This 3-day, 2-night tour will get you from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and back with everything included. Meals included are breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on Day 1, breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Day 2, and breakfast on Day 3. Also included is private vehicle transport from Ollantaytambo up to the start of the ride at Abra Malaga, entrance to Machu Picchu, a full suspension mountain bike with hydraulic disc brakes, all necessary equipment and a bilingual guide knowledgeable in the area and its culture. See itinerary for details.Day 1:
Your mountain biking to Machu Pichu day involves 75 Km and 3,312 meters of vertical descent on a asphalt road, taking you from the Andes to the Amazon – the most adventurous way to get to Machu Picchu. From Ollantaytambo, you'll head out for the drive up to Abra Malaga, where the biking begins, following the same route that the Inca Ollanta took in the 16th Century when he led his people to escape from the Spanish. The ride begins at the base of a massive glacier, and finishes among the coffee and banana plants of the high Amazon jungle. Along the way you will pass by more waterfalls than you can count, plus at least two different Inca sites that are just now being uncovered. The scenery on this bike ride is simply spectacular, and the ride is all downhill – 75 kilometers with virtually no pedaling! The bike tour finishes in the small jungle village of Santa Maria. After arriving and enjoying a nice cold one, we jump into local transport for the hour transfer to Santa Teresa and then on to our hotel in St. Theresa, where dinner is included and a nice nights stay.
Day 2: After breakfast you have two options: lounging in town along the Urubamba river and going to the Cocalmayo hot springs, or else doing one of the funnest ziplines in South America. This adrenaline pumping ride consists of several sections of zipline totaling over a kilometer of high wire. Criss-crossing the valley, you begin the ride about 250 meters above the valley floor and finish at the bottom. This activity has an additional cost. The other option is spend a relaxing morning in town by the river and under the tropical sun, or just hang out at the zipline area but not actually do the zipline. After finishing the morning’s activities, you take local transport arriving at the Hydro Electrica plant. You'll then begin to make your way to Aguas Calientes. You'll have a relaxing and scenic 3-hour trek along the railway lines where you will see the first views of Machu Picchu itself and some new parts of it being uncovered – these are only view able from this walk. In the late afternoon you will arrive in Aguas Calientes and the hostel for the night. You'll get all your Machu Picchu documents – entrance to Machu Picchu, roundtrip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, and your train ticket back to Ollantaytambo – all of which are included.
Day 3: On this day, you'll visit Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Whether you get up early (buses begin leaving town for the 20 minute drive up to Machu Picchu starting at 5.30am), or begin at a more decent hour is up to you, as today's trip is not guided but rather on your own. Your breakfast is included free at the hotel, no matter what hour you begin. Due to the high surrounding mountains, sunrises tend to be a little less dramatic than people hope but nothing can diminish the awe and beauty of seeing Machu Picchu for the first time. Spend as long as you wish here, as your train leaves around 9.25pm, which gives you the entire day to visit Machu Picchu followed by a celebratory dinner in town.