Arrive to Lima and overnight.
This morning, fly to Cusco and transfer transfer to the hotel in order to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude (10,496 ft). This afternoon meet your guide and take a walking tour through the streets of Cusco, a fascinating mix of Inca and colonial architecture. Visit the Temple of Koricancha, considered the most important Inca Temple of Cusco, and walk to Cusco’s main Plaza de Armas, to visit both the Cathedral built over the ruins of the Sunturwasi temple and the “Iglesia de la Compañia”. Continue to the artisan neighborhood of San Blas with its many handicraft shops. From this area you have a wonderful view of the whole city.
After an early breakfast, depart leave Cusco by private vehicle to drive to the Ccorca pass. After a short safety briefing and orientation, start biking on a dirt road towards Maukallakta. After visiting this amazing Inca site, we will continue to our campsite. From here enjoy the impressive views of the Apurimac River canyon and the majestic Vilcabamba mountain range. (5 hours of riding).
We will continue our mountain bike journey through the Andes by following a dirt road until we reach Huanoquite town. We then continue for about 8 kilometers, until we reach a a very steep uphill portion where we take our vehicle to Willkakunka Pass (13,874 ft). From here, cruise downhill for 6 km. to the lunch spot at Qenqonay. This place is surrounded by a forest of Andean cedars, Queuña trees, that are over 300 years old, and there are some relaxing hikes to explore the forest. Continue riding to Molle Molle, a colonial town that we will visit and near where camp will be set-up. (Total biking distance today of 50 km.)
Hike a rarely visited section of the ancient Inca Trail that connected the cities of Cusco and Apurimac. We will descend about 3,000 ft during our three hour hike to reach the Apurimac River near the old Inca Huajachaca Bridge. The Apurímac River, which means, “speaking God” in Quechua, is the source of the world’s largest river system, the Amazon River, and was considered a sacred river by the Incas. Meet your expert river guides who are preparing all the equipment and provide a safety talk and orientation for the upcoming river adventure. After lunch, we begin rafting class III and IV rapids for about 2 hours until we reach our first campsite.
Today, our adventure starts early. We will run quite a few class III rapids and then enjoy the most beautiful part of the canyon and its calm waters. We may see river otters, deer, foxes, torrent ducks and tropical Andean birds. Continuing our adventure, we will pass under several suspended bridges along the river and will meet the Santo Tomas River. At noon, we will set camp and have the chance to hike during the afternoon or relax at camp.
After breakfast we will run class III to IV pool-drops rapids, like "The Other Right" and "3 Condores" among others for an exciting end to this adventure. We will have lunch at the end of our adventure, followed by a five-hour drive to Ollantaytambo to overnight.
In the morning, visit the ruins and town of Ollantaytambo. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo served as a royal estate and later a refuge after the Spanish conquered Cusco in 1537. The ruins feature expansive terraces and well-preserved architecture, and the town is still laid out as it was during the Incan empire, allowing its visitors to glimpse the history which still exists within its boundaries.
Board the train and follow the Urubamba River as it tumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Ancient canals still bring water from the high mountains to the baths used by Inca priests. Travel by train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes) with your guide and continue to the citadel of Machu Picchu. You have the whole to take in the stories and sights of one of the world's great wonders. After your tour of the Machu Picchu, you'll return to Machu Picchu Pueblo to soak in the hot springs and dine on local trout fillets.
Today is your chance to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and to listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants before the hikers from the Inca Trail arrive. You can choose to book a permit to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon, you'll return by train to Cusco with your guide. (Let us know if you would like help arranging entrance fees or hiking permits for today – these are not included and sell out in advance!)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima and connect to your international flight. With more time, extend your trip to visit the Peruvian Amazon or Lake Titicaca!
$535 single supplement
Based on 4 or more travelers
Other dates available upon request.