Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge

Lodge-Based Trek and the Lost City of the Incas

Trip Level

This trek is Level 5, Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. Most hiking is between 10,000 and 15,200 feet. Pack mules transport your duffels from lodge to lodge, leaving you free to hike with only a daypack. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed, and the group will spread out along the trail during the day. There are several full hiking days on the trip, plus two shorter days at the beginning to acclimatize, and one in the middle is a semi-rest day. You should be in excellent health and physical condition, and we recommend you get in top physical condition for the trip by engaging in regular exercise well beyond your normal routine. Try walking faster than 1.5 miles per hour, walking on steeper inclines, and using your gym’s stair-climbing machines. As you progress, practice these walks with your loaded daypack (full water bottle, camera gear, jacket). The object is to improve your overall level of fitness and aerobic capacity and get your legs and lungs in shape for the Andes.

About the Trip
Please note this is not an exclusive Wilderness Travel trip and is operated by Mountain Lodges of Peru. In Cusco you will enjoy a privately guided tour, and will also receive a “Cusco Tourist Ticket,” which will allow you to visit several additional important sites on your own. For the trek, you will be joining a group of up to 12 people. Your fellow hikers will be staying at a variety of hotels around town, and you will meet them at the trip orientation in Cusco in the evening of Day 1.

Guide Services
Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, then enjoy a city tour in the company of a knowledgeable local guide. During the trek, you will be in the company of an experienced trekking guide who knows the area firsthand. These guides are among the finest in Peru, with 10-25 years experience in leading treks all over the country. They are either natives of the country or longtime residents; most of them reside in Cusco. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning of Day 2 and will accompany you throughout the trek until your return to Cusco.

About the Lodges
The hikers’ lodges add a great deal of comfort to the experience of Andean hiking. You can enjoy a private room and a hot shower at the end of each hiking day. Sleeping bags are not required since the lodges supply ample bedding. Heat in the lodges is provided by space heaters. Lights are provided by a generator, so there may be periods when the generators are off. Treated drinking water, tea, coffee, juice, and soft drinks are provided at the lodges, and bottled water and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at the bar/lounge. A rural Wi-Fi (satellite) internet connection is available at the reception desk at each lodge, and each lodge has a satellite phone (for emergency use only).

Weather

Being so close to the equator, Peru has only two climate seasons: a dry season from April to October, and a wet season from December to March. Altitude is the main factor controlling the climate. In the mountains, you’ll encounter sunny days with daytime temperatures ranging between 65°F and 70°F degrees, dropping to the 40s and lower at night. The sun is very strong at high altitude and it can often be warm enough to hike in shorts and a t-shirt. However, it can also get extremely cold; if you’re familiar with mountain weather, you know how suddenly it can get cold even in the daytime if the sun slips behind a cloud. Nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing. Rain should not be a problem on our treks, but always keep in mind that mountain weather is unpredictable and sudden storms can occur, especially on high mountain passes. Lima lies in a coastal desert where rainfall is rare and temperatures are usually warm (70s and 80s). Days are overcast most of the year due to the Humboldt current that comes up from Antarctica and meets the warm, tropical El Nino current from the north to create the garua, or coastal fog/mist.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.