Live with us this adventure to the Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu, in a walk that starts from Cusco city through villages such as Ollantaytambo, Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and Hidroelectric in a touristic bus, then We start a 2 hour walk along a flat road surrounded by vegetation and tropical fruits to the town of Aguas Calientes and spend one night in this place. The next morning we will be enjoying a guided tour in Machu Picchu Sanctuary to finally come back to Cusco in the afternoon.
We will depart at 07:30 a.m. from your hostel pick up The tour will begin with a nice, scenic ride to Ollantaytambo, where we will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area as we take a short, 30 minute break (approx). From there, we will continue down a long, winding path to "Habra de Malaga", which stands at an altitude of 4,316 mtrs. From that vantage point, we will see some of the most amazing landscapes that Peru has to offer.
After a brief stop, we will begin our descent into the thick jungle, passing through the different micro-climates that combine the paradisiacal landscapes of the majestic snow-capped peaks with the hot, tropical entrance to the rainforest. We will continue along our route until we have reached Alfamayó, where there is a nice, paved road in perfect condition that we can use. We will need to take an unpaved road though, in order to continue on in the direction of Santa Maria, which is located at an altitude of 1575 meters above sea level. We will take a moment to rest here before continuing on to the small pueblo, Santa Teresa, where a delicious lunch will be awaiting us at approximately 14:00 pm. There will be a variety of different foods available to suit every taste.
Afterwards, at around 2:45 pm, we will return to the route in the direction of the train station at the nearby Hydroelectric Plant. From where you have to walk 12 Kilometers - 2 hours (or take an optional train will have us in Aguas Calientes), at which point you will be taken to the designated hostals and hotels. If we have any extra time to use, we can also go take a relaxing dip in the natural, heated waters of the hot baths. At 8 pm, though, it will be time to enjoy a hearty dinner along with the guide who will be taking you to the ancient citadel, Machu Picchu. At that time, he will have a chance to go over the plan for the following day and answer any questions.
We spend one night in a basic Hostel in Aguas Calientes.
You will have the option to go up to Machu Picchu by bus or walking . Breakfast will be served from 04:00 am. The guided tour of the site will begin at 6:00 am and will last for at least 2 hours. Afterwards, you will be able to enjoy some free time until approximately 12:30 pm, which is the recommended time to begin returning down the mountain to the train station. The train back to the hydroelectric plant will be leaving Aguas Calientes at 1:30 pm ( US$ 45.00 aditional cost with train) * if you want to avoid the train you can walk for around 2 hours so have to leave at 12:30 from Aguas Calientes as Transportation in Hidroelectrica will wait only until 2:30 pm.
Upon our arrival to the hydroelectric plant, we will transfer you to a private van, which will take us to Santa Teresa. There, we will have a one hour break for one last chance to get some food or use the restroom before we undertake the final leg of the ride. We will then proceed back to Cusco, returning down the same road that brought us here. We will arrive to Cusco around 21:00 pm (aprox).