Guiding Peru

Trekking Cusco , Peru

Here at Guiding Peru, we offer over 30 different trekking tours across Peru suitable for all different skill levels from novice hiker to mountain goat! Our professionally trained guides will assist you on your travels. Whether you’re looking for a single day tour or a multi-day culture filled expedition, a classic Inca Trail trek or something off the beaten path, we’ve got just the trek for you!

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Deluxe Inca Trail and Machu Picchu 8-Day Package Trekking

This 8-day deluxe tour shows you the very best of Peru's highlights including Cusco, the Sacred Vally and Machu Picchu. Highlight including hiking the famous Inca trail, exploring museums in the city, visiting a rural mountain village, and exploring the ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Our experienced, multilingual guides will lead you through this region of Peru, explaining its unique mixture of Inca and Spanish Colonial buildings with a special focus on the many famous and unexplored archaeological sites. The first three days of the guided Machu Picchu Deluxe Package Tour will give your body a chance to acclimatize, which will help in avoiding problems with elevation during the following four days on the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. During the tour, you will get an opportunity to enjoy delicious local foods, while touring and staying in the Region’s most memorable locations.

  • Expedition Train tickets and bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

  • Sacred Valley guided tour with chef-prepared picnic lunch – Full day

  • Cusco City guided Tour with chef-prepared picnic lunch – Full day

  • 21 Entrance tickets for all the Inca and touristic sites, Cusco Inca Museum entry and guided tour, Machu Picchu entry ticket and guided tour

  • 4 Day Inca Trail Trek permits and Cusco Visitors Ticket

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

  • Trekking poles

  • Tents for trail (2 persons shared 4 man tent) and sleeping bag, deluxe foam mattress, blanket and pillow

  • Dining tent and chairs with toilet tent and private hot shower tent

  • Personal porter for Inca trail trek

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers to and from the Cusco Airport

  • Assistance of English/Spanish speaking guides

  • Guiding Peru’s Welcome Package and first evening reception

On this tour, you will enjoy 7 nights of deluxe accommodation, including nights at luxury hotels including the Hilton Garden Inn HOtel Cusco and luxury camping along the Inca trail.

Day 1
You will be greeted by a Guiding Peru representative at the Cusco airport and enjoy a private van transfer to the 4* Hilton Hotel in Cusco. While you rest and acclimatize, our team will be finalizing preparations for your upcoming week’s experience. In the late afternoon, your guide will come to your hotel and lead you on a private walking tour of the wonderful Cusco Inca Museum. After returning to the hotel you will enjoy an evening reception in the hotel’s courtyard, where your guide will provide you with the details of your itinerary.

Day 2
Your 8-Day Machu Picchu Deluxe Package Tour will kick start when our guide will pick you up in the hotel lobby at 8:00 am to begin the tour of Cusco. This morning you will enjoy walking through and discussing the most traditional and important streets of the city. Your tour will begin in Cusco’s Plaza de Armas where your guide will describe the ancient Inca-built buildings and streets of the city and explore Saint Christopher Church that offers one of the best views of the city. You will then continue walking down to San Blas Incan urbanization, where you will visit Cusco’s first church and enjoy one of South America’s finest pulpits carved out of cedar wood. After touring this sacred church, you will continue on foot to the Temple of the Sun, Qoricancha. Upon entering this Temple you will experience an intriguing blend of Inca culture and Catholicism and their variations in building techniques. From Qoricancha you will then walk along some of the side streets of Cusco to the Main Cathedral, where your guide will discuss the history and the Andean art within (including the choir and the Andean last supper). Around noon, you will be driven to Quenko, The Temple of Fertility, where you will enjoy a 30-minute private guided tour. In these amazing highlands, you will have a delicious, chef-prepared buffet picnic lunch with drinks. This location is near a section of the ancient Inca trail, on the grounds of a newly built mountain village school. After lunch, we will visit with the children in the schoolhouse and then start a 2-hour private tour walking down an ancient Inca trail to the Sacsayhuaman Incan archaeological site, exploring the complete site. Once Day 1 of your Machu Picchu Deluxe Package Tour is over, we will drive you back to your hotel via a private van. This evening will be yours to enjoy on your own. Upon request, our guide can recommend the finest restaurants for dinner, overlooking the Plaza de Armas Square in Cusco.

Day 3
On the third day of your Machu Picchu Deluxe Package Tour, you will enjoy the beautiful Sacred Valley, a Guiding Peru exclusive. On this tour, you will explore many of the must-visit sites in Peru. Our guide will arrive at your hotel lobby at 8:00 am and drive to the village of Pisac. During the trip, you can stop along the way in Awanacancha, a cultural social project. Here you will have the first surprise of the day and then continue to drive to the Pisac archaeological site to enjoy a tour of this Inca city. Our guide will lead you through the houses of priests, cemetery and the sector of terraces ending with an amazing view of the whole complex. Our van will take you to the next destination- Amaru community, where you will enjoy a traditional Andean lunch. Before having your meal, the community will greet you with traditional music, played with ancient instruments, and an offering of flowers to our group and to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) to cleanse our spirits. After the offering ceremony, we will join the craftspeople in collecting items, such as flowers, in the surrounding lands that are used to dye the wool textiles. While gathering the necessary materials, you will learn to use ancient techniques of color dying the weaving fibers. After this experience, ladies of the community will serve a traditional lunch of fresh, organic produce from the area. This will give you a unique cultural experience that includes a display of beautiful tapestries, scarves and other textiles. If interested, you may purchase, which will give you the best opportunity to contribute directly to the people that created the fine products. From Amaru you will be driven to Ollantaytambo to enter the ancient historic Inca Fortress and enjoy a 1.5-hour tour. Here you will see the best example of an intact, charming Inca village, with waterways running through the quaint streets of the town. After exploring this archaeological site, you will driven to the neighboring village, Urubamba, which is located deep in the fertile Sacred Valley. Here you will get some free time on your own to shop for last minute hiking items and relax prior to this evening’s fine dinner at your hotel in Urubamba.

Day 4
After an early breakfast, on the fourth day of your Machu Picchu Deluxe Tour you, along with the guide, will leave the hotel in Urubamba, at 7:00 am and drive to Km 82. Here you will meet our team of dedicated porters and chefs as they prepare our gear for the next 4 days of trekking on the historic Inca Trail. The hiking starts at km 82, Piscacucho, the location of the main checkpoint (please make sure you have your original passport with you to enter the Inca Trail). The first 2 hours of hiking are relatively easy, reaching the first Inca site- Patallacta that was an amazing administrative point of the Sacred Valley. From Patallacta it will be another 2 hours of hiking to our lunch stop around the first camping area of the trail Hatunchaca. After enjoying our chef-prepared lunch, we hike about 2.5 hours to reach our first night’s campground at Ayapata (3300 meters). Guiding Peru chooses this campsite because it is quieter than the others and allows us to continue travelling ahead of the many other groups on the Inca Trail. Prior to dinner, you will enjoy hot drinks and snacks in the comfort of your dining tent, where your guide will recap today’s sites and discuss plans for tomorrow’s itinerary.

Day 5
The fifth day of your Machu Picchu Deluxe Tour will start early with a hearty breakfast and a hot cup of Peruvian coffee or Coca tea. This can prove to be the most difficult and challenging day of the 4-day Inca Trail trek! The hiking will begin for roughly 4 hours to Warmiwañuska pass (the Dead Woman’s Pass) at 4215 meters, which is the highest pass of the trek. Along this trail there will be some breaks to enjoy a cold beverage at a local village shop prior to reaching the pass. This trek will take us to Pacaymayu Valley (Hidden River). From the summit will hike another 1.5 hours down the side of the valley to our lunch spot (where our porters will have our dining tent set up and our chef will have a spectacular lunch awaiting our arrival). After having lunch we will begin climbing again to the second pass of the day, an additional 2 hours to reach the pass. This will include the time we spend in the beautiful Inca site of Runcu Raccay, located at one of the best viewpoints of the valley. We then start descending to Sayacmarca (known as the inaccessible village) and will stop here for a rest, enjoying the best sunset view of the trip, over the Pumasillo snow-capped mountain. Lastly, we will have 30 more minutes of easy hiking to our second campsite of Chaquiccocha (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). After a wonderful dinner and refreshing drinks, your guide will discuss with you the fascinating Inca constellations in the Southern Hemisphere sky.

Day 6
The sixth day of your Machu Picchu Deluxe Tour starts early morning once again. You need to wake up at 6:00 am to begin what most people consider the most beautiful day of the Inca Trail. On this day, you will get the chance to hike for about 1.25 hours in solitude as the other groups are well behind us. In this section of the Inca trail, there is the most fascinating of Incan pathways, which leads us to the cloud forest or, commonly known as, the high jungle. As we move on, there will be many opportunities to see the sacred and majestic Salcantay mountain, the second highest snow-capped mountain in the region. After seeing this incredible view we will reach Phuyupatamarka (3600 meters) the third pass that offers great views overlooking the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu Mountain, snow-capped mountains of the Urubamba mountain range and the archaeological site of Puyupatamarca. From Phuyupatamarka it will be a 3-hour hike down over 2700 steps to our last campsite of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young). This is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail, after Machu Picchu, and the closest campground to Machu Picchu City. We will arrive early to our campsite, about 1:00 pm for lunch and then have the whole afternoon to relax and recharge our energy for tomorrow’s entry into Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, we have plenty of time, before the other groups arrive, to explore many Inca sites in addition to the spectacular Wiñayhuayna. Your guide will give you information about the significance of the sites and combine all the information given to you along the trail to prepare you to understand the purpose of the majestic Machu Picchu. The last night of our celebration we practice the Inca Trail tradition of reciprocity, organizing a ceremony of goodbye in the evening to our team of porters and chefs. This evening, our chef will prepare for you with a spectacular dinner presentation. Going to bed early will be necessary, as you have to wake up early, to be first at the Sun Gate to enjoy a few minutes alone in the peace of the scenery of Machu Picchu.

Day 7
Your seventh day of the Machu Picchu Deluxe Tour will begin with a very early wake up of 4:00 am. According to your wishes and previous day’s discussions with the guides (as we prefer to be first in line for the checkpoint), it will be worth it to wake up early in the morning to start the tour. Your porters will serve a freshly prepared hot cup of coffee or coca tea delivered to your tent as you pack your bags for the last day on the Inca Trail. At 5:30 am we will enter the last checkpoint and hike to the first destination of the day Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) to get the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu. We then descend to the citadel of Machu Picchu while enjoying the surrounding views of this incredible valley. At around 7:30 am we will reach Machu Picchu City to begin our 3-hour private guided tour to explore the most spectacular and important points of the complex. Following the guided tour you will be provided a box lunch and have plenty of free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own or consider the optional Huayna Picchu Mountain climb. Following your visit to Machu Picchu, a bus will be available to transport you back to Aguas Calientes where you will have time to shop, prior to your return train departing for at 4:30 pm. The train goes to Poroy where the Guiding Peru van and driver will be waiting to transport you back to your Cusco hotel, arriving at approximately 8:00 pm.

Day 8
On this eighth day of your Machu Picchu Deluxe Tour, you can simply relax in the morning or finish up some shopping or picture taking before getting a private transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Tour departs daily all year round.

Let us know if you have any questions or queries, the Thrillism team is here to help

Cycling and Trekking to Machu Tour Trekking

This multi-day guided trek and cycling tour of Machu Pichu see's you exploring Peru on two feet and two wheels! Highlights include visiting Machu Picchu and Tipon Incan sites, participating in a Shaman mountain offering ceremony, and visiting a Quechua mountain village with weaving demonstrations. You'll get an opportunity to explore Machu Picchu while trekking on the 2-Day Inca trail, cycle touring through Sacred Valley Villages and visiting the highlights of Cusco on our exclusive walking tour. This inclusive package guarantees you to experience the best of Peru as you cycle and hike through this region high in the Andes of Peru. This sports package is ideal for the outdoor adventurer and the wilderness lover. Please note, two months of fitness training is advised for this tour.

  • Expedition Train Tickets, bus tickets + bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

  • Cusco City + Sacred Valley guided tour

  • Machu Picchu entry fee and Guided tour of Machu Picchu

  • Cusco Visitors Ticket + 21 entrance tickets for all the Inca sites and touristic places.

  • Tourist vehicles and expert English-speaking indigenous guides + Inca Trail Trek permits

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

  • Trekking poles

  • Tents for trail (2 person shared 4 man tent) + sleeping bag and deluxe foam mattress and blanket and pillow

  • Accommodation

  • Full suspension mountain bikes with protective gear

  • Professional Guiding Peru English/Spanish speaking guide(s) and private transfers to and from the Cusco airport

This tour includes all accommodation, including a night at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Cusco, the Casa Andina Hotel in Urubamba and deluxe accommodation in Aguas Calientes. You'll also enjoy three nights deluxe camping along the Inca trail!

Day 1
On the first day of your Machu Picchu Multi-Sport Tour, you will be greeted by a Guiding Peru representative at the Cusco airport and enjoy a private van transfer to the 4* Hilton Hotel in Cusco. While you rest and acclimatize, the team of Guiding Peru will finalize preparations for your upcoming week’s experience. In the late afternoon, your guide will meet you at the hotel to take you on a private walking tour of the wonderful Cusco Inca Museum. After returning to the hotel you will enjoy an evening reception in the courtyard, which will be followed by an itinerary briefing from your guide.

Day 2
On the second day of your Machu Picchu Multi-Sport Tour, we will meet you at your hotel lobby at 8:30 am to begin an exciting tour. From the hotel, we will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas to walk up and around, the most traditional and ancient Inca-built streets of the city and visit the Saint Christopher Church to enjoy one of the best views of the city. We then walk down to San Blas Incan urbanization to visit the first church built in Cusco and view one of the finest pulpits in South America (which is carved in cedar wood). After touring this sacred church, we continue on foot to explore the temple of the Sun, Qoricancha. Qoricancha is the best place to observe the clash between Inca culture and Catholicism and discover their many differences in building methods. From Qoricancha, your tour guide will lead the walk through two city blocks, to the Cathedral, which is located on the main plaza of Cusco city. Guiding Peru’s guide will tell you about the Andean art located here, which includes the choir and the Andean last supper. The morning tour will end around 12:00 pm. We will then drive you up the hill to Sacsayhuaman Park to enjoy a gourmet buffet picnic lunch in the schoolyard of Fortaleza Salkantay. Here you will share time together with the children of the school while participating in a few volunteer activities. After having a delicious meal, we start hiking down an ancient Inca trail to the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site. Here, your guide will lead you through a 1.5 hour the tour giving in-depth information about Incan history, walking around the whole site. After a memorable tour, you will go back to the hotel, by 4:30 pm. The evening will be all yours. Your guide can recommend some fine restaurant for dinner, overlooking the Plaza de Armas Square in Cusco.
Day 3
On the third day of the Machu Picchu Multi-Sport Tour, your pick-up time from the hotel will be 7:00 am. From here we will start driving to the south of Cusco City for 45 minutes to reach the community of Patabamba. This is the place where your guide will lead the walking tour through the magnificent, seldom visited, Tipon Inca Archaeological Park, which takes 1.5 hours. On the guided Machu Picchu Multi-Sport Tour, you will learn about the Incas and their relationship to the Sacred Valley. To indulge in an exhilarating cycling activity, we will then ride our bikes downhill for 15 minutes on a paved road then take a dirt back-road for 1 hour on a Peruvian flat path, through little villages, to reach Huacarpay Lake. Here you can enjoy a relaxing break and get a nice view of the lake. Prior to arriving into Piquillaqta, the next part of our ride, is up-hill, along with a paved road, that will prove to be a little harder but exciting. If you want, you then can decide to continue cycling towards the archaeological site or jump into our support van. After an informative tour of Piquillaqta, you will be driven to the amazing location of “Señor de Huanca” temple and mountain for lunch. On some special days, there is a possibility of witnessing local people following the Catholic calendar, asking for wishes and blessings. Your picnic will be in a location where you will get a fantastic view of the Urubamba River and valley. After an energizing lunch, we ride the bikes again downhill, along a dirt back-road, for 15 minutes. We then ride on a gradual path along the Urubamba River to view the great scenery for about 45 minutes until we arrive at Pillahuara community. The Pillahuara is our home village and the village of many of the people that work for GUIDING PERU, where you will receive a warm welcome and spend some time with us in our homes. We arrive here at 4:00 pm and enjoy our connection to the community by staying with a local family, doing what they do, eating what they eat, living how they live, and experiencing a special surprise. Our local shaman will visit with us to educate us on practising and sharing his amazing knowledge about the reciprocity to nature. Your dinner will be at 7:30 pm at our camp for tonight’s tents that are located in the yard of the family.

Day 4
On the fourth day of your Machu Picchu Multi-Sport Tour, you need to wake up around 6:00 am to enjoy a hot breakfast by the local family with whom we spent last night. Then, we start the hike around 7:30 am and begin to climb the first half of Cotaki Mountain for 4 hours to reach a great viewpoint of the Sacred Valley and the Urubamba River. Here you will enjoy a picnic lunch carried by our porters, after which, we continue to climb up the mountain for another 3.5 hours until we reach its summit and the mountain pass to Cotaki village. After arriving at Cotataki, the rest of our staff will be waiting to welcome us to a new community and it’s people. Having a good rest and some refreshing drinks, you can enjoy a soccer game with the children of the community (if you have some extra energy). This night we will sleep in tents and settle in for dinner at our campsite, which is well deserved after a challenging day. Your guide will discuss with you today’s trails, the pre-Incan and Inca civilizations. This will help you understand their importance of the history and culture of the Sacred Valley.

Day 5
On the fifth day of your Machu Picchu Multi-Sport Tour, you need to wake up at 6:00 am to take our van at 7:00 am. This will lead you to the mountains of Cimatauka village located at 3600m, where at about 9:00 am we start cycling down along a dirt road for about 25 minutes. After which, we will go up and down for 2 hours 45 minutes on the same dirt road to the lakes Piuray at Chinchero village and Huaypo Lake at Cruz Pata village. At this site, you will get an outstanding view of snow-capped mountains and enjoy an amazing buffet lunch made by our professional chef near the lake. After a luxury picnic, you will be driven through the highlands to Salineras of Maras Salt Pans, which is a mine of salt and considered to be extremely important for Maras community. It provides pink salt today and rated as one of only 3 places around the world that have pink salt. Here, over 5000 salt pools can be found, which act as evaporation chambers for the salty spring water. The spills out of the mountain and down the mountainside offer an amazing view of a moon-like landscape. After this, we continue by bus for one hour to reach Ollantaytambo, which is considered the only living museum protected by UNESCO. Ollantaytambo is the best example of an intact Inca village that has impressive architecture surrounded by temples, fortresses, granaries and houses. It is full of waterways running through the quaint streets of the town. Before settling into our Sacred Valley hotel, tonight we will enjoy a delicious dinner in Urubamba.

Day 6
On the sixth day of your Machu Picchu Multi-Sport Tour, we take the train at 7:20 am along the Urubamba River, traveling about 1:30 hours until km 104 to begin hiking the Inca trail to Wiñayhuayna and then onto Machu Picchu. Your hike starts at Chachabamba Inca site and climbs up, during 3.50, hours to Wiñayhuayna where you can witness and appreciate one of the best locations overlooking the Urubamba River. We then climb 370 steps from the lower to the upper housing complexes. These were well connected by a staircase and have an incredible system of decorative fountain structures, surrounded by lots of agriculture terraces, amazing engineering, and architecture. Until Wiñayhuayna, you will be on a fascinating path (that is a narrow Inca paved pathway with no protection over the edge). This path is not recommended for people with a fear of heights. On this path, you will get spectacular views of valleys, mountains and Incan sites everywhere. The Wiñayhuayna will be our lunch spot, carried by our porters, and then we continue on to the next part that is quite a bit easier and very beautiful. The flora and wildlife that surround our next path is fascinating and gives you the chance to see the famous speckled bear and orchids in this 1:20-hour hike. At the sun gate, we will get the first view of the city of Machu Picchu. Here we will spend much time taking pictures of the panorama flora, fauna and of Machu Picchu. We then take a bus to our hotel in Aguas Calientes town. At night, we will enjoy dinner and get some rest for tomorrow’s early rise to start the Machu Picchu Trekking tour.

Day 7
On the 7th day of your Machu Picchu Multi-Sport Tour, you will have an early breakfast before beginning the tour to Machu Picchu. We will start by waking early and taking one of the first buses from Agaus Calientes to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, where we will be one of the first guests to enter, avoiding the crowds that arrive later in the day. After checkin in at the main gate, you will soon have the best view point of the Citadel and our guide will start explaining the mystery of Machu Picchu. Following his discussion, your guide will lead you on a tour of the total complex for 2 hours. Following the guided tour you will be provided a light snack and have plenty of free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own or take the optional Huayna Picchu Mountain climb. Following your visit to Machu Picchu, a bus will transport you back to Aguas Calientes where you will have time to shop, prior to your return train departing to Cusco. You board the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo, where the Guiding Peru van and driver are waiting to transport you back to your Cusco hotel, arriving at approximately 7:00 pm.

Day 8
On the 8th day of your Machu Picchu Multi-Sport Tour you will enjoy Guiding Peru’s Humantay Lake Hike and Mountain Bike Tour, an action-packed full day of traveling through the beautiful highlands of Peru into the lush valley of the Apurimac River. We pick you up from your Cusco hotel at 4:30am, driving for 2 hours to the small Andean village of Mollepata to enjoy a delicious hot breakfast. Following our nourishing meal will will continue in our private van transport for 1 more hour until Soraypampa, located at 3900m. Here is where our guide will lead you on your 2 hour hike to the turquoise waters of Humantay Lake, located at 4300m. This is the location of one of the most stunning places in the Cusco Region of Peru. Humantay Lake is yours to explore for the next hour, allowing for amazing photos of it’s turquoise waters laying against the backdrop of the snow-covered peaks of Humantay Glacier. We will then make our way back down the mountain, hiking for 1.5 hours to Soraypampa, where after a snack, you will put on your safety equipment and board your mountain bikes for the downhill 2 hour ride to Mollepata. In the early afternoon we will arrive to Mollepata and enjoy a delicious chef-prepared lunch. After lunch we depart back to Cusco in our private van transport, arriving back to your hotel around 6:30 p.m, where you will enjoy the evening on your own, preparing for tomorrow’s departure home.

Day 9
On this last day of your Machu Picchu Multi-Sport Tour, after enjoying a free morning to relax or explore, you will enjoy a private transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Departs daily all year round.

Let us know if you have any questions or queries, the Thrillism team is here to help

Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu Multisport Tour Trekking

This six-day tour offers a multi-sport adventure for those who love the great outdoors. Get ready to hike, bike, and raft your way across some of Peru's most beautiful landscapes until you reach the mighty Machu Picchu. Tour highlights include zip-lining through Inca jungle, fishing on a long boat as you sail down the river, sampling local coffee at the Santa Maria Andean Farm Stay and discovering Peru's hidden Amazon. The tour is our most requested tour for active people who come to Peru in search of adventure and extreme sports. You'll be traveling through remote, non-tourist regions with warm temperatures so don’t forget your bug spray!

  • Duffel bag, hiking poles + radio communication

  • First-aid kit and Oxygen

  • Train ticket Inca Rail and transfer train to hotel upon arrival + Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (round trip)

  • Machu Picchu entrance fees + Machu Picchu guided tour + Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb fees

  • Santa Maria white water rafting and safety equipment + Santa Teresa Zip-Line and hot springs entry

  • Professional trail chef, assistants, porters

  • Toilet tent, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Tables and chairs + private hot water shower tent

  • Private transportation

  • Safety equipment for cycling and rafting: helmets, gloves, vest, knee pads and high quality mountain bikes, life jackets.

  • Daily drinking water

  • Eureka timberline 4-man tents (2 people in each) + air sleeping pad, pillow, four season mummy-style sleeping bag

  • Accomodation

  • Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea, dinner

  • Expert English/Spanish speaking indigenous guide and assistant guide(s) + pre-trek briefing with lead guide

On this tour, you will enjoy 5 nights of accommodation, including three nights in shared accommodation at one of our tried and trusted hotels plus two nights deluxe camping under the stars using out top-of-the-range camping gear!

Day 1
The Real Inca Jungle Machu Picchu tour starts with our Indigenous English/Spanish speaking guides picking you up at your hotel lobby at 6:00am, followed by our private van drive to the Sacred Valley, until Ollantaytambo. Here we will make a short stop for a restroom break and a light snack, before driving to the Abra Malaga Pass (13811ft,) located in the Veronica Mountain range. Here is where we will get our gear, helmets, gloves, vest, knee pads and high-quality bikes to begin our descent. Once we are ready, we start riding the bikes for approximately 2.5 hours until we reach a small rural community, called Huamanmarca. Upon our arrival, our guide will lead you on a 30 minute tour of this wonderful Inca Site. During this amazing morning of cycling, we will go through beautiful canyons, ghost towns, orchards, and clear mountain streams. We will witness the micro-climate change as we enter the cloud forest, leaving snow-capped mountains behind as we enter warm and humid temperatures, full of many varieties of flora and fauna. Along the way, for the safety of the riders, we have a van assist as it carries our luggage and emergency support. After this bike ride downhill, we will take our private van to the village of Santa Maria where we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Following our lunch, we will get ready for the next part of our adventure, by river rafting along a part of the Urubamba River where it will be possible to enjoy Class II and Class III river rapids. The rafts will be controlled by experienced guides, certified in extreme sports, who will share detailed instructions for the activity. All the safety gear, such as helmets and life jackets, is provided and we will be accompanied by rescue boats and supervised by the local guides. Following our river rafting experience our transport will be waiting to take us to the village of Quiteni, 3 hours by private van, where we will check-in at our hotel and enjoy our evening meal at the hotel’s restaurant, bringing an end to our exciting 1st day of our 6-Day Tour.

Day 2
Following an early morning breakfast, we will drive by private van for 2 hours until we reach Ivochote Community (1654ft.) at the extreme end of the road, leading into the Pongo. Here is where we change our transportation to a long boat that will take us to the Natural Sanctuary of Megantoni (A protected area situated in the Cuzco region, La Convencion province, Echarate District). It protects a part of the Peruvian Vungas Eco region which covers an area of 215,868.96Ha. Established as the Megantoni National Sanctuary since August 18, 2004, it is the most amazing canyon on the Urubamba River. A natural beauty, full of wildlife such as giant butterflies, macaws, parrots, and the most diverse variety of insects. The Urubamba River has about 70 species of fish, endemic to this region. In Ivochote, we will meet our local boat captain for our two days on the Pongo, we start the journey by long-boat through some very remote communities on the way to the Pongo. We travel for about one hour in calm waters, enjoying the amazing scenery of the Inca Jungle, until we arrive at a small beach, welcoming us to the Pongo. This beach, full of rocks, is carved by the Incas and the first civilizations of the area where they wrote the direction to the lost city of the Incas, El Paititi or as other people call it, el Dorado. Here we will find a natural formation of an Incan face profile, showing us the first rapids to pass into the middle of two natural walls of rocks that creates the Pongo formation. Geographically, this is a deep canyon formed in a serpentine way, that creates challenging rapids full of adrenaline for us to cross as we travel through the amazing jungle. This section lasts for about 30 minutes, crossing the Pongo the river gets calmer, with spectacular scenery of waterfalls on both sides of the canyon. Here is where we stop for a refreshing swim and a natural waterfall shower, with the purist waters in the world, as we enjoy this paradise. Our lunch will be on the rocks near the waterfalls that will be unforgettable. After this, we go for about 15 minutes more downriver to our campsite. Here we will leave our chef and our camping gear, and go down the river to try our luck fishing and enjoy the waters for swimming. We then go back to the camp and have rest in the beach before we begin our 2 hour hike through the forests along a small river stream, enjoying the best views of the Amazon. Tonight’s dinner will include fish from the river at the campsite, a camp fire and sleep in solitude as we will be the only people here, among the sounds of the river and wildlife.

Day 3
After having breakfast at our riverside campsite, we will prepare our gear for going back by long-boat to Ivochote. Taking the way of the river, crossing the canyon of el Pongo again, a journey of about 2.5 hours. Ivochote is where our private van transport will be waiting for us, taking us on a 6 hour drive to the village of Santa Maria where we will check-in to our hotel and enjoy our evening meal at one of the local restaurants. Along the way back to Santa Maria we will make a few “surprise” stops allowing ourselves to stretch our legs as well as enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the village of Palma Real.

Day 4
We will enjoy a later start today and after having breakfast at the hotel we will drive for 30 minutes to a local Andean farmhouse. Here we will have the opportunity to observe traditional farming techniques as we explore the farm’s tropical orchards and rows of yucca and maize. We will learn about the value of coco plants and have the opportunity to pick, roast and taste the wonderful coffee from this high jungle region. After which we will have the option to purchase the coffee grown and roasted from our hosts. At the farm, we will enjoy a traditional bbq chicken lunch, roasted over an open grill of hot coals. Following our 1/2 day farm tour, we will begin our hike for 4 hours on an original Inca Trail, observing the surrounding valleys of the Santas Teresa region. Our driver will be waiting for us at the end of the trail and take us to the best hot springs of the Cusco region, with plenty of natural clean water coming from the rocks of a volcanic formation. Here we will have time to relax while enjoying views of the whole canyon. After the hot springs, we drive back to our campsite, located past Santa Teresa (5795 ft.). Here our chef will be waiting for us with a delicious dinner to celebrate our amazing day.

Day 5
Following our chef-prepared breakfast at our campsite in Santa Teresa we will drive to the Zip-Line adventure center. Here we will enjoy over 2 hours of fun as we zip high above the valley floor. Following this exciting adventure we will drive for 45 minutes to the Hydroelectric station where we will enjoy lunch at the local restaurant upon arrival, while enjoying the cascading waterfalls. The next part of today is a hike near the railroad and it will take us approximately 3 hours om an original Inca trail until our arrival in Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of Machu Picchu. Here will be a good chance to get views of the city from the Urubamba River up to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains. This section is very interesting because it is a trail that was used by the American Professor Hiram Bingham who scientifically discovered Machu Picchu after centuries of it being lost. He walked along this valley looking for the last city of the Incas call Vitcus Vilcabamba and luckily he fell into Machu Picchu. You will get to pass by the farm of Melchor Artaega, one of the guides of Mr Bingham, his house still covered with lots of flora and fauna surrounding the place. Finally, upon your arrival into Aguas Calientes, you will enjoy a nice hot shower at your hotel. Dinner is booked already by us at one of the village’s local restaurants, where the guide will discuss tomorrow’s visit of Machu Picchu.

Day 6
Early wake up call this morning as our guide will be ready to lead you to the bus for transport to Machu Picchu. Your early arrival will insure you beat the crowds arriving later in the day. You will enjoy a hour guided tour of the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Following your tour you will be led to the entry for Machu Picchu Mountain where our included permit will allow you to self-guide yourself to the summit of Machu Picchu to enjoy the amazing views of the Citadel and surrounding valleys. Once your morning in Machu Picchu is complete you will take the bus back down to the village of Agaus Calientes where you will board the train for your return to Cusco. Our driver will be waiting for you at the train station and drive you back to your Cusco hotel, bringing an end to your amazing 6-day journey through the Pongo into Machu Picchu.

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About the location

Accommodation

All our tours use tried and tested accommodation, that we love and trust, to ensure you enjoy a comfortable night sleep. While in Cusco we tend to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Cusco and other such luxury accommodation and while we're out hiking we stay at luxury camps along the way! If you have any questions about our accommodation options, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Location

Our Peruvian offices are found in the charming city of Cusco just south of Machu Picchu and just a 10-minute drive from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Cusco's main airport. Our comfortable location allows easy access to some of Peru's best hiking trails, and we can begin and end our tours in a wonderful and historical city!

Food

On all of our group treks and multi-day itineraries, you'll be accompanied by our Guiding Peru chefs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (along with healthy snacks) will be provided, and our meals are always a combination of local specialties and international favourites, and we can cater to dietary request if given sufficient notice. Breakfast may include granola, porridge, eggs, sausage, pancakes, fruit, and bread while lunch and dinner may include vegetables, fruits, soups, potatoes, rice, pasta chicken, fish, and beef. Water, juice, tea, and coffee are available with all meals. Most of our guests comment that our food is one of the highlights of their journey and are amazed at the variety and quality of the meals!

Activities

Guided hiking and trekking excursions in Peru.

Amenities

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Guides

Available activities

  • Daytrips

  • Excursions

  • Hiking