Trek to Machu Picchu and Overnight at 5 Epic Ecocamps

Trek to Machu Picchu and Overnight at 5 Epic Ecocamps

3,995.00

PERU

There are an overabundance of ways to experience Peru’s world-famous Machu Picchu, but for the traveler who enjoys adventure along with a dose of cool comfort, this is our favorite option.

from $3,995 pp    9 Days/8 Nights     $443/Day

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TREK TO MACHU PICCHU AND OVERNIGHT AT 5 EPIC ECOCAMPS

CUSCO | MOLLEPATA VALLEY | SALKANTAY VALLEY | AGUA CALIENTES

There are an overabundance of ways to experience Peru’s world-famous Machu Picchu, but for the traveler who enjoys adventure along with a dose of cool comfort, this is our favorite option. 

 

This nine-day glamping adventure follows the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, but with a twist. You will journey under your own power from the beautiful Mollepata Valley to the summits and valleys surrounding Mount Salkantay and on to the legendary city of Machu Picchu, all while kicking back each evening in a series of five newly opened glamping outposts perfect for indulging after a long day’s hike. It’s not just the geodesic domes that make this journey one of our favorites—it’s the exquisite traditional dishes you’ll be served along the way, the knowledgable and capable guides as they lead you along ancient trails, and the experiences you’ll have with local people as you stroll through remote towns that will make this journey one that you remember for a lifetime. Perfect for singles, couples, friends and families alike, this Machu Picchu experience is what bucket lists are all about.  

   

 
 
 

Days 1

GET ACCLIMATED IN THE CITY OF CUSCO

ARANWA CUSCO HOTEL

 
 

Your journey begins in Cusco, a city high in the Peruvian Andes. You’ll check into your lodging for the evening, Aranwa Cusco Hotel, and enjoy welcome drinks and a short briefing to prepare you for the days to come. This outpost was built in a colonial mansion of the XVI century, and as such is full of history and only two blocks from the main square of Cusco. Take a short walk around the city right from the Aranwa to warm up your legs, then get a good night’s rest before the real adventure begins the following day. 

 
 
 

Day 2

OBSERVE CONDORS, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES, AND MORE

PINCOPATA ECOCAMP

 
 

The morning of day two, you’ll travel to the Condor Viewing Point at Chonta via a historic archaeological site: Kuillarumiyoc or Tarahuasi. These sites were important ritual sites during the height of the Inca Empire and still hold important significance in Quechua society today. The drive will take you through the beautiful agricultural Limatambo valley, before reaching Chonta where you will take a short hike with spectacular views of the Apurimac Canyon. Enjoy a picnic lunch before traveling to Pincopata Ecocamp, your first glamping destination of five total. Get settled with a massage or an exploration around camp, perhaps on horseback or mountain bike, before tucking into a three course dinner of delicious Peruvian cuisine. 

 
 
 

Days 3-4

HIKING THE SALKANTAY TREK IN EARNEST

SORAY ECOCAMP + HUMANTAY ECOCAMP

 
 

The next day, you’ll drive a short 15 minutes to the start of the trail at Marcoccasa.  Today features a light hike to warm up the legs; you’ll only be moving for 1.5 hours but will hike along an aqueduct overlooking the Rio Blanco Valley and surrounding snow-capped peaks of the Humantay and Salkantay Mountains. Arrive at Soray Ecocamp just in time for lunch, and either take another hike that afternoon to Lake Humantay or opt for that massage.

On day four, you will experience one of the highlights of the trip; crossing Salkantay Pass at an astonishing 15,300 feet of elevation! This challenging trek will take you across the valley floor to a final ascent to the pass, and back down to the Salkantay Valley on the other side after a picnic lunch to enjoy the views. You’ll arrive at Humantay EcoCamp ready to kick up your feet after a hard day’s work. 

 
 
 

Days 5-6

CONTINUE HIKING AND ENCOUNTER THE CLOUD FOREST

MILPO ECOCAMP + CAFÉ ECOCAMP

 
 

Feeling well acclimated by now, you’ll be ready to conquer the hike on day five. You’ll trek downhill for about an hour before joining up with a new trail heading back uphill, offering impressive views of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Continue climbing the high grassy plains to Abra Pass, where even more mountains will greet you. Lunch is followed by another descent to the Humantay River Valley to Milpo Ecocamp, your home for the night.

On day six, you’ll hike down the valley to Totora. It’s here that you’ll encounter the famous cloud forest, where unique bird and orchid species abound in the rich and humid environment. After arriving at Huiñaypocco you will be met by transportation to take you the final distance to Café Ecocamp, where a special lunch awaits to celebrate your successful trek. That afternoon, visit a local coffee plantation for a taste of the culture and characters who call this valley home.    

 
 

Days 7

ZIP LINE, HIKE, OR VISIT A LOCAL HOT SPRINGS

INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO

 
 

Arise to a cup of local coffee and a tropical breakfast before selecting from a range of activities for the morning. Hike, zip line, or our favorite—visit a nearby hot springs to rest your muscles after several days of hard work. That afternoon, board a train for a scenic ride to Aguas Clients, where you’ll settle in at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo for the evening and get to explore the town on your own.

 
 
 

Days 8-9

WALK THE ANCIENT RUINS OF MACHU PICCHU

ARANWA CUSCO HOTEL

 
 

You could say we saved the best for last! On the final day of your adventure, you will visit world-famous Machu Picchu. Your guide will give you the full tour of these unique Inca ruins, uncovering the mysteries of the sacred city as you walk along ancient pathways. For those with energy left over, you might opt to climb Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain—challenging hikes with phenomenal views as your reward. After a full day of soul-filling exploration, you will journey by road back to Cusco where it all began. Enjoy a final celebratory dinner and toast to your adventure before departing home the next day.

 
 
 

WHY GO ON THIS TRIP

 
  • Stay in the heart of Cusco at the historic Aranwa Cusco Hotel

  • Observe endangered condors in their natural environment at Chonta

  • Enjoy staggering views of Humantay and Salkantay Mountains

  • Summit Salkantay Pass at 15,300 feet

  • Experience the famous cloud forest, where unique birds and orchids abound

  • Enjoy a well-deserved massage at one of the five ecocamps

  • Visit a coffee plantation and learn about local culture

  • Take a full day to explore the Machu Picchu ruins with a guide

 
 

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