Lodge to Lodge to Machu Picchu
Destinations Destinations
Machu Picchu, Lima, Cusco & Sacred Valley
Activity Activity
Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Luxury, Family, Trekking, Photography, Hiking
Tour Type Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Private tour
Accommodation Standard Accommodation
Physical Level Physical Level

Good to know

  • Fully-guided Salkantay lodge trek
  • Overnight stays in luxury lodges along the trail route
  • Guided tours of Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima
  • Flexible, year-round departures
  • High demand – advance booking essential!
  • 24/7 support and assistance

Get the best of both worlds by trekking to Machu Picchu on the spectacular Salkantay route while recharging your batteries in luxurious lodges every night. Described by National Geographic as “the cool way” to get to the ancient Incan citadel, this bucket list adventure traverses soaring Andean peaks, fecund cloud forests, little-visited Inca ruins and ancient indigenous villages. You’ll sleep in a real bed, eat gourmet lunches and dinners and arrive at Machu Picchu refreshed. What’s more you’ll take in bustling Lima and charming Cuzco, one time capital of the Incas.

This is a suggested itinerary which can be adjusted to suit your preferences. Contact an SA Expeditions travel advisor now who will be happy to help.

Suggested Itinerary

Choose your direction

This is a customisable trip

Use the following itinerary for inspiration. Remember: all days, hotels and activities can be altered to suit your requirements. A SA Expeditions travel expert will be happy to advise.

Arriving in Lima you'll be met by a SA Expeditions representative and taken to a carefully selected airport hotel, in order to minimise transit times the following morning.

Lima to Cusco

Fly to Cusco, and enjoy a free day acclimatising to the altitude and exploring the ancient capital of the Incas.

Includes: breakfast
Cuzco to Soraypampa

Your trekking adventure begins! Visit Andean villages and Incan sites, before trekking four hours to the first lodge at Soraypampa. Arriving at the lodge you'll relax into soft beds, rest your aching muscles in the outdoor jacuzzi, and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Spend the day acclimatising to the altitude (12,500ft) and enjoying the lodge amenities. If you're feeling energetic you can take a guided half-day hike to the nearby glacier.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking over Salkantay

Summit the epic 15,000ft Salkantay Pass and take in fantastic panoramas of the glacier below. Sleep it off at the gorgeous Wayra Lodge.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

An easier day as you descend into the humid cloud forest. Check in to Colpa Lodge early for a lunchtime feast and a soak in the outdoor hot tub.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Hike alongside a fertile river valley and enjoy a hot lunch. After a 30-minute drive and a short hike you’ll arrive at Lucma Lodge

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Llactapata to Aguas Calientes

Your last trekking day. Summit the Llactapata Pass with a view of Machu Picchu in the distance. Take a 30-minute train ride to your Machu Picchu hotel.

Includes: breakfast
Machu Picchu to Cusco

Catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu and enjoy a guided tour of the citadel before the masses arrive. After some free time exploring the ruins by yourself you'll take a scenic train ride back to Cusco.

Includes: breakfast

Fly back to Lima and – depending on when your international flight leaves – take a tour of Peru’s bustling capital.

Includes: breakfast

Lodge to Lodge to Machu Picchu

What's included & what's not included

Included Accommodation

Four nights in preferred properties hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality

Five nights on guided small-group Salkantay Lodge to Lodge Trek, which includes: delicious home cooked meals, snacks and water, guide and assistant guide support, porter assistance to carry your personal belongings.

Included Guided excursions

Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver.

Included All meals

All hotel breakfasts, plus all meals in the lodges – all freshly prepared each day by the resident chefs.

Included Ground transfers

All airport and ground transfers. Return Vistadome train to Machu Picchu Pueblo and the bus to ruins.

Not included International flights

Domestic flights are not included in the price but can be arranged on request.



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$4,390 pp

This tour is operated by SA Expeditions
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