Downhill biking to Machu Picchu 4 days
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INKA TRAIL BIKING TO MACHUPICCHU 4 DAYS
US$555 per person 2014
Day 01: Downhill Biking
We will pick-up you at 7:00 am from your Hotel. Starting point of our adventure is the Local Bus Terminal (to the North at Santiago district). We’ll leave the city seeing beautiful natural surroundings with rolling hills until the town of Chinchero overlooking the Sacred Valley at about 2700 masl.reach. After descending this mountainside we’ll arrive to a brief stop at Ollantaytambo where we’ll start the 46 km. uphill to the ABRA MALAGA (Mountain Pass at 4350 masl) approx. at midday, the starting point again to our downhill, just in case the weather be not good for riding bikes due to haze, rain or snow, we’ll go further down with the bus for about 30 minutes to the next place being the hamlet of Carrizales where we’ll rest a bit and have luch, after that we’ll descend to the hot valleys of the high jungle towards QUILLABAMBA, this downhill will last about 5 hours, passing by little rustic villages, ravines, fruit groves and streams. During the trip we’ll stop 2 times to visit the archeological centers of Inkatambo (Lodging Place in Quechua) who was an Inka fortress & guarding place for the route which came up from the jungles to the highlands (this route is being paved nowadays) and continuing with Huamanmarka (Falcon Land) that includes a main plaza, a sacred temple, urban sector, administrative areas, agricultural terraces at riverside and a religious & ceremonial center (Ushnu). Both visits last about 30 minutes each. We arrive to the first major town of SANTA MARIA about 6pm. (dinner and overnight camping or in a familiar guest house).
Day 02: Trekking
We will get up very early this time at 5 am. and get a good healthy breakfast to start walking over a flat area by the Urubamba riverside for about 1½ hours. Then we’ll continue to go up the route for 1 more hour taking the ancient Inka jungle trail, a rustic and rough road full of rocks and stones (with some steps on it), crossing the river using old Oroyas (Cablecar bridges) and footbridges… we can observe several wild animals of the region like birds (parrots, hummingbirds, jungle eagles, marakarakus, etc) and fruit & medicine plants like bananas, avocados, yuca, mangos, pineapples, oranges, pacay, tangerines, cacao, coffee and coca crops, etc…then arriving to the hamlet of Q´ellumayu where we’ll get some rest and have lunch.After that we’ll go on with our trek walking by the river for about 2 hours to arrive to the hot springs of Santa Teresa. We’ll relax and soak for about 1 hour and continue walking for 45 minutes more to arrive to the second major town of SANTA TERESA, approx. at 6 pm .(We’ll rest, dinner & overnight here).
Day 03: Trekking
We will get up at 7 am. And have breakfast, then we’ll continue our trek to the Hydroelectric Power Plant for about 2:30 hours. This part of the trek is called “the waterfall day” where we´ll pass many cascades and specially one falling from 45 m above being the smallest. The option is to get a shower in one of these. Once we’ll reach the Power Plant we can visit an small archeological site nearby including an Intiwatana (Sundial) after this, we’ll have some rest and get lunch, we’ll continue after that for about 2:30more hours as we’ll reach to our final destination today…AGUAS CALIENTES (At the foot of Machu Picchu) approx. at 5:30 pm. Then we’ll go to the hotel to rest or you can choose to trek a very steep and slippery climb to the Putukusi hill, just in front of Machu Picchu complex at the same level or visit the artisan & handicraft market at night… and around 7:00 pm we’ll have our last tour dinner and a general advance briefing of what will be the Machu Picchu tour. (Hot springs visit is optional).
Day 04: Machupicchu
We’ll get up early at 4:30 pm to have enough time to climb up the steep path to the MACHU PICCHU Sanctuary in about 1:30 h. and watch the sunrise, then you get private guiding withing the park for 2hours, after that you can wander freely until noon to relax, take snapshots, walk and also climb up to the Wayna Picchu summit or just stroll to the Intipunku or the Inka Drawbrigde. We’ll return down to Aguas Calientes town at 1:30 pm, just to be on time to each the train back to Ollantaytambo at 3 pm. (train leaves at 4.20 or 4:45 pm).
Hotel passenger pick up.
Bus shuttle to Abra Málaga.
Bikes with front suspensions, gloves and helmet.
3 lunch, 3 dinners, 3 breakfast.
Overnights in country lodge (all Basic services included) and 1 night in an Aguas Calientes town hotel (with private bath & hot water).
Entry ticket to the Machu Picchu Complex.
Bilingual Professional guide service (Biking, trek and Machu Picchu).
Train back: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (backpacker tourist Train).
Guide assistant (for more than 8 passengers).
First aid kit.
Extra mule, sleeping bag, bus ticket Machupicchu Aguas Calientes