Discover the cloud forest 4d/3n

DURATION DISTANCE ALTITUDE LEVEL START FINISH
4 Days/3 Nights 78km Biking – 37 km Hiking 1400 msnm – 4300 msnm easy – moderate Cusco – Abra Malaga Machu Picchu – Cusco

Connect with the Inca as you discover the cloud forest environment surrounding the Machu Picchu in an experience designed for nature lovers. The biking part takes place in a spectacular landscape of Cordillera Vilcanota. We will descend from the cloud forest to the subtropical places. The hiking part takes place in the very well preserved Inca trail – part of the Qapaq Nan system, the Incan main trail system. Take the full-day Apu Machu Picchu excursion for a birds-eye view of the Machu Picchu Citadel, and then explore the ancient City of the Incas.

Day 1: Cusco – Abra Malaga – Santa María

We pick you up from your hotel and leave Cusco at 6:30 in the morning, driving in the direction of the Sacred Valley and arriving at Ollantaytambo. We have a stop there for a breakfast and enjoy the town. Then we continue our ride for 1.5 hours to the pass Abra Malaga (4300 metres) – the highest point on the road. From the Abra Malaga we start our biking ride. It’s all downhill as we pass by and visit interesting small Inca constructions and high Andean villages. We have also opportunity to see snow-capped peaks of Cordillera Vilcanota and while passing the rivers see wonderful waterfalls. For less experienced bikers there is an option to start the ride in San Luis which is 30 minutes car drive down the hill from Abra Malaga. After having lunch we continue biking to Santa Maria. On the way we see plantations of tropical plants – banana, coffee, tea, coca. Total time of biking is 4-6 hours. Camping in Santa Maria village with option of basic hotel.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner.


Day 2: Santa María – Santa Teresa – Lucmabamba

After breakfast we will begin the day’s trekking. We will enter the outer jungle with its flora and fauna.  We will have an opportunity to see parrots, monkeys and other local animals. We will be walking through the tropical forest and tropical plantations. At the highest point of the trail, we will join for an hour an old but very well preserved Inca Trail. Afterwards we continue walking beside the Rio Vilcanota, cross two bridges, finally crossing the river using cable car. Then we arrive at Cocalmayo hot springs. After relaxing there we take transport to Santa Teresa, Lucmabamba village. We camp at the outskirts of the village with option of home stay. Total hiking time for this day is 7-8 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 3:
Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes

After breakfast we climb for about 3 hours through the jungle using well preserved Inca trail before slightly descending to the interesting Inca archeological site of Llactapata. The place was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham. From here we see Machu Picchu, in the saddle of the mountain opposite. We descend for 2 hours to the hydroelectric plant. From here we can visit the small archaeological site of Intihuatana before continuing to walk another 10 km along train tracks to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we have lunch and we can rest in a comfortable hostal or use hot springs and later have dinner in a restaurant. Total walking time is about 7-8 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in restaurant.


Day 4: Machu Picchu

The most important day of trekking, when we get to know the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu (2400masl), a Wonder of the World. On this day, we will plan to leave very early to take the first bus to Machu Picchu which leaves at 5:30 so that we can be at the citadel early. We will climb Machu Picchu Mountain for a birds-eye view of the Machu Picchu Citadel, and then explore the ancient City of the Incas. In this place, we will have a thorough explanation of the Inca construction. Later, we will again descend to the pueblo of Aguas Calientes to take our return train to Cusco, and then return you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast in the hotel.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The time of hiking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch according to the physical condition of the group.
  • Each guide has his own way of leading his groups but always his decisions will be for the benefit of the tourists.
  • Note that the roads used for biking are partially paved and partially gravel ones.
  • If you would like an extra night in Aguas Calientes please let us know at the time of your reservation so that we can make appropriate arrangements with the return train tickets.
  • This is an adventure biking and trekking trip. To enjoy it in full – bring an open mind, a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.

INCLUDED:

  • An explanation two days before departing.
  • Transport in private bus to the start of the trip
  • Transport from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa and Lucmabamba
  • Transfer to your hotel on return.
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Mountain bicycles in good condition, helmets, biking gloves
  • Vehicle which will drive behind bikers for emergencies
  • Meals according to the program (Vegetarian option available).
  • Boiled water on all days for your bottles.
  • Snacks for trekking.
  • Basic hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Porters/transport to carry the baggage and equipment
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua.
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 peoples.
  • Last night celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes in a restaurant
  • Entrance into Machu Picchu.
  • Bus up to and back down from Machu Picchu
  • Return train ticket to Cusco.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private bathroom and hot water
  • First aid equipment and oxygen tank.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast the first day
  • Dinner the last day
  • Tips for personnel: guide, cook, porters (according to their job).
  • Sleeping bags (they can be rented in the office).
  • Entrances to hot springs.

  • 1 small nylon reinforced backpack to carry the things you need for the trek (camera, drinks, etc.)
  • 1 large backpack or suitcase to keep the things you don‘t need in your hotel in Cusco until you return from your trek
  • Sleeping bag (which can be rented in Cusco)
  • Small flashlight and extra batteries
  • 1 water bottle (1 liter) or a small plastic throw away bottle.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Tennis shoes.
  • 1 jacket (of nylon with hood and water and wind resistant).
  • 1 Fleece Jacket.
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved shirts (preferably “dryfit” that don’t retain water).
  • 2 pairs of shorts such as bermudas.
  • Socks of wool or of fiber (coolmax) for the trek (avoid cotton as these can retain water)
  • 1 sun hat and sunglasses.
  • Personal medications and toiletries in small containers.
  • Sunscreen for your skin and lips.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Moisturizer lotion to avoid the drying out of the skin.
  • Bathing suit for the thermal baths and swimming in the river
  • Energy foods according to your needs: chocolates, granola bars, dried fruits, etc. (they can be purchased in Cusco).

OPTIONAL:

  • Sleeping bags which can be rented in the office for $5 per day and good for – 10°C.
  • Professional walking sticks can be rented in the office for $2 per day

Discover the cloud forest 4d/3n – 2015/2016

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE GROUP 2 3 4 5 5+
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD $ 1,135 $ 925 $ 810 $ 755 ask us for prices
  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour and must let us know when you make your reservation.
  • If you wish to go with other people, check our group departures site to join an existing group.
  • Write to us to make your reservation and we will send you the form and the payment conditions.

DISCOUNTS

  • Students: $20 U.S. (only for students who have a current international student card – ISIC card).
  • Children: $20 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport).
  • Volunteers in Peru: $20 U.S. (with a confirmation of volunteering activities)