From glacier to jungle, Bike & Hike offers an alternative route to Machupicchu, combining downhill biking with hiking on old Inca trails. Historians may agree that our ancient Incan ancestors didn't travel by bike, but humans have wholeheartedly adopted that whole wheel thing. The best part is, no permits are needed. You can book this tour year round.
Our support vehicle takes you from Cusco to the starting point in the jungle. Along the way we do some mountain biking before our stop in Santa Maria. From here we start our hike through farm lands to the jungle and a small village called Santa Teresa and then on to the town of Aguas Calientes, with Machu Picchu just a half hour away.
Itinerary - 4 Days $650 pp Group Departure / $750 pp Private Departure (min 2)
(we recommend that everyone arrive at least 2 days prior to starting this tour to acclimatize to the local altitude - Cusco/11,000 ft)
Day 1 From Cusco: our support vehicle picks you up, then heads for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our crew takes you up, up into the mountains towards the glacier and a place called Abra Malaga. From here you’ll mount your metal steed and start your descent . Ride with gusto or take time to smell the jungle, the choice is yours. You’ll pedal your way into a cloud forest and the town of Santa Maria with time to explore the town, enjoy dinner and over night in a small hostal.
Day 2 Santa Maria/Santa Teresa: after breakfast, we start a six to seven-hour hike to our campsite in Santa Teresa. The trek takes us along well-preserved Inca trail, through forests abounding in wild orchids and bromeliads. We'll hike across coffee and coca plantations with breathtaking scenery full of brightly-colored birds, parrots, butterflies. In the afternoon we arrive in Santa Teresa where we set up camp for dinner and our overnight.
Day 3 Santa Teresa/Aguas Calientes: following breakfast, we start our hike by crossing the Vilcanota River. We will cross in a hanging basket or "oroya," one of the most exciting experiences of our journey, (or walk cross the bridge.) Once we recover, it will take us 20 minutes to walk to the hydroelectric station village. We'll explore the archaeological ruins of Intihuatana (Sun dial) and eat lunch. After a short rest, we continue for another two hours towards Aguas Calientes, where we arrive around 2 pm or 3 pm. We'll have an overnight in a hotel with dinner in one of many restaurants.
Day 4 Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Cusco: we'll get up early to enjoy the sunrise over one of the wonders of the modern world, the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guided tour includes a two to three hour visit to the citadel. For those who’d like to stay longer, you can make arrangements to meet your tour guide on time in Aguas Calientes to return to Cusco by train.
Choose your dates then contact us with questions or to make your reservation. Please include the title of the tour, the number of people in your group and the time of year you plan to travel. We try to reply the same day.
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INCLUDES: Bus service - Cusco to Santa Maria - Meals (3B–3L–3D) - Licensed tour guide (English & Spanish) - 1 night at campsite ( Santa Teresa) - 2 nights in hostels: Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes - Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu and Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes - Entrance fee to Machu Picchu and private, guided tour - Train ticket Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (Backpacker) - Bus ride from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco - Fully-equipped Trek mountain bikes and camping gear - Support vehicle
Optional: add another day in Machu Picchu for $100 pp inlcuding hotel & $65 pp for additional entry fee.
Not Included: International or domestic flights - Meals before and after the hiking/biking - Tips - Travel Insurance -Airport departure taxes
Ask about longer tour packages which include two days acclimatization, transfers, all land transportation, accommodations & guided tours of Cusco, Tambomachay, Qenco, Sacsayhuaman & Sacred Valley of the Incas. 7 Days/6 Nights $1190 pp