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 Inca Empire first-hand. Let us help you achieve your goal of trekking Machu Picchu today.




TRIP LENGTH: 10 days/9 nights



Double Occupancy

From $ 6,950

per person

Single Occupancy

From $ 9,725

per person


  • Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture as you explore the ancient ruins of the Inca 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






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 or comparable
  • 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
  • Head back to Cusco for dinner & overnight; Orientation & gear check
  • Overnight: El Mercado
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Begin Salkantay Trail | Trek to Soraypampa (12,690')

  • Early morning transfer to Cusco to begin our journey along the Salkantay Trail
  • We will begin our trek just outside of Challacancha (11,979′)
  • We will trek through moderate terrain to Soraypampa (12,690′)
  • Relax at our first lodge, enjoy a group dinner with views of the swirling clouds around the Salkantay (20,600′)
  • Overnight: Soraypampa Lodge (12,690′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Hike to Humantay Lake (13,845') & Shaman Ceremony

  • Today we will allow our bodies to adjust to the increasing altitude by taking a day hike to Humantay Lake (13,845′) 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 (12,690′)
  • 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
  • Keeping our eyes to the sky and peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba, we may be able to view Andean condors in flight,  these are the largest flying bird in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan.
  • Once atop the pass, we will descend to Huayraccmachay and relax at the Wayra Lodge.
  • “Wayra” means wind or “the place where the wind lives.”
  • Overnight: Wayra Lodge (12,812′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Trek through the Cloud Forest (12,938') to Collpapampa (9,414’)

  • Today will be a mellow, downhill day
  • Our scenery will become 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
  • We will enjoy a traditional, underground stone cooked Pachamanca-style lunch at the Copla lodge
  • Spend your evening relaxing in the mountain air or in the jacuzzi
  • Overnight: Colpa Lodge (9,414′)
  • 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 Llactapata Inca Trail
  • There we will continue with a brief hike up to our lodge set in an avocado orchard
  • There will be ample time to explore the small village of Lucmabamba and meet some of the locals
  • Overnight: Lucma Lodge (7,003′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

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

  • We will begin by saying goodbye to the village of Lucambamba and 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 Aobamba River through bamboo forests, orchards, and plantations.
  • At the river, we’ll find the hydroelectric Train Station and travel 6.2 miles on the Hiram Bingham Orient Express to Aguas Calientes (6,270′)
  • Overnight: Inkaterra Hotel or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Tour Machu Picchu

  • We will begin our day of exploration with a private tour of Machu Picchu, guided by a knowledgeable professional
  • After our group tour, you will have time to explore the vast ruins on your own. Climb Huayna Picchu or just relax and take in the intricate architecture and engineering of the ancient city
  • 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′)
  • During this magical ride back through the mountains we will enjoy dinner on the 1920s style train
  • After our exquisite multi-course meal, feel free to visit the bar car and listen to live Peruvian music while sipping on traditional Pisco Sour
  • Overnight: Hotel Monasterio or comparable
  • 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

What's Included:

  • Pre-trip planning, consultation and customization
  • Transportation by private vans, vehicles, and buses throughout
  • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners
  • 9 nights luxury accommodations
  • Baggage handling throughout adventure
  • All services, tours, hikes, entrance and excursion fees described in the attached itinerary
  • Any necessary permits for trekking, national parks, etc.
  • WWTrek Western Lead Professional Guide(s) *for groups of 8 or more
  • Local Peruvian Guides
  • Services of local English speaking guides throughout
  • Services of local porters and staff
  • Services of WWTrek Operations Manager in Peru
  • Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu tours and fees
  • Pack horses to carry gear throughout trek

Not Included:

  • International airfare (origin > Peru > origin)
  • Passports and visas (if applicable)
  • Medical expenses and immunizations
  • Travel, evacuation and medical insurance
  • Meals or bottled beverages other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, soft drinks, incidentals, etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to circumstances outside of the control of World Wide Trekking
  • Gratuities for guides and crew members


One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities. We have a number of diverse projects in Peru that WWTrek guests can get involved with.

Since 2014, Human Outreach Project has sponsored the annual Pashpa Village Chocolatada Festival by providing food, traditional drinks, and gifts. In 2016, we began construction of a solar powered computer center in Pashpa, followed by a second computer center in the nearby village of Huaripampa, to connect the villages to the world and empower them.



Best Time of Year to Visit:

The Peruvian winter (May through October) 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 Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport (CUZ), Cusco, Peru.

*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 airfare is not included in program pricing. There are many flight options to Cusco, Peru.

We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket. Contact Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance to get more information.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel in Peru.

*Note: Please be sure to have at least six months validity on your passport. Most countries won’t allow travelers in their country unless their passport is expected to expire six months after the last day of travel. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you to Peru along with two extra passport photos in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend you safeguard your trip by purchasing travel insurance. World Wide Trekking has partnered with Redpoint Travel Insurance as our preferred travel insurance provider. For a price quote, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Please Note: You must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.


Upon arrival in Peru, you can expect the finest accommodations while staying in lavish lodges such as the Sol y Luna Lodge in Cusco. Enjoy stays in other hotels including the Soraypampa Lodge, Wayra Lodge, and Inkaterra Hotel to name a few.

Health & Safety:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite communciators and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get a few prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness, Cipro for stomach ailments, and Z-Pack for respiratory ailments. In addition, we recommend visiting your local International Travel Clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

Helpful over the counter medications include Imodium Ad, throat lozenges, ibuprofen, eye drops, and any other personal medications you may need.

For more information, feel free to contact us directly with any questions, at 801-943-0264. We can reschedule a phone call with our medical advisor, Dr. Levy, to answer any specific questions regarding your personal needs.

Our Team:

World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew for all of our groups ranging from 8 to 12 people. At headquarters in Salt Lake City, our staff is dedicated to helping you every step of the way. If you’re planning your trip and have a question about which boots to buy, our adventure specialist is just a phone call away.

We provide medically certified, English-speaking Western guides for all of our adventures. Additionally, you have access to a local operations manager and a plethora of local professionals to aid the group on during your trek.


In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you with detailed tipping recommendations in your ‘Trip Detail’ document once you sign up.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff 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.




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.


With 31.2 million inhabitants, Peru is the 5th most populated country in South America.

Time Zone:

Peru Time (PET) is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Capital City:

Lima, Peru


Essentially, two populations reside in Peru, that of the whites and mestizos (people of mixed indigenous and Spanish descent) 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.


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.


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.