Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu
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Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu or Adventure by the jungle edge to Machu Picchu is one of the best alternative routes of the Inca Trail, which will take you on a combined route, including mountain biking, hiking, and a few stretches by car, plus optional adventures as; rafting and zip line, during these 4 days to reach Machu Picchu, definitely an unforgettable experience. You can also visit little-known archaeological centers such as Inkatambo and Huamanmarca along the way you can appreciate the ecological diversity that Machu Picchu has. The Inka Jungle Trail is the best alternative tour chosen by tourists from all over the world who come to Cusco in search of adventure and extreme sports.


We offer you a program that provides an excellent opportunity to learn and enjoy your trip. In this tour you will get to know one of the wonders of the world the "magical citadel of Machu Picchu" located in the department of Cusco, through the walk of the Inca jungle where you can enjoy the flora and fauna of a natural paradise, an experience that harmonizes with the environment and will allow us to renew the magic and energy of nature, discovering a culture full of color, history, customs that inspire and amaze.

Quick Itinerary of the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu:

Day 01: Cusco - Abra Malaga - Santa Maria

Day 02: Santa Maria - Santa Teresa

Day 03: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Day 04: Machu Picchu - Cusco


Activities in the Inca Jungle Tour:

  1. Downhill, descent by bicycle from the Abra de Malaga.
  2. Rafting or Canoeing
  3. Trekking the Inca Trail
  4. Zipline
  5. Classic tour to Machu Picchu.

Recommendations before the Inka Jungle trail

You will have a complete briefing with your guide for 1 or 2 days before your Inca jungle to Machu Picchu. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and do any final preparations.

Day 01: Cusco - Abra Malaga - Santa Maria

We started the Inca Jungle Machu Picchu Tour at 5:30 am. Pick up from your hotel .To start our trip with a journey of 3 hrs approx. During the tour we will see beautiful and charming landscapes of the Sacred Valley being our first stop in the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will have a space of time for breakfast (it is optional). Then we will continue the trip to Cordillera del Vilcanota reaching the highest point "ABRA MALAGA" with 4316 meters, the place chosen for the beginning of the descent by bicycle of approx. 3 hrs, we went through different ecosystems that characterize the Andes and the jungle. This activity concludes in the town of HUAMANMARKA, where we will taste a buffet lunch, followed by the route to Santa María, where the local family adopt us to spend the night .


Important: If you want to do rafting in the afternoon in Santa Maria,you can take it and the aditional price of the rafting is  USD 45.

Day 02: Santa Maria - Santa Teresa

We will begin our day enjoying a good breakfast prepared by the local family. We will start the trek climbing for half an hour, reaching 1720 m.a.s.l, that day we can enjoy the wildlife and native plants that belong to this area, such as coffee plantations, mango fruit trees, oranges, bananas, avocado, papaya, etc. Upon reaching the upper part we will see the entire Urubamba river valley, from there during the trek there is an original stretch of the imposing Inca trail. Continuing with the walk, we will arrive at the Quellomayo village where we will have lunch followed by a short break, continuing with the walk we will arrive to Cocalmayo hot springs and enjoy a swim. Then we will continue walking for 30 minutes to the town of Santa Teresa, where we will have dinner and spend our second night home.


Important: The route is around 14 km. and the estimated time these day is 6 hours.

Day 03: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

We start our walk at 6:30 am with a typical breakfast in Santa Teresa and then practice zip line. (This activity is additional and optional) This day is characterized by its pleasant climate that is tropical. At the end of the adventure activity, we will be transported from Santa Teresa to the hydroelectric power station, where we will visit an Inca or Intihuatana sacred ceremonial site that waits for us, finally we conclude our walk in the town of Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a lodging. At sunset we will share the farewell dinner with the guide in which you will inform about the plans of the following day.


Important: The price of the ZIP Line is extra USD 40.

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Day 04: Machu Picchu - Cusco

On the last day of the Inca Jungle Machu Picchu Tour we will start very early, in order to start the trek to the citadel of Machu Picchu to see the sunrise at the top of it. This section will take us about an hour and 45 minutes to get to the top. After enjoying this magical moment our guide will give you a guided tour of approx. 2 hours, to enlighten us especially of the rich history of the ancient ruins that surrounds us. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore the citadel on your own, where if you wish you can choose the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain viewpoint (both places must be booked in advance in addition to having an extra cost). The round trip to Huayna Picchu is walking and takes about an hour and a half and of course it is worth doing for the magnificent views from the top. The whole citadel closes its doors at 5:30 pm at which time it must return to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco. There is also the option of staying an extra night in Aguas Calientes, which allows you more time in Machu Picchu. 

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  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Transfer by private bus to Abra Malaga - the initial point of the trek
  • Accommodation: Basic hostel (2 nights) and a comfortable hostel (1 night)
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide
  • Mountain bicycles (brand Scott with a hydraulic brake), helmet and gloves
  • Tourist train (Expedition Service) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.  

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day
  • International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($80) nor Machu Picchu Mountain ($80)
  • A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Town ($9.50 - one way, $18.50 - a round trip)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned

Meal budget: Please allow USD 20-50 for meals not included.

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!


Recommended basic articles: 

  • Toothbrush
  •  Dentifrice
  •  Toilet paper Sunblock (cream) and lip balm 
  • Glasses with sun protection 
  • Insect repellent 
  • Camera or video camera
  •  Small penknife
  •  Light towel
  • Personal medication
  • Swimwear

Places visited:

  • Abra Malaga
  •  Santa Maria 
  • Santa Teresa
  •  Hidroelectrica Aguas Calientes 
  • Macchu Picchu

Extra Tips:

  • Regardless of the time you choose to come, it will be cold at night; bring warm clothes (only the necessary one) and a good sleeping bag. We can take care of all the necessary equipment to travel the Jungle Trail, just request it at the time of your reservation.
  • Wear hiking shoes (never new), also carry a well-charged flashlight, water, high-energy snacks and your camera with plenty of space available.  
  • Have change available in Peruvian currency, to buy bottled water and snacks on the way.



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