Machu Picchu and the Salkantay Trail
Peru, Trek & Walk, 10 days - from £2,545 (land only) - from €3,180 (land only) - from $4,455 (land only)
- A luxury lodge trekking holiday in the Peruvian Andes
- Excellent short trek across the high and wild Salkantay Pass
- Superior hotels in Cusco and in Aguas Calientes
- Acclimatise and explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Includes a full-day guided visit to Machu Picchu
This superior trekking holiday allows us to make the most of Peru's scenic Vilcabamba Massif, using upgraded hotels and luxury lodges throughout. Heading northwards from Mollepata to Aguas Calientes, a pre-Inca trade route passes close to snow-capped Salkantay (6271m), the biggest peak in the Peru Cordillera Vilcabamba. Providing a brilliant way to approach Machu Picchu, this trekking route is served by 4 superb lodges, each with wood-burning stoves, a hot tub, great food and tasteful twin-share rooms with en-suite facilities including hot showers. Making full use of these scenically-located lodges, we hike for 6 days through a pristine mountain region, home to rare wildlife and imbued with the Quechua culture. Highlights include crossing the Andes at the Salkantay Pass (4683m) and the unusual view of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu from the south-west as we climb to the Llactapata Pass on the last morning of the trek. With a couple of days sightseeing in Cusco and the Sacred Valley and a day to explore Machu Picchu, this holiday in Peru is Andean trekking in style!
Is this holiday for you?
This holiday offers a variety of trekking conditions, from the farmland and coffee plantations of the lower valleys to high and windswept Andean passes. Most of the walking is on well-defined tracks and we are able to relax each night in our superb lodge accommodation. There are a couple of quite tough days - but overall the trekking is straightforward and not sustained or committing. We have allowed a couple of nights in Cusco to allow us to begin the process of acclimatisation, followed by two nights and a potential rest day at the first of the lodges on our route to continue this important process.