Cusco, Peru

Independent Lodge-to-Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu on Salkantay Route

Trek the spectacular Salkantay route to Machu Picchu, staying in locally-run lodges along the way! You'll hike independently along this well-marked route and stay in community-run lodges with local people from the area who will share their culture, traditions, and ancestral history. The network of lodges are part of an ecotourism project created in harmony with the flora and fauna of the area.

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4 Days / 3 Nights

Travel Style

Active Adventure and Connect with Nature


English and Spanish

Physical Activity

Challenging workout


Mountains and Rural Communities


Wifi: Available
Cell: Limited
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Speaks: English and Spanish


  • Trek the spectactular and less-traveled Salkantay route
  • Stay in beauiful family-run lodges along the way and connect with friendly locals
  • Enjoy home-cooked meals and hot showers after long days on the trail



6am departure from Cusco


Flexible Departure Date
All year


2-6 Travelers

What's Included


3 Nights Community Lodge and Family Homestay


Note: you will hike the Salkantay route to Aguas Calientes and then visit Machu Pichhu on your own.


Local guide (not bilingual)


Private Room and Private Bathroom


All meals included
From lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4


Walk and Private car

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Your Local Host

Refugios Salkantay

Locally Owned Community Association

Refugios Salkantay is an association of small, local communities - Soray, Huaracmachay, Chalway, and Lucmabamba - that provide guides, trekking services and lodging along the Salkantay route to Machu Picchu. Each family contributes what they are able to, depending on their income and abilities, and they are proud to have formed the operations team purely with people from the local area and community. Together, they offer travelers a unique way to experience the beauty of the region while also sharing and preserving their heritage.

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Getting There

Transport options

Get picked up (included)
You'll get picked up from your lodging in Cusco and brought to the starting point for the trek.
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