PRICE FROM: $1,790
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
Private expeditions are available for this itinerary. Pricing for private expeditions based on group size.
|Arrival Date||End Date||Status|
|May 19, 2018||May 25, 2018||Open|
|June 9, 2018||June 15, 2018||Open|
|June 30, 2018||July 6, 2018||Open|
|July 7, 2018||July 13, 2018||Open|
|July 21, 2018||July 27, 2018||Open|
|August 4, 2018||August 10, 2018||Open|
|September 1, 2018||September 7, 2018||Open|
|September 29, 2018||October 5, 2018||Open|
|October 6, 2018||October 12, 2018||Open|
- 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
- personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
- trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
- international airfare and meals during travel
- snacks during trek
- beverages outside of designated meals
Day 1: Cusco (11,155ft / 3400m). 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, located 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 guide at 5:00pm for a trip briefing.
Inclusions: Airport transfer, hotel accommodations.
Day 2: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero to Cusco (12,343ft / 3762m). 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 that were used as agricultural laboratories for the empire. 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) which pre-dates Incan rule. The final stop today will be a visit to 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 a day full of exploring the following day!
Inclusions: Ground transportation, all meals, hotel accommodations.
Day 3: Cusco to Santa Maria (6,286 ft/1,916m). Time for some epic adventure! 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!
Inclusions: Ground transportation, all meals, hostel accommodations.
Day 4: Santa Maria to Santa Teresa (5,085ft / 1550m). Wake up at 6:00 a.m. and fuel up on breakfast before departing for the trail. Walking along the banks of the river, pass by coffee plantations, fruit trees and an abundance of exotic birds and magnificent orchids. 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 until arriving at the Cocalmayu hot springs. After a relaxing bath, walk 40 minutes to the town of Santa Teresa for dinner and rest.
Total Distance: 14 miles/23 km.
Inclusions: Ground transportation, all meals, hotel accommodations.
Day 5: Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes (6,693ft / 2040m). 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 where you will have lunch before catching a short train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes which sits below the ancient citadel. Explore the town of Aguas Calientes before meeting at a local restaurant and making your plans to explore the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Inclusions: Ground transportation, all meals, zip lining, train tickets, hotel accommodations.
Day 6: Machu Picchu to Cusco (11,155ft / 3400m): Awake at 5am and have a quick breakfast before taking the first bus to Machu Picchu. 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 before returning to Cusco for the evening.
Inclusions: Ground transportation, breakfast, lunch, Machu Picchu entrance tickets, train tickets, hotel accommodations.
Day 7: International departures.
Inclusions: Breakfast, airport transportation.
Please note: 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.
MORE TO EXPLORE
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 from Cusco. 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 in storage during your expedition.
Packing System: You are responsible for your duffel bag and daypack.
Documents and Logistics
- International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco
- Flight information submitted
- Passport valid for 6 months upon arrival (to be carried with you at all times!)
- 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)
- Change of clothes for Cusco - to be kept in storage during expedition
- 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
- Nylon-wool blend socks (3)
- Socks for hiking and zip-line
- Sandals (for walking around the camp in the evening)
- Day pack
- Duffle bag
- Water bottles (1-2 to carry 2 liters)
- Quick-dry towel
- Personal toiletries and medicine
- Sleeping bag -15º C 5º F
- Casual clothes for city
- Insect repellent
- Toilet paper in ziplock bag
- Bathing suit
- Reading material
- Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
- Hotel reservations for extended time in Cusco (if applicable)
- Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables
The Peruvian winter (June to September) and the late spring (April to May)/ 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.
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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.
Insure Your Trip
OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition. Travelex Cancellation and Interruption Insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.