Cusco (3350m asl) >santa maria (1250m asl) - biking (rafting optional)
we will pick you up from your hotel at 6:30am to leave by bus for an approx. 90 minute ride through the sacred valley of the incas, passing through chinchero, urubamba, and ollantaytambo where we’ll take a 15 minute break then head to the puerto malaga pass (4350m asl.) from there, we’ll traverse the pass by bike toward the village of wamanmarca (3 hours.) during the ride, we’ll experience the beauty of the mountains and cloud forests. the climate will quickly change from cold and dry to hot and humid. after the bike ride, we’ll take a transport to the town of santa maria, where you’ll have the option of doing an extra rafting tour (not included on the vilcanota river $30.00. (lunch, dinner, hostal is included.)
Santa maria (1250m asl) > santa teresa (1540m asl) – trekking
at 6:30 in the morning, after a delicious breakfast, we’ll begin our first day of hiking to the cloud forests. the first 3 hours of the trek will be uphill. during this time, we’ll see plantations for coca, coffee, cacao, and tropical fruits tipical of the region. we’ll also make several stops, one of which will be at the house of the pispitayoq family, where we’ll rest for about 20 minutes. later, we’ll cross the famous inca jungle trail with magnificent views of the valley we’re going to hike through. past the inca jungle trail will be very easy going, with about 90 minutes more until we reach qellomayu, the place where we’ll have lunch. afterwards, we’ll continue along the banks of the vilcanota river for about 3 more hours, later crossing the river via a monkey bridge. finally, after approximately 7 – 8 hours of hiking, we’ll arrive at the cocalmayo hot springs, and later at the town of santa teresa (1540m asl.) (breakfast, lunch, dinner, hostal.)
Santa teresa (1540m asl) > aguas calientes (2000m asl) – trekking (zip-line optional)
breakfast at 7am. before the hike, you’ll have the option to do zip-lining (not included.) we’ll start the trek with 3 hours of hiking on an unpaved trail. our lunch will be near a hydroelectric plant. afterwards, we’ll spend another 3 hours hiking alongside railroad tracks, observing the flora and fauna of the area. the machu picchu site can also be seen in the distance. that night, we’ll stay in a hostal with private bathrooms and hot water. (breakfast, lunch, dinner, hostal.)
Machu picchu (2450m asl)
at 4:20am we’ll begin our hike up to the machu picchu city where we’ll have the opportunity to see the sun rise over the ruins. we’ll have two-hour guided tour of the ruins followed by some free time to explore the ruins or climb huayna picchu. note: climbing huayna picchu has a fee of $10 us. after the machu picchu, we’ll catch the train back to ollantaytambo and from there take a 2 hour bus ride back to cusco.
november to march. some days blue sky with good conditions to cycle.
best time for cycle
april to october, on the rain season same days are with good weather (blue sky) permiting to cycle this zone. before to book your tour please see the weather report.
advice for bikers
to have good acclimatization, good physical conditions and good quality winter clothes. one day before all the bikers will have meeting with the mountain bike guide at our office or in the hotel, who will give a briefing about this bike trip and also you can check the quality of bikes and gear will be used on this trip.
if this is your first time going to the andes or high mountains we recommend getting information about the altitude sickness, see below some websites recommend by high mountain doctors and scientists from over the world.
ismm – international societyfor mountain medicine
medex – medical expeditions
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