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Inka Jungle Trail 4D/3N

Through the Inka Jungle is the most exciting way to get to Machu Picchu and it is the preferred tour for young people from all over the world who come to Cusco in search of adventure and extreme sports.

Group Service Price

  • 2 people    USD$ 715.00 per person
  • 3 people    USD$ 685.00 per person
  • 4 people    USD$ 655.00 per person
  • 5+ people USD$ 615.00 per person

Discounts:

  • Student Discount: USD $25.00 (requires ISIC Card)
  • Under 18’s Discount: USD $25.00

Optional extras NOT included (need to book in advance):

  • Climbing Machu Picchu Mountain:  USD $20.00 
  • Climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain: USD $20.00 
  • Vistadome Train: Aguas Calientes – Cusco: USD $50.00

Every Day Of The Year

Departure dates: We have potential group trips for the Inka Trail every day of the year, except in February when the trail is closed for maintenance. 

Note: You are able to visit Machu Picchu by train in February.

Availability: Only 500 people are allowed on the Inka Trail per day and this includes tourists, guides, porters and chefs. Therefore, to avoid disappointment, you should make your reservation months in advance. Also, please note, all agencies have the same number of spaces, so if one agency is not able to accommodate your dates, none of them will be able to.

Details & Itinerary

 

The tour includes 4 days of hiking and biking while crossing mountains, Inka trail, valleys, rivers, indigenous towns, coca leaf and coffee plantations, and a huge variety of fruit trees. You’ll also have the chance to soak in healthy and relaxing hot springs. This Inka Jungle Trek is a great alternative to the traditional Inka Trail as it’s an exciting combination of trekking, downhill mountain biking to Santa Maria, rafting on the Urubamba river and zip-lining.

Level: easy.

INKA JUNGLE TRAIL 4D/3N

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Day 1: Cusco - Abra Málaga - Huamanmarka - Santa María

We will begin our Inka Jungle tour at 6:30 a.m. by picking you up from your hotel. During our journey, we’ll pass by the towns of Chinchero, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo, all belonging to the Sacred Valley. The adventure begins at Abra Málaga a 4,316m/14,160ft high pass with an impressive view of the snowcapped Huacay Willca (Mt. Veronica). Here, we will receive our biking equipment and safety instructions before descending for 3 hours to the archaeological remains of Huaman Marq’a. Along the descent, we’ll pass through different ecological zones such as Puna and Cloud Forest, both of which have a huge range of flora and fauna. From Huaman Marq’a we will drive for 25 minutes to the town of Santa Maria (1,200m / 3,937ft), where we’ll have dinner and stay for the night. 

Day 2: Santa María - Qellomayo – Hot Springs - Santa Teresa

After a delicious breakfast, we will hike for about an hour through Inka Jungle to the town of Santa Rosa. This is an ancestral part of the Inka Trail network known as the Qhapaq Ñan and you will be able to see numerous birds including parrots, hummingbirds, and eagles, as well as coca (the Sacred Leaf of the Inkas), coffee, yucca and fruit tree plantations with oranges, mangos, and bananas. We will have a little break, chat with people from the community of Pispitayuc, and relax in hammocks, enjoying the antics of monkeys and boars. 

Restarting the trek, looking out on the beautiful and dramatic Vilcabamba mountain range, we’ll descend to the small village of Qellomayo where we’ll have lunch before beginning the last part of the trek. Our destination for today is Santa Teresa, but we will stop by the Cocalmayo hot springs if you would like to take a soak before arriving at our accommodation for the evening. 

Day 3: Santa Teresa - Hidroeléctrica - Aguas Calientes

Continuing in the footsteps of our Inkan ancestors, we will walk the first 3 hours from Santa Teresa to the hydroelectric power station – hidroeléctrica – (1,900m / 6,270 ft), seeing more coffee and coca plantations along the way. We’ll have lunch there and then walk for a further 3 hours along the train tracks until we reach Aguas Calientes, where you will have the afternoon free. Come night, we will gather for dinner and plan the climb to Machu Picchu the following day.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

We will start our last day on the Inka Jungle Trek at around 5:00 a.m. after eating breakfast, by walking up to Machu Picchu which will take about an hour. After the 2-hour guided tour of the citadel, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu at your pace and to climb up Huayna Picchu Mountain (optional, and only if booked in advance). You can also visit a number of other places such as Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) and the Inka Bridge. At the end of our tour, we will return to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Ollantaytambo and then a bus back to Cusco. 

Optional activities on the Inka Jungle Tour to Machu Picchu:
  1. Day 1: 2 hours of rafting down the Urubamba River on Class II and III rapids, while enjoying the canyon’s beautiful landscape. Cost: US $30.00 per person.
  2. Day3: Zip-lining through the mountains on 6 cables. Cost: US $32.00 per person.

Included:

  • Private transport from your hotel in Cusco to Malaga High Pass and later, Santa María
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English)
  • Kona Bicycle
  • Elbow and knee pads, gloves, goggles, helmet
  • Rain jacket 
  • Meals during the excursion (3breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks, vegetarian options are available) 
  • Coca tea is served every morning in your tent
  • Boiled water after breakfast, to refill your water bottles (1 liter per person)
  • Snacks each morning 
  • Hot drinks such as coca tea, black tea and coffee in the afternoon 
  • Hotels/accommodation in Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes  
  • Return shuttle bus ticket: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu 
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu 
  • Expedition train ticket: Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
  • First Aid Kit and oxygen bottle

Not included:

  • Sleeping bag 
  • Trekking poles 
  • Entrance ticket to Cocalmayo hot springs
  • Last lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Travel Insurance – we strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance for the duration of your trip
  • Tips

Optional activities 

  • River Rafting
  • Zip Line (Canopi)

What you need to bring

  • Original Passport and migration card
  • ISIC card (www.isic.org) if applicable (must be submitted at the time of booking)
  • Backpack and daypack with rain cover
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Clothing for warm and cold climates e.g. lightweight pants, thermal layers 
  • Rain gear: jacket, poncho, pants 
  • Trekking shoes/boots
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs)
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater
  • Long and short-sleeved polos/T-Shirts
  • Woolen hat 
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs 
  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, insect repellent 
  • Personal medical kit and medication 
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Water bottle (recommended 1 liter) 
  • Trekking poles (can be rented from us)
  • Headlamp with spare batteries (very important) 
  • Some snacks such as chocolate bars and dried fruit
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Extra money for drinks, souvenirs, tips etc. (soles or dollars)

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