1. What type of backpack is necessary for the trip?
For this trip, we recommend a backpack that can hold between 25-60 kilograms (55-132 lbs) with clothes that are only necessary for the 4 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be left in a storeroom at your hotel/hostel in Cusco or in the Day Expeditions Cusco office. It is extremely important to only bring what is necessary for the 4 days that you will be trekking because on the second or third day, you will have to carry your backpack.
2. Will there be accommodations or will we be camping?
The tour package includes 3 nights of accommodation.
On the first night, we will provide rooms with a maximum capacity of 4 people. Private bathrooms and a cold shower are included.
On the second night, we will provide rooms with a maximum capacity of 4 people. Private bathrooms and a hot shower are included.
On the third night, double or triple rooms will be provided. Private bathrooms, hot shower and Wi-Fi are included.
Please note: If you would like to require a private room for the first or second night, you can visit our office before starting the tour.
3. Is advanced cycling experience necessary?
On the tour, there is a total of 3 hours of downhill biking. 95% of the road is downhill and
paved. Therefore, the cycling part of the tour is not difficult. Only basic to intermediate experience is required.
4. How can I access Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain?
In order to climb one of the two mountains, you must buy an entrance ticket in advance. Huaynapicchu is an extra cost of $15 USD per person and it is recommended that you reserve the tickets at least 3-4 months in advance. Machupicchu Mountain is an extra cost of $10 USD per person and it is recommended that you reserve the tickets at least 1-2 months in advance. If you wish to reserve entrance tickets to one of the two mountains, please contact our booking team.
5. What will the weather be like during the tour?
During the first two hours (the cycling route) it will be quite cold because we will be at a high altitude. After those two hours, and for the rest of the tour, the weather will be warm and humid (during the night as well). The temperature in the morning varies between 18-25 degrees Celsius (64 – 77 degrees Fahrenheit). During the months of June, July and August, the temperature can reach 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). At night, the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) with a maximum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit). Therefore, we recommend that you bring light clothes.
6. What form of payment should I use?
You can make a deposit on our website in order to confirm your reservation. It is very important to confirm available spaces before making the deposit. The leftover balance should be paid in cash (dollars or soles) in our office in Cusco. We do not accept credit cards.
Please note: On certain occasions, it is not necessary to make a security deposit. In the moment that you make your reservation, our agency will communicate to you whether or not it is necessary.
7. How do I return to Cusco after the tour?
There are two options for your return trip to Cusco. The most popular and safe option is the train. The second, and more affordable option, is by car.
By train: There are two options if you chose to travel by train. The first is from Machupicchu town to Cuscu (about 4 hours of travel) and the second option is from Machupicchu Town to Ollantaytambo (about 2 hours of travel). From the station in Ollantaytambo, it is very easy and affordable ($4 USD) to find a car that will take you straight to Cusco (in total, about 3 ½ hours of travel)
To see train availability and prices, please visit: www.perurail.com / www.incarail.com
By car: If you wish to return by car, you must first walk for 3 hours from Machupicchu Town to the hydroelectric power plant. At the power plant, there are cars waiting to take passengers to Cusco. The price to get to Cusco is about $20-25 USD and the trip takes around 7 hours. The disadvantage of returning to Cusco in a car is that you will have to leave the archaeological ruins of Machupicchu no later than 10am.
Please note: this option is only available from April to December. From December to March, this option is not recommended due to levels of high risk.