Inca Jungle Trail 4 Days
Inca Jungle Trail 4 Days
The Inca Jungle Trail is a thrilling and diverse alternative to the traditional Inca Trail, offering a four-day adventure that combines trekking, mountain biking, and cultural exploration. This dynamic journey takes participants from the high-altitude Andean mountains to the lush jungles surrounding Machu Picchu, providing a unique and immersive experience for adventure seekers.
- Diverse Activities: The Inca Jungle Trail combines trekking, mountain biking, zip-lining, and hot spring relaxation for a varied and exciting experience.
- Cultural Immersion: Interactions with local communities along the way offer a glimpse into Andean life and traditions.
- Machu Picchu Sunrise: Witnessing the sunrise over Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate is a breathtaking and unforgettable moment.
- Alternative Route: This trail provides a less-traveled route to Machu Picchu, avoiding the crowds and offering a unique perspective of the Inca citadel
- Day 1: Cusco to Abra Malaga Pass
- The adventure begins in Cusco, where participants are transported to the starting point of the trek at Abra Malaga Pass.
- The day involves an exhilarating downhill mountain biking descent, passing through scenic landscapes and small Andean villages.
- Accommodations are provided in the charming town of Santa Maria, allowing for relaxation and cultural interaction.
Day 2: Santa Maria to Santa Teresa
- The trek resumes, leading through diverse terrain, including tropical forests and along the banks of the Urubamba River.
- Participants may encounter local communities and learn about traditional agricultural practices.
- In the afternoon, a visit to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs provides a rejuvenating break.
- The day concludes in Santa Teresa, where accommodations are arranged.
Day 3: Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes
- The day begins with a trek along the railway tracks, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and vegetation.
- Participants cross the Vilcanota River via a zip line, adding an extra element of excitement.
- The journey continues through lush cloud forests, leading to the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.
- Accommodations in Aguas Calientes provide a comfortable resting place before the visit to Machu Picchu.
Day 4: Machu Picchu – The Lost City of the Incas
- An early morning ascent to Machu Picchu allows participants to witness the sunrise over the iconic archaeological site.
- A guided tour provides historical and cultural insights into the ancient Inca civilization.
- Participants have the option to climb Huayna Picchu for a panoramic view of Machu Picchu and its surroundings.
- In the afternoon, a train journey returns participants to Cusco, marking the conclusion of the Inca Jungle Trail adventure.
Day 1: Cusco – Chinchero – Ollantaytambo – Malaga Pass – Santa Maria – Maranura (descent by mountain bike)
To begin this epic adventure, we will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at around 6h30 a.m. in our private transport. We will break up the journey with a quick stop at the village of Chinchero. This traditional village possesses a lot of Inca ruins, thus showing its importance for the Incas.
After the visit, we will hop back onto the bus and travel past the Vilcanota river until we get to the village of Ollantaytambo. This village was used as an important military fortress during the reign of Manco Capac, especially when the Spanish began to take over land in the region, circa 1535 A.D.
From Ollantaytambo, we will drive up to the pass of Abra Malaga which is situated at a height of 4350 meters above sea level. We will arrive here at around midday. We will give you a mountain bike at the pass, which you will use to descend on the winding asphalt road down into the jungle (if the weather does not allow for it, we will have to do this part of the tour in our transport).
We will ride our mountain bikes to the little community of Carrizales where we will enjoy our breakfast and take a short break. After our well-deserved rest, we will continue to descend with our mountain bikes through quaint villages in the midst of the rainforest, which will take us roughly 3 to 4 hours. On the way, we will visit the archaeological site of Wamanmarka.
After this we will offer you some time to enjoy the beautiful landscapes with its diverse vegetation and marvelous fauna. Once we arrive to Santa Maria (1430 m.a.s.l.) we will have lunch and spend the night in the house of a local family in Maranura (about 10 minutes from Santa Maria). In the afternoon, there will be some time to talk with the family about the harvesting of their coffee and coca, depending on the season. If you wish, you can also do a quad bike tour, discovering the landscape full of waterfalls, fauna and flora (this is an add-on and comes with an additional fee).
Day 2: Maranura – Santa Teresa (Trekking)
We will wake up at 6 A.M. to taste some delicious local coffee and seasonally made fresh fruit.. We will then walk along the bank of the Vilcanota river to where the landscape becomes steeper, and where the ancient Inca trails begin. Here there are also abysses 800 meters deep – tread carefully!
We will have our breakfast in the village of Qellomayo, a 1-hour trek from our stop over. We will be able to see the local fauna from very close, in particular birds such as hummingbirds, parrots, and eagles. We will also have the chance to pick local fruit such as oranges, mandarins, pacay (an andean fruit), mangos, cacao, coffee, and more. We will continue along the bank of the river to arrive at the hot tubs of Cocalmayo, close to the village of Santa Teresa. After enjoying the hot springs, we will return to Santa Teresa (1850 m.a.s.l.). Here we will have dinner and rest for the night.
Day 3: Santa Teresa – Station Hydroélectrique – Aguas Calientes (Trekking).
In the morning, you will have the opportunity to do a zip line activity (this is an extra and must be reserved beforehand with an additional fee). This is a unique and adventurous experience full of adrenaline, passing from one side of the valley to the other. The zip lining begins at 7 A.M. in the morning and lasts until 10 A.M. when a bus will take you to the Hydroelectrical Dam where we will have a brunch. We will continue our trek on the bank of the Urubamba river for about 3 hours until we arrive at Aguas Calientes, a little town at the feet of Machu Picchu. On our way to the town, we will visit the natural park of Mandor where you will get to discover a variety of local flowers and bird watch. In Aguas Calientes village, we will have lunch and rest for the night. There will be also the time to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes (not included in the price of the tour).
Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco.
You will get up super early in the morning and have breakfast. You will then take a bus from the village to Machu Picchu at 5:30 A.M. which takes roughly half an hour. You will arrive to Machu Picchu just as the sun rises, a truly magical and one-off experience. Our guide will offer you a guided visit of two hours and after this you will have time to visit Machu Picchu at your own pace. As an optional experience, you can visit Wayna Picchu (to be reserved in advance). When you have survived the tough climb, you will have a unique and astonishing view over Machu Picchu.
When the tour of the citadel is over, we will return back to Aguas Calientes. Fom there we will take the train to Ollantaytambo, where a bus will await us to continue back to Cusco.
- Fitness Level: Moderate to challenging, suitable for those with a sense of adventure and a reasonable level of fitness.
- Best Time to Visit: The dry season (April to October) is ideal for trekking, though the trail is accessible year-round
- Private transport that picks you up from your hotel in Cusco
- Mountain Bike with suspension, gloves and a helmet
- Meals during the trek (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners)
- 2 nights in a hostel, in Maranura and Santa Teresa (all basic services included)
- Private room in a hostel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu, Continental breakfast or similar)
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Professional bilingual guide (English, Spanish and French on demand)
- Train to return to Ollantaytambo & bus to Cusco
- Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last da
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Zip line in Santa Teresa (third day), $30 per person
- Entrance fee to the hot springs (10 Soles)
Clothing required for the Inca Jungle
The biking adventure will take place during the first day of the tour. We will provide you with the following gear: helmet, visor, gloves, elbow and knee protectors, as well as a BMX bike. We suggest that you wear windproof clothing for this day, If you do not wish to participate in the cycling part, you will ride comfortably in our tourist van.
What To Bring
- Backpack with a rain poncho
- Waterproof vest
- Rain trousers and light trousers
- Trekking shoes
- Sandals (for the showers and the hot springs)
- Bathing suit and towel
- Sun cream
- Mosquito repellent
- No gel
- Toilet paper
- Toilet Paper necessities
- Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag)
- Torch with extra batteries
- Original Passport
- International student card ISIC
- Money in Soles
- The climate can be very cold and humid, for this your clothes are not able to dry. This is why you should bring extra clothes as well.