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Lodge To Lodge Trek To Machu Picchu

Lodge To Lodge Trek To Machu Picchu: The glory of the ancient rock-built Incan citadels and dramatic vistas color this 5-day journey to the wondrous “Lost City of the Incas”.

Bask in the spectacular Andean trek, no camping! On the fantastic trails of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cordillera Urubamba, the mountain landscape that cradles Machu Picchu, we will hike by ancient Inca Trails, into delicate cloud lush forests draped in orchids and bromeliads, and explore the dazzling Incan buildings of Pisac, Wiñaywayna, Chinchero, Pumamarca, Ollantaytambo, and more. Hike the Inca Trail reaching Machu Picchu through the Gate of the Sun and gaze out this unique site in a tranquil afternoon. At the end of each hiking day, we are welcomed at a lodge in Sacred Valley, with each lodge featuring private rooms, hot showers, delightful cuisine, and even saunas. The grand finale is our exploration of ethereal Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the Inca world.

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime – give us a call at +51 984 464 391 or shoot us an email at info@perusummit.com to learn more or book your spot today!

This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit Adventures, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco

Highlights

  • Hike the lesser-known Inca Trails in Urubamba Valley and hike a part of the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
  • Explore Machu Picchu and see it twice with a private guide at your side.
  • Trek in a high Andean realm, but stay in lodges with private rooms and hot showers—no camping!
  • Explore trail-side archaeological sites that only this trek hikers have access to.
  • Enter Machu Picchu on foot through the Gate of the Sun, as the Incas once did.
  • Soak in vistas of snow-capped Andean peaks, lush cloud forest, and awe-inspiring ruins sites.

Group Size: We need a minimum of 02 people to depart to Lodge To Lodge Trek To Machu Picchu. Family groups, friend travelers, couple travelers or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our adventure to Machu Picchu. Prices are per person which are based on two people.

The Smallest Groups en Route – Averaging Just 4 Travelers

Could you imagine trying to hike silently along an isolated trail, carefully not disturbing shy wildlife, with 10 or 20 other travelers? Or walking on a remote area to explore the pristine wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know meaningful nature encounters must be undertaken in small groups. That’s why our trips come with an average of just four travelers, by far the smallest groups in the tourism industry across the country. This not only guarantees you more personal close-up wildlife experience, but a less-impact presence on the earth’s brittle natural places we love.

Besides, Machu Picchu offers one of the world’s most spellbinding travel experiences. But it’s also a world-renowned destination, and touring the site in a big group with multitudes of tourists shoving for photos, and competing to hear the guide, your once in a lifetime visit to this World Heritage Site may lose its magic. Our Machu Picchu Trips are scheduled with an average of just four travelers, allowing for a deeper exploration of the lost city of the Incas, with our Local Experts / Tour Leaders.

We Deliver on Our Promises

We are very confident the quality of our journeys will get your expectations and that you will savor the best possible of cultural travel experience, nature travel experience, and adventure travel experience if you are dissatisfied, we’ll happily give you credit for an extra trip or for a future journey. It’s, to our knowledge, the best guarantee in the travel business.

Think Green, Think Global for a Better Place for Everyone

Traveling with us you are making a big difference in favor of the environment, our trips are rated as eco-friendly trips to ensure that fragile ecosystems are protected and maintained for future human generations, also maintain ecosystem and environment integrity through considering a sustainable and ethical business model. Making genuine and sustainable itineraries often translates to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices.

Service Level: Upgraded/ Comfort.

Physical Grading:  1 2 3 4 5 6

MODERATE:  Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our day-hikes adventures.

Activities: Hiking / Trekking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures.

Important Note: While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Lodge To Lodge Trek To Machu Picchu. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.

Accommodations:

  • 3-star Hotels/ Lodges in Urubamba/ Machu Picchu Town.

Price: From US$ 1950/ per person

The price is subject to a 3-star hotel; however, you want to have four-star or five-star hotel we would provide you that class hotel, so you would add the difference to the total balance. Besides the price is subject on two-person.

The Best Fare For The Best Trip

We don’t believe any other tour companies make comparable trips when you take into account our unique itineraries and signature itineraries, impressive locations, small groups and quality Trek Leaders / Tour Leaders. But, should you come across a similar itinerary or matching itinerary of our quality at a cheaper price, even within 45 days after booking with us, we will happily refund the difference. It’s how we deliver our promise.

You Book, You Go…Don’t Worry… We Won’t Cancel

While other tour companies generally cancel their trips due to low participation of travelers or pass their travelers to other big groups tour operators, we guarantee that we will never cancel a trip because of low signing-up or participation for the departure date neither get our travelers to other tour operators! This makes to our travelers the assurance and peace of mind to know their travel plans are insured and guaranteed.

Request a Quote: We can customize this private trek just for you. Any detail can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and other destinations. Call us at +51 984 464 391 or request a quote, Here.

Limited Spaces: Yes. To protect the historical trail, the number of people allowed to hike the Short Inca Trail 2 days each day is limited to 250. That is why you should reserve your space as soon as possible. Spaces can be filled up three to four months in advance. Spaces fill more quickly in the high tourist season, from May to September.

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Itinerary

Day 1. Pisac Hike (a full exploration of Pisac)

Your trip begins today in Cusco, we come to your hotel to pick you and drive to Pisac archaeological park, en route we will have some stops at scenic points and we will visit the llama and alpaca farm. Upon our arrival Pisac, we will start with a proper exploration of the park, visiting the all notable sites inside this park. After that, we will follow a section of Inca Trail to reach the bustling Pisac market, along this section of the trail, we will see more Incan agricultural terraces which are covering the hillsides of the jagged mountains, and also we will see a beautiful waterfall. It’s here where we will learn and understand about the Incan agriculture technology as the place is pretty much a living museum. Upon our arrival in Pisac town, we will try some local empanadas and have a picnic lunch, which is prepared by our personal cook. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours

Hiking distance: 7 km/ 4.35 miles

Highest point: 3,400 m / 11,155 ft

Lowest point: 2,970 m/ 9,744 ft

Physical grading: Moderate

Hotel/ Lodge: Tierra Viva Valle Sagrado Urubamba

Day 2. Urquillos Inca Trail – Chinchero – Maras Salt Ponds

Another great hiking day to soak more in Andean landscape and history of the Incas, after breakfast, you will be transferred to Chinchero on our private transportation. Urquillos Inca Trail, this trail is linking the towns located high in the mountains with other towns in the valley level. The hike starts in Chinchero (12,303 ft) a quaint colonial village with  Inca ruins around and an XVII century church, where we will visit this place and start our hike following the trail down the valley to the Urquillos town (9,514 ft) in the Sacred Valley. On the halfway, we will eat our picnic lunch. Upon our arrival to Urquillos town, we will take our private transportation to get Maras salt ponds, where we will explore this site with your private guide. Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner included.

Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours

Hiking distance: 8 km/ 4.97 miles

Highest point: 3,750 m / 12,303 ft

Lowest point: 2,900 m/ 9,514 ft

Physical grading: Moderate

Hotel/lodge: Tierra Viva Valle Sagrado Urubamba

Day 3. Pumamarca Ruins – Inca Trail – Ollantaytambo

After having a nutritious breakfast at the hotel, we will drive for 45 minutes to get the head trail. Upon our arrival, we will hike uphill for 45 minutes to get the Pumamarca Inca ruins, where we will explore it for one hour, after the exploration, we will hike following a section of Inca Trail to reach Ollantaytambo, the hike will treat us with amazing views and many Incan agricultural terraces along the trail. At one of the scenic spots, we will take our picnic lunch. Once we arrive in Ollantaytambo town, we will explore its ancient cobblestone alleyways, which still maintain the original Incan structures, our next place to visit is the Ollantaytambo the temple of the sun, where will be soaked by impressive views. We will then, drive to our next hotel located in this town. Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner included.

Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours

Hiking distance: 10 km/ 6.21 miles

Highest point: 3,500 m / 11,483 ft

Lowest point: 2,790 m/ 9,154 ft

Physical grading: Moderate

Hotel/lodge: Pakaritampu or Albergue Ollantaytambo

Day 4. Ollantaytambo – Km 104 – Gate of the Sun – Machu Picchu

We will wake up early this morning to have our breakfast and get ready for today’s adventure. We will take the 6:10 am train to Km 104, the train journey is for 1 hour and 25 minutes to get the Km 104. At point the train stops to get off and go walking to the main checkpoint for the respective registration, this place is located at an elevation of 2,150 m/ 7,054 ft, after the registration we will walk for a couple of minutes and we will reach the first Incan site called Chachabamba that consists of having temples, the main patio, sacred rock, etc. In which, our guide will deliver a great information about this site. Afterward, we will continue walking gradually uphill enjoying the spectacular sceneries until reaching the Wiñaywayna Incan temple whose meaning is “forever young”, where our guide will deliver you a great history of this site. After the exploration of the Incan temple, we’ll take our snacks or packed lunch at the checkpoint of Wiñaywayna. We’ll then continue hiking to Machu Picchu for two more hours, entering in this wonder of the world through the Gate of the Sun, from where we’ll have the first glimpses of the famed Incan city, and take our time to make great shots from this point. Once we arrive at Machu Picchu we’ll savor this unique place and take our time to make great shots of the Incan city, as the afternoon is usually with fewer people. We’ll then take the bus to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town) where we’ll stay at cozy hotel Tierra Viva Machu Picchu. Only breakfast and packed lunch included. Please note: On this trail, each hiker will carry the backpacks and the provided packed lunch.

Hiking distance: 12 km / 7.46 miles.

Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours.

Lowest elevation: 2,150 m / 7,054 ft.

Highest elevation: 2,650 m / 8,694 ft.

Physical rating: Moderate.

Hotel/lodge: Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

Day 5. Machu Picchu Guided Tour – Cusco

Today a great breakfast at the hotel makes us ready for a full morning exploration of Machu Picchu on a private tour with your Trek Leader. We’ll take the bus back to Machu Picchu early in the morning for an amazing tour until 12:00 pm (Machu Picchu permits will issue for the first group which is from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm). If you have booked a permit for Wayna Picchu mountain, you’ll climb the mountain after the tour or before the tour; however, spaces are subject to availability. In the unlikely event that Wayna Picchu permits are not available for your departure date, you will climb Machu Picchu Mountain instead. After a great time at the great Incan citadel, we’ll take the bus down to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town), where we’ll have lunch (not included). In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, as of this place continue driving to your hotel in Cusco. End of the adventure. Only breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary For Lodge To Lodge Trek To Machu Picchu

Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!

Weather in Lodge To Lodge Trek To Machu Picchu

Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55º – 75º F with evenings cooling down into the 40º and 50º. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains, where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30º and 40º. As our treks are planned during the “dry season”, days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of rainfall, and morning temperatures usually range from 35º and 45º with some frost on the tents, and frosty plains in some locations. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual. We will be hiking over multiple mountain passes which are over 14,104 ft, so should you be prepared for unpredictable mountain weather.

Peru Summit Includes For Lodge To Lodge Trek To Machu Picchu

  • 4 nights at cozy lodges in Sacred Valley Urubamba Valley and Machu Picchu Town
  • Private Trek Leader
  • All transportation service on a private van and a professional driver
  • All entrance tickets to all visited places
  • 4 breakfast, 4 picnic lunch (1 packed lunch for Short Inca Trail), 3 dinners. With option for vegetarians, gluten free, lactose free
  • Short Inca Trail permits and tickets
  • Machu Picchu entrance tickets
  • Bus tickets in Machu Picchu
  • Round trip train tickets
  • Oxygen tank and first aid kits

Peru Summit Does Not Include For Lodge To Lodge Trek To Machu Picchu

  • First breakfast, last dinner on day 4, and last lunch on day 5.
  • Hiking poles (available for renting)
  • Extra expenditure during the trek, hotel stay, such as soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the hot springs in Machu Picchu town.
  • Gratuities for guides, and other staff.
  • Travel Insurance (you need to have one to travel with us).

Suggested Reading List

We have created a custom comprehensive listing of Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Peru travel books for this trip.

 

Trek Gear List / Trip Checklist For Lodge To Lodge Trek To Machu Picchu

  • Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.
  • Travel insurance (and some copies)
  • Backpack to carry your things.
  • Phone and Camera charger and adapter.
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Camera
  • Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).
  • Hiking poles ( or you can rent one pair from us)
  • Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
  • Comfortable hiking clothes.
  • Good hiking boots with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.
  • Hiking trousers.
  • Hiking socks.
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
  • Sun hat.
  • Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.
  • Crédit or debit card.
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
  • Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Diamox (Acetazolamide), Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

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Available departures

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Activities

hiking, trekking, made for outdoor types.