hiking, biking & rafting
sleep in lodges
Includes a visit to Machu Picchu
The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is probably the most adventurous and varied alternative Inca trail in terms of the activities offered along the trail. The tropical Inca Jungle Trail involves not only hiking but also biking, rafting and ziplining. The Inca Jungle trek ends with a visit to the Inca citadel of Machupicchu on day 4. This Machu Pichu hike is an unforgettable experience for people that love some activity.
Departure time 6.00 and Return to Cusco between 20.00 – 22.00
Make sure you are well acclimatised (maximum altitude is 4350 by car)
Bring money, your passport, swimsuit; for more info about what to pack here.
Be aware of mosquitos in Santa Teresa
(this is a sample itinerary, there are small differences between the diferent trek operators in Cusco)
You will be collected around 6 a.m. and depart to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Admire the beautiful natural landscape! We will reach Abra Malaga (4,350 m.) at noon and start our bike tour: a 10 kilometre downhill cycling ride towards the cloud forest, crossing small villages, fruit plantations and rivers. We will have lunch at our lodge in Santa Maria. During the afternoon there is white-water rafting on the Urubamba River. Overnight at the lodge in Santa Maria.
Today is a day full of hiking. We will get up early, and depart around 7:30 am, towards the jungle. For the first three hours, the route is ascending gently. Later we will trek on a genuine Inca trail with beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. We take a trail through coffee and coca plantations and also pass through farms which grow tropical fruits like oranges.
After walking for 6-7 hours (with lunch en route) we will arrive at the Cocalmayo thermal baths, and later, at the small town of Santa Teresa.
Today we start with a jungle breakfast around 7 am. If you want to the zip line, you will spend two hours having fun with the zip lines in the jungle. From there you’ll take the bus to Hidroeléctrica for lunch. If you do not choose to participate in the zip line you can hike or take a bus to Hidroeléctrica. Like the other Machu Picchu treks, the Inca Jungle Trek culminates in the town of Aguas Calientes before the final day at Machu Picchu. After lunch in Hidroeléctrica you have two options to make it to Aguas Calientes: three hours of hiking along the train tracks around the base of Machu Picchu mountain, or, take the train.
We will wake up early at 4.00 a.m. and at 4.30 a.m. we will go to Machu Picchu on the first pendle bus. After a beautiful sunrise, we will have a guided tour of the Inca citadel with some free time afterwards to explore the ruins. There is also the opportunity to hike to the Inca Bridgepuente and the Temple of the Moon. We´ll get back to Aguas Calientes in good time for our train back to Ollantaytambo, from where we get a bus back to Cusco.