[MLP’s holiday season sale is now closed, but these trips are still on offer and prices are fair and definitely worth checking out.]
If ever we’ve ever understood the value of wide-open spaces, natural ventilation and less-crowdy travel, this might be the moment.
(All photos: Sergio David Spadavecchia and Outpost)
Mountain Lodges of Peru operates spectacular Peruvian adventures, mostly lodge-to-lodge trekking trips that follow various routes across Andean valleys and corridors with breathtaking views, glorious mountain peaks, ancient archeological sites, and the mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu as prizes.
Trips typically begin in the ancient Andean city of Cusco — a destination in and of itself. You can ask MLP about extra costs for extending your trip to include more time in and around Cusco.
Here’s are sample of what’s on offer, but MLP has more tour versions and options to consider:
The Sacred Valley and Lares Trek Adventure to Machu Picchu
Trekking across Andean valleys on a 5-day or 7-day adventure that will take you thru Peru’s renowned Sacred Valley of the Incas along the Lares route and beyond, with the ultimate destination of Machu Picchu. Alongside daily trekking in spectacular geography, there are “cultural excursion options” to choose from. Ask MLP about these options or to ask how to design and customize your own unique journey.
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
A fully-guided, breathtakingly beautiful 7-day lodge-to-lodge trek along the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu. You trek between spectacular Andean peaks, get up close and personal with Mount Salkantay, ascend the 15,000-foot/4,500-metre mountain pass, and journey along rolling hills, dramatic boulder fields, cloud-forests and “12 other diverse bio-zones that comprise the Andean highlands.”
The Salkantay Equestrian Journey to Machu Picchu
Is there any better adventure than horseback riding through Andean valleys for days on end. (Well, probably—but it is pretty spectacular!) This MLP program is a guided 7-day lodge-to-lodge equestrian adventure that sees you riding along the Salkantay route to the final destination of Machu Picchu. MLP says their horses are “extensively trained for the Salkantay terrain,” so your in good hands.
The Grand Andean Experience
This uniquely designed 10-day adventure to Machu Picchu combines the Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure AND the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. A MLP guided 7-day, lodge-to-lodge trek to Machu Picchu that allows for more time to explore the renowned Sacred Valley as well as additional “cultural excursion options”— contact MLP for details.
MOUNTAIN LODGES OF PERU
Phone: 877-491-5261 (Canada/USA)
Accommodation: luxury MLP mountain lodges, beautiful local hotels in Cusco.
Difficulty: moderate to challenging, with altitude a factor to consider; ask MLP for details