INCA JUNGLE TREK TO MACHU PICCHU (4 DAYS)
Max 8 pax
The Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu is by far the most adventurous trekking option in the Cusco region and it’s recommended for those who are always searching for adventure and off the beaten path activities.
During the 4 days of the Inca Jungle Trail you have a great range of variety in activities: mountain biking, hiking and the option of rafting and a zip-line tour, finishing the experience with a guided tour in Machu Picchu.
Furthermore, the Inca Jungle trail is a little physically less demanding than the other trails. And finally, the Inca Jungle trail is cheaper than the other treks to Machu Picchu being also a great option for adventurers, backpackers and budget travelers.
All of this with the best and funnier staff among all of the treks in Cusco that will provide you an unforgettable experience.
DAY 1: CUSCO – PISPITAYOC BIKING (optional river rafting)
Travelers will be picked up between 6:30 and 7:00 am. We will then head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will pass through picturesque villages and beautiful landscapes.
After arriving at Ollantaytambo, we will take a break before continuing on by bus for 1 hour to reach the Abra Malaga around 11:00 am. (4350 masl).
From here, we will depart on bikes, descending for 3 hrs. We will pass through rural villages, rivers, orchards, and streams before reaching Huamanmarca around 1:30 pm.
Later, a private bus will take the group to a city called Santa Maria. (30 minutes)
After lunch and a short break you have the option to do river rafting. If you decide to go, we will raft for 2 hrs, always accompanied by a professional kayak instructor that will take care of the passengers all the time.
Those that didn’t book the rafting tour, will go with an assistant guide on our private bus for 20 min to the next city, Santa Rosa. Thereafter we will walk for 45 min until arriving at the lodge, La Choza. The bus will be waiting for those that went rafting and they will be taken to Santa Rosa to walk for approximately 45 min to join the rest of the group at the lodge, located in a village called Pispitayoc (lunch-dinner).
DAY 2: PISPITAYOC (Ecolodge) – SANTA TERESA (Trekking)
After enjoying an outdoor breakfast, we will walk along the riverbanks and hike up for 30 min. Along the way, we will see small coffee plantations and fruit trees. In this area, it is possible to see many types of orchids, and birds, as we will be in the high forest, a paradise of biodiversity on the Inca jungle route.
After arriving at the top of the mountain we will see the whole valley of Urubamba.
The group will descend for 2.5 hrs to the village of Qellomayo. Lunch will be served here. After a break, we will trek for 3 hrs through farms, rivers and waterfalls until arriving at the hot springs of Santa Teresa.
We will take a break and later the group will continue walking for 40 min until reaching the city of Santa Teresa, where we will sleep in a local house (breakfast-lunch-dinner).
DAY 3: SANTA TERESA – AGUAS CALIENTES (Zipline and Hiking)
After breakfast at 7:00 am we will explore the roads less traveled.
From the city of Santa Teresa, travelers that reserved in advance will do the zipline (to later be taken by bus to the Hydroelectric), and the rest of the group will continue hiking for about 3 hrs to the Hydroelectric, where the whole group will meet up.
Here we will have a delicious lunch. After a break, the journey will continue along the Inca jungle for 3 hours, traversing through waterfalls and coca and coffee farms until arriving at the city of Aguas Calientes. The group will be taken to the hostel around 4:00 pm.
At night, we will get together to have a delicious dinner and a briefing about the trek to Machu Picchu (breakfast-lunch-dinner).
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (walking up to visit the sanctuary)
We will begin our day around 4:00 am to go to Machu Picchu, following an ascending route through the high forest. We may have the chance to see the sunrise.
After passing the control entrance around 6:00 am the private guide will tour you around the site for 2 hours. Later you will be free to explore Machu Picchu on your own. The passengers that reserved the hiking to Huayna Picchu will embark on their adventure for about 2.5 hrs.
The path is very steep at some points but it’s worth it. This trek is not recommended for people that suffer from dizziness. In the afternoon the group will descend to Aguas Calientes to rest or to buy souvenirs until the train departs, at 9:30 pm, to Ollantaytambo. Once there, the bus will be waiting to transfer all travelers to Cusco. We will arrive late at night, around 10:30 pm. We end our tour in the Cusco main square.
It is included
IT IS INCLUDED:
- Transportation from Cusco to Ollantaytambo – Abra Málaga
- Train Tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Mountain bikes, helmets, and gloves
- A private, bilingual, professional guide specialized in the Inca jungle
- The following meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (vegetarian options available)
- 2 nights in a local-rural house with basic service (shared room)
- 1 night of hostel lodging (with private bathrooms and hot shower)
- The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (Huayna Picchu is not included and you must reserve it in advance)
- Complete first aid box
IT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- Bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (USD 24.00)
- The breakfast on the first day, the lunch and dinner on the last day
- Zipline Activities and river rafting activities.
- All personal care items
- Tips for the guide
What to Bring?
WHAT TO BRING
- Original passport and ISIC
- Good walking shoes or hiking boots
- Sweater and thick jacket
- Sun and winter hat
- A bottle of water
- Good raincoat
- Pants and shorts
- Insect repellent
- Sunscreen with UV forty degrees
- Lip balm
- Personal snacks
- Headlamp / flashlight
- Plastic bags
- Personal medications
- Small backpack
- Camera and charger / extra batteries
- Extra money in Soles
What is the maximum altitude reached in this activity?
The highest point reached is 14100 ft above sea level, in Abra Málaga, from where we start our 40km descent by bike.
Can I do this activity without previous experience and good physical condition?
Yes, Inca Jungle is not physically demanding and the total hike is about 13 mi. For the first day it is essential to know how to ride a bike, otherwise you will descend in our support van.
When is the best season to do the Inca Jungle?
The best months to do Inca Jungle are between May and October, to avoid the rainy season in Cusco from November to April. The months of December, January, February and March are the least indicated for this activity due to the high volume of rain.
Where will I spend the nights after the activities?
You will spend all nights in fully equipped lodges with a bed, bathroom and hot water.
Flexible cancellation/ change
- Cancel your tour at least 30 days in advance and it will be charged only 40% of the total amount to cover up administration expenses. Passed the 30 days it will be charged the full amount.
- The policy to reschedule or to make any amendment allows the update to be made no more than 15 days prior to the date of your tour and it is valid until December 31st , 2022. (To reschedule Machu Picchu it will be charged USD 25 per person to cover up administration expenses.
- The itinerary may be subject to changes due to unforeseen circumstances, beyond the control of the operator, changes without prior notice.
- In order to protect your investment, we kindly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.
- If for any reason your tour gets cancelled during the pandemic we highly recommend you to consider postponing your tour to 2022 or 2023. It will only be charged the amount of USD 25 for changing the date on the Machu Picchu entrance ticket.