CAMINO INCA A MACHU PICCHU

Destino

Machu Picchu

Tipo de Tour

Caminata

Dificultad

Moderado

Distancia Total

Caminata: 50km

Duración

4 días y 3 noches

Clima

 5 Cº /  28 Cº

Altitud

2,000m/6,561ft to 4,200m/13,779ft

El Camino Inca a Machu Picchu es la caminata más completa en nuestra región. Brinda al pasajero la experiencia de explorar los diferentes pisos ecológicos de nuestro país, disfrutando de la flora y fauna de cada uno de ellos.

Además, en sus 45 kilometros de recorrido tendremos la oportunidad de visitar diferentes sitios arqueológicos: Llaqtapata, Runqurakay, Puyupatamarca,Intipata, Wiñaywayna, Intipunku y Machu Picchu.

Ven con nosotros a disfrutar la historia, cultura y biodiversidad que solo nos ofrece el Camino Inca.

Precio desde: 659USDpor persona

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La excursión a Machu Picchu por el Camino Inca en Perú sigue siendo el punto culminante de mi viaje de un año. Es así de increíble. Contemplar los picos de los Andes y saber que he caminado para llegar hasta allí me llenó de alegría y asombro. No quería estar en ningún otro sitio. Sin embargo, no voy a mentir: me costó un poco de trabajo. Mucho trabajo, de hecho. Pero valió la pena.

Situada a unos 2.500 metros sobre el nivel del mar, Machu Picchu era una ciudadela inca que se construyó en el siglo XV. La ciudadela se construyó como hacienda real, aunque se utilizó durante menos de 100 años antes de ser abandonada cuando, debido a la llegada de los españoles, éstos se lanzaron a la conquista.

No fue hasta 1911 cuando las ruinas fueron redescubiertas por el arqueólogo Hiram Bingham III. Aunque los lugareños conocían las ruinas, no fue hasta que Hiram subió él mismo a la montaña cuando se dio cuenta de lo espectacular de su (re)descubrimiento.

Para frenar el daño causado por el turismo, la entrada a Machu Picchu está «limitada» a 6.534 personas al día, divididas en entradas de mañana y tarde. Aunque parezca mucho, las entradas suelen agotarse con meses de antelación (especialmente para la caminata). Por ese motivo, querrá asegurarse de planificar con antelación, investigar y reservar con tiempo.

Una breve historia

El Camino Inca a Machu Picchu es, de hecho, una pequeña parte de una vasta red de senderos y caminos construidos por el Imperio Inca hace más de 500 años.

Dependiendo del recurso que lea, se estima que los Caminos del Inca (o Qhapaq Ñanare, que significa red de caminos) han cubierto entre 23.000 y 45.000 km de distancia, ¡básicamente mucho!

Compuestos principalmente de piedra pavimentada, los caminos eran fundamentales para conectar el Imperio del Tahuantinsuyo, que se extendía desde Colombia y Ecuador en el norte; a través de Perú, Chile y partes de Argentina, y hasta Brasil y Bolivia (como se ve en el mapa adyacente).

Los senderos variaban en tamaño desde 6 a 8 metros de ancho en su parte más ancha (normalmente en las zonas costeras) hasta senderos estrechos de 1 metro en las regiones montañosas de los Andes.

Los senderos se utilizaban por diversas razones, como el comercio, el transporte eficiente y la guerra. El historiador peruano José Antonio del Busto cree que los senderos se expandieron rápidamente bajo el gobierno de Huayna Capac, que se cree que añadió 16.000 km de senderos a la red. Del Busto explica:

«Se dice que (Cápac) puso énfasis en las trochas para poder movilizar más rápidamente a su ejército y poder aplastar las rebeliones que estallaron durante su reinado.

La única característica singular de los senderos es que fueron construidos con la mente de la llama. Los senderos, sobre todo en la región montañosa, son escarpados, escalonados y altos, características del paisaje que las llamas son muy hábiles para atravesar.

El autor Hugh Thomson escribe en su aclamado y muy recomendado libro La Roca Blanca

«Estamos acostumbrados a un sistema de carreteras diseñado para el caballo y luego para el coche, un sistema que trata de evitar a toda costa las pendientes pronunciadas y cuyo ideal (establecido por los romanos) es la carretera recta sobre terreno llano. Las necesidades de los incas eran muy diferentes: la expansión de su Imperio estaba impulsada por la llama».

Cuando los españoles llegaron a Perú en el siglo XV, se quedaron asombrados por la magnitud, el ingenio y la belleza de los caminos, aunque tuvieron grandes dificultades para recorrerlos a caballo. Hernando Pizarro, uno de los primeros conquistadores en llegar a Cusco, escribió

«El camino de las montañas es algo que hay que ver, porque está construido en un terreno muy difícil. En el mundo cristiano no hemos visto caminos tan hermosos. Todos los cruces tienen puentes de piedra o de madera».

A diferencia de la mayoría de los caminos, que se utilizaban con fines prácticos, el Camino Inca a Machu Picchu sólo se utilizaba como ruta de peregrinación o religiosa.

No tenía ningún uso comercial y por eso se le suele llamar «Camino Real», «Camino Sagrado Real» o «El Camino del Rey Inca». Los diversos yacimientos incas encontrados a lo largo de los 45 km del camino parecen apoyar esta teoría.

Hiram Bingham, erudito y explorador estadounidense, que descubrió Machu Picchu en 1911, se sorprendió al descubrir la ruta de peregrinación que conducía a la ciudad.

Entre 1913 y 1915, Bingham y su equipo descubrieron gran parte del camino cubierto de vegetación, y en la década de 1990 se restauraron grandes partes de la ruta.

En la actualidad, el sendero, que se encuentra en el Santuario Histórico de Machu Picchu, está considerado como uno de los mayores senderos del mundo y es recorrido por miles de turistas cada año.

Más detalles

Estos son algunos consejos que le ayudarán a sacar el máximo provecho de su viaje y a evitar algunas de las trampas más comunes:

Llegue temprano – Trate de llegar a Cusco 3-5 días antes de su caminata para que pueda aclimatarse a la altitud antes de la caminata. Esto hará que su caminata sea mucho más fácil.
Utilice bastones de trekking – Traiga bastones de trekking o alquílelos en su compañía de viajes. Los necesitará.
Mastica hojas de coca – Si la altitud te da problemas, mastica hojas de coca. Es el remedio local y lo utilizan muchos de los guías y porteadores. Puedes masticar las hojas o comprar chicles con ellas. (También puedes pedirle a tu médico una medicina para la altitud antes de salir. Ten en cuenta que te hará orinar mucho).
Rompe tus botas – Asegúrate de comprar y romper tus zapatos al menos 1-2 meses antes de tu viaje. Esto te ayudará a evitar las ampollas.
Lleva protector solar y repelente de insectos – Lo último que quieres es una quemadura de sol cuando estás de excursión en las montañas. Además, aquí los mosquitos son abundantes (¡y sus picaduras son muy mordaces!), así que prepárate y aplícate ambas cosas todos los días.
Trae vendas/paquetes – Tus pies se van a golpear. Tener algunos suministros de primeros auxilios menores te ayudará.
Lleva bocadillos extra – Tendrás mucha comida en el camino, pero llevar algunos de tus bocadillos favoritos es una gran inyección de moral en esos tramos difíciles.
Vaya a la milla extra – Para una vista increíble de Machu Picchu, haga una caminata de una hora extra hasta Huayna Picchu. Es un poco complicado y el camino es bastante estrecho, pero las vistas merecen la pena.
Entrene antes de ir – Esta es una caminata desafiante. No es necesario ser un atleta olímpico para terminarla, pero cuanto más se entrene, más fácil será la caminata.
No esperes ducharte – Hay duchas disponibles a mitad de la caminata, pero el agua es dolorosamente fría. Evita las duchas y aprovecha tu merecido BO.
Lleve baterías adicionales – Lleve un cargador externo para su teléfono y baterías adicionales para su cámara – ¡Sería trágico llegar a Machu Picchu y no poder tomar una o dos fotos!
Lleve tapones para los oídos – El Camino Inca puede ser muy concurrido y habrá docenas y docenas de excursionistas en cada campamento. Traiga tapones para los oídos para las noches ruidosas.
Considere el Salkantay – Para una ruta menos concurrida, considere caminar por el Salkantay. Tiene unas vistas épicas y recibe 1/3 de turistas que el Camino Inca. Además, es una fracción del precio.
Lleva dinero para el baño – Asegúrate de tener dinero para el baño. Solo hay un baño en Machu Picchu y cuesta 2 peniques.
Sello – Puede sellar su pasaporte con un sello único de Machu Picchu para conmemorar el viaje. Es un recuerdo divertido si tiene un espacio en su pasaporte.
Revise su bolsa – Solo puede llevar una bolsa de día de menos de 20L a Machu Picchu. Si su bolsa es más grande que eso, tendrá que pagar para facturarla en la puerta.

En los Andes subtropicales peruanos predominan dos estaciones climáticas: la estación seca va de finales de abril a principios de octubre, y la estación húmeda comienza a finales de octubre y se prolonga hasta abril.

El Camino Inca es más transitado durante los meses de la estación seca, especialmente de mayo a septiembre. Si desea hacer una excursión en esta época del año, es aconsejable reservar con al menos 6 meses de antelación.

Los meses secos de marzo/abril y octubre/noviembre también pueden ser un buen momento para hacer senderismo, aunque la probabilidad de lluvia es mayor.

Aquí hay un diagrama que muestra el promedio de días de lluvia por mes en el Santuario de Machu Picchu.

Diciembre, enero y febrero son los meses más lluviosos, y el Camino Inca Clásico y el Combo Salkantay / Camino Inca están de hecho cerrados por mantenimiento en febrero (es posible hacer el Camino Inca Corto o cualquiera de las caminatas alternativas a Machu Picchu durante febrero).

Las temperaturas en la región son bastante constantes a lo largo del año, con días que alcanzan los 20 grados centígrados (70 y 80 Fahrenheit), y caen en los dígitos bajos hasta temperaturas bajo cero por la noche y en las primeras horas de la mañana.

Las fluctuaciones de temperatura también son habituales cuando se asciende a los puertos altos o se desciende a los valles expuestos al sol.

Es importante que lleve ropa en capas para ajustar los niveles de confort, ya que las temperaturas fluctúan a lo largo del día y en los diferentes niveles de altitud (véase la lista de equipaje del Camino Inca más abajo).

Los microclimas de las montañas hacen que sea posible encontrar lluvia en cualquier época del año, por lo que también debe llevar ropa para el tiempo húmedo.

Preguntas Frecuentes

El Camino Inca a Machu Picchu (también conocido como Camino Inca o Camino Inka) es una ruta de senderismo en Perú que termina en Machu Picchu. Situado en la cordillera de los Andes, el camino atraviesa varios tipos de entornos andinos, como el bosque nublado y la tundra alpina.

La altitud es el aspecto más difícil del Camino Inca para muchas personas. Casi todos los que hacen el Camino Inca se verán afectados por la altitud en alguna medida. Si has pasado dos o tres días de aclimatación en Cusco de antemano, la altitud en la mayoría de las caminatas no te causará ningún problema.

El camino en sí es impresionante, pero el final del camino es una vista espectacular al llegar a las antiguas ruinas de Machu Picchu al amanecer. El clásico Camino Inca tiene 42 km de longitud, se suele recorrer durante 4 días y 3 noches y se esconde en las hermosas montañas de los Andes peruanos.

Sí, los incas utilizaron los caminos incaicos para conectar todos sus territorios con Cusco, así, podemos encontrar camino inca a lo largo de Perú, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile y Argentina. Que hoy se llama Ccapac Ñan, que traducido es Camino Imperial.

Para reservar tiene que contratar un operador turístico autorizado (exigido por el gobierno peruano), le indicamos en detalle su itinerario.

Su viaje a Machu Picchu comenzará en la ciudad peruana de Cuzco, y esta impresionante caminata de cuatro días comienza en un lugar llamado Kilómetro 82. Como su nombre indica, este famoso punto de partida se encuentra a 82 kilómetros a lo largo del ferrocarril de Cuzco, de camino a Aguas Calientes y Machu Picchu.

Hablar en días sería:
Día 1: Fácil
Día 2: Difícil, este es el día más difícil de la caminata.
Día 3: Moderado a un poco difícil ya que hay varios tramos empinados.
Día 4: Fácil, en este día se visita Machu Picchu.

En primer lugar, busque una agencia con licencia, Lorenzo Expeditions es un operador turístico con licencia. A continuación, reserve con antelación, sobre todo en temporada alta.

Ambas empresas son de Cusco, siempre diremos que Lorenzo Expeditions es el mejor.

¿Qué dicen los viajeros sobre Lorenzo Expeditions?

Emily W
Emily W
2020-06-15
Customer Service First class! I haven't actually got the chance to do our tour yet due to our flights being cancelled to Peru (COVID). But I was so impressed by their reaction and response to the situation I wanted to share it. They have allowed us to change the date of the tour for the next 18 months and free of charge, we also only need to give 30 days notice of the date. Excellent customer service, thank you for being so understanding of the situation, we can't wait until next year to do the tour!
ihawk
ihawk
2020-06-05
Great experience with Lorenzo Expedition and our tour guide DORIAN My sister and I planned our trip to Peru 2 months prior to the trip start. We traveled late August to Mid September. When considering our trek to Machu Picchu we originally considered doing the "Original Inca trek" (4 or 5 days long and quite difficult). However, we changed our minds due to availability, price, and I had concerns about the difficulty level of the hike. Below is a long review and details about our trip. Here is the quick summary of our experience: we really liked Lorenzo Expedition, they have great tour guides who are very responsive and make the experience enjoyable. I think it’s a very affordable trip, with great food, and a detailed itinerary. We absolutely loved our tour guide Dorian, he was very attentive, kind, informative, and quickly adapted to our personalities. The only downside is the “hike” felt more like a walk. We had a great experience and recommend Lorenzo’s. More on our tour guide, my sister and I were the only ones on our trip, so we had a private tour guide by chance. We absolutely loved our tour guide Dorian, as mentioned above he is very kind, respectful, and attentive. I loved being able to talk to Dorian about Peru, the culture, and life in Cusco. I’m so glad we listened to all of Dorian’s recommendations. He was also great about offering to take photos of us. I would describe Dorian as more of a quiet guy which I appreciated, often time tour guides can talk non-stop and it can be quite exhausting. I had a wonderful experience and would definitely recommend Dorian. My sister and I did the 3day/2night Trek to Machu Picchu in early September 2019. After doing quite a bit of research on different companies and reading lots of reviews we chose Lorenzo Expedition. The reasons: The video they made (wink), availability, price, easy to communicate with the company, reviews, and the information they had on their website. The day before your expedition they host a meet and greet/orientation where you meet the other people in your party, your tour guides, and go over the details of your expedition. Out of the group of 8 people my sister and I were the only two that were doing the 3 day trek, the rest of the group was doing the 4 day trek because of this we were able to have a personal tour guide, Dorian. Day 1: They picked us up from our Hostel and we drove about 1.5 hrs. before we got on the bikes. I absolutely loved the bike ride portion of the trek; the location was beautiful. You are surrounded by large mountains and lush greenery. The bike ride is primarily downhill which makes the ride easier and a bit more fun. Lorenzo Expedition gives you plenty of padding and protection gear for the bike ride since you are biking on a road with cars. The Lorenzo Van that you drove in is driving slowly behind the group to ensure your safety, trade your bike if needed, or if you need to rest. I was at the end of the group; I would say that on average the group was about 3-5 blocks a head of me, but they never pushed me to go faster and van was always close by. I really appreciated being able to go at my own pace. Often, when doing group activity companies can be stringent about staying close to the group etc. Luckily, that was not the case. Please note during the bike ride it is very difficult to take photos so I would recommend a GoPro on your helmet or your body. I regret not being able to film more of this experience. After the bike ride, we went to a hotel, where the group doing the 4-day trek was spending the night. We rested for a bit and then had lunch. The lunch was delicious and nicely presented. Next, water rafting. This was an additional cost but a fun small adventure that I would recommend. The river rafting was about two hours and is run by a separate company. The guides were fun, there were almost no rapids so don’t be to concern. I recommend wearing a swimsuit because you will get wet. The company provides helmets, boots, jacket and pants. I would recommend river rafting just so that you have something to do unless you prefer hanging out at the hotel from 2 pm onwards. After river rafting, my sister and I went with our tour guide, Dorian, in a private taxi to the hot springs and the hotel we were to stay at that night. It was about 1.25hr drive on a one-way dirt road. My sister and I felt a little uneasy at first because we are two women traveling with two strangers in the night on this sketchy dirt road, but Dorian quickly made us feel safe and comfortable. We were quite exhausted from all our earlier activities and considered skipping the hot springs but Dorian recommended we go and said that we would really enjoy it. We are so glad we went. The entrance to the springs is not very nice but the springs are great. We went around 8pm or 8:30pm and there were not very many people and it was not loud at all. I believe there are about 4 large pools and two small waterfalls. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, this was our only Hot Springs experience in Peru but was a really great and needed experience. The hotel we stayed out that night was one of the more outdate hotels we stayed in, in all of Peru. It is a small town so I’m not sure that there are any nicer options. Day 2 began with ziplining, which is an additional cost. I was reluctant to zip line because a few days prior I had my first ziplining experience and it was unpleasant and long. Dorian, highly recommend we go and said that this company is really fun, and it would be a great experience. He was definitely right. The zip line course was extremely fun, with mini-courses in between, and lots of different positions to zip line. Well worth the money. I wish we could have hung out at the main office for the zip line because they have a cool set up with hammocks and are surrounded by beautiful mountains. Later we were dropped at a train station and would begin our “hike” aka walk to Aquas Calientes. At the beginning of the walk, Dorian shared stories of the Incas, the different kings, and how Machu Picchu was “discovered”. Luckily, after an hour or so of walking, we stopped to have lunch. As always, the food was very tasty and there were multiple courses. It started to sprinkle so we ended up staying slightly longer at the restaurant. It was a cool restaurant with hammocks underneath the building structure. Then we began the 2.5 hr walk to Aquas Calientes. It was a pretty walk along the railroad tracks, and you had beautiful views of the nearby mountains and at a few points, you could see Wayna Pichhu. During most of our walk, it was lightly sprinkling but luckily there were a few stands on your way to Aquas Calientes so you can buy water or in our case by a poncho. We stopped at a restaurant to use the restroom and buy ponchos but saw no other restrooms in the area. We were able to rest in our hotel in Aquas Calientes before we went to dinner. We ate at an upscale restaurant with a preset menu to choose from. We greatly enjoyed this meal. The food was beautifully presented and very delish Dorian shared that the owner, Lorenzo, often travels to the different cities and checks out the hotels and restaurants that we will be eating at. Day 3: Machu Picchu My sister and I woke up early and lined up quite early at the bus stop for the first bus to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is stunning but very busy. Take your time. About a quarter of the way through you will be unable to turn back and must continue a one-way path. Please note, that there are security/employees throughout to ensure people are staying in the pathway and following the rules. Dorian met us shortly after our arrival and told us more about the history of Machu Picchu. He also assisted us in getting tickets to Waynu Picchu. Which we really appreciated. So glad we hiked Waynu Picchu, you have a beautiful view Machu Picchu and can take a break from the crowds. Dorian left us right before we hiked Waynu Picchu. There were smiles and hugs all around saying goodbye to Dorian. ( Don’t forget to tip your tour guides) One note to Lorenzo Expedition, I think the tour guide should ride the bus with you to Machu Picchu. We had a bit of an issue meeting up with Dorian. I would not mind having the cost included in the overall trip package.
Bryan B
Bryan B
2020-03-30
Erlebnisreiche Tour Alexander Wir waren zu zwei mit Alexander auf dem Inka Jungle Trail unterwegs. Es war sehr lustig und wir haben dank Alex Expertise über die Umgebung (Pflanzen, Tiere und weitere ding der Umgebung) viel gelernt. Alle Übernachtungen waren sehr angenehm und auch das Essen bestand immer aus großen Portionen und war lecker 😋 Auch nach dem wir den Trail hinter uns hatten, hat sich Alex und die Lorenzo Expedition gut um uns gekümmert. Als das Corona-Virus zu einer Ausgangssperre führte, besorgte Alex uns über eine Freundin ein Apartment und wir wurden des öfteren nach unser Wohlbefinden befragt. Nochmals herzlichen Dank für die tolle Tour und das Engagement vom ganzen Team 🙂
kate w
kate w
2020-03-27
Amazing Jungle Trek My friend and I decided to travel to Peru and after completing research on tour companies, we decided to travel with Lorenzo Expeditions. We signed up for the 4 day jungle trek and we absolutely loved it. Our guide, Wilbert, was the reason for our incredible experience. This was the highlight of our trip and we are so thankful to our guide and the company for providing us with this experience. We were able to mountain bike, hike through the jungle, zip line and try the thermal baths. Throughout this trip we felt very safe accompanied by Wilbert. He was informative and allowed us to explore a lot during our trek. He provided us with a rich understanding of the Inca history, helping us to better understand our surroundings. The best advice I could offer to future travellers is to book through the company but to also request Wilbert as your tour guide. It will be a trip like no other and you will make a great friend!
Kelly V
Kelly V
2020-03-20
Trip of a Lifetime! Our Inca Jungle Trek tour was truly a trip of a lifetime! Traveling with 6 friends we were able to experience the best Peru has to offer with mountain biking, hiking, and touring Machu Picchu. Our guide, William, was incredible and was very knowledgeable about the history and the culture of the area. What an adventure! I'd go back again and again!
davidoloughlin88
davidoloughlin88
2020-02-10
Jungle Expedition with Rafting and Zip Lining We were recommended this tour by a friend who went the year prior. We could not asked for a better experience. Our guides, Alex 1 and Alex 2 were simply great. Alex 1 was the lead guide and you could tell he was fully invested in getting our group the absolute best experience. He answered all our questions thoroughly and with a great deal of passion; clearly someone who loves what they do. The jungle trek has a great mix of activities. With plenty of breaks, the trek takes you though the mountains without wiping you out for the next day. We had a blast doing the rafting. The zip lining was okay but I ended up almost breaking my foot. More on that towards the end. I would 100% recommend booking this trek even with some minor issues with the zip lining company. Perhaps miss the zip lining, but do not miss out on the experience that Lorenzo offers. The company running the zip line is a third party and they are not run as well as Lorenzo. The trees were allowed to grow up under the zip line too high. The workers sending the participants down the line would sometimes spin us to make it more exciting. This is how I ended up clipping a tree with my foot.
Samarah M
Samarah M
2020-01-12
Superou nossas expectativas! A agência Lorenzo Expediciones cuidou da gente desde Rio Branco Acre quando ainda planejavamos nossos passeios em Cusco. As orientações do Sr. Lorenzo foram fundamentais para nossa primeira experiência em trilha de montanha. Além de nos guiar, ele fez muito mais por nós. Nos deu toda assistência na cidade de Cusco e também em Porto Maldonado. Fomos de carro e sabíamos que tínhamos para quem telefonar em caso de qualquer imprevisto na estrada. Tudo aconteceu de forma muito tranquila e em poucos dias de viagem curtimos mais do que imaginávamos porque o tempo foi otimizado. Sou muito grata ao Lorenzo por nos proporcionar uma viagem tão segura e proveitosa. Realmente, foi uma das experiências mais incríveis de nossas vidas! Voltaremos em breve para fazer todos passeios que vocês oferecem ❄😉🏔
Naterson
Naterson
2020-01-06
Jungle Trek My partner and I just finished the 4d 3n Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu with Lorenzo Expeditions. We did so much research on which company to go with and decided on Lorenzo Expeditions and the tour well and truly exceeded our expectations! Our guide, Wilian, was incredible. He was knowledgeable about the area, the history of the Incan Empire and went above and beyond to always put smiles on our faces! Quite frankly he was the best guide I have ever had on any trip!! The trip was extremely well organized, excellent communication, accomodation, the food was amazing and we had an awesome time during our 4 days. Lorenzo Expeditions were serious about keeping us safe, and the bikes and protective equipment we used were top notch. I should also mention that we booked a group tour but it ended up being a private tour which we didn't have to pay any extra for which we really appreciated. We couldn't recommend Lorenzo Expeditons enough and would not hesitate to use them again in the future!
Paul P
Paul P
2020-01-01
Great guide, great experience, awesome adventure! My girlfriend and I booked this trip (inka jungle trek-4 days three nights) without knowing exactly what we were getting into. It turned out to be a fantastic experience. We met with our tour guide the night before leaving cusco at a local restaurant to go over the details and he answered any questions we might have. We were expecting maybe a group of 10 people when we booked it (300 usd each) but it ended up being a tour for just the two of us because we did not book during high season. December in cusco region is quite rainy, but we really lucked out. Our guide (Wilbert) is an incredibly knowledgeable, capable, and friendly guide. He shared meals with us aND quite quickly became our friend. He had so much great information to discuss not only the history of peru but also the current political and social climate of this country. He is a good teacher too. If anything, i think he may have been disappointed that sometimes we didn't ask enough questions! He was also willing (and wanting) to tailor specifics of the trek according to our inputs. For the most part, we timed our hikes and breaks such that we could avoid the short bursts of heavy rain. The meals were fantastic, as were generally the lodgings (for the lodgings, just go into it with the expectation that you aren't staying at a 4 or 5 star hotel. They are very comfortable but a couple places we stayed at, for example the hostel in Santa Teresa, were modest. Keep in mind the price you are paying for the trip... regardless, still exceeded our expectations). The hiking was not as difficult as we expected. There were 2 approx. 15 km hikes. The visits with the local families in the jungle really added a nice touch as well. We probably packed too much for the trip. If you fill a 20L bag each you probably have enough space. No need to bring water for more than 1 day as there are many places along the route to buy bottled water for cheap from local families and towns that you pass through. We also packed too many warm clothes. Outside of the very beginning of the trip where we drove up to the Abra Malaga pass (altitude ~4.3 km) to begin the bike ride, we didn't really need sweaters. About halfway through the ride the temperature increased quickly! The views were incredible and the hikes were great-especially the portion where we used the historical Inca trail. Following Wilberts advice we woke up very early to get to machu picchu before it was flooded with tourists. I tend to sleep in but man it was worth it! Overall a fantastic adventure with a nice history lesson attached to it! I highly recommend this to anyone looking for some adventure but not willing to do the entire classic inka trail (lot more hiking and "roughing it").
Tim C
Tim C
2019-12-02
Geweldige 4 dagen gehad Met onze gids Wilbert hebben we 4 fantastische dagen gehad. Mountainbiken, ziplinen, klimmen en wandelen naar de Machu Picchu. Wilbert vertelde met veel passie over de geweldig mooie omgeving. Hotels waren goed en het eten was ook erg lekker. We kregen van onze mountainbike tour een mooi filmpje achteraf op Whatsapp. Alles was tot in perfectie geregeld! Zeker een aanrader! Thanks Wilbert! 👊🏽

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