Short way of enjoying an “off the beaten roads” adventure.
Combine extreme activities like trekking, rafting, biking and ziplining in one plan
Pass through part of the original Inca trail (no special permission needed)
Recently discovered, this is a perfect alternative for those short in time but wanting to do a trek to Machu Picchu. Going through the magnificent landscapes on the jungle part of the Andes, you’ll be able to mix some of the most extreme activities available on the way to our jewel-in-the crown: the Machu Picchu Citadel.
All year round
Cusco hotel and hostel pickup
Cusco hotel and hostel drop off
MACHU PICCHU EXPERIENCES
ONLINE BOOKING NOT AVAILABLE
DAY 1: CUSCO – ABRA MALAGA – SANTA MARIA – SANTA TERESA
Our adventure begins at 5 a.m. We depart for breakfast in our private van to Ollantaytambo, then we travel uphill by bus to reach Abra Malaga where we have a few minutes to prepare our equipment and ourselves before beginning biking our 3-hour ride (4,350m/14,357 ft), pedaling downhill to Santa Maria town (1,500m/4,950 ft). You'll appreciate the diverse climate zones such as the highlands, water forest, tropical forests, and impressive archeological sites along the way. We will have the opportunity to raft at the Urubamba River for about two hours in the afternoon, then back to our lodge for Lonche (teatime) and we’ll continue by bus 40 more minutes until Santa Teresa village where we’ll spend our first night. We’ll have the option to go to the hot springs in Cocalmayo.
MEALS INCLUDED: Lunch, Lonche (teatime), and Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Basic hostel
WALKING DISTANCE: No trekking this day
MAX. ALTITUDE: 4,350m/14,357ft
DIFFICULTY: 3 – Medium
NOTE: Possibility of not doing the biking activity and accompany the group by van, at any point.
DAY 2: SANTA TERESA – LLACTAPATA – AGUAS CALIENTES
The most arduous and stunning day of our journey. We’ll have breakfast and head to Lucmabamba (2,000m/6,600 ft) for 30 minutes. We’ll walk up a moderate hill for about 3 hours through parts of the traditional Inca trail and the rain forest on the way to the Puncuyoc Pass. After a 20-minute walk downhill we’ll reach Llactapata (2.700m/8.907 ft), an Inca site directly in front of Machu Picchu. The panoramic vistas from this point are magnificent; you can see multiple different views of Machu Picchu Citadel, Machu Picchu Mountain, Huayna Picchu Mountain and the Aobamba Canyon where you can see another Inca ancient trail. We walk downhill for the next few hours, heading for lunch at the hydroelectric station (or, there’s another option of doing Zip Lining after breakfast for approximately two hours and then be taken by bus directly to Hydroelectric). We then walk beside the train rails to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) for a couple more hours (possible to take the train) enjoying the spectacular presence of the citadel and the wall that surrounds it.
MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Lonche (teatime), and Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Basic hostel
WALKING DISTANCE: 16km/10mi (about 9 hours)
MAX. ALTITUDE: 2,850m/9,407ft
DIFFICULTY: 4 – It’s a challenge
DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES – CUSCO
Waking up early in the morning, we’ll have breakfast and go to the bus station to take the shuttle to the citadel. Once at the entrance you’ll meet with your guide for your 2-hours guided tour through this astounding and mysterious place, full of energies and history. Our EXPERIENCES expert will take you to the most important viewing points like the Guardian’s House; will also give you the most important details about our Inca culture and the significance of what you see. You’ll go through places like the Temple of Three Windows, the Sun Dial, the Temple of the Sun, among others.
Later, you’ll have some time to do some extra exploring and take extra photos (optional, and if possible, to do Huayna Picchu mountain). Finally, we 'll go back for lunch at Aguas Calientes and we’ll then take the train to return to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon, departing at ***xx: xx*** pm and connecting with a private van to take us back to CUSCO, arriving about xx pm when you’ll be dropped off at ***xx.****
MEALS INCLUDED: Only Breakfast
WALKING DISTANCE: Just for the guided visit
MAX. ALTITUDE: 2,440m/8,052ft
DIFFICULTY: 1 – Piece of Cake
- Tickets to Machu Picchu and the other Inca sites
- Briefing at our office. This will be done the night before your trek
- Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back (* +24 USD)
- Train from hydroelectric plant to Aguas Calientes (* +32 USD)
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu (approx. 2 hours)
- River Rafting (* +30 USD)
- Professional, experienced, English-speaking guide all along the way
- Expedition Class Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo with connection to CUSCO
- Meals as specified in the itinerary (Vegetarian options upon request)
- Two overnights basic lodges.
- Basic hotel room in Aguas Calientes
- Bikes with front suspension and all the necessary equipment
- All private transportation
- First aid kit with an emergency oxygen bottle
- Huayna Picchu mountain – $20 USD (request in advance)
- Machu Picchu Mountain -$20 USD (request in advance)
- Ziplining - $30 USD
- Hot springs in Cocalmayo (optional 10 soles)
- OPTIONAL UPGRADES (rooms, train)
- Walking Poles – $15 (* 5 USD with other companies)
- First day’s breakfast and last day’s lunch and dinner
- Tips for the EXPERIENCES team
- Travel insurance
**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are optional not-guided treks within Machu Picchu Citadel. The hike is done on your own, but you can hire a private guide for this at an additional cost (request in advance).
Please note that these prices may vary if you decide to take part in any of these extra activities after the tour starts. We recommend booking prior to the departure of your tour to avoid the possibility of paying increased prices for these activities.
Note: You must email us a scanned copy or photograph of your passport to email@example.com 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.
WHAT TO TAKE:
- We strongly recommend a small backpack, 40 to 50L max. Big backpacks are not allowed into the citadel.
- Original Passport (the same you used to book)
- Valid University card (if you booked as a student)
- Comfortable hiking boots with ankle support
- Water: 2-3L (We recommend Camelbacks or aluminum bottle). You can take your own or buy to the local communities.
- Snacks like power bars, chocolate or any dry fruits
- Coca leaves or caramels
- A hat and sunscreen
- Woolen cap
- Rain gear (poncho, etc.)
- A fleece and gloves
- Basic camera
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra money for souvenirs, beverages and tips (no ATMs until Aguas Calientes)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Small first aid kit: band aids, etc.
- Wet wipes
- Face moisturizer
- Hand Sanitizer
- Insect repellent
- Any personal medication you might need
- A pair of t-shirts
- A pair of hiking pants at least
- Underwear for every day (including socks)
- Bathing Suit for the Hot Springs
- A pair of Fleece/ Thermals
- Warm clothes, we can reach temperatures of 3°C (37°F)
- Waterproof gloves
- Comfortable shoes for resting time
- Quick dry towel
- Liquid soap (recommended eco-friendly option, a small bottle)
- Power bank to charge batteries: No electricity along most of the trek
- Plastic bags
WHAT NOT TO TAKE:
- Tripods are not allowed at the historical site. You can leave yours in the lockers outside.
- Professional cameras are not allowed. Permits for professional cameras are over $300 so avoid bringing a professional-looking camera in to save some money.
- You cannot come to Machu Picchu with your big travel backpack. Only smaller models are allowed
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), an 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 Machu Picchu?
It’s the most impressive archaeological Inca ruin in South America, named a World Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO in 1983, and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the World. Machu Picchu is a city of stone, built in the middle of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba, without the use or help of wheels or iron tools. Most of the citadel’s structures remain intact today, which is why many consider it the perfect example of the Incas’ brilliant engineering.
Where is Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is located 80 km from the City of CUSCO, Peru in South America. The nearest town is Aguas Calientes which you can get to by train or by walking. From there, it is a 1.5-hour hike up steps or a 20-minutes bus ride to the complex itself.
How to get to Machu Picchu?
You can get to Machu Picchu by bus, train, or walking. Traveling from Lima to CUSCO by bus is the best way to discover Peru and avoid altitude sickness. Once in CUSCO, you would have to make your way by train or bus to Aguas Calientes Town, where you finally can take a public bus to the Citadel. You can also make your way on the Classic Inca Trail trek, the Inca Jungle Trek, or other famous treks.
How high is Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is 2,430 meters (7,970 ft) above sea level. CUSCO, on the other hand, has an elevation of 3,400 meters. If you are coming from Lima, we recommended making your way with Peru Hop buses to progressively acclimatize to the height.
How to get Machu Picchu Tickets?
Don't worry, the ticket for the Citadel is included in all our activities. We take care of it for you.
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.
When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
Consider visiting Machu Picchu from April through May and from September through October. The high-tourist season months are June, July, and August when it doesn’t rain. The site is open daily from 06am – 05pm. February is very rainy.
How physically fit do I need to be?
Machu Picchu is not too challenging; most people have no problem. This trek is classified as medium/intermediate level.