If you have not yet come to Machu Picchu, the people who were already there will tell you about a meeting with the sacred mountains, great stone structures and the energy they felt, as well as countless stories with people from all over the world. We are also sure that the people who see the photos of Machu Picchu decide that they have to reach this beautiful place at some point in their lives and others that have to do it as soon as possible. This huge demand has meant that Machu Picchu tickets have to be limited to 2500 to protect the wonder, and that some people take routes outside the traditional ones to arrive; How about Santa Teresa?, the cheapest route to Machu Picchu.An alternative route to Machu Picchu, which will take you by bus passing through the sacred valley, ascending to 4600 meters above sea level and descending through a tropical valley to the villages of Santa Maria and Santa Teresa in the jungle. We continue the trip by train or a walk through the Inca Jungle, crossing beautiful landscapes of warm weather until we reach Machu Picchu.Machu Picchu, popularly known as the "Old Mountain" is an Inca city surrounded by temples, platforms and water channels, built on top of a mountain. Its construction was built with large blocks of stone joined together, without the use of amalgam. At the moment it is considered cultural patrimony of the humanity when being recognized like important political center, religious and administrative of the Inca time.Located at 110 kilometers northeast of Cusco, in the province of Urubamba, this architectural gem is visited by thousands of tourists, and many of them take traditional routes that have great scenic, beauty and history. However here we have a new proposal for you to know Machupicchu through the Inca jungle.You will discover a big diversity of flora (pacay, avocado, orange, mango, large amount of bananas, maza zamb; herbs such as verbena, tinre tinre, etc) and fauna(hedgehogs, squirrels, frugivorous birds such as p'usty (paucar) that feeds on bananas and orange trees, pigeons, etc). In addition there is a great diversity of insects and reptiles, such as snakes and lizards, and the best of all is the warm climate.
Day 01: Cusco - Abra Malaga - Santa Teresa
Day 02: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes
Day 03: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Machu Picchu in its final version was built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, like other cities of the Inca nobility, this was a small, beautiful, and self-sustainable city, because it had platforms that ensured its subsistence and deposits to conserve the abundance of food. It is still conjectured the reason for the abandonment of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was part of a system of exchange of essential products for the life of the empire and the people of the jungle. From the low forests came valuable products for the Incas: coca, medicinal herbs, feathers of exotic birds for ritual ceremonies, certain varieties of chili much appreciated, and from the Andes down dried potatoes, corn.
This first day, we will start picking you up at 6:30 am at your hotel. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you are driven to over 4,200 meters above sea level to the top of Abra Malaga. Take a deep breath, strap on the protective gear provided and take in the majestic mountain before hitting the pavement on brand new mountain bikes. Feel the wind whip your face as you cruise down winding mountain roads, past waterfalls, mountain villages and the occasional road dog. Almost three hours, we will be at 2,000-meter decent at Alfamayo where we will have our delicious lunch. Strip off layers and slap on insect repellent as you enter the pre-jungle climate. After lunch and some time to relax (to let the heat of the afternoon melt away) a short van ride takes you to the start of your first short trek. Local bus to Santa Teresa where we spend a night .
This second day,we have early breakfast before taking a private transport to Llucmabamba Town, we will cross suspension bridges and we will move in a oroya on the Vilcanota River, observing in the way a great variety of wild fauna. There we can observe the sunrise with a beautiful landscape from where you can see the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu. Wishing to cross the banking forests where we will have the opportunity to enjoy and see wildlife. Be very awake because we will have the opportunity to observe birds native of the area. Finally we will arrive at the Hydroelectric, where we will begin to follow the roads that lead us to Aguas Calientes. Finally,we will spend the last night in a comfortable hostel there, with private rooms ,bathrooms and the service offers us a hot shower.
Once we arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes they will have to get accommodation, and for the next day climb to the citadel of Machu Picchu. The entrance to the citadel will be seen when you are doing the walk towards Aguas Calientes, we will see some bridges over the Urubamba River that are the entrance to the citadel. The access bridges are about 15 minutes from Aguas Calientes. Arriving at the fantastic citadel of Machupicchu, we will have a guided tour of 2 hours, then you will have the chance to climb the famous Huayna Picchu or hiking by yourself in the citadel.Finally we will return to Cusco.
Please Take Note: Your return time to Cusco will depend on which transport option, or return train you select.