We start our adventure early in the morning in Cusco; we pick you up from your hotel around 6 am. We drive you by car through the amazing sacred valley of the Incas. Passing the indigenous town of Chinchero with amazing views of Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountains range and enjoying the panoramic views of the small towns in the sacred valley, after 2 hour drive we stop in the Inca town of Ollantaytambo to stretch your legs and using the toilet. Then we still driving by car up to Abra Malaga pass at 4350m 14271ft at this point we are going start biking down to Santa Maria town at 1430m 4691ft. At Abra Malaga you are going get all the biking gear and also a biking training to ensure the successful arrival to Santa Maria town.
Biking starts high in the Andes with the majestic view of veronica snow-capped. Downhill biking from Abra Malaga to Santa Maria is fascinating where you can see nature at its purest. It is worth doing the biking, in combination, you will have the chance to enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape. The top is really spectacular, sometimes you feeling of being inside clouds. Once in Santa Maria you are going to the accommodations to take shower and relax. In the evening dinner at the restaurant in town
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIE: white river rafting in the afternoon in Santa Maria, 2- 4 classes of rapids. rafting price USD 45 extra
Our hiking day starts with energetic breakfast at the restaurant around 6:00 am. Today is one of the most awesome days of the entire adventure. We start hiking along the car route for about 45 minutes. then we get into the original Inca trail that used to be to connect Machu Picchu with Vilcabamba considered the last Inca capital on the way we appreciate many plantations of bananas, Coca, yucca, coffee, etc. 3 hours hiking on the original Inca trail with magnificent views of the Vilcanota valley and panoramic views of the hills covered on different type of plantations from the jungle. We stop at Quellomayo village for lunch a really nice place to have lunch in one of the local restaurants after lunch you can rest or walk around. Afterwards we continue the hike along the Vilcanota River 3. 5 hours hiking to get to Colcamayo hot springs. This natural and outdoor hot spring is great for muscle relax after the hike you can spend a couple of hours at hot springs before to continue the hike to Santa Teresa. After 45 minutes hiking from the hot springs we get to Santa Teresa. Overnight is going be in Santa Teresa in the hostel and dinner in the local restaurant.
After breakfast in Santa Teresa we start our hike to hydroelectric power plant for about 2. 5 hour hiking on the road along the Vilcanota River during the hike we see the power plant of Santa Teresa and Hidroelectrica and also we see beautiful waterfalls after an exhausted hike in the warm valley we arrive to Hidroelectrica where we have a delicious lunch. Before to continue the hike we stop in Intihuatana (sundial) to have an explanation of this small Inca ruins and also to have the first view of Machu Picchu then we hike along the train truck for 3 hour approximately an easy hike to get to Aguas Calientes town. Once in town we go to the hotel to get ready for our last supper all the group together. Optional activities: zip lining in the morning in Santa Teresa 6 different zip lining cables from mountain to mountain. 4000m of cable.
The most important day for most of the adventurous to visit Machu Picchu early morning after breakfast in the hotel very early we go to the bus station to catch the bus up to Machu Picchu in order to be in Machu Picchu by 6:00 am because Machu Picchu opens at 6:00 am. The only time that we got to see Machu Picchu with no people is only in the mornings because later Machu Picchu is crowded. We always try being the first ones in Machu Picchu to enjoy it better and see the sunrise. Afterwards the guide will get you around Machu Picchu doing the tour for about 2. 5 hour in order to get to know very well about Machu Picchu.
Then you have free time to explore Machu Picchu by yourselves. If you booked the extra tickets for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain you are going to climb one of these mountains. Machu Picchu is located in the middle of nowhere and up on the granite mountain edge, there is no any records about Machu Picchu of the Incas time. It is not mentioned in any of the chronicles of the Spanish conquistadors and archaeologists. Machu Picchu was under the dense vegetation until July 24th 1911. When the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in search of Vilcabamba) discovered it that is why he called it "the lost city of the Incas". At least you are going spend 8 to 9 hour in Machu Picchu.
Then you have to go back to Aguas Calientes town in order to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo town. From Ollantaytambo transfer you back to Cusco by car and we drop you in your hotel in Cusco.
NOTE: consider that you have to pay half before coming here and later completing when you arrive
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