Machu Picchu: 10-Day Lodge Trek

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Total Days: 10

Activity Level: 4

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Price:

2014

REI member: $4,399

Non-member: $4,850

2015

REI member: $4,699

Non-member: $5,175

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $1,599

Trip Dates:

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Group Size: 4-12

Activity Level: 4

Activities:

  • Trekking

Accommodations:

Hotels, 4 nights; Mountain lodges, 5 nights

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a spectacular trek to Machu Picchu through the majestic Peruvian Andes
  • Stay at a series of 4 comfortable mountain lodges along the trek
  • Explore Machu Picchu for 2 days with expert, local guides
  • Soak in views of snow-capped Andean peaks and awe-inspiring ruins sites

While many trails lead toward the wondrous "Lost City of the Incas," only one offers trekkers a close-up view of towering snow-clad peaks, insights into the age-old culture and traditions of local Andean families, and the welcome comforts of a cozy mountain lodge after each day's trek.

Join REI on this unique and unforgettable trans-Andean journey to Machu Picchu, leaving our sleeping bags at home! We begin in enchanting Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire and a marvelous setting for our pre-trek explorations. After transferring to the remote Salkantay Lodge (the first of four lodges along our route) we begin our hike through the spectacular Cordillera Vilcabamba mountain range, enjoying dramatic alpine vistas each day and warm beds and delicious cuisine each night. Our adventure culminates with two days at the famed ruins—ample time to appreciate the beauty of this truly magical place.

Want to make the most of your stay in Peru? Check out our trip extensions:Cordillera Blanca; Lima, Paracas & Nazca Lines; Lake Titicaca; Northern Peru; Peruvian Amazon – Sandoval Lake Lodge; Peruvian Amazon – Heath River Wildlife Center and Peruvian Amazon – Tahuayo Lodge.

Traveling with kids under 18? Check out our Machu Picchu Family Adventure.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Tour Cusco's sites including Koricancha temple and Sacsayhuaman fortress.
  • Day 2 - Take a 4-hour warm-up hike to the Salkantay Lodge.
  • Day 3 - Relax or go on an acclimatization hike to a nearby glacial lake.
  • Day 4 - Hike up and over our highest pass with views of Mt. Salkantay.
  • Day 5 - Trek downhill to lower elevations and greener scenery.
  • Day 6 - Hike past coffee plantations, banana trees, and avocado orchards.
  • Day 7 - Begin our final descent and see the first views of Machu Picchu!
  • Day 8 - Guided tour of Machu Picchu and free time to hike and explore.
  • Day 9 - A final opportunity to return to the ruins before returning to Cusco.
  • Day 10 - Our great adventure ends in Cusco with a final farewell.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Tour Cusco's sites including Koricancha temple and Sacsayhuaman fortress.

    Your trip begins today in Cusco, Peru (11,250'). Upon arrival in Cusco, we will be met by our local guide at our centrally-located hotel where a brief orientation meeting will be held. We have most of the morning at leisure to relax and acclimatize before setting out on a guided tour of this lovely city, the historic heart of the Incan civilization. Our afternoon exploration takes us to many of the city's most notable sights including the bustling Plaza de Armas (main square) and neighboring cathedral; the Santo Domingo Church, built atop the stone ruins of the once magnificent Inca temple Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), and the imposing remains of the monolithic Sacsayhuaman fortress, offering bird's-eye views of the entire red-roofed city far below. All meals on your own.

  • Day 2 - Take a 4-hour warm-up hike to the Salkantay Lodge.

    We gather early this morning and begin our drive towards the Salkantay Lodge, the picturesque starting point of our Andean trek. En route we visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo and stop for a coffee break in the small village of Mollepata. We cover the final distance to the lodge via a beautiful 4-hour warm-up hike that begins in the nearby village of Marcoccasa (trip members can also opt to continue all the way to the lodge by vehicle). By late-afternoon, we reach our destination, located in the spectacular valley of Soraypampa, crowned by majestic Salkantay (20,500'), a sacred peak in Inca mythology and the highest in this region of the Andes. After checking in, we'll have the remainder of the day to relax and enjoy the fabulous views. A welcome briefing will take place this evening followed by dinner. Lodge elevation is 12,690'. All meals included.

    Hiking: 4 hours. 5 miles.

  • Day 3 - Relax or go on an acclimatization hike to a nearby glacial lake.

    We'll spend today in the vicinity of the Salkantay Lodge while we continue to acclimatize before our trekking adventure begins in earnest. Feel free to rest at the lodge or join in a 4-hour hike to a glacial blue lake allowing us to gain a greater appreciation for this valley's rugged beauty. Upon returning to the lodge, we can reward ourselves for our efforts with a relaxing soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi. This evening, our guide will conduct a pre-trek briefing and review the itinerary for the next four days. Overnight again at the Salkantay Lodge. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3-4 hours. 4 miles.

  • Day 4 - Hike up and over our highest pass with views of Mt. Salkantay.

    Having spent the last three days at altitude, we're at last acclimatized and ready to begin our trek to Machu Picchu! We'll set out early in the cool mountain air carrying only our daypacks and hike through the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak across from Salkantay. We'll reach the highest point of our trip today (15,213 ft) as we hike up a series of switchbacks over a pass that offers outstanding views of the snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction. With the south face of Salkantay towering above us, we'll keep our eyes out for Andean condors, often visible in this area. From the pass we continue our descent toward the Wayra Lodge (Wayra translates to "The place where the wind lives"), our destination for the evening. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. Lodge elevation is 12,812'. All meals included.

    Hiking: 5-7 hours. 8 miles.

  • Day 5 - Trek downhill to lower elevations and greener scenery.

    Following our big day yesterday, we'll enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge and depart around 9am. We'll begin hiking downhill above the Salkantay River and notice the scenery becoming increasingly more verdant as we lose altitude. Our next lodge is located on a 1,000-foot promontory above the confluence of three fast-flowing rivers. Dinner and overnight at the Colpa Lodge. Lodge elevation is 9,414'. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3-4 hours. 6 miles

  • Day 6 - Hike past coffee plantations, banana trees, and avocado orchards.

    Today's trek through the rural Santa Teresa River Valley takes us downhill past vast coffee plantations (said to produce one of the best organic coffees in the world), banana trees and orchards. After a hot picnic lunch by the river, we'll trek for another hour before being met by a private vehicle that will transport our group a short distance (30-minute drive) to the last stretch of trail on today's route. A final short climb along the Llactapata Inca Trail brings us to the Lucma Lodge, set in a lovely avocado orchard. We may have an opportunity this afternoon to explore the small nearby village of Lucmabamba and perhaps interact with members of the local community. Lodge elevation is 7,003'. All meals included.

    Hiking: 5-6 hours. 10 miles.

  • Day 7 - Begin our final descent and see the first views of Machu Picchu!

    A hearty breakfast fuels us up for the last day of our trek and the initial 2-3 hour climb towards Llactapata pass (8,974'). Shortly after cresting the pass and beginning our 3,165' descent, we'll be treated to our first distant glimpse of Machu Picchu. As few tourists approach the ruins from this direction, our particular view is a unique treat. The final descent along the trail leading to the Urubamba River passes through more orchards and lush bamboo forests. Our hike today is timed to reach the river with ample time to spare before the train arrives that will transport us to the village of Aguas Calientes, located a short distance from the ruins. We'll spend the next two nights at the delightful Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a perfect base from which to explore the wonders of this magnificent site! All meals included.

    Hiking: 4-6 hours. 7 miles.

  • Day 8 - Guided tour of Machu Picchu and free time to hike and explore.

    A full day at Machu Picchu affords us the luxury of exploring at a leisurely pace while learning more about the Inca culture and the latest theories behind the construction of this marvelous complex. We have an early breakfast and head up to the ruins by shuttle bus before the morning tourist train arrives in order to fully enjoy the peace and solitude of this mystical place. Our knowledgeable guide leads us on a fascinating tour, recapping Machu Picchu's rediscovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and explaining the significance of the various structures that cover the grounds. We have the afternoon to indulge ourselves with a hike to the dramatic viewpoint of Intipunku (the Sun's Gateway), or a variety of other intriguing possibilities including an easy walk to an ancient Inca drawbridge or more vigorous hike to the Temple of the Moon (inside a cavern on the north face of iconic Huayna Picchu, the peak that looms above the ruins) or an ascent up Huayna Picchu itself. Of course, we can also choose to independently continue our exploration of the main site and daydream about what life must have been like here centuries ago. We return to the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Aguas Calientes again tonight. All meals included.

  • Day 9 - A final opportunity to return to the ruins before returning to Cusco.

    We have another opportunity today to return to Machu Picchu during the early hours, taking advantage of the soft morning light for dramatic photography, or using the additional time to complete another scenic hike. After lunch, we make our way down to Aguas Calientes and board the train back to Cusco, arriving in early evening. Overnight in Cusco. Breakfast and lunch included.

  • Day 10 - Our great adventure ends in Cusco with a final farewell.

    After breakfast, we head to the airport for our departing flights. . Trip members can opt to return to Lima for connecting flights home or extend their travels in Peru. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Accommodations in hotels and mountain lodges as noted on itinerary; meals as noted on the daily itinerary; English-speaking local guides; full baggage support/transfer while trekking (you carry only your daypack); all ground transportation within Peru as noted including transfer from Cusco to the Salkantay Lodge, airport transfers and rail tickets to/from Machu Picchu; all sightseeing excursions as noted including multi-day entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.

Not Included

Air transportation to/from Cusco; 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners; gratuities; excess baggage charges; alcoholic beverages; airport taxes, Salkantay Trail trekking permit fee ($50) and items of a personal nature such as laundry expenses, immunizations or insurance of any kind (emergency medical and evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip and can usually be purchased for less than $75 through REI Adventures).

Qualifications

This trip is rated as Vigorous [4]. Trip members need to be strong, experienced hikers in good physical condition. Most days are spent at moderately high altitude (7,000-15,000’) and the trek includes a number of steep ascents and descents. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we strongly encourage participants to begin a conditioning regimen at least three months prior to departure consisting of hiking, walking/running and/or cycling. If you live in an area conducive to hiking, try to get out on those hills if possible and work some elevation gain and loss into your training regimen. The better shape you are in, the more you’ll enjoy all that this unforgettable adventure has to offer.

Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets and Huayna Picchu Hiking Permits

Effective immediately, all visitors to Machu Picchu are required to have entrance tickets valid for the specific date(s) of their visit. These tickets are included in the price of your trip and will be purchased for you in advance by REI Adventures. In order to purchase entrance tickets on your behalf, we must have your valid passport number as soon as possible after your initial trip sign-up. Any delays in submitting your passport information may result in our inability to procure entry permits for you on the trip dates.

Permits are now also required for the popular hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the iconic peak that rises above the ruins of Machu Picchu. The number of daily permits issued for this hike is extremely limited. Please be advised that we will automatically obtain a Huayna Picchu hiking permit for all trip participants when we obtain your Machu Picchu entrance permit. While you will not be obligated to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, those interested will have the opportunity to do so at some point during your visit to the Sacred City, based on the hiking time noted on the permit. Your trip leader will provide specific schedule details and options upon your arrival in Peru. Please note that the Huayna Picchu hike is challenging, steep (with some exposure) and unguided.

Mountain Lodges

The Salkantay Lodge has 12 private double or twin rooms with private facilities. Each trekker’s lodge (Wayra, Collpa, Lucma) has 6 private double rooms. Lodges are fully equipped and serviced. The Salkantay, Wayra and Collpa Lodges have outdoor Jacuzzis. The water at all four lodges is of drinking quality and there is ample hot water for washing and bathing.

Weather

Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55° - 75° F with evenings cooling down into the 40s and 50s. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30s and 40s. As our treks are planned during the "dry season", days are typically clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds occasionally building and leading to small amounts of precipitation. While April and November departures may experience slightly higher amounts of rainfall, all-day rain is unusual.

Mandatory Travel Insurance

The mountain lodges on this trip require that all participants have medical ($50,000) and emergency evacuation ($500,000) insurance valid in Peru. Short-term travel insurance (including evacuation) is available through REI Adventures and other travel insurance providers.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

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Machu Picchu: 10-Day Lodge Trek Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary as this will help you and the field staff.

Weather

Average daytime temperatures in and around Cusco generally range from 55° - 75° F with evenings cooling down into the 40s and 50s. Much of this itinerary takes place in the mountains where weather can change very quickly and evening temperatures regularly drop into the 30s and 40s. Typically, days are clear and pleasant, with afternoon clouds building in the spring and fall months. Cool and misty conditions are possible, but all-day rain is unlikely.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase large enough to store all gear
  • Daypack – approx. 2000 cu. in. to carry your camera, water bottles, extra clothing
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
  • Passport pouch or money belt
Casual Clothing
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and evening wear
Hiking Clothing
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Midweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Hiking pants – synthetic, quick drying
  • Hiking shorts – synthetic, quick-drying
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Bandana
  • Swimsuit (for hot tubs)
  • Gaiters (ankle-high)
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain or wind pants, waterproof and breathable. Side-zip pants are highly recommended.
  • Insulated parka/ski jacket, down or synthetic
Footwear
  • Sturdy hiking boots with ankle support, waterproof, lightweight, broken in, aggressive tread
  • Comfortable shoes for travel and evening wear
Travel Accessories
  • Two (2) 1-quart water bottles or hydration system
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Hiking stick or trekking poles (cannot be used within the Machu Picchu sanctuary)
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Toiletry kit
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Headlamp or flashlight
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, film and spare batteries
  • Electrical adapter plug
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Ear plugs
  • Sewing kit
  • Knee supports
  • Travel pillow
  • Altimeter
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Favorite energy snacks and drinks

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Regarding weight and size restrictions of luggage: The Peruvian Government regulates policies for the Machu Picchu Sanctuary and Peru Rail. The luggage size and weight restrictions listed in our materials are accurate at time of printing; however it is highly possible that due to unforeseen circumstances or changes in government policy, these regulations can change with little to no notice. At our group orientation our guides will advise the group of the most current policy.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene®, MTS® and Thermax®. 
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
  • To conserve energy, the lodges where we stay during our trek shut off their electricity after 11 p.m. each evening. As per the above Gear List, although there are small night lights, we recommend that all trip participants bring a flashlight or headlamp for reading or walking around during the night.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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      5.0

      GREAT experience - on all dimensions!

      By Wandering retiree

      from Fountain Hills, AZ

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      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organized Itinerary

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        Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu: 10-Day Lodge Trek:

        Our guide, Miguel, was really effective. He was very informative and really personable. He knew how to deal with the various personalities in the group very well. He was very sensitive to any symptoms of altitude sickness and provided oxygen to a couple of fellow travelers who were experiencing headaches - they were as good as new after the treatments. Finally, Miguel arranged the trip itinerary to be physically challenging but not overwhelming to all. He included a stop with a local family that grows coffee beans - we watched and smelled them being roasted and ground and then had our share of really strong, delicious coffee. All in all, Miguel made the trip extra special. He is a great leader.

        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
        • Why did you choose this trip?:
        • I have always been fascinated with the Andes mountains and the Incas. This was my opportunity to experience both in a way that tested me physically and provided me with insights into the Inca culture.
        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
        • Two major highlights, besides Machu Picchu itself - #1 Clearing Salkantay Pass at 15,200 feet without altitude sickness issues was HUGE! #2 Hiking Waynapicchu to gain a unique view of MP was really special - physically demanding with a huge payoff!
        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
        • Allow a couple of EXTRA days to adjust to the elevation at Cusco. Upon arrival there, I had to pause after walking up a couple of steps - legs felt fatigued and I had a fuzzy lightheadedness. The symptoms eventually dissipated after a day and a half. A real key throughout this trip is to stay very hydrated - take a Camelbak bladder to ensure you can sip on a regular basis.

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        5.0

        Like nothing else!

        By DelightedTraveler

        from Alaska

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            Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu: 10-Day Lodge Trek:

            This trip was a marvel of efficiency. Connections happened; extra support materialized for one of our party who wasn't up to the intensity of the hiking; food and accommodations were great. Extra activities were available (my husband enjoyed the horseback ride at the Salkantay Lodge - the valley is so impressive!). And our guide was well aware that this is about entertainment, not just hiking. He introduced us to much more than just the hike and the tourist activities in Machu Picchu - we visited small villages, small businesses and even a family farm at the top of the world. He was knowledgeable about flowers, the environment, the culture and the roots of the culture.

            We visited in mid-November and the bugs were minimal. November is on the edge of the rainy season, but we didn't have much rain. But definitely have good raingear. And be very conscious of the weight of the stuff that you are going to bring - keep things light - it will make you happy!

            There don't seem to be any flat places in this part of Peru. We went up and down and up again constantly - and it was superb! We're older, but we had made a serious attempt to train consistently, though not hard, and it was extremely satisfying that this was very do-able. And yes, the guides bring extra water, so we didn't carry as much as the gear list suggested.

            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
            • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
            • Why did you choose this trip?:
            • I've been fascinated by ancient cultures since I was a kid
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • While Machu Picchu was everything that I expected (including crowded for part of the day), it was the hike itself that was unbelievably and continually breath-taking.
            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
            • Get out there and hike at least 5 miles on real trail at least once a week and keep up the gym training during the week. I recommend taking the acetazolamide (see the CDC website) for the altitude. Go into Cusco at least a day early

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            5.0

            Trip of a lifetime!

            By ricwilson

            from Northridge, CA

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                Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu: 10-Day Lodge Trek:

                Our guides made the trip an absolute pleasure. The mountains we visited and the people there were fantastic. Getting a day and a half at Machu Pichu rather than having to hurry through in less than a day was perfect. We lucked out and had a great group of people to hike with and the lodges (and the food) are spectacular. We really wonder how we're going to top this trip.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • Always wanted to go to Machu Pichu and this was a great way to experience it in an active way, not like the typical tourist.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • I should say Machu Pichu (which was spectacular) but it really was the high country of Peru. Amazing mountains and wonderful people.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • You do need to be in good shape, this isn't a casual walk. That being said, since you only have to carry your day gear, it's very doable.
                 
                5.0

                A Fantastic Adventure!

                By Cindy Lou

                from Eugene, Oregon

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu: 10-Day Lodge Trek:

                    Our guide was very competent and experienced but not exactly warm. He was extremely good at taking care of us yet I am not sure if he even knew my name at the end of 10 days.

                    This trip is well worth the money!

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Been on other REI trips, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • It was recommended to me by fellow trekkers who did Mount Blanc with me last year.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • It was all good. I loved seeing the home of a local farmer and the coffee farm. Of course, Machu Picchu was more than I expected. The lodges were amazing!! All the little extras they did were so welcome after hiking.The group of people in our trek were wonderful. This is one trip I will never forget.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • There are two tough days so be in shape. Bring high powered bug spray. We even needed it in October. The snacks were mostly the same each day, so if you want more variety, bring your own. Bring lots of handi wipes and use them often. Don't forget the swim suit for the hot tubs!

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    TRIP OF A LIFETIME!!

                    By Jessica

                    from Wauwatosa, WI

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Accommodations
                    • Activity Level
                    • Exceeded Expectations
                    • Food
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                    • Quality Equipment Provided
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu: 10-Day Lodge Trek:

                      My husband and I both agreed this trip was top notch and one we will never forget. Going in 2 days early was extremely helpful as it took us that time to acclimate. The food and lodges were beyond my expectations. The lodges are gorgeous with amazing views! REI was well organized and you didn't have to think about a thing. Pack in layers and hiking poles are very useful. We went in June which I felt was a great time to be there. Good hiking weather and minimal rain. I did have a winter coat as it did get cool. There is not one thing that I disliked about this trip. Truly an amazing experience!

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • Machu Picchu has been a destination of mine for many years. My husband and I enjoy hiking so we felt it was a good fit for us. I also wanted the challenge of climbing up to 15,000 feet.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • The climb up to 15,200 was an amazing journey! The hike to Machu Picchu allows you to see many gorgeous views. Our guide Delmiro, also made our trip amazing as he was a wealth of knowledge. We also viewed homes of people who continue to live in the mountains, which allowed us to learn more about the culture. Machu Picchu was extraordinary!
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • You certainly do not need to bring any food/snacks with you. They put out snacks every morning before the hike. We arrived 2 days before the trip started and I highly recommend it as it helped our adjustment to altitude. We had no problems after 2 or 3 days.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Mind-blowingly spectacular trip!

                      By Dr T

                      from Fort Worth, TX

                      About Me First-Time Adventurer

                      Pros

                      • Accommodations
                      • Activity Level
                      • Exceeded Expectations
                      • Food
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides
                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu: 10-Day Lodge Trek:

                          This trip was amazing from the scenery to the cultural experience as well as the group of people that bonded along the journey. We couldn't have made it without our awesome guide and crew. After a long day of hiking reaching the lodges was perfect - great food, drinks, and hot tubs! Perfect atmosphere for a vacation of a lifetime!

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • Recommended by a Friend
                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                          • Friends who have been on a couple of REI adventures recommended to do one.
                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                          • Too many things to highlight but the Pisco Sours, hot tubs, and breath-taking views made it a trip to remember!
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • Keep an open mind and try everything! Get a couple practice hikes in to break in your boots and pack layers. The altitude is legit so stay hydrated!

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Trip of unmatched awesomeness

                          By The VLF

                          from Dallas, TX

                          About Me First-Time Adventurer

                          Site Member

                          Pros

                          • Accommodations
                          • Exceeded Expectations
                          • Food
                          • Group Camaraderie
                          • Guides
                          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                          • Well Organized Itinerary

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu: 10-Day Lodge Trek:

                              This was the absolute best way to do a trip like this. No one can make hiking any easier - it is truly a 4 on the activity scale -- HOWERVER
                              - After a long day's hike, you show up to a hot/cold towel, with some tea.
                              - You travel with a masseuse, chef, bartender available at each lodge
                              - They put a hot water bottle in your bed at night
                              - There are hot tubs!

                              This trip was an active vacation - with the vacation part still existing. I'm home now and don't need a vacation from my vacation, I feel totally refreshed and actually wish I was still in Peru!

                              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                              • Recommended by a Friend
                              • Why did you choose this trip?:
                              • This trip was suggested by some friends - they had already been on two different REI adventures and fully vouched for the experience.
                              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                              • Too many to choose - but jumping in the glacier lake will be hard to ever forget!
                              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                              • 1. Altitude sickness is real! Stay hydrated 2. Try everything (jump in the lake, eat all the food, talk to everyone) 3. Reading reviews is a good idea - but this is your trip - make your own everlasting memories
                               
                              5.0

                              Absolutely amazing trip!

                              By krav69

                              from Moorestown NJ

                              About Me Casual Adventurer

                              Pros

                              • Accommodations
                              • Activity Level
                              • Exceeded Expectations
                              • Food
                              • Group Camaraderie
                              • Guides
                              • Guides were great
                              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                              • Perfect Coordination
                              • Quality Equipment Provided
                              • Well Organized Itinerary

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu: 10-Day Lodge Trek:

                                  Everything about this trip was amazing from the scenery to the cultural experience and all culminating with a spectacular visit to the Inca Ruins. Our Guide's knowledge and background enhanced the experience. He made sure we understood what we were looking at. He also assisted us in avoiding crowds making our visit to Machu Picchu seem almost like a private excursion.
                                  The lodges far exceeded my expectations and the food was out of this world. All staff where helpful in making the experience memorable.
                                  The group on the trip gelled and became almost like a family, looking out for each other and helping one another during the trip.

                                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                  • Always wanted to see Peru and Machu Picchu. The Lodge to lodge option allowed us to enjoy the trip more without having to worry about weather.
                                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                  • It was all good!
                                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                  • *Use walking sticks and follow packing list! *Bring your own basic med kit for things like cold medicine. *Stay extra days in Peru and experience the culture of Cusco and Lima.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Do It! You'll be proud you did!

                                  By Steve and Debbie

                                  from Monroe, Louisiana

                                  About Me Bucket List Adventurers

                                  Site Member

                                  Pros

                                  • Accommodations
                                  • Activity Level
                                  • Exceeded Expectations
                                  • Food
                                  • Group Camaraderie
                                  • Guides
                                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu: 10-Day Lodge Trek:

                                      Our guides Fernando and Jairo were terrific! Some items recommended but never used, gaiters, way too many extra socks/liners. Used the headlamps once. Poles definitely helpful especially on the downhill portions. I personally worried about whether I had trained enough for the trek. The guides quickly assess the hikers' abilities and provide assistance as needed. Talked with several other Trekkers that had same concerns about being about to complete the trek. Definitely needed the Advil for the knees. Fantastic trip would recommend to anybody that enjoys a great hike, fantastic scenery, great food, comaraderie of like minded people, and also want a warm, comfy bed at night. Lodges were fantastic. Internet worked in all but one lodge. Try the guinea pig!

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                      • Destination of interest
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • The challenge of the trek, crossing the pass at 15,253 ft., the first glimpse of Machu Picchu, a full day at Machu Picchu. The satisfaction of completing the trek.
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • Being sea level dwellers definitely makes this trek more difficult. In hind sight, I would concentrate more on aerobic fitness level and endurance. Pack as light as possible. A 2-liter hydration is more than adequate as the guides provide surplus water for refills. Never carried more than a liter and a half at any time. Being in the slower group meant we missed some of the explanations.

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      One of the best trips I have experienced

                                      By Fergie

                                      from Tacoma, Washington

                                      About Me Casual Adventurer

                                      Site Member

                                      Pros

                                      • Accommodations
                                      • Activity Level
                                      • Exceeded Expectations
                                      • Food
                                      • Group Camaraderie
                                      • Guides
                                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about REI Adventures Machu Picchu: 10-Day Lodge Trek:

                                          I am now looking to do another REI Adventure trip next year, possibly down to Patagonia. :-)

                                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                          • Machu Picchu has always been one of my "bucket list" destinations, and Peru has always held a similar allure. Couple those with the fact that I also hold REI in high regard, this seemed like a no-brainer.
                                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                          • The sheer outdoor beauty of the Peruvian Andes, the amazing remnants of Incan ruins, and the stark contrast between the micro-climates at various elevetaions in the Andes. It is very hard to narrow down a single favorite highlight, but Machu Picchu was amazing.
                                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                          • Take prudent advice and get out to do as much elevation training as possible before the trip. I had absolutely no problems with the altitude itself, per se, but did experience noticable labor the last few thousand feet of crossing the Salkantay Pass at over 15,000 ft. But everything else was a piece of cake! If you are concerned about the elevation, go to Cusco a day or two early & get acclimated.

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