EcoCamp on the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu


A brand-new innovation has just been launched in Peru. Now, clients looking for luxury camping as well as activity and adventure, can stay in specially built geodesic eco-domes in the heart of the Andes of Peru.

To see images of these extraordinary eco-domes CLICK HERE.

The EcoCamps provide the option of a genuinely luxurious trek to the fabled Machu Picchu via the Salkantay Route in the Andes. This ancient route is an excellent alternative to the busier, more commercial Inca Trail, but also ends at Machu Picchu.

Clients can stay for anything from two to eight days and there is a choice of easy walks or more challenging treks.

Utilising solar energy and natural water, the five strategically-located domes have bedrooms with king-size beds, hot showers and cosy wood-burning stoves. Lobby and dining domes have a bar and restaurant, with fine, locally-sourced wines which

have never tasted better than at the end of a hard day’s trek! Waste from the loos (as composted, organic waste) is used on the gardens, and rubbish is re-cycled by local municipality or re-cycling companies.

The camps’ employees are from around the Cusco region, some live as close as the local village, whilst others travel a few hours but often have other family in the area. Comments Raul Montes*, the man behind the EcoCamp concept: “Up until now, the options for accommodation whilst trekking to Machu Picchu have been extremely limited and put a lot of people off taking on one of the world’s most iconic hikes.

“The Eco Camps offer a genuine ‘glamping’ experience in a peaceful and scenic setting, whilst minimising the impact on this pristine corner of South America.”

The trek costs from £1770 per person (two sharing) for the five-day version of the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu and includes full-board accommodation and guide.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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