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Peru: Sacred Valley, Salkantay Lodge Trek, Machu Picchu, Titicaca                                  



Date: Your choice (let us help you select the best time).
Host: Locally Guided
Cost: Varies by experience
Trip Type: Custom & CLIENT APPROVED


This sample itinerary can be customized to your specifications. Take only parts of this trip, modify, add ... whatever suits you!

This is an outline of a journey taken by a couple who travelled through Peru in August, 2014. They were keen to trek in the Andes and wanted to see Machu Picchu. This fully supported lodge-based trek was perfect for them. Also included was time in Cusco and the Sacred Valley to see the various historic sites, as well as time on the shores of Lake Titicaca. This 19 day sample is wide-ranging and offers adventure with trekking, culture with history.

  • "Mountain Lodges was fantastic. The lodge on Lake Titicaca was professional and provided a high level of service"
  • "...was well organized and I was informed of everything. Being able to keep in touch with Andrew via email was great"


For a preview of the trek, have a look at a short video of the experience here.

Questions? Our team has "been there" and Adventure Travel Specialist Andrew De Angelis handled all the arrangements for this journey. Contact him at  or any of our expert team at:

Why the Salkantay Trek

This intermediate/advanced trek travels up and down through nine distinct microclimates, across promontories and fields of boulders, over a 15,000ft mountain pass, along rivers, and up original Inca steps at the edge of the Amazon jungle. Along the Salkantay trail, you will journey through varied terrain both challenging and awe-inspiring. Up-close views of glacier mountain peaks, mysterious fog surrounding fields of boulders, and cattle drives through the most remote of mountain areas are sights that will only enhance the spectacular topography, lush vegetation, and intriguing archaeological areas that you will encounter. Locals, still proudly attached to their Andean heritage, will greet you along the way and give you a glimpse into their rarely seen world.  Led by well-respected and extremely knowledgeable guides, you are guaranteed personal attention and a commitment to safety. The staff at the mountain-luxury lodges, situated in pristine locations along the trail, will welcome you warmly at the end of each day with the utmost in service and amenities.

Note: if you're not up to the full trek, horseback riding is an available option. If your timing only allows for the trek itself, please call us for more information on pricing.

Sample Itinerary

Click on a day below to view details:

Day 1- Lima

Days 1 - Lima

On arrival in Lima make your way to the airport hotel. (1 night Lima)

Days 2 & 3 - Sacred Valley

Days 2 & 3 - Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, then meet your driver and guide who will escort you into the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley is lower than Cusco, so this will help with your acclimatization. Your first afternoon is at leisure so you can relax and enjoy the lodge. The next day you'll explore the valley - including a stop for lunch -  taking in the villages of Ollantaytambo and Pisac, each of which has Inca ruins nearby and the latter hosts a colourful market. (2 nights Sacred Valley, B daily, 1L)

Days 4 & 5 - Sacred Valley & Cusco

Days 4 & 5 - Sacred Valley & Cusco

Leaving the valley you'll visit the Maras Salt Mines and Moray, an ancient agricultural centre. You may also stop at Chinchero village, which has a pretty setting in the valley and a market on certain days. Continue to Cusco for your 2-night stay.  Your next day in Cusco is at your leisure. Explore the compact city centre and prepare for your trek. (2 nights Cusco, 2B)

Days 6 through 12 - Salkantay Trail & Machu Picchu

Days 6 through 12 - Salkantay Trail & Machu Picchu

On this 6 night/7 day program, you'll begin with a transfer from Cusco to the trailhead to begin your fully-supported trek over the Salkantay Trail. Each night you'll stay in a comfortable, cozy mountain lodge. On day 6 you'll have your first view of Machu Picchu from a vantage that only those on the Salkantay Trail will have. You will then descend into the village of Aguas Calientes which is at the foot of the ruins and enjoy two nights in a lovely riverside lodge. You'll return to explore the famous ruins of Machu Picchu at your leisure on Day 7 of the trek (Day 12 of your Peru trip). (4 nights mountain lodges, 2 nights Aguas Calientes, all meals)

Day 13 - Machu Picchu & Cusco

Day 13 - Machu Picchu & Cusco

You may return to the ruins of Machu Picchu this morning if you wish, or explore the village & shops/craft stalls in Aguas Calientes. This afternoon you'll board the train to the town of Ollantaytambo, where you'll disembark and meet your driver for the return to Cusco by private vehicle. (1 night Cusco, B, L)

Days 14, 15 & 16 - Lake Titicaca

Days 14, 15 & 16 - Lake Titicaca

On Day 14, transfer by private vehicle over the "altiplano" to Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. On the way, stop to see the murals in the church of Andahuaylillas and the remains of the great temple of Virachocha, as well as Sicuani, and important Andean market town. You may be amazed that people even live in this rather barren landscape! Settle into your beautiful lakeview lodge and experience its unique location and "Relais & Chateaux" level of service. You'll have two full days at leisure: relax at the lodge or investigate the excursions and activities offered by the lodge (some excursions extra cost; payable locally). (3 nights Lake Titicaca, 3B, 3L, 2D)

Days 17 & 18 - Lima

Days 17 & 18 - Lima

A private transfer will take you to the airport (in Juliaca) for the flight to Lima. A private transfer takes you to your hotel in the popular area of Miraflores, known for its restaurants and shops. Day 18 is a day at leisure so you may explore as you wish.  (2 nights Lima, B daily)

Day19 - Lima & Depart

Days 19 - Lima & Depart

Your morning is at leisure. This afternoon a short tour of Lima will include a visit to the "Larco Museum" or the "El de Oro Museum", followed by dinner and a transfer to the airport for your late-night departure flights (flights from Lima to Canada are usually overnight flights, making this really a 20 day trip in total). (B, D)





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Any prices we list are approximate; they can change with exchange rate fluctuations or due to any change you might make as you customize this program. Adjustments can be made to the hotel level you choose, what touring you are interested in based on any special interests you may have, and how long your have for your holiday. Prices may also vary based on the time of year. Please contact us for more information.

Suggested time of year: we recommend you try to avoid the rainy seasons if you are trekking; most trails are closed when the main rainy season is expected in January & February as trails can be muddy and snow can be encounted at higher elevations (you can still go by train to Machu Picchu however during this time).  Low season for the trek is March 1st–March 31st, November 1st–December 14th. High season rates apply April 1st–October 31st, December 15th–December 31st. 

Sample cost (2014 rates): US$ 8,200 per person, including meals as listed, private tours and transfers, accommodation in luxury level hotels including an extra night for Machu Picchu, entrance fees and taxes. 

(Posted Dec. 28 '15)

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