Extreme Inca

4 DAY/ 3 NIGHT TRIP

MOUNTAIN BIKE | ZIPLINE | WHITEWATER RAFT | MACHU PICCHU

$650 PER PERSON

What to Expect

Looking for an extreme adventure on the way to Machu Picchu?! Look no further than the Extreme Inca Tour. Mountain bike, whitewater raft, hike and zipline your way to Machu Picchu. This adventure is not for the meek hearted. This is a four-day, three-night high-adrenaline tour which culminates at the pristine Machu Picchu. Play with monkeys and talk to spanish-speaking parrots along the way. Each night you will stay at a quality hotel to get you energized for the excitement the following day.

Included in Private Tour Package:

 

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance to historical Machu Picchu site
  • Mountain Bike (Equipment and Safety Gear)
  • Expedition Train
  • Cozy hotel room every night
  • Warm-water showers in hotel room
  • Hot meals
  • Hot coffee/Hot tea
  • Wifi nightly
  • Personal transportation to and from hotel

Not included in Private Tour Package:

 

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY 

DAY 1: CUSCO THROUGH ABRA MALAGA PASS TO SANTA MARIA (12KM)

(MOUNTAIN BIKING AND WHITEWATER RAFTING) Day one of the Extreme Inca tour immediately gets your adrenaline going with a 3000 meter descent down a mountain via bike. We aren’t waiting around to have a little fun! The Extreme Inca Tour starts with a 3-4 hour drive to the top of the Abra Malaga Pass (4,316m). Once at the top of the pass we will begin the exhilarating ride down the mountain to Santa Maria. The route from the top of Malaga Pass to the Santa Maria is all downhill – 4,316m to 1,196m descent – and just under 60km in distance. Most of the ride you will be able to free-wheel and will likely use the brakes more than the pedals. The route has many turns which can make it a little dangerous. Cars on the route may not see you coming! We will have lunch in Santa Maria (1,196m) mid-to-late afternoon once we arrive at your hotel. That evening we will go whitewater rafting. This is a class III-IV whitewater rafting experience. This will be approximately a two hour raft. There are plenty of rapids and if you are lucky you may even get to “ride the bull.”

DAY 2: SANTA MARIA TO SANTA THERESA (HIKING) (12KM)

Today, will be a hiking day. This will be approximately 15 km in total hiking distance for the day. The day starts with a steep hike up the trail. This is in the jungle region. Along the way you will see monkeys, Spanish-speaking parrots, coca plants, and coffee plants. You will get the opportunity to try Inca Tequila or locally grown chocolate. Once we near Santa Maria, you will ride a cable cart across the river, pass under a tunnel, before arriving to the hot springs in Santa Theresa. Make sure you bring your bathing suit!

DAY 3: SANTA THERESA TO AGUAS CALIENTES (ZIPLINING) (15KM)

Day three will be another round of high-adrenaline adventure! This will involve a total of six ziplines as high as 150 meters above the ground. Ride face-up, face-down, superman style or upside down! After the zipline, we will hike 2-3 hours to the Hydroelectric station for lunch, and then another 2 hours to the town of Aguas Calientes.

DAY 4:  MACHU PICCHU (5KM), RETURN TO CUSCO

Today, will start with an early wake up. You are going to Machu Picchu! If you decide to get up early you will be able to see the sunrise from the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). After arriving at Machu Picchu, we will give a 2-3 hour tour of the archaeological site. After the tour your will have time to check out the site on your own. Be warned, once you leave you will not be able to return without purchasing another ticket. If you so choose, we can also help to arrange Huayna Picchu. The climb is steep and very strenuous. It takes approximately an hour to reach the summit. The views from the top are awesome and well worth the effort.

OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When should I make reservations?

As far in advance as possible. During high season there is more demand for Machu Picchu tickets. Therefore, if you do not book far enough in advance we may not be able to secure the Machu Picchu portion of the trip.

How fit do I need to be?

The Extreme Inca Tour is a difficult high adrenaline tour and you should be well prepared and healthy prior to starting it. Try to spend 2 or 3 days in Cusco (3400m) prior to starting the trek. If you do not exercise regularly, have heart, respiratory, knee or back problems do NOT consider doing the trek. Please note, this tour has a MUCH higher risk for injury than a typical hiking tour.

Is there an age restriction?

Cachi Life, Inc does not accept reservations for children under the age of 8 years old and adults over 67 years old. All children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Trekkers over 64 years old must also consult with their doctor prior to starting the trek to check that they are fit to participate in the trek. We require proof of physician consult if you are over the age of 64. We recommend that clients over 64 years old arrive in Cusco at least 3 days prior to starting the trek. We recommend that all clients over 59 years old talk to their doctor in advance about how best to plan for the trek and also to ensure that their travel insurance covers such adventure activities.  We do not accept bookings from hikers over 60 years old traveling on their own and group bookings where everyone in the group is over 64 years old.

What sort of meals do you offer?

We offer standard meals as well as a vegetarian meal option. Please let us know your meal preference when booking your tour. We do not offer vegan meals. Please note that all meals are made using the same pots. We will do our best to wash dinnerware and cookware, but there may be contamination.

Meal options:
Standard (no dietary requirements, eats everything),
Vegetarian
No red meat
No fish
Lactose-free
Gluten free

What about medical conditions?

You must disclose at the time of booking any medical condition that could affect your ability to do the Extreme Inca Tour. Cachi Life, Inc reserves the right to deny a tour booking if we feel that a medical condition may put your life or the lives of any of our trekking staff or other clients at risk on the hike. People with medical conditions must bring a medical note from their doctor stating that they are fit to undertake the trek. They will also be required to be accompanied by a trekking partner on the trek at all times who will trek at their sides and be familiar with any medicine required in case of an emergency. Cachi Life, Inc reserves the right to cancel the booking of a client if the client has not fully disclosed at the time of booking a medical condition that may pose a risk to the health of the client and/or other hikers. No refund will be given.

Due to the nature of the remote geographical location of the trail and the lack of suitable nearby medical facilities along the trail Cachi Life, Inc will not accept any responsibility, either directly or indirectly, for any problems due to your special dietary requirements / medical condition. We suggest that you check with your doctor before booking the trek.

What if I have food allergies?

Please give us details of your allergy at the time of booking. Please indicate the severity of the reaction and what type of medicine you have to take in case of an emergency. If your allergy is severe, you must be accompanied by a trekking partner on the trek who is aware of your allergy and the location of any required medicines. We do not accept clients with life-threatening allergies. Due to the nature of the remote geographical and lack of suitable nearby medical facilities, Cachi Life, Inc will not accept any responsibility, either directly or indirectly, for any problems due to your special medical/dietary requirements. Check with your physician prior to booking.

When's orientation?

Orientation will take place at your hotel prior to the trip. We know everyone’s travel plans are different therefore we try and accommodate your schedule. Once your trip is booked you will be assigned a travel expert who will help you organize a time and place for your guide to meet you.

Where do I store my luggage?

You will have to make your own arrangements. Most hotels will hold your luggage for free or with a fee.

How's the weather?

You should prepare for any type of weather. We run rain or shine. January through March tend to be the rainy season.

How many people can be in a group?

We require a minimum group size of just 2 people to depart. We run private luxury tours. Therefore, you will not be combined with other people.

Do I have to share a room?

No. We try to accommodate everyone and their privacy needs. If you are requesting a private room separate fro your group, please consult your travel expert 3 months prior to departure. Typically, hotel arrangements are two to a room.

What can I add-on for trekking?

You can rent hiking poles for $20. If you don’t want to share a room and prefer private add that on for $150. 

What's the cancellation policy?

Unfortunately, no refunds can be provided within 30 days of departure. The payment is used to purchase and reserve your spot on the private bus, pay the guide, zip line, whitewater raft, hotels, and secure your permits to Machu Picchu. Any cancellation over 30 days is subject to a cancellation fee as outlined in the terms and conditions.

When is payment due?

A non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. The full payment is due at 30 days prior to tour departure.  If booking within thirty days of the tour, full payment of the tour is required. For complete details on the Payment Plan Option, visit cachilife.com/terms-and-conditions. This provides payment for your gear rentals, whitewater raft, and zipline experience, Machu Picchu ticket, transportation, meals, porter payment, nightly hotel reservations, etc.

Do I need a passport?

A passport is required to book a trek. The passport number must match the number that was used to book the trek. You will not be allowed to book if your passport expires within the next 6 months. You are required to bring your passport on the tour or you will not be able to gain entrance to Machu Picchu. The government will not allow you into the archaeological site if you do not have your permit. If you lost your passport you will have to obtain a replacement prior to the tour. This requires you to submit an application with a $25 processing fee to the Peruvian government. You will be required to submit photocopies of your old and new passport along with the police report of the lost passport. Even so, the government may not accept the transfer to the new passport. As such, this is considered a last resort. If this happens, we can do the majority of the trek but you will not be able to enter Machu Picchu.

Can I hike with my friends/family?

Yes, and we encourage it! However, if your friends reserve later they may not be guaranteed a permit with your group. Permits are issued on a first-come first-served basis. We recommend everyone in your groups books your trek at the same time

What if the there is inclement weather?

During the wet season, heavy rains can result in landslides that can block part of the trail or close some of the adventure experiences. Usually, these closures are just for a few days but they can be for several weeks or even months. In the event of such closures Cachi Life, Inc will do our best to find an alternative experience. If we can’t offer a suitable alternative then we will have to cancel the trek and refund any payments less any fixed costs already spent or committed to operating the tour. You will have to reclaim the remaining proportion from your travel insurance.

Do I have to get acclimated to the elevation?

We require everyone to be in Cusco at least two nights prior to starting the trek, three nights is preferred. This ensures that everyone in the group is well acclimatized to the altitude before starting the trek.

What should I bring?

We recommend you pack a backpack, rain jacket, good footwear, one change of clothing, sweater, jacket, water carrying device, flashlight and batteries, cap for sun protection, sunblock, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, toiletries and toilet paper, a selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc, camera and spare batteries in addition to any other articles you may need.

We provide hotel, meals, and water.

Wear clothing and footwear that is sturdy, comfortable and can withstand the rigors of the trek.

Please bring cash to tip your porters, cooks, and guides.

We recommend that you bring antibiotic for travelers diarrhea or UTI, antibiotic for severe bacterial infection, medication for upset stomach/indigestion, anti-diarrhea medication, anti-nausea medication for motion sickness/altitude sickness if needed, cold/flu medication, general painkiller/fever reducer, and have all your vaccinations up to date (MMR, tetanus, etc).

What is the thrill level on this tour?

This is a high-adrenaline adventure tour. You will be riding a mountain bike down a mountain with many blind spots and cars on the road, whitewater rafting, and ziplining. This is a tour that should NOT be taken lightly. There is a high level of danger on this trek. Anybody with minimal athletic skill or nerves should NOT be on this tour. We have many alternatives on the path to Machu Picchu which would be better suited for those who like a lower adrenaline level of adventure. In that case, we can arrange Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek or Machu Picchu by train. All these treks arrive at Machu Picchu.

Can I climb Huayna Picchu?

Huayna Picchu is the large mountain situated in front of Machu Picchu. There is a narrow and steep trail right to the top of the mountain and there are also some interesting Inca ruins at the top. The view of Machu Picchu from the summit is breathtaking. The government charges an additional fee for climbing Huayna Picchu. The entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu is only available as part of a combined Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu ticket. You will get entrance to Machu Picchu and be able to climb Huayna Picchu which offers better value for money. You will have to pay for your accommodation in Aguas Calientes as travelers will have to get into the early morning Machu Picchu group or hike Huayna Picchu the next day. The entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu must be bought BEFORE you start the Extreme Inca Tour and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis often several months in advance. During the high season these tickets can sell out more than 8 weeks in advance. During the low season it may still be possible to buy the tickets from the government offices when you arrive in Cusco. However, this is not recommended as there are only 400 tickets sold per day. Check out the full guide here.

Can I climb Machu Picchu Mountain?

Machu Picchu Mountain is the large mountain just behind Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu Mountain rises higher that Huayna Picchu. Machu Picchu Mountain tends to have fewer people on the trail compared to Huayna Picchu but the view is equally as amazing. The government charges an additional fee for climbing Machu Picchu Mountain. The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain is only available as part of a combined Machu Picchu – Machu Picchu Mountain ticket. You will get entrance to Machu Picchu and be able to climb Machu Picchu Mountain which offers better value for money. You will have to pay for your accommodation in Aguas Calientes as travelers will have to get into the early morning Machu Picchu group or hike Machu Picchu Mountain the next day. The entrance tickets to Machu Picchu Mountain must be bought BEFORE you start the Extreme Inca Tour and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis often several months in advance. During the high season, these tickets can sell out more than 8 weeks in advance. During the low season, it may still be possible to buy the tickets from the government offices when you arrive in Cusco. However, this is not recommended as there are only 400 tickets sold per day. Check out the full guide here.

What are the excursion add-ons?

You can add-on whitewater rafting on the first day ($100), the hot springs in Santa Teresa ($20), ziplining on day 3 ($100), or the

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