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Inca Jungle Trail Classic to Machu Picchu 4D / 3N

Inca Jungle Classic Description:

The Inca Jungle is not just a tour, it´s an experience. From descending over 3000 m. by mountain bike to sleeping with a local guest family in the jungle, and from zip lining to hiking recently discovered Inca pathways. Ending up in one of the seven world wonders, and chosen best travel destination by National Geographic: Machu Picchu.

We have professional guides, who are well trained, experienced and speak English fluently. For us it is important to share with you all the knowledge we possess about the history of the great Inca´s, their magnificent culture and the secrets of the jungle. We are proud of our heritage and wish to show you something unique and unforgettable, with the goal to change your view on the Peru´s present and history.

Your safety is our priority. For the biking we offer full body protection, during the hiking you will be clearly instructed where to go and where not and the extra optional activities will only be done by highly skilled guides. We sincerely hope that you´ll give us the chance to share this great experience with us.

Package Name : Inca Jungle Clasic to Machu Picchu
Trek Duration : 4 Days / 3 Nights
Accommodation: 3 nights Hotel and Lodge
Type of Trek : Adventure, Archaeological, Cultural, ecological and Adventure
Activities : Biking, Hiking, Trekking & Walking, Archaeological, Cultural Tours & Sightseeing, Ecological.
Altitude : 2,000 m.a.s.l. / 6,560 ft(Aguas Calientes) - 4350 m.a.s.l. / Abra Malaga
Type of Route : Best adventures Alternative Trek to Machu Picchu
Group Size : Min 02 people - Max 10 people
Difficulty degree of this hike : 2 our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
Departures Day : - Our company organize daily departures for this unforgettable trekking with the best camp staff.


DAY 1 : Cusco – Abra Malaga – Huamanmarca – Pispitayoc.

  • Shuttle to Abra Malaga: 3.5 hour by bus from Cusco
  • Biking distance: 65km 40mi
  • Biking time: 3.5 to 4 hour approximately.
  • Climate: cold at the beginning of the biking and very hot in the night.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4350 meters / 14271 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 1430 meters / 4691 ft.

DAY 2 : Pispitayoc – Quellomayo – Santa Teresa – Cocalmayo Hot Spring

  • Hiking distance: 22 Kilometers / 13.6 mile
  • Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
  • Hiking time: 7.5 to 8 hour approximately.
  • Maximum Altitude: 1900 meters / 6233 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 1430 meters / 4691 ft.

DAY 3 : Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

  • Hiking distance: 19 Kilometers / 12.3 mile
  • Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
  • Hiking time: 6 hour approximately.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2050 meters / 6725 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 1430 meters / 4691 ft.

DAY 4 : Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 18 Kilometers / 11.1 mile
  • Shuttle to Machu Picchu: 25 minutes from Aguas Calientes.
  • Shuttle to Cusco: 3 hour by train and bus from Aguas Calientes.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour: 2.5 hour
  • Climate: tropical warm.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2450 meters / 8038 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2050 meters / 6725 ft.

Inca Jungle Classic Itinerary:

DAY 1 : Cusco – Abra Malaga – Huamanmarca – Pispitayoc.

We will pick you up between 5:30Am and 6:00AM at your hostel or hotel. After which we´ll head towards the sacred valley of the Incas, along the way you will get a chance to see picturesque villages and beautiful landscapes, arriving at Ollantaytambo at about 08:00AM. Here you will have a chance to get some breakfast and stock up on some things you might have forgotten to buy. At 08:15AM the bus heads towards Abra Malaga (4350 m.a.s.l.) which is the point of departure with the bikes, we will descend for 3 hrs., passing through small villages, orchards, rivers and streams, reaching the town Huamanmarca (1250 m.a.s.l.) around 12:00PM. approx. While descending it´s possible to see the vast changes in flora and fauna and the effect of oxygen level and altitude.

In Huamanmarca lunch will be served, a buffet restaurant who mainly uses local ingredients and prepares unique dishes. After a short break we´ll head towards Santa Maria where the group will divide into 2: the ones who booked the rafting and the ones who didn´t. The ones who did book the rafting will be picked and brought the rafting camp, where they will receive a briefing and instructions. Safety is a priority, so you will be handed out all the protection gear necessary, during the rafting a safety catamaran and cataraft will always accompany us. The rafting guides are well trained and have tons of experience on the river. Depending on the season the river will be between class III and III+, in case the river will be class IV or higher for security reasons we will cancel the rafting refund your payment. The travelers that didn’t book the rafting tour will go with an assistant guide in our private bus for 20 min. to the next town of Santa Rosa, from this point we will walk for 45 min. approx. until reaching the eco lodge called “La Choza”, there they will have the chance pick coca leaves, coffee beans and maybe some other fruits or vegetables.

At the end of the rafting adventure, the bus will be waiting the group to take them to the town of Santa Rosa where they as well will start the hike towards our jungle lodge La Choza. La Choza is a unique chance to enjoy the pure jungle in it´s best way, the guest family who receives you there still does things in the according to tradition, in a way you can say it´s travelling back in time for 200 years. Don´t worry though, there are rooms with bunk beds and normal mattresses for you to rest your night on, accompanied by an orchestra of jungle sounds.

  • Shuttle to Abra Malaga: 3.5 hour by bus from Cusco
  • Biking distance: 65km 40mi
  • Biking time: 3.5 to 4 hour approximately.
  • Climate: cold at the beginning of the biking and very hot in the night.
  • Maximum Altitude: 4350 meters / 14271 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 1250 meters / 4691 ft.

DAY 2 : Pispitayoc – Quellomayo – Santa Teresa – Cocalmayo Hot Spring

At around 7:00AM it´s going to be time to wake up, after which we´ll have the chance to enjoy a nice typical breakfast and nice cup of home grown and made coffee in the middle of nature. At around 8:00AM we´ll start walking along the banks of the river and start climbing for 30 min. toward an original Inca path. In this area a lot of Inca trails can be found, but the one we will walk is the only one who still maintains in good a condition. On our way we will see wild fruits, like: pine apple, pacay, avocado and many more. The area is surrounded by many types of birds and orchids; this ecosystem belongs to the high forest and is one of the most rich in terms of biodiversity of the Inca jungle. Once on top we will see the whole valley of the lower Urubamba.

The group will walk down the mountain for approx. 2.30 hrs. until arriving at the village of Qellomayo, to have lunch and regain some of your energy. After the meal you will have free time to relax in a hammock and give your legs some rest. After a break we continue walking for 3 hrs. crossing farms, waterfalls and rivers (one river you will have to cross with a cable car). At around 4PM the group arrives at Cocalmayo or better known as the hot water springs of Santa Teresa.

Cocalmayo offers several relaxing crystal clear hot springs, each with its own temperature. The sound of the river and the stars at night time make it a perfect scenery. After the hot springs the group will continue to walk for about 40 min. (or take a bus of you´d prefer) until reaching the town of Santa Teresa where you will check in to a nice comfortable hotel. After the dinner you all are invited to visit one of the bars to hang out with the other members of the group.

  • Hiking distance: 22 Kilometers / 13.6 mile
  • Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
  • Hiking time: 7.5 to 8 hour approximately.
  • Maximum Altitude: 1900 meters / 6233 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 1430 meters / 4691 ft.

DAY 3 : Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

Around 7 am., after a typical breakfast we will get ready to continue exploring the roads that were followed by the first expeditionaries that discovered Machu Pichu and other important archaeological complex. The next journey will start in Santa Teresa.

Those who reserved in advance will make the zipline (and later this group will be taken by bus to the area known as the hydroelectric), the rest of the group will continue the trek of 3 hrs. aprox. through the valley until reaching the hydroelectric too, where the entire group will get together again.

Here we will enjoy of a great lunch. And after a break we will continue walking along this great inca jungle tour for 3 hrs., enjoying beautiful waterfalls, going through coca and coffee farms along the railway until arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes around4 pm. Here the group will spend the night in a hostel.

At night we all will get together in a local restaurant to enjoy a great dinner and have a briefing about our next excursion to Machu Picchu and the group will receive some snacks.

  • Hiking distance: 19 Kilometers / 12.3 mile
  • Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
  • Hiking time: 6 hour approximately.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2050 meters / 6725 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 1430 meters / 4691 ft.

DAY 4 : Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Finally on last day of our Inca jungle tour we get up around 4:00AM. After which we´ll get ready to head to Machu Picchu, our trek will follow an ascending path through the high forest, after registering in the control entrance around 6:00AM. we will have a private guide leading us within the Inca citadel for about 1,5 hours.

The travelers that booked the hiking to HuaynaPicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will be able to start this journey, the climbing lasts around 45 min. for Huayna Picchu, the way up is very steppy at some points but it’s worth it because the view from the top is absolutely breathtaking.

For Machu Picchu Montaña, it´ll last you about 2hrs to go up, and it´s not as steep as Huayna Picchu, and even higher! Please note that you have to go before a certain time, so don´t forget to ask your guide which time you have been issued.

You will have until 5PM time to explore Machu Picchu on your own, because then the guards will ask you to leave. In the afternoon, according to the departure of the train ticket, you will descend walking on your own to the town of Aguas Calientes to get the train back to Ollantaytambo where the group will be picked up and transferred to Cusco city.

Remember to be at least 30 min. at the train station before departure. The journeyends in the Plaza de Armas.

  • Distance Travelled: Approximately 18 Kilometers / 11.1 mile
  • Shuttle to Machu Picchu: 25 minutes from Aguas Calientes.
  • Shuttle to Cusco: 3 hour by train and bus from Aguas Calientes.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour: 2.5 hour
  • Climate: tropical warm.
  • Maximum Altitude: 2450 meters / 8038 ft.
  • Minimum Altitude: 2050 meters / 6725 ft.

Included:

  • Transport from Cusco to Abra Malaga
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Bike with front suspension, gloves and helmet
  • 3 Breafast. 3 Dinners, 3 Lunch
  • Accommodation in hostels 2Nigth
  • First Night, Family Home
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Train to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco

Not Included:

  • Breakfast day 1
  • Rafting and Canopy (Zipline)
  • Final lunch/dinner in Aguas Calientes (buy some snacks on day 4 in AC for the trip back to Cusco!)
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (optional US$16 each way)
  • Huayna Picchu (US$24.00) or Machu Picchu Mountain (US$20.00) – if you want it ask about availability and pay at time of booking!

What You Should Bring:

  • Original passport
  • For students: ISIC card
  • Insurance card/certificate
  • Walking stick ( Highly Recomemded )
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat and gloves
  • 2-4 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of pants (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
  • Long underwear for sleeping
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water
  • Toiletries/ Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Extra money for tips/snacks/beer.

Optional Items To Take:

  • Shorts
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit for hot springs

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you’re interested in.

Discounts

  • Student Discount (with valid ISIC card) - $20

TRAIN TIMES:

On the fourth day we will take the 6:45PM train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantayatambo and then we will transfer you back to Cusco and your hotel.

HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN:

Please, if you are thinking of climbing Huaynapicchu mountain you must book this at the same time as your Inca Jungle. Only 400 people can hike Huaynapicchu per day. You will climb it on your own after the tour in Machu Picchu around 10 .00 am. The price is $25 per

OUR GUIDES:

Most of our guides began as porters before they went to Cusco University and Institute where they learned about the Inca history. They are always training in order to be the best guide. They each speak English beautifully and of course all of them speak Spanish and Quechua, the Inca Language. They are all able to communicate with natives from around the area and of course he will have lots of history to share with you.

OUR FOOD:

Definitely one of the highlights of the tour is the food. It is always fresh and most of it is organic. There is always a lot to eat and lots of options including vegetables, meat, chicken, fish and other types of protein and carbohydrates. Everyone sits down to eat together and we go out of our way to accomodate all dietary requirements including vegetarian options and any food allergies. We do not provide any alcoholic drinks on the trek but if you would like you can bring your own.

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE:

We try to treat our hikers, our porters and all the local people from the villages with the upmost respect. We travel in small groups to give personalized tours to each traveller, we pay good salaries to our porters and follow the porters law. We provide all our porters with their hiking gear such as shoes, pants, jackets, t-shirts, hats, sleeping bags and most importantly, with health insurance.

FITNESS:

The Inca Jungle Trail is certainly not easy but you do not need to be an athlete or a trekking expert to complete it. Fitness is naturally important but the Inca Trail is the kind of trek that anyone with a positive attitude and determination can do. Obviously the more fit you are the more you will enjoy the trail and the more chance you will have to take in the scenery and appreciate the Inca ruins dotted along the way. If you do not exercise regularly, it is advisable to do some extra walking or some kind of aerobic activity in the months leading up to your trip. Many people worry whether they will be able to cope physically but complete failure is rare and would usually only result from severe altitude sickness or a person lacking even a basic level of fitness. People of all ages (from teenagers to pensioners) complete the trek and age itself is no barrier if you are positive minded and live an active lifestyle. Before departing for your tour, we recommend visiting your doctor who will be able to provide you with more information.

BOOKING:

Inca Jungle Tour is available to depart any day of the week as long as we have two people. You still need to book in advance.
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Inca Jungle FAQS

1. What type of backpack is necessary for the trip?
For this trip, we recommend a backpack that can hold between 25-60 kilograms (55-132 lbs) with clothes that are only necessary for the 4 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be left in a storeroom at your hotel/hostel in Cusco or in the Inca Jungle Company office. It is extremely important to only bring what is necessary for the 4 days that you will be trekking because on the second or third day, you will have to carry your backpack.
2. Will there be accommodations or will we be camping?
The tour package includes 3 nights of accommodation. On the first night, we will provide rooms with a maximum capacity of 4 people. Private bathrooms and a cold shower are included. On the second night, we will provide rooms with a maximum capacity of 4 people. Private bathrooms and a hot shower are included. On the third night, double or triple rooms will be provided. Private bathrooms, hot shower and Wi-Fi are included. Please note: If you would like to require a private room for the first or second night, you can visit our office before starting the tour.
3. Is advanced cycling experience necessary?
On the tour, there is a total of 3 hours of downhill biking. 95% of the road is downhill and paved. Therefore, the cycling part of the tour is not difficult. Only basic to intermediate experience is required.
4. How can I access Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain?
In order to climb one of the two mountains, you must buy an entrance ticket in advance. Huaynapicchu is an extra cost of $24 USD per person and it is recommended that you reserve the tickets at least 3-4 months in advance. Machupicchu Mountain is an extra cost of $20 USD per person and it is recommended that you reserve the tickets at least 1-2 months in advance. If you wish to reserve entrance tickets to one of the two mountains, please contact our booking team.
5. What will the weather be like during the tour?
During the first two hours (the cycling route) it will be quite cold because we will be at a high altitude. After those two hours, and for the rest of the tour, the weather will be warm and humid (during the night as well). The temperature in the morning varies between 18-25 degrees Celsius (64 – 77 degrees Fahrenheit). During the months of June, July and August, the temperature can reach 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). At night, the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) with a maximum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit). Therefore, we recommend that you bring light clothes.
6. What form of payment should I use?
You can make a deposit on our website in order to confirm your reservation. It is very important to confirm available spaces before making the deposit. The leftover balance should be paid in cash (dollars or soles) in our office in Cusco. We do not accept credit cards. Please note: On certain occasions, it is not necessary to make a security deposit. In the moment that you make your reservation, our agency will communicate to you whether or not it is necessary.
7. What is the average age of the participants?
The majority of participants have 25 years on average. But there are travellers of all ages, from very young to adults of 30 to 50 years old. The average number of participants in the group does not exceed 12 people.
8. What is the best time of year to do the tour?
The best time for any tourism in Cusco is from April to November. This is the high season which means that you will have to make a reservation at least (3) months in advance.
9. Do you need to bee in a good physical condition for the tour?
It is recommended to be suitable for hiking for more than 5 continuous hours. Also it is recommended to have practice in handling a bike.
10. Are the trip destinations safe?
Security and safety are a high priority of our company, however there are risks associated with adventure travel that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.
Inca Jungle Classic to Machu Picchu
4 Days
Activities: Biking, Walking, Adventure Tours,
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$ 320 USD

Trip Code: INJU004

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Video Report:
Fantastic 5 days, 4 night trek to Maccu Pichu Guide, Miguel was the amazing. Knowledge, care, attitude. All 150% Chefs on the trek were sensational. Honestly are like a king and queen all day.
5.0
Gabriela Davis from United Kingdom
We've had a great trek with a small group. There were only 4 of us. On the way we saw groups with over 15 persons...not what I would have wanted. They don't put people from different agencies together.
5.0
Rick Salter from Austria
This was a great trip and a great experience. Very well organized. The guide was very knowledgeable and our cook was outstanding - the dishes he prepared were well beyond our expectations.
5.0
Robert Dowson from US
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