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This epic expedition combines trekking, biking, rafting, and zip lining! Get a unique view of archaeological sites, beautiful valleys, and stunning mountain glaciers before making your way to Machu Picchu.

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Trip Highlights

  • A thrilling mountain bike descent from Malaga Pass (14,160 feet) to Huamanmarca
  • Raft Class III and IV rapids, trek through lush valleys, and relax at Cocalmayo hot springs
  • Zip line through the lush forest of the Urubamba River Valley
  • Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the stunning archaeological site at Machu Picchu

GROUP DEPARTURES

Join as a solo traveler or with friends to experience these amazing destinations with fellow travelers from all over. We guarantee all group departure dates even if only one person is signed up. We recommend asking how many people are currently in your group before booking. 

*See more on difficulty levels here.

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Cusco
Day 2: Explore Moray, Maras Salt Mines and Chinchero
Day 3: Depart for Santa Maria, Biking, Rafting
Day 4: Hike to Santa Teresa
Day 5: Zip-lining in the Urubamba River Valley. Train to Aguas Calientes
Day 6: Explore Machu Picchu. Depart for Cusco
Day 7: International departures from Cusco

Please note: 

Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart in Peru. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers. See our Cancellation Policy.

WHAT TRAVELERS ARE SAYING

 
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OneSeed made my dream of visiting the Sacred Valley one of the best experiences of my life! Our guide, Domingo, was welcoming, knowledgeable, approachable, and had a great sense of humor! He made our expedition feel like we were safe and well taken care of at all times.
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I wouldn’t hesitate to book a trip with One Seed again and would definitely recommend your tours to friends and family! Keep up the good work bringing people together for such quality experiences.
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I think OneSeed attracts a certain tribe and I love it. Really enjoyed the new friends we made.

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Day 1:  CUSCO

Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, a OneSeed staff member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner lodge in the charming historic district of San Blas. The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes’ walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center. Meet your expedition group at 5:00 pm for an orientation talk.

Peak Altitude: 11,155 ft (3400 m)

Inclusions: Airport transfer; hotel accommodations  

 
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Day 2:  CUSCO, Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out for a day of exploring the outskirts of Cusco. Head to Moray on a 90 minute drive with views of the snow-capped Andes peaks, lush fields, and colorful villages. Moray boasts three ancient amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. After Moray, head to the Maras Salt Mines (20 minute drive). This village is famous for its salt-producing center (with over 3,000 salt pools) that pre-dates Incan rule. Finally, visit Chinchero where you'll see more Incan ruins as well as learn about the art of Andean textiles. Return to Cusco and rest up for the following day.

Peak Altitude: 12,343 (3762 m)

Inclusions: Ground transportation; breakfast; hotel accommodations.   

 
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Day 3: CUSCO TO SANTA MARIA

Depart Cusco at 7:00 am and head to Santa Maria (3 hour bus ride), arriving to the mountain pass of Malaga (14,160 feet). Begin your descent on mountain bikes, passing through small villages, orchards, rivers and streams before reaching the town Huamanmarca about 3 hours later. Meet your driver and travel 30 minutes to the town of Santa Maria where you will have lunch and rest before departing for an afternoon of rafting! Traverse through Class III and IV rapids for about 2 hours before returning to Santa Maria for some much deserved rest that evening.

Peak Altitude: 14,160 ft (4316 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; lunch; dinner; biking equipment; rafting equipment; hostel accommodations

 
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Day 4: santa maria to santa teresa

Wake up for an early breakfast before departing for the trail. Pass by coffee plantations, fruit trees and an abundance of exotic birds and orchids as you walk along the banks of the river. At the highest point, you'll have a view of the valley of the lower Urubamba River. From here, descend about 2.5 hours until arriving at the village of Qellomayo for lunch. After a rest, continue hiking for 3 hours, traversing farms, waterfalls, and rivers before arriving at the Cocalmayo hot springs. After a relaxing bath, walk 40 minutes to the town of Santa Teresa for dinner and rest.

Peak Altitude: 5,085 ft (1550 m)

Total Hiking: approximately 14 miles (23 km) / 7-9 hours trekking

Inclusions: ground transportation; breakfast; lunch; dinner; hot spring entrance tickets; accommodations

 
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Day 5: Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes

In the morning, zip line through the lush forest of the Urubamba River valley. Afterwards, take a bus to an area known as the hydroelectric before beginning a 3 hour hike to Aguas Calientes. Stop for lunch along the trail as you pass by a series of waterfalls and admire the majesty of surrounding mountains of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu. Explore the historic town of Calientes before meeting at a local restaurant to discuss plans for the next day.

Peak Altitude: 6,693 ft (2040 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; lunch; dinner; camping accommodations

 
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Day 6: Machu Picchu to Cusco

Awake at 5 am and have a quick breakfast before taking the first bus to Machu Picchu (20 min). The ancient Incan city is best in the morning - free from the crowds and bathed in the the soft dawn light. Enjoy a guided tour of the site and have the afternoon to explore on your own. Meet in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to board a train to Ollantaytambo (2 hours) and then a bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (2 hours), arriving by 9:30 pm.

Peak Altitude: 7,972 ft (2430 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; ground transportation; Machu Picchu entry fee; train tickets; lodge accommodations

 
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Day 7: INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURES

 

Peak Altitude: 11,155 ft (3400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; airport shuttle.


NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items  
  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

 

INCLUSIONS

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • 3 nights accommodation at B&B in Cusco
  • 1 night accommodation at hostel in Santa Maria
  • 1 night accommodation at hostel in Santa Teresa
  • 1 night accommodation at B&B in Aguas Calientes
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
  • bike rental
  • rafting permit and guide
  • machu picchu entrance tickets
  • guide services
  • all ground transportation in Peru

 

*All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


Trip Extensions

WHAT TO BRING

 

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else. A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail. Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left at the hotel in Cusco during your expedition. See current weather conditions for Machu Picchu and Cusco, Peru.

Packing System:  You are responsible for your backpack while on the trail. A bag may be left in storage at the hotel in Cusco. 

 

Don't forget

 

We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below.

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Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Peru.

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Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.

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Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required (or recommended) vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Peru here.

 

The List (check it twice)

Trekking Gear

  • Change of clothes for Cusco - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Back Pack (~45L)
  • Medium-weight down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest
  • Synthetic hiking pants (zip-away shorts are a great option)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Waterproof Pant
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Bike shorts
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Sneakers
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (3)
  • Socks for hiking and zip-line
  • Sandals (Tevas, Chocos, etc.)
  • Day pack
  • Duffle bag
  • Water bottles (1-2 to carry 2 liters)
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine
  • Casual clothes for city
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Bathing suit

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date (to be carried at all times)
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.
  • Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills

Other (optional)

  • Reading material
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Cusco (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

ELEVATION (FT.)

 

Temperature (℉)

CLIMATE

The Peruvian winter (June to September) and the late spring (April to May) and early autumn (October) are the driest months and the best time to go to Cusco and Machu Picchu. However, you should still be prepared for rain. Rain is common throughout the year in Peru and it helps keep the countryside so lush. The rainy season in Peru begins in December and lasts through March and averages 4-6 inches/month. The dry season typically gets less than an inch of rain/month.

Machu Picchu is almost 8,000 feet above sea level and like any high altitude trek, the sun is very powerful during the day and the evenings cool down a great deal. Layers are essential in this climate because it keeps you prepared for the quickly changing weather. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport or bus station transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with arrival times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.

Do I need a visa? And what about passport requirements?

  • Visas are not required for US citizens for tourist visits less than 90 days, but you will need a tourist visa (free upon arrival). Please keep your passport and tourist visa with you at all times during your expedition.
  • Check the latest Peru entrance requirements on the US Embassy website.
  • Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.

What happens if my trip is altered due to unforseen circumstances?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNIZATIONS OR MEDICINE?

Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines found here.

WILL WE NEED TO FILTER WATER?

OneSeed will purify and provide you with water during your expedition. Depending on the location, we use a combination of boiled water, UV purification, or bottled water when necessary.

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EXPECT TO EAT ON THE TRAIL?

  • Meals are a nice mix of Peruvian style dishes and western food that are high in carbohydrates and protein to keep you fueled up for the expedition. Breakfast may include items such as oatmeal, toast, jam/cheese, tea, and coffee. Lunch is usually a sandwich (with a vegetarian option), fruit, snack bar, and some chocolate. Dinners may include red or white meat / a vegetarian option, pasta, potatoes, rice, veggies, soup, and dessert.
  • OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email go@oneseedexpeditions.com. We recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE ON THE TRAIL?

You will be sleeping in a hotel in Cusco and Aguas Calientes and in hostels while on the trail. Hostels have private rooms with private bathrooms and provide all bedding.

How many people will be on my expedition?

We generally cap our group departure dates at around 10, though some may be slightly larger depending on the expedition. We guarantee all group departure dates whether there are 1 or 10 travelers signed up. We recommend asking our team how many people are in your group when you sign up for a departure date. Keep in mind, travelers may join or cancel at the last minute! If you are the only one in your group, we are happy to work with you on changing your travel dates if no deposits have been made.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?

Tips are always appreciated. We have developed this chart to act as a guide. Averages below are based on per person recommendations.

  • Head Guide: $6-8/day
  • Assistant Guide: $2-5/day

DOES SOMEONE CARRY MY PACK?

Due to the altitude and variety of daily travel, you will carry a daypack and OneSeed will handle all additional bag transport.

CAN I LEAVE SOME OF MY LUGGAGE IN THE HOTEL DURING THE TREK?

You will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Cusco. Leaving an extra bag at the hotel during your trek is free of charge. Please keep in mind you are only allowed one carry-on and one checked back (under 50 lbs) for your domestic flight from Lima to Cusco.

HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR MY TREK?

Multi-sport expeditions require above average physical fitness. No technical skills are required, and first-time trekkers and rafters are welcome. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes or rides that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Peru is recommended.

WHAT IS THE ELEVATION? IS ALTITUDE A CONCERN?

The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 3,608 ft. Trekking at high elevation is generally not a concern below 10,000 ft.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

Weather is always unpredictable which is why we recommend a comprehensive packing list. A sunny warm day can turn on a dime and end in chilly rain. It never hurts to prep for both! Visit the terrain section above to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for Cusco and Machu Picchu.

ANY OTHER TIPS?

We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Spanish with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

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