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.
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
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.
Rafting in Santa Maria: USD 45
Zip Line in Santa Teresa: USD 40
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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!