Mountain Lodges( 9 Days / 8 Nights )
This is an alternative itinerary to the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, this trek will involve crossing valleys and mountains before arriving at the “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu. The famous Mountain Lodge to Lodge Trek offers a uniquely different route, full of solitude and quiet contemplation, amazing views and unique paths. If you are an avid hiker, and enjoy adventure and challenges, this is the trip for you. At the end of the trek you will reach Machu Picchu and continues back to Cusco.
Day 1: Arrival to Lima + Overnight in Lima
Day 2: Flight to Cusco + Free afternoon + Overnight in Cusco
Day 3: Cusco City Tour + Lares Lodge to Lodge Briefing + Overnight in Cusco
Day 4: Lares Lodge to Lodge (5D/4N) + Overnight in Lodge
Day 5: Lares Lodge to Lodge (5D/4N) + Overnight in Lodge
Day 6: Lares Lodge to Lodge (5D/4N) + Overnight in Lodge
Day 7: Lares Lodge to Lodge (5D/4N) + Train to Aguas Calientes + Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 8: Machupicchu + Back to Cusco + Overnight in Cusco
Day 9: Flight to Lima + Flight Back Home
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY Mountain Lodges
Day 1: Arrival to Lima & Overnight in Lima
Upon you arrival to Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you will spend a well-deserved overnight stay. * An extra day in Lima can be added upon request. Please ask our Travel Specialists for activities in Lima.
Day 2: Fly to Cusco & Overnight in Cusco (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for the short domestic flight to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, located at 11,100 feet above sea level. You will be met upon arrival by one of our representatives. You will have the remainder of the morning to rest and freshen up. It’s best to take it easy this morning to let your body adjust to the altitude. Both lunch and dinner are on your own.
Day 3: Morning City Tour, Lares Lodge to Lodge Trek Briefing & Overnight in Cusco (B)
After brekfast you will set out on grand tour of Cusco, the former capital of the once vast Incan Empire. We visit Cusco’s impressive Plaza de Armas and both the Spanish cathedral and Incan temple of the sun, Qoricancha. After thiswe visit the archeological site above the city that were considered an essential part of the ancient capital. We start from Sacsayhuaman, where Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, is held during the Summer Solstice, Tambomachay, the Temple of the Sacred Waters, which is a marvel of hydraulic engineering and Q´enqo where we will see the remains of a ceremonial site used for fertility rites and for celebrations of the solstice and equinox. Use the rest of the day to explore Cusco City and get ready for Lares Hike adventure. In the evening, you will be met at your hotel by one of our representatives, where you will receive an informational briefing regarding the Lares Lodge to Lodge Trek. Take this opportunity to ask anything you might be wondering about the trail to your guide.
Day 4: Sacred Valley, Pisaq & Overnight in Lodge (B, L, S, D)
Early morning departure from Cusco. Option to visit to the celebrated market at Pisaq or take a moderate hike in the hills and mountains over the Sacred Valley. Later, enjoy exclusive access to the isolated community of Viacha, where you will learn about its unique farming practices. For lunch, you will try a traditional “Pachamanca” meal, cooked under hot stones. After lunch you will enjoy an afternoon excursion to the archaeological complex at Pisaq, a wonderful opportunity to explore the complex free of crowds, with the sun setting behind the peaks.
Day 5: Lares region, Inca Sites and Villages & Overnight in Lodge (B, L, S, D)
Today we go deeper into the heart of the Lares region. A road journey into the mountains will take you through remote archaeological sites. After lunch, choose between visiting a traditional weavers' villager or a scenic drive and a moderate/strenuous hike amidst turquoise blue lakes and towering peaks to the remote village of Huacahuasi. Locals will give you insight into the evolving role of the original Andean people in both the culture and commerce of modern-day Cusco.
Day 6: Sacred Valley, Hike among authentic Inca Trails & Overnight in Lodge (B, L, S, D)
You will spend some time in the morning learning more about the heritage and day-to-day activities of the Huacahuasi community. Then, you can choose to embark on a spectacular hike through varied terrain and over a high pass, to the adjacent valley leading to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, the oldest living city in Latin America; or try an easygoing hike from Lares Pass- through an astonishing authentic Inca trail- along a beautiful canyon down to the Local Community of Totora. If you prefer to see more of the Sacred Valley, you can drive back for a visit to an ethnographic museum featuring the history of Peru’s rich civilizations of the past or choose to explore the valley on mountain bike. After you will enjoy lunch in the Urubamba River countryside on your way to Ollantaytambo, where you can spend time walking through its charming maze-like streets.
Day 7: Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo & Overnight in Lodge (B, L, D)
Today you will embark in an early morning short hike to Inca storage structures high above Ollantaytambo for magnificent views of the town and the temple. After you will enjoy a guided tour of the fortress, one of the best examples of Inca architecture and revel in its mystical history a perfect introduction to the wonder of Machu Picchu. At midday you will embark on a scenic train ride along the Urubamba River Valley to Aguas Calientes, a bustling town below the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
Day 8: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Overnight in Lodge (B, L, D)
At dawn you will begin your visit to Machu Picchu with a rollicking uphill bus ride. As you enter the Sanctuary, the morning sun rises over the iconic Sun Gate and washes the structures and terraces with resplendent light. Prepare to be awed by the skillful architecture of the many watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind or to meditate and absorb the mystical energy that envelops you. Let your imagination soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins. Optional uphill hike on Huayna Picchu. Lunch is in Aguas Calientes. You will then go back to Cusco by train and private coach. * If you are interested in hiking the Huaynapichu, please see the note.
Day 9: Flight to Lima & Flight Back Home (B)
Your journey to Peru comes to an end as you will be transferred to the Cusco airport to catch your flight back to Lima. Flight time will depend on the time of your international flight back home. * Please let us know if you would like to add extra activities or a day-use in a hotel if your flight is late at night.
based on double occupancy, Group tours with Private Transfers, Vistadome train, 3-Star Superior Hotel and Budget Lodge.
*Private tours, other accommodation and train options available upon request.
As price depends on each passenger choices, please contact us to send you an updated price based on your specific request. Please send us the following information and we will respond within 24 hours with your updated price.
- Number of people in your party
- Level of accommodation (3 Superior,4,5*). Please see options
- Private or Group Tour
- Train choice. Please see options
- Adding options: if you like to add day tours, extra days, meals, etc
- Need domestic or international flights?
- Have a special request (ie: special diet, wheelchair, children, senior, etc)
About Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets
As the popularity of Machu Picchu has increased in the last few years, and in order to preserve the ancient paths of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Cultural Institute (INC) has restricted the number of people that could enter Machu Picchu to 2,500 people per day. This means that, once the 2,500 tickets are sold out, no further entrance tickets will be available. Also, please note that to avoid a secondary market for these tickets, all tickets are issued with the name of the passenger, his/her passport number, nationality and date of birth. Therefore, tickets are non refundable and non transferable.
About Huayna Picchu Tickets
Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu are no longer free. They are now US$ 12.00 per person. There are two scheduled visits per day, with a limit of 200 people per visit (total of 400 per day). If you are interested in hiking Huaynapichu, we will need you to let us know at the same time you book your trip since Huaynapichu tickets need to be purchased in conjunction with Machu Picchu tickets.
- Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Cusco) and back to Cusco
- Bus to Machu Picchu roundtrip
- Expert leadership / guides & support personnel
- Accommodations: 1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cusco, 1 night in Aguas Calientes, 4 nights in Lodge,
- Meals as noted (B = Breakfast, S = Snack, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Plentiful, nutritious meals during the trail (Vegetarian option available). We can add any meals upon request.
- Land excursions as noted including entrance fees (BTG, Cathedral, Qoricancha, Machu Picchu and Salkantay)
- Private Transportation: Lima Airport/Lima Hotel, Lima Hotel/Lima Airport, Cusco Airport/Cusco Hotel, Train Station/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Cusco Airport.
- Cook (In charge of meal preparation)
- Muleteers and mules to carry camping equipment and food
- 1 extra horse in case of emergency
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Airport taxes: Local (US$5.00-6.00) and International (US$31.00) departure tax of payable in local currency by each passenger at Lima International Airport upon departure (if applicable)
- International and domestic airfares, usually quoted separately
- Excess baggage charges
- Medical immunizations
- Insurance of any kind: mandatory evacuation insurance; suggested cancellation insurance, interruption, baggage loss, damage and delay
- Tipping & Gratuities (Guides US$4.00 per person per day / Drivers US$1.00 per person per day)
- Items of a personal nature (clothing, sodas, liquor, snacks, laundry, etc.)
- Visas. Please be advised that some citizens other than Canadians and US may need visa to travel to Peru. Please advise us of your nationality to help you or check with the Peruvian Consulate
All of our tours are offered in both Group and Private services; however, as we like to maintain control of the quality of our tours, even our group tours include PRIVATE transfers. This is important, as when you get picked up; you will go directly to your hotel without having to drive around the city to drop off other people in their hotels. Transportation is just for you.
Destinations Tours: Private Transfers + Group Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours: Private Transfers + Private Special Interest Activities + Group Cultural Tours
Destinations Tours: Private Transfers + Private Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours: Private Transfers + Private Special interest Activities + Private Cultural Tours
We offer all level of accommodations. When creating an itinerary it would be important to know which your preferred level of accommodation is. Please be sure that at all levels our recommended hotels offer great service and nice comfortable rooms. Our team has personally tried all our recommended hotels.
3-star Superior: These are 3-star that should really be considered has 4-star Hotels. Nice location, great rooms and charming decoration. Excellent service, with restaurant, room service, business centre, laundry, etc. Buffet breakfast. Best value. Perect for someone looking for an inexpensive option and still have some superior services.
4-star Hotels: Good location, very nice rooms, great decoration and excellent service. This hotel includes more services such as room service, business center, laundry, spas, more room features, etc. Some have gourmet restaurants. Buffet breakfast. Perfect for someone looking for some luxury and special services and do not need a 5-star option.
4-star Suites: Some 4-star hotels have suites that offer the same room features of a 5-star option. Perfect for someone looking to upgrade from a 4-star standard room and get more space and features.
5-star Hotel: What you usually imagine a 5-star hotel is. Great location, luxury accommodations and excellent service. Gourmet restaurants, spas, room service, business center, etc. Perfect for someone looking for a 5-star service but do not need the 5-star Deluxe option.
5-star Deluxe: These 5-star deluxe hotels offer ultimate luxury with outstanding service, luxurious rooms with deluxe room features and “you ask-you will get” concierge service. Properties have privileged locations or particular history behind it. Gourmet restaurants and spas. Ideal for the luxurious traveler.
Expedition: The least expensive tourist train, recently renovated offers nice seats and good train service.
Vistadome: A higher category of train service, with panoramic roof windows. It offers a snack and fashion show.
Hiram Bingham: Luxury train which offers lunch, tea-time and dinner service.
Andean Explorer: Train service from Cusco to Puno or Puno to Cusco. Departs only on certain days of the week, depending on the season.
Peruvian Airlines: Peruvian owned airline that offer the least expensive prices but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Star Peru: Peruvian owned airline. It flyes to many destinations and offers good value prices, but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Taca Airlines: Central American owned airline that offers great service but few frequencies to Cusco. It is moderately expensive. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Latam Peru: Chilean owned airline. It offers great service and many frequencies to Cusco (almost 13 flights per day). Prices are the highest on the market. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $ 350.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depends on the airline, date and time of booking.
DOMESTIC TICKETS (PARA LOS TOURS DE GALAPAGOS)
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $350.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
Quito/Galapagos/Quito: From US $421.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
Important Notes for Trekkers
Participants need to be in good physical health and condition. It is good for travelers who are in condition to hike up to seven hours, with breaks in a single day to enjoy the Inca Trail. The trekking will be difficult if you have not exercised regularly before your trip. To fully enjoy an Inca Trail adventure, we advise passengers to get into an exercise program for their own safety and enjoyment. If a passenger suffers from any medical condition, we advise him/her to consult a physician prior to joining an Inca Trail Expedition.
Remember to take your original passport on the Inca trail because without it, you will not be able to do the hiking and take only the necessary items for the 4 days trek (8-12 Kilos), the rest of your luggage you can leave it at your hotel in Cusco (most of hotels has an storage where to keep until your return).
Our suggestions for Lares Lodge to Lodge Trek
- Drinking lots of liquids
- Personal sleeping bag
- Warm Jacket or sweater, raingear (specially from November to April)
- T-shirts, shorts, long pants, layers.
- Back pack, Day pack, trekking shoes, sandals
- Sun hat, wool hat, sunglasses
- Water bottle, flash light
- Insect repellent /Sunscreen
- Water Purification Tablets (optional)
- Hand Towel, toilet paper
- Extra US$50.00 changed in soles for any emergency and for tipping the porters