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Inca Jungle trail to Machu Picchu 4 days

Tour Code: TR1701
Cusco - Peru
4 Days / 3 Nights
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US$ 339

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Highlights

Hike, bike, raft and zipline on your way to get to Machu Picchu.
Cross 3 ecological zones from the Highlands, to the Andes and finally to the beautiful high jungle.
Follow expert Cusquenian guides who will share their knowledge of the mountain and its Incas Culture.
Trek to the Lost City of the Incas deep in to the jungle with a local and English-speaking guide.
Enjoy four days of backpacking on the Inca Jungle Trail, located at the high jungle region of northern Cusco.

What is Inka Jungle Trail?

The tour Inka Jungle is a tour of four days that allows you to travel with travelers from other countries walk an ancient Inca circuit performing adventure sports and experiential tourism, and includes access to Machu Picchu including alternate mountains: “Old Mountain” or “Huaynapicchu” (according to availability).

It is the adventure tour for excellence in Cusco, combines adventure sports like biking (mountain bike), rafting (boating), zipline (zip line) and trekking (walk) for 4 days to reach Machu Picchu, through beautiful landscapes , snowcapped mountains, valleys and forests abounding.

The tour requires a minimum acceptable physical condition but especially a few nerves because it includes downhill (descent) cycling, canoeing on the Urubamba river, rope sliding and hiking trails horseshoe. The Inka Jungle tour unlike other as the Inca Trail, Salkantay Trekking or Choquequirao Trek, is not so demanding and is geared to travelers of any age but with a spirit of adventure.

The groups are formed without restriction of nationality, age, and are between 10 to 12 per group (average). During the tour there is one high point, the “abra” (step) from Malaga to 4350 m.s.n.m., arriving by bus and from where begins the downhill biking (only in dry season).

The tour lasts for 4 days and 3 nights, although it can also be done in 3 days (for the same price) but in this case overrides the second day (walk) crossing of the original Inca trail. The Inka Jungle tour starts around 6:30 am (approximately) and therefore requires participants to ensure and confirm their presence in Cusco at least one day before. The return to Cusco is scheduled for the afternoon or evening, depending on the chosen package.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Abra Málaga – Huamanmarka – Santa María

Biking in Inca Jungle Trail.

We will begin our Inca Jungle trail at 6:30 am with a pick up from your hotel. On our way out, we will 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 you 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 the next day are provided.

Day 2: Santa María – Qellomayo – Cocalmayo – Santa Teresa

machu picchu jungle trek
Trekking to 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 will 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 will have lunch here and then begin the last part of the trek, approximately 2 more hours. We end up at the Cocalmayo (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

Santa teresa to aguas calientes
On the way to 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.

Optional activities

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 will 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).

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