INCA JUNGLE TREK TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAY​S

The Inca Jungle Trek is an adventure tour, and one of the alternatives to the Inca Trail, this tour combines adventure sports such as: cycling, rafting, hiking and zip-line.

Trip Overview

Destination

Peruvian hight Jungle, Machu Picchu

Altitude

3400 m.a.s.l. to 2430 m.a.s.l.

Type

Adventure, Historical, Trekking

Duration

4 Days

Difficulty

Moderate

Weather

Rain, Sun

The Inca Jungle Trek of 4 days will make you live unforgettable experiences, know a little of the Peruvian jungle, know plantations of coca, cacao, coffee, and more.

Day 1: Cusco – Abra Malaga (Biking) – Santa Teresa (Rafting)

Pickup time is 5:30 a.m. And we will leave the Imperial City of Cusco and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is here that we will have our buffet breakfast.

We will continue to Abra Malaga (4350 meters), the starting point of our bike tour. After a brief explanation to help you get oriented, your guide will provide you with the necessary equipment for the activity. We will begin our 3 hour (9 55km) bike ride down to the village of Huamanmarca.

During the trip we will experience the beauty of the snow-capped mountains and the rainforest. It is here in the rainforest that our adventure in the Peruvian Amazon begins. We will cross small streams and enjoy the change from cold to tropical weather.

During the trip we will stop several times to check the bikes and equipment. We will arrive at the town of Santa Maria (1200 m.a.s.l.), where we will have lunch and spend our first night in a hotel.

In the afternoon we have the option to go rafting on the Vilcanota River. This river offers rapids of category III and III +. For this activity we will give you helmets, windbreaks and life jackets of category V. This activity is available from April to December, and you must know how to swim to participate according to Peruvian law.
OPTIONAL RAFTING: US$ 40).

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Accommodation: Basic hotel.

Day 2: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa (Cocalmayo)

The first two hours of our tour we will ascend the terrain. On the way we will have several stops to learn a little more about the rich flora and fauna of the area in which we will be. We will also stop at the home of a local family, where we will learn about their customs and traditions.

Later we will cross a section of the Inca Trail that once connected the Sacred City of Machu Picchu with the last Inca refuge, Vilcabamba. Here our guide will explain a little more about the history of the Incas and also about the Inca communication system (the Inca route).

At this point we have the pleasure to experience some of the most impressive views of the Huancarccasa Canyon, to see the majestic Salkantay.

We will then descend to the town of Quellomayo, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch and a relaxing break in the restaurant’s hammocks.

We will continue with the last two hours of our hike to reach the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, where we will spend some time enjoying this charming place. When the whole group is ready, our private transportation will take you to the town of Santa Teresa, where we will spend our second night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Accommodation: Basic hotel.

Day 3: Santa Teresa (Rafting) – Aguas Calientes

(OPTIONAL ZIP LINE: US$ 40).

On the third day we will have the opportunity to do the zip line activity with one of the most trusted operators in the area. This activity is optional and lasts approximately two hours.

Then we will have breakfast. After breakfast, we will board our transportation to the hydroelectric plant, where the government control and the entrance to the Machu Picchu National Park (Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu) is located.

At this point we will begin our hike to the town of Aguas Calientes, passing by the area called Intihuatana, a small archaeological site where the guide will share an explanation to better understand the site.

Then we will continue to Inka Rakay, where we will enjoy our lunch. During the trip, we will enjoy and contemplate the majesty of the mountains of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, as well as other agricultural sites at the heights of the mountain.

We will finish the walk in the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the third night of the tour.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Accommodation: Basic hotel.

Day 4: Machu Picchu

This is the most important day of the tour, today you will visit one of the seven wonders of the world. The tour will begin very early, to appreciate the sunrise at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Our day will start with the option of walking or taking the bus (US $ 12). Once inside the archaeological site, your two-hour guided tour inside the Inca city of Machu Picchu will see its most important temples, such as the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Three Windows, etc. You will then have the freedom to explore Machu Picchu on your own. If you have booked in advance, to climb Mount Huayna Picchu (altitude: 2,800 meters) or Mount Machu Picchu (altitude: 3,082 meters) you will have that opportunity after your guided tour.

You must make reservations to climb any of the mountains three months in advance for an additional cost of $25. Space is limited to only 400 people per day to climb Mount Huayna Picchu.

We also recommend leaving time to relax, meditate and rest while taking advantage of the magical and spiritual energies of this great wonder.

After you have finished enjoying Machu Picchu, you will return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Cusco (train not included). You can buy tickets at perurail.com or incarail.com

(Without meals).

What Includes?

  • Tour with professional guide.
  • Mobility on the Sprinter or L5 bus from Cusco to Abra Malaga.
  • 03 Basic Hotel.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and the hot springs of Cocalmayo.
  • Towels.
  • Professional bikes.
  • 03 Breakfasts.
  • 03 Lunches.
  • 03 Dinners.
  • Vegetarian food on request.
  • Safety equipment for bikes.
  • Waterproof jackets and pants.
  • Support equipment:
  • First aid kit.
  • Oxygen balloon.
  • Communication radios.

Not included

  • Train back to Cusco.
  • Bus in Machu Picchu.
  • Meals on the last day.
  • Hikes in Huayna Picchu or in the mountain of Machu Picchu.
  • Rafting or zip line: $40 USD (each one).
  • Beverages.
  • Tips.
  • Travel insurance (mandatory).

Prices may vary according to your needs and preferences, contact us through the following options of your preference or send us a reservation to answer your questions. We will be happy to help you with your trip.

  • Necessary luggage for the four days.
  • Small backpack of 30 to 60 liters
  • Lightweight shirts, shorts and/or leggings
  • Just a light coat
  • Swimsuit and sandals
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent (25% Deet)
  • Rain poncho or rain jacket
  • Original passport
  • Personal medication
  • Personal hygiene items: wet wipes, toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Flashlight.
  • Good vibes.

More details

For Explorape, the best time or month to visit Cusco is June, around the 24th of June, the main reason is that Cusco is on a holiday, so you can enjoy shows in the streets like: typical dances, folkloric parades, etc. This is without any additional cost.

You also have the option to see Inti Raymi, one of the most important festivities of the Incas.

But, you will see many tourists, and if you don’t like them much, you can visit Cusco in its low season, which is from November to April, although it rains in Cusco at this time, but something that is spectacular is that the mountains are green.

The difficulty is medium, the second day can be considered challenging, since the hike is long and takes time to reach Santa Teresa, the good thing about this is that the thermal baths of Cocalmayo await us.

The tickets include the visit to Machu Picchu, if you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will have to add 15 USD, remember that you have to do it with a lot of anticipation, especially for Huayna Picchu.

If you wish to volunteer or donate, we can put you in touch with various communities in Cusco, who need help in various aspects, our main contact is:
Cristo Rey Tikari School: Located in Ocongate distric, close to Ausangate Mountain. They need some basic things like: clothes, toys, books, pens, pencils, brushes, etc.

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