Bee The Wellness Presents: "Training For The Adventure Of Life: Machu Picchu, Peru"

Bee The Wellness is proud to announce our very first “Training For The Adventure” retreat in Peru, South America. Join us for a 10 day Peruvian adventure which includes a 7 day hike of The Salkantay Trail, landing in Machu Picchu on the full moon. If a hike to Machu Picchu is on your bucket list, there could be no better way to experience this magical experience of a lifetime. 

Dates: March 21-30, 2018

Trip includes 2 acclimation nights in Cusco and additional extension night in Machu Picchu for a total of 10 days and 9 nights.

Make sure you view the video below for a detailed overview of this adventure.

Enjoy The Trek to Machu Picchu...Minus The Camping.

Voted one of the top 25 treks in the world by National Geographic, the Salkantay trail is the most geologically diverse route to Machu Picchu.  

Experience The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in style. This 7-day lodge to lodge trekking adventure will take you on a historic section of Inca trail through 15 different eco-systems, while you traverse a mountain pass over 15,000 feet, explore villages where locals still maintain age-old traditions and re-discover the mystical beauty of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of the Inca Empire. 

Each day’s trek ends with a hot shower in a cozy lodge, complemented by a dip in an outdoor jacuzzi, followed by a gourmet meal with select wines. All provided with highly personalized service by local staff.

The Salkantay adventure goes beyond deluxe lodges and a great trek…it is a unique opportunity to experience ancient history in the Land of the Incas, as well as the most interesting and exotic variety of flora and fauna, all in the company of new friends and like-minded souls.

Rooms & Rates

We have a maximum of 12 spaces available booked on first come basis.  

Rooms will be same sex only.

King or Double Twin Room (Double Occupancy Required) (3 rooms)

Triple Twin (Triple Occupancy required during the 5 nights in the lodges. The 4 nights in hotels are double occupancy). 

Price Per Person $5300

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Inclusions/ Exclusions

TRIP RATE INCLUDES:

All services and transportation (vehicles and trains) from pick up in Cusco on Day 1 to drop off in Cusco on Day 10.

9 nights lodging (5 nights in MLP lodges, 2 acclimation nights in Cusco at El Retablo Boutique Hotel, 2 nights at Aqua Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu)

All meals except breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 10.

Service of a bilingual guide (English/Spanish) from Day 1 to Day 10.

Transportation of personal belongings on the trail by pack horses/mules and/or porters.

Guided visit of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (includes entrance, transportation to the site and Huayna Picchu Permits).

Additional Day Visit to Machu Picchu.

2 Nights At El Retablo Hotel in Cusco for acclimation.

Wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) at all lodges and hotels.

Gratuities for services staff (MLP Lodge staff, mule drivers and route chefs) and guides.

Water, tea, coffee, soft drinks and fresh juices are free of charge at the MLP Lodges. Only filtered water and tea are available free of charge at the El Retablo Hotel.

TRIP RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Laundry Service.

Alcoholic beverages (wine with dinners included).

Bottled water and sports drinks are not included. In an effort to reduce plastic waste on the trail and at the lodges we encourage guests to use refillable water bottles. For this purpose we provide an ample supply of the highest-quality filtered water, available at multiple water stations at the lodges.

Daily Schedule

DAY 1 CUSCO | ARRIVE AND ACCLIMATE

DAY 2 CUSCO | ACCLIMATE AND ENJOY CUSCO

DAY 3 CUSCO | ON THE WAY TO SORAYPAMPA

DAY 4 SORAYPAMPA | HIKE TO LAKE HUMANTAY

DAY 5 SORAYPAMPA | CROSSING THE SALKANTAY PASS

DAY 6 WAYRACCMACHAY | DESCENDING INTO THE CLOUD FOREST

DAY 7 COLLPAPAMPA | FOLLOWING THE SANTA TERESA RIVER VALLEY

DAY 8 LUCMABAMBA | EXPLORING LLACTAPATA PASS

DAY 9 MACHU PICCHU | THE SANCTUARY

DAY 10 MACHU PICCHU | INCLUDED OPTIONAL DAY

Details

Daily Schedule

DAY 1 CUSCO | ARRIVE AND ACCLIMATE

During your acclimation days, take time to explore the city of Lima. We recommend you spend your first days in Cusco resting, eating light, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding alcohol, tobacco or any substances that might interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration. You may also want to try our delicious coca leaf tea, a Peruvian beverage, which is known to help with altitude sickness.

Meet and greet dinner with other guests and your coaches.

 

DAY 2 CUSCO | ACCLIMATE AND ENJOY CUSCO

Historically referred to as the “City of Kings”, Lima still holds its essence as a historic and bustling capital one needs to visit. Spend some time at the Plaza Mayor, and experience the change of guard at the Presidential Palace, or maybe the tour of the catacombs of San Francisco Convent. Take in the sunset while you stroll on the boardwalk in the Miraflores district, heading towards the historical Barranco district, filled with artisan boutiques and local flavor. If you were wondering about what and where to eat, Lima is now considered the gastronomical capital of South America, so great cuisine, from street vendors to fine dining, can be found in every corner.

Evening meet and greet with guide for information on the trekking experience ahead.

 

DAY 3 CUSCO | ON THE WAY TO SORAYPAMPA

After an early breakfast, your Mountain Lodges of Peru (MLP) guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco. The first stop will be a visit to the Inca ruins of Tarawasi near the town of Limatambo. Next you will stop in the mountain village of Mollepata for a short break before ascending a winding mountain road to a site called Marcoccasa. Here you will begin our hike to Soraypampa along a picturesque path called the “Camino Real” (Royal Path), which is also a good opportunity to acclimate to the higher altitude. As you round the final turn of the Camino Real, the Salkantay Lodge will come into view. Standing like a sentry behind the lodge is the glacier peak of Mt. Salkantay, among the most sacred in Inca mythology and the highest in the region (6,270 m/20,600 ft). After a warm welcome from the Soraypampa staff, you will settle in your room and recharge energy before meeting your guide in the lounge for refreshments and a briefing of the next day’s activities.

 

Note: You will officially meet your guide at a briefing the night before day one of the trek. At this meeting you are encouraged to ask any questions you may still have as well as make additional requests.

Trekking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch en route).

Hiking Level: Moderate.

Optional: Guests who do not wish to trek may be transported to the lodge by vehicle.

Overnight: Salkantay Lodge at 3,869 m/12,690 ft.

 

DAY 4 SORAYPAMPA | HIKE TO LAKE HUMANTAY

Day four presents another opportunity to gauge your altitude-acclimatization with a half-day hike to Lake Humantay. After breakfast, you begin an ascent up the slopes that border the plateau behind the Salkantay Lodge. An hour and a half later, after making your way over the final hill, you will be stunned to see the turquoise water of the lake, made even more spectacular by the sight of the Humantay glacier looming behind it. Here you will have a chance to relax, enjoy a snack, meditate in the tranquility of this magical spot, admire a traditional offering to Mother Earth or immerse into an overwhelming kayak ride in the Lake Humantay, getting an up-close experience of the majestic glacier. After your descent back to the lodge, the staff will be waiting with a hot lunch.The second half of your day is spent at leisure. You may opt to soak in our outdoor jacuzzi, indulge in a relaxing massage or even take a long nap. (Please let us know ahead of time if you would like to book a massage.)

 

Note: While the morning hike to Lake Humantay is optional, we strongly recommend your participation in preparation for the strenuous hike on day three.

Trekking Time: Approximately 4 hours.

Hiking Level: Moderate to challenging.

Optional Activity Available: Horseback riding (at additional cost)

Overnight: Salkantay Lodge at 3,869 m/12,690 ft.

 

DAY 5 SORAYPAMPA | CROSSING THE SALKANTAY PASS

Day five is the longest and most strenuous day, but arguably the most magical day of the trek. After an early start, you hike up the Rio Blanco valley, circling Humantay Peak. As you gradually make your way up these mountain trails, you will encounter expansive plateaus dotted with boulders of varying sizes, the remnants of a valley that was once bisected by a fast-flowing river. The final and most challenging part of your ascent is conquering the mountain switchbacks that take you to the Salkantay Pass, the highest point on the trek (4,636 m/15,213 ft). What follows is a dramatic descent through fields of giant boulders, often shrouded in fog. After a very welcome hot picnic lunch, you will continue down through bucolic rolling hills and marsh-like plateaus as you take your final steps to the Wayra Lodge at Wayraccmachay. The most remote of our lodges, Wayra sits on a promontory that offers a spectacular view of the “other” side of Mt. Humantay, a reminder of how far you have journeyed that day.

 

Trekking Time: 6–8 hours (including lunch).

Hiking Level: Challenging, crossing a 4,638m (15,213 ft) mountain pass.

Overnight: Wayra Lodge at 3,906 m/12,812 ft.

 

DAY 6 WAYRACCMACHAY | DESCENDING INTO THE CLOUD FOREST

After a leisurely breakfast at the Wayra Lodge, you continue the descent along the banks of the Salkantay River through increasingly verdant scenery. The warm air begins to rise from the edge of the jungle, accompanied by colorful butterflies and striking orchids. Today you will see more of the local people as the trail takes you past their simple homes and makeshift fences. At lunchtime you will arrive at Colpa Lodge by an amazing zip-line, located on a high promontory at the confluence of three rivers. You are greeted by the staff with a Pachamanca lunch, a traditional Peruvian meal cooked in the earth by hot stones that create a natural underground oven. After lunch, spend the afternoon lounging in the sun or relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi while you take in the panoramic views of the lush green mountains that surround you.

 

Trekking Time: 3–4 hours.

Hiking Level: Easy to moderate.

Overnight: Colpa Lodge at 2,870 m/9,414 ft.

 

DAY 7 COLLPAPAMPA | FOLLOWING THE SANTA TERESA RIVER VALLEY

Today you will hike in the Santa Teresa River valley where you will hop over small streams fed by waterfalls descending from the glaciers and cross through fruit orchards. After breaking for a hot picnic lunch by the river, you will walk for one hour before we meet an MLP vehicle for a short drive to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” that leads us to Lucma Lodge. On the way you will visit an organic coffee plantation, one of many in that area that produces some of the best organic coffee in the world. You will also begin to notice another shift in the climate. Here in Lucmabamba, the hot air and increased humidity signal that you are even closer to the edge of the Amazon Jungle.

 

Trekking Time: 5–6 hours (including lunch).

Hiking Level: Moderate to challenging (because of distance, not terrain).

Overnight: Lucma Lodge at 2,135 m/7,003 ft.

 

DAY 8 LUCMABAMBA | EXPLORING LLACTAPATA PASS

During a 2-3 hour climb up a path mostly comprised of original Inca steps, you will get a sense of what hiking through the rainforest would be like. A lush treeline creates green canopies overhead and the constant sound of rushing water suggests that the river is still nearby. Your first milestone today will be the top of the peak, the last one before you reach the Aobamaba River valley that connects you to Machu Picchu. When you arrive at the ruins of Llactapata at the Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974 ft), you will be delighted to see a southeast view of the “back” of the Machu Picchu ruins, a sight few travelers ever get a chance to admire. At this point you will also take a short break to explore Llactapata, and then have lunch a bit farther down the trail in a meadow with panoramic views. The final descent toward the roaring Aobamba River takes you through lush bamboo forests, as well as more fruit orchards and coffee plantations, until you end the day’s hike at the Hidroelectrica train station. A one-hour scenic train ride delivers you to your final stop, the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.

 

Trekking Time: 4–6 hours.

Hiking Level: Moderate to challenging.

Overnight: Hotel in Aguas Calientes at 1,900 m/6,232 ft.

 

DAY 9 MACHU PICCHU | THE SANCTUARY

At dawn, you begin your journey to Machu Picchu with a short and rollicking uphill bus ride. As you enter the “Sanctuary” (as locals refer to it), the morning sun rises over the iconic Sun Gate and washes the structures and terraces with resplendent light. Prepare to be awed by the imposing and skillful architecture of the Watchtower, the Temple of the Sun, and the royal Inca residences, among many others. Take a moment to quietly sit and listen to the wind or to meditate and absorb the mystical energy that envelops you. Your imagination will soar as you contemplate the history of Machu Picchu and its mysterious origins. We will hike to Huayna Picchu, the iconic towering mountain often seen in photographs, for dramatic views that stretch from the Urubamba River valley to the edge of the Amazon Jungle. After the visit you will have lunch in Aguas Calientes. For those not joining us on for the additional day you will leave for your transfer back to Cusco.

 

DAY 10 MACHU PICCHU | INCLUDED OPTIONAL DAY

One additional night at the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel with dinner on day 9, breakfast and lunch on day 10, bus tickets to/from the site, entrance tickets to the Sanctuary, and transfer back to Cusco from Ollantaytambo. Train ticket is included in your program cost as well as guided Machu Picchu Mountain Hike which is a very nice hike with marvelous views.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms


All our guest rooms are warmly presented with down comforters and amenities. The eco-minded architecture effortlessly mixes traditional heritage with contemporary design.

Rooms come in king, double twin or triple twin configuration.

Features & Amenities

At the end of each day, in our intimate 6-room lodges, you will enjoy hot showers, fine gourmet meals, select wines, goose-down bedding, outdoor jacuzzis and highly personalized service from our local staff.

Wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available at all lodges and hotels.

Although most of Peru operates an electrical current of 220V, our lodges are outfitted with 110V compatible sockets. However, it may still be advisable to travel with a converter to ensure full compatibility throughout your time in Peru.

Extra Hotel Nights & Trip Extensions

Included in your trip is two nights of acclimation in Cusco to prepare for the hike. If you would like to stay additional nights in Cusco we would be happy to assist in booking accommodations and or additional excursions.

We also included an extra night at Machu Picchu for additional time to explore the Sanctuary. If you do not want to do the additional day you can subtract $395 from the cost of your fees.

We will happily help you plan and book any additional hotel nights or activities you might like to experience during your time in Peru. We can connect you with a  collection of trip extensions within the Cusco region and to some of Peru’s other most notable destinations: Lima, Arequipa, Sacred Valley, Nazca Lines, Lake Titicaca, the Amazon, and of course within Cusco.

Meals


Indulge in our inventive menus, which provide a refreshing take on the region’s most iconic dishes. All our offerings are locally sourced – from organic coffee blends to healthy snacks. All meals will be available paleo with optional safe starches added in for extra fuel.

 

The Peru Experience

Cusco has only two climate seasons: a dry season from April to October, and a wet season from December to March. As our trek is the very last week in March, we will be at the very end of the wet season and the beginning of the dry season. This is reported to be one of the best times to visit as the weather is beginning to improve, yet everything is still lush from the rainy season and the crowds are still small.  June to August are often the coldest, driest months.  Shoulder seasons can be more variable.  The weather in the mountains can change quickly and you should be prepared for 4 seasons in one day. It is recommended to bring winter clothing and rain gear at all times. Expect temperatures ranging from 23°F to 14°F (-5°C to -10°C) at night and up to 68°F (20°C) during the day.

Fitness Preparation: Training For The Adventure!

12 weeks of pre-trip preparation will be delivered via our mobile app to assist you in both cardiovascular, strength and conditioning training, as well as mobility work specifically for this event. We will train as a group and we will adventure as a group!

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu: Guests hike 4-8 hours a day on 6 consecutive days, over rugged mountain trails at elevation (crossing a high altitude pass above 15,000 ft before dropping into lower elevations en route to Machu Picchu). 

Well-worn hiking boots and the two acclimatization nights in Cusco before the trek are both highly recommended. Included in your fees are two acclimatization nights. If you want additional nights, please let us know and we will be glad to assist in the booking. All guests are encouraged to hike at their own pace, taking breaks whenever needed, to ensure a successful and enjoyable trek for all.

Altitude Preparation

Altitude sickness is most common at elevations above 6562 feet and results from the body adjusting to a decreased amount of oxygen. To combat this, we spend two nights in Cusco prior to the start of the hike. This amount of time seems to work well for most people. In addition, it is always important to remember to drink plenty of water. Each of our lodges has purified water and guides will carry extra water throughout each route. Oxygen is also carried on the trail and available at the lodges. In cases of high altitude sickness, a hyperbaric chamber is available at the lodges.

It is important to note that everyone’s tolerance to altitude differs, and the best preparation will always be good physical training including a healthy diet and physical fitness routine (with hikes!) as part of one’s pre-trip training regimen. We will provide you with all of this vital programming so you will be prepared for this exciting adventure. We also recommend you spend your days in Cusco resting, eating light, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding alcohol, tobacco or any substances that might interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration. You may also want to try delicious coca leaf tea, a Peruvian beverage, which is known to help with altitude sickness.

Flight Information

To Lima: All international flights into Peru route through Lima, with connections to all destinations throughout the country. Some flights out of North America and Europe arrive to Peru late in the evening, after the last flight to Cusco has departed. In these cases, an overnight in Lima will be required before proceeding to Cusco. We are happy to assist in making any additional hotel arrangements if necessary.

To Cusco: There are four airline carriers that fly roundtrip between Lima and Cusco: LATAM Airlines, AVIANCA Airlines, Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines. All of them offer similar schedules and in-flight service, but we usually recommend either LATAM airlines or AVIANCA as they tend to be the most helpful when unexpected flight cancellations or delays occur. We are available to assist you in selecting the best flight options for your trip.

Luggage & Packing

Once you’ve booked your adventure, a packing list will be sent to you outlining items needed for your trip. We recommend packing your belongings in a mid-sized soft duffle bag for the duration of the program. The touring company offers duffel bags on loan (by request at the pre-trip orientation in Cusco) to any guest who might wish to use one. The train to Machu Picchu imposes a baggage weight limit of 8kg/18lbs per person. To ensure your bag does not exceed this amount, we highly recommend taking advantage of a duffel and storing your extra luggage at your hotel in Cusco. You will only need a day-pack for each day’s hike and your duffel will meet you upon arrival at each evening’s lodge.

Retreat Policies

All guests are required to provide valid Proof of Travel Insurance, including specific coverage for adventure travel activities in Peru in case of medical expenses and medical emergency evacuation. We have included this cost in your fees and can also assist you in extending this coverage to include any travel days beyond the dates of your adventure, in the event you are planning to spend any additional time in Peru on either end of the trip at $8 dollars a day.

Prior to 120 days 90% of ticket price can be returned.

Prior to 90 days of departure you can transfer your space to someone else for a $250 fee plus a 10% penalty of total ticket value.

Within 90 days of departure we are unable to transfer your reservation and no refunds can be made.