MACHU PICCHU LUXURY LODGES TREK

Discover “The Lost City of the Incas” amongst the timeless peaks of the Peruvian Andes on our 10-day cultural and historical adventure. Travel in style while enjoying the finest accommodations as you traverse the mountains of our Machu Picchu Luxury Lodges Trek. Encounter spectacular topography, lush vegetation, and intriguing archaeological sites. Admire the illustrious views of glacier mountain peaks, fields of  boulders cloaked in mysterious fog, and remote cattle drives.

Experience the rich culture of the heart of the Incan empire first-hand. Let us help you achieve your goal of trekking Machu Picchu today.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 10 days/9 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE:

TRIP COST: From $6,700/person

DATES

June 15 – 24, 2017

Sept. 1 – 10, 2017

June 10 – 19, 2018

Aug. 26 – Sept. 4, 2018

Custom Dates Available

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture as you explore the ancient ruins of the Incan empire
  • Tour the Sacred Valley, the Cordillera Vilcabamba Mountains, and “The Lost City of the Incas” – Machu Picchu
  • Cruise the lavish hiram Bingham Orient Express train while returning to Cusco

MEDIA

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Cusco, Peru (11,220’)

  • International arrivals to Cusco, Peru (CUZ) (11,220′)
  • A WWTrek representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel
  • Transfer to Sacred Valley (9,500′)
  • Overnight: Sol y Luna Lodge
  • Meals included: L/D

Day 2: Sacred Valley Walking Tour

  • Our time in the Sacred Valley will allow us to acclimate ourselves to the altitude and culture before our trek
  • We will spend our time hiking various ruins and wandering the markets and studios of local weavers, potters, and artisans all while learning about the history and culture of the present people and their Incan ancestors
  • Orientation and gear check
  • Overnight: Sol y Luna Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Transfer to Soraypampa (12,705')

  • Early morning transfer to Cusco to begin trek
  • Trek to Soraypampa (12,705′)
  • Overnight: Soraypampa Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Hike to Humantay Lake (14,190') & Shaman Ceremony

  • Today we will allow our bodies to adjust to the increasing altitude by taking a day hike to Humantay Lake (14,190′)to experience a Shaman Ceremony
  • At the lodge you can spend your afternoon in the jacuzzi, horseback riding, or relaxing while taking in the encompassing views
  • Overnight: Soraypampa Lodge (12,705′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Trek the Salkantay Pass (15,340’) to Huayraccmachay (12,812′)

  • Perhaps the most challenging day of our trek, we will take our time as we climb and acclimate along the way
  • We will hike up the Rio Blanco Valley, around Humantray Peak and make our way to the Salkantay Pass (15,340′), the high point on our trek
  • Once atop the pass, we will descend to Huayraccmachay
  • Overnight: Wayra Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Trek through the Cloud Forest (12,938')

  • Today will be a mellow, downhill day
  • Our scenery will become more lush as we trek through the Cloud Forest (12,938′) and make our way to the confluence of three rivers: the Rio Santa Teresa, Rio Salkantay, & Rio Chaullay at Collpapampa
  • Overnight: Colpa Lodge (9,372′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Trek along the Santa Teresa River Valley

  • Today our trek will be split into two moderate hikes
  • The first portion of our day will take us from Collpapampa along the Rio Santa Teresa valley through rural coffee plantations and orchards
  • Once we reach Loreta, a private vehicle will retrieve us and take us 2.5 miles to the Llactapatata Inca Trail
  • There we will continue with a brief hike up to our lodge set in an avocado orchard
  • Overnight: Lucma Lodge (7,095′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Trek over Llactapata Pass (9,240') then Train Ride to Aguas Calientes (6,270')

  • We will begin trekking to Llactapata Pass (9,240’)
  • From here we will have a distant view of Machu Picchu as we explore the Llactapata Ruins
  • From the pass we will descend to the Hydroelectric Train Station and travel 6.2 miles on the Hiram Bingham Orient Express to Aguas Calientes (6,270′)
  • Overnight: Inkaterra Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Tour Machu Picchu

  • We will begin our day of exploration with a professionally private guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • After our group tour, you will have time to explore the vast ruins on your own
  • We will have lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge (7,972′)
  • In the afternoon, we will board the Hiram Bingham Orient Express to take us back to Cusco (11,220′)
  • Overnight: Hotel Monasterio
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: Enjoy Cusco and Depart for Lima in the afternoon

  • We will enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then you may explore Cusco for last minute shopping, or simply relax at the hotel and prepare for international departure
  • Check out of Monasterio
  • Transfer to Cusco Airport in the afternoon, depending on flight time
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10 (Alternative Departure Day): Visit Lima, Peru

  • Breakfast
  • Check out of Monasterio Hotel, enjoy shopping or free time in the city of Cusco, have lunch on your own in Cusco, and transfer to the Cusco airport
  • Arrive in Lima in the Domestic zone after baggage claim, transfer to Lima’s main square for a brief walkabout and private dinner at Casa de Aliaga
  • Afterward, transfer back to the airport for your international departure
  • Meals included: B/D

TRAVEL NOTES

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT:

The Peruvian winter (May through September) provides the best traveling experience. This dry season still offers largely varying weather conditions and temperatures. Please prepare for a variety of conditions and temperatures ranging between 30 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

This trip begins and ends in Cusco, Peru. You will fly into and out of Cusco International Airport (CUZ).

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. There are many flight options. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to help you with all of your travel arrangements from the U.S. to Kilimanjaro. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them, due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel in Peru. You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date. Always carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

GRATUITIES:

As in many parts of the world, gratuities are a symbol of a job well done. In addition to recognizing service people such as taxi drivers, restaurant and hotel personnel, we also acknowledge our staff with a gratuity.

You should plan to tip any service person that helps you, 10% for taxi drivers and restaurant staff is the norm. Check to see that a gratuity is not already included in the bill. Remember, if tipping in US dollars, when calculating the exchange rate; be careful not to tip too much. As you know, tipping is your option, and a reflection of the quality of service you receive.

Trekking Staff: At the trails-end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented as we say our goodbyes.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

You will have the opportunity to exchange money after your WWTrek guide escorts you from the airport. You can easily exchange money at gift shops in both Cusco and the smaller villages we visit. Exchange money as you go using your credit card or cash for your personal expenses at the lodge. Typically, our guests spend about $1,000 for various personal expenses, souvenirs, and incidentals.

BEGIN YOUR ADVENTURE

GENERAL INFORMATION

COUNTRY:

Peru is a nation of discovery. Between the ever-evolving cultural landscapes of indigenous peoples and Spanish influences, the country provides a multitude of natural wonders and economic growth. With a resurgence in cultural pride and open arms to tourists, Peru offers an old world destination with an increasingly modern and progressive attitude.

POPULATION:

30.38 million

TIME ZONE:

Peru Time (PET) is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This time zone is in use during standard time in South America.

CAPITAL CITY:

Lima, Peru

PEOPLE:

Essentially, two populations reside in Peru, that of the whites and mestizos (people of mixed indigenous and Spanish decent) and that of the criollos (natives). Many Peruvians believe that being white is somehow better. This belief contributes to inequality issues that permeate Peru’s government and economic sectors. A significant divide exists between the wealthy elite, typically whites and mestizos, and the poor, predominantly the criollos. Many Peruvians subscribe to the tradition that men go to work and women stay at home, although this trend is changing. In addition, the government and the Catholic Church work closely together. The official religion of the military is Roman Catholic while priests and other religious figures receive government stipends.

LANGUAGE:

The official languages of Peru include Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara. Quechua and Aymara are languages of the Incas whereas Spanish is a colonial language. Spanish is by far the most widely used, from the coast to the highlands.

CULTURE & RELIGION:

From the cobblestone streets of the Spanish era to the vine-entangled Incan temples hidden among the mountains, Peru boasts a rich and deep-rooted multicultural heritage. In terms of national psyche, Peru carries its internal struggles related to its tumultuous history such as race, class, gender, and religious issues. Even so, the people continue to maintain solidarity in their devotion to relationships with friends, family, and the welcoming of guests.

Introduced by the Spanish, Peru’s predominant religion is Roman Catholicism. However, many of the indigenous Peruvians subscribe to their own blend of Catholicism and traditional beliefs. Reportedly, 80% of the country is Roman Catholic, with about 15% regularly attending church. Religion is perhaps one of the best examples of how indigenous beliefs have melded with Spanish traditions. Many indigenous people symbolize Viracocha (the creator) as the Christian God and Pachamama (the earth mother) as the Virgin Mary.

MONEY:

The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN), referred to as the sol. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate before your adventure.