For those not into camping, but love to live glamorously (especially while on vacation), tour operator Austin-Lehman Adventures is introducing a new tour along Peru’s legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Service and amenities are ramped up on a trail that is really known for its ruggedness. An Andean-trained camp chef prepares gourmet meals along with his own recipe for Pisco Sours, the national cocktail of Peru. Meals are served on white linen tablecloths and amenities include safari-style stand-up tents with inflatable beds, cozy liners and warm duvets and hot shower facilities. A massage therapist accompanies each group—to help elevate the aches and pains of trekking—and native Quechua porters transport all the duffel and camping gear.
On staff as a special co-host will be Austin-Lehman Adventures’ Latin America Director, Troy Glennon, named one of the world’s leading experts on Peru travel in Conde Nast Traveler’s 13th Annual Travel Specialists list for 2012.
The trip begins in Lima where guests are transported from the airport to a 4-star hotel before touring the Colonial city and Koricancha, the most sumptuous temple of the Inca culture. The “glamping” tour truly kicks off on the fifth day through semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba River and views of snow-capped mountains to different campsites where travelers will explore a slew of ruins, ecological zones, historical sites and tropical forests before reaching the final destination, Machu Picchu.
The 10-day Peru – Inca Trail Glamping Trek departs on Sept.7 and is $3,898 pp dbl (or $880 single supplement).