Join us in 2018 on a unique, 11-day, lodge-to-lodge, “bucket list” Peru hiking trip along the Inca Trail, a trekking adventure to the iconic, Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
Every day on this Machu Picchu hiking trip, you’ll be treated to visual splendor that will take your breath away; from the vibrancy of the greenery in the lower valleys, to the pristine elegance of the treeless slopes of the Peruvian Andes, and the stunning brilliance of glistening glaciers atop peaks that stand more than 20,000 feet high.
Start your adventure exploring the Sacred Valley. Once the heart of the Inca Empire, the Sacred Valley is a feast of impressive ruins, gentle mountain slopes, rushing rivers, grazing llamas and alpaca, and enchanting farm towns. In short, it’s the perfect introduction to the mysterious world of the Inca, whose stunning civilization thrived until the 16th century.
For the next 5 days, you will be hiking from lodge to lodge along the Salkantay Route. The name Salkantay is from “sallqa”, a Quechua word meaning wild, uncivilized, savage, or invincible, and was recorded as early as 1583. The name Salkantay is thus often translated as “Savage Mountain.”
On our first day, we do an acclimatization hike to the spectacular Lake Humantay, a gorgeous glacial lake at the base of the snow capped mountain, Humantay. Enjoy the tranquility of being truly in the wilderness. The next day is long and strenuous, but the view from the top of the Salkantay Pass at 15,213 feet, makes it worth it! Take in views of snow capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction and the glaciated south face of Mt. Salkantay towering above. Enjoy a spectacular view of the other side of Mt. Humantay once you reach your lodge tonight, reminding you of how far you’ve come!
As you continue your descent the next day, the warm air begins to rise from the edge of the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. Today you will see more of the local people as the trail takes you past their simple homes and makeshift fences.
The following day, we hike in the Santa Teresa River Valley where you will hop over small streams fed by waterfalls descending from the glaciers and cross through fruit orchards. Visit a local organic coffee plantation-you will begin to notice a shift in the climate-the hot air and increased humidity signal that you are getting close to the edge of the Amazon.
You’ll share the thrill of this adventure and a sense of camaraderie with new friends and companions as you trek together along ancient paths used centuries ago by Inca foot soldiers catching glimpses of the majestic Mt. Salkantay peak. At the end of each day’s hike, you’ll overnight at a luxurious mountain lodge, each one uniquely different, where you’ll enjoy elegant gourmet meals featuring regional cuisine, relaxing massages, and the opportunity to recharge in a hot tub under a sea of stars.
Finally, you’ll reach Machu Picchu, the magnificent Inca estate built in the 15th century whose ruins remained abandoned and cloaked for centuries in cloud forest, until, in 1911, archaeologists revealed them and shared their rediscovery with the rest of the world.
You’ll arrive in Machu Picchu in the early morning and watch spellbound as the first rays of the sun spray over the surrounding peaks and spill across the emerald hills surrounding the ruins. You’ll marvel at the seamless, dry-stone, Incan masonry that, in places, still stands utterly unchanged and undamaged despite earthquakes and the passage of time.
End your Peruvian adventure, with a “women-to-women” experience visiting a weaving project led by a master weaver as you head back to Cuzco. Women are the owners and drivers of this artistic Peruvian tradition, and you will see how their gregarious processes of spinning, gathering and use of natural dyes, setting up of looms, and the creation of designs, are fundamental to the family and social bonds of these highland communities.
Enjoy this stunning video of the Salkantay Trek to Macchu Picchu:
Join AdventureWomen on a bucket list experience in September 2018 hiking Peru’s Inca Trail along the Salkantay Route to the historic Inca fortress of Machu Picchu!
- Challenge yourself on the Salkantay hiking route in the high Andes of Peru among peaks that tower into the clouds
- Learn the history of the Incas and the cultural importance of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the ancient Incan empire
- Photograph Peruvian mountain landscapes with glistening glaciers and turquoise, glacial lakes
- Relax in luxurious lodges with gourmet meals, hot tubs, and goose-down comforters on every bed
What You'll See and Do
- Cultural Exploration
- Historical Sites
- Local Delicacies
- Natural History
- Spa Element
- Women-To-Women Exchanges