INCA JUNGLE (BIKING - HIKING) TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS
On the way biking down.
Price as of 2018: US$ 250 (regular price).
US$ 230 (student card).
IMPORTANT INFO: The hikers of this trek are counted into the 2500 people allowed a day for Machu Picchu citadel so we recommend you to book 2 weeks in advance at least assuring you a space for Machu Picchu.
Wayna Picchu mountain only offer 400 spaces, so you need to assure a space for Wayna Picchu a month in advance at least.
The second more popular alternative trek to Machu Picchu but completely different than the classical Inca Trail.
The first day is about 4 hours of biking downhill from one of the highest pass around Cusco "the Malaga pass 4350 m; 14380 ft." to Santa Maria town through beautiful views of glaciers into the high jungle close to Machu Picchu so the nexts days you will be hiking passing by local villages and their growing areas of coca leaves, corn, coffee beans, bananas trees, avocados and other tropical fruits cultivated on the slope of the mountains and the best not crowded hot springs at Cocalmayu near the second hostel at Santa Teresa to keep hiking along the bank of the Urubamba river to see Machu Picchu from the bottom, the last day is about walking through the 7th wonder in the world having a guided tour for two hours to know much more about the Inca culture and history.
DAY 1: CUSCO - OLLANTAYTAMBO - MALAGA PASS - SANTA MARIA.We'll pick you up at 7:30 am to go by bus for 2 hours to Ollantaytambo to stop there for breakfast (not included - $12) and keep driving 2 more hours up to "Malaga pass" 4316 m; 10876 which is surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains and it is the beginning of this unique tour.
After wearing all the equipment like helmets and pads the downhill ride starts by noon until 4:00 pm along a paved and grounded route, we recommend you ride always on the right (driving in Peru is on the right) and follow all the warnings given by your tour guide.
After 4 hours riding the bus will be driven again for 30 more min. from Huamanmarca to Santa Maria where a hostel is taken.
MEALS: Box lunch,dinner.
DAY 2: SANTA MARIA - QUELLOMAYU - COCALMAYU - SANTA TERESA.
Wake up call will be at 7:00 am to start hiking up for a while and descend 4 hours along the original inca trail crossing some cliffs because the path is along the bank of the river and passing by local farming communities dedicated to coca plantations, coffee fields, bananas, avocados, trees, oranges, to get to Quellomayu village which is our lunch place.
We still have 2 more hours hiking down to get the course of the Urubamba river so over there the only way to cross this unquiet river is by cable car (oroya), a steel wire crossing the river side by side to slide a metal basket by a pulley system along the wire, there is a rope at each side of the basket to be pulled, during your ride please "do not look down".
After this unique experience in the cable car, it takes 30 more min. hiking to the hot springs of Cocalmayu where you need to pay $2 for the entrance fee, enjoy this natural bath for 2 hours because you still have 1 more hour hiking to Santa Teresa 1600 m; 5248 ft, the 2nd lodging place where you can enjoy a night life at "Los crudos" disco or get ready for the optional zip line.
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DAY 3: SANTA TERESA - HYDROELECTRIC - AGUAS CALIENTES.
You will wake up not too early in the morning by 7:00 am because it is about 6 more hours hiking to Aguas Calientes, in the morning the hike is along the local road and the bank of the Urubamba river to Hydroelectric which is the lunch place but there is an option about the zip line to be done in the morning instead hiking 3 hours from Santa Teresa to Hydroelectric.
The zip line tour costs $30 extra which include driving from the lodging place to the "Cola de Mono" canopy wires of 2500 m; 1.56 mi. of wires in 6 sections being the highest looking down of 150 m; 492 ft, this tour takes 2 hours with specialized canopy guides and all the safety equipment required for this unique experience, the tour also includes 1 hour driving from the canopy area to Hydroelectric where lunch is provided.
After lunch it takes 3 more hours hiking along the train track by the bank of the Urubamba river to Aguas Calientes town, almost at the end you can see the silhouette of Machu Picchu.
Have a comfortable resting in your lodging place to visit the seventh wonder the next day, by the way your guide will organize the next day tour by dinner time.
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES - OLLANTAYTAMBO - CUSCO.
At fourth day you are going to get up at 4:30 am, after having breakfast you have to take a bus up to Machu Picchu at 5:30 getting to Machu Picchu at 6:00 am to show your passport at the checkpoint.
Your guide will lead you to the upper part of Machu Picchu to begin the tour through this wonderful archaeological inca site and learn much more about the incas so by 8:30 you will be able to explore it on your own until 4:00 pm the latest!
If you want to climb up to Waynapicchu mountain which appears in the background in the classic picture of Machupicchu, please let us know at booking to check availability, this climb is very popular please book it in advance too, it is about US $70 extra not included in the regular inca jungle trek.
It is only allowed 400 people a day for climbing to Waynapicchu mountain!!, one group of 200 people is leaving at 7:00 am and the other 200 at 10:00 am so please it is better to go in the second group because sometimes this place is cloudy in the morning.
Leaving from Machu Picchu at 4:00 the latest to take a bus down to Aguas Calientes to have time for eating and shopping in town, and take the train at 6:45 back to Ollantaytambo for two hours where a bus will be waiting for you, so it is about two more hours by bus to Cusco.
You will arrive to Cusco at 10:30 or you need 4 hours back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes.
We recommend to take a train at 2:55 in Aguas Calientes please let us know about this issue.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
-Pick up from your hotel.
-Tourist bus so it will be following us from Malaga pass to Santa Maria too.
-Front suspension bikes, helmets, pads and gloves.
-3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts.
-1 night in basic hostel at Santa Maria (cold shower)
-1 night in hotel at Santa Teresa (hot shower and private bathroom)
-1 night in 2-star hotel at Aguas Calientes.
-Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
-Bus ticket round trip to Machu Picchu.
-Professional bilingual guide.
-Expedition train service from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo at 18:20 leaving and tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
-First aid kit.
-Vegetarian option on request.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
-Day 1 breakfast and day 4 lunch.
-Bottled water during the trip.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TAKE?
-Clothing to prevent cold, temperature varies from 5C to 25C or 41F to 75F.
-Camera or camcorder.
-Insect repellent (20% deet - malaria has not been reported).
-Hat or cap.
-Jacket or rain poncho.
-Extra money (300 soles - ATM only at Aguas Calientes).
OPTIONAL SERVICES NOT INCLUDED.
-Up-grade of train service to Vistadome Class, US $50.
-Up-grade to earlier train service at 2:55 pm, US$ 30.
-Walking poles - US $20 each pair.
-Extra night in Aguas Calientes - US $60 (2-star hotel).
-Ask for discounts:
If you are a student or teenager you have a discount of ($20 -ISIC card only, send us an scanned copy at booking), teenagers up to 15 years old ($20), children up to 7 years old ($20).
*Size of the group: Min. 2 people, max. 16 people.