INCA JUNGLE TRAIL 4 DAYS
- Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
- Code: TR1701
- Location: Cusco - Peru
What is the Inca Jungle?
The Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu is the most exciting way to get to Machu Picchu, also is the ideal tour for all ages from all over the world who in search of adventure and extreme sports in Peru. The adventure includes sections of biking and on foot, crossing mountains, Inca trail, valleys, rivers, indigenous towns, coca and coffee plantations, and a huge variety of fruit trees in these 4 days route. You’ll also soak in healthy and relaxing hot springs. This Inca Jungle Trek is a great alternative to the traditional Inca Trail, an exciting combination of downhill mountain biking, hiking. Optional activities like rafting, and zip-lining.
Day 1: Cusco - Abra Málaga - Huamanmarka - Santa María
We will begin our Inca Jungle tour at 6:30 am with a pick up from your hotel. On our way out, we’ll pass by the towns of Chinchero, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo, all belonging to the Sacred Valley. The adventure begins at Abra Málaga a 4,316m / 14,160 ft high pass, with its impressive view of the snowcapped Huacay Willca (Mt. Veronica). Here we will receive our biking equipment, bicycles and safety instructions.
Then we will begin our bike descent, crossing different ecological zones such as Puna and Cloud Forest, both having a huge range of flora and fauna. After 3 hours of biking downhill, we will finish our bike journey at the archaeological remains of Huaman Marq’a. Here we will take the van again and drive 25 minutes to the town of Santa Maria (approximately 1,200m / 3,937ft). Overnight accommodation, dinner and breakfast on the next day.
Day 2: Santa María - Qellomayo – Hot Springs - Santa Teresa
After a delicious breakfast, we will begin hiking to the town of Santa Rosa (about 1 hour), touring this ancestral part of the Inca Trail network known as the Qhapaq Ñan. Here we will see numerous birds, including parrots, hummingbirds, and eagles, and also plantations of coca (the Sacred Leaf of the Incas), coffee, yucca, and fruit trees (orange, mango, and banana). We will have a little break and talk with people from the community of Pispitayuc, where we will relax in hammocks and enjoy the antics of monkeys and capisos.
We’ll restart the trek, taking in the beautiful and dramatic landscapes of the Vilcabamba mountain range. After this viewpoint, the trail descends to the small village of Qellomayo. We’ll have lunch here and then begin the last part of the trek, approximately 2 more hours. We end up at the Cocalmayo hot springs (optional) and afterwards reach the town of Santa Teresa. Overnight accommodation here, dinner and breakfast on the next day.
Day 3: Santa Teresa - Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes
Continuing in the footsteps of our Inca ancestors, we will walk the first 3 hours from Santa Teresa, seeing more coffee and coca plantations along the way. We end up at the hydroelectric power station, hidroeléctrica (1,900m / 6,270 ft), where we’ll have lunch and a break, then continue for 3 hours along the train track to reach the town of Aguas Calientes.We will have the afternoon free. Come night, we will gather for dinner and plan the climb to Machu Picchu on the next day.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
At 5:00am, after breakfast, we will start our last day, walking up to Machu Picchu for around an hour. At the entrance of this Inca citadel, you will show your ticket to start your 2 hour guided tour. After the guided visit, you will have free time to tour Machu Picchu at your leisure and to climb up Huayna Picchu Mountain (optional). You can also visit a number of other places, such as Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) and the Inca Bridge. At the end of our tour, we will return to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Ollantaytambo, where a bus awaits to return you to Cusco. This is the end of our service.
Optional visit at Machu Picchu
- Visit to the special mountain of Huayna Picchu, which only 400 people a day are allowed to climb. If you want to ascend, you will have to add $20.00 USD to the Machu Picchu entrance ticket.
- Another special climb is up Machu Picchu Mountain, its entrance cost is $20.00 USD on top of the regular Machu Picchu entrance ticket.
Please let us know in advance if you wish to climb either of these mountains so that we can make a reservation for you.
We have 2 new activities that we can do during our tour:
- The first option is to raft 2 hours down the Urubamba River. You’ll hit Class II and III rapids and witness the canyon’s beautiful landscapes. Cost: $30.00 USD per person. (First day).
- The second option is a zip-line consisting of 6 cables strung high among the mountains. The distance between the cables is 500 meters. Cost: $30.00 USD (Third day).
- Min 5 - Max 15
- High pass Malaga
- Santa Maria
- Santa Teresa
- Aguas Calientes
- Machu Picchu
- Pick up from your hotel
- Transport from Cusco – Malaga High Pass - Santa María
- Kona Bicycle.
- Elbow and knee pads, gloves, goggles, helmet.
- Rain jacket.
- 3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners
- 1 night accommodation in Santa Maria
- 1 night accommodation in Santa Teresa
- 1 night accommodation hostel in Aguas Calientes
- Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
- Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Professional bilingual guide (English-Spanish)
- First aid kit
- Return bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Entrance tickets to the Cocalmayo hot springs
- Last lunch in Aguas Calientes
- River Rafting
- Zip Line (Canopi)
What to bring? (We recommended):
- Walking shoes or boots.
- Light clothes
- Water bottle
- Rain jacket, hat, sunblock, sunglasses
- Chocolates, candies or another snacks
- Extra money but in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)
We also offer personalized Inca Jungle in private groups. If you are interested in taking a private tour with us, please clarify in form.The prices are per person and in USD (United States Dollar).
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Inka Jungle FAQs
To make the reservation of the tour is necessary to send the updated Passport number, in case of having the old passport, you can send the number and as soon as you get the new passport regularize sending a copy (New Passport) and a signed authorization letter, requesting The change of Passport number, that we can make the change.
If you are from South America, it is sufficient to have the ID number or identity document, which must be presented at the time of entering Machu Picchu.
The average age of the participants is 20 - 40 years old but this tour is not very demanding and can also do children from 8 years and adults from 40 to 65 years old.
We have daily departures, 7 days a week and all the months of the year, in the months of rainy season from January to March the Inca Jungle Trail can suffer minor alterations in order to guarantee the safety of the passenger.
As its name indicates it is a tour through the high jungle and it is not cold throughout the year, unlike Cusco that is higher, it is recommended to take a warm coat and for the rest of the trip wear light clothing and always wear a coat for the rain, since the climate throughout the Cusco Valley is changing especially between the months of January to March.
All year round there are mosquitoes and to fight them it is necessary to carry a mosquito repellent, in an effort to take care of the environment we recommend to wear repellent in cream and not in spray.
In the case of shoes not necessarily have to be hiking shoes we recommend wearing the most comfortable shoes for you.
The size of the backpack is important does not have to be greater than 40L, ideally 30L with light clothing necessary for 4 days, the rest of your luggage can leave in your accommodation, usually all hotels, hostels or lodgings in Cusco have Luggage storage.
- Toilet paper
- Sun block (cream) and lip balm
- Sunglasses with sun protection
- Insect repellent
- Camera or video camera
- Small pocket knife
- Light towel
- personal first aid kid
This tour is not very demanding as the "Inca Trail" or "Salkantay Trek", since the area of the walk is less than 2000 m.s n.m. That is why there are no problems of altitude sickness or blood pressure, it is recommended to be able to make a walk of 6 hours daily.
For the descent by bicycle it is recommended to have basic driving knowledge, you do not need to be an expert. The bike ride lasts 3 hours approx. and 95% is downhill.
There is no need to bring water or snack on this tour, as along the way there are small villages where local people sell water, snacks, fresh fruit and you can buy from them, so we also support the villagers to improve their economy with the tourism industry.
Hygiene services are found in all places where you spend the night and lunch places, along the way, some local houses have hygienic services that our guides know and they will guide you to use them.
Our Inca Jungle Trail tour is a tour where you will not be camping, but you will sleep in houses and lodges along the walk. In Aguas Calientes the accommodation is a hostel (can be hotel according to the request of the passenger).
To have access to one of these mountains, it is recommended to make the reservation in advance, at least 3 or 4 months before, since the spaces for these mountains are limited and they are exhausted quickly.
Any of the mountains has an extra cost of 20.00 dollars per person.
The payment methods we use are:
- Via PayPal
- Via Bank Account
- Via Western Union or MoneyGram