Peru travel guide: Biking and Trekking Peru Adventure Tour to Machu Picchu
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Some adventure-loving visitors want to experience Machu Picchu with a more high-energy, adrenaline-filled Peru trekking adventure than to traverse the popular Inca Trail. For those who want an alternative route to Machu Picchu that is both physically challenging and absolutely exhilarating, a Multi Sport Machu Picchu adventure may be just the ticket.
This Adventure Tour to Machu Picchu is a four day, three night mountain biking and trekking excursion that takes you along the back roads from Cusco to Machu Picchu. You will journey through the rugged terrain of the Andean foothills, passing glaciers and snowy peaks, not missing a single breathtaking vista, until you arrive at the nearly 8000 feet high emerald city in the sky, the dazzling Machu Picchu.
The adventure begins in Cusco, where your guide will take you to Malaga Pass, a nearly 14,000 ft peak that affords excellent views of snowy Wakaywillca Peak and Veronica Glacier.
You will gear up for a full day of thrilling mountain biking riding as your guide briefs you on the trail specifications and safety guidelines. Your guide will provide you with all the biking equipment you need. Then, hop on your bike and descend the Andean back road trails.
This is some of the most beautiful backcountry in the region, and you have a good chance of catching sight of exquisite birds like the Crested Quetzal, the sword-billed hummingbird, the scarlet-bellied tanager, the Inca Wren, and the massive Andean Condor. In the evening your guides will set up dinner and the campsite, and you can relax along the Urubamba River.
The following morning begins early with a hike from Santa Maria to the remote village of Santa Teresa. This village is tucked away from the bustle of Inca trail trekkers, and so the hike past coffee, tea, and cacao fields allows you to see a part of Sacred Valley life that is off the well-trod path.
You´ll have lunch in the Pacamayo Valley, and you may way to enjoy a refreshing swim in the Sacsara River. You will continue hiking until you reach your campsite, where you can relax and reward yourself with a delicious meal.
Rising early for another full day of adventure, you’ll take a drive to the Quechua town of Lucmabamba, and then enjoy another exhilarating trek to Patallacta, where you’ll catch your first dazzling glimpse of Machu Picchu. The tough trekking will pay off when the awe-inspiring emerald mountain comes into view.
After lunch, you´ll take a train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu, where you´ll be free to explore the local shops and restaurants before turning in for the night at a local hotel. You may also want to relax in the hot baths for which the town is named.
The following morning, you will want to rise early to enjoy the sunrise on the sanctuary of the breathtaking Machu Picchu. One of the few Inca archeological wonders to escape colonial hands, its exquisite stonemasonry is still intact – the mortar-less stones could not fit a razor.
You will want to spend the day exploring the Inca Bridge, the Watchman’s Hut, the Temple of the Sun, and the rest of this awe-inspiring mountaintop city before heading back down to Aguas Calientes, for a late lunch and then to take the train back to Cusco.
*Note that this Machu Picchu adventure tour is only available April to December. Trekking level is easy to moderate; good shape is needed. The mountain biking level is easy to moderate downhill; prior downhill riding experience is required. A minimum of 2 passengers and maximum of 15 per group. Departures are every Tuesday; private service on request.