weekly. Please enquire for exact dates
Low Season: March 1 – 31 & November 1 - December 14
High Season: April 1 - October 31 & December 15 – 31
We recommend that our guests spend at least two nights in Cusco prior to departure. This helps with acclimating to the altitude and also provides an opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Cusco. Everyone’s tolerance to altitude differs and we encourage our guests to make exercise and a healthy diet a part of their training program before their trip.
On The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, guests hike 4-8 hours per day on six (6) consecutive days along rugged mountain trails and at various elevations (up to 15,000’/4,500m). Pre-trip preparation should include challenging cardiovascular exercise including regular hikes on varied terrain, and a healthy, balanced diet. Well-worn hiking boots and additional acclimatization nights in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before the trek are both highly recommended. Having said this, please be assured that all guests are encouraged to hike at their own pace and take breaks whenever needed to ensure a successful and enjoyable trek for all.
Second only to the Himalayas, the Andes rise to over 19,000’/5,800m. The rugged Andean landscape is comprised of dramatic mountain ranges separated by deep vertical canyons and green valleys. The eastern slopes of the Andes are veiled in cloud forests which receive plentiful rainfall as they drop into the Amazon Basin.
All of the trails are well-maintained and safe. Adventurers can expect to cross sections of original Inca Trails in addition to newer paths that may sometimes include steep, rocky, or even muddy terrain. Be prepared for varied ecosystems almost every day!
Gratuities are included in the trip cost for all lodge and logistical personnel except for guides/assistant guides. We generally suggest a gratuity of $5-10/per day, per guide, but we leave this to your discretion.
Once you have booked your Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu adventure, you will receive a packing list that outlines the items that you will need for the trip. We recommend packing your belongings in a mid-sized soft duffle bag for the duration of the program. You will only need a day-pack during the hikes and your duffel will meet you upon arrival at each lodge. Please be aware that the train to Machu Picchu imposes a baggage weight limit of 8kg/18lbs per person. We offers duffel bags on loan; please request one at the pre-trip briefing in Cusco if you think that your luggage will exceed this weight. Extra luggage can be stored safely at your hotel in Cusco.
Our lodges are located in remote high-mountain locations where a mobile signal can sometimes be difficult to obtain. However, all of our lodges have been set up with Wi-Fi and telephone connections to ensure that our guests can communicate with friends and family. Having said that, we highly recommend disconnecting from your daily routine for an even better opportunity to recharge during your time with us in the Peruvian highlands.
We follows a detailed protocol in case of medical emergency. Every guide has completed a Wilderness First Aid certification and carries a comprehensive first aid kit, portable oxygen, portable hyperbaric chamber, and communication radio on the trail at all times. A staff physician in Cusco is always available by telephone. Additional basic medical equipment is stored at each lodge. Your pre-trip information packet will include an emergency contact number in the event that family or friends at home need to reach you.
All participants are required to provide valid proof of travel insurance, including specific coverage for adventure travel activities in Peru.