MACHU PICCHU ADVENTURE – BIKING AND TREKKING EXPERIENCE
Machu Picchu. Imbued in a magical silence,120km (74mi) away from Cusco, on the slopes above the Urubamba River, lies one of the world`s most extraordinary archaeological sites: Machu Picchu (2400m / 7872ft). Is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. It is thought that the city was built by the Sapaq Inca Pachacutec, starting about the year 1440,and was inhabited until the Spanish conquest of Perù in 1532. Archaeological evidence (along with recent work on early colonial documents) shows that Machu Picchu was not a conventional city, but a country retreating town for the Inca nobility. The site has a large palace and temples dedicated to Inca deities around a courtyard, with other buildings for the supporting staff. It is estimated that a maximum of only 750 people dwelt in Machu Picchu at one time, and probably only a small fraction of that number lived in the town during the rainy season and when none of the nobility were visiting.
Machu Picchu, its name comes from the ancient Quechua word that means “old mountain”. This site was built entirely of stone, using every space in harmony with functionalism. Machu Picchu has been known as the “lost city of the incas”.
The most common way is to take the train to Machu Picchu in the morning, explore the ruins and in the afternoon, returning to Cusco. And other better option is to stay overnight in Aguas Calientes in order to get very early at the complex.
Machu Picchu is a trip very deep towards the serenity of the soul, to the eternal fusion with the cosmos. There we are able to feel our own fragility. It is one of the greatest marvels of South America. A resting place of butterflies at the epicenter of the great circle of life. “One more miracle”, as the poet Pablo Neruda wrote.
What you need to bring/carry on Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu :
Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars)
Strong, comfortable footwear
One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire a personal porters, see options below)
Sweater and jacket (something warm)
Water bottle and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
Flashlight and batteries
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
Sun block (sun protection cream)
Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc.
Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek)
Inca Jungle Notes:
1. Your arrival date in Cusco must be at least 2 days prior to trek departure since you have to pay the trek balance before 8pm 2 days before you start the trek. Arriving 2 days prior to the trek also ensures that you are better acclimatized to the high altitude. However 3 days is recommended.
2. A free airport to hotel transfer is provided for groups of 2 persons or more. A single supplement of US$5 will be charged for single travelers. Obviously if you want an airport to hotel transfer we will require your flight arrival details: Airline, flight number, expected arrival time and date. (to be confirmed at least 5 days in advance).
3. In order to qualify for a student discount you must be under the age of 26 and be in possession of a valid international student identity card ISIC. You must bring the ISIC card to the office when you pay the trek balance and take it with you on the Santa Maria trek as it will be checked several times by government officials. Unfortunately no other forms of student identity are acceptable (university cards, international youth cards etc). If you forget your ISIC card or lose it then you will have to pay an additional US$5 for a standard trek permit. The government has recently become more fastidious with respect to lost ISIC cards and on several occasions has not given permission to the person to enter the Santa Maria.
4. If you have a hotel reservation in Cusco please include the name of your hotel on the reservation form. This allows us to locate you if there are any problems with your arrival. You will also be asked to confirm your hotel in Cusco when you come to the office to pay the trek balance.
We will confirm your trek reservation by email within a couple of days. We will require a trek deposit of US$100 per person paid in advance. The date by which the trek deposit has to be paid and details of how to pay the trek deposit will be included in the trek confirmation email.
06:00 AM onwards
Approximately 10:30 PM
What is included on Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu :
Collection from your hotel in the morning
Bus to the start of Santa Maria village
Machu picchu entrance fees
English speaking professional guide (two guides for groups over 5 persons)
3 nights basic hotel
Meals (03B,03L,03D) – food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude.
First aid kit including
ergency oxygen bottle
coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
Porter (to carry the tents
Return train to Ollanta
Bus Ollanta to Cusco.
What is notincluded on Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu :
Breakfast the first day and lunch the last day.
Bus up and down Machupicchu-Aguas Calientes.
Snacks and additional dishes.
Entrance to Huayna Picchu (USD 19)
Tips and personal expenses.
Expenses not mentioned in the itinerary.
Day 1 on Inca Jungle: CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS - ABRA MALAGA – SANTA MARIA
We will leave Cusco at 7am in our private vehicle, riding through the sacred valley of the Incas, passing by pecular towns like Chincheros, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo until getting at the Abra Malaga (4350m). From there we`ll begin our bicycle tour to Santa Maria (downhill and cross country). On this stage we`ll see archeological sites like Huamanmarca, the Inca jail, all of this surrounded by an incredible landscape. We will be able to appreciate birds of the tropics, as well as medicinal plants in the cloud forest. This trip also takes us through many exotic fruit plantations such as mango, pineapple, papaya, avocado, coffee and coca. We can take samples and enjoy the different flavours of the region. We can also observe the coca and coffee plantations appreciating local families in their daily routine. We will have the dinner in the Santa Maria town near to the river. Stay in tents or in a basic familiar accommodation (B-L-D).
Day 2 on Inca Jungle: SANTA MARIA – SANTA TERESA
At 6am breakfast and then trekking along the banks of the Vilcanota River during about 2 kms. From San Pablo we`ll go upwards to the Inca jail where we`ll admire some waterfalls and archeological sites of the Inca times. Plenty of time to relax in the thermal baths. Observation of the wildlife of this region. Lunch in the Inca jail. After 6 hours of trekking we`ll camp near the Santa Teresa town (B-L-D).
Day 3 on Inca Jungle: SANTA TERESA – MANDOR WATERFALL - PUTUCUSI - AGUAS CLIENTES
Trekking into the jungle canyon to the Mandor waterfall. The hike is flat for 5 hours, a stretch in which we`ll see the mountains of San Miguel, will visit the Putucusi viewpoint, located at the top of this mountain, nice award of Machu Picchu on the other side of the Urubamba River. Lunch time next to the river and getting along the hiking to the town of Aguas Calientes. Today offers us one of the best opportunities for bird watching along this day. The most common bird in this area is the cock of the rocks (Peruvian national bird). Stay at the selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. Optional visit to the hot sprigs next to this town (B-L-D).
Day 4 on Inca Jungle: MACHU PICHU – CUSCO
A very early breakfast at the hotel and trekking upwards to Machu Picchu before the sunrise come up in order to be the first visitors in the citadel. Complete guide tour to the Inca remains. Free time to explore independently this Inca sacred city. If there is time enough we`ll climb to the Wayna Picchu. This climbing takes one and half an hour. At 2pm is time to descend by van to Aguas Calientes. Returning train to Cusco. Staying at the selected hotel in Cusco (B-S). B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner S = Snack