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Biking and Hiking to Machu Picchu - Hiking Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail - Peru

Biking And Trekking Experience 4 Days / 3 Nights


Imbued with a magical silence, 120km (74mi) from Cusco on the slopes above the Urubamba River, lies one of the world's most extraordinary archaeological sites. Machu Picchu (2400m / 7872ft) is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. It is believed that the city was built by the Sapaq Inca Pachacuti, starting in about 1440, and was inhabited until the Spanish conquest of Peru in 1532. Archaeological evidence (together with recent work on early colonial documents) shows that Machu Picchu was not a conventional city, but a country retreat town for Inca nobility. The site has a large palace and temples dedicated to Inca deities Inca deities around a courtyard, with other buildings for support staff. It is estimated that a maximum of only about 750 people resided in Machu Picchu at any one time, and probably only a small fraction of that number lived in the town during the rainy season and when none of the nobility were visiting.

The name Machu Picchu comes from the ancient Quechua word meaning “Old Mountain”. This site was built entirely of stone, using every space in harmony with function. Machu Picchu has been known as the “Lost City of the Incas”.

The most common way is to take the train to Machu Picchu in the morning, explore the ruins and the afternoon return to Cusco. Another (perhaps better) option is stay overnight in Aguas Calientes and the next day to get in earlier to the complex.

“Machu Picchu is a trip to the serenity of the soul, to eternal fusion with the cosmos, there we feel our own fragility. It is one of the greatest marvels of South America. A resting place of butterflies at the epicenter of the great circle of life. One more miracle,” Pablo Neruda (poet).



Day 1: Cusco - Sacred Valley Of The Incas - Abra Malaga - Santa Maria

We will leave from Cusco at 7am in our private 4x4 vehicle, drive into the sacred valley of the Incas, through Chincheros, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo until we reach Abra Malaga (4350m). From there we will begin our bicycle tour to Santa Maria (downhill and cross country). Here we will see archeological centers like Huamanmarca and Inca jail, and an incredible landscape. We will be able to appreciate birds of the tropics, as well as medicinal plants in the cloud forest. This trip also takes us past many exotic fruit plantations such as mango, pineapple, papaya, avocado, coffee, and coca plants. We can take samples and enjoy the different flavors of the region. We can also observe the coca and coffee plantations and see local families in their daily routine. We will have dinner in Santa Maria town nearby river. Stay in tents or basic familiar accommodation (B-L-D).


Day 2: Santa Maria - Santa Teresa

At 6am, breakfast and then trekking along the banks of the Vilcanota River about 2 kms. From San Pablo we will go up to Inca jail where we will see waterfalls, and archeological centers of the Inca time. Plenty time to relax in the thermal baths, observation of the wildlife of this region. Have lunch at Inca jail. After 6 hours of trekking camp nearby of Santa Teresa town (B-L-D).


Day 3: Santa Teresa - Mandor Waterfall - Putucusi - Aguas Clientes

Trekking into the jungle canyon to the Mandor waterfall. The hike is flat for 5 hours, and we will see the mountains of San Miguel, visit the Putucusi viewpoint, located at the top of this mountain, nice award of Machu Picchu on the other side of the Urubamba River. Have lunch next to the river and continue hiking to the town of Aguas Calientes. Today is one of the best opportunities for bird watching along this day, the most common bird in this area is the cock of rock (Peruvian national bird). Stay at the selected hotel in Aguas Calientes, optional visit the hot sprig next to this town (B-L-D).


Day 4: Machu Pichu - Cusco

Early morning breakfast at the hotel and trekking up to Machu Picchu before the sunrise come up. To be the first people in the citadel is one of the best options on all day. Completely guide tour to Inca remain, free time to explore independently this Inca sacred city, if the time permitting climb to Wayna Picchu, the climb takes one and half hour. At 2pm is time to descend by van to Aguas Calientes. Backpacker train back to Cusco. Stay at the selected hotel in Cusco (B-S).


B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner S = Snack



Official English speaking guide for biking and trekking (two guides for groups over 8 persons)

Public bus (backpacker service) or private van (private VIP service) for transfer from Cusco to Abra Malaga

GT/TREK Mountain bikes (aluminum tubing - disk brake - shimano gear)

Helmet and wind proof gloves

Experienced cook

Cooking equipment

Teatime everyday (coffee, tea, popcorn, biscuit)

Local family lodge to saty in Santa Maria and Santa Teresa

Over night in a hotel of Aguas Calientes

All meals on the trail (3 breakfast - 3 lunches - 3 dinners)

Tourist bus from Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes, most of other companies dont include this service

Backpacker train back from Aguas Calientes to Cusco

New shimano parts and repair kit

Peru Adventure Tours Present

Biking & Trekking price include all local sales taxes (19%)

First aid kit and oxygen bottle for any participant and our camp staff


Inca trail tour operator:


Peru Adventure Tours
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Peru


Getting There
From Puno by plane, bus and train

From Arequipa by plane and bus

Contact Information:
Zip: 054
Phone: 221658
Fax: 221658
E-mail: info(at)

Here are other activities in and around Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail that may be of interest: Putucusi, Alternative Inka Trail, Four-Day Inca Trail Trek, Short Inca Trail, The Inca Trail and Inca Trail Porters.

05 Nov 2008

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