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Hiking Peru’s Salkantay Trail

Lima, Cusco, Salkantay, Machu Picchu & Mancora

Best time to travel
All year
Ideal length
14 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International return flights from Dublin to Lima.
  • All domestic flights, private transfers and guiding requirements.
  • 14 nights’ accommodation including in Lima, Cusco and Mancora as well as full-board accommodation in luxury mountain lodges along the Salkantay Trail.
  • Privately arranged tours of the colonial city of Lima and ancient capital of Cusco.
  • Experience a unique seven day guided trekking experience along the Salkantay Trail.
  • Spend your last few days relaxing in a beautiful beachside retreat.
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Introduction

Set out on a luxury trekking adventure along the Salkantay Trail, hiking through spectacular mountain landscapes to arrive in the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. A truly rewarding experience, follow expert guides along scenic trails and witness the rugged beauty and marvellous wildlife of Peru. This suggested itinerary promises a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, combining your hiking experience with luxury stays in Lima, Cusco and the trendy beachside town of Mancora.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Lima.

Your private driver will transfer you to your luxury hotel for your two night stay. We’ll arrange a reservation at one of our favourite restaurants to introduce you to the best of Peruvian cuisine.

Enjoy a privately guided tour of Lima.

Explore the highlights of the bustling metropolis, visiting renowned art galleries and museums along the way. Wander through the trendy neighbourhoods, stopping to admire beachside mansions, colonial buildings and historic squares. Your local guide will show the best of this vibrant capital city.

Lima Peru
Depart for Cusco, once the heart of the Incan empire.

You’ll spend two nights in a beautiful boutique property and enjoy a guided tour of the city, famed San Pedro Market and Sacsayhuaman, an ancient citadel on the outskirts of Cusco.

Cusco
Your hiking adventure begins.

Privately transfer to the archaeological site of Quillarumiyoc before arriving in the mountain village of Mollepata to enjoy lunch in a beautiful farmhouse and learn about local agriculture. You’ll then trek along the Camino Real and arrive at your mountain lodge where you’ll overnight.

Hiking Peru
Today, you’ll hike to Lake Humantay.

Ascend the slopes of the plateau and be rewarded with beautiful views of the turquoise waters of the lake and the Humantay Glacier looming overhead. After a light snack, participate in a wonderful traditional ceremony to honour Pachamama, Mother Earth.

Lake Humantay
Cross the Salkantay Pass.

Leave your luxury mountain lodge in the early morning and circle the Humantay Peak, making your way along expansive plateaus. Then, make a dramatic descent through fields of large boulders and natural stone formations, enjoying a hot picnic lunch on arrival.

Salkantay Trail
Descend into the Cloud Forest.

After a leisurely breakfast, descend towards the cloud forest on the banks of the Salkantay River. Meet local Andean people, witness incredible wildlife and admire at the indigenous flora. As you arrive, enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal that is cooked below ground.

Salkantay Trail
Hike along the Santa Teresa River Valley.

A scenic trail, pass the fertile lands and fruit orchards and enjoy a picnic lunch by the river. You’ll also visit an organic coffee plantation and drive to the bottom of the Llactapata Inca Trail, edging closer to the Amazon Rainforest.

Salkantay Trail (6)
Witness views over Machu Picchu.

Follow the steps of the Incas as you descend the Aobamba River Valley that connects to the ancient citadel. Arrive at the Llactapata Pass for incredibly exclusive views over Machu Picchu. Explore the surrounding area before taking a train journey to Aguas Calientes.

Arrive in Machu Picchu.

After spending the night in Aguas Calientes, enjoy a guided tour of one of the most renowned examples of Incan architecture. Constructed in the 15th century and since abandoned, learn about the incredible workmanship before revelling in the phenomenal views.

Machupicchu
Depart for the beach resort of Mancora.

After spending the night in Cusco, take a flight to Mancora and spend three nights lounging by the ocean. Relax on the beach, try your hand at surfing and enjoy spectacular seafood in some of the town’s finest restaurants. This is the ideal place to rejuvenate after your hiking adventure.

Mancora Peru
Transfer to the international airport.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Villa-Barranco-Peru

Villa Barranco

Villa Barranco is a stylish hotel situated in a 1920’s historic villa in Lima. Located in the bohemian district of Barranco, guests can easily reach nearby cultural and artistic sites.

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El Mercado Cusco

El Mercado Cusco

Situated in the city’s former farmer’s market, El Mercado is a historic property in Cusco. The exterior is a colonial terraced building, which leads to inviting interiors that balance modern and historic furnishings.

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DCO Suites Lounge & Spa

DCO Suites Lounge & Spa

DCO Suites is a contemporary boutique hotel in the trendy area of Mancora. Situated on the shores of Pocitas Beach, the property exudes a laid back beach vibe with open-air lounge areas, direct access to the beach.

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Salkantay Lodge

Salkantay Lodge

Salkantay Lodge is an authentic property sitting on the flatlands of the Rio Blanco River Valley. It offers spacious rooms that look out onto the beautiful Salkantay Mountains.

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Wayra Lodge

Wayra Lodge

Wayra Lodge is a charming mountain property along the Salkantay Pass. One of the most remote mountain lodges in Peru, it offers spectacular vistas over Mount Humantay.

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Colpa Lodge

Colpa Lodge

Colpa Lodge is surrounded by the verdant mountains and clouds forests of Salkantay. Situated on the confluence of three rivers, it promises spectacular vistas and a secluded setting.

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Lucma Lodge

Lucma Lodge

On the edges of the Amazon Rainforest, Lucma Lodge is a beautiful property surrounded by incredible landscapes. Interiors are traditionally Peruvian and large glass windows and high beams define the property.

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