Peru Multisport Adventure to Machu Picchu - 4 Days
Take the Adventurous route to Machu Picchu on this exclusive Inca Jungle trip
On this 4 day Inca Jungle adventure through Peru, you will experience the most Epic itinerary as you hike along old Inca trails on a multisport approach to Machu Picchu. This trip is designed for an adventurous spirit involving zip-lining through the jungle, rafting down the Urubamba River canyon all while experiencing culture, history and lands full of alpacas and llamas.
Day 1: CUSCO- SANTA MARIA: Mountain Biking & White Water Rafting
Your FlashpackerConnect guide will pick you up in a private car around 8am and transport the group 3 hours to the top of Malaga Pass where we will start our mountain bike descent. This epic descent will take around 3 hours as you pass local villages, rivers, llama and Alpaca farms with views of snow capped peaks and surrounding glaciers. The trail is along a wide dirt road that lends itself to most ability levels. Upon arriving in the town of Huamanmarca we will have a break for lunch. From here, we will begin our white water adventure on the Urubamba River, encountering Class II-IV rapids, depending on the season. Even beginners can take on this river as you will be under the guidance of a professional team. After about a 2 hour trip we reach the take out and we will be transferred to our hotel in Santa Maria.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Biking time: – 3 to 4 hours approximately.
- Mountain Biking: 28 miles, Elevation loss: 4,592'; Rafting: 3 hours
Overnight: Santa Maria – Basic Hotel (Private room & bath)
Day 2: SANTA MARIA-SANTA TERESA: Inca Trails, Jungle Ziplining & Hot Springs
After a hearty breakfast we will be fueled up for a 10 mile hike along a section on the ancient Inca Trail. Along the way we will walk through small farming communities who grow coca, coffee and jungle fruits. Upon arrival to Vilcabamba we will have our lunch.
From here, we will arrive at the Jungle canopy that is home to a series of seven zip lines that wind through the jungles! Our day ends in the small town of Santa Teresa known for its famous thermal hot springs that are naturally pulled from the surrounding mountains.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Distance: approx. 12 km
- Hiking: 6-7 hours, 10 miles, Elevation Gain: 3,280', elevation loss: 3,658'
Overnight: Santa Teresa- Basic Hotel (Private room & bath)
Day 3: SANTA TERESA – AGUAS CALIENTES: Trekking & train ride through the Andean mountains
After breakfast, we set off trekking with a climb up Llactapata pass, where you will get the first views of Machu Picchu in the distance. We will begin a descent through the lush forests passing some seldom seen Incan ruins along the way. This is also a great place to see rare bird species and orchids. Once we reach the Urubamba River bed, we board the local train to the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.
Upon arrival we will check into our hotel. From here, you will have some time to relax and enjoy the amazing views, explore some of the souvenir shops, and eat dinner.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
- Hiking: 7 miles, elevation gain 1,800', elevation loss: 3,075'
- Distance: approx. 16 km
Overnight: La Cabana (or similar)
Day 4: Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Today is the most magical day of your journey. Depending on your entrance time to Machu Picchu your guide will help you determine the best time to wake up for your tour. If you have the early entrance you will wake up around 4am to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu and see the sun rise over the ruins (sunrise dependent on season). If you have a later entrance you will be able to enjoy a bit more sleep before taking the bus up to the ruins (entrance times will be assigned to you depending on how far in advance you book). Your guide will take about 2 hours explaining the highlights of Machu Picchu and the beautiful sites. Afterwards, if you have booked the option to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain you will have time for your hike and have free time to walk the ruins on your own. In the afternoon, you will get back on the bus and head to Aguas Calientes town. You will then board the train back to Ollantaytambo, where a private van will be waiting for your ride back to Cusco arriving between 6-8pm.
Overnight: 3 Star Hotel in Cusco (This is not included, but can be added on request)
Additional Trip Info
- All accommodation - (3 star hotel - Aguas Calientes, basic accommodations in Jungle - 2 nights)
- All activities (biking gear & bikes, rafting, hot springs & Zip-lining)
- Entrance fees & permits
- Transfers to/ from your hotel in Cusco
- Fluent English / Spanish speaking local guides
- Most meals - as listed
- Train (to/from Aguas Calientes)
- Bus transport for Machu Picchu
- First aid kit/ oxygen
- Travel Insurance - We recommend World Nomads, or Global Rescue
- International flights
- Domestic Flights & Airport transfers (can be arranged on request)
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