Day 1: In the morning, travel to Santa Maria to begin a 2-3 hour walk to Huacayupana. On the way you will see impressive vistas, colourful flora, interesting crops and Inca infrastructure at its best. Lunch on the terrace of Alejandro and his family, with a view over the high jungle vegetation, then in the afternoon learn about coffee production from the maestro.
Day 2: After breakfast - yes, with a cup of fresh coffee! - an easy hike of 3-4 hours (partly by taxi if you want) will take you to Santa Teresa to visit Colcamayo hot springs and the Huadquiña coffee cooperative. In the afternoon continue about 30 minutes to the Hidroelectrica railway station, from where you take the train to Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Day 3: In the morning you will be treated to a guided tour of one of the true wonders of the world, Machu Picchu, before returning to Cusco by train.
This experience is part of a longer alternative Coffee Route to Mahcu Picchu that has been designed by our partners in Peru. This alternative route takes you from Cusco to Mahcu Picchu by way of Julia's, Alejandro's and Enrique's farm. It is a way to see a very different side of Peru whilst making sure your money goes to some very deserving families.