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.
Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
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).