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10 - Day experience

The Grand Andean Experience

A 10-day journey that combines an exploration of the Sacred Valley and Lares regions with a 7-day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.

This once-in-a-lifetime exploration into the sacred havens of the Incas is an equal parts physical, cultural and spiritual journey, a journey of knowledge and transformation gathered while trekking, biking, sightseeing and enjoying the plush comfort of warm, welcoming high mountain lodges. Enjoy the uncrowded paths, authentic encounters with local people and the silence and mysticism of the Andes.

We offer guaranteed departures from Cusco several times per week from March 1st through December 31st along with lodging and other services for before and after your MLP journey.


DAY 0 Evening briefing in Cusco

  • Meet your MLP guide and fellow travelers for a general trip briefing and Q&A.

    DAY 1 Exploring Pisaq

    Activity options

    • Cultural (morning): Excursion to Awanakancha, for an introduction to traditional Andean textile weaving techniques.
    • Excursion to Pisaq for a guided tour. Free time to explore its celebrated marketplace.
    • Active (morning): Hike from the village of Amaru to the community of Viacha.
    • All-Group Activity: Meet the Viacha locals and learn about their traditional Andean farming practices.
    • Hike or drive and guided exploration of the Pisaq archaeological site.

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

      DAY 2 Into the heart of Lares

      • All-group visit to the town of Lamay and the Ancasmarca archaeological site.

      Activity options

      • Cultural: Visit a remote village where you will have the opportunity to meet the locals and learn from the community.
      • Active: Hike from Chinchero (Option A) to Urquillos or Hike from Cuncani to Huacahuasi (Option B).

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

        DAY 3 The road to Ollantaytambo

        • Scenic drive from Huacahuasi to the remote village of Huilloc.

        Activity options

        • Cultural (morning): Visit the village of Huilloc and nearby sheepherding community to participate in a traditional Andean ceremony to honor Pachamama (Mother Earth) and her blessings for the health of the community livestock. Drive from Marcacocha to Pumamarka for an all-group tour of the archaeological site and lunch.
        • Cultural (afternoon): After lunch, take a scenic drive to Ollantaytambo and spend the afternoon exploring the town.
        • Active (morning): Hike from Huilloc to Pumamarka.
        • Active (afternoon): Hike from Pumamarka to Ollantaytambo.

        Overnight: Partner hotel in Ollantaytambo (9,284’ / 2,830m)

          DAY 4 On the way to Soraypampa

          • Visit the Quillarumiyoc archaeological site.
          • Scenic ride on the winding mountain road to Challacancha.
          • Hike or continue by transport to our flagship Salkantay Lodge at Soraypampa.

          Overnight: Salkantay Lodge (12,690’ / 3,869m)

            DAY 5 Hike to Lake Humantay

            • Early morning round-trip hike to Lake Humantay.
            • Afternoon at leisure.

            Optional activities: Chakana excursion, Horseback riding (subject to additional cost)

            Overnight: Salkantay Lodge (12,690’ / 3,869m)

              DAY 6 Crossing the Salkantay Pass

              • The ascent toward the Salkantay Pass begins.
              • Circle Humantay Peak and reach to the highest point on the trek (15,213’ / 4,636m).
              • Hike through the area’s bucolic countryside to our Wayra Lodge at Wayraccmachay.

              Overnight: Wayra Lodge (12,812’ / 3,906m)

                DAY 7 Descending into the cloud forest

                • Descent into the cloud forest on the way to Colpa Lodge.
                • Traditional Pachamanca lunch in Colpa Lodge.
                • Afternoon at leisure.

                Overnight: Colpa Lodge (9,414’ / 2,870m)

                  DAY 8 Following the Santa Teresa River Valley

                  • Descend along the Santa Teresa River towards Lucmabamba.
                  • Afternoon visit to a local coffee plantation before arrival.

                  Overnight: Lucma Lodge (7,003’ / 2,135m)

                    DAY 9 Lucmabamba

                    • Travel uphill through the cloud forest to the Llactapata Pass for a seldom-seen view of Machu Picchu.
                    • Descent to the Aobamba River Valley.
                    • 30-minute train ride to Aguas Calientes.

                    Overnight: Partner hotel in Aguas Calientes (6,693’/2,040m)

                      DAY 10 The citadel of Machu Picchu

                      • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
                      • Free time for further exploration or a hike up Huayna Picchu (subject to additional cost).
                      • Scenic train ride to Ollantaytambo.
                      • Vehicle transfer to your hotel in Cusco.


                        Our mountain lodges, each uniquely conceived through thoughtful architectural design that includes traditional Inca building techniques and a nod to their respective environments. We offer all the comforts of home along with top-notch amenities and exceptional service.

                        Spots to relax and meditate abound at each lodge: welcoming patios, private guest room balconies, fire pits, and outdoor hot tubs…all with inspiring views of the region

                        Our excellent lodge menus are comprised of traditional recipes with an innovative neo-Andean cuisine flair. Every ingredient is locally sourced with an emphasis on farm-to-table sustainability.

                        Our local staff provides detailed service and care from the moment you arrive…warm towels and refreshments in the afternoons…hot water bottles and herb-infused pillows at night…our goal is to make you feel at home.

                        Our Lamay Lodge is an idyllic hideaway in the Sacred Valley town of the same name. Resplendent sun and green, flower-dotted gardens with picturesque pastoral views create a calming sensation that envelops you from the moment you arrive. The outdoor hot tub and firepit in the center garden are welcoming spaces to gather, as are the cozy indoor nooks. (9,721’/2,963m)

                        Our Huacahuasi Lodge, an imposing structure built on the side of a hill adjacent to its namesake town, was designed to showcase the dramatic views of the valley and beyond with its soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Each of the luxury guestrooms is equipped with a private outdoor jacuzzi for relaxing while you take in dramatic sunsets and star-filled evening skies. (12,599’/3,840m)

                        Our flagship Salkantay Lodge was built on the flatlands 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 MLP lodges. (12,690’/3,869 m)

                        Wayra Lodge, a cozy mountain refuge with dramatic views of Mt. Humantay, is the most remote of our MLP lodges – and a welcome sight after a long day of trekking over the SalkantayPass. (12,812’/3,906m)

                        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 to soak in our outdoor hot tub. (9,414’/2,870m)

                        Situated in a lush avocado orchard at the edge of the Amazon jungle, our 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. (7,003’/2,135m)