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It's easy to grasp the ancient Inca mindset—once your lungs adjust to the rarefied Andean air. From your 15,200-foot vantage point atop Salkantay Pass, it's clear why these majestic pinnacles inspired awe among the native inhabitants. And at the apex of this trek, Machu Picchu. You're breathless. Is it the altitude or the views? A little of both.

Highlights

  • Hike from lodge to lodge, with porters and mules handling your luggage
  • Trek an Inca route to 15,200 feet for superb views of the snow-covered Andes
  • Gaze upon Machu Picchu from the seldom-traveled Llactapata Trail
  • Relax in style at high-altitude lodges—many with hot tubs!
  • Explore Machu Picchu for a full day at leisure

Day 1
Savor stunning vistas of the Cusco Valley as you trek to the Inca sites of Q'enko, Temple of the Moon and fortress-temple Sacsayhuamán (“Stonehenge of the Andes”) with a local expert. Visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art to view unique artifacts from ancient Peruvian civilizations.

Days 2-3
Walk up to a glacial lake or opt for a horseback ride—either way, take in views of towering Salkantay, Inca mythology's most sacred mountain. Taste pisco sours, the country's national drink, before our dinner of organic regional cuisine.

Days 4-6
Condors soar overhead as you travel up the Río Blanco Valley, circling Humantay Peak | Descend through a lush subtropical landscape above the Salkantay River before passing a patchwork of orchards and coffee plantations. Feeling adventurous? Try cuy (guinea pig) at a traditional Andean Pachamanca feast.

Days 7-9
Gaze upon magical Machu Picchu from the seldom-traveled Llactapata trail. Head through bamboo forests to the Vilcanota River. Take a full day to deeply explore the ruins of Machu Picchu. Hike to the Gate of the Sun for an impressive overview, then get up close as our local guide reveals secrets of the "Lost City's" astrological designs and provides insight into the stonework at this sacred site. Learn about local orchids, birds and tea plantations with a Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel naturalist.

Contact us for prices and availability.

Prices are based ond double occupancy and are subject to availability. Airfare not included.

Tour Code: BR

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