Mountain Lodges of Peru
Mountain Lodges of Peru
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Our philosophy is simple: create unforgettable, authentic experiences to Machu Picchu through uncrowded trails and traditional communities. Our goal is to provide our guests with exceptional service, safety and comfort so they can freely explore the history, culture, and natural beauty of Peru with like-minded souls. We also strive to provide sustainable, environmentally responsible tourism while maintaining service standards unrivaled by other operators. Furthermore, we strive to support the Andean communities along the Salkantay Path and Lares communities within our region of influence.
Cusco, Peru
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2023

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Sidra M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We loved every moment and aspect of the Salkantay trek, from the spectacular scenery and charming lodges, to the excellent guides and delightful company of the other trekkers. Would heartily recommend this trip
Written May 7, 2024
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Eric
San Diego, CA6 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
We went on the 7-day Salkantay Trek with MLP during the last week of March. The lodges were terrific with spectacular views from the first two. The food was very good, especially considering how remote we were. And our two guides were superb. Our head guide, Javier Bello, was one of the very best we've ever had for this type of trip.

Sections of the Salkantay Trek, however, can be very hazardous during the rainy season because of landslides. That is why MLP does not run this trip in January and February. As we found out, March can also be a dangerous time of year for the trek.

The 5th day of the trip involves hiking about 8 miles down the Santa Teresa River Valley from MLP's Colpa Lodge at Colpapampa. The night before, our guide told us that we would be taking the unpaved road on the east side of the river instead of the trail on the west side. The trail, as is typically the case for that time of year, was closed due to landslides and was not expected to reopen until May.

We found out the next day that the road was also heavily impacted by landslides. After skirting around a number of smaller landslides, we came to a much larger landslide that had buried about a hundred yards of the road. While we were taking a break, the body of a local who was tragically killed by a falling rock the day before as he tried to traverse the landslide was carried past us back up the road. We were able to bypass this landslide by riding in pairs in an aerial tram cart pulled by rope along a single cable over the river to the other side of the valley. To MLP's credit, before crossing the river, we were met by two local volunteer firemen who acted as our safety guides and gave us climbing helmets. We then hiked a short way down the western bank of the river to another aerial tram cart that carried us back over the river to the road past the landslide.

But then, 3 miles farther down the road, we came to a landslide across the road that was twice the size as the one we had gone around by crossing the river by cable cart. There was no way around this new landslide. Much worse, this landslide was very active. When we first came to it, large rocks were tumbling down the slide and across what remained of the road every couple of minutes. So we retreated back up the road a few hundred yards. About an hour later, our safety guides, who had stayed down by the landslide to watch it, radioed our guide to tell him that it might now be possible for us to cross the landslide. But just as we arrived at the edge of the landslide, several large rocks fell off a cliff onto the road right in front of us. Horrifyingly, a trekker with another company and her Peruvian guide had just passed under that cliff a couple of seconds before.

This time, we retreated a kilometer back up the road to a roadside cafe that had internet access so that our guide could call MLP's head office to find out what else we could do. As I learned later from MLP, it concluded that any other option, like hiking back to our last lodge, would also be dangerous. So it decided that the best way out of the valley for us was to cross the landslide when possible.

We tried to do that one more time just before dark. But once again, there were rocks hurtling down the slide. So we returned to the roadside cafe where our guides somehow managed to rent a couple of rooms from the mother-in-law of the cafe owner for the eight of us to sleep in for the night. Though a plate of cold spaghetti followed by a very long night trying to sleep in our clothes on a hard mattress foundation on the floor in a small, very basic room with another couple was not what we were expecting, the only other option was spending the night outdoors. So we felt very fortunate.

We got up early the next morning and headed back down the road to take another look at the landslide. Though a lot more rock had fallen overnight, it hadn’t rained during the night. During the next 20 minutes, we saw only one rock falling down the landslide. So we decided to take our chances by scrambling for two hundred yards over a steeply-sloped debris field of large, loose rocks while praying that no more rocks from above were on their way down.

We all made it. But it felt like luck had too much to do with it. As a result, MLP decided to have its group that was two days behind us on the Salkantay Trek turn around at the Salkantay Pass. They returned to the first lodge to spend the next few days hiking in the Sacred Valley. Our guides told us that all the other trekking companies also canceled their trips down the Santa Teresa River Valley for the coming week. I’m sure that caused a lot of disappointment. But, from what we experienced, it was the wise choice.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

1) Do not expect to be able to safely hike the Santa Teresa River Valley after the steep slopes of the valley become saturated with water during the rainy season. The only way out of the valley is at either end. So you can get trapped in the valley by landslides like we were. The hike the day before is also down through a narrow river valley with steep slopes rising over a thousand feet on either side. Another potential terrain trap.

2) Find out from MLP before you leave on your trip which sections of the Salkantay Trek are likely to be open. In addition to the seasonal closure of the trail through the Santa Teresa River Valley, we found out after we started our trek that a landslide had destroyed a section of the train tracks from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes. As a result, we had to hike along the train tracks instead of taking the train as planned. That meant that we didn't have time to hike the last segment of the Salkantay Trek with its view from above of Machu Picchu.

3) Check the recent reviews on AllTrails for the hike down the Santa Teresa River Valley. Search for “Salkantay Trek Segment 3."

4) The review by Americanbrazilian of their trip with MLP in March, 2019 is very informative and provides a good description of the challenges of the Salkantay Trek at the end of the rainy season. Search reviews for the word "March."

5) Ask for Javier Bello and Bruno to be your guides.
Written May 3, 2024
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Happiness15282086272
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Mountain Lodges of Peru is an amazing tour company! They delivered a wonderfully seamless experience - Alejandro was extremely responsive to our questions and gave us all the information that we needed pre-departure. Our guides, Miguel and Bruno, were so caring and attentive throughout the trip. When i got a cough and strained my ankle, they ensured that i was taken care of throughout the trip. The trip was also very well planned and we were impressed by the number of staff and how the logistics were handled so smoothly. There were a number of landslides during our visit and Mountain Lodges of Peru dealt with them professionally (we were the only tour company that had helmets for the landslides and extra staff on hand to help us cross the landslides safely!). The lodges were also very well located and beautifully decorated, with hot water and wifi (what more can you ask for in the mountains)? Food was amazing.
Written April 12, 2024
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RockP
Victoria, Canada36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We enjoyed an excellent trip with MLP - food, service, and accommodation met or exceeded our expectations. Our guide (Whilder) was first rate and worked to ensure our trip went smoothly and that we experienced impactful sites/sights. Unquestionably one of the best trips we have had. Would highly recommend MLP.
Written April 5, 2024
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DaveG1957
Saint Louis, MO3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Fantastic Trip (7 day Sacred Valley Adventure). Great Lodges, Even better guides (Carlos Loayza and Kika Mayta). Super Itinerary. Great combination of cultural experiences and hiking. Could not have asked for anything better - perfect!
Written March 21, 2024
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Road663082
2 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Business
The first call was answered by an agent who told me to wait after I said I was interested in a certain lodge. But after a few seconds the call ended with the message 'Thanks for calling mountain lodges of Peru'! Afterwards I tried to call 10 times, either selecting Spanish or English language the call always ended with the same result. All calls during regular business hours.
Written December 15, 2023
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John V
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Mountain Lodges of Peru is superb. Their hotels are intimately sized, staff is exceptionally attentive, kind and helpful. Rooms are extremely clean and their hotels are charming. They live up to the photos. Their treks are top-notch with highly professional and culturally knowledgeable guides. English and Spanish speaking staff.
Written November 24, 2023
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Paragranjita B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We did the 7-day Salkatnay Trek with Mountain Lodges of Peru and we cannot say enough good things about it. We render all credits to MLP for this surreal experience.
At the end of each day’s hike, we were taken care of extremely well with carefully curated traditional Peruvian dishes, refreshing juices, scented towels and very comfortable beds. Each lodge is uniquely built in a way that made them a part of the surrounding nature. We thank Mountain Lodges of Peru wholeheartedly for this flawlessly executed journey that involved complex logistics and coordination. Our guides, Admil and Beto, treated us like family, made sure of our safety every step of the way and took care of every detail. The best part was getting to know the wonderful folks in our team and sharing 7 wonderful days with them. MLP also arranged our trip to Peruvian Rainforest where we spent 4 days.
Written November 17, 2023
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Leila I
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We did the 7 day Salkantay to Machu Picchu hike and it was amazing! We had a wonderful, small group of people and our guides Admil and Beto made every day enjoyable and answered every question we could come up with. The lodges were a nice touch of luxury that made the experience a cut above. It was a 10/10 experience
Written November 11, 2023
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rocksideridge
Caledon, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I can't say enough about Mountain Lodges of Peru. Our first point of contact was Helen who took care of all the arrangements for us. I had so many questions for her and she patiently answered them all. She recommended our hotel in Cusco which was wonderful and also gave us many other recommendations such as staying an extra day at Machu Picchu which was so worth it!

Miguel and Roger were our guides and I can't say enough about them both. Miguel was so patient, funny and knowledgeable. I didn't get to know Roger as well, but he had a great way about him and liked to have fun! Our group of 12 really clicked and we definitely made new friends! I would like to thank Miguel for managing us through the high altitude. This was new for my husband and I and we felt comfortable knowing Miguel was there to help!

The whole experience was just amazing. Right from the first day when we got picked up - stopping for Chuta bread and at El Pedegral on our way to the first trailhead. When we first saw glimpses of Humantay and then Salkantay and then the lodge I was blown away! Salkantay lodge was in a stunning setting. The lodge itself (and every lodge) was beautiful and the staff were awesome and the food - oh my - the food! We were very well taken care of.

The next day we hiked to Humantay lake to acclimatize to the altitude. Lake Humantay is beautiful, but unfortunately a bit overrun now as there are day trippers that leave Cusco at 4am and then ride horses up to the lake. We hiked up a bit higher though and it was much quieter. We had a ceremony to Pachamama which was lovely.

The next day we hiked over Salkantay Pass to Wayra lodge. We didn't find the hiking that stenuous, but we were dealing with headaches due to altitude. The hike was stunning though with Salkantay and Humantay looming over us! Again - Wayra lodge and the staff and the food were all amazing.

The next couple of days we walked down into the cloud forest - it was really cool to see how the landscape changed from alpine to cloud forest. Headaches went away lol. Our stays at Colpa and Lucma lodge were awesome. At Colpa they treated us to Pachamanka - a dish made in the earth. It was soooooo good. While on our way to Lucma lodge we stopped at a coffee farmer's place and roasted our own beans and made coffee. We were able to purchase coffee and kahlua from this farmer and help support him and his family.

From Lucma we made our way up and over another pass with long views of Machu Pichu. We made it to the train and rolled in to Agues Calientes. We stayed at the very lovely Inkaterra hotel. We spent two days at MP. One to do the tour with our guides and the next day we hiked up Huayna Pichu. It was definitely worth doing the two days as the first day was quite cloudy - the second day we had perfect weather and amazing views. The hike up HP was worth it to get different views over MP.

All in all everything was amazing and I would definitely think about going back for the Lares Trek with Mountain Lodges of Peru. I would highly recommend them for anyone in reasonable shape and with a sense of adventure, but who also wants really nice amenities at the end of a day of hiking. I loved how they educated us and introduced us to local people and local culture. I learned alot on this trip - it was far more than just a hiking trip!! Can't say enough - highly, highly recommend!
Written October 17, 2023
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