Machu Picchu Lodge Trek

Cusco Peru: (ZZ-HK-PEML01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/peru_machu_picchu_lodge_trek.aspx

Introduction
Cusco Peru
Hidden Trails offers "Adventure at its finest”: the opportunity to experience the essence of adventure within the realm of creature comforts. But for Hidden Trails, a great adventure does not end there: for it to be a life-changing experience for our guests, we believe that the experience has to be an adventure on many levels. This is why our proposal goes far beyond comfortable lodges and great treks…it is a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the Land of the Incas, contemporary manifestations of deep-founded culture, the most interesting and exotic variety of flora and fauna, culinary surprises, the determination of local people to progress, new friends and like-minded souls.

Experience The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in style. This 7-day lodge to lodge trekking adventure will take you on a historic section of Inca trail through 15 different eco-systems, while you traverse a mountain pass over 15,000 feet, explore villages where locals still maintain age-old traditions and re-discover the mystical beauty of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the Inca Empire.

Each day’s trek ends with a hot shower in a cozy lodge, complemented by a massage or a dip in an outdoor Jacuzzi, followed by a gourmet meal with select wines and all provided with highly personalized service by local staff.

The Salkantay adventure goes beyond deluxe lodges and a great trek… it is a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the Land of the Incas, as well as the most interesting and exotic variety of flora and fauna, all in the company of new friends and like-minded souls.

Accomodation

You will be staying at the following lodges along the trail:
Salkantay Lodge (Abra Salkantay  15,213 ft / 4,638 m) ,
Wayra Lodge (Huayraccmachay 12,812 ft / 3,906 m),
Colpa Lodge (Collpapampa 9,414 ft / 2,870 m) ,
Lucma Lodge  (Lucmabamba 7,003 ft / 2,135 m)  and at a
Hotel in Aguas Caliente near Machu Picchu.

 

Salkantay Lodge

The Salkantay Lodge has 12 private double or twin rooms with private bathrooms (hot and cold water). Located at 12,690 feet (3,869 meters), this luxury lodge welcomes you with a hot tub, reading room, trout fishing, horseback riding and incomparable views of Salkantay, the region’s highest peak.

Wayra Lodge
In a windswept valley at 3,900m, this lodge has a small hot tub in an inner courtyard. The lodge has 6 comfortable bedrooms, with private bathrooms and gas heating. There is also a bar and dining room. From here the trail leads downhill, in the knowledge that the highest pass is behind you!

Colpa Lodge
Colpa Lodge rests near a cloud forest at 9,414 feet (2,870 meters) in the Colpapampa Valley, near hot springs and the confluence of three rivers. The 6 rooms have views and all have heating and private bathrooms.

Lucma Lodge
Lucma Lodge is located in Lucmabamba, ear coffee plantations. Savor spectacular views from this lodge at 7,003 feet (2,135 meters), built right into the mountainside and flanked by an avocado orchard. The lodge has 6 comfortable rooms with private bathrooms.

Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel - Aguas Calientes
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a colonial-style property. The spacious rooms feature tiled floors and seating areas. Decorated with Andean tapestries, rooms at Inkaterra boast beds with cotton sheets, alpaca blankets and canopies. Some rooms have Wi-Fi, fireplaces, marble basins and private pools.


CHECK-IN: SIGNATURE ACCOUNT
At check-in at the 1st lodge, you will be asked to open a voucher on your credit card for potential extras during the trip such as alcoholic beverages, clothing/souvenirs and others.
At the 4th lodge you will need to settle your bill and can do so by charging the credit card previously presented or by paying in cash. If paying in cash, please take note that we only accept US$ 5, US$ 10, US$ 20, and US$ 50 dollar bills; we do not accept US$ 1, US$100 or coins.
We accept Peruvian currency. If paying with a credit card, please note you will not be able to present a new credit card when settling the bill.

MASSAGE SERVICES
We offer professional massage services at the Salkantay Lodge from March-December of every season. We offer professional massage services at the Wayra, Colpa and Lucma lodges—subject to availability, please inquire prior to departure.
The cost for a massage service is approx. US$85.00 per 50 minute session


COMMUNICATION

RURAL SATELLITE PHONE
• Each Lodge has a stationary rural satellite phone which the guests can use.
• International calls can be placed and received. However, we kindly ask to refrain from receiving incoming calls unless in case of emergency, as a sign of respect and courtesy for other guests.

RURAL SATELLITE INTERNET
Though it is our goal to try and maintain our guest’s experience as pure and natural as possible, with as less contact with urban traits (like internet) as possible, we understand that internet might have become a necessary service for some guests. Thus, we provides rural wi-fi internet service at all 4 lodges. However, as a sign of respect and courtesy to other guests, we kindly ask that the use of the internet service is limited to use within the guest rooms and is prohibited in the common areas of each lodge.

Please keep in mind that good internet reception is not guaranteed due to the satellite-based nature of the system. Continuous and/or extreme bad weather conditions might negatively affect the internet signal.

* WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF THE GUESTS LAPTOPS OR ANY OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICE.


Meals
All meals are included as well as water, tea, coffee, and soft drinks at the lodge. We offer meats that have been farmed locally and we use local organic ingredients in all of our meals. Alcohol and sports drinks are not included. 
Meals at the lodges are designed to be light, because of the effect high altitude has on the digestion, and to contain the necessary nutrition for guests riding at high altitude. We offer meats that have been farmed locally and we use local organic ingredients in all of our meals.
In an effort to reduce plastic waste on the trail and at the lodge, we encourage guests to use refillable water bottles. For this purpose we provide an ample supply of the highest - quality filtered water.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restriction if given prior notice.
Please inform us at the time of booking of any dietary requirements. If any requirements should arise between the time of booking and the trip beginning, for instance, due to a change in health circumstances, ie, diagnosis of diabetes, please inform us as soon as possible and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Riding

Altitude

Altitude sickness is most common at elevations above 6,500’/1,900m and results from the body adjusting to a decreased amount of oxygen. To combat this, we recommend spending a few nights in Cusco prior to the start of your program. In addition, it is always important to drink plenty of water. Filtered and purified water is available at our lodges and carried by trek support at all times. In case of extreme altitude sickness, both oxygen and hyperbaric chambers are available as needed.

Age Limits
The recommended minimum age of participants is 12 years old. However, we may consider exceptions depending on experience and physical condition.

Insurance
We kindly request that every guest presents valid proof of insurance coverage as a minimum for Medical Emergency Treatment and Evacuation. Make sure that the insurance policy includes Adventure Travel Activities or similar coverage.

Guides
Depending on group size, 1main guide or one main and one assistant guide you for the duration of the itinerary.

Itinerary

Sample itinerary - Subject to changes

Day 0: We recommend that you arrive at least 1 (better 2) nights before the trek in Cusco to acclimatize to the altitude. We are happy to make hotel reservations for you - we recommend the Casa Andina Private Collection.
We provide a pre-trek briefing at a local restaurant which consists of the following::
- Meet and greet with the group and the guide
- Detailed itinerary and any last-minute changes
- Confirmation of specific dietary and medical information of the participants
- Frequently asked questions
- Participant gear & equipment verification
- Specific requests for additional information.

Day 1:Cusco to Salkantay Lodge
In the morning: Visit the Quillarumiyoc archaeological site on the way to the town of Mollepata.
In the afternoon: Lunch at El Pedregal before your first trek to MLP’s flagship Salkantay Lodge
Trekking Time: Approximately 3 hours (including picnic lunch en route)
Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate
Option: Guests who do not wish to trek may be transported to the lodge by vehicle


Day 2: Hike to the Humantay Lake
Day two presents another opportunity to gauge your altitude-acclimatization with a half day hike to Lake Humantay. After breakfast, you begin an ascent up the slopes that border the plateau behind the Salkantay Lodge. An hour and a half later, you will be stunned to see the turquoise water of the lake. Here you will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack, meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot and be part of a traditional offering to “Pachamama” (Mother Earth). After your descent back to the lodge, the staff will be waiting with a hot lunch. The second half of your day is spent at leisure. You may opt to soak in our outdoor jacuzzi, indulge in a relaxing massage or even take a long nap.
Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging
Note: While the morning hike to Lake Humantay is optional, we strongly recommend your participation in preparation for the strenuous hike on day three
.

Day 3: Crossing the Salkantay Pass
After an early start, you hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak. As you gradually make your way up these mountain trails, you will encounter expansive plateaus dotted with boulders of varying sizes, the remnants of a valley that was once bisected by a fast-flowing river. The final and most challenging part of your ascent is conquering the mountain switchbacks that take you to the Salkantay Pass, the highest point on the trek (4,636 m/15,213 ft). What follows is a dramatic descent through fields of giant boulders, often shrouded in fog. After a very welcome hot picnic lunch, you will continue down through bucolic rolling hills and marsh-like plateaus as you take your final steps to the Wayra Lodge at Wayraccmachay.
Trekking Time: 7 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level: Challenging


Day 4: Descending into the Cloud Forest
After a leisurely breakfast at the Wayra Lodge, you continue the descent along the banks of the Salkantay River through increasingly verdant scenery. Today you will see more of the local people as the trail takes you past their simple homes and makeshift fences. At lunch time you will arrive at Colpa Lodge, located on a high promontory at the confluence of three rivers. You are greeted by the staff with a Pachamanca lunch, a traditional Peruvian meal cooked in the earth by
hot stones that create a natural underground oven. After lunch, spend the afternoon lounging in the sun or relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi while you take in the
panoramic views of the lush green mountains that surround you.
Trekking Time: 4 hours
Hiking Level: Easy to Moderate


OPTIONAL ACTIVITY
Afternoon bike from Manchayhuaycco to Collpapampa. You will descend through a beautiful valley in which you will admire the diverse cloud forest vegetation through the slopes of the valley. Duration: 3hrs approximately / Level: Easy. This activity has an additional cost.

Day 5: Following the Santa Teresa River Valley
Today you will hike in the Santa Teresa River valley where you will hop over small streams fed by waterfalls descending from the glaciers and cross through fruit orchards. After breaking for a hot picnic lunch by the river, you will walk for one hour before we meet an MLP vehicle for a short drive to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” that leads us to Lucma Lodge. On the way you will visit an organic coffee plantation, one of many in that area that produces some of the best organic coffee in the world. In Lucmabamba, the hot air and increased humidity signal that you are even closer to the edge of the Amazon Jungle.
Trekking Time: 6 hours (including lunch)
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging (because of distance, not terrain)


OPTIONAL
Zip Line in Santa Teresa: This is a full day activity which replaces the trek. Operated by Cola de Mono. It has an additional cost.
Biking:
Option a) Yanama pass – Hornopampa – Lluskamayo. Duration: 5 hrs. approximately. Level: Easy to moderate. It has an additional cost.
Option b) Descent from Hornopampa to Lluskamayo. Duration: 3.5 hrs. approximately. Level: Easy. It has an additional cost.

Day 6: First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass
During a 2-3 hour climb up a path mostly comprised of original Inca steps, you will get a sense of what hiking through the rainforest would be like. Your first milestone today will be the top of the peak, the last one before you reach the Aobamaba River valley that connects you to Machu Picchu. When you arrive at the ruins of Llactapata at the Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974 ft), you will be delighted to see a southeast view of the “back” of the Machu Picchu ruins.
Enjoy your lunch a bit farther down the trail in a meadow with panoramic views. The final descent takes you through lush bamboo forests, until you end the day’s hike at the Hidroelectrica train station. A one-hour scenic train ride delivers you to your final stop, the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.
Trekking Time: 5 hours
Hiking Level: Moderate to Challenging


Day 7: Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary
At dawn, you begin your journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Your imagination will soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins. Some may even choose a hike to Huayna Picchu, the iconic towering mountain often seen in photographs. After the visit you will have lunch in Aguas Calientes before your train/ transfer back to Cusco. As night falls and you arrive at your hotel amidst and hustle and bustle of
Cusco, you will be touched by a feeling of peace and rejuvenation which will linger even as you journey back home.
Trekking Time: 5 hours
Hiking Level: Challenging
Note: Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets are subject to availability.

Spend an Extra Day in Machu Picchu
Even though you have enough time to see the core of Machu Picchu Sanctuary during the regular guided tour, most of our guests realize that they would have liked to stay a little longer since there is so much to explore! Let us know at time of reservation if you would like to add this optional day. By spending an extra day at Machu Picchu, you will be able to:
• Make the best of your time visiting a World Heritage Site situated on a spectacular mountain ridge.
• Explore areas of the site that are less visited by most travelers, such as climbing Machu Picchu Mountain (special permit to be purchased in advance) or hiking to the Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate.
• Visit the town of Aguas Calientes and shop the local craft markets.
• Treat yourself to a relaxing end to your vacation and hospitality of the unique Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel.


Rates and Dates for Machu Picchu Lodge Trek

Rates include:

Accommodations in luxurious mountain lodges, all meals and beverages (except alcoholic drinks), all ground transportation including train, fully guided hikes with bilingual guides and Machu Picchu tour. Entrance fees, tips for staff at lodges

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20197 day trip, AP (High Season)$3990
  • B
    20197 day trip, AP (Low Season)$2990
Minimum Deposit: ~$1,000.00 per person

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Requested Single, +50% $0
2019 Single willing to share, +25% $0
2019 Casa Andina Premium Collection - Cusco, dbl, per night w/ breakfast
This is a "Group Rate"
$225
2019 Casa Andina Premium Collection - Cusco, single, per night w/ breakfast $215
2019 Transfer from Cusco airport return per car
This is a "Group Rate"
$20

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 07/12 - 07/18 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 07/13 - 07/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 07/16 - 07/22 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 07/17 - 07/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 07/19 - 07/25 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 07/20 - 07/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 07/23 - 07/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 07/25 - 07/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 07/27 - 08/02 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 07/29 - 08/04 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 07/30 - 08/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/02 - 08/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/03 - 08/09 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/04 - 08/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/06 - 08/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/08 - 08/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/10 - 08/16 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/14 - 08/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/15 - 08/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/17 - 08/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/20 - 08/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/21 - 08/27 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/22 - 08/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/23 - 08/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/26 - 09/01 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/27 - 09/02 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/30 - 09/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 08/31 - 09/06 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 09/02 - 09/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 09/03 - 09/09 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 09/04 - 09/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 09/05 - 09/11 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 09/06 - 09/12 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 09/07 - 09/13 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 09/10 - 09/16 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 09/11 - 09/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 09/13 - 09/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 09/14 - 09/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Expired
A 2019 09/17 - 09/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 09/18 - 09/24 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 09/19 - 09/25 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 09/20 - 09/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 09/21 - 09/27 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 09/24 - 09/30 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 09/25 - 10/01 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 09/27 - 10/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 09/28 - 10/04 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/01 - 10/07 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/02 - 10/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/03 - 10/09 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/04 - 10/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/08 - 10/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Sold Out
A 2019 10/09 - 10/15 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/10 - 10/16 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/12 - 10/18 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/16 - 10/22 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/18 - 10/24 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/21 - 10/27 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/22 - 10/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/24 - 10/30 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/25 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/26 - 11/01 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/28 - 11/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/29 - 11/04 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 10/30 - 11/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/02 - 11/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/09 - 11/15 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/11 - 11/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/13 - 11/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/14 - 11/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/15 - 11/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/16 - 11/22 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/17 - 11/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/18 - 11/24 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/19 - 11/25 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/20 - 11/26 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/21 - 11/27 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/22 - 11/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/23 - 11/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/28 - 12/04 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 11/29 - 12/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 12/01 - 12/07 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 12/08 - 12/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 12/09 - 12/15 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 12/10 - 12/16 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 12/12 - 12/18 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 12/13 - 12/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 12/14 - 12/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 12/15 - 12/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 12/16 - 12/22 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 12/17 - 12/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 12/18 - 12/24 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 12/22 - 12/28 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 12/25 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 12/27 - 01/02 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 12/29 - 01/04 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve
A 2019 12/30 - 01/05 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /12 Reserve

Dates Note:
Almost daily departures between March and December. Any time with 2 participants in season.

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic drinks. Lead & Assistant Guide - please tip at the end of the trip

Other Info
Meeting: Cusco
Airport: Cusco
Transfer: Cusco

Climate:
                                                Cusco area
 

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

68

68

69

70

70

69

69

70

71

72

72

70

Average Low Temperature (°F)

47

47

46

44

39

35

35

37

41

44

46

46

Average High Temperature (°C)

20

20

21

21

21

21

21

21

22

22

22

21

Average Low Temperature (°C)

8

8

8

6

4

2

1

3

5

7

8

8

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

16

13

13

7

1

1

0

1

3

7

9

13

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The weather in Cusco is defined by two seasons: green or rainy season and dry season.

Rainy / Green season (November to March)
Occasional showers are expected throughout this period, with the heaviest rains occurring in January and February. However temperatures are usually warm and it does not get too cold at night.

Dry season (April to October)
During this season, you can expect mostly sunny and warm days followed by cooler nights and the possibility of morning frost. If it does rain, the temperature drops, but it warms up immediately afterward, and rain is very infrequent in the dry season.
July is regularly recorded as the coldest month of the year.

However, keep in mind that Cusco is located in a high-mountain environment where variable weather is expected. Rain can occur in the middle of July just as sun may appear in January, so it is always important to be prepared for mixed conditions. You should always bring a variety of light, natural fiber clothing: short and long-sleeved tops, light jumpers/hoodies, raincoats, all things that can be layered to cope with the different environments you will experience on the trip.

In addition, our hike passes through 9 bio-zones ranging from high altitude alpine conditions to high jungle. Here is a rough guideline:
December-march: rainy/cold
April-June: occasional rain/fair
July-August: dry/cold
September-November: occasional rain/fair


Special note - altitude and acclimatization
You will be spending time and hiking at high altitudes, ranging between 7,000 ft (Machu Picchu Area) and 13,000 ft. with the highest point reaching over 15,000 ft. (Salkantay Pass). For this reason we recommend that our guests spend some 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 exercise and follow a healthy diet as part of their training program before their trip.
It is recommended you drink lots of water before and during your trip to Cusco. Also, avoid heavy meals since your stomach takes longer to digest food at high altitudes. A diet of low proteins and high carbs is advisable.

What To Bring:
Here is a basic packing list.
These items are essential to ensure adventure travelers’ comfort and safety.
* day pack
* broken-in comfortable hiking boots
* rain gear (ponchos or full rain gear)
* gloves
* lightweight hiking pants or shorts (pants recommended)
* breatheable lightweight top-wear
* comfortable shoes / flip-flops
* cold-weather jacket
* long-sleeve fleece / sweater
* wool hatsport hat (baseball style or sombrero style outdoor hat)
* headlight
* sunglasses
* comfortable hiking socks (4 pairs at least)
* sunscreen
* insect repellent
* bathing suit
* casual mountain wear for evenings
* photo/video cameras & chargers
* trekking poles (we provide quality wooden walking sticks)
* re-fillable water bottle
* light-weight, small binoculars

Notes.
•We appreciate no hard suitcases; soft duffel bags and /or backpacks (“soft”luggage) are recommended.
•Sleeping bags are not required as the lodges provide ample bedding.
•We provide a limited amount of hair-dryers at each lodge, due to limitations in energy supply and environmental concerns.

Important Baggage Specifications
Peru Rail, the company that operates the trains from Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu to Cusco, instated  a weight limit for all luggage coming on board the trains.
The weight limits from Peru Rail (and thus for the trek) areas follows:
1 backpack  –11 lbs / 5 kg (per person, which guests carry with them on the train)
and 1 duffel bag  –22 lbs / 10 kg (per person, which goes on a separate cargo train)

Anything over this weight limit, Peru Rail will charge guests directly at the train station in Aguas Calientes (Rate:US$0.82 per pound extra or US$1.80 per kg extra).
Please note that we do not charge a penalty for surpassing the weight allowance established by Peru Rail.
Most Cusco hotels will allow guests to store extra luggage at the hotel while guests are on the trek.
Please inquire directly with your pre-trek hotel.If your hotel does not provide this service please advise us of this. If you do not have an appropriate sized duffel bag, we can provide a duffel bag for loan at the pre-trek briefing (the night before departure).
You may return them to your guide after the trek. If your luggage exceeds the weight limit, please note that your luggage will be on board a separate cargo train from Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu to Cusco.
This means your luggage will not travel with you on this portion of the trip. Therefore, on Day 7 before you depart for Machu Picchu, will be the last time you see your luggage until you return to your Cusco hotel that evening.
If you wish to have a change of clothes or anything else you may want with you that day, please pack it in your backpack that morning.