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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.

 

At 4:40 we boarded the train for a short ride to Aguas Calientes – the departure point for our Machu Picchu experience the next day. We settled into our respective hotels for a restful night (at about 1800 meters/6000 feet this would be the lowest point on our trip and hence the easiest place to sleep). My hotel was Sumaq, which was fabulous (read the article here ).

Day 7

Mountain Lodges of Peru, Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge, Salkantay trail, travel Peru, trekking Cusco, travel Machu Picchu, trekking Machu PicchuA 7:30 bus brought us up the mountainside to Machu Picchu before the day tours arrived from Cusco. It was perfect, sunny weather – especially since it is frequently misty there. Miguel was our guide at Machu Picchu, and explained its fascinating history and the significance of each of the temples and the complex as a whole. I was very impressed by the size of Machu Picchu and intrigued by the stories about it, particularly its secrecy. How the Incas were able to keep it secret from the Spanish forever – even though there were 6 trails leading to it – seems like a miracle. Mountain Lodges of Peru, Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge, Salkantay trail, travel Peru, trekking Cusco, travel Machu Picchu, trekking Machu PicchuWe spent 5 ½ hours at the complex, so there was time for a short hike to the Sun Gate after the 3 hour tour or for exploring more of the ruins. Afterwards, everyone headed back to town for lunch, the train back to Ollaytaytambo and a van to Cusco.

Seeing Machu Picchu was the crowning glory on our 6 days of hiking. We'd followed a trail people had taken for hundreds of years to arrive at this sacred city. And as they were in awe of it back then, we were now.

 

 

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Mountain Lodges of Peru’s Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge trek is a very well organized, well equipped project with excellent guides and facilities. I highly recommend it as it really stands out among the other options for trekking in Peru. And unlike many other trekking lodge to lodge trips throughout the world, this one ends at one of the New 7 Wonders of the World!

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Details: On Fridays from late March-November fixed departures leave from Cusco. The all-inclusive weeklong package RT from Cusco is $2,500pp. If you have your own group, trips can be arranged anytime. Contact Natalie Umbert in the US at (949)759-7777 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or Denise Cooper in Peru (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +51 84 243636 or +511 4217777) for more information. www.mountainlodgesofperu.com

©Christina Kay Bolton

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