Cusco to Santa Maria
Adventurers will be picked up early morning and driven through the stunning Sacred Valley; cradle of the Inca civilization. After breakfast, in Ollantaytambo, adventurers will be dropped off at the 4,316m high Abra Malaga. Here bikers will change in to the kit provided by us (gloves, elbow pads, knee pads and helmets) following a 20 minute briefing by our experienced tour guide. Then the fun commences... freewheeling down quiet but challenging roads, past changing landscapes and ice capped mountains, you will not want to catch your breath until the first pit stop in Alfamayo.
After a quick change and a dousing of insect repellant, it is onwards and
downwards towards Huamanmarca, site of a recently discovered archaeological Inca finding. Your tour guide will provide the historical background and the rest you can fill in for yourselves!
In Huamanmarca lunch will be served and from there, after lunch, you will catch the private transportation that dropped you off a few hours earlier in Abra Malaga till the small town of Santa Maria.
In Santa Maria you can browse the Internet, buy provisions or just rest your legs and enjoy a cold beer before dinner- traditional Peruvian food, served hot. This night you can have a hot shower at a family run hostel and sleep in either single, double or three-bed rooms.
Santa Maria to Santa Teresa (Inca Trail)
Rise around 5.30am, shake off your weary limbs and enjoy the finest indigenous coffee prepared by your landlady for breakfast which is at 6am. Under dawn skies you will begin your walk, which gets progressively steeper, until arriving at the welcoming family restaurant in Santa Rosa, where you can relax in hammocks, admiring the coca plantations and take on refreshments while being entertained by the family monkey.
After a short while you will reach the real Inca Trail, which winds around precipitous slopes and sheer drops for approximately half a mile. Be warned this is not for people who suffer from vertigo! The descent continues for just over two hours until you reach Qellomayo, a pueblito, where you will have lunch. From Qellomayo a private transportation will drive you to the base camp of Cola de Mono Canopy (Zipline). If you are an adventurous you will be harnessed and attached by pulley to a cable anchored to two different mountains. You will slide from one mountain to the other fast enough to feel like if you were flying.
This Canopy is Peru`s first, and South America`s highest. There are 2500 m of cables in six sections. The longest ride or section is 400m long, and the highest is 150m high. The maximum speed reached on the cables is 60 km/h. The tour takes approximately 2 hours. If you do not feel like flying, you will have time to relax, to enjoy the jungle of the base camp and to refresh your feet in the river. After the canopy, you will catch a bus to the hot springs of Cocalmayo but you will be back to the lodge just on time for dinner. Overnight in the lodge.
Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes (Inca Trail)
Wake at 7am, have breakfast before taking private transport to Lucmabamba town, the entrance to another Inca Trail, which was discovered just a few years ago. We are the only tour company to walk this part of the Inca Trail, so for three and a half hours you will feel like Adam and Eve walking amidst parrots in this tranquil Garden of Eden. You will be rewarded for your efforts with a view of Machu Picchu from the top of Llactapata, flanked by the grotesque peak of Salkantay.
Your picnic here is unlikely to be forgotten for a while, gazing down on all those tourists who took the traditional Inca route because they did not know! It is only about a two hour walk down to the Hydroelectric train station where the train departs for Aguas Calientes, the base town for Machu Picchu. Dinner at a local restaurant before retiring to your hostel with hot water and private bathrooms
Machu Picchu to Cusco
An early rise today, as you will take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu around 5.30am, reaching Machu Picchu at 6am approximately, which with luck will coincide with a beautiful sunrise! Your guide will leave no stones unturned but feel free to challenge their knowledge of Inca history. Afterwards you have free time to dally with the llamas and show off your photographic skills. Entrance to Huayna Picchu is also included so get ready for the hike which actually looks down on Machu Picchu - an absolutely incredible site! A frequent bus service takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train to Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco.
3 nights accommodation in local family run hostels and lodge.
Rooms for the first 2 nights have shared bathrooms, rooms on the 3rd night accommodation have private bathrooms
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Trip Name: Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu with Ziplining and Huayna Picchu
Duration: 4 Days
From Price: $1,975
Supplier Tour ID: CUZJMP/158887
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