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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
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Horse Riding Holidays Peru – Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

PRICES & DATES top

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: Prices  2024

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Green Season – 1st – 31st March & 1st November – 14th December

  • 6-nights $4,028
    • GBP: 3,170
    • EUR: 3,695
    per person sharing
  • Single traveller willing to share – no additional charge at Mountain Lodges of Peru. A supplementary charge will apply at hotels in the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes.
  • Requested Single Rooms are subject to a 50% supplement.

High Season – 1st April – 31st October & 15th – 31st December

  • 6-nights $5,038
    • GBP: 3,965
    • EUR: 4,622
    per person sharing
  • Single traveller willing to share – no additional charge at Mountain Lodges of Peru. A supplementary charge will apply at hotels in the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes.
  • Requested Single Rooms are subject to a 50% supplement.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

Includes – All riding, accommodation (except night before start of trek and night at end of trek unless added as additional service), all meals and beverages including soft drinks and a house selection of beer, wine, and spirits at Mountain Lodges of Peru lodges only, filtered water, tea, coffee, juice and soft drinks at all lodges (alcohol, sports drinks, and bottled water not included), guided visit to Machu Picchu (including entrance fee and transportation to site), train service to Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo, gratuities for the staff at the lodges and the staff in the field and hotel transfers.

Excludes – Flights, return airport transfers, alcohol (except at Mountain Lodges of Peru), bottled water (filtered water included), tips for your guide.

We recommend arriving in Cusco a couple of nights before the start of your ride to acclimatise to the altitude and a night in Cusco at the end of your trip. We have a variety of accommodation in Cusco we can recommend and book on your behalf.

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: Dates 2024

1 – 7, 11 -17, 13 – 19 & 22 – 28 May
6 – 12 July
12 – 18 August
16 – 22 & 24 – 30 September
3 – 9 October
17 – 23 October
19 – 25 November

Getting There
An International flight to Cusco

Transfer
At Cusco airport take a taxi to your hotel then transfer from hotel to your ride and back is included.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Your story begins with a dream of visiting Machu Picchu. The dream comes alive during a once-in-a lifetime experience: The ultimate lodge-to-lodge Ride along the Salkantay Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This is an exploration of a sacred haven of the Incas as much as a physical, cultural, and spiritual journey of transformation. On this trip, you will ride your way through 15 unique ecosystems, that will at times be challenging, as you navigate changing altitudes (even a 4,572 m/15,000 ft mountain traverse!) over varied terrain.
Along the route you will have the privilege of encountering picturesque hamlets populated by Andean communities practising centuries-old traditions, whilst working hard to maintain the integrity of their culture and improve the quality of life for future generations.
Rest assured the horse partnering you on this adventure have been specifically trained for the terrain and altitude and as you will be working in partnership with your mount with the week, you will need to be fit riding fit and an experienced rider.

THE RIDING top

Horses – American Quarter Horses

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced. A good level of fitness is required, because of the high altitudes of 9,000 – 13,000 ft. These horses are forward going so you must be balanced with good hands to be able to ride them. The pace is not fast due to the altitude but there are some opportunities to canter and also enjoy the gaited pace which is an art to ride but supremely comfortable.

Tack – Peruvian, similar to Western style.

Weight Restriction – 14 Stone / 90 kg / 198 lbs.

Group Size – Maximum 8.

ACCOMMODATION top

Your first and last nights will be spent at a hotel of your choice in Cusco where you will be picked up from to begin your trek and dropped off  at the end of the adventure.
During the trek you will stay in Mountain Lodges of Peru’s accommodation, They have four individual, beautifully-appointed mountain lodges where eco-minded architecture effortlessly mixes traditional Andean building techniques with contemporary design to blend seamlessly into their environment.
All of the guest rooms offer top-notch amenities. Hot showers, gourmet meals, fine linens, outdoor hot tubs, and a personalised service from knowledgeable, local staff.

Salkantay Lodge
Salkantay Lodge was built on the flat lands of the Rio Blanco River valley, with a stunning, unobstructed view of the majestic Salkantay mountain peak. Its contemporary, eco-conscious design was the inspiration for all other Mountain Lodges of Peru lodges.

Wayra Lodge
Wayra Lodge, a cozy mountain refuge with dramatic views of Mt. Humantay, is the most remote of Mountain Lodges of Peru lodges – and a welcome sight after a long day of trekking over the Salkantay Pass.

Colpa Lodge
Surrounded by lush green mountains in a cloud forest, our Colpa Lodge is situated on a promontory at the confluence of three rivers. Sun-drenched in the afternoons, it is the perfect spot to relax or soak in the outdoor hot tub.

Lucma Lodge
Situated in a lush avocado orchard at the edge of the Amazon jungle, the charming Lucma Lodge resembles a contemporary treehouse. The view through the multi-pane windows that stretch almost to the ceiling will give you the sensation of living amidst the beautiful foliage that surrounds you.

Please Ask About

  • Sightseeing tours in Lima & Cusco

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Day 1
After an early breakfast, your MLP guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco. The first stop is a visit to the Quillarumiyoc archaeological site en route to the mountain village of Mollepata. Enjoy lunch at El Pedregal, a beautiful farmhouse in the village, where you will also learn about local agriculture and livestock. After lunch, you will take a scenic ride to Coronilla Ranch to meet and get to know your horse. Along with the MLP equestrian team, you will then begin your ride to Soraypampa, a great opportunity for everyone to acclimate to the altitude while enjoying a beautiful 3–4-hour ride to the Salkantay Lodge that takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley. [Mt. Salkantay is the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 6,270m (20,600 ft), is the highest in the region.] Upon arrival, our friendly staff will welcome you and show you to your room, where you can freshen up before teatime and a fireside trip briefing with your guide. In the evening, enjoy aperitifs and dinner before settling in to rest for the next day’s ride.

Day 2
Today’s excursion takes us first to Humantay Lake, fed by glaciers far above on the slopes of the impressive Mt. Humantay. Our 1-hour ride there is followed by a short 20-minute walk, which is necessary to reach the lake, but the view is well worth it and those brave enough can go for a swim! After a short snack break, we hike back down to where we left the horses, and from where we begin a 30-minute ride to our next dismount spot: the gateway to the “Chakana” (the mystical Cross of the Incas, located on a viewpoint high above Soraypampa). From here, we begin a one-hour excursion on foot to our destination, the actual “Chakana”. This excursion allows guests to enjoy the best views of the Soraypampa Valley, Mt. Salkantay and Mt. Humantay, and is truly one of the high points of our journey…which should not be missed! A mystical offering to Mother Earth (or “Pachamama”) at the Chakana, performed by a local Shaman, in full view of the awe-inspiring Mt. Salkantay, tops off this unique experience. We return to the lodge for lunch with your afternoon at leisure, after which you may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in our outdoor jacuzzi. Additionally, there is the option of riding out again for a couple of hours in the surrounding area. In the evening, the guide briefs us on gear and the itinerary for the following day. All meals are served at the Lodge.

Day 3
Today we continue our journey towards Machu Picchu, riding up the Rio Blanco valley and circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point of the ride is the Salkantay Pass at 4,638 meters (15,213 ft). At the pass we stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction, with the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering above us. We will keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass we descend towards the Wayra Lodge, (“Wayra”: wind; from the name of the location “Wayracmachay”: ‘the cave where the wind lives’) our destination for the evening. A hot lunch is taken en route; dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 4
On this day we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge, and then we continue downhill above the Salkantay River, descending into the cloud forest, through increasingly verdant scenery. We can feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by colourful butterflies and striking orchids. Upon arrival at Colpa Lodge we are greeted with a Pachamanca, a traditional festive Peruvian meal cooked by layering meat and vegetables with hot stones. Everything is then covered with hot stones, plantain leaves, high Andean grass and local herbs and the contents are baked in this underground oven. Colpa Lodge is located on an open plateau at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor jacuzzi has panoramic views of lush green mountains. We spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the nearby orchid trail. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5
Today we ride along the Santa Teresa River valley, through more populated rural areas. We pass through banana, passion fruit, avocado orchards, and coffee plantations. The coffee grown here is said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world. Our ride takes us to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail”, which is where we say goodbye to our horses and equestrian staff. A short 30-minute walk through an avocado orchard brings us to Lucma Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 6
After a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. At this point, we will say goodbye to our beautiful horses and get ready for a 3 hour-hike towards Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974ft), where we come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers ever get a chance to admire. We take a short break to explore the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is served at a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Machu Picchu. After which we begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards, and coffee plantations. We then board a train for a scenic ride (approx. 1 hour) to Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu.

Day 7
After a very early buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will make your way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (approximately 30 minutes). Your trip leader will give an introductory 2 hour guided tour of the ruins, after which you will have the option to explore freely through the site for approximately 2 hours. Afterwards, you will meet up with your guide again to return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch and an afternoon train ride back towards Cusco. The ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes about 1½ hours, from where a private vehicle will then take over for the drive back to Cusco (an additional 1½ hour). Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7 or 8 p.m.), you will be dropped off at the hotel of your choice.

The itinerary is flexible. Changes may occur due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

Horse Riding Holidays at Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Peru.

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