Machu Picchu Zip Line & Hike. Full Day

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Level Moderate to strenuous
Duration 1 - 2 hours of zip lie plus 4 - 5 Hours of hike
Location Santa Teresa and Hidroelectrica (back side of Machu Picchu)
Season April to December
Description Cultural contact, Andean landscapes and Inca remains
Departures Every day
Starting point Aguas Calientes or Santa Teresa


Itinerary description

Early this morning we will board the local train that will take us to hydroelectric. Upon arrival a private transfer will be waiting for us in order to transfer us to Cola de mono Campsite. After leaving our things, we will start a 40 minutes hike to the start of the Zip Line. Here passengers will receive a safety briefing before putting on their helmet, gloves and harness, which is then hanged by a pole to an iron cable, and after the permission of their guide they will go. This adrenaline pumping ride consists of 6 sections of zipline totalling nearly 2.5 kilometres of high wire. Criss-crossing the valley, you will begin the ride about 820 ft above the valley floor and finish at the bottom. After this adrenaline activity, passengers will hike back to campsite.

A Boxed Lunch will be provided. After a short rest, passagers will be transferred in private vehicle for about 30 min to the starting point of the trek to Lucmabamba, from where just a few people in the world enjoy a priviledge view of Machu Picchu. The trek starts with a steady ascend up to the Mirador of Llactapata located at 6,600 ft above see level, from where we will have a spectacular view of the Lost city of the Icas, Machu Picchu.

We then continue our trek descending to Aobamba and onto the Hidroelectric train station, from where we will board the local trail around 6.00 pm which will take us back to Aguas Calientes. At Aguas Calientes we will get into our hotel or connect our train back to Cusco, where we will arrive at night.

  • Trip time:8 - 9 hours
  • Hike Lucmabamba to Llactapata view point: 3:30 - 4 hrs
  • Hike from Llactapata to Hidroelectric train station:2 hrs

NOTE: this trip starts at Aguas Calientes town.