Biking to Machu Picchu 3d/2n

DURATION DISTANCE ALTITUDE LEVEL START FINISH
3 Days / 2 Nights 78 km Biking + 10 km Hiking 1400 msnm – 4300 msnm easy Cusco – Abra de Malaga Machu Picchu – Cusco

This tour includes biking in a spectacular landscape of Cordillera Vilcanota. It is designed with the adventure seekers in mind no matter if they are experienced or inexperienced bikers. There are options for both. In this trip we will descend from high mountains through different ecological zones down to the tropics. We will finish our trip in the Lost City of Incas – Machu Picchu. This tour will undoubtedly provide you with unforgettable memories!

 

Day 1: Cusco – 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 3 hour to the pass Abra de Malaga (4300 metres) – the highest point on the road. From the Abra de 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 de Malaga. After having lunch we continue biking to Santa Maria (1400 metres). 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 – Aguas Calientes
Early in the morning around 5am we take local transportation from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa. We stop there for breakfast. After breakfast we continue in the transport to the hydroelectric plant. From here, we can appreciate the nearby Inca site and later we can visit the small archaeological site of Intihuatana before continuing to walk another 10 km along the train tracks to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we have free afternoon to rest in a comfortable hostal, walk around the town and possibly enjoy hot springs. In the evening we have dinner in a restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in restaurant.

Day 3: Machu Picchu
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 to see the sun rise. In this place, we will have a thorough explanation of the Inca construction, at a time where there will be the least number of people. We can also secure our entry to the mountain of Waynapichu from where we can appreciate Machu Picchu from a different vantage point. 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 biking will depend on the group. The guide can change the places for having lunch and camping 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 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 in public bus from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa and to the hydroelectric plant
  • 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 far walking
  • Camping tents for 2 and 3 persons depending on the requirements
  • Inflatable mattress (eg. Thermarest)
  • Camping equipment
  • Cook or restaurants
  • Transport to carry the baggage and equipment
  • Professional guide who speaks English, Spanish and Quechua
  • Assistant guide for groups larger than 8 people
  • 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, wranglers (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

Biking to Machu Picchu 3d/2n

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  • If you wish to travel alone, you need to ask for a private tour, letting us know which date you wish to leave, and you must make your reservation a week ahead of time so that we can organize your tour.
  • 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) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices
  • Children: $20 U.S. (minors of 16 years with proof of passport) – due to the differences in entrance ticket prices.
  • Volunteers in Peru: $20 U.S. (with a confirmation of volunteering activities)