DAY 1: CUSCO - ABRA MALAGA – SANTA MARÍA (BIKING AND RIVER RAFTING)
We start our adventure early in the morning in Cusco; we pick you up from your hotel around 6am. We drive you by car through the amazing Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Passing the indigenous town of Chinchero with amazing views of the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountains range and enjoying the panoramic views of the small towns in the sacred valley, after 2 hours of driving we stop in the Inca town of Ollantaytambo to stretch our legs and to use the toilet. Then we will drive by car up to the Abra Malaga pass (4350m 14271ft). From this point we will start biking down to Santa Maria town. At Abra Malaga you will receive all the biking gear and also a biking training. Biking starts high in the Andes with the majestic view of the Veronica snow-cap. We will bike downhill from Abra Malaga to Huamanmarca, to have lunch and to explore the small Inca ruins of Huamanmarca. Afterwards we take the car again to get to Santa Maria to do river rafting in the afternoon. You will also have the chance to enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape. Once in Santa Maria you are going to the accommodation where you can take a shower and relax. In the evening we will enjoy the dinner at a restaurant in this town.
DAY 2: SANTA MARIA – QUELLOMAYO- SANTA TERESA (HIKE)
Our hiking day starts with breakfast at the restaurant around 6:00 am. Today is one of the most awesome days of the entire adventure. We start hiking along the car route for about 45 minutes. then we get into the original Inca trail that used to connect Machu Picchu with Vilcabamba, which is considered the last Inca capital on the way. We will appreciate many plantations of bananas, coca, yucca, coffee, etc. We will hike for 3 hours on the original Inca trail with magnificent views of the Vilcanota valley and panoramic views of the hills covered with different types of plantations from the jungle. We stop at Quellomayo village for lunch in one of the local restaurants. After the lunch you can rest or explore a little more. Afterwards we continue the hike along the Vilcanota River. It will take 3.5 hours hiking to get to the Colcamayo hot springs. This natural and outdoor hot spring is great for muscle relax after the hike and you can spend a couple of hours at the hot springs before continuing the hike to Santa Teresa. After 45 minutes hiking from the hot springs we get to Santa Teresa town. We will stay overnight in Santa Teresa town in a nice hostel and we will have dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 3: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELÉCTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES (ZIP LINE-HIKE)
After breakfast in Santa Teresa we will go to the zip lining base to start doing the activity for about 2 hours, zipping, through 6 different cables that there are for the zip lining. Afterwards we will go to Hydroelectrica to have our lunch. After lunch we hike along the Vilcanota River to Aguas Calientes town. On the way we can see the power plant of Hydroelectrica and also beautiful waterfalls. We will have a stop at Intihuatana (sacred rock) to have an explanation of this small Inca ruin and also to have the first view of Machu Picchu. Then we hike along the train track for 3 hours approximately to get to Aguas Calientes town. Once we arrive, we will go to the hotel, to take a shower and to get ready for our last dinner with the whole group together.
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
This is the most important day for us as we will visit Machu Picchu very early in the morning. After the breakfast in the hotel very early we go to the bus station to catch the bus up to Machu Picchu in order to be at Machu Picchu by 6.00 am because Machu Picchu opens at 6.00 am. This is the best time to visit Machu Picchu because later it will be very crowded. We always try to be the first ones in Machu Picchu to also see the sunrise. Afterwards the guide will give you a guided tour for about 2.5 hour in order to get to know everything you want to know about Machu Picchu. Then you have some free time to explore Machu Picchu by yourselves. If you booked the extra tickets for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain you are going to climb one of these mountains in this time. Then it is time to go back to Aguas Calientes town in order to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo town. From Ollantaytambo you will have a transfer to back to Cusco by car and we drop you in your hotel in Cusco.