This is the ultimate adventure for those short on time but looking for an action-packed Machu Picchu adventure! This totally off-the-beaten-path Machu Picchu trip starts at the Abra de Malaga, a thrilling downhill mountain biking challenge sure to get your blood pumping. Following this, we travel by car to the Hydroelectric Station where we catch the train to Machu Picchu. On Day 2 we visit the awesome citadel of Machu Picchu, returning late in the day to Cusco.
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Note: the temperature varies widely on this trek. Be prepared for all types of weather, and be able to both bundle up and de-layer! For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.
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Get ready for a long, action-packed and fun-filled day! We pick you up very early this morning (approximately 5am!) and travel by private car to the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo, deep in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Arriving at this lovely village with its cobblestone streets and stone buildings, we’ll have a chance to stretch our legs, pick up supplies and have a coffee or breakfast at one of the local cafes or restaurants.
From here we will continue to the Abra de Malaga, the literal high point of our trip at 4600m. We descend to Alfamayo where we mount our bikes for a thrilling downhill challenge on Peru’s version of Bolivia’s Death Road, aka the World’s Most Dangerous Road. Our support car will accompany us the whole way, so if you want to take a break you can ride in the car. After a boxed lunch at a small Inca Ruin, we will drive to Santa Teresa.
After this, we will take an evening train from the Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes, where we will check into our hotel, and then go out for a celebratory dinner before hitting the hay in preparation for tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu.
It’s another early morning for us as we aim to catch a pre-dawn bus up to the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu. After a 2-3h guided tour of the site, you will have some free time to explore the ruins on your own. If you want some tips on what to see, check out our recommended Machu Picchu highlights. You may want to climb Huayna Picchu to cap off your Machu Picchu experience, but remember that permits are limited and must be reserved at the time of booking! There is an additional cost to hike Huayna Picchu not included in the price of this trek.
After visiting Machu Picchu, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes (or walk down!). From there, we return to Cusco in the afternoon by the Expedition (tourist class) train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, where we will be met by our driver who will transfer you directly back to your hotel in Cusco. Total travel time is about 4 hours from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.