Trek to Machu Picchu, with Lodging at Epic Ecocamps

Trek to Machu Picchu, with Lodging at Epic Ecocamps

3,995.00

PERU

For many adventurers, the climb to reach the heights of this Unesco World Heritage site is part of the journey, retracing the footpaths of the ancient Incas. Our trip sets you up along the route at five new, comfortable ecocamps, with dates customized to fit your schedule.

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

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TREK TO MACHU PICCHU, WITH LODGING AT EPIC ECOCAMPS

CUZCO | MOLLEPATA VALLEY | SALKANTAY VALLEY | AGUA CALIENTES

For many adventurers, the climb to reach the heights of this Unesco World Heritage site is part of the journey, retracing the footpaths of the ancient Incas. Our trip sets you up along the route at five new, comfortable ecocamps, with dates customized to fit your schedule.

 

It’s time to check this once-in-a-lifetime expedition off your bucket list—but on your own time frame and without completely roughing it. You’ll follow the Salkantay Trek to legendary Machu Picchu via a series of new glamping outposts designed to let you kick back and take in the extraordinary scenery after a long day of hiking. It’s not just the geodesic domes that make this option special but their scenic and tranquil locations, the exquisite traditional meals you’ll be served along the way, and the capable guides you’ll have narrating the landscape and local history. Better yet, we can customize a private departure date based on when it’s convenient for you and your group, or solo travelers can depart on the third Saturday of certain months (August, September, November, December, or January) and enjoy the company of other solo explorers making the trek. Whichever option works best for you, your efforts will be supported and enhanced with Outside GO’s expert logistics.

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Day 1

GET ACCLIMATED IN CUZCO

ARANWA CUSCO HOTEL

 
 

Your journey begins high in the Peruvian Andes, in the city formerly the capital of the Inca Empire. You’ll check into the Aranwa Cusco Hotel, enjoy welcome drinks, and get a short briefing to prepare you for the days to come. This outpost, built as a colonial mansion in the 16th century, is full of history and only two blocks from the main square. Take a walk around town to warm up your legs and get used to the thinner air (here you're above 11,000 feet), then get a good night’s rest before the real adventure begins the following day.

 
 
 
 
 

Day 2

VISIT ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES, CONDOR TERRITORY, AND MORE

PINCOPATA ECOCAMP

 
 

This morning you’ll drive to the condor viewing point at Chonta via a historic archaeological site: Kuillarumiyoc or Tarahuasi. These were important ritual sites during the height of the Inca Empire and still hold significance in Quechua society today. In Chonta, you’ll take a short hike with spectacular views of the Apurímac Canyon. Enjoy a picnic lunch before traveling to Pincopata Ecocamp, your first glamping destination. 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

BGEIN THE SALKANTAY TREK IN EARNEST

SORAY ECOCAMP + HUMANTAY ECOCAMP

 
 

Hit the start of the trail at Marcoccasa. Today’s hike is a light one—you’ll only be moving for 1.5 hours—but the scenery is spectacular. You’ll head along an aqueduct overlooking the Rio Blanco Valley and the surrounding snowcapped peaks of the Humantay and Salkantay Mountains. Arrive in Soray Ecocamp just in time for lunch, and either take another hike that afternoon to Lake Humantay or opt for that massage.

Day four marks one of the highlights of the trip: crossing Salkantay Pass at an astonishing elevation of 15,300 feet. This challenging trek will take you across the valley floor, up and over the pass, and back down to the Salkantay Valley on the other side, with a picnic lunch en route to admire the views. You’ll arrive at Humantay Ecocamp ready to kick up your feet after a hard day’s work.

 
 
 
 
 

Days 5, 6

HEAD UP ABRA PASS AND DOWN TO A 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 Range. Continue across 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 and on to Milpo Ecocamp, your home for the night.

On day six, you’ll hike down to Totora. Here you’ll encounter a cloud forest, where unique bird and orchid species abound in the rich and humid environment. Upon arrival at Huiñaypocco, you’ll be transported the final distance to Café Ecocamp, where a special meal 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.  

 
 
 
 
 

Day 7

ZIP-LINE, HIKE, OR HIT THE LOCAL HOT SPRINGS

INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO

 
 

Arise to a cup of freshly brewed coffee and an exotic tropical breakfast before selecting from a range of activities for the morning. Zip-line, hike, or (our favorite option) 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 Calientes, where you’ll be hosted at the cozy Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for the evening. Wander the property’s 12 acres, filled with all kinds of bird life and the world’s largest native orchid collection, or see what’s happening in town.

 
 
 
 
 

Days 8, 9

WALK THE ANCIENT RUINS OF MACHU PICCHU

ARANWA CUSCO HOTEL

 
 

You could say we saved the best for last—a final ascent to this 15th-century Unesco World Heritage site. 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. If you’ve got energy left over, you might opt to climb Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain, both challenging hikes with phenomenal views as your reward. After a day of soul-filling exploration, you’ll journey by road back to Cuzco, where it all began. Enjoy a final celebratory dinner and toast to your adventure before departing for home the next day.

 
 
 
 
 

WHY GO ON THIS TRIP

 
  • Stay in the heart of Cuzco at a hotel that dates back to the 16th century

  • Observe endangered condors in their natural environment at Chonta

  • Enjoy staggering views of Humantay and Salkantay Mountains

  • Summit Salkantay Pass, at an elevation of 15,300 feet

  • Experience a cloud forest, where unique birds and orchids abound

  • Relax with a well-deserved massage at one of five new 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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