Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu 4D
Places to visit:
Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
The Inca Jungle route is the most adventurous option for travellers wishing to hike to Machu Picchu. This route includes hiking, biking, rafting and ziplining along some of the region’s most beautiful landscapes and trails.
Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu 4D Itinerary
DAY 1: CUSCO – MALAGA PASS – SANTA MARIA
From Cusco, we will head to Malaga Pass for our first section of the Inca Jungle route. We will stop at the town of Ollantaytambo for breakfast (not included).
We will bike from Malaga Pass to Santa Maria. This will take approximately 3.5 hours along zigzagging roads. Enjoy the views of the valley below and the weather changes from the cold, mountain pass down to the lush brow of jungle.
Once in Santa Maria, we will get ready for our rafting section of the trail. This will be a a 2.5 hour rafting adventure on class III & IV rapids on the Urubamba River (also known as the Vilcanota River).
IMPORTANT: You can choose NOT to participate in the rafting activity. No discounts applicable. You will have the afternoon free to explore the small town of Santa Maria on your own.
Estimated biking time: 4 hours
Total distance: 65 km (biking distance)
Highest altitude: 4,350 m.a.s.l.
DAY 2: SANTA MARIA – QUELLOMAYO – SANTA TERESA
Get ready for some hiking along the Inca jungle trail. Enjoy the lush brow of jungle forest and dense vegetation. Walk through plantations of fruit trees, coffee and orchids.
Our final destination will be the town of Santa Teresa. Prior to arriving here, we will stop at the famous hot springs of Colcamayo for a dip. We will spend the night in Santa Teresa.
Estimated hiking time: 7 hours
Total distance: 22 km
Highest altitude: 1,900 m.a.s.l.
DAY 3: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES
Begin the day with some fun ziplining! We will zipline our way from Santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica before embarking on our last hiking section to Machu Picchu.
The hike from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes will be along the train tracks. Enjoy the views of bromeliads, orchids and if lucky, a few spectacled bears and tunkis along the way.
Once in Aguas Calientes, we will head to our hotel accommodation for a short rest before our final group dinner in town.
Estimated hiking time: 3 hours
Total distance: 19 km
Highest altitude: 2,050 m.a.s.l.
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Your visit to Machu Picchu will be in the morning hours. With a guided tour of approximately 3 hours, you will wander around the citadel’s most iconic sectors and temples.
You will return to Cusco in the afternoon via train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and by car to the city of Cusco.
- Briefing the night before your trek departure at your hotel in Cusco
- Pick-up from hotel in Cusco / drop-off at hotel after tour
- Guided service (English or Spanish)
- Transportation to the trailhead on DAY 1
- Entry to Machu Picchu
- Entry to hot springs in Cocalmayo
- Meals: 03 breakfasts, 03 lunches & 03 dinners
- Potable water refills after breakfast & lunch
- 02 nights accommodations at basic lodges (Santa Maria & Santa Teresa)
- 01 night accommodation at 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Support staff: chefs
- 01 consettur bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
- Tourist train (Expedition service) Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Biking equipment (bike, helmet & gloves)
- Rafting & zip lining
- First-aid kit & oxygen tank
**duffle bag: provided for your personal belongings including extra clothes, shoes & toiletries. Duffel bag weight should NOT exceed 7KG including the weight of your sleeping bag.
- 01 breakfast (DAY 1 in Ollantaytambo)
- 01 lunch (after Machu Picchu)
- Inflatable air mattress
- Trekking poles
- Personal backpack for carrying your essentials while hiking
- Reusable water bottle
- Consettur bus on DAY 4
- Gratuities for support staff
WHAT TO BRING
To guarantee the best of experiences, it is important to be fully prepared. Here is a list of items we recommend you to bring for this tour.
- Small day pack for your personal items
- Comfortable shoes. No heels, flip flops, flats or unworn shoes. Preferably hiking shoes/boots.
- Travel document
- For your day backpack:
- Reusable water bottle
- Sunblock, hat & sunglasses
- Bug repellent
- Toilet paper & small bag for waste
- Camera & extra batteries
- 01 headlamp
- Snacks of your preference
- For your duffle bag:
- 01 pair of sandals for after hiking
- 01 Parka or windbreaker. Weather changes are common in Cusco and the trail. This includes sunny, rainy and windy conditions.
- 4-5 long sleeve shirts
- 4-5 hiking pants
- 5 sets of underwear
- 01 fleece
- 01 wool hat
- 01 small quick-dry towel
- 01 large plastic bag to separate your dirty laundry from clean clothing
- Toiletries: small bottle of soap/shampoo, wet wipes, toothbrush & toothpaste, hand sanitizer, personal medication, personal first-aid kit (Band-Aids, Moleskin, etc.)
- Extra cash for souvenirs & snacks
Prices & Options
COST: US$480 per person
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