This new Inca Jungle Trail takes you to Machu Picchu, one of the seven Wonders of the World. INKA’S DESTINATION wants to offer you the unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the mountains and the jungle regions while you learn about the history of our ancestors.
This new Inca Jungle tour is a mix of biking and hiking for adventure sport lovers and for whoever wants to have a unique experience on the recently discovered Inca Trails to Machu Picchu to have a panoramic view of Machu Picchu. This trail is available without an Inca Trail permit.
Cross 3 ecological zones from the Highlands, to the Andes and finally to the beautiful high jungle.
Relax and dine in a comfortable local house surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
Explore Machu Picchu’s rich heritage and go cycling, hiking, rafting and ziplining on the way to it.
Go hiking, cycling, and explore one new Inca trail natural and cultural highlights.
Discover the high jungle, beautiful hot springs and Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco – Abra Málaga – Huamanmarka – Santa María
We will begin the New Inca Jungle Trail at 6:30 am with a pick up from your hotel. We’ll pass by the towns of Chinchero, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley on our drive, and after 3 hours we will arrive at the high pass of Abra Málaga (4316m / 14,160 feet). From this vantage point, we’ll see the towering snow-capped Huacay Willca (Mt. Veronica), the highest in the Cordillera Urubamba. This pass is the starting point for our bicycle descent, during which we’ll pass through different ecological zones such as puna and Cloud Forest, both with their huge variety of flora and fauna.
We will finish our bicycle journey in the village of Huaman Marq’a and then take a van for about 25 minutes to Santa Maria (approximately 1,200m / 3,937 feet). We’ll have dinner, stay the night and have breakfast here on Day 2.
River rafting is an optional activity that you can do after lunch.
Day 2: Santa María – Qellomayo – Thermal Baths – Santa Teresa
After a nutritious breakfast, we will begin the trek to the village of Santa Rosa (about 1 hour). From here we’ll follow a section of Inca road, part of the roughly 40,000km Inca road network called the Qhapaq Ñan. Along the trail, we will see birds such as parrots, hummingbirds and eagles along with plantations of coca (the sacred leaf of the Incas), coffee, yucca, and fruit trees (orange, mango and banana).
We will have a little break in the community of Pispitayuc, where we able to relax in hammocks and have the fun with monkeys and capisos. We will restart the trek and marvel at the sweeping landscapes of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Lunch will be in the village of Quellomayo, and after a break will begin the last part of the trek, crossing to the hot springs of Cocalmayo (optional) and afterwards taking the van to San Teresa. We’ll spend the night here and have dinner and then breakfast on Day 3.
Zip lining is an optional activity that you can do after the hike.
Day 3: Santa Teresa – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes
On this third day of our Inca Jungle tour, we will take the van for about 40 minutes to Lucmabamba to hike another section of Inca Trail (Qhapaq Ñan). This Inca trail was only discovered in 2003 and has a variety of flora and fauna. Its nearly untouched surroundings conceal the archaeological remains of Llactapata, from where we will have an impressive and rarely seen view of Machu Picchu Citadel.
After lunch, we will begin our descent to the train station at the hydroelectric plant, where we will take a 30 minute train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes. We’ll spend the night, have dinner and then breakfast on the following day.
At 05:00am and after breakfast, we will begin our day by taking a 30-minute bus trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu citadel. You will register with your Machu Picchu ticket at the checkpoint and enter Machu Picchu to begin your 2-hour guided tour. After the guided visit, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own and climb Huayna Picchu Mountain (optional). You can also choose other places to explore, such as Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and the Inca Bridge.
At the end of our visit to Machu Picchu, we will descend to take the train to Ollantaytambo, where a van awaits to transport you to Cusco. This is the end of our service.
Optional activities Inca Jungle Trail:
Optional visit at Machu Picchu
The sacred mountain of Huayna Picchu, which only 400 people a day are allowed to climb. If you want to climb this mountain, there is an additional $15.00 fee.
Another special mountain is Machu Picchu Mountain; its entrance cost is $10.00 more.
Activities into New Inca Jungle trail Tour to Machu Picchu
We have 2 new activities that we can do during our Inca Jungle expeditions:
The first option is a 2-hour rafting trip down the Urubamba River. You’ll experience Class II and III rapids and witness the beautiful geography of the gorge. Cost: $30.00 per person. (First day).
The second option is a Zip Line that consists of 6 cables strung high among the mountain peaks of Santa Teresa. The distance along each cable is roughly 500 meters. Cost: $30.00 (Third day).
Pick up from hotel
Bus from Cusco to Santa Maria
Bicycle: Kona Stinky Six with full suspension
Elbow and knee pads, gloves, goggles, helmet
3 breakfast / 3 lunch / 3 dinner
2 nights accomodation in Santa María & Santa Teresa
1 night accomodation in Aguas Calientes
Entrance tickets to the Cocalmayo hot springs
Bus from Santa Teresa to Lucmabamba
Train ticket from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes
Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Professional bilingual guide (English-Spanish)
First aid Kit
Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Last Lunch in Aguas Calientes
Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Min 2 – Max 8
High pass Malaga
What we recommended to bring
Walk shoes or boots
Rain jacket, hat, sunblock, sunglasses
Chocolates, candies or snacks
Extra money in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)
U$D. 399.00 per person
2 – 3 pax
4 – 5 pax
6 – 7 pax
8 – + pax
U$D. 459.00 p/p
U$D. 439.00 p/p
U$D. 419.00 p/p
U$D. 399.00 p/p
Is the new Inca Jungle Trail for adults only?
Normally the average age of the participants in the New Inka Jungle Trail is between 20 – 40 years old but this tour can be done by children over 8 years old and over 50 years old with good physical condition or who regularly do physical activity.
Does the New Inka Jungle trail run throughout the year?
We have daily departures, every month of the year, between the months of April to September is the dry season and these months are the most recommended and the months from December to March is the rainy season, the landscape changes and the New Inca Jungle trail tour It may undergo minor alterations in order to guarantee the passenger’s safety.
Do I need to be in good physical condition for the new Inca Jungle Trail?
This tour is not among the most demanding tours that arrive at Machu Picchu, so it is recommended for all people who want to have an unforgettable adventure to get to Machu Picchu, we recommend doing frequent walks of 30 minutes a day before doing the tour as an adaptation and not have any type of physical problem and can have 100% fun on the walk.
Is it necessary to bring water and a snack from Cusco?
Bringing water or snacks is not very necessary since along the way we will pass through small towns that sell different snacks and water and in this way we support these residents by moving their economy, if you have any exclusive or rare brand snack or drink you can bring it, the most commercial snacks and waters are sold.
Will I find restrooms?
The toilets are found in all the places where you spend the night and lunch places, on the route some local houses have toilets that our guides know and will guide you to be able to use them.
Where and how will we sleep or spend the night?
In the New Inca Jungle Trail you do not camp, you sleep in lodging houses. The first night we spend in an ecological house in the middle of the jungle that combines nature and learning customs, the second night is in a hostel in the town of Santa Teresa and in Aguas Calientes the accommodation is a well located hostel, hot shower, private bathroom , but if you like a better accommodation in this place you can tell us and we will send you options of 3,4,5 stars hotels.
Is it possible to have altitude sickness on the Nuevo Inca Jungle trail?
This tour takes place at a low altitude of no more than 2500m, this means that it would be very rare to have altitude sickness along the route, but if at any time you have symptoms, our guides travel with a first aid kit that includes a Oxygen balloon in case it is necessary to be able to use it.