Cusco – Santa Maria (biking & rafting)
Between 06.00-06.30am our private transport and staff will pick you up from your hotel. We drive to Ollantaytambo (arrival around 8:30 am). Here we will stop for approximately 30 minutes. You will have the opportunity to have breakfast here as well as a chance to buy anything you might have forgotten to get earlier, like ponchos, snacks, repellents, etc. Then we will continue the trip by bus for the next hour and a half to the highest point of the journey – the mountain pass Abra Malaga to (4,330 m.a.s.l.). Along the way you will get to see picturesque villages and the beautiful landscapes of the sacred valley of the Incas. Throughout the journey you can enjoy the breathtaking Andean landscape. In Abra Malaga we will start the first part of the adventure – the biking tour. Here you will get all necessary equipment, like helmets, vests, bikes and after a while we will descend with bicycles approximately 3 hours towards the lower jungle to the town Huamanmarca (1250 m.a.s.l). You will be accompanied by private transport in case of emergency. On the way we will pass through small villages, orchards, rivers and streams. You will be able to feel the climate change from high mountains, with snowy peaks, which you will see at the beginning in Abra Malaga, to the jungle full off fruit trees, varied fauna and flora, with a warm and humid climate. You will also probably feel the difference in the altitude (the difference will be more than 2000 m.a.s.l.).
In the village of Huamanmarca we will have a break for lunch in the restaurant. Here you will taste typical local dishes. After a short break we will take a local transport to the town of Santa Maria, where all participants will be divided into 2 groups: the ones who booked the rafting and the ones who didn’t.
The group who booked the rafting will be picked up and brought to the rafting camp, where they will receive instructions. The service includes equipment like helmets and life jackets. Depending on the season the river will have class III and III+ (medium risk) with exciting speed and some turbulence but all controlled and supervised by experienced guides (certified in extreme sports), who also have excellent knowledge of the geography, climate and local environment. We will be accompanied by a fleet of rafts and a professional kayak rescue raft. The rafting adventure will take approximately 2-2,5 hours. If the river has class IV or higher for security reasons we will cancel the rafting and refund your payment. Travelers who have not previously booked the rafting can buy this activity after arriving to Santa Maria, if it is available (sometimes it can be impossible, especially in high season, when a lot of tourists buy this activity). The travelers who didn’t book the rafting tour will go by private bus with a guide to Cocalpampa, where they will start a hike for approximately 30 minutes until reaching the community of Pispitayoc.
After the rafting adventure these participants will go by private bus to Cocalpampa. From this point they will start the hike towards Pispitayoc. Here you will spend the first night of Inca Jungle Tour, accompanied by an orchestra of jungle sounds.
Include: Transport, biking equipment, professional tour guide, meals (L, D), accommodation.
Important: Rafting is not included in the program; it has an additional cost (US$25.00 per person)