There’s no one-fits-all way to hike to experience Machu Picchu. And there shouldn’t be! This is one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders, and everyone should get a chance to see it… including luxury travelers.
If you’re planning a trip to Machu Picchu and prefer to treat yourself along the way, consider the three experiences below. Adding just one, or any of them, to your itinerary will certainly give you a little Machu Picchu hiking tours luxury.
If you’re traveling to Machu Picchu, chances are, you’ve flown into another part of Peru beforehand—like Cusco! To get Machu Picchu hiking tours luxury when you’re coming from Cusco, there’s no better way to travel than the Vistadome. This all-glass train takes you deep into the Andes Mountains at both sunrise and sunset, while you sip cocktails, eat snacks and take in the spectacular Peruvian countryside along the way.
There’s only one hotel actually on Machu Picchu, and it needs no introduction: the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. It has a fairytale-like orchid garden, serves haute cuisine, and has natural, Inca-inspired designs fueled by earthy tones and tasteful, but unrefined stonework. The biggest benefit of this hotel is, of course, its location. Those who stay at this lodge can have a relaxed breakfast at sunrise, and literally stroll up to the peak of Machu Picchu whenever they want.
When you think of trekking up to Machu Picchu, you’re probably envisioning a dirty camping trip: one with paper bag lunches with dried or canned food, sleeping on the hard ground, going to the bathroom in the woods, and jumping in a river to “shower.” And if you want to be that adventurous, you can be! But for those looking for a little Machu Picchu hiking tours luxury, there are other ways you can do it, too. Reach out to Surtrek, the leader in custom South American travel, and let them find a hike for you that piques your inner luxury lover. We’re talking cots, bilingual guides, gourmet chefs and masseuses that travel with you, nightly wine and pisco, portable toilets and showers, a whole dining tent with plush chairs and tables, first aid kits with oxygen (in case of an emergency), satellite phones and radios, and many other amenities.