INKA JUNGLE (4 days, 3 nights)
Day 1: Cusco – Santa María-pispitayuc: Cycling + optional rafting
Prior arrangements will be made for pick up from your hotel between 6 a.m. and 6.30 a.m. Following this the van will leave Cusco and drive through the Sacred valley. There will be a stop for a snack before continuing on the journey to the highest point on the route at the Malaga Pass (4,316m). Here there are great views of the snowcapped mountains. We shall proceed by bicycle down into the jungle at Santa Maria where lunch will be taken (the bike ride takes about 2 hours). The road journey continues on to Qocalpampa. Here there is an optional river rafting ride on the Urubamba River which lasts about 2 hours. After a short walk we shall reach the Community of Pispitayoc (1,530m) where we shall spend the night in accommodation provided by local families.
Day 2: Pispitayoc – Santa Teresa: Trek and hot springs
Breakfast prepared by the local family will be taken at 7 a.m. We shall then walk for about 14 km through areas of lush vegetation and climbing occasionally to obtain good views of the surrounding valleys. We shall pass an original Inca path on route. We shall have lunch at the village of Quellomayo. In the afternoon we shall reach Santa Teresa where we shall spend time relaxing in the hot springs. Following that we shall take a combi to reach the town of Santa Teresa itself, where we shall spend the 2nd night. The walk will take around 6 hours.
Day 3: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes: Trek + optional zip line
The day begins with a typical breakfast at 6.30 a.m. For those interested there is a recommended option of undertaking a tour to pass along a series of zip lines close to Chuntayoc, the highest of which is 150m and the longest 400m. The other group will trek for 3 or 4 hours to reach a hydroelectric plant on the Vilcanota River where there is a sacred ceremonial site or Intihuatana. Both groups will then lunch together before walking along the railway line to Aguas Calientes – where we shall spend the 3rd night.
Day 4: Machu Picchu
There are two alternatives. Those who wish can be up early (4 a.m.) in order to be able to walk up to the Inca town of Machu Picchu and arrive before sunrise. Those who prefer can take one of the first buses around 6 a.m. There will be a guided tour of the site lasting about 2 hours, following which there will be free time to explore at leisure. For those wishing to climb up Huayna picchu and who have paid their entry fee prior to the tour you need to take into consideration that walking time to climb up and down is around 1¾ hours. The views are spectacular. You will return to Aguas Calientes in time for the train to Ollantaytambo, from where a bus will take you back to Cusco. You are free to spend an extra night in Aguas Calientes to visit if you wish.
The Price Includes:
- All transport costs except those mentioned below
- Bicycles and safety equipment
- 3 nights of accommodation (Pispitayuc, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes)
- Meals except lunch and dinner on the final day (a box lunch is given)
- A bilingual guide
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
The Price does not Include:
- Lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes on the final day
- Breakfast on the first day
- Entrance to the hot springs
- Bus to and from Machu Picchu (optional)
- Transport between the hot baths of Santa Teresa and the town (S/.5)
- Any additional nights in Aguas Calientes
What to Take:
- Small Backpack
- Some warm clothing
- Good Shoes
- Waterproof Jacket
- Bathing costume, towels, shampoo etc.
- Insect repellent
- Sun Cream and a hat
- Own medicines
IMPORTANT NOTE: There may be small changes to the program such as places where lunch is taken but the overall structure should not vary except in exceptional circumstances (blocked roads etc.)