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Machu Picchu your way

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22nd Apr 2014

Dropping down into the lush tropical vegetati

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The snowy 'Veronica' peak passing at 4316 met

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The ruins at 'Huamanmarca' on the way

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Santa Maria, gateway to us and Machu Picchu

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The view of Quellomayo from above

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Our house as viewed from the road

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One of the guest buildings at Yellow River

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Our cloud forest home

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Patio leading to the dining room and garden b

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Our fabulous Gaggia coffee machine

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Down at the river beach with natural hot wate

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Backdoor trip to Machu Picchu.

Taking a minivan from 'Terminal Santiago' in Cusco for around $12 takes you 4 hours into the mountains past snow-capped peaks and down into lush, tropical vegetation towards the town of Santa Maria. This is the back way to the ruins and a chance to see a little more of Peruvian culture on the way.

From Santa Maria you can take a taxi to us at Yellow River Hostel in Quellomayo. This journey takes 25 minutes and costs around 16 dollars right to the door. The other option is to ask to be dropped at the start of the local Inca trail outside Santa Rosa (about $4 per person) and walk the 3 or 4 hours along the trails to us in Quellomayo

Quellomayo is a nice place to stop and see something of local life for a night or two. Accommodation with the family on the organic coffee farm with deals including dinner and breakfast. Roast your own coffee, take a tour of the farm, check out the hot water on the river beach and relax and unwind with your favourite book and chat to the family.

From Yellow River you can walk to Santa Teresa and the Cocalmayo Hot Springs or take a taxi. From Santa Teresa it's 25 minutes to Hidroelectrica where the train tracks start and you can hike to Aguas Calientes in under 3 hours. This is a beautiful walk and it's fairly flat.

Stay the night in Aguas Calientes, visit the ruins early the next day and then back to Cusco on the train for around $50 and you'll have seen more of Peru than most do.

This is a brief outline of the itinerary, for more details please contact Yellow River through the "Enquiry Form"

This is a slice of the real Peru that most tourists don't get to see. This is a family hostel and homestay that shows guests around the farm, roasts coffee with them and is far from the busy tourist groups and organised tours. The family loves to meet new people and the location is hidden away down by the river set in tropical vegetation.
Photo of Yellow River, La Convención, Cusco, Peru by Yellow River Peru
Photo of Yellow River, La Convención, Cusco, Peru by Yellow River Peru
Photo of Yellow River, La Convención, Cusco, Peru by Yellow River Peru
Most people visit the sacred ruins during their time in Peru. It's an impressive location, breathtaking scenery and fascinating architecture. Try to get up to the ruins on the first bus or start walking the 1800 steps at around 4am to be one of the first let in to the park.
Photo of Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Cusco, Peru by Yellow River Peru
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