Taste the essence of coffee while trekking to Machu Picchu!
There are many ways to reach the famous Inca ruins in Machu Picchu. With this package you will have the chance to combine your visit to this iconic destination with trekking, rafting, and a wonderful coffee farm tour. You will also have one additional day do discover the most spectacular spots near Cusco that are on the road to the Machu Picchu. You can experience all of this in just 4 days!
Our Coffee Farm Tour offers you a 4 hour long coffee tour, during which you will learn all about the coffee production process and even have the opportunity to make your own coffee!
This tour is family friendly and is created for people with different traveling styles. It is a very accessible tour that includes two easy treks done in one day which take about 3 hours each (6 hours total). Please note that the first trek is actually optional, if anyone does not want to do it they can instead travel by private car.
Note: The tour includes a homestay at a local family house on the coffee plantation (1 night), giving you the chance to experience what life in the high jungle is like in the Cusco region. Conditions at local family houses are always very basic, most of them do not include private bathrooms and they often do not have hot water. On the road from the Coffee Plantation near Santa Maria to the town of Aguas Calientes there are no hotels available; however, there are local hostels.
Minimum number of participants: 2
Day 1: CUSCO - CHINCHERO - MORAY - SALINERAS - OLLANTAYTAMBO
This full-day tour is definitely more than your average tour. It is an awesome and unforgettable adventure, full of a diverse range of activities that will make you feel excited and alive! Today you will explore Inca archeological sites situated near Cusco, unique salt mines in Maras, and mystical agricultural terraces. You will also have an interesting lesson in textiles while meeting members of the local community. You will definitely be surprised at how many things there are to do and explore in just one day, even further by what a rich experience of history, culture and tradition you will enjoy!
We will start the tour at 6:30 am in Cusco. It will take around 1 hour by private car to reach our first spot, Chinchero, where we will visit the Inca ruins and participate in a workshop about the local textiles of the region.
After Chinchero, we journey onwards to explore the archaeological site of Moray, which contains unusual Inca ruins, consisting of several enormous, terraced, circular depressions.
From Moray, we carry on to our next destination, Maras. Here we will learn about the production of the popular Andean beverage, chicha de jora (corn beer), and take some time to stroll through the truly beautiful streets of this Andean settlement.
Salineras de Maras
After Maras, we continue the tour towards the incredible salt ponds, Salineras de Maras, which have been in use since Inca times. We will go there on foot, following an easy and relaxing hour-long trail during which we will have some spectacular views of the Cordillera Urubamba. In the salt mines you will have the chance to walk through more than 3000 salt ponds, learn about the production of salt, and see how Inca practices and traditions are still employed today.
We arrive in Ollantaytambo at approximately 3:00 pm. Here we explore the final Inca site of the day. Ollantaytambo´s ruins, built in the shape of a llama, are some of the most impressive in the region. The beautiful aspect of the sites that we visit on this day is that they all differ greatly from each other, giving us a great overview of the varying styles of ancient Inca architecture. After short walk around the ruins and a stroll through the most spectacular parts of the town, from around 5:00 pm you will have free time to discover the evening life of Ollantaytambo.
Max Altitude: 12420 ft (3785 m) above sea level Overnight stay in Ollantaytambo
Day 2: OLLANTAYTAMBO - COFFEE PLANTATION - RAFTING OR TREKKING
Today will start with a breakfast at 6:00 am. After everyone is done eating, at 6:30 am we will drive for approx. 3 hours to a local coffee plantation in the high jungle. This is an amazing chance to gain insight into the secrets of small-scale coffee production in Peru, where only the highest quality Arabica beans are used.
On the road to coffee plantation we will stop at the highest point of the day, at 14173 ft (4320 m) above sea level, in the Abra Malaga Pass. During this day you will have the unique opportunity to experience two completely different climates: the hot, humid high jungle and the cold, dry high Andes.
After lunch at the coffee plantation, caffeine-fueled, we will take a walk through the jungle or, if you’d would prefer, you can be even more adventurous and go rafting through the river of Urubamba. Rafting is an additional option that needs to be booked in advance, it is not included in the price of the tour.
Trekking time: 2 -3 hours Max altitude: 14173 ft (4320 m) above sea level Overnight stay at the coffee plantation (very basic conditions)
Day 3: COFFEE PLANTATION - SANTA TERESA - HIDROELECTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES
We will start the day with a breakfast at 7:20 am. At around 8:00 am we will drive in a private car for approx. 45 minutes to the start of the trail. Today´s trek will be divided into 2 parts. The first part takes us along the Inca trail, and will take approx. 3 -3.5 hour. After the first part of the trek you will have an opportunity to rest and relax in the thermal baths near the town of Santa Teresa. The second part will start in a place called Hydroelektrica and will lead us to the town of Aguas Calientes – the base from where we will explore Machu Picchu! This will take about 2.5 -3 hours of walking. In Aguas Calientes you will have the evening free to explore the town and rest – keeping in mind that we have a very early start on the next day!
Trekking time: 5-6 hours Max altitude: 16561 ft (2000 m) above sea level Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes
Day 4: MACHU PICCHU
Day 4 is dedicated to exploring the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu – Peru´s most famous site! Inside the ruins there are many options available to you. You can hike one of the two small peaks, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you can even walk to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and/or Inca bridge.
You will start the tour to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes where you will take an early morning bus to the site´s entrance (with this option, an additional fee for the bus ticket is required) or you will walk there (around a 1-1.5 hour trek).
In the ruins you will have a 2 hour guided tour, giving you an overview of the history and culture of the Inca Empire, as well as the spiritual, political and educational importance of Machu Picchu. After the tour you will have time to explore the site on your own until about 5:00 pm (you also have the option to leave earlier if you wish). Inside the ruins there are multiple options available to you.
After visiting the ruins, you will make your own way back to Aguas Calientes via bus (with this option, an additional fee for the bus ticket is required) or on foot (around a 1 – 1.5 hour trek), from where you will take a train to Ollantaytambo. You will arrive in Ollantaytambo at around 8:20 pm. In Ollantaytambo, our bus will be waiting to transfer you back to Cusco, where you will arrive at around 10:30 pm.
Max altitude: 11154 ft (3400 m) above sea level
Your “Coffee Jungle Tour to Machu Picchu” tour will end this day in Cusco at Plaza San Francisco. If you would like to stay in the Cusco region or Peru longer and explore more, feel free to contact us. We are happy to modify our tours so that they meet your tastes and expectations.