Day 1: Cusco – Abra Malaga - Santa Maria - BIKING and RAFTING
Early morning pick-up from your hotel or hostel. Once we leave Cusco we will be passing through the towns of Chinchero, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo which are all part of the Sacred Valley. When we arrive at Abra Malaga (4316 m.), where we will begin our cycling adventure (down hill aprox 3 )hours we can appreciate the majestic snowcapped Huacay Willca (Veronica) Mountains. From the town we descend through different ecological zones including the high puna area - the tall knotty woods which include a wide variety of flora and fauna. A short break will be taken at the archaeological remains of Huaman Marq'a before reaching the town of Santa Maria (1200 m.) And where we meet for lunch in a local restaurant.
A Short break will be followed by preparing for our white water rafting trip - we will be issued the latest safety equipment, and our internationally trained and experienced guides will give a comprehensive safety orientation prior to our departure on the river on our rafting trip, which
will take place on the Urubamba river, one of the sources of the Amazon, we will experience many mellow class II rapids, but also a number of adrenaline packed class IV rapids. After finishing our river portion of the adventure, dinner will be served followed by an overnight in Santa Maria.
Day 2 – Santa Maria to Santa Teresa (16kms trekking):
In the morning you will wake up early to have breakfast and start trekking along a recently discovered Inca Trail. The trail winds around precipitous slopes and sheer drops for half a mile and then descends for about two hours until you reach Qellomayo where your group will stop for lunch. We will then carry on until reaching the Santa Teresa hot springs (s/5) where you will have time to relax before walking the final hour to the town of Santa Teresa where we will have dinner in a local restaurant and spend the night in hostel accommodation.
Day 3 – Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes (7kms +/or 13kms trekking):
You will wake up and have breakfast at around 7am. Those who will do the Zip Line tour (US$35) will go by van/taxi to the zip lines, the rest of the group will instead begin to walk to Colpani taking in the views for about 7kms until you reach the restaurant for lunch at the Hidroelectrica where the whole group will meet again. From here it is a two and a half hour flat walk to Aguas Calientes. Dinner is included at a local restaurant and hostel.
Day 4 –Machu Picchu / Huayna Picchu:
In the morning you will start your 1 hour ascent to Machu Picchu to arrive in time for sunrise, or at the time you desire (bus is optional, $9 each way, first bus departs at 5:30am). There will be a two hour guided tour of Machu Picchu following which you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore Machu Picchu. If you have purchased a pass for Huayna Picchu in advance you will have the opportunity to climb the mountain. You need to return to Aguas Calientes at least 30 mins prior to your train departure. There will be transport waiting for you in Ollantaytambo to bring you to Cusco.
• Pick up from Hotel
• Malaga Open Transport
• Bicycles, helmets.
• 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
• Transport Santa Maria - Santa Rosa
• Transportation Santa Teresa - Lucmabamba
• Hotel 3 nights
• Entrance to Machu Picchu
• Bilingual guide service throughout the tour
• Train from Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
* Breakfast day 1, lunch/dinner day 4
* Rafting in Santa Maria: US$40 (s/112)
* Zip Line in Santa Teresa: US$35 (s/98)
* Bus Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (optional US$9 each way)
* Huayna Picchu (US$9) or Machu Picchu Mountain (US$5)
* Hot Springs in Santa Teresa (s/5) and Aguas Calientes (s/10)
* Water and snacks
We recommended to bring
• A small backpack (30-40 liter bag recommended)
• Rain jacket or rain poncho
• Hiking shoes, sandals/ flip flops
• Swimsuit for rafting and hot springs in Santa Teresa
• Fleece / warm sweater for 1st day biking
• Camera, film and batteries
• Flashlight / headlamp (necessary for early mornings)
• Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
• Sun block, for sale at all the pharmacies around town
• Water bottle (you can also buy water on the way)
• Personal medical kit for allergies etc
• Insect repellent, recommended 20% DEET- no malaria risk reported
• Toilet paper
• Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli (all for sale at the MEGA
supermarket, or HOUSE MARKET)
• 150-250soles recommended for souvenirs, water, etc…
• Original passports, don’t forget to get your MaPi stamp!
• International Student Identity Card ISIC
• Students: You must bring ISIC card to Machu Picchu – if you fail to do so you will need to pay
the additional entry fees.