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Mountain Lodges of Peru: Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge - Page 3

Written by Christina Kay Bolton
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Mountain Lodges of Peru’s Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge trek is a high-end hiking experience unique in Peru that distinguishes itself from other companies in many ways. First and foremost are its gorgeous lodges with impressive architecture and stunning views. Until 2007, trekking in the Machu Picchu area involved camping out through freezing nights at high altitudes – most people hiking the Inca trail in the high season got so cold at night that by 2-3 am they’d be up and ready to start the next days hike. It makes an immeasurable difference to have a warm room, a hot shower, a comfortable bed and hygienically-prepared three course meals.

Day 3

Mountain Lodges of Peru, Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge, Salkantay trail, travel Peru, trekking Cusco, travel Machu Picchu, trekking Machu PicchuWe set off at 7:15 for the highest pass of our trek – 4848 meters, about 16,000 feet. We walked slowly up for about 5 hours, taking breaks to eat our hearty snack packs which were provided each day of the excursion. The weather started out beautiful but then it began to rain, hail, sleet, and snow. It felt like such an accomplishment when we finally made it over the pass with Javier cheering us on by dancing on a large rock at the top.

It was snowing quite heavily as we went over the pass, but as we started to descend into the clouds and cloud forest below us it turned to a thick mist. After about an hour climbing down, we had a nice lunch set up for us in two tents – one was a cooking tent and the other held camp tables and chairs for eating. There was even a small toilet tent set up. It was nice to have a hot meal on a cold, wet day.

Mountain Lodges of Peru, Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge, Salkantay trail, travel Peru, trekking Cusco, travel Machu Picchu, trekking Machu PicchuAnother two hour trek down through the otherworldly landscape of bright green grass, red rocks and spongy moss with huge boulders scattered about brought us to the next lodge – Wayra – just beyond a roaring river in the damp cloud forest.

Mountain Lodges of Peru, Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge, Salkantay trail, travel Peru, trekking Cusco, travel Machu Picchu, trekking Machu PicchuUpon arrival, we were handed coca tea and given slippers. We left our muddy boots in the entrance area and the staff cleaned and dried them for us. The lodge was smaller than the first, but had a nice lounge area with a fireplace, an open kitchen and a large candelabra. The staff was excellent as in Salkantay, but Wayra didn't have their own resident chef, so our traveling chef provided the meals at this lodge and at all the rest. Mountain Lodges of Peru, Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge, Salkantay trail, travel Peru, trekking Cusco, travel Machu Picchu, trekking Machu PicchuFor dinner we had soup, stuffed trout, and stewed tree tomatoes for dessert. The only issue here was the condensation on the floor from the mist in the cloud forest, which created thin puddles on the bathroom floor throughout the night. The thin foam sandals the staff provided were necessary for late night bathroom trips if you didn’t want to end up with sopping socks.

 

 

 

Day 4

Mountain Lodges of Peru, Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge, Salkantay trail, travel Peru, trekking Cusco, travel Machu Picchu, trekking Machu PicchuWe woke late to a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains and a bright blue sky. After hugs with the staff and many photos we were on our way. We only had a 4 hour hike to our next destination – Colpa Lodge. The hike was mainly downhill, but the rainy season and the cloud forest made our trek especially muddy. As we started descending the landscape kept changing. We saw hummingbirds, butterflies, begonias, orchids, and towering bamboo.Mountain Lodges of Peru, Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge, Salkantay trail, travel Peru, trekking Cusco, travel Machu Picchu, trekking Machu Picchu

Mountain Lodges of Peru, Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge, Salkantay trail, travel Peru, trekking Cusco, travel Machu Picchu, trekking Machu Picchu

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