Inca Jungle Trail 04 Days / 03 Nights:
The Inka Jungle Tour is a trek which combines adventure sports such as mountain biking, rafting, zip lining and hiking over a 4 day route, ending at Machupicchu.
The Inka Jungle Trek is the preferred tour for young people from all over the world who come to Cusco in search of adventure and extreme sports. As we offer a specialized service, with an exclusive route, qualified guides (fluent in English, and with vast local knowledge), high quality downhill mountain bikes, and the safest options for rafting and zip lining.
We recommend our clients to reserve their tour in advance in order to confirm all their activities and avoid unnecessary risks such as unavailability of equipment, access to Machu Picchu or even worse be stranded in Aguas Calientes without a return train ticket.
There are a few distinct approaches to achieve this novel spot. A standout amongst the most well known and by a wide margin the most fluctuated (as a result of the mix of diverse exercises) is the Inca Jungle Tour.
The Inca Jungle visit is not only a visit, it’s a stunning and remarkable enterprise amid which you will encounter an assortment of exercises on a totally new level. From plunging more than 3400 m.a.s.l. by mountain bicycles, to staying with a neighborhood family in the wilderness underneath 1500 m.a.s.l.; from zip covering to climbing through the Inca pathways. At long last consummation in the exceptional Inca city, arranged on the highest point of a slope, encompassed by the mountains and wilderness.
Taking the Inca Jungle Tour you won’t get exhausted. We work with expert visit guides, who are conversant in English, experienced, open, and constantly prepared to offer assistance. It is vital for us to share all the information, history, and society of Peru, of the Incas, and the insider facts of the wilderness. We are glad for our legacy and it is our pleasure to demonstrate to you novel and extraordinary parts of our nation.
The Inca Jungle tour starts with an early morning pick-up between 5:30 – 6:00am from your hotel or a central location for those staying outside the Historic Centre.
Leaving Cusco, we go by private bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley) to the town of Ollantaytambo (arrival around 8:30 am). Here we will make a short stop where you can buy breakfast and any last-minute purchases such as ponchos, snacks, repellents, etc.
We then continue by bus for the next hour and a half to the highest point of the tour – the mountain pass Abra Malaga (4,330 m above sea level).
In Abra Malaga we start the first part of our adventure – the biking tour! We provide all necessary equipment for the ride – helmet, vest, knee pads & high quality bikes needed for the descent.
Once you are kitted up, we ride with the bikes approximately 2 and a half hours descending through the lower jungle to the town of Huamanmarca.
On the way we will pass through canyons, ghost towns, orchards, and streams as the climate changes from snow-capped mountains to the warm, humid jungle, full of fruit trees and varied fauna and flora. Throughout the journey we are accompanied by our private transport which will carry luggage and offers support in case of emergency.
We will arrive in Huamanmarca
After lunch we travel by bus to the town of Santa Maria, where we begin a new adventure with those who reserved the rafting.
You will be taken to the rafting camp near the Urubamba river, where you will receive detailed instructions for the activity and the safety equipment, including helmets and life jackets. In the raft you will be accompanied by a guide, and a rescue boat will follow to supervise the adventure.
Depending on the season the river is between class III and III+ (medium risk) with exciting speed and some turbulence, but all controlled and supervised by experienced guides, certified in extreme sports, who have excellent knowledge of the geography, climate and local environment.
During the wet season (January to March) if the water is higher and the river becomes more dangerous with a class IV or higher, for security reasons we will have to cancel the rafting.
After the rafting adventure, to finish the afternoon the whole group will meet in our eco-lodge where we will have dinner and spend our first night surrounded by vegetation, accompanied by an orchestra of jungle sounds.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Local Hosting
Maximum altitude: 4,316 m.a.s.l.
Minimum altitude: 1,200 m.a.s.l.
Distance: approx 21 km
We start the second day of our Inka Jungle Tour at 7:00 am with a delicious local breakfast and a nice cup of homegrown, homemade coffee in the middle of the jungle. We begin trekking around 8:00 am, and after approximately 30-40 minutes
we join the original Inca Trail. Along the way you will witness the diverse flora and fauna of one of the richest biodiversity areas in the world. Fruit trees such as pineapple, papaya, banana grow around us, and different species of birds flutter around. After around 2.5 hours of walking, we arrive in Quellomayo village, where we will have lunch and take a rest in hammocks to prepare for the rest of the trip.
After the break we continue trekking for around 3 hours, crossing farms, waterfalls and rivers (including one we cross in a cable car!). At around 4 pm we arrive at Cocalmayo – better known as the hot springs of Santa Teresa, where we will have the opportunity to take a relaxing, warm bath. Cocalmayo offers several relaxing hot springs, each with its own temperature.
After the break at the hot springs we continue walking for about 40 minutes until we reach the town of Santa Teresa where we will stay for a night. (There are taxis available for this last stretch if you prefer, not included).
After dinner you will have free time to explore the town, or just relax and take a nap.
Santa Teresa offers a variety of local pubs and discotheques where you can enjoy the nightlife, taste typical Peruvian beverages and meet the locals.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Local Hostel
Maximum altitude: 1,700 m.s.n.m.
Minimum altitude: 1,280 m.s.n.m.
Distance: approx. 12 km
Optional: hot springs in Cocalmayo, taxi to Santa Teresa
Today we have breakfast again at 7am. After breakfast we continue exploring the routes followed by the first explorers who discovered Machu Picchu and other important archaeological sites.
In Santa Teresa there is a zip line, and we split the group into those who booked the zip line and those who chose trekking.
The zip line group will be taken to the activity where they will spend around two hours zipping across the valley, enjoying spectacular scenery as they fly by. After the activity they will be taken by bus to the area known as ‘the hydroelectric’.
The rest of the group will trek for approx. 3 hours through the valley until reaching the hydroelectric, where the entire group will come together again to have lunch.
After a break we continue walking along the railway, enjoying beautiful waterfalls, coca leafs and coffee farms and much more. After 3 hours walking we arrive in Aguas Calientes, also called Machu Picchu Pueblo, around 4 pm. Here, in a hostel with hot water and wi-fi, we spend the third and final night.
In the evening we all meet together for dinner in a local restaurant, followed by a briefing about the fourth day, and Machu Picchu. You will also have time to explore the town on your own.
In Aguas Calientes there are more hot springs, so if you would like to rest in the warm water, you will have opportunity to visit them (additional).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Local Hostel in Aguas Calientes
Maximum altitude: 2,040 m.a.s.l.
Minimum altitude: 1,600 m.a.s.l.
Distance: approx. 16 km
Optional: zip line
Optional: hot springs in Aguas Calientes.
The last day of the Inka Jungle tour will start around 4:00 am to make sure we arrive early to Machu Picchu, and have more time for exploration.
First, we will hike through the high forest, climbing to reach the entrance for 6am. After entering the complex our tour guide will lead you, for about 1.5 hours, through the spectacular ruins of Inca city.
You will also have plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. After visiting Machu Picchu we take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, where we will be picked up and transferred back to Cusco by bus.
The journey ends in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
Please note that you will be descending by yourself from Machu Picchu to the train station in Aguas Calientes, because some people will want to stay longer in the ruins, some shorter, and some will climb additional mountains, so will have a train at a different time.
Important!!! Remember that you have to be at the train station in Aguas Calientes at least 30 minutes before departure of your train.
The standard departure time for the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is at 9:50 pm, unless you booked another option. Remember to leave Machu Picchu with enough time to get there 30 minutes before this time.
Usually it takes around 2 hours to come back on foot from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, but it depends on the person and their physical condition and may take longer. We will not be responsible if someone misses their train.
The travellers that booked hiking up Huayna Picchu or Alternative Mountain (Montana Vieja) will be able to start trekking after the guided tour of Machu Picchu.
Note that it will take around 45 minutes to reach the top of Huayna Picchu.
The path is very steep and narrow, but worth the extra effort, as the view from the top is absolutely breath-taking. Climbing Alternative Mountain (Montana Vieja) will take about 2 hours, but the route is not as steep as Huayna Picchu, although this mountain is higher.
Remember that entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu and Alternative Mountain (Montana Vieja) are for a specific time, so be in front of the entrance gate on time, otherwise you will lose the opportunity to explore these additional mountains
Maximum altitude: 2,490 m.s.n.m.
Minimum altitude: 2,040 m.s.n.m.
Distance: approx. 1,5 km.
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+ Transport from Cusco to Santa María in private bus
+ Professional guide
+ All meals acording the program
+ Hostal in Santa María and Santa Teresa
+ 01 night in Hostal in Aguas Calientes
+ Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
+ Train ticket returning from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo or Cusco
+ First aid kit
+ Pick up from train station to hotel
✘ Breakfast the first day and lunch the last day at Machu Picchu
✘ Entrance fees zip line, hot springs
✘ Train tickets Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes
✘ Entrance fees at Huayna Picchu.
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