What better way to arrive at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu than by adventure? Join us for an action packed 2-day journey that will be a highlight of your trip to Peru.
We start day 1 biking through lush jungle and Andes peaks. Then, we’ll take to the Urubamba River, rafting through rapids as we take in the scenic shoreline. The day closes out at Colcamayo natural hot springs where you can relax in the warm waters and enjoy the 360 degree views of the area.
The next morning we’re up bright and early to begin the final trek to Machu Picchu. We’ll walk for about 2.5 hours on flat land beside the train tracks. This road takes us all the way to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to your final destination. After a short break and bus up the mountain, we arrive to the lost city of the Incas for a guided tour of the magical Machu Picchu.
We will begin our Andean Adventure trip early in the morning (4:30 am pick up from your hotel) as a fun and active day awaits for us, heading northwest of Cusco, we will pass by the towns of Chinchero, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo, the last two located in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Our adventure begins at Abra Málaga at 4,316 m / 14,160 ft high pass, with its impressive view of the snowcapped Veronica. Here you will receive a brief description of our biking adventure, equipment, bicycles and safety instructions. Once we are ready, we will start our descent towards the town of Santa María located at 1300 m /4265 ft, along our outstanding route of approx. 3 hours, we will be able to whiteness amazing landscapes, glaciers, orchid gardens, fruit tree plantations, coca, coffee, cocoa, tea, all typical of the jungle we approach, in addition to enjoying our lunch.
After we recover from such an unique experience, we will be ready to start the next one, river rafting full of adrenaline for approx. 1 hour and a half. Finally, after this, we will take the van and drive for approx. 1 hour to the town of Santa Teresa where we will check-in to the Eco Lodge.
After enjoying a delicious dinner, we will head out to the famous hotsprings of the town where we will have some time to chill and relax. (This is one of the highlights of the day!)
The next morning we will start the day at 5:30 am. After breakfast, our professional guide will guide to the town of Aguas Calientes. To get there, we will hike for 2.5 hours, to then take the bus and start your guided tour through the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu! You will have the chance to learn and visit some of the main temples, stairways, squares, roads, among other amazing spaces of this architectural complex, such as the Intiwatana. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore this extraordinary World Heritage Site on your own. Our guide will indicate where and at what time we can meet again for the return.
We will enjoy lunch at Aguas Calientes to then return to Cusco. For that we will be taking the train and a van transport afterwards.
Food - Breakfast Day 2
Food - Lunch Day 1 and 2
Entrance Fee / Tickets
Transportation - Round Trip
Accommodation in Santa Teresa
Professional gears and accessories for the activities on the first day
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Food - Breakfast Day 1
Food - Dinner Day 1
Tips for vendors
Transportation - Flight from Lima-Cuzco-Lima
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Difficulty Level - Medium
Altitude - We recommend to arrive early the day before to Cuzco so they can get adjusted to the altitude
No refunds - There will be no refund in case of delayed flights, train delays, bad weather or other external factors.
Itinerary - Due to environmental, climatic or other factors, beyond the vendors control, the travel itinerary may vary. If so, it will be notified promptly.
Omar is your host for the weekend. He is a local from Peru and a friend to Remote Year. He was the previous City Manager in Lima and can't wait to meet more Remotes while experiencing Machu Picchu together.
MINIMUM TO OPERATE
DEADLINE TO BOOK
16 days prior to the start date
Frequently Asked Questions
The fact that you need to wake up 3 days in a row at 3:30AM in high altitude, made some people to bailing out from rainbow mountains. The mountain bike was fun but then the road was closed and we had to do extra hike to get to the Ziplining. The rafting was not an option.
The tour guides were great but the planning of whole was not matching somehow.
As a person who never been in Peru, I thought the secret valley is also part of that option but it is not.
I recommend choosing the sacred valley option if you want to do the rainbow mountains as well.
The hike to macho pichu was nice and that’s the part I would choose as an option.
Don't let the description scare you from going on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! If you're worried about the biking portion, don't be! You have all the gear you'll need and it's mostly downhill, so you don't need to worry about getting winded with the altitude.
The ecolodge we stayed at was amazing, the food was delicious and the ambiance was 10/10. You can hear the river rushing by outside your window.
Ziplining was incredible - I'd never done it before and loved every second. The hot springs were nice and a perfect way to relax after the aforementioned activities.
And our guide - Wilbert! He is the absolute best - he knows absolutely everyone along the way and worked his magic more than once by pulling some strings with his local connections. This trip was worth every penny and I'm so glad I went on it.
The pictures do not do this trip justice. The hotel was absolutely stunning and peaceful falling asleep to the rapids outside the window. We did no go rafting as it was rainy season, but instead did zip lining which was possibly even more thrilling. The best part was the 2.5 hour walk along the train tracks to the base of Machu Pichu, surrounded by the Andes mountains. Wilbert was the BEST possible tour guide as he has been to Machu Pichu close to 1,000 times. He had connections everywhere we went and even saved us from being trapped in by a landslide. This track was so well worth every penny and definitely not an experience you can replicate on your own.