5. Cusco: 7-Day Inca Jungle Multi-Sport Adventure
Day 1: Arrival to Cusco
Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, you'll be picked up and transferred to your hotel in the charming historic district of Cusco. The hotel assigned will be Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar, and at 5:00PM you will meet your expedition group.
Day 2: Chinchero, Maras Salt Mines, and Moray
Your second day will begin with pickup from your hotel, from where you will head towards the colorful town of Chinchero. Once there you will be able to explore the Inca walls as well as a small colonial church which contains a lot of history. Continuing your visit, you will go to the famous circular cultivation terraces of Moray, before descending towards the Maras Salt Mines, which make for the perfect photograph. Finally, you will travel back towards Cusco to rest.
Day 3: Cusco and Santa Maria (Biking and Rafting)
After traveling for approximately 3 hours by van, you will arrive at the high mountain pass of Malaga where you will start your descent by mountain bike. You'll pass through small villages, orchards, rivers, and streams, before reaching the town of Huamanmarca at around 1:30PM. From there you will continue by bus for approximately 30 minutes until you reach the town of Santa Maria. Following a short break and lunch, you will begin a rafting trip for 2 hours, encountering class III and IV rapids whilst always accompanied by a professional safety kayak which will watch over the group.
Day 4: Santa Maria, Santa Teresa (Trekking)
Following your wake-up call at around 6:00AM, you'll savor a typical breakfast whilst immersed in nature before departing for a trek. You'll walk along the banks of the river before climbing for 30 minutes, eventually meeting up with the original Inca trail. On your way you will see small coffee plantations, fruit trees, and an abundance of flora and fauna such as birds and orchids. From there you will descend for about 2.5 hours before arriving to the village of Qellomayo for lunch. After a rest you will continue hiking for 3 hours, traversing farms, waterfalls, and rivers until arriving at the Cocalmayu hot springs. Following a relaxing bath, you will walk for 40 minutes to the town of Santa Teresa for the evening's dinner and lodging.
Day 5: Santa Teresa, Aguas Calientes (Hiking and Zip-line)
You will start your day at around 7:00AM to continue exploring the Urubamba River Valley with zip-lines in Santa Teresa. Afterwards, a van will take you to the area known as the hydroelectric. There you will break for lunch before catching the short train through the final stretch to the town of Aguas Calientes below the mountain of Machu Picchu. That evening, you will stay in one of the hotels in town.
Day 6: Machu Picchu and Cusco
You will wake up at around 5:00AM for breakfast, before taking one of the first buses up the mountain to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is at its finest at dawn, and there will be a guided tour around the citadel to explain some of its history and to visit its most important features.
Day 7: Departure
On your final day you will have a free morning to relax, before being transferred to the airport in the afternoon.