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Bike and hike to Machu Picchu

On day one, you bike down the Andes, from the Pass of Malaga (at 4360 metre ASL) down to the Jungle, or "Seca Selva" as the biotope is being called in Peru. Day two and three are days of hiking until you get to Aguas Calientes on the evening of the third day. The next day you visit Machu Picchu and are being brought back to Cusco.

 

Full Description

 

Day 1

 

We leave Cusco around 8 AM to take the bus to Ollantaytambo and up the Malaga pass. Here, at 4360 m asl you'll be able to see the snow-capped peak of mount Veronica, as well as the jungle down the mountains, or the layer of clouds covering it far below you.

So, the biking begins, riding downhill. Along the way, you'll see the vegetation gradually change from high mountain grasses called "ichu" (say: itchu) to lush vegetation. You'll notice a lot of banana trees planted in the coffee plantations. About half way, we get to visit the Inca site called Wamanmarka after which we continue to Santa Maria. Here some basic lodging will be provided.

 

Day 2

 

This is our first walking day. On narrow paths we'll pass coffee, cacao and fruit plantations with papaya, mango and bananas and you may even see the odd coca-leave plantations. Arriving in Santa Teresa, there may be an opportunity to take a dip in the local hot springs. Then dinner and a bed in a local, basic hostel.

 

Day 3

 

Another day of walking. After crossing the Vilcanota river, either in a small metal basket riding on a cable or a little bridge, we walk on to a place called 'Hydro Electric.' From here, walking along the train tracks, it's only a short walk to Aguas Calientes, the little town at the foot of Machu Picchu. Once again, you'll spend the night in a basic hostel.

 

Day 4

 

At 5 AM the last part of your trekking starts: the climb up to the site of Machu Picchu after which your guide will give you a guided tour on the site of about 2 hours. After the visit you'll be brought back to Cusco by train and bus or car.

 

Extra Information

The views of the mountains and the jungle on this tour are simply fantastic. If you like biking and hiking, this is the tour for you!

 

Starting Place:    Your hotel

End Place:             Downtown Cusco

Difficulty:             Physical

Travelling Style: Economy

Duration:                  4day, 3 Night

 

Understand the price

The price is per person. You'll have to be content with the return train ticket offered, even if it's the 9:30 pm train back. With this train you might arrive after midnight in Cusco. If you want another train, this may be possible but an extra cost will have to be paid.

 

Starts

This tour goes every day.

 

Included in the price

* All transportation necessary.

* Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.

* 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners.

* Professional English speaking guide.

* Use of the bikes, helmets and gloves.

* Return train ticket Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo.

* Bus Ollantaytambo - Cusco.

* Accommodation for every night in a basic hostel with private bathroom and hot water.

 

NOT Included in the price

* Bus from Aguas Calientes to the site of Machu Picchu and back.

* Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the fourth.

* The entrance fee for Huayna Picchu. (Optional)

* Train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes.

 

Tourist Information

Machu Picchu, Quechua: “Old Peak" is a pre-Columbian15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region of Peru, South America. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometres northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuteq (1438–1472). Often referred to as the "City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.

 

The Incas started building the "estate" around 1400, but abandoned it as an official site for the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of what the structures originally looked like. By 1976, thirty percent of Machu Picchu had been restored. The restoration work continues to this day.

Since the site was never known to the Spanish during their conquest, it is highly significant as a relatively intact cultural site.

 

Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.

Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Intihuatana (Hitching post of the Sun), the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. These are located in what is known by archaeologists as the Sacred District of Machu Picchu. In September 2007, Peru and Yale University almost reached an agreement regarding the return of artefacts which Yale has held since Hiram Bingham removed them from Machu Picchu in the early 20th century. In November 2010, a Yale University representative agreed to return the artefacts to a Peruvian university.

 

To Bring

* Mosquito repellent.

* Good rain and foot wear.

* Repellent and Sun screen.

* A flash light.

* A sleeping bag, though not necessary is taken by many participants.

 

Stuff you don’t need

* Computers, radios and other electronic gear.

 

What can you do before or after this tour

Things to do BEFORE this tour

 The complete Sacred Valley in a private car

From Cusco you set out in a private car with a driver to take you to Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras and Chinchero. During this full day you'll be amazed by the wonders, both natural and archaeological, of this region of Peru.

Western Sacred Valley in a private car

With a private car you visit Chinchero, Moray, Maras (town and saltpans) and Ollantaytambo

Eastern Sacred Valley in a private car

In a private car, you can visit Pisaq ruins and market, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara Q'enqo and Saqsayhuaman

 

Possible Options                                                                                                                          Extra Price in SOLES

Machu Picchu Bus -  Round Trip   

A ticket for the bus both ways: to the site from Aguas Calientes and later from the site back to Aguas Calientes.

Huayna Picchu – 1st  Group 

Ascend Huayna Picchu with the second group.

Huayna Picchu – 2nd Group    

Ascend Huayna Picchu with the second group

Bus from Machu Picchu one way: Up     

If you'd decide to walk one direction you better choose the walk down, because if you hike up, you will arrive quite tired at the entrance, before you've even seen anything of Machu Picchu. The walk up is rather demanding, steep and long, it may take more than 2 hours to reach the site.

Bus from Machu Picchu one way: Down       

If you'd decide to walk one direction you better choose the walk down, because if you hike up, you will arrive quite tired at the entrance, before you've even seen anything of Machu Picchu. The walk up is rather demanding, steep and long, it may take more than 2 hours to reach the site.

 

Important: The Small Print

 

Using an ISIC Student Discount Card

Conditions of use of the ISIC card may vary. ISIC Discounts are usually only given by government bodies and not by commercial organizations. Discount levels vary and in some locations an upper age limit of 25 years is imposed. When buying tickets you must present your ID document as well as the ISIC card the names must match exactly. When using your ISIC discount tickets you must present both your ORIGINAL ID document (never a copy!) and ISIC card. ISIC discount tickets are not refundable in case of error.

About your train tickets

Once purchased tickets cannot be changed and are non-transferable and non-refundable. You may under certain circumstances be able to alter a return train time for a higher priced alternative if you pay the difference. In the event of cancellation of service or delay you will be offered a seat on the next available equivalent service. You may be asked to present your passport to confirm your identity before travelling. We apologise for these restrictions they are imposed by Peru Rail and are outside our control.

The price of this tour is made up with a certain time table for train tickets in mind, under the explicit condition that should this train be booked full, we can buy you tickets on another mostly more expensive train. Although changing the schedule of the tour, this will not interfere with the presented program but may involve an extra fee and you will have to agree to pay the difference.

Machu-Picchu Entry Tickets

Machu-Picchu tickets are valid only for the date and visitor name printed on the ticket; they cannot be changed, transferred or refunded. In the event of train delay or cancellation visitors may be admitted using their previously bought ticket on the next day of opening at the sole discretion of the site authorities. Passports may be inspected to validate the name on the ticket. Huayna-Picchu, Machu-Picchu mountain and the Machu-Picchu museum are extra cost items. Food, drinks and large backpacks are not permitted entry to the site. A day (back) pack of more than 20 litres will not be allowed past the entrance gate.

Having/buying your own Machu Picchu entrance tickets

Sometimes our customers have already bought their own Machu Picchu tickets, most of the time bought weeks before arrival in Peru because they want to be sure to be able to visit Huayna Picchu. Should you have done so too, we'll take the exact price of your ticket out of our price. In that case, we can't of course take any responsibility about you entering Machu Picchu.

Visiting (and climbing) Huayna Picchu

Only 2 groups of 200 people are allowed to climb Huayna Picchu daily. If you want to do so, you need to ask us while buying the tour to get you this access. This access is personal, printed on your entrance ticket to the site and can't be bought nor obtained anywhere else. If the 400 are sold out, it is absolutely impossible to visit this part of the site.

 

About Pool tours

A pool tour means that you are being put together with people from other hotels to make a visit somewhere together.

What you should know is that guides on these tours are not paid so well. This has two consequences. First, the good guides find work somewhere else, second, the 'lesser' guides who do work the circuit will try to compensate for their (low) wages by begging for tips and most of all, by taking you to souvenir markets and restaurants where they get a high commission. How you react to this situation is up to you, but we'd like you to be informed well before buying.

 

 

 

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      Santa Ana.  Cusco
 Perú

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