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excursions at InkaTerra Machu Picchu, Peru

A variety of excursions are available within the five hectares of pristine cloud forest surrounding Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel. Home to an incredible diversity of fauna and flora, the hotel’s trails lead to cascading streams and historically sacred sites. While here, guests may choose to explore a particular subject, become involved in one of our projects or simply immerse themselves in the spiritual wonder of the area.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS (no extra charge)

NATURE WALK

Walk along the hotel's trails, visiting the Rocotal Observatory, sacred pre-Inca pictographs and an enchanting waterfall. Discover the fascinating yet fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest, and learn about its many indigenous plants and animals. The Nature Walk offers guests a glimpse of cloud forest ferns, bromeliads and orchids, as well as an introduction to the Vilcanota river system and a visit to the tea house.
DURATION: ¼ day.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: I
SCHEDULE: Mornings and Afternoons
FREQUENCY: Daily
ATTRACTIONS: Tea / Birds / Medicinal plants / Butterflies & Insects.
RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.


Orchid Walk - the gardens at InkaTerra Machu Picchu house the country's largest orchid collection

ORCHID TRAIL

Walk through the orchid garden to observe some of the hotel's 372 different native orchid species in their natural habitat, the world record according to the American Orchid Society. Discover this extraordinary plant family, which has captured the human imagination for centuries. From the largest orchid flower in the world – the Phragmipedium caudatum, to tiny flowering specimens properly appreciated only through a magnifying glass, there are orchids to amaze both the newly inquisitive and the expert, including species new to science which have been discovered on the hotel grounds.
DURATION: ¼ day
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: I
SCHEDULE: Mornings and Afternoons
FREQUENCY: Daily - ATTRACTIONS: Orchids & Photos
RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.


SPECTACLED BEAR

Once common throughout the Andes, the spectacled bear is now critically endangered. The Inka Terra Association (ITA) and the Peruvian National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) manage the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Spectacled Bear Project, an effort designed to recover bears that have been negatively affected by human impact, and reintroduce them into their natural habitat. Gain insight into the fascinating world of these large mammals (the only bear species in South America), and learn about the challenges they face to survive in today's world.
DURATION: ¼ day
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: I
SCHEDULE: Mornings
FREQUENCY: Daily
ATTRACTION: Photos & Spectacled Bear
VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION
RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.


Bird Watching - Cock of the Rock, Peru's National Bird is at home in the montane forest that surrounds Machu Picchu

BIRD WATCHING TOUR

Walk early in the morning to take advantage of the optimum time for cloud-forest bird watching. Begin at a river observatory, with the possibility of sighting the sought-after torrent duck and the white-capped dipper. Then proceed to a productive tanager feeding area, where silver-beaked, blue-necked, fawn-breasted and saffron-crowned tanagers can be found. Along the hotel's pathways, be on the lookout for the cock-of-the-rock, the goldenheaded quetzal and many of the 18 different hummingbirds identified on the grounds, including the booted racket-tail and the green-and-white hummingbirds, which are native to the area.
DURATION: ¼ day.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: I.
SCHEDULE: Mornings
FREQUENCY: Daily
ATTRACTIONS: Birds & Photos.


ORGANIC TEA PLANTATION

Visit our organic tea plantation (Camellia sinensis) and tea house to discover the wonders of the ancient tea making process, and watch as the freshly picked leaves to tighten over rocks. A glass of fresh iced-tea direct from Inkaterra Machu Picchu's tea house the hotel lobby completes the experience.
DURATION: ¼ day.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: I.
SCHEDULE: Mornings and Afternoons
FREQUENCY: Daily
ATTRACTIONS: Tea / Medicinal Plants & Photos
RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.


TWILIGHT WALK

This early evening walk is designed to connect on a spiritual level with the environment and the historical energy of the Machu Picchu area. With special attention placed on nature's core elements like an enchanting waterfall, also sacred pre-Inca pictographs, and then the walk pauses at the Rocotal Observatory.
DURATION: ¼ day
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: II
SCHEDULE: Afternoons
FREQUENCY: Daily
ATTRACTIONS: Insects / Medicinal Plants / Photos & Tea.

ADDITIONAL EXCURSIONS (at extra charge)

These excursions are available at additional cost. They include expert interpreters and specialized personnel of the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel.

Naturalist Tour - Orchids and Birds

SPECIALIZED WALK

A guide for three-hour walk along the hotel's Orchid or Bird trails, by our resident biologist, includes a personalized tour of our facilities and a detailed description of their natural highlights.
DURATION: ¼ day
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: II
SCHEDULE: Upon request
FREQUENCY: Upon request
ATTRACTIONS: Birds or Orchids & Photos.


MANDOR

A two-hour walk along the Vilcanota River follows the railroad tracks into the Mandor Valley, inhabited by varied and fascinating birdlife, including cock-of-the-rock, speckle-faced parrots and green jays. Relax and bathe under a secluded waterfall, before walking back to the hotel in the shadow of Machu Picchu.
DURATION: ½ day
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: II
SCHEDULE: Mornings
FREQUENCY: Daily
ATTRACTIONS: Birds / Orchids / Insects & Photos.


MUSEUM-MARKET

Visit the open-air market at Machu Picchu village (Aguas Calientes), filled with displays of local Andean curios and clothing, then make the 30-minute walk to the archaeological site bridge and the Manuel Chavez Ballón Museum, home to excellent displays, maps and artifacts related to the archaeological site.
DURATION: ½ day
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: I
SCHEDULE: Mornings and Afternoons
FREQUENCY: Daily
ATTRACTIONS: Market & Photos
RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.


PUTUKUSI

Hike up an exhilarating mountain that culminates in a spectacular view of the Machu Picchu citadel from the far side of the Vilcanota valley. On ascent appreciate the stark contrast between the mountain cloud forest and the elfin forest, as well as the interesting variation in trees, orchids and birds. Considered among the faster non professional ascent in the world.
DURATION: ½ day
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: III
SCHEDULE: Mornings
FREQUENCY: Daily
ATTRACTIONS: Birds / Butterflies / Orchids / Archaeological Sites /Market & Photos.


Machu Picchu at Dawn

MACHU PICCHU

Take a 30-minute bus transfer to the Historical Reserve of Machu Picchu. Your expert guide will lead a tour of the Reserve, providing geological and historical information on key areas of interest, including Intihuatana (the Sun Dial), the Sacred Plaza and the Temple of the Sun. This is an opportunity to revel in the energy and atmosphere of one of the most significant and spectacular archaeological sites on the planet, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, Wayna Picchu and Intipunku (the Sun Gate), the entrance to the Machu Picchu Inca trail.
DURATION: ½ day
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: II
SCHEDULE: Mornings
FREQUENCY: Daily
ATTRACTIONS: Orchids / Archaeological sites / Market / Quechua & Photos
RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.


ONE-DAY INCA TRAIL

Walk the Inca trail on this one-day trip, visiting the important Inca archaeological remains of Wiñay Wayna and capturing your first view of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku, the Sun Gate. Leave the hotel early to reach the Inca Trail before other campers arrive. The steady climb along the Inca trail allows you to experience and observe diverse mountain habitats, archaeological sites and a beautiful waterfall. After reaching the Sun Gate and taking the time there to appreciate Machu Picchu lying below, enjoy a fully guided tour of the citadel, including Intiwatana (the Sun Dial) and the Sacred Plaza. Afterwards, lunch followed by a 30-minute bus ride back to the Machu Picchu village and the Hotel.
DURATION: 1 day
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: III
SCHEDULE: Mornings
FREQUENCY: Daily
MEAL: Picnic
ATTRACTIONS: Orchids / Medicinal plants / Archaeological Sites / Market / Photos & Quechua.


MACHU PICCHU AND WAYNA PICCHU

Visit the historical citadel of Machu Picchu with a private guide, followed by an hour-trek up Wayna Picchu. The steep trail, overlooking Machu Picchu, clings to the side of the mountain, leading the adventurous traveler to a remote corner of this archaeological site. In addition to a magnificent bird's-eye view of Machu Picchu, the summit also offers a perfect vantage from which to take in the Vilcanota River, the mountain of Putukusi and the distant snowcapped Andean peaks.
DURATION: 1 day.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: III
SCHEDULE: Mornings
FREQUENCY: Daily -
MEAL: Lunch
ATTRACTIONS: Orchids / Market / Archaeological Sites / Quechua & Photos.


APU MACHU PICCHU

Hike the Machu Picchu Mountain for two-and-a-half hours from the archaeological site, and reach the summit of Apu Machu Picchu. This trail, accessed from the Reserve, joins parts of the Inca trail leading to the Sun Gate before climbing to the mountain's highest point. From there, enjoy the view of soaring eagles as well as Machu Picchu, other significant ruins in the area, Putukusi, Wayna Picchu, Salkantay mountain and the Vilcanota River.
DURATION: 1 day
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: III
SCHEDULE: Mornings
FREQUENCY: Daily
MEAL: Lunch
ATTRACTIONS: Orchids / Market / Archaeological sites /Quechua & Photos.


POQUES MOUNTAIN (May to October)

This new excursion takes us to the Inca Trail and the archaeological site of Wiñay Wayna from the other side of the mountain, with a different angle, where you can learn about the montane rainforest, the birds and orchids ecosystem. The excursion’s final destination is to reach the mountain top of Poques with extraordinary views of the Machu Picchu Historical Reserve, and then back to the hotel.
DURATION: 1 day
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: III
SCHEDULE: Mornings
FREQUENCY: Daily - Available from May to October
MEAL: Lunch
ATTRACTIONS: Orchids / Birds / Butterflies / Insects / Archaeological sites & Photos
ASSISTANCE: English speaking certified Guide.

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