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Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu - breathtaking and exciting tour express’s the impressive authority of Machu Picchu and combines it with an array of sports and incredible hiking to deliver an adventure full of activities and excitement. Also known as the Tropical Inca Trail or the Inca Jungle Trail, this tour is getting more and more in demand, especially the exciting downhill mountain bike ride and then a route that takes you through delightful countryside with dramatic sweeping vistas and a wide range of plant and animal life. The Inca Jungle Trek is suggested for people that want something different. This is an excellent back door entry to the important citadel of Machu Picchu.

We start off the action by riding our bikes four hours downhill, traversing the pure snow fields to get to the cloud forest on the way to Machu Picchu. In the following days we see plenty of wonderful vistas, among the mountains, valleys and passing by little villages. Also coca leaf plantations, various plants and fruits and the legendary coffee trees that grow in the valley. You can also see the old Inca Trail and the cherished river of the Incas, called Urubamba, loosen up with a thermal bath in Santa Teresa, finally arriving to the small town of Aguas Calientes by trekking along dramatic railroads, eventually getting to Machu Picchu.

Enjoy optional activities, like rafting on the Urubamba River. Discover the civilization of the Incas and meet the present residents of this breathtaking terrain.

Quick Itinerary:


Day 01: Cusco - Abra Malaga - Santa Maria

Day 02: Santa Maria - Santa Teresa

Day 03: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Day 04: Hiking to Machu Picchu - Cusco

Important info about your Trek:

  • Exploration of the latest discovered authentical Incan path to Machu Picchu.
  • The most sporty trek of Southern Peru.
  • 1 day of mountain biking.
  • 3days hiking with a professional Tour Guide.
  • An opportunity to give a try to rafting and ZIP Line.
  • Guided tour.

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representative in Cusco and a professional bilingual Tour Guide on the Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu.

Accomodation: Camping (2 nights), Hotel with a private room and a private bathroom (1 night).

Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner, 2x afternoon tea.

Transportation: Transportation by private van.


Extra Activities to Inka Jungle Trek


Rafting in Santa Maria: USD 45

Zip Line in Santa Teresa: USD 40


Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: If you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca leaf

Departures 100% guaranteed!!

Do I need to book it in advance? The Inca Jungle Trail has departures guaranteed, but train tickets and entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain are subjet to availability. For that reason, we HIGHLY recommend booking it in advance to ensure you receive exactly what you want!


PLEASE NOTE! May, June and July are peak months of a HIGH TOURIST SEASON in Cusco. It means that train tickets ARE SELL OUT QUICKLY!! Please be aware that the trek leaves daily; however, return train tickets may not be available, if you like to book on last moment. To avoid this inconvenience, please book it several weeks in advance!


Interesting Information

Day 01: Cusco - Abra Malaga - Santa Maria

You will be picked up early morning, about 6am. We drive for about three hours through the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, admiring the scenery of the Peruvian Andes, till we get to the Abra Malaga Pass to an altitude of 4350m/14,357ft above sea level. Here you choose your bike, put on your riding gear. The guide will give a quick briefing and then we bike downhill through a cloud forest, passing small villages, abundant fields, rivers, bumpy hills and glacial topped peaks of the Vilcanota Mountain Range on the way to the small high jungle pueblo of Santa Maria (1,500m/4,950ft). The van tags along at the back for security and to make sure the group doesn’t get separated. The guide leads the way and you can marvel at and take in the astonishing mountain landscape around you. The memorable 3 hour bike ride is breathtaking and calming simultaneously. If you get tired you can just hop on the van. The road is paved all the way down so it’s easy riding though because of the smoothness of the road allows you to go pretty fast, which is fun! After a heart lunch we will get ready for our next adventure. Rafting in the sacred Vilcanota River! (optional). During this excursion you will enjoy delightful scenery, rapids class 2 and 3, energetic and exhilarating!

Day 02: Santa Maria - Santa Teresa

You will wake up in the morning and find yourself in the filmy atmosphere of the jungle. After a filling breakfast you kick off the day with a short but severe ascension on an original Inca Trail. As you bend around the steep cliffs over beautiful valleys your guide will talk to you about the Incas, revealing the little that is known about this age-old and fascinating civilization. We can see the districts native animals like hummingbirds, parrot’s, eagles, etc. Also we see (and taste..?) wild fruits and medicine like avocadoes, yucca, oranges, tangerines, pacay, mango, cacao, coca shrubs, etc. The path descends to Qellomayo, where we have a rest and lunch. We then continue to walk by the river for about 2 hours to get to the hot springs of Colcamayu near the town of Santa Teresa, where we can have a splash and soothe our muscles. Finally we arrive to the town of Santa Teresa where we can unwind and have dinner.

Day 03: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

You will wake up, have breakfast, not too early today .Then take private transport to Lucmabamba town, where we view a beautiful sunrise above charming scenery with Machu Picchu at its center. We descend down through bamboo groves and a cloud forest with increasingly thick plant life and high trees, where we have the chance to do some bird watching. Later in the afternoon we arrive to the Hidroelectrica Station, from there we follow the path to Aguas Calientes Town. We spend the night in a comfortable hostel where we can get a hot shower!


Optional Tour: Zip-line in the morning in Santa Teresa for an extra USD 40.

Day 04: Machu Picchu - Cusco

You begin your ascension to Machu Picchu before the sun comes up. Climb up the Inca staircase, 1 to 2 hour s to the previously hidden refuge of Machu Picchu. A one and a half hour guided tour discloses some of Machu Picchu’s secrets yet presents more queries about how the Inca lived and how they achieved such amazing engineering accomplishments. You then have free time to investigate the ruins on your own and take some classic pictures. Try to visit the Temple of the Moon and the wonderful Inca Bridge. We return to Cusco in the afternoon and are met by the driver at Ollantaytambo who will transfer you back to Cusco


  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Transfer by private bus to Abra Malaga - the initial point of the trek
  • Accommodation: Basic hostel (2 nights) and a comfortable hostel (1 night)
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide
  • Mountain bicycles (brand Scott with a hydraulic brake), helmet and gloves
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.  

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day
  • International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($80) nor Machu Picchu Mountain ($80)
  • A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Town ($9.50 - one way, $18.50 - a round trip)
  • Tourist train (Expedition Service) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single room for all nights.

Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!

Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Explore the ruins from the Mountain
  • The beautiful landscapes on the road


Best moment of the Trek

  • The hiking to Machu Picchu citadel and the landscapes on the road


Encampment Equipment

  • Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
    Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.



  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

Here is everything you need to know about Inca Trail Trek, one of our most impressive routes.

Where is located the Sacred Valley, the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, and Machu Picchu?
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located 35 kilometers from Cusco, and about 600 meters below the level of Cusco. It covers the part of the basin of the Vilcanota river between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
The thermal baths of Cocalmayo are in the valley of the Urubamba, in a cozy and relaxing place, their naturally heated pools reach 44 ºC. They are located 20 minutes of the town of Santa Teresa in the province of the Convention, between Cusco and Quillabamba, at 1,600 m.a.s.l.
And, "Machu Picchu" is located in the south of Peru, belongs to the department of Cusco, "Machu Picchu" is located 112.5 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, with a height of 2350 meters above sea level.

Altitudes in Inca Jungle Trek
During Inca Jungle Trek, we will find the following altitudes:
  • "Abra Málaga" just over 4,300 m.a.s.l.
  • "Santa María" at 1,500 m.a.s.l.
  • "Santa Teresa" at 1,600 m.a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2 700m a.s.l.
How many hours is walked during the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu per day?
During the Inca Jungle Trek, you will just walked during the last two days. First, from Santa María to Santa Teresa for 6 hours, and from Santa Teresa to the Hot Springs for 4 - 5 hours long.

What does "Machu Picchu" mean?
"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.

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