Peru is criss-crossed with Inca trails. Best-known is the classic Inca Trail from kilometre 88 to Machu Picchu - a magnet for hikers worldwide. However, the overwhelming popularity of this route, particularly in July and August, led to severe overcrowding, as a result of which numbers are now restricted.
There are a variety of excellent alternatives, such as the route via Choquequirao, with scenery every bit as impressive and no restriction on numbers. The Salkantay or Lares trails offer a great alternative too, with the option of camping or staying in one of Mountain Lodges of Peru's (MLP) comfortable lodges along the route. Further afield there is the more demanding Ausangate circuit.
Our preferred accommodation
means that the hotel is one of our Dream Destinations.
Colpa Lodge (MLP - Salkantay)Lodge/Hosteria - CollpapampaAt 2,800m with views over the convergence of three rivers. Hot springs are being developed just near the lodge, and a traditional pachamanca (hot stones) is usually prepared. Outdoors Jacuzzi.
Lucma Lodge (MLP - Salkantay)Lodge/Hosteria - LucmabambaOn the edge of the Llactapata Inca trail (2,100m) and near coffee plantations. There is a spacious sitting area and dining room.
Soray Lodge (MLP - Salkantay)Lodge/Hosteria - SoraypampaAlso known as the Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort, a comfortable lodge at at 3800m with stunning views to Salkantay (6300m - 'the one who cannot be tamed') and Humantay (5900m). Outside Jacuzzi, restaurant, bar.
Wayra Lodge (MLP - Salkantay)Lodge/Hosteria - WayraccmachayIn a windswept valley at 3,900m below Humantay mountain, this lodge has a small hot tub in an inner courtyard. There is also a bar and dining room. From here the trail leads downhill, in the knowledge that the highest pass is behind you!