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Peru Luxury adventure with Lodge-to-Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu

Peru Luxury adventure with Lodge-to-Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 1. Arrival to Lima and connection flight to Cusco
Welcome to Peru !!! You will arrive to the International Airport Jorge Chavez, in Lima, Peru. From here connect with a short flight to Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca Empire. A member of Vamos Expeditions will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. You have the change acclimatize to the altitude and explore the main square and get a first view of the historic center.

Day 2. Cusco
We will take you on a private tour in Cusco and the nearby Inca ruins. Our local guide will explain you everything while you explore this fascinating city. In the afternoon you have time to get prepared for your trek tomorrow.

Day 3. Start Salcantay Lodge to Lodge trek
After an early breakfast, we are picked up starting at 7:00 am at your Cusco hotel by your guide and vehicle. En route we take a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hrs from Cusco). After leaving Limatambo, we pass through the mountain village of Mollepata where we stop for a short coffee break before ascending a winding mountain road to a place called Marcoccasa (30 minutes from Mollepata by vehicle).
Here, we begin our trek to Soraypampa, on an old route called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path). This is a good opportunity for everyone to acclimate, while enjoying a beautiful six hour trek. Salkantay Lodge takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley - Mt. Salkantay, the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 6,270 m (20,600 ft), the highest in the region. After a warm welcome by our friendly staff, we are shown to our rooms and have time to freshen-up, before tea and cookies. The trip leader will hold a briefing by the fireplace, followed by aperitifs and dinner. Overnight at Salkantay Lodge at 3,869 m/12,690 ft. 

Day 4. Salcantay Lodge to Lodge trek
Today we take an acclimatization hike on the slopes above the lodge to Lake Humantay, fed by the hanging glaciers of Mt. Humantay. The hike is optional, but the views are amazing, and those brave enough can even go for a dip. We return to the lodge for lunch with your afternoon at leisure, after which you may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in our outdoor jacuzzi. We spend the night at the Salkantay Lodge (at 3,869 m/12,690 ft) with gourmet food and warm, comfortable beds. In the evening, the guide briefs us on gear and the itinerary for the following day. All meals are served at the Lodge.

Day 5. Salcantay Lodge to Lodge trek: Crossing Salcantay Pass
This is the big day! After an early start, we hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point on the trek is the Salkantay Pass at 4,638 m (15,213 ft). At the pass we stop to take in views of snow- capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering above us. We will keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often vis- ible in this area. From the pass we descend towards Wayra Lodge (at 3,906 m/12,812 ft) (“Wayra”: wind; from the name of the location “Wayracmachay”: ‘the cave where the wind lives’) our destination for the evening. A hot lunch is served en route; dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 6. Salcantay Lodge to Lodge trek: Descending into the Cloud Forest
On this day we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge. Then we continue our de- scent along the left bank of the Salkantay River, through increasingly verdant scenery. We can feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. Upon arrival at Colpa Lodge(at 2,870 m/9,414 ft) we are greeted with a Pachamanca, a traditional festive Peruvian meal cooked by layering meat and vegetables with hot stones. Everything is then covered with hot stones, plantain leaves, high Andean grass and local herbs and the contents are baked in this underground oven. Colpa Lodge is located on an open plateau at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor jacuzzi has panoramic views of lush green mountains. We spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the nearby orchid trail. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 7. Salcantay Lodge to Lodge trek: Following the Santa Teresa River Valley
Today we hike along the Santa Teresa river valley, through more populated rural areas. We pass through banana, granadilla, and avocado orchards and coffee plantations (said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world). A hot picnic lunch is served by the river. After lunch, we hike another hour before a private vehicle meets us for a short drive to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” (aprox. 30 minutes). From the head of the newly restored Inca trail we easily make our way to Lucma Lodge, set in an avocado orchard. On the way we visit an organic coffee plantation where we join the owner on a short tour of the farm and learn how coffee is grown, harvested, dried and processed. Dinner and overnight at the Lucma lodge (at 2,135m/7,003 ft.)

Day 8. Salcantay Lodge to Lodge trek: First views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata
After a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. We head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974ft), where we come upon a distant but spec- tacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers ever get a chance to admire. We take a short break to explore the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is served at a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu. After which we begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. We then board a train for a scenic ride (approx. 1 hour) to Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we check into an award-winning hotel for a celebration dinner with our guide and one last briefing!

Day 9. Visit Machu Picchu Santuary – train to Cusco
After a very early buffet breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (30 min). Our trip leader will give an introduc- tory 2 hour guided tour of the ruins, after which we have the option of climbing the steep staircase of Huayna Picchu, a steep and vertically quite challenging hike that takes about 2 hours which affords great views of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, we meet up with our guide and return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch and to catch our train. The ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes about 1,5 hours, and then a private vehicle will drive us back to Cusco (an additional 1,5 hour). Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7 or 8 p.m.), we will bring you to your hotel of choose.

Day 10. Amazon Jungle
A short flight brings you from Cusco to the town Puerto Maldonado, located in the Amazon basin. The Amazon area of Puerto Maldonado is known as the capital of biodiversity in Peru. Our local nature guide will wait for you in the airport and will guide into another world. You will drive to the local river port and enter a motorized canoe that will take you to our jungle lodge. Here you will have lunch and in the afternoon you will start to explore the area in search of wildlife.

Day 11. Amazon Jungle
Today you will enjoy a full day of nature and jungle exploration with your local guide. For all meals you return to the comfortable jungle lodge and there is time to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of this romantic place. An ideal way to end your holiday.

Day 12. Lima – departure
Return by motor canoe to the little town of Puerto Maldonado for your flight back to the capital Lima. You may connect with your international flight tonight.


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