Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Urumbamba River, Cacchicata, Santa María, Santa Teresa, Lucmabamba, Machu Picchu.
1st day Arrival in Cusco (3.399 masl)
At the arrival, meeting with our personnel and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the historical center (fee entrance to the Cathedral and Santo Domingo/Coricancha are included) and the San Blas church and its pulpit (3-4-hour on foot) (private service, English-speaking guide). Overnight.
2nd day Cusco / Sacred Valley (biking) (2.846 masl)
Breakfast in hotel. In the morning, visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. After lunch, we will bike to Pisaq (private services, English-speaking guide). Overnight.
3rd day Sacred Valley / Urubamba River (rating) / Cachiccata
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the Urubamba River, for the rafting experience, where the selected section is excellent for first timers. It includes both Class II and Class III finishing with the class III + Resbaladero (the slippery one). After rafting, stop for a picnic lunch in the countryside before heading to our campsite at the local community of Cachiccata (private services, English-speaking guide). Dinner and overnight.
4th day Cachiccata / Santa María (rafting) / Cola de Mono
Breakfast at the camp. Transfer to the Málaga pass (4.300mt) that offers stunning views of Wakaywillca peak and Verónica glacier. We will arrive to Santa Maria village for lunch and then we will be ready for the Urubamba rapids, for our next adventure through class 2 and 3 rapids (2h) (private services, English-speaking guide). Overnight in our camp near to the Urubamba River.
5th day Cola de Mono (zip-line)
Breakfast at the camp. Morning is at leisure. Optional: Walk through the jungle until reach the Cola de Mono, the highest and longest zip-line in South America. Situated just outside Santa Teresa those who wish can get their adrenaline fix, involving 6 rides, the highest around 200m above the valley floor and the longest over 400m in length. After lunch, we begin the ascent to the village of Santa Teresa. Along the way, we will enjoy the heady scents of coffee, tea, and cacao growing in the terraced fields, views of the sacred mountain of Salkantay, and with luck, spots some of the tropical bird species indigenous to this lower elevation including toucans, motmots, and parakeets.
We will continue exploring the local villages and have the chance to soak at Santa Teresa hot springs before go back to Cola de Mono (a camping place) (private services, English-speaking guide). Dinner and overnight in our camp.
6th day Cola de Mono / Lucmabamba / Aguas Calientes
Breakfast at the camp. Transfer to Quechua community of Lucmabamba to hike to the Inca site of Patallacta (2.590mt) located at junction of three valleys. From here, we have the first glimpse of Machu Picchu. We keep walking down for 3 more hours until hydroelectric train station where we will board the train that will take us to Machu Picchu town, where we will spend the night, box lunch included (private service, English-speaking guide). Overnight.
7th day Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu / Cusco
Breakfast in hotel. In the morning, transfer by public bus to the archaeological complex to visit Machu Picchu (private service, English-speaking guide). After the visit, back to the town and lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer to the station on foot to take the Vistadome train to Poroy (almost 3.30h journey Expedition train or similar subject to availability). At Poroy, transfer to Cusco (30m) and lodging in the hotel. Overnight.
8th day Cusco / Lima
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the airport or bus station.