The adventurers will be picked up early in morning and driven through the stunning Sacred Valley, cradle of the Inca civilization and dropped off at 4,316 masl at Abra Malaga. Here we will provide you with gloves and helmets for our bike ride. After a 15 minutes briefing by our experienced tour guide the fun starts. We will go through quiet but challenging roads, enjoying a variety of landscapes and stunning ice-capped mountains, you will not want to catch your breath until the first pit stop in Alfamayo, some three hours from the starting point. Here you can enjoy a box lunch provided by us, while enjoying fantastic views.
After a quick change and a dab of insect repellant, we continue downwards towards Huamanmarca, site of recently discovered Inca ruins. We will go ahead descending to 1500 masl, while the jungle edge manifests and the small but charming town of Santa Maria looms on the horizon. Here you can just rest your legs and enjoy a cold beer before our dinner of traditional Peruvian food, served hot. This night you can have a hot shower at a family run hostel and sleep in either single, double or three bed rooms.
Rise at 5:30 hrs, shake off your weary limbs and enjoy the finest indigenous coffee prepared by your landlady for breakfast which is at 6am. Under dawn skies you will begin your walk, which gets progressively steeper, until arriving at the welcoming family restaurant in Santa Rosa, where you can relax in hammocks, admiring the coca plantations and take on refreshments while being entertained by the family monkey. After a short while you will reach the real Inca Trail, which winds around precipitous slopes and sheer drops for approximately half a mile. Be zipline2warned this is not for people who suffer from vertigo! The descent continues for just over two hours until you reach Qellomayo, a quaint little town, where you will have lunch. Make sure you have saved enough energy for the final stretch, a riverside walk beside the Rio Vilcanota until reaching the delicious hot springs Colcamayo. Rejuvinate in the heavenly hot waters and forget your weary wake in these natural settings. Fully replenished, we will arrive to Santa Teresa. Here you should sleep well in the family lodging after dinner.
Wake at 07:00 hrs, have breakfast before taking private transport to Lucmabamba town, the entrance to another Inca Trail, which was discovered just a few years ago. We are the only tour company to walk this part of the Inca Trail, so for three and a half hours you will feel like Adam and Eve walking amidst parrots in this tranquil Garden of Eden. You will be rewarded for your efforts with a view of Machu Picchu from the top of Llactapata, flanked by the divine peak of Salkantay. Your picnic here is unlikely to be forgotten for a while, gazing down on all those tourists who took the traditional Inca route because they did not know! It is only about a two trek-by-trainhour walk down to the hydro-electric train station where the train departs for Aguas Calientes, the base town for Machu Picchu. Included is dinner at a local restaurant before retiring to your hostel with hot water and private bathrooms.
An early rise today, as you will take the first bus to Machu Picchu at 5:30 hrs, reaching Machu Picchu at 6:00 hrs, which with luck will coincide with a beautiful sunrise! Your guide will leave no stones unturned but feel free to challenge their knowledge of Inca history. Afterwards you have free time to dally with the llamas and show off your photographic skills. Those who still have the will can tackle Huaynapicchu, which actually looks down on Machu Picchu. A frequent bus service takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train to Hidroelectrica or Ollantaytambo in the way to Cusco.