Inca Jungle Trek

The Inca Jungle is an ideal tour for people passionate about adventure with a lot of energy and the desire to live new adventures. What defines this tour is hiking and cycling! We will walk trails and archaeological sites similar to those of the Inca Trail until we reach the magical town of Aguas Calientes. Finally, we will visit the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The Inca Jungle Trail is a simple alternative option to the classic Inca trail, it is the most original adventure that takes you to Machu Picchu. We will follow recently discovered trails passing through villages where we will learn about local families, customs, traditions and all accompanied by the best landscapes and diversity of flora and fauna that this trek offers us.

Why Choose this Hike to Machu Picchu?

The Inka Jungle is a route that has the combination of Biking, Rafting, Zip line and Hike on the way to Machupicchu, it is the best option for people who are looking for adrenaline.

In addition, the Inca trail is one of the places with the most exuberant vegetation and diversity of fauna and why not try the exotic fruits in the region.

The Inka Jungle is definitely one of the best hikes you will find in Cusco and in our country Peru.

Walking side by side with new people and taking this route to the wonder of the world «Machu Picchu» will be one of the best experiences and an opportunity to meet new friends.

You can find the most beautiful Inca trail through the jungle, beautiful valleys, incredible waterfalls, an incredible ecosystem.

QUICK ITINERARY:

DAY 1: CUSCO – ABRA MALAGA – HUAMANMARKA – SANTA MARIA.

06:30 am Transfer from hotels or hostels

07:00 am Transfer from Cusco to Abra Malaga

11:00 am Descent from the Abra Málaga by bicycle for 2 and a half hours

14:00 pm Arrival and accommodation at the hostel in Santa Maria

14:20 pm Lunch time

After lunch (optional) rafting in the Vilcanota river for 2 hours

19:00 Dinner and overnight. 

DAY 2: SANTA MARIA – SANTA TERESA.

07:00 am Breakfast

08:00 am Start of the walk to the town of Santa Teresa

13:00 pm Lunch and then the hike continues.

16:30 pm Arrival to the hot springs of Cocalmayo / 40 minutes to Santa Teresa.

Optional: Cocalmayo thermal baths

Accommodation at the hostel in Santa Teresa

19:00 pm Dinner and overnight. 

DAY 3: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES.

06:00 am Breakfast

07:00 am Santa Teresa walk to hydroelectric (3 hours aprox)

Optional: Zip line and transfer to hydroelectric plant

13:00 pm Lunch at hydroelectric

14:00 pm Start of the hike to Aguas Calientes (10 km 3 hours duration)

17:30 pm Accommodation at the Aguas Calientes hostel

20:00 pm Dinner and talk of activities for the next day, by the guide. 

DAY 4: MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO

04:30 am Start of the trek from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu (1 hour and 30 min)

Optional: Bus up to Machupicchu (25 minutes long)

06:00 am Guided tour in the citadel of Machupicchu for 2 hours

08:30 am Free time to explore or take photos

Return on walk to coordinate with the guide.

Optional: Bus down to hot waters

Board the hot water train to Ollantaytambo depending on the train ticket schedule you have.

Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: CUSCO – ABRA MALAGA – HUAMANMARKA – SANTA MARIA.

Adventure crossing beautiful valleys and it is the time of biking, this day we will make a trip through the sacred valley to the Abra Malaga, and then start the descent by bicycle to Huamanmarka and reach Santa Maria where we will spend the night, we will have the option of rafting if the adrenaline is still in your body (optional) and that’s the end of the first day of our great adventure.

We start the day picking you up at your hotel at 06:30 a.m. We will drive for approximately 3 hours, crossing Poroy, Cachimayo, Ollantaytambo towards Abra Málaga. Through the windows of the bus, you can clearly see the city of Chinchero before falling into the Sacred Valley, where you can see the Urubamba Mountain Range for the first time (prepared to be impressed). We will cross the Urubamba river towards the city of the same name and continue towards Ollantaytambo (2,792 MASL- 9160 FASL) where you can have the first breakfast (not included) on the tour before continuing on and up along an impressive path and winding up to the top of the Abra Malaga Pass. This is the highest point of the trip (4,316 MASL-14160 FASL).

We reached the highest point and started preparing for one of the most exciting cycles after a 20-minute briefing by our experienced tour guide and providing you with reliable mountain bikes and protective gear as a full coverage helmet and potentially equipment for the body. A backup vehicle generally drives behind the group and if you get tired or want to stop you can get in the car and get off in the vehicle if you don’t want to go downhill on a bike. The route from the top of the Malaga pass to the final destination is all downhill 1,116 M-3661 F, downhill – and just under 55 km away, passing small towns, rivers, plantation fields and small streams towards the Huamanmarka archaeological complex (3200 MASL – 10498 FASL). From there, we continue our journey in our private bus for approximately 30 minutes until we reach our hostel. Located in the beautiful town of Santa María, where we will have our delicious lunch, free time in the afternoon or you will have the option of rafting (level III and IV, during April-November) on the Urubamba River, which crosses part of the jungle. The rafting price is not included in the tour.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
  • Walking hours: 0 / Cycling hours: 3
  • Walking distance: 34 KM. 14 miles
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,316 MSNM- 14160 FASL
  • Minimum Altitude: 1200 MSNM- 3937 FASL
  • Difficulty: medium

DAY 2: SANTA MARIA – QUELLOMAYO – SANTA TERESA.

Second day of our adventure the day will be all about exploring part of the Inca trail and being able to see the coffee plantations and exotic fruits of the local inhabitants in Santa María and Santa Teresa as well as being able to appreciate various species of flora and fauna, in the afternoon we can take the opportunity to visit the Hot Springs of Cocalmayo (optional) and then rest from a beautiful day of walking.

After spending the night in our comfortable hostel, and freeing ourselves from any tiredness in our limbs and body, we will have a delicious breakfast with the best indigenous coffee prepared at home. The day will be relatively long in terms of distance (15 km – 9.3 miles), but at low altitude, Remember to use insect repellent, there will be several stops to learn a little more about the rich variety of flora and fauna that can be found in the region in which we find different species of exotic birds, in addition to a wide range of orchids and fruit trees such as bananas, oranges, palta (avocado) and coffee, among others. Remember that we will be in the jungle eyebrow, one of the areas rich in biological diversity on the planet. One of these stops will be a family home where we will rest for 30 minutes and stock up on more water and some regional tropical fruits. After resting for a bit, the hike continues with a steep and strenuous climb that gradually becomes flat, before continuing on a series of undulating trails, one of which is a true “Inca Trail”. The guide will not transport to the time of the Incas and will give explanations about the history of the Incas. The trail descends to Quellomayo, where the group will stop for lunch and have time to relax in the hammocks. Then the hike continues along the Urubamba River, crossing at one point in a oroya (cable car) for sure but exciting! We continue along the river bank to reach the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, near the town of Santa Teresa. After enjoying these hot springs, we continue 20 minutes to our second hostel. Here we will spend our second night in the town of Santa Teresa.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Walking hours: 7
  • Walking distance: 15 km – 9.3 miles)
  • Maximum Altitude: 1550 MASL- 5085 FASL
  • Minimum Altitude: 1200 MASL- 3937 FASL
  • Difficulty: medium

DAY 3: SANTA TERESA – HYDROELECTRIC – AGUAS CALIENTES (MACHUPICCHU TOWN).

This day we will have the option of doing the zip line and continue in a vehicle, if we want it in the morning without much difficulty and we will cross the Santa Teresa valley or we can continue with the walk we will arrive at the hydroelectric plant where we will have lunch, in the afternoon we continue the walk quietly towards hot waters to have the afternoon free and to know the town, we will sleep at the foot of our destination, the energy fills us and the emotion overwhelms us.

 The sunrise will be in a tropical area surrounded by nature after a well-deserved rest in the town of Santa Teresa, there our breakfast awaits us ready to taste and then continue our trip towards Aguas Calientes also known as Machupicchu Pueblo, but this day begins with a choice. People can choose a 3-hour hike or a zip line through the canyons (optional). For those on a budget, the hike may be better, but the zip lines are something to behold and walking a canyon on a tightrope is scary, no matter who you are!

Whether you walk or take the lines, everyone meets again at the Hydroelectric where, after lunch, you continue walking along the great Inca roads, even walking along the famous railway lines.

Our goal will be to reach this town, it will take us approximately 7 hours and 14 km-8.7 miles, passing through the well-known rest center of the Hydroelectric power station, making stops at different places to simply appreciate the landscape and its full environment waterfalls with impressive falls which come from the glaciers, we will also have the first views of the terraces of Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu; we will arrive in the afternoon to the mentioned town that is popularly known as «Aguas Calientes» we will have free time to get to know this beautiful town visit the squares, parks and the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes (the name comes by this) (optional), there we will pass the night at the foot of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu between huge mountains and feeling the energy of the mountains around us. Our guide will give us the last details of our visit the next day and will give us all the guidelines of the tour.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Walking hours: 7
  • Walking distance: 14 KM. 8.7 miles
  • Maximum Altitude: 2040 MASL- 6692 FASL
  • Minimum Altitude: 1550 MASL- 5085 FASL
  • Difficulty: low

DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU!!! – RETURN TO CUSCO.

We have scheduled a meeting with a wonder after all the adventure, we started very early with the walk to the sanctuary of Machupicchu, we will have a day full of history, architecture, culture, mystery and spirituality. In the afternoon, return to Cusco after this incredible visit to Machupicchu.

We start the last day of our adventure to one of the 7 wonders of the world, we will have breakfast early remember that we still have a walk of around 2 hours ascending some steps to the sanctuary, or we can take the bus that will take us to the Inca city of Machupicchu (optional), The archaeological park is open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will make the visit at the time coordinated with the guide, we will have approximately 2 hours a visit to the most important sites with your guide through the most important places: viewpoint of the guardian’s house, the Inca palace, the priest’s house, the main square, intihuatana or sundial, the industrial sectors and the cultivation terraces. You will be amazed at the size of Machupicchu because it will still have many places to explore because later you will be able to explore the mysterious city at your own pace. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720 MANM / 8923 FASL) It takes 45 minutes to reach the top, this tour is additional and optional and you may have to leave the Machu Picchu tour to be able to get a Permission to climb this mountain needs to be booked well in advance (not included). The way back is the same 1 hour and 30 minutes walk back to Aguas Calientes or we can take the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes (optional) You will have free time to have lunch there (not included) according to the train schedule ( appear 30 minutes before) which we will take to Ollantaytambo where the transport will wait to move to Cusco as it was coordinated and organized according to the chosen program and itinerary.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Walking hours: 3 -5
  • Walking distance: 14 KM. 8.7 miles
  • Maximum Altitude: 2430 MASL-7972 FASL
  • Minimum Altitude: 2040 MASL- 6692 FASL

INCLUDED:

  • Pre-departure information by the guide.
  • Transportation from Cusco – Abra Málaga – Santa María
  • Professional guide with knowledge in Biking.
  • Food: 3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners
  • 3 nights of lodging
  • Entrance ticket to the citadel of Machupicchu
  • Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Return transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Bicycles and safety implements.
  • First aid box.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Bus up and down to the citadel of Machupicchu.
  • Breakfast on the first day, lunch on the fourth day.
  • Optional activities: Rafting / Zipline.
  • Entrance to the hot springs of Cocalmayo.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Passengers must personally carry the following: Toiletries, a small first-aid kit containing a pair of bandages, cream for muscle pain, pills for: altitude sickness, fever, upset stomach, pills to purify water, sunscreen , mosquito repellent, bottled water, flashlight, plastic rain ponchos, dark glasses, binoculars, camera, walking stick, trekking shoes, thermal clothing for the night, light clothing for the day, money at your discretion do not forget to bring your Original Passport.

Students must carry the valid ISIC card.

OPTIONAL:

We offer to rent sleeping bags for the 04 days: Fiber $ 15.00 and pen $ 20.00. Likewise, for passengers who carry extra (excess) cargo horses during the 03 days in the US $ 90.00 each.

NOTES

1.- In the case of students with Student card (after consultation) and Children up to 07 years old, the rates are reduced in the following amounts: Students: USA $ 20.00, and Children: USA $ 60.00.

2.- To climb Cerro Huaynapicchu the cost of admission is US $ 20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Spaces are limited, at different times from 06:00, 07:00 to 08:00 am and 10:00 to 11:00.

3.- Rates are subject to any increase or readjustment that the Ministry of Culture of Peru, Peru Rail SA or Inca Rail may determine and are subject to change depending on the Peru Rail schedule and availability, The local train is only for Peruvians and the purchase of this is in person and with a copy of your Identification.

4.- In the pool system the group is made up of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 16 passengers.

5.- The camps can vary depending on the climate and the state of health of the travelers.

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