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Inca Jungle Trail Machu Picchu – The Inca Jungle Tour

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Inca Jungle Trail Machu Picchu Details
The Inca Jungle Tour

Filled with adventure and adrenaline experience in every turn Inca Jungle Trail Machu Picchu is one of our signature treks to Machu Picchu. The Inca Jungle Tour is often categorized as the second most chosen option to reach Machu Picchu, after the Classic four days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The “trek” is full of adrenaline activities from start to end. It combines mountain biking, rafting, zip-lining, and hiking. You will also be retracting the footsteps of the Incas while hiking the ancient Inca Path or the esteemed Inca Trail along the tropical forest before reaching Aguas Calientes town.

On this four days Inca Jungle Trail Machu Picchu, you will also be visiting some lesser-known archeological sites along the way. Our guides have extensive knowledge about these sites and will share some astonishing facts.

Why Treks In Cusco?

We are one of the few local tour operators to operate this tour. Treks in Cusco has exclusive guides for Inca Jungle Trail Machu Picchu. Our guides have extensive knowledge, information, and experience and have been doing Inka Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu for years. We can assure you that you will be in safe hands from the start till you get back to Cusco.

At Treks in Cusco, we offer our guests a memorable experience. We use high-quality and sturdy camping equipment. We have exclusive camping areas with all the necessary facilities to give you the most from the experience. 

Safety is our utmost priority. We have state-of-the-art equipment. After each experience, we service our bikes and other equipment

Our chefs are locals who have excellent culinary skills and are familiar with both Peruvian and international cuisine.

Do spare a moment to check our reviews on Tripadvisor

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional Speaking English Guide
  • Private Transportation until Sayllapata (The beginning of the Trail)
  • Professional Chef
  • Food
  • Complete Camping Equipment (2 person tents, Dining Tent, Kitchen Tent)
  • Tables and Chairs
  • Mattress
  • Horsemen: in charge of the horses
  • Horses, to carry all the equipment
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transfers
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco

Price Excludes

  • Access to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains
  • Entrance Fees to Hot Springs
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Purification tablets for the water (Micropur)
  • Original Passport in hermetic plastic bag, it can get wet
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight
  • Heavy Clothes (Hat, Scarf, Wind Breaker, Poncho, Gloves)
  • Hiking Boots
  • Hiking poles
  • 4 pairs of socks (Feet can get wet, is really important to have dry and warm socks)
  • In the rainy season it is important to have your personal things in plastic bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal Things
  • Snacks
  • Camera + Film
  • Tips
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Itinerary

Day 1Cusco – Abra Malaga Pass - Santa Maria

The Inca Jungle Tour begins with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco at 0650 in the morning. We will be embarking on a three hours drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to a small Andean town, San Luis (3200m/10498ft), passing Abra Malaga (4330m/14206ft) – the highest point of Inca Jungle Trail.

After a safety briefing, our crew will be handing you over the mountain bikes and biking kit (gloves and helmet). Before we start biking, you will have some time to practice and get used to your bike.

The Inca Jungle Tour:

Then we will begin the fun part of the Inca Jungle Trek, freewheeling down quiet but challenging roads. We will be passing through changing landscapes as we will be descending from the Andes to the tropical jungle.

We will be stopping in Alfamayo for a picnic lunch. It is about three hours from San Luis.

You will have some time to relax and unwind. After a quick change and a dab of insect repellant, we will be biking down the hill to Huamanmarca (3076m/10091ft). It is a recently discovered archaeological complex.

We will be giving you a detailed guided tour of the complex. You will witness the reminiscent of the Incas past here.

After the tour, we will trek down to 1500m/4921ft while the jungle’s edge rears up to the small but charming town of Santa Maria.

Rafting:

Here you will have the option of experiencing river rafting in II and III+ rapids. 

It costs an additional 40 USD per person. We will be providing all kits including windbreakers, helmets, and category V life vests. Please note that the activity is available only during the dry season – between April and December.

If you wish to participate in rafting, according to Peruvian law it is mandatory that you must know to swim.

If you don’t want to participate in the activity, you can simply stay back in the hostel. You can browse the internet, buy snacks or just rest your legs and enjoy a cold beer before savoring a traditional Peruvian dinner. 

We will be accommodating you in a local family hostel for the night. 

  • Meals included: Lunch and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Hostel
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,350 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,850 m
  • Distance travelled: 50 km approx.
  • Approximate biking Time: 3-4 hours

Day 2Santa Maria – Qellomayo – Santa Teresa

At 0630 in the morning, you will be waking up to a cup of the finest and freshly brewed Peruvian coffee. We will then serve a nutritious traditional breakfast.

All set, we will begin the second day of the Inca Jungle Trail with a gradual uphill hike. The trail gets progressively steeper. We will be stopping at a local family restaurant in Santa Maria town.

Here you can relax in hammocks, admiring the coca plantations, and receive refreshments whilst being entertained by the family monkey.

We will then continue hiking on the Inca Jungle Trail to the esteemed Inca Trail. It winds around precipitous slopes and sheer drops for approximately half a mile. The descent continues for just over two hours until you reach Qellomayo, a small town, where you will have lunch

From Qellomayo it is a short walk beside the Rio Vilcanota until reaching the famous hot springs of Colcamayo. Here you can rejuvenate in the hot waters and relax in these natural settings. After relaxing in the hot springs you will carry on to Santa Teresa where you will spend the night.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Hostel
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,150 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,950 m
  • Distance traveled: 19 km approx.
  • Approximate walking time: 7-8 hours

Day 3Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

At 0700 AM, we will be waking you up to a freshly brewed coffee followed by breakfast. You will have the option of experiencing South America’s highest ziplining here. It costs 40 USD.

We will then begin our hike to Hidroelectrica. It takes about two and a half hours to get there. The route is dotted with stunning tropical views.

We will be stopping for lunch at a local family restaurant in Hidroelectrica. 

After lunch, you will embark on a three hours hike along the railway tracks to Aguas Calientes town. This is the same route that the renowned American Professor, Hiram Bingham III took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu.

This section of the Inca Jungle Trail is dotted with much distinct flora and fauna.

If you are not keen on hiking, you can also take the train. It costs USD 19 per person each way.

Once in Aguas Calientes town, we will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room for the night. As the name suggests, Aguas Calientes is home to hot springs. You can spend the evening taking a refreshing dip in the natural spring waters here.

Later in the evening, we will be meeting in a local restaurant for dinner. The tour guide will be briefing you on the following day’s itinerary during the dinner. 

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Type of accommodation: Hostel
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,150 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 1,950 m
  • Distance traveled: 18 km approx.
  • Approximate walking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Optional additional activities

Day 4Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will be taking an early morning bus ride up the hill to the entrance of Machu Picchu citadel. It takes 25 minutes. The tour guide will be assisting you to pass the security control where your original passport will be verified against your permit. 

Machu Picchu Tour:

Once inside the citadel, you will witness the shimmering rays of sun beaming on the walls of the Inca citadel. We will begin your two hours guided tour with an introduction to the Inca empire and the prominence of the Inca citadel. 

On this guided tour, we will be visiting the prime areas of the citadel including the main plaza, remains of royal quarters, ceremonial centers, and more. 

Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain:

After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will be directing you to the respective entrance. 

Please note that you will need a permit to hike either of these mountains. Only 200 trekkers are allowed to hike in a day and permits are sold out months in advance. So if you intend to hike then do let us know at the time of booking the Inca Jungle Tour. 

You can even hike to the sun gate. This is the point of entry to the citadel for those hiking the esteemed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You will be getting a panoramic view of the citadel from here. 

Once you have had your fill of the alluring sites here, we will be exiting the citadel and taking the bus back down to Aguas Calientes town. You will have some free time here to have lunch (not included) or simply walk around the little town. 

Later in the evening, we will be taking the train back to Ollantaytambo where our representative will be meeting you and will be transferred back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco by 09:00 PM. 

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,350 m
  • Minimum Altitude: 2,150 m
  • Distance travelled: 10 km approx.
  • Approximate walking Time: 4-5 hours
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5 Reviews
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Oriane Powell

Solo Traveller

Had the most amazing 4 days in the Macchu Picchu region ! Everything was well organized so that we had nothing to worry about from the beginning to the end of the tour, and everything is included in the price ! Our guide Carlos was super nice, interesting, funny and motivating ! He is very experimented and knows everyone on the way to Machu Picchu which allowed us to have great degustations in the jungle ! The accommodation is quite basic but he arranged so that couples could stay together and friends could stay together too ! We met a lot of amazing people during those 4 days and couldn’t recommend more ! Competitive price for an amazing adventure.

May 23, 2020

Sreeram

Solo Traveller

This was by far the best experience i had. Carlos and his team were just amazing with tremendous amount of knowledge and passion in what they do.
They provided pretty much all travel kits and the bikes were well maintained and were in excellent condition.

The accommodation, food everything was just impeccable.

April 14, 2020

Kalyani Hariharan

Couple Traveller

I found Treks in Cusco to be reliable and efficient. The tour guide was very goot and knowledgeable. They provided all travel gears and equipments. All equipments were sturdy and well maintained. The campsites were clean and well equipped. I am extremely convinced and can totally recommend them.

February 12, 2020

Stella

Solo Traveller

I can highly reccomend this tour. They are total professionals with excellent team of guides, porters and cooks. I felt very comfortable and well taken care.
They provided all gears and equipments which were well maintained. As a solo female traveller i never felt intimidated. I highly recommend this tour and this company.

February 4, 2020

Kevin Richardson

Couple Traveller

This was the most memorable experience I had on my trip to South America. Each moment on this trip was very challenging in a positive manner. The biking part on the first day was typically interesting. All gears and equipments were provided by the agency and they were simply well maintained and were sturdy. This was indeed an experience of a lifetime.

February 3, 2020
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