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Peru-Lodge to Lodge Journey to Machu Picchu

 

 

 

Welcome!

Your journey begins here...

...A once in a lifetime physical, cultural, and spiritual journey that will take you through the magnificent Salkantay Inca Trail to the legendary ruins at Macchu Picchu...

...Challenge yourself as you hike through nine different bio-zones, changing altitudes and varied terrain...

...Marvel at the exquisite beauty of the Salkantay Peak and Humantay Glacier Lake... ...Share in the culture and customs of local Andean families who maintain centuries-old

traditions...

...Witness environmental and social initiatives to maintain the natural integrity and improve quality of life in the region...

...Indulge in the comfort of our enchanting mountain lodges, the innovative gourmet cuisine, the warmth of our people, and your daily retreat to a Shangri-La for recovery of mind and body...

...Be inspired by the majesty of your surroundings and the knowledge that you are following in the footsteps of the Incas. 


This Trip...
 
This trip goes far beyond comfortable lodges and great treks... it is a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the land of the Incas, contemporary manifestations of deep-founded culture, the most interesting and exotic variety of flora and fauna, culinary surprises, the determination of local people to progress, new friends and like-minded souls.... an exciting adventure of surprising comfort that takes you on an ancient Inca trail called the “Salkantay Inca Trail”, the road less traveled to the Lost City of the Incas. The route winds through the Cordillera Vilcabamba, a spectacular Andean mountain range, before plunging into forested canyons. Discover a world surrounded by magical moments which will stay with you far beyond your return home. See why the majestic peaks with their emerald-green glacial lakes inspired awe among the natives who consider them gods.

Ride on the unbeaten trails of the mysterious Incas, high in the mountains and on winding slopes, creates an intimate bond between horse and rider based on mutual trust and the excitement of the journey ahead. These athletic, surefooted and noble horses are well trained for high altitude and changing terrain, and travel with outstanding willingness.

Each day’s ride ends not in a freezing tent but in one of four cozy lodges with hot showers, fine gourmet meals, select wines, goose-down bedding, outdoor jacuzzis and highly personalized service provided by local staff.
In our Machu Picchu Lodge-Lodge experience, riders spend two nights at the Salkantay Lodge, and one night at each of the three other lodges located along the trail: Wayra Lodge, Colpa Lodge and Lucma Lodge. The last night of the journey is spent in an award-winning hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes in anticipation of the grand finale: a visit to Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas. 


 

Day to Day Itinerary

DAY 1 | Cusco to Salkantay Lodge Overnight at Salkantay Lodge at 3,869 m/12,690 ft

Note: On the evening before this day there will be a briefing with your guide in Cusco.

After an early breakfast, we are picked up starting at 7:00 am at your Cusco hotel by a MLP guide and vehicle. En route we take a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo (approx. 1.5 hrs from Cusco). After leaving Limatambo, we pass through the mountain village of Mollepata where we stop for a short cof- fee break before ascending a winding mountain road to Coronilla Ranch.

Here, after a short period of familiarization with the equestrian team and the horses, we begin our ride to Soraypampa. This is a good opportunity for everyone to acclimate while enjoying a beautiful 3-4 hour ride. Salkantay Lodge takes its name from the majestic peak at the head of the valley—Mt. Salkantay, the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology and, at 6,270m (20,600 ft), the highest in the region. After a warm welcome by our friendly staff, we are shown to our rooms and have time to freshen-up, before tea and cookies. The trip leader will hold a briefing by the fireplace, followed by aperitifs and dinner.

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Riding Time & Terrain: 
Approximately 5 hours (including picnic lunch en route)
Walk, trot, canter, gallop on open roads, some steep ascending trails.

Options include direct transfer or hiking to the lodge 





DAY 2 | Ride to Humantay Lake and the Chakana Overnight at Salkantay Lodge at 3,869 m/12,690 ft

Today’s excursion takes us first to Humantay Lake, fed by glaciers far above on the slopes of the impressive Mt. Humantay. Our 1-hour ride there is followed by a short 20-minute walk, which is necessary in order to reach the lake, but the view is well worth it and those brave enough can go for a swim! After a short snack break we hike back down to where we left the horses, and from where we begin a 30-minute ride to our next dismount spot: the gateway to the “Chakana” (the mystical Cross of the Incas, located on a view point high above Soraypampa). From here, we begin a one-hour excursion on foot to our destination, the actual “Chakana”. This excursion allows guests to enjoy the best views of the Soray- pampa Valley, Mt. Salkantay and Mt. Humantay, and is truly one of the high points of our journey...which should not be missed! A mystical offering to Mother Earth (or “Pachamama”) at the Chakana, performed by a local Shaman, in full view of the awe-inspiring Mt. Salkantay, tops off this unique experience.

We return to the lodge for lunch with your afternoon at leisure, after which you may choose to trade the glacial swim for a relaxing soak in our outdoor jacuzzi. Additionally there is the option of riding out again for a couple of hours in the surrounding area. In the evening, the guide briefs us on gear and the itinerary for the following day. All meals are served at the Lodge.

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Riding Time & terrain:
Approximately 4 hours
Walk, trot, canter on open roads, some steep ascending trails and open fields, or can hike to Humantay Lake





DAY 3 | Crossing the Salkantay Pass Overnight at Wayra Lodge at 3,906 m/12,812 ft

Today we continue our journey towards Machu Picchu, riding up the Rio Blanco valley and circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay Peak. The highest point of the ride is the Salkantay Pass at 4,638 meters (15,213 ft). At the pass we stop to take in views of snow-capped peaks of the Vilca- bamba Range in every direction, with the glaciated south face of Salkantay towering above us. We will keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass we de- scend towards the Wayra Lodge, (“Wayra”: wind; from the name of the location “Wayrac- machay”: ‘the cave where the wind lives’) our destination for the evening. A hot lunch is taken en route; dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

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Riding Time & terrain:
Approximately 5 hours (including hot lunch en route)
Walk, trot on mostly steep trails, and some open slopes Transfer to Ollantaytambo or Cusco or hiking along the trail 




DAY 4 | Descending into the Cloud Forest Overnight at Colpa Lodge at 2,870 m/9,414 ft

On this day we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Wayra Lodge, and then we continue down- hill above the Salkantay River, descending into the cloud forest, through increasingly verdant scenery. We can feel the warm air rising from the jungle, accompanied by col- orful butterflies and striking orchids. Upon arrival at Colpa Lodge we are greeted with a Pachamanca, a traditional festive Peruvian meal cooked by layering meat and veg- etables with hot stones. Everything is then covered with hot stones, plantain leaves, high Andean grass and local herbs and the contents are baked in this underground oven. Colpa Lodge is located on an open plateau at the confluence of three rivers. The outdoor jacuzzi has panoramic views of lush green mountains. We spend the after- noon relaxing or exploring the nearby orchid trail. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

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Riding Time & terrain:
Approximately 4 hours
Walk or trot, on narrow trails
Alternatively take a free day in Ollantaytambo or hike along the trail


DAY 5 | Following the Santa Teresa River Valley Overnight at Lucma Lodge at 2,135 m/7,003 ft

Today we ride along the Santa Teresa river valley, through more populated rural areas. We pass through banana, passion fruit, avocado orchards and coffee plantations. The coffee grown here is said to be one of the best organic coffees in the world. Our ride takes us to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail”, which is where we say goodbye to our horses and equestrian staff. A short 30-minute walk through an avocado orchard brings us to Lucma Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

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Riding Time & terrain:
Approximately 5 hours
Walk, trot, and canter on steep trails and some open roads

Transfer by train and vehicle to Lucma Lodge, hiking along trail, or Canopy Zip Line Tour (please see details below) 




DAY 6 | First Views of Machu Picchu from Llactapata Pass Overnight in Aguas Calientes at 1,900 m/6,232 ft

After a hearty breakfast, we tackle the last day of our trek. We head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974ft), where we come upon a distant but spec- tacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers ever get a chance to admire. We take a short break to explore the Llactapata Ruins, which have recently been restored. Lunch is served at a scenic viewpoint, looking out to Ma- chu Picchu. After which we begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests, orchards and coffee plantations. We then board a train for a scenic ride (approx. 1 hour) to Aguas Calientes, the town of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we check into an award-wining hotel for a celebration dinner with our guide and one last briefing!

Note - Those who prefer not to hike can go to the train station by van after a leisurely morning including breakfast and lunch at the lodge. They will meet the rest of the group at the train station for the ride to Aguas Calientes together. (The guide confirms your preferences the night before.)

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Hiking Time: Hiking Level: 
4–6 hours
Moderate to challenging





DAY 7 |
Return to Cusco at 3,360 m/11,021 ft


Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary

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After a very early buffet breakfast at the hotel, we make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary (30 min). Our trip leader will give an intro- ductory 2 hour guided tour of the ruins, after which we have the option of climbing the steep staircase of Huayna Picchu, a steep and vertically quite challenging hike that takes about 2 hours which affords great views of Machu Picchu. Afterwards, we meet up with our guide again and return by bus to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch and to catch our train. The ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes about 11⁄2 hours, and then a private vehicle will drive us back to Cusco (an additional 11⁄2 hour). Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7 or 8 p.m.), we are dropped off at your hotel. 




Spend an Extra Day at Machu Picchu !

Even though you have enough time to see the core of Machu Picchu Sanctuary during the regular guided tour, most of our guests realize that they would have liked to stay a little longer since there is so much to explore! Let us know at time of reservation if you would like to add this optional day. By spending an extra day at Machu Picchu, you will be able to...

• Make the best of your time visiting a World Heritage Site situated on a spectacular mountain ridge, overlooking the confluence of three rivers.

• Explore areas of the site that are less visited by most travelers, such as climbing Machu Picchu Mountain (special permit to be purchased in advance) or hiking to the Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate.

• Visit the town of Aguas Calientes and shop the local craft markets.

• Treat yourself to a relaxing end to your vacation and ful- ly enjoy the magnificent gardens, top-of-the-line spa, and hospitality of the unique Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel.



Optional Activities

-During Trip

Canopy Zip Line Tour On Day 5 of the trekking itinerary. 

Looking for more adventure? Join our exclusive half-day excursion on an exciting and scenic canopy zip line tour. This optional activity includes vehicle transfer, a 21⁄2 hour guided canopy zip line tour, all necessary safety equip- ment, training, and lunch.

Please let your MLP Travel Specialist know if you would like to book this activity in advance (limited spaces available). If you are unsure at this time, you can book the excursion anytime until the afternoon on Day 4 of the itinerary (just let your trip leader know). This optional activity will run with a minimum of 2 guests. 



Preparing for the Ride

We recommend that our guests spend at least 2 nights in Cusco prior to departure. This helps with acclimatization to the altitude and also provides an opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Cusco.

Travelers can feel the effects of higher altitudes as low as 6000 feet (2000 meters) above sea level. They differ in their tolerance for high altitude conditions and how their bodies react to the changes in air pressure and oxygen level. Therefore we encourage our guests to undergo appropriate preparation by regular cardio-vascular exercise, even if conduct- ed at low elevation, and to adopt a healthy, balanced diet prior to the trip.

Beginner to Advanced Novice Riders: Allow 4 weeks of 3 1-hour lessons per week to prepare. Week 1 should include lessons on basic control of your horse both on the ground and in the saddle. Week 2 should include lessons on body positioning to balance and control your horse and allow you to ride for 3 to 5 hours in comfort. Week 3 should include trail riding experience with a small group of horses. Trail etiquette and hand signals should be practiced. Week 4 should include lessons on riding along moderately steep, narrow trails, in hilly terrain.

Suggested Reading: “50 - 5 Minute Fixes to Improve Your Riding” by Wendy Murdoch.

Horses

Mountain Lodges of Peru has bred a number of its own Quarter Horses which are specially exercised and trained for this trip, so they are highly aware and accustomed to the local terrain, wildlife and to performing at high altitude, making them a very secure ride. They combine responsiveness, energy, bravery and manners to produce the perfect trail horse. All horses are picked from a pre-selected pool especially for each trip, according to their level of fitness at the time.

For extra precautions horses are fitted with boots or bandages to pro- tect their extremities. Our horses are trained Western so they are used to neck reining and going on a loose rein. We mostly use American en- durance saddles, but there are English saddles available for those who prefer them. We are very careful in checking that the saddles fit each horse well and we constantly ensure that the tack and shoeing are in excellent condition.

We keep groups small, carefully match horses to riders, see that people of similar skills ride together, and train ride leaders carefully.

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2015 Pricing & Fixed Departure Program. 

 

Low Season

Mar 1 – 31 & Nov 1 - Dec 14





US$ 3,490 per person based on shared accommodation





High Season

Apr 1 – Oct 31 & Dec 15 – 31





US$ 3,990 per person based on shared accommodation





Single Occupancy Notes:





Requested Single: 20% supplement Single Willing to Share: 10% supplement

A non refundable deposit of $500 US is required to secure your reservation, with the balance due 60 days prior to arrival.


Trip Rates Include:

  •   All services and transportation (vehicles and trains) from pick up in Cusco on Day 1 to drop off in Cusco on Day 7

  •   6 nights lodging (5 nights in MLP lodges, 1 night in Aguas Calientes in a 4-star hotel)

  •   All meals except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 7

  •   Service of a bilingual guide (English/Spanish) from Day 1 to Day 7 (other languages available at additional cost)

  •   Transportation of personal belongings on the trek by pack horses/mules and/or porters

  •   Guided visit of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (includes entrance, transportation to and from the site and HuaynaPicchu

    Permits)

  •   Wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) at all lodges and hotels.

  •   US$50 gratuities for service staff (MLP lodge staff, mule drivers and route chefs), excluding guides.

  •   Water, tea, coffee, soft drinks and fresh fruit juices are free of charge at the MLP Lodges. Only filtered water and tea

    are available free of charge at the hotel in Aguas Calientes.

  • Not Included:

  •   Massage & Spa Services

  •   Laundry Service

  •   Optional Activities: Chakana Inca Cross Excursion (for the Trekking Program only), Canopy Zipline, Horseback Riding

    (For the Trekking program only, subject to change)

  •   Alcoholic beverages

  •   Bottled water and sports drinks are not included. In an effort to reduce plastic waste on the trail and at the lodges

    we encourage guests to use refillable water bottles. For this purpose we provide and ample supply of the highest -

    quality filtered water, available at multiple water stations at the lodges.

  •   Local taxes (18% IGV) on meals and lodging applicable to Peruvians, foreign residents in Peru and tourists traveling in 

Trip Dates

A fixed departure program for the Equestrian Lodge to Lodge Journey applies during most months of 2015.

Departure dates are 16 April, 15 May, 20 June, 15 July, 20 August, 20 September, 21 October, 18 November and 23 December 2015.

Or you can gather your own group and we can organise a time specifically for you! ( subject to availability )


Enquiries:

Please contact Peter Wood:

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Baggage Specifications

• Please, no hard suitcases or wheeled bags. Soft duffel bags and/or backpacks (“soft” luggage) are recommended.

• We provide a limited amount of hair-dryers at each lodge, due to limited energy supply and environ- mental concerns.

• Shampoo, conditioners and bath gel are provided at each lodge.

• Bathrooms are equipped with drying lines.

• Any additional clothing and luggage that you will not be needing on the trek can be stored at your hotel in Cusco.

• If you do not have an appropriate sized duffel bag, we can provide a duffel bag on loan at the pre-trek briefing (the night before departure from Cusco). Please return it to your trip leader after the trek.

• Though we do not establish a weight limit for luggage or charge for excess baggage, we inform guests that luggage is mainly transported by mules and/or por- ters along the trail. We kindly ask that you consider restricting the weight of your luggage on the trail up to10Kg/22Lbs.


Packing List

Day pack
Safety equipment (helmet, gaitors, etc.) Full rain gear or poncho
Gloves (thin riding and warm gloves) Riding pants
Breathable dryfit top-wear Comfortable shoes/flip-flops Cold-weather jacket
Long-sleeve fleece/sweater
Wool hat
Riding and hiking boots
Baseball cap, sombrero and bandana
Headlamp Sunglasses Riding/hiking socks Sunscreen 
Insect repellent
Bathing suit
Casual mountain wear for evenings Photo/video cameras and chargers Binoculars
Refillable water bottle (hydration bags are recommended) 




Guides

We provide one cultural and one Equestrian Guide and his/ her assistant(s) for each group. In addition, groups of 6 or more guests are accompanied by a route doctor (depend- ing on availability). Our guides are among the best in Peru (some have even won international awards!) and have on average at least 15 years of experience guiding in the mountains, not only in Peru but around the world. Many of them are considered pioneers in this area as well, hav- ing scouted many of the current routes in the country. All MLP guides have excellent language skills, and are highly trained in managing group dynamics. All guides undergo continuous medical and rescue training, with a certifi- cation in “Wilderness First Aid.” You will appreciate their knowledge of history and cultural traditions, local flora and fauna, as well as their great insight (and stories) that goes far beyond any guide or history book! Since these leaders have been guiding this particular ride for several years now, they have made friends in the local communities, thus al- lowing genuine and spontaneous encounters during the journey which often provide unforgettable experiences for our guests. In their hands, you will feel safe and well taken care of! In addition, the equestrian support team traveling with our group is trained to treat health issues and injuries of our horse pack.


Pre-Ride Briefing and Meet & Greet 

We provide a pre-ride briefing in Cusco on the evening prior to the start of the ride. The meeting is held in our hotel El Mercado by the trip leader and all participants are requested to attend. The briefing consists of the following:

• “meet and greet” with the group and the lead guide

• review of the detailed itinerary and any last-minute changes

• confirmation of specific dietary and medical infor- mation of the participants

• address frequently asked questions (and answers)

• verify that participants have the necessary gear and equipment

Important Note: You will be receiving an invitation via email with the time and place of the briefing, including a map with directions to the briefing. Please note that if your arrival into Cusco is delayed and you are unable to join your group for the transfer on Day 1 to the first lodge, we can arrange private transfer for you to join the group at additional cost.


Brief Technical Trip Description 

The ride consists of 5 days (2 days optional) of moderate to strenuous riding (and optional walking on day 6) at eleva- tions of 2,000m-4,600m (6,600-15,000ft) on diverse types of trails ranging from flat and grassy to steep and rocky slopes. The ride crosses nine different eco zones in seven days, with the possibility of changing weather conditions.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate to advanced. Beginners are welcome as we have different type of horses and direct assistance from a horseman available for them, however we recommend taking at least 6 hours of riding lessons prior to arriving in Peru.

Age Limits: The recommended minimum age of partici- pants is 12 years old. However, we may consider exceptions depending on experience and physical condition.

Tack: We offer our guests two different types of saddles: American Endurance Saddles (similar to Western-type; synthetic) and Uruguayan Endurance Saddles (similar to English-type; leather), of which you can choose on Day 1.

Helmets: We strongly recommend the use of helmets on this ride. They are available for loan at Coronilla Ranch at no additional cost. 




While At the Lodges

All four mountain lodges have been designed and built in accordance with traditional building techniques, Inca architectural & mythological concepts, and respect for the surrounding environment. The Salkantay Lodge has 12 private double, twin or triple rooms with pri- vate bathroom facilities, while the other lodges (Wayra, Colpa, Lucma) have 6 private double, twin or triple rooms, all with private facilities. Salkantay, Wayra, and Colpa lodges have an outdoor jacuzzi. Every lodge guarantees an ample supply of hot water for showers; there are no bathtubs in any of the lodges.

Heating ensures the temperature remains a comfortable 68° F (20° C).

Massage Services

We offer professional massage services at all lodges at an additional cost.

Check-In: Signature Account

At check-in at the Salkantay Lodge, you will be asked to open a voucher on your credit card for potential ex- tras to be purchased during the trip, such as alcoholic beverages, massage, souvenirs, and others items of per- sonal nature. At the Lucma Lodge (last day of the trek) you will need to settle your bill by charging the credit card previously presented or by paying in cash. If paying in cash, please take note that we only accept notes of US$5, US$10, US$20, and US$50 dollar bills; we do not accept notes of US$1, US$100, or coins. We accept Peruvian currency. If paying with a credit card, please note you will not be able to present a new credit card when settling the bill.



Communications

We offer satellite-based communications at all four lodges along the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu. Due to the satellite-based nature of the system, signal reception may not be guaranteed in cases of continuous or extremely bad weather conditions.

Rural Satellite Phone

Each Lodge has a stationary rural satellite phone which our guests can use. These phones require phone cards that can be purchased at the lodges. International calls can be placed and received. However, we kindly ask to refrain from receiving incoming calls unless in case of an emergency, as a sign of respect and courtesy for other guests. As a reference, a US$10 phone card provides 10 minutes to the US/Canada and 5 minutes to Europe.

Rural Satellite Internet

We believe it’s important for our guests to fully immerse themselves in the unique outdoor and nature experi- ence provided by this trek. However, we understand that the Internet has become a necessary service for some of our guests. Thus, we provide rural wi-fi internet service at all four lodges free of charge.

If you decide to bring any electronic devices like lap- tops, iPads, or others, please keep in mind that you are responsible for their protection. We recommend appro- priate covers for such sensitive devices (water proof, and anti-impact). Also, tell your guide that you are carrying the device so that extra measures can be taken for its protection.




Travel Insurance

The Salkantay Journey to Machu Picchu is an Adventure Travel Activity which takes place in remote locations and at certain times at very high altitudes. As such, it contains a certain level of risk. In order to ensure a safe ex- perience for every guest, we kindly request that every guest presents valid proof of insurance coverage as a minimum for Medical Emergency Treatment and Evacuation. Please note that some insurance policies exclude Adventure Travel Activities or similar from the coverage, so please be careful when assessing and/or purchasing your insurance policy and please make sure that the in- surance policy includes Adventure Travel Activities or similar coverage.


Definition of ‘Valid Proof of Insurance’

We require presentation of the following information at least 60 days prior to trip start date:

• Name of Insurance Company and Name of Specific Policy (if applicable)

• Coverage registration number or code

• 24hr emergency telephone numbers provided by the insurance company




Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is the terrain like? How challenging is it?
A: The ride is rated as a moderate to challenging moun-

tain trail ride and covers approximately 63 km / 32 miles on uneven, rocky terrain with steep uphill and downhill sec- tions. Day 3 is the most challenging with an elevation gain of1,000meters/3,000feetinaspanof5km/3milesto reach a maximum altitude of 4,640 / 15,000 feet. Prior riding experience is recommended as this is not a novice ride.

Q: Who should go on this ride?

A: Advanced novice to professional riders. The trail and altitudes make this journey physically strenuous and we highly recommend prior riding lessons on a regular basis.

Q: What is the weather like on the Salkantay trek during the year?

A: Weather in the region is extremely variable and you should pack for a variety of conditions. In addition, our ride passes through nine bio-zones ranging from high altitude alpine conditions to high jungle. During a sunny day you can expect about 18 – 27 oC (65 – 80 oF), however up on the pass weather is very unpredictable and temperatures can drop to 0 oC (30 oF) during the day (but you won’t spend a lot of time up there). The Machu Picchu area has a humid climate and tends to be warmer, since it is located at a lower altitude and near to the Amazon Jungle. There, the average temperatures are between 23oC (73oF) and 25oC (77oF), the minimum temperature being around 18oC (64oF). The Cusco area has only 2 well-defined seasons: wet season and dry season. The wet season starts in No- vember and finishes in March. During this period, it rains almost every day for three or four hours, but also there are several sunshiny days. The dry season begins around March and lasts until October. Between May and July it is quite cold. Paradoxically at noon the temperatures can reach 23 oC (the annual maximum).



Q: What kind of emergency procedures are in place if guests injure themselves in a way that disables them from continuing the ride (i.e. guest falls and breaks a leg)? Where is the nearest hospital and how can they get there?

A: In cases of emergencies or medical problems we have a detailed medical protocol to follow. There is basic medi- cal equipment and attention at the lodges; our personnel traveling with the group are trained to handle emergencies. All of our guides have a “wilderness first aid certification”. We have our own company doctor who is always available by telephone for any medical assistance. We also work with a medical helicopter rescue operation for emergencies. For minor medical attention that cannot be taken care of at the lodges but which requires special medical attention, the nearest medical centers, in the worst case, are at a dis- tance of one day’s ride on horseback or mule. Guides carry a full first aid kit, portable oxygen, a portable hyperbaric chamber and radios with them at all times.

Q: What should we do with our remaining bags and clothing?

A: Remaining luggage can be stored in Cusco at your pre-ride hotel.

Q: How is luggage transported from lodge to lodge? Is it with us at all times?

A: Provided saddle bags hold everything you need for the day. For the hiking portions you should carry a day-pack with you. Mules and porters carrying the luggage will not walk with the group. Your luggage will meet you upon arrival at the next lodge.



Q: Do we carry our lunch food in our daypacks?

A: On days 3, 5, and 6, which call for a picnic lunch en route, lunch will be prepared fresh on-site by the cooks and will consist of hot soup, gourmet sandwiches or a hot lunch, snacks and salads. Additionally, you will be handed a “snack-pack” to carry in your day packs with dried fruits, peanuts, chocolates and fresh fruits.

Q: How much I should tip?

A: Tips are included in the trek rate and will be distributed accordingly to all staff members, except the lead and as- sistant guide. The tips for the lead guide and assistant guide can, if desired, be given directly to them. For the lead guide the industry standard is US$5-10 per day per guest; and US$3-5 per day per guest for the assistant guide. All tipping is optional. The distribution of pre-paid gratuities is not done during the trip, but all staff is made aware that gratuities have been pre-paid by you.