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Multi-sport Adventure to Machu Picchu

A thrilling 7-day adventure through the Sacred Valley and Lares that offers a dynamic mix of sports activity options as you journey to Machu Picchu.

Go For It!

Hike, bike, horseback ride, and zipline your way through the Andean highlands on our fully-guided, off-the-beaten-path Multi-Sport Adventure to Machu Picchu—an ideal trip for families and mixed-interest groups!

DAY 0 WELCOME TO CUSCO

6:00pm Trip briefing in the evening: meet your guide and fellow travelers for some pre-trip details and Q&A’s.

Location:
El Mercado
Calle Siete Cuartones 306, Cusco
+51 1 421-7777

    • Approximately 45 minutes.

      DAY 1 INTO THE SACRED VALLEY

      Begin your journey by hiking from the heart of Cusco to explore the nearby archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Q’enqo, followed by a scenic drive to Lake Piuray and an afternoon full of activity options. Enjoy an early farm-to table dinner on the lakeshore before returning to Cusco in the evening.

      08:00amHike from Cusco to Sacsayhuaman
      08:30amGuided exploration of the Sacsayhuaman and Q’enqo archaeological sites
      11:30amDrive from Sacsayhuaman to Lake Piuray
      12:30pmLunch at the lake featuring fresh options from the local Piuray crops
      01:30pmAfternoon activities at Lake Piuray
      05:00pmRustic farm-to-table dinner
      06:00pmDrive from Lake Piuray to Cusco

      DAY 1 ACTIVITY OPTIONS

      • Biking
      • Kayak
      • Stand Up Paddle

          Overnight: El Retablo - Cusco

          DAY 2 OLLANTAYTAMBO

          Today you will go deeper into the Sacred Valley. Spend the morning either mountain biking or ziplining, followed by lunch in Ollantaytambo, the oldest ‘living’ city in South America. Afterwards, explore the Ollantaytambo archaeological site with your guide before leaving the Sacred Valley on a scenic drive into Lares.

          06:00amBreakfast at hotel
          07:00amDrive from Cusco to Maras
          08:00amBegin morning activity
          12:00pmLunch in Ollantaytambo
          01:30pmGuided exploration of the Ollantaytambo archaeological site
          03:00pmScenic drive to Huacahuasi (approximately 2 hours)
          07:30pmDinner at the lodge

          DAY 2 ACTIVITY OPTIONS

          • Biking
          • Zipline

          / Biking from Maras to Ollantaytambo

          • Duration: Approximately 4 hours Total
          • Distance: 10.5 miles / 17 km

          / Zipline in the Sacred Valley

          • Duration: Approximately 4 hours (including driving time to site)

          Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge (12,585’ / 3,835m)

          DAY 3 LARES

          Tackle two amazing hikes through the breathtaking Lares region today, along with a stop to explore the secluded Yukumarka archaeological site along the route.

          06:00amBreakfast
          07:00amScenic drive from Huacahuasi to Choquecancha
          08:00amHike from Choquecancha to Jaukani.
          12:30pmPicnic lunch at Jaukani
          01:45pmHike from Jaukani to Yukumarka
          03:15pmScenic drive from Yukumarka to Huacahuasi
          06:00pmDinner at the lodge

          DAY 3 ACTIVITIES

          • Hiking

          / Choquecancha - Jaukani

          • Duration: Approximately 4 hours
          • Moderate to challenging’ Total
          • Distance: 3.1 miles/5km

          / Jaukani - Yukumarka

          • Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours
          • Moderate
          • Total Distance: 1.9 miles/3km

          Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge (12,585’ / 3,835m)

          DAY 4 ANCASMARCA TO LAMAY

          Enjoy the spectacular views on a downhill morning hike from Ancasmarca to Totora on an original Inca trail. You will pass through Andean potato farms, hidden Inca tombs, and you may even bump into herds of llamas and alpacas that live in the area. After lunch and a short drive from Totora to Calispuquio, spend the early afternoon mountain biking to Lamay Lodge and the rest of the day relaxing in the sunny Lamay gardens and outdoor jacuzzi.

          07:00amBreakfast
          08:00amScenic drive to the hike trailhead
          09:30amHike to Totora; picnic lunch en route
          01:30pmScenic drive from Totora to Calispuquio
          02:00pmBike ride from Calispuquio to Lamay Lodge
          04:00pmLate-afternoon at leisure to enjoy the gardens and relax in the garden hot tub
          06:00pmDinner at the lodge

          DAY 4 ACTIVITIES

          • Biking
          • Hiking

          / Hike from Ancasmarca to Totora

          • Duration: Approximately 4 hours
          • Easy to moderate
          • Distance: 4.1 miles/6.6km

          / Bike ride from Calispuquio to Lamay

          • Duration: Approximately
          • 4 hours Moderate
          • Distance: 10.5 miles/17km

          Overnight: Lamay Lodge (9,705’ / 2,958m)

          DAY 5 EXPLORING LAMAY AND THE URUBAMBA RIVER VALLEY

          Spend the first part of the day horseback riding through the picturesque countryside of the Lamay Valley or biking along the Urubamba River through charming towns and past Spanish Colonial haciendas. Afterwards, return to the lodge for a traditional Pachamanca lunch and relaxing afternoon at leisure.

          07:00amBreakfast
          08:30amBegin horseback riding activity option
          09:30amBegin biking activity option
          03:30pmPachamanca lunch at lodge
          06:00pmLight dinner/snacks at lodge

          DAY 5 ACTIVITY OPTIONS

          • Horseback Riding
          • Biking

          / Horseback riding in the Sacred Valley

          • Duration: Approximately 6 hours
          • Moderate
          • Total Distance: 12.4 miles / 20 km

          / Bike ride in the Lamay Valley and Visit to Pisaq

          • Duration: Approximately 4 hours (2.5 hours of biking)
          • Easy
          • Total Distance: 8.7 miles / 14 km

          Overnight: Lamay Lodge (9,705’ / 2,958m)

          DAY 6 KM 104

          Catch an early-morning train from Ollantaytambo to the KM 104 rail marker and begin your final hike to Machu Picchu. First, you will cross the Chachabamba Bridge and climb to Wiñay Wayna for a picnic lunch and exploration of the archaeological site. In the early afternoon, continue climbing until you reach your destination: Intipunku, the celebrated ‘Sun Gate’ entrance to the Machu Picchu citadel.*

          05:45am Breakfast
          06:15am Depart lodge for Ollantaytambo train station
          07:20am Train ride to the KM 104 rail marker
          (approximately 1 hour)

          08:30am Begin hike to Wiñay Wayna
          12:30pm Picnic lunch at Wiñay Wayna
          01:30pm Hike from Wiñay Wayna to Intipunku
          04:30pm Arrive in Aguas Calientes
          06:30pm Dinner at hotel and evening at leisure

          *Note: Does not include visit to Machu Picchu on this day; hikers will descend along the perimeter of the citadel to catch a shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes.

          DAY 6 ACTIVITY

          • Hiking

          / Hike from KM 104 to Machu Picchu

          • Duration: Approximately 7 hours
          • Distance: 5.3 miles / 8.5km

            Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (6,693’ / 2,040m)

            DAY 7 MACHU PICCHU

            The day begins with breakfast at dawn and a shuttle bus ride back to Machu Picchu. Spend the morning hiking up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain*, followed by lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. After lunch, return to the citadel for a two-hour guided tour before your late afternoon/early evening journey back to Cusco.

            6:00amBreakfast at hotel
            7:00amShuttle bus to Machu Picchu
            8:30amBegin hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain*
            12:00pmLunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
            1:00pmGuided exploration of the Machu Picchu citadel
            4:30pmTrain ride to Ollantaytambo
            6:00pmEvening drive from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

            *depending on permit availability

                   

                  Andrés Adasme, Archaeoastronomy Journey Expert

                  Chilean by birth and Cusco resident for 16 years, Andres began his professional career as a highly-skilled architect, but eventually couldn’t resist his true passions: ancient cultures and astronomy.

                  Explorer and researcher by nature, Andres loves hiking in the mountains and exploring ancient, secluded archaeological sites, as well as spending time connecting with the people in remote, traditional Andean communities in an effort to gain even more knowledge from a culture that still maintains and protects the traditions of their Inca forbears. His independent research is often sought out by historians and explorers alike, and he lectures extensively on the topic of Andean Archaeoastronomy—how ancient civilizations were deeply connected to the skies and how this influenced the architecture of Cusco, including Machu Picchu and the surrounding region. Therefore, it’s not surprising that he is also very much in demand as an expert tour leader.

                  Presently, Andres spends his time designing new routes and travel experiences as Executive Product Developer at Mountain Lodges of Peru. He also holds the position of Director of Research for the prestigious Bohic Ruz Explorer, an international group of archeological and ethno-historian researchers, whose current work, in addition to Cusco, is investigating other hidden cities in the Andes and on the coast of Paracas.

                  He currently lives in Cusco with his lovely daughter, Lira.

                  2020

                  US$ 3,390

                  Departure Dates

                  March 14th
                  September 17th

                  DETAILS:

                  • 7D/6N round-trip itinerary starting in Cusco
                  • Rate is per person based on shared accommodations
                    • Single traveler accommodations:  subject to a 50% supplemental fee
                    • Single traveler willing to share:  subject to a 25% supplemental fee; in the event that the roommate of a guest willing to share cancels fewer than 60 days prior to departure, the remaining guest will not be charged the supplemental fee.
                  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD is required to confirm a reservation.
                  • We recommend arriving in Cusco 1-2 days prior to your departure for altitude acclimatization; please ask your MLP travel specialist for help with booking additional accommodations.
                  • Cancellation policy:
                    • 30 days prior to departure date:  50% refund
                    • Fewer than 30 days prior to departure:  No refund

                  SERVICES INCLUDE:

                  • All transportation during the programmed itinerary
                  • All lodging during the programmed itinerary
                  • All meals except (Breakfast and Lunch on Day 1 and Dinner on Day 7); at MLP lodges, this includes soft drinks and a house selection of beer, wine, and spirits.*
                  • Service of a bilingual guide; tours of archaeological sites are led in English
                  • Entrance fees and permits to points of interest and archaeological sites
                  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu
                  • Gratuities for MLP staff at the lodges and in the field**; gratuities for guides are not included and are at your discretion.  In general, we suggest $10-$20 USD/day (per person) for lead guides and $5-$10 USD/day (per person) for assistant guides.  

                   

                  *In consideration of the adventurous nature of the MLP experience, the risks associated with alcohol consumption, and the importance of maintaining positive group dynamics, we encourage guests to enjoy alcoholic beverages in moderation.  In accordance with company policy, MLP guides and/or other company/lodge representatives may modify or suspend a guest’s access to alcohol and/or trip partially or entirely if the guest’s health or safety may be at risk due to excessive alcohol consumption. 

                  **Gratuities at MLP affiliate hotels (El Mercado, Kuychi Rumi, and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel) are not included.

                  Accommodations

                  During the Multi-Sport Adventure to Machu Picchu, your accommodations will include a combination of MLP lodges and top-notch MLP-affiliate hotels. Our luxury mountain lodges were uniquely conceived through thoughtful architectural design including traditional Inca building techniques with a nod to their respective environments. We offer all the comforts of home along with superior amenities and exceptional service.

                  2019

                  US$ 3,950

                  Departure Dates

                  March 8th
                  April 10th
                  July 14th
                  August 14th
                  October 7th
                  November 10th

                  DETAILS:

                  • ● 7D/6N round-trip itinerary from Cusco.
                  • ● Rate is per person based on shared accommodations.
                  • ● Single traveler accommodation request: subject to a 50% supplemental fee.
                  • ● Single traveler willing to share accommodations: subject to a 25% supplemental fee.

                  SERVICES INCLUDE:

                  • ● All transportation during the programmed itinerary.
                  • ● All lodging during the programmed itinerary.  
                  • ● All meals and beverages at MLP lodges, including soft drinks and a house selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Beverages at our affiliate hotels, El Retablo and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, will be subject to additional cost.
                  • ● Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) during all program days. Tours of archaeological sites are led in English.
                  • ● Entrance fees and permits for points of interest and archeological sites.
                  • ● Guided visit to Machu Picchu.
                  • ● Gratuities for MLP staff at the lodges and in the field—does NOT include gratuities for the staff at affiliate hotels. 
                  • ● Gratuities for your guide and assistant guide are NOT included and are at your discretion. In general, we suggest $10-$20 USD/day (per person) for lead guides and $10 USD/day (per person) for assistant guides.

                  A CALL TO HONOR MOTHER EARTH

                  “Let us gather and join our strengths in collaboration and cooperation, remembering that together we multiply our prayers and that we belong to the great lineage of the Earth’s feminine sisterhood.”

                  Along with with the Intercultural Convergence of Medicine Women, MLP invites you to join us on this once-in-a-lifetime experience to unify the four life elements—water, earth, fire, and wind—in combination with our Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu.

                  Meet some of our leaders:

                  Sra. Maria Apaza:

                  Sra. Maria felt the calling of the Andean ‘Apus’, or gods, from the tender age of 4, which was solidified when she was struck by a bolt of lightning at 16—the true sign that she had been chosen for divinity. Since then, Sra. Maria has devoted herself to representing and sharing ‘Allin Kawsay’, Quechua for ‘well-being’ or ‘the good life’, through her powerful ceremonial chants (‘Q’ero Taki’).

                   

                  Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann:

                  Ms. Miriam-Rose, a tribal ’grandmother’, is the leader of the Nauiyu Community from Daly River, Australia. The Nauiyu practice ‘Dadirri’, or profound listening, which Miriam-Rose describes as “something internal, it is a calm from deep listening and quiet conscience.”

                   

                  Luzclara:

                  A Mapuche shaman from Chile, Luzclara practices ‘sound’ healing through song and chants, accompanied by rattles, bells, and and other musical instruments. Luzclara also developed the ‘Healing Circle’, a ceremonial sacred space in which we are able to connect with our inner shaman through the power generated from a group coming together in unified intention.

                   

                  Cecilia Paniagua:

                  Cecilia, also known by the Quechua name ‘Wanqura Waqakuq’, is a sacred plant bearer and healer. She is also considered the guardian of the Chavin Temple in Chavin, Peru, and a grandmother of the Conchuco Quechua tradition—“The ancestors tell us: the beginning and foundation of light (QUN) was the one who made everything that exists, where everything happens, where everything comes from and where everything returns in the eternal dance of the infinite spiral.”

                   

                  Sweet Medicine:

                  Sweet Medicine, is a sweet grandmother Guardian of Wisdom, with 45 years of experience in traditional ceremonies and native teachings. A Native American spiritual leader of the Chickasaw lineage, she is responsible for continuing the legacy of her people through being a bridge of deep connection with the sacred space and nurturing the soul as a guide through the rites of passage.

                   

                  During the first six days of the journey, you will join in a celebration of the combined rituals, ceremonies, and music of twelve international ‘grandmothers’ of varied ‘medicine’ practices including healers, energy workers, bridge women, shamans, and guardians of birth, knowledge, seeds, peace, life, and more. Women artists and artisans from around the world will also be bringing their works to create a marketplace for barter and exchange.

                  Each participant is invited to bring water, earth, ashes, and songs from their birthplaces or current homes. At the end of the event, you will be given a portion of the unified elements to take home with you.

                  Once the gathering has concluded, you will continue on your journey by exploring the history, culture, and profound energy of the breathtaking Sacred Valley and Lares region on a fully-guided luxury lodge-to-lodge adventure to the hallowed ground of Machu Picchu.

                   

                   

                  11-Day Program 2019

                  September 9th
                  US$ 4,200

                   

                  LP Yoga and Wellness Leader:

                  We are pleased to introduce Sandra Gallegos, our new MLP Yoga and Wellness Leader. During the past 14 years, she has been both a devoted yoga practitioner and teacher, and three years ago opened her own studio dedicated to Ashtanga Yoga as well as ‘Integral Health’ coaching. Sandra also brings an in-depth knowledge of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Nutrition, having studied with notable experts in India and beyond. Her experience, dedication, and holistic approach to mind/body wellness will ensure the trip of a lifetime for our guests.

                  Profile:

                  Name: Sandra Gallegos

                  Age: 39

                  From: Lima, Peru

                  Mom to: Kailani, age 7

                  Professional background:

                  • • Business Administration degree completed in Amsterdam, Holland
                  • • 2004: Began practicing yoga
                  • • 2005: Earned post-graduate degree in International Tourism, Australia
                  • • 2013: Earned Ashtanga Yoga certification through AYP
                  • • 2014: Studied Ashtanga Yoga and Ayurveda & Ayurvedic Nutrition at K. Pattabhi Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI), Mysore, India
                  • • 2014: Studied Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Nutrition with Dr. Chitrah Lekha at Mysore Ayurveda Retreat, Mysore, India
                  • • 2015: Opened Yoga studio DAYS Yoga and Health Coaching, Lima, Peru
                  • • 2016: Completed the ‘Integrative Health Coaching’ course at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), New York, NY
                  • • Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, and basic Indonesian

                   

                  1. Pre-trip fitness tips:

                  In addition to daily yoga practices and cultural activities, this experience is comprised of moderate to challenging hikes at high altitudes and through varied terrain.

                  Recommendations:

                  Begin a cardio-intensive fitness regimen that includes vigorous walking and/or hiking three months before your trip.
                  Wear broken-in hiking shoes or boots. We also recommend having adequate ankle support as the terrain is varied.
                  Use hiking poles or walking sticks during the hikes for greater agility and ankle support.

                  2. Adjusting to high altitude:

                  Altitude sickness is most common at elevations above 6,500’/1,900m and results from the body adjusting to a decreased amount of oxygen. Symptoms can include lightheadedness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration.

                  Recommendations:

                  If possible, arrive in Cusco at least one – two days before your MLP departure.
                  Drink a minimum of 64oz./2L of water each day.
                  Avoid eating heavy meals, especially during the first couple of days.
                  Avoid vigorous exercise during the first couple of pre-trip days.

                  3. Yoga Mats:

                  Yoga mats and other equipment will be available for use during the daily practices; however, feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

                   

                  2019

                  US$ 3,660

                  Departure Dates

                  September 16th
                  October 15th
                  November 11th
                  December 3rd

                  2020

                  US$ 3,800

                  Departure Dates

                  April 13th
                  July 25th
                  October 26th
                  December 14th

                  2019 DETAILS:

                  ●8D/7N round-trip itinerary starting in Cusco.
                  ●Rate is per person based on shared accommodations.
                  ●Single traveler accommodation request: subject to a 25% supplemental fee of the standard rate.
                  ●Single traveler willing to share accommodations: subject to a 10% supplemental fee of the standard rate.
                  ●A non-refundable deposit of US$ 500 per person is required to confirm a reservation.
                  ●Remaining balance due sixty (60) days prior to arrival.

                  2019 SERVICES INCLUDE:

                  ●Transportation services during the programmed itinerary.
                  ●All lodging during the programmed itinerary.
                  ●All meals except: breakfast and lunch on Day 1; lunch and dinner on Day 8.
                  ●Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) during all program days. Tours of archaeological sites are led in English.
                  ●Entrance fees and permits to points of interest and archeological sites.
                  ●Guided visit to Machu Picchu.
                  ●Filtered water, tea, coffee, juice, and soft drinks at all MLP lodges (alcohol, sports drinks, and bottled water not included).
                  ●Gratuities for MLP staff at the lodges and in the field.* Gratuities for your guide are not included and are at your discretion. In general, we suggest $10-$20 USD/day (per person) for assistant guides.

                  *Note: Gratuities at MLP-affiliate hotels and premium camping installations are not included.

                  Some terms may have changed for 2020, please check the details below.

                  Inti Raymi & Qoyllor’ Ity




                  Qoyllor’ Ity2

                  Qoyllor’ Ity (Quechua for ‘bright white snow’), is the annual Andean winter solstice celebration to honor of the stars and constellations in hopes of a prosperous harvest and New Year. The festival includes a procession to the Qoyllor’ Ity shrine under the full moon, comprised of Andean farmers and villagers, locals from Cusco, and multiple groups of musicians and dance troupes, like the well-known Paucartambo and Quispiscanchis, from the rural highlands. As the sun rises, revelers kneel to receive the first rays of the sun after this auspicious moon.

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                  Inti Raymi

                  The entire region of Cusco comes together in June for Inti Raymi, the annual celebration to honor the Inca god of the sun, Inti. Through colorful processions and elaborate re-enactments of sacred Inca rituals, both city dwellers and Andean villagers join to give thanks to Inti as their primary source of life and abundance.

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                  2019

                  US$ 3,950

                  Departure Dates

                  March 8th
                  April 10th
                  July 14th
                  August 14th
                  October 7th
                  November 10th

                  DETAILS:

                  • ● 7D/6N round-trip itinerary from Cusco.
                  • ● Rate is per person based on shared accommodations.
                  • ● Single traveler accommodation request: subject to a 50% supplemental fee.
                  • ● Single traveler willing to share accommodations: subject to a 25% supplemental fee.

                  SERVICES INCLUDE:

                  • ● All transportation during the programmed itinerary.
                  • ● All lodging during the programmed itinerary.  
                  • ● All meals and beverages at MLP lodges, including soft drinks and a house selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Beverages at our affiliate hotels, El Retablo and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, will be subject to additional cost.
                  • ● Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) during all program days. Tours of archaeological sites are led in English.
                  • ● Entrance fees and permits for points of interest and archeological sites.
                  • ● Guided visit to Machu Picchu.
                  • ● Gratuities for MLP staff at the lodges and in the field—does NOT include gratuities for the staff at affiliate hotels. 
                  • ● Gratuities for your guide and assistant guide are NOT included and are at your discretion. In general, we suggest $10-$20 USD/day (per person) for lead guides and $10 USD/day (per person) for assistant guides.

                  Ready to go? One of our travel specialists will be happy to help you book your next adventure!

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                  Accommodations

                  During the Multi-Sport Adventure to Machu Picchu, your accommodations will include a combination of MLP lodges and top-notch MLP-affiliate hotels. Our luxury mountain lodges were uniquely conceived through thoughtful architectural design including traditional Inca building techniques with a nod to their respective environments. We offer all the comforts of home along with superior amenities and exceptional service.