On this off-the-beaten-path adventure, bike, zip-line, explore, and hike through Peru’s breathtaking countryside to arrive at Machu Picchu “by the back door.” Skip the jam-packed standard tour from Ollantaytambo or the Inca Trail, and spend 4 exciting, activity-filled days far from the crowds.
On this off-the-beaten-path adventure, bike, zip-line, and hike through Peru’s breathtaking countryside to arrive at Machu Picchu “by the back door.” Just like our 3-day back roads tour, with this action-packed trip, you can skip the jam-packed standard tour from Ollantaytambo or the Inca Trail, and spend 4 exciting days far from the crowds traveling little-known back roads to Machu Picchu from Santa Maria.
Even more so than with our 3-day trip, this 4-day Back Road to Machu Picchu Tour allows you to discover Peru’s hidden gems — from ancient shrines, to high-mountain hot springs, to South America’s longest zip-line, and beyond! Enjoy local Peruvian food and small town hospitality along the way!
Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights
Start/End Location: Ollantaytambo
Booking Requirements: Minimum of 2 travelers required to book
Day 1: Depart Ollantaytambo and Bike the Abra Malaga Pass
Today, you’ll set out from Ollantaytambo towards Abra Malaga. Here, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable bicycle tour on the Abra Malaga high-mountain pass — considered one of the most beautiful rides in all of South America. The trip is completely downhill on paved roads and provides breathtaking views of the Veronica Glacier, cascading waterfalls, and the even the Amazon River Basin.
After your bike trip, you’ll meet your driver and continue onward to Huancancalle. You’ll spend the night at a campsite or local hostel.
Today, you’ll set out from Huancancalle to the Yurac Rumi and Vitcos archaeological site at Vilcabamba. Here, you’ll encounter the what archaeologists believe to be the true “Lost City” of the Inca. After Spanish conquest in the 16th century, the last of the Inca Rules fled to Vilcabamba — the final refuge of the Inca empire. After being destroyed, it was only again discovered in the 20th century.
In the evening, relax after a day adventuring at the Santa Teresa Hot Springs at the Eco-Quechua Lodge.
Day 3: Zip-line and Hike to Machu Picchu
Today, you’ll enjoy the morning zip-lining through the jungles Santa Teresa on South America’s longest and highest line — called the cola de mono, or the monkey’s tail. If you’d like a more relaxing morning, taking a morning coffee tour of a nearby plantation.
In the afternoon, you’ll set out on a short hike through stunning wilderness to arrive at Aguas Calientes (the pueblo just outside of Machu Picchu.) You’ll sleep there for night.
Day 4: Explore Machu Piccho
Today you’ll have time to explore the outstanding Inca city of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of this massive and powerful empire from your expert guide. In the afternoon, you’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.