This is a new route to Machu Picchu that is wild in tropical forest for 3 days. The trip combines travel by bicycle with authentic and old Inca roads which were discovered recently.
DAY 01. CUSCO -ABRA MALAGA-SANTA MARIA (OPTIONAL RAFTING)
We will start the tour with a transfer from your hotel at 5:30 am to 6:00 am. Then we start our trip with a journey of 3 hrs approx. Going through places with beautiful and charming landscapes along the Sacred Valley being our first stop in the living Inca town of Ollantaytambo where we will have a space for breakfast (this food is not included and is optional). Then we will continue the trip to the Cordillera del Vilcanota arriving in that way to our highest point "ABRA MALAGA" with 4316 meters is the chosen place for the beginning of the descent by bike of approx. 3 hrs passing that way by different ecosystems that characterise the Andes and the jungle. This activity concludes in the town of HUAMANMARKA, where we will taste a buffet lunch. The trip continues until Santa Maria where there is the possibility that the participants can opt for the alternative of rafting of 2hrs in the river Urubamba already for the 1200 meters.
Overnight in Santa Maria in a basic hostel.
DAY 2. SANTA TERESA - HYDROELECTRIC-AGUAS CALIENTES(OPTIONAL ZIP LINE)
The second day will start at 7:00 am with a typical breakfast in Santa Teresa and then practice the zip line. (This activity is additional and optional) This day is characterised by its pleasant climate that is tropical. After the adventure activity, our transportation will take us from Santa Teresa to the hydroelectric power plant, and people who do not do the Zip Line will walk for the valley and river of the Vilcanota for about 3 hours until the hydroelectric power station whose function is also the Of being a checkpoint. In this place, we will have our lunch with the whole group. Very close to this place there is a sacred ceremonial site Inca or Intihuatana waiting for us, we will finally conclude the last section of walk that are approximately 10 km in the town of Aguas Calientes where we will go immediately to our lodging to rest and spend the night in comfortable Beds.
In the evening we will share the farewell dinner with the guide at the moment in which to inform them about the plans of the following day.
DAY 03. AGUAS CALIENTES-MACHUPICCHU- CUSCO
The most important day of our trip is to get to know one of the 7 wonders of the Machupicchu world, and we have two ways to get there:
The first option: is through the Inca Trail, this hike lasts 1 hour with 30 minutes of pure ascent.
The second option: is by tourist bus, this short journey takes 30 minutes.
People wishing to climb the Inca Trail should leave the hostel very early at 4:30 am to reach the Inca citadel of Machupicchu very early and appreciate the sunrise.
And people wishing to climb by car will have to take the first bus at 5:30 am to arrive early to Machupicchu and be able to appreciate the sunrise which is a unique show, then we can visit the Inca citadel of Machupicchu for about 2 hours Accompanied by a specialist guide who will explain to us the historical legacy of the citadel of Machu Picchu and the complete description of this grandiose and imposing attraction.
After the excursion you will have free time to travel more places on your own, and if you have the ticket you can ascend the mountain of Huaynapicchu or the Mountain of Machupicchu, at the appropriate time you must descend from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes by bus or be walking so that you can Lunch with tranquility and board the return train from 6:20 pm or 9:50pm to Ollantaytambo where we are waiting for our tourist transport to the city of Cusco, arriving at approximately 10:30 pm or 2:00 am (next day) at the Regocijo Square.
Note 1: You must email us a scanned copy or photograph of your passport immediately after you have booked your tour. This is to enable the purchase of your Machu Picchu entrance ticket. It must be the passport you will use to enter Machu Picchu itself. This is a requirement when booking any tour of Machu Picchu from any operator.
Note 2: If you are staying at a different location than the one you select as your pick up location, it is explicitly your responsibility to be at the main entrance of the hotel or hostel selected as your pick up location for the duration of the pickup time range on your tour date. You must be in a visible place easy to see for the operator and be alert for their vehicle/guide when they go to pick you up for the tour.
|ADULT (TRAIN RETURN 6:20PM)||260.00 (USD)|
|DAY 1: 06:30 - 07:00||Hostel and hotel pick up|
|DAY 1: 07:00 - 09:30||Go to Ollantaytambo and take a breakfast (not included)|
|DAY 1: 10:00 - 13:00||Start the cycling in "Abra Malaga" (highest point)|
|DAY 1:13:00 - 16:00||Lunch in Huaman Marca then Rafting (optional)|
|DAY 1: 19:00||Overnight in Santa Maria (basic hostel)|
|DAY 2: 07:00 - 07:30||Have breakfast|
|DAY 2: 07:30- 14:00||Start the walk to Hydrolectric or zipline(optional). Lunch|
|DAY 2: 15:00 - 18:00||Go to Aguas Calientes and overnight here|
|DAY 3: 04:30 - 12:00 / 10:00 - 17:00||Start the walk to Machu Picchu ( it will be in the morning or afternoon)|
|DAY 3: 18:20 - 22:30 / 21:50 - 02:00||Return train to Ollantaytambo|
|DAY 3: 22:30 / 02:00 (next day)||Arrive in Cusco city (depends on the schedule of the train)|
- Pick up from the hostel in Cusco from 05:30 am to 6:00 am.
- Private bus Cusco - Abra Malaga and accompany to Santa Maria.
- Bicycles with front suspension, helmets, gloves, body and vest
- 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners, 2 Breakfasts.
- 2 nights in basic hostel (private bathroom)
- Entrance to the archaeological site of Machupicchu
- Professional bilingual guide service during the 3 days.
- First aid kit.
- Vegetar Vegetarian food option without additional cons
- Aguas Calientes train tickets - Ollantaytambo (6:20 pm or 9:50 pm)
- Transportation from Ollanta Station to Cusco (Regocijo Square)
- Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day
- Snacks and additional dishes.
- Bus tickets up and down Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu $ 24.00
- Entrance to Machupicchu Mountain $ 18.00 per person
- Entrance to Huaynapicchu Mountain $ 18.00 per person
- Travel insurance.
- Entrance to the Hot Springs of Cocalmayo s / 10.00 soles
- Entrance to the Hot Springs of Aguas Calientes s / 20.00 soles
- Rafting in Santa Maria $ 20.00 per person
- Zip Line in Santa Teresa $ 20.00 per person
- Mineral water during the trip
- Oroya S /. 5.00
- ORIGINAL PASSPORT - very important!
- Students: ISIC card!
- Hat to protect from sun or rain.
- Sun glasses.
- Protective sun cream.
- Light and warm clothing.
- Water bottle.
- Sportswear (01 pair of each).
- Walking shoes.
- Mosquito repellent.
Note: You must email us a scanned copy or photograph of your passport immediately after you have booked your tour. This is to enable the purchase of your Machu Picchu entrance ticket. It must be the passport you will use to enter Machu Picchu itself. This is a requirement when booking any tour of Machu Picchu from any operator.
Cancellation or changes to this tour:
CHANGES: There are no changes to this tour allowed. Changes of date, names, times are not permitted under any circumstances. Please refer to the cancellation policy and re-book this tour should you require a change.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel 30 days prior to the tour before 6:00 pm (Lima time), a 80% administration fee (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
I cannot find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations when making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation
What is the difference between Salkantay and the Inca Jungle Trek?
Salkantay is full-on trekking, whereas the Inca Jungle mixes trekking, rafting, mountain biking and other activities.
How do I avoid altitude sickness?
Take Soroche (Diamox) pills, eat small meals, drink coca tea, drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol (it’s a dehydrator). The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize yourself. The recommended approach for acclimatization is to ascend gradually, spending at least 24 hours at every 2,000ft increase in altitude.
What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?
Common symptoms of altitude sickness (sometimes called acute mountain sickness) can be similar to a bad hangover, and may include headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. A severe headache (that is not relieved by medication), nausea and vomiting, and increasing fatigue or shortness of breath may indicate more serious problems – seek medical attention.
Where is Huayna (Wayna) Picchu?
Huayna Picchu Mountain is the peak located to the north of Machu Picchu citadel. It is the backdrop to the classic image of Machu Picchu. The peak offers inspiring views of the ruins and 360° views of the area. The climb to the summit takes 45 minutes, it is a challenging trek and is very steep in parts. Limited to 400 a day, tickets must be purchased as a combo ticket at the same time as your entrance to Machu Picchu. This ticket cannot be purchased separately and is always in high demand. It costs approximately $10 extra.
What is Machu Picchu Mountain?
Machu Picchu Mountain is the peak located to the south-west of Machu Picchu citadel. The trek offers unparalleled sights of the ruins and panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. The trek is wide and well-marked. It is a moderate/challenging trek and takes 90 minutes to ascend. Limited to 800 a day, tickets must be purchased as a combo ticket at the same time as your entrance to Machu Picchu. This ticket cannot be purchased separately. It costs around $5 extra.
Why is the train so expensive?
Peru Rail and Inca Rail are the two operators which have a duopoly on the route, so they can maintain very high prices.
Where can I leave my bags?
You can leave your bags at your Cusco hostel/hotel. Note, if you take the train there are bag restrictions.
Is the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu worth it?
The walk up to Machu Picchu can be seen as part of the experience. However, the bus is an option for those who are tired after a long trek, or who just want to save their energy for all the walking at the top.
What kind of weather can we find in Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is at a lower altitude level than Cusco. It contains part of the jungle, and the rains are present during all seasons. During the hottest days, the temperature can reach approximately 26° Celsius (79ºF), and during the cool, early mornings, the temperature can drop to -2° C (-36ºF). The best months to visit Machu Picchu are May and June, since they are the mildest ones.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.