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4-Day Machu Picchu Biking and Hiking Tour from Cuzco

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    Day 1: Cuzco to Malaga High Pass, Mountain Biking to Santa Maria Village (1,400m) (L/D)

    Stop At: Cusco 08007, Peru
    Today we leave Cuzco early to journey by road in a van making our first stop after 1.5 hours in Ollantaytambo where we can have a quick breakfast and buy some snacks. Then we continue driving for another 1.5 hours up to the Malaga High Pass (4,350 meters) where our guide will provide us with a safety briefing before we begin our adventurous 2.5 hour bike ride down into the lush and humid jungle. We will see Huamanmarca Archaeological site along the way, cruise through fruit plantations and over rivers before arriving to Santa Maria village (1,400 meters) at around 2:00-2:30pm where you will have the rest of the day at leisure. You may choose to participate in an optional rafting activity or walk around town on your own. Enjoy your night at a basic, rustic guesthouse.

    (*Note: Accommodation options are very limited along the trekking route for the first 2 nights in Santa Maria & Santa Teresa villages. Most places have very basic, rustic facilities. Rooms often share a bathroom and sometimes do not have hot water. However, we always choose the best available option.)

    Optional Activity in Santa Maria: Rafting. Go on a scenic 2.5 hour rafting adventure and go down class III & IV rapids on the Urubamba River (also known as Vilcanota River). If you choose not to participate in the rafting activity, you can explore the town on your own.

    Inclusions: Accommodation pickup, Van Transfer Cuzco - Malaga High Pass, Mountain Biking Activity, 1N Basic Guesthouse, Meals 1L/1D.
    Duration: 18 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in basic guesthouse

    Day 2: Trek to Santa Teresa Village (1,680m) (B/L/D)

    Stop At: Santa Teresa, Peru, Santa Teresa District 08711, Peru
    After an early morning breakfast, we will begin our day of hiking through the jungle mountains to observe beautiful pristine landscapes, abundant flora and fauna and friendly local people. Have lunch halfway during the trek and relax breathing fresh mountain air. In the afternoon we will arrive to Santa Teresa village (1,680 meters) where we will stay overnight in a basic rustic guesthouse.

    Optional hot springs for an extra cost.

    Inclusions: 1N Basic Guesthouse, Meals 1B/1L/1D. (17km, 8hrs)
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in basic guesthouse

    Day 3: Trek to Aguas Calientes (B/L/D)

    Stop At: Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), Signposted from main square, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Peru
    Take an easy 3-hour hike along the train tracks from Santa Teresa to Hydroelectric Station where you will stop for lunch. Continue 3 more hours on foot to reach Aguas Calientes town, where you will find internet cafes, cafes with board games and cards, plenty of shops and places to relax. (Most people hike this portion of the trek but there is an optional train ride from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes if you're feeling tired). Overnight in a hotel tonight for a well-deserved shower and good night's sleep.

    Optional Activity in Santa Teresa: Canopy Zip-Line. Fly through the treetops on a 2-hour morning canopy excursion on South America's highest and Peru's first canopy zip-line. Traverse over 2,500 meters of cables with the longest ride covering 400 meters and the highest at 150 meters.

    Inclusions: 1N Aguas Calientes 3* Hotel, Meals 1B/1L/1D. (18km, 6hrs)
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in 3* hotel

    Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco (B)

    Stop At: Machu Picchu, 08680, Peru
    We will catch one of the first buses (05:30 am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy you can also climb the Huayna Picchu Peak (to be booked in advance at an extra cost). Return to Aguas Calientes by bus. If time allows, visit the local marketplace next to the train station and shop until the train whistle blows, signaling your return to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will take a bus back to Cuzco arriving around 08:00pm. You will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco. Please make your own way to the accommodation of your choice upon arrival.

    DESCRIPTION OF MACHU PICCHU GUIDED SITE VISIT: The one and only, the most spectacular (and not to mention most popular) archaeological site in all of South America. Your guide will take you on a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu walking you through the most important sites and covering the history of the place. Then you will have free time to explore on your own and take pictures at your leisure.

    Take an OPTIONAL hike up the steep peak named Huayna Picchu, which is located inside the Machu Picchu archaeological site. This sometimes muddy peak takes about 45 - 60 minutes to hike up and awards you with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu from a coveted perspective. Keep in mind that if you want to take this optional hike, you must now purchase your ticket at least 2 weeks in advance for an additional cost in order to get one of the 400 passes (200 people are allowed up at 7:00am and 200 more at 10:00am). Please send us an email directly to request this extra ticket.

    Inclusions: Round trip Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu, Train Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo, Bus Ollantaytambo - Cuzco, 2-Hour Machu Picchu Guided Visit, Meal 1B.
    *If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.)
    Duration: 18 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please confirm your pick-up address with Bamba Experience at least 1 week prior to departure
    Departure Time
    6:00 AM
    Duration
    4 days
    Inclusions
    • 3x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • Pre-departure briefing
    • Cuzco Accommodation Pick-Up
    • Van Cuzco - Malaga High Pass
    • Round Trip Tourist Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
    • Tourist Train Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
    • Bus Ollantaytambo - Cuzco
    • Professional Bilingual Guide on trek & Machu Picchu tour
    • 2 nights Basic Guesthouse Accommodation (Santa Maria & Santa Teresa)
    • 1-night 3* Hotel Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
    • Meals: 3B/3L/3D/3 snacks with typical menus in local restaurants
    • Mountain Biking Equipment (bicycles, helmet and gloves)
    • First Aid Kit & Emergency oxygen bottle
    • Entry/Admission - Machu Picchu
    Exclusions
    • Day 1 breakfast and day 4 lunch
    • Bottled water
    • Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)
    • Optional Rafting Trip and Canopy Zip-Line
    • Hot Springs Santa Teresa (20 soles)
    • Optional train transfer from hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes (28 USD)
    • Optional Huayna Picchu Trek (at an extra cost) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance
    • Optional Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (at an extra cost) must be booked at least 1 week in advance
    • Cuzco Accommodation Drop-off
    • Accommodation in Cuzco
    • Tips (Please remember that tipping is 100% optional and depends entirely on the service you received. It is customary to give tips in Latin America, however it is NOT mandatory. If you do wish to give a tip, these are our recommended guidelines.) Guides: 40-60 soles per guide per trekker
    • Note: In 2017, the Peruvian government may require a trekking permit for the Machu Picchu Jungle Trek. If this is approved, the rates will be around: 133 Soles ($USD 41) Adult and 67 Soles ($USD 22) Student
    • Note: Prices for optional activities are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Please confirm these prices before departing on the trek.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Minimum age is 7 years
    • SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: Bring or Rent in Cuzco: hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card (there is limited to no electricity available during the trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail. Bathing suit for hot springs in Santa Teresa Village (this activity is available at an additional price).
    • All travellers are required to visit the Cuzco office one day prior to departure for a mandatory briefing on your trek. At this meeting you will receive detailed information on the route, a list of what to bring, confirm your accommodation pick-up for the morning of the trek and be able to ask questions.
    • PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This is a moderately difficult hike, with a few long hiking days combined with multi-sport activities such as mountain biking, river rafting, and/or zip lining. We recommend you to be physically fit for the trip.
    • ACCOMMODATION: Single travelers will share a room with another traveler & Couples will have a private room.
    • Note: Accommodation options are very limited along the trekking route for the first 2 nights in Santa Maria & Santa Teresa villages. Most places have very basic, rustic facilities, rooms often share a bathroom and sometimes do not have hot water. However, we always choose the best available option
    • Monday, Wednesday & Saturday (Daily departures with a group of 4 or more)
    • Important: You must provide the following information upon booking: Full name (exactly as it appears on the passport), Date of Birth, Nationality, Passport Number, Date of Passport Expiry - Must be valid for at least 6 months past the date of travel. Without this information, the local tour operator will be unable to make the booking. Please be aware that your complete and correct passport information must be provided. Absolutely no modifications can be made once your booking has been confirmed. Any changes or discrepancies in the information provided will result in a complete loss of permits and entrance tickets, for which you will be held responsible and will need to pay for again
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • You will have a guide during the trek and on the Machu Picchu tour. However, during your bus and train transfers you will not be accompanied by a guide.
    • If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.)
    • Brief History of Machu Picchu & Advice: Machu Picchu was (relatively recently) "discovered" by American historian, Hiram Bingham, in 1911 while searching for the legendary "lost city of the Incas". Hiram Bingham and his local guides stumbled across the site which was then covered in thick vegetation which was later cleared revealing the magical mountain-top archaeological site and opening up the possibility for archaeologists to conduct research on the site by 1915. Whether arriving via Inca Trail or entering from Aguas Calientes don't miss the excellent photo opportunities from the following spots: Hut of the Caretaker of the Funerary Rock (a restored building with a thatched roof), Sacred Plaza with views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba in the distance and Rio Urubamba below. Take a short walk out to the Inca Drawbridge (30 minutes) and Inti Punku (45 - 60 minutes) for great views of the site as dawn breaks and the clouds lift over Machu Picchu.
    • DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS: Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.
    • Travellers who booked their trip using one passport, then renewed or replaced it afterward, must carry the old passport they used to make the booking or a photocopy with them on the trip.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
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    great guide, fed on the way, hike, bike, lots of walking, lots of uphill and some downhill, ziplining, white water rafting. highly recommended for those who are adventurous
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    Great hike through the highlands and a day at Machu Picchu at the end
    We had a great hike with Bamba, led by Junior with superb cooking by Jorge. Made for an excellent experience after
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    Macchu Picchu with guide, Willy.
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    Well organized tour of the beautiful Rainbow Mountain
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    Unforgettable Experience- thank you!
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    Amazing experience - Lovely people!!
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    Excellent tour guide CHINO
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