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Machu Picchu

Lodge-Based Machu Picchu Multisport Adventure

Small Group Departure - Example 9 Day Tour
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Join this 9-day lodge-based Machu Picchu multisport adventure. Arrive in Lima and explore Cusco's markets and weaving traditions. Enjoy a scenic hike to Sacsayhuaman and activities at Lake Piuray. Journey to Maras for biking or ziplining, then to Huacahuasi for hiking options. Experience Totora and Calispuquio, and choose horseback riding or biking in the Sacred Valley. Hike from km 104 to Machu Picchu. Ascend Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, followed by a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco for your flight home.
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Highlights
  • Hike from Cusco to Sacsayhuaman, tour ancient archaeological sites
  • Experience biking or zipline in Maras and Sacred Valley
  • Horseback ride in Sacred Valley or bike in Lamay Valley
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Activity Level: Challenging
Requires high-intensity physical efforts that push the limits of one's fitness. May include tours with multiple days in a row of strenuous physical activity or single requiring more than 7 hours of activity. Recommended for travelers maintaining a demanding fitness level.
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Day 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive in Lima on the flight of your choice today. After picking up your luggage and clearing customs, walk across the street to the comfortable and conveniently located Wyndham Costa del Sol Hotel. Settle into your room and rest up for your Peru tour ahead.

Day 2: Fly to Cusco | Walking City Tour | Trek Briefing

An early morning flight brings you to the Inca capital of Cusco where Quechua speaking descendents of the Incas bustle back and forth in the busy plazas and markets. Colonial churches sit atop bases of smooth stonework laid centuries before the arrival of the Conquistadors. The church walls have fallen many times throughout the years, but the Inca walls remain. The morning is yours to explore Cusco's narrow streets and bustling markets.

In the afternoon, you can tour Cusco's traditional markets, talking to the women selling natural medicines and charms for curing heartache and other afflictions. You will visit the Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco, a local organization committed to preserving the region's weaving traditions. (If visiting the Sacred Valley on Sunday, you will visit their center in Chinchero instead). Watch weavers demonstrate their craft and learn about the history and processes of Peru's most well-known art form.

This evening, Meet your MLP guide and fellow travelers for a general trip briefing and Q&A before heading out on your trekking adventure in the morning.

Location: Cusco
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes

Day 3: Journey Through the Sacred Valley

Begin your day with a scenic hike from Cusco to Sacsayhuaman, and enjoy a guided tour of the ancient Sacsayhuaman and Q’enqo archaeological sites. After the morning tour, hop in a vehicle for a drive to Lake Piuray, where a delicious lunch awaits, showcasing fresh local crops. Spend the afternoon enjoying various activities at the lake, such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or biking. As the day winds down, indulge in a rustic farm-to-table dinner before heading back to your hotel in Cusco in the evening.

Day 4: Ollantaytambo

In the morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before setting off on a picturesque drive from Cusco to Maras. Once you arrive, engage in your chosen morning activity, either biking from Maras to Ollantaytambo or experiencing a thrilling zipline adventure in the Sacred Valley. Following your adventure, head to Ollantaytambo for a satisfying lunch, then delve into a guided exploration of the archaeological site. Afterward, embark on a scenic drive to Huacahuasi, which will take approximately 2 hours, before winding down with dinner and a trip briefing at the lodge in the evening.

Activity Options:
Biking from Maras to Ollantaytambo: 10.5 miles / 7 km (Approximately 4 hours)
Zipline in the Sacred Valley: Approximately 4 hours (including driving time to the site)

Day 5: Hike to Jaukani and Yukumarka

Start your day with breakfast at the lodge in Huacahuasi. Then, a scenic drive takes you to a remote village called Choquecancha. Here, you have the option to embark on a moderate to challenging 4-hour hike to Jaukani. If you prefer a shorter trek, you can stay in Choquecancha and enjoy the local scenery. After the hike (or your time in Choquecancha), a delicious picnic lunch awaits you in Jaukani. Strengthened by the meal, you can then choose another hike, this time a moderate 2.5-hour journey to Yukumarka. Alternatively, you can relax in Jaukani and soak in the tranquility of the village. Finally, a scenic drive brings you back to Huacahuasi, where you can unwind and enjoy dinner at the lodge, reflecting on the day's adventures.

Activity Options:
Hike from Choquecancha to Jaukani: Approximately 4 hours
Hike difficulty: Moderate to challenging

Hike from Jaukani to Yukumarka: Approximately 2.5 hours
Hike difficulty: Moderate

Day 6: Hike to Totora | Bike Ride to Lamay

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and go on a scenic drive to the Totora hike trailhead. Take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy a picnic lunch along the way as you hike from Ancasmarca to Totora. Next, take another scenic drive to Calispuquio. Upon arrival, choose to go on a bike ride to Lamay Lodge for some fresh air and beautiful sights. Relax and unwind at Lamay Lodge by exploring the gardens, soaking in the hot tub, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet. Finally, cap off the day with a delicious dinner at the lodge. Here's an additional activity option you can consider: Hike from Ancasmarca to Totora, a beautiful and easy-to-moderate hike that takes about 4 hours.

Activity Options:
Hike from Ancasmarca to Totora: Approximately 4 hours
Hike difficulty: Easy to moderate

Bike ride from Calispuquio to Lamay:- Approximately 2.5 hours
Difficulty level: Moderate

Day 7: Urubamba River

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the lodge. Then, you have two options for activities: horseback riding in the Sacred Valley, which begins an hour earlier than the biking activity and lasts around 6 hours, offering a moderate level of difficulty. Alternatively, you can opt for a bike ride in the Lamay Valley, followed by a visit to Pisaq. This biking activity is easier and shorter, lasting about 2.5 hours. At 3:30 pm, indulge in a Pachamanca lunch back at the lodge. Later in the evening, enjoy a light dinner or snacks at the lodge.

Activity Options:
Horseback riding in the Sacred Valley: Approximately 6 hours
Difficulty level: Moderate

Bike ride in the Lamay Valley and Visit Pisaq: Approximately 2.5 hours
Difficulty level: Easy

Day 8: Hike from KM 104 to Machu Picchu

Begin your day with breakfast before departing from the lodge to reach Ollantaytambo train station. Take a picturesque train ride from Ollantaytambo to the KM 104 train rail marker. From there, start your hike to Wiñay Wayna, where you'll have a picnic lunch around midday. Continue your hike from Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu, although this day's itinerary does not include a visit to Machu Picchu itself. Instead, hikers will descend along the perimeter of the citadel to catch a shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes, where you'll arrive in the late afternoon. Enjoy dinner at the hotel and have the evening at leisure. The day's main activity is the approximately 7-hour hike from km 104 to Machu Picchu.

Activity:
Hike from km 104 to Machu Picchu: Approximately 7 hours

Day 9: Machu Picchu | Return to Cusco

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
On this day, kick off your adventure with breakfast at the hotel before catching the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu. Once there, embark on the hike up either *Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. After a challenging ascent, take a break for lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. Following lunch, join a guided exploration of the Machu Picchu citadel, delving into its rich history and breathtaking architecture. Later in the afternoon, board a train for a scenic ride to Ollantaytambo. From there, enjoy an evening drive back to Cusco.

*Note: Permits for Huayna Picchu are subject to availability; please consult with your MLP travel specialist when you confirm your reservation.
**Note: In the event that Huayna Picchu permits are not available for your desired date, Machu Picchu Mountain (the second peak within the sanctuary) permits will be secured instead.

Accommodations

Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport

Costa del Sol, Lima Airport
Costa del Sol, Lima Airport
Costa del Sol, Lima Airport

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Lamay Lodge

Lamay Lodge used on Sacred Valley Adventure
Lamay Lodge used on Sacred Valley Adventure
Lamay Lodge used on Sacred Valley Adventure

Huacahuasi Lodge

Huacahuasi Lodge on Sacred Valley Adventure
Huacahuasi Lodge on Sacred Valley Adventure
Huacahuasi Lodge on Sacred Valley Adventure

Quinta San Blas Hotel

Front view of Quinta San Blas Hotel
Patio in Quinta San Blas Hotel
Quinta San Blas Hotel

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Dates & Prices

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$4,284 2-3 travelers

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Included
  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners, 1 Box Lunch
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Guided visit of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (entrance, transportation to and from the site)
  • All meals and beverages including soft drinks and a house selection of beer, wine, and spirits including pisco
  • Entrance fees to archaeological sites and other points of interest
  • Fully guided bilingual activities and excursions
  • All gratuities for the staff at all MLP lodges and in the field —does NOT include gratuities for the staff at affiliate hotels. 
  • Wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) at all lodges
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Massage services
  • Permits for Huayna Picchu Mountain and/or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Bottled water and sports drinks. Guests are encouraged to use the refillable water bottle that is provided to each guest at the pre-trip briefing. The highest-quality filtered water is available at all MLP lodges
  • Gratuities for the guides are not included and are at your discretion. In general, it is suggested to give $10-20 USD per day per person for lead guides and $5-15 USD per day per person for assistant guides
  • Local taxes (18% IGV) on meals and lodging applicable to Peruvians, foreign residents, and tourist traveling in Peru for 60+ days

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