Mountain Lodges Peru

Salkantay Lodge to Lodge Trek by MLP - This unforgettable experience on the little-known, relatively uncrowded Salkantay Trail by Mountain Lodges of Peru (MLP), combines an exhilarating 63km trek in the towering Peruvian Andes with the comfort and friendly hospitality of small, deluxe mountain lodges, with local, friendly staff. Brilliant local guides, with 10+ years of experience, make the trip an immersive, authentic experience. MLP’s Salkantay Lodge to Lodge itinerary operates on several fixed dates each month between March and December, and once monthly on horseback.

Starting early from Cusco, a small group of up to 12 people visits Quillarumiyoc archaeological site with its impressive carvings, en route to the mountain village of Mollepata for lunch before heading to Salkantay Lodge at Soraypampa in the picturesque Rio Blanco River valley. There they spend 2 nights preparing for the week ahead with acclimatisation hikes, including one to beautiful, turquoise Lake Humantay before other visitors arrive there. The challenging to moderate daily hikes, taken at a relaxing pace, are interspersed with breaks for guides to explain the rich flora, livelihoods and local traditions of the local people. From the heights of Salkantay Pass at 4,600m, the group crosses through 15 eco-systems, including enchanting cloud forests and lush subtropical valleys with coffee plantations. On day six the group reaches Llactapata Pass at 2,736m and is treated to a rarely seen views of Machu Picchu. After spending the last night in Aquas Calientes, the group arrives at Machu Picchu ruins early for a guided tour before returning to Cusco by train and road.

The many creature comforts at the 4 cosy and picturesque lodges include beautiful rooms with hot showers and a comfortable bed, boots cleaned after each day’s trek, outdoor hot tubs, optional massages, delicious gourmet evening meals, and during the day snacks and hot picnics in wild surroundings, including a traditional pachamanca.

Mountain Lodges of Peru’s strong sustainability ethic includes their own Yanapana NGO, which focuses on empowering and supporting women in local communities.

MLP operates several other cultural and trekking programmes in the Cusco region with a duration of 5 to 10 days; the Sacred Valley & Lares Adventure, Black Diamond Trek and the Grand Andean Adventure all include a visit to Machu Picchu.

Senderos Soul

The wide friendly smiles that greeted us at each of the lodges on our Salkantay trek couldn’t have been more welcoming or heart-warming. The day we hiked over the famous Salkantay pass (4,600masl) we battled through rain and hail on our way up, but were still in light spirits - especially when the clouds suddenly parted at the summit and then stayed comfortably away during our descent into Wayrapampa. Our efforts were rewarded with a hot, 3 course lunch, followed later by more snacks. Soon after arriving at Wayra Lodge we were sipping aperitifs, relaxing our weary muscles in the hot tub and taking in the superb scenery around us, before another delicious 3-course dinner. Wayrapampa is an isolated hamlet, only accessible by foot or horseback. The wonderful folk who run the lodge are from the community and are incredibly accommodating, instantly making us feel comfortable and at home in this magical valley. This personal touch of getting to know the staff at each of the lodges was an unexpected highlight of the whole experience.

- Nicola, Senderos

Getting there

The trek begins and ends in Cusco. MLP recommends these hotels for Cusco.

by air

BY AIR

Nearest airport: Cusco.