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Hiking, biking, rafting and zip-lining to Machu Picchu

Posted by on October 8, 2011
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You might remember that Eaman and I had to cancel our four-day hiking trip to Machu Picchu (here on out abbreviated as MP) after we both got pretty sick, but we weren’t about to let a little salmonella get in the way of seeing one of the wonders of the world. So once we were feeling normal again, we signed up for a four-day Inca jungle trek that fellow backpackers at our hostel raved about.

We left last Monday for a trek that involved mountain biking, river rafting, hiking through the lush, fruit-filled jungle, zip-lining, some pretty rudimentary hostels and the big cahuna: MP.

Even though pictures never convey the true beauty, I feel it’s the best way to summarize the amazing adventure.

The biking was less intense than you’d think because it was all downhill. But still a rush to slide down those slippery, windy roads. (It’s rainy season people!) Here we are in our gigantic but top-notch ponchos before biking:

A stop on day two with our tour guide, Amoroso:

With our group, us and eight Israelis:

Fresh avocado that fell from the trees:

A spotted pig!

Day three, after we zip-lined on the tallest line in South America. There were six consecutive lines! Wheeeeee!

Pit-stop on day three:

And here she is, MP:

Hanging with llamas:

Faux touching a spiritual rock that is meant to reset your energy:

After a killer uphill hike to the top of Wayna Picchu. About 10 minutes after, it started pouring when we were precariously perched on the peak. Simultaneously scary and exhilirating:

Dangling:

We did it!

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14 Responses to Hiking, biking, rafting and zip-lining to Machu Picchu

  1. Summar

    I’m commenting like 2 min after I got this post in my email, but here goes: LOVE these photos and so happy you guys got to go (and are feeling better!). Hope that rock really did reset your energy for the rest of your travels ahead!

  2. Afsoon

    Pics look awesome!!! Great post!!!!!

  3. shaili

    archana and eaman -

    your trip sounds fabulous (minus the whole salmonella mishap – but what’s an overseas adventure without some GI rumbles?) and i am totally envious of it all. the pictures are gorgeous. keep it up as i’m sure many (including myself) are living vicariously through you!

  4. Mina

    Salam Eaman and Archana joon I am glad to hear from you guys I love the pictures they are amazing and beutifull, you guys look good except skinier. Eat good and take care of youself love to see you in the pictures I missed you guys.

    Love, Mina

  5. Casey

    Hi there!

    I am doing some Google searching to try and fine a good/legit company that does this sort of adventure trekking to Machu Picchu for our trip in July. Your photos look amazing and just like what we want to do! Any chance you remember the name of the tour company you went through?

    Thanks so much for your help!
    Casey

    • Archana

      Hi, Casey! So glad you enjoyed the photos. It was an amazing trek — and I DO remember the company! We booked it through our hostel in Cusco, Peru, which was Pariwana. You don’t have to be guests at the hostel to book through them, and you don’t really even need to do it in advance. We were in a bind because we both got sick and had to miss our scheduled classic trek, so we booked it last minute, just a few days before. July is a part of the peak season though, so you may want to call or email Pariwana to see if they can set you up beforehand in case you don’t have the luxury of a lot of time. But it definitely doesn’t require the months-in-advance booking that the classic trek calls for! It’s called the Inca Jungle Trek amongst most companies, in case you go with someone else.

      Let us know if you have any more questions!

  6. Anita

    Hello!
    I just completed my journey to Peru and yes the Ziplining was awsome! The rain was minimal for MP/Cusco. Seeing your picutures brought up wonderful memories. My friend got sick right after the Ziplining experience and actually left me in Peru alone! Actually, I had a better time alone and met some really memorable people. (including other solo travellers) We have exchanged email addresses to stay in contact. My next stop will be Laos. I am acutally considering doing this one alone. If you have any insight into that experience I will welcome any advice! Stay Happy and in Love!

  7. Margaret

    Greetings from Cusco Peru!!!!! I am really happy you (Archana) have enjoyed this magic Inca Jungle adventure to Machu Picchu. This is, according to experts, not just an alternative to the classic Inca Trail, they say it is even better and I do agree!!! I really enjoy it whenever I go with the groups of TOURinPERU.com
    Even though you do not need to book really in advance, it is suggested you do so. Next time you are planning to come and visit Machu Picchu, choose this great adventure and have lots of fun as a single traveller or in groups.

  8. Rich Davis

    We are a family of four (two boys 14, 18) and would like an adventure tour of Peru. We would like to start in Cuzco on April 1 and finish in Cuzco on April 5. We would like to raft, mountain bike, zip line, hot springs, see Sacred Valley ruins and of course tour Machu Picchu. What you have described seems to be right on. Can you tell me the length of time and costs associated with your tour? Thanks for the info!
    Rich Davis

  9. Archana

    Hi Rich! Yes, I think the jungle trek would be a good fit for your family. If my memory serves me right, it was a 4 day/3 night excursion, though, due to a delayed train heading back from Aguas Calientes (the port city for Machu Picchu) to Cuzco, it was essentially 4 days/4 nights. As far as price, it’s been a while, but I think it was something like $220 for two of us, including room/board, food, park fees and transportation. We booked this trek through our hostel Pariwana, but you can shop around for the “Inca Jungle trek” and get similar tours. Hope that helps!

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