This Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu combines mountain biking and hiking over the 4 days. During the excursion on the first day, we will climb to cold weather conditions, to the warmer sub-tropical climate of the high jungle region of Cusco. This route is famous for expansive vegetation, typical of the cloud forest, where visitors can become immersed in the natural world, cleverly mixed with adventure activities and natural attractions.
The different and the unique: On the first day of our itinerary, we will visit 2 incredible waterfalls; The Yanay and the Mandor cascades and we will spend the night in our private bungalows in Mandor. We are the only agency that offers this option on the first day.
We will collect you from your hotel at 5:30 am to 6:00 a.m. and we will set off in the direction of the Sacred Valley of The Incas, along the way appreciating the spectacular landscapes and natural attractions. After approximately one and a half hours, we will make a stop at the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will be able to enjoy breakfast (not included) and purchase some snacks for the rest of the journey. We will then continue by car along a paved road, zig zagging uphill, until we arrive at Abra Málaga (4,316 m. elevation). From here, we will begin our descent in car until we reach a place called “the airport” where we will receive a detailed explanation about the trip from our guide. We will then begin our descent on mountain bike (or if you prefer, you can stay in the car and drive down). After approximately 2 hours descending, (55 km) we will stop briefly HUAMANMARKA archaeological site, where the guide will inform us all about this magnificent place. This is the end of the cycling section and we will continue by private car, passing through villages and fruit orchards until we reach our destination of MANDOR, where we will have lunch.
After a delicious lunch, we will head out to the 2 waterfalls of Yanay-Mandor, which have a drop of over 80 metres. We can enjoy these natural marvels, take in the scenery and take photos, before we head back to our bungalows. Here we can enjoy the swimming pool, the restaurant or bathe in the stream that comes from the Yanay-Mandor waterfalls. We will have dinner and get an early night in preparation for the following days activities. (Lunch, dinner and accommodation).
We will wake-up at 7:00 am and after breakfast, we will head out in our car for 45 minutes, to the trailhead. We will begin with an uphill hike with stops along the way, to appreciate the animals of the region, such as birds, parrots, hummingbirds and eagles, mountain cats, lizards, millipedes, medicinal plants and fruit trees such as banana, mango, orange, mandarin, cocoa, coconut and coffee plants and trees. During the hike, we will visit a local house who will show us some of their customs and traditions, then we will continue on our way until we arrive at the small village of Quellomayo, where we can rest and have our lunch. After lunch, we will walk for an hour or so, where a public transport will take us to Santa Teresa, arriving at 4:00 pm aprox. We will settle into our hotel, then head out for dinner. After our dinner, we will visit the hot springs in the town called Cocalmayo. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation).
Breakfast will be at approximately 8:00 am and with previous arrangement with the guide, we will head out on the Zip Line activity, with our trustworthy operator. This activity should take around 2 hours and is optional. The cost is $40 USD. After the zipline, we will head to the Hydro-electric station in our car to then begin our hike along the train tracks until we arrive in Aguas Calientes, also called Machu Picchu Pueblo. Along this route we will stop off for our lunch. On arrival to Aguas calientes, we will settle in to our hotel, then at the pre- arranged time, we will head out for dinner with our guide.
In the evening we can take a stroll around the town and visit the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (dinner and hotel included).
In the morning, our guide will wake us at 5:00 a.m.to set out for the most important archaeological site of Machu Picchu. We will take the first bus up to Machu Picchu which take approximately 25 minutes to arrive at the Machu Picchu entrance. We will have a guided tour for 2 hours of this impressive site, after which we will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. Our guide will be on hand to assist you all along the way and provide instructions and answer any questions. We will then take our train to Ollantaytambo where our transport will be waiting to take us to the Cusco Hotel.
IMPORTANT: The time of the return train ticket can vary, depending on availability, at the time you confirm your trip. We also suggest a hotel in the centre so that we can pick you up and drop you off with ease.
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