This blog post is by AWR collaborator Sarah Martens. Sarah and her husband Ted are currently traveling around the world in search of adventure and, along the way, sampling some of AWR’s great trips and looking for new destinations.
If you are considering a trekking trip to Machu Picchu and you like the idea of a little luxury at the end of a long day on the trail, then you are in luck. AWR’s Salkantay Trek with the Mountain Lodges of Peru (MLP), which culminates with a day at Machu Picchu, is honestly THE best trip my husband and I have ever been on.
Many people hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but there are actually dozens of different treks (and Inca Trails for that matter!) that you can do that will get you to Machu Picchu. In addition most variations are a lot less crowded and can even be more scenic than the most commonly used trail. The MLP trip travels the Salkantay Trail, and not only were there days that we didn’t see another hiking group, but the impressiveness of the glaciers and the mountain ranges that we saw along the way were absolutely spectacular.
Whether it be the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trail or another, most trekking companies take 3-4 days to do their trips and these involve rather long days of hiking and then camping each night. The MLP trip is different because they spread out the 24 miles of hiking over 6 days (one of these being an acclimatization day) and you get to spend each night in unique, incredible lodges (with hot tubs!) eating beautifully-presented, wonderfully-delicious meals. In addition, MLP staff and guides provide over-the-top customer service and think of every last detail to spoil you rotten (why yes, I would love a cool towel and a glass of fresh fruit juice after my long day of hiking!).
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves with a few of the many highlights included:
So, if you can’t tell, we absolutely loved the trip and would do it again tomorrow. A huge thank you to Adventures Within Reach for putting this trip together for us – it more than exceeded our expectations. It was the first thing we did upon arriving in Peru and it certainly set the stage for the amazing time we were going to have in this country.
Check out Sarah and Ted’s blog to learn more about their ongoing adventure: http://tedandsarah.com/