This amazing alternative trail to Machu Picchu has been discovered recently which leads through the Jungle to the Inca Trail and finally you will be able explore the santuary of Machu Picchu .This trek can be done either in 3, 2 or 4 Days and is a combination of biking, hiking, walking with breathtaking scenery, this is ideal for anyone with a sense of adventure.
After being served breakfast around 7:00 am, you will trek to Collpani, a small valley with a river of the same name. This river is one of the sources of fresh water of Santa Teresa. Continuing from here, we will be hiking by the banks of the Urubamba River, observing few agriculture fields with corn and other tropical fruits. In some season of the year, it is possible to see some locals farming the fields and collecting fruits and to join them. After all this adventure, we will stop at a restaurant in Hydroelectric to have lunch. After a delicious meal, we have some time to rest and to be ready to continue our hike among the train lines for two and a half hours in the middle of the jungle. We will enjoy the sound of the birds and observe the different flora. We arrive at the base of Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, in the afternoon. We will bring you to your hostel with hot water and private bathrooms; then we will meet you to enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
Optional activity: ZIPLINING/CANOPY – If you want to, you can take this optional activity of Zip line. For that, you will be transported by car to the zip line zone and after the activity you will be transferred to Hydroelectric, then continue the hike to Aguas calientes.
Cola de Mono – South America’s highest zip lines!
Located: about 15 minutes from Santa Teresa by car
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Price: US$ 40 per person
Your adventure begins with the pick-up around 7:00 am. The bus takes the road through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas and dropped you off at 4316 m (14,160 ft.) altitude — the highest point of the trail, called Abra Malaga. Here, you will be transferred to your mountain bikes (we provide you a helmet, gloves, and protective pads). Your guide will give you an overview of what has to follow… and then your adventure begins! Freewheeling down through the smooth-but-challenging roads and different landscapes, you will not be able to catch your breath until you reach the first stop in Alfamayo-San Luis, a three-hour ride from the starting point. There, you will enjoy your lunch with a panoramic view. Before you, head off again, you will have some time to freshen up and apply a dab of insect repellent. Then you will ride along a hilly path to the recently discovered archaeological site of Huamanmarca. During the journey, we will stop several times to review bicycles and equipment. We will arrive at the town of Santa María (1 200 masl) (3,937.01 ft.), where we will have our lunch and stay for our first night in a hotel. In the afternoon, we have the option of rafting on the Vilcanota River. This river offers category III and III + rapids. For this activity, we will give you helmets, windbreaks and category V life jackets. This activity is available between the months of April to December, and you must be able to swim to participate in accordance with Peruvian law. (Extra cost for water rafting USD$ 40 per person)
Today, you will visit the Inca-Citadel of Machu Picchu! In order to avoid the crowds and be among the first visitors at Machu Picchu, you will depart from your hostel shortly after a very early breakfast. After managing to remain hidden throughout the Spanish Conquest, the citadel was rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. Your guide will take you on a tour around the vast ruins for approximately three hours, explaining the historical significance of the various structures built during the time of the Inca Empire (mid-15th century), including the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. This trip to Machu Picchu can be arranged by foot or catch the bus for $ 12 but you can pay at the time it should not be a problem. If you want to climb to the mountain of Huayna Picchu (height: 2,800 meters) (9,186.35 ft.) or Machu Picchu mountain (height: 3,082 meters) (10,111.55 ft.) both entrances must be booked in advance and pay the extra $25 per person which is not included in the cost of hike. After the guided tour, you will be free to explore the archaeological site on your own. If you reserve early enough in advance, you may have the option to hike up the mountains of Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu (the one situated behind the citadel in the most commonly taken photos of Machu Picchu). They are moderately challenging hikes, but the stunning views from the top are worth the effort! Only 400 entrance tickets are available for each mountain per day, so we highly recommend that you let us know if you wish to climb one of them when you book your Inca Jungle Trail. Climbing and descending Huayna Picchu, on average, takes 2-3 hours; Machu Picchu Mountain can take 3-4 hours. Tickets to Huayna Picchu tend to sell out quickly, but do not be discouraged if they are sold out during your visit; Machu Picchu Mountain may not be as popular to climb but it is less crowded and Machu Picchu Mountain tickets available for purchase; they usually do not sell out.. On the other hand, after the three hours of guided, you can just allowing time to relax, meditate and rest while taking advantage of the magical and spiritual energies of this great wonder or You may also opt to visit Inti Punku (The Sun Gate) or the Inca Bridge on an unguided walk. Inti Punku is the traditional end of the Inca Trail; from the citadel it takes around 1,5 hours. To reach the Inca Bridge, is takes you about 1 hour. After you have finished enjoying Machu Picchu, you will return to Aguas Calientes by foot to take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Cusco and then dropped off at your Hotel.
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