This past December I had the pleasure of hiking through the Andes with Mountain Lodges of Peru. I have done plenty of hiking trips before, including the Inca Trail, but none of them presented evenings that were as pleasurable as the days. This trek was a different story, thanks to four upscale lodges situated along the route to Machu Picchu.
You can read all about it in our detailed feature, Trekking Lodge to Lodge Through the Andes Mountains of Peru. It hopefully gives you a good feeling of what this trip is like, with some photos of the great scenery you will see along the way.
I couldn’t go too deeply into the experience at the lodges themselves, but if the Salkantay Lodge were open to non-tour bookings, it would rank among the other luxury hotels in Peru we have profiled. The scenery alone is a knockout. (See this other post for a video tour.)
The other three lodges were also very comfortable though, especially considering the difficulty of getting materials to these building sites in the first place and then training local staffers to meet the demands of picky guests. They are rustic in a good design way and not a “no facilities” way. Steaming hot water, big whirlpools with a view, excellent food, a full bar, comfy mattresses, even phone and Internet access by satellite if you really need it.