Passengers walking along the route of the Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu

Classic Inca Jungle Trail

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Duration
4 Days / 3 Nights
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Price
from US$450
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Max. Altitude
4,350 m / 14,272 ft
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Group Size
Up to 10 people
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Accommodation
Lodge Hostel and Domes
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Difficulty
Moderate to Challenging
  • Malaga Pass
  • Huamanmarca
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Teresa
  • Jungle Domes
  • Llactapata
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu

Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Jungle Trail 4 -Days is ideal for people with a passion for adventure with newly recharged energy; what defines this Inca Jungle Trail is Trekking, Biking, Rafting, and Zipline! We will go through trail and archaeological Inca sites similar to those on the Inca Trail until we arrive at the magical town of Aguas Calientes. Finally, we will visit the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu, considered one of the seven world wonders, and choose the best travel destination by National Geographic.

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Malaga Pass - Huamanmarca - Santa Maria - Santa Teresa - Jungle Domes - Llactapata - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
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Exploration of the latest discovered trail to Machu Picchu with the best company for Inca jungle trail
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Guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Before You Go
  • Pricing
  • Enquire Now
  Overview

The Inca Jungle tour to Machu Picchu - breathtaking and exciting journey expresses the impressive authority of Machu Picchu. It combines it with an array of sports and incredible hiking to deliver an adventure full of excitement. Also known as the Tropical Inca Trail or the Inca Jungle Trail. It is suggested for people that want something different. Enjoy a trip with the best company for the Inca jungle trail, cycling, and trekking in the Peruvian jungle, four days of travel, which ends with the sunrise scenes in the Inca city of Machu Picchu.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1

    Feel the Wind Rush Through Your Hair on Bikes

    Cusco Malaga Pass Huamanmarca Santa Maria (Biking, Rafting)

  • Day 2

    Enjoy the Heat on a Jungle Trail

    Santa Maria Santa Teresa Cocalmayo Hot Spring Lucmabamba Camp (Jungle Domes)

  • Day 3

    Trek the Tracks to Aguas Calientes

    Lucmabamba Llactapata Hidroelectrica Aguas Calientes

  • Day 4

    Tour of the Incredible Incan Fortress: Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu

Why Take the Inca Jungle Trail?

  • Exploration of the latest discovered trail to Machu Picchu with the best company for Inca jungle trail
  • The sportiest trek of Southern Peru.
  • One day of mountain biking.
  • Three days are hiking the Inca jungle tour with a professional Tour Guide.
  • An opportunity to give a try to Rafting and Zip Line.
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  Itinerary
Day 1

Feel the Wind Rush Through Your Hair on Bikes

Cusco Malaga Pass Huamanmarca Santa Maria (Biking, Rafting)

Pick up time is 5:30 am.

We will leave the Imperial City of Cusco and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is here that we will have our breakfast.

We will continue to Malaga Pass 4,350 m / 14,271 ft, the starting point of our biking tour. After a short explanation to help orientate you, your guide will provide you with the necessary equipment. We will begin our 3 hours, bicycle descent 55 km / 34.18 miles until we reach the town of Huamanmarca. We will stop several times to review bicycles and equipment.

During the trip, we will experience the beauty of the snow-capped mountains and the tropical forest. It is here in the tropical forest that our Peruvian Amazon adventure begins. We will cross small streams, and we will enjoy the change from cold to a tropical climate.

We will arrive at Santa María town 1,200 m / 3,937 ft., where we will have our lunch and stay for our first night in a hostel.

In the afternoon, we have the option of rafting on the Vilcanota River. This river offers category III and III + rapids. For this activity, we will give you helmets, windbreaks, and category V life jackets. This activity is available between April to December, and you must be able to swim to participate under Peruvian law.

Before we finish the day we’ll return to Santa Maria to have dinner, rest comfortably and recover energies for the next day of adventure!

  • Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Eco Terra Lodge
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Biking Distance:  55 km / 34.18 miles
  • Biking time:  3 hours approximately
  • Highest Elevation:  4,350 m / 14,272 ft
Day 2

Enjoy the Heat on a Jungle Trail

Santa María Santa Teresa Cocalmayo Hot Spring Lucmabamba Camp (Jungle Domes)

After a delicious breakfast. First we will walk for 45 minutes then we will ascend the terrain. On the way, we will have several stops to learn a little more about the richness in flora and fauna of the area in which we will find ourselves. We will also stop at the home of a local family, where we will learn about their customs and traditions.

Later we will cross a section of the Inca Trail that formerly connected the Sacred City of Machu Picchu to the last Inca refuge, Vilcabamba. Here, our guide will explain a little more about the Incas' history and the Incan communication system (Inca Trails).

We have the pleasure of experiencing some of the most impressive views of the Huancarccasa canyon to see the majestic Salkantay.

Then we will descend to Huacayupana where we will have lunch in a local house, later we are going to take a transport to Santa Teresa town, where we will enjoy the zip line with amazing views of the valley and the mountains surrounding us while we will flying over the forest and the river which make the scenery coming out from a dream of Alice in the wonder world!

Later we’ll drive for 20 minutes to Cocalmayo hot spring, where we will spend a while enjoying this enchanting place. When the whole group is ready, our private transport will take you for approximately 1 hour to our base camp called Lucmabamba, where we will spend our second night.

  • Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Jungle Domes
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Walking Distance:  7 km / 4.35 miles
  • Campsite Elevation:  2,000 m / 6,562 ft
  • Highest Elevation:  2,000 m / 6,562 ft
Day 3

Trek to Aguas Calientes

Lucmabamba Llactapata Hidroelectrica Aguas Calientes

Early morning, we will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea served in your dome. You will get ready for today’s activities while enjoying your last breakfast prepared by the talented trek chef. We will begin the hike early, and you will have the opportunity to enjoy a small part of the famous and highly-acclaimed Inca trail! Here we will explore the tropical forest for a little while and walk through an organic coffee farm. If you are a coffee lover, this will be especially heavenly for you – you can taste coffee freshly prepared by the local people. Later we’ll climb for 3 hours with amazing views of Santa Teresa valley, we will arrive at the Llactapata Inca site right in front of Machu Picchu. This will be the first archaeological site we will see of the mysterious Lost City of the Incas! It is an extraordinary place to enjoy and spend time learning a bit more about this land’s roots and history. We will see not only the ruins of Machu Picchu from this spot but also Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain.

We will explore this Inca site with the guide, while he will continue telling the history of the Incas who used and worshipped this land. Of course, you will have plenty of time to take as many photos as possible to capture these memories and share them with your friends back home!

After Llactapata, we will continue our trek with a 1:30 hours downhill hike. On this part of the trail, you are always able to view Machu Picchu until our lunch place, Aobamba. After the meals we’ll continue to Hidroelectrica, we will go to Intiwatana, a famous ancient rock used as a ceremonial table in the Incan era. According to history, Intiwatana worked together with the renowned Intiwatana in the Machu Picchu.

We will walk through the train tracks for 3 hours to Aguas Calientes, in this section of the path we’ll walk in company of the Urubamba river between a big forest with a rich variety of birds, if you are a good observer and you have good luck you will see parrots, toucans and the national bird of Peru, cock of the rocks after this time we‘ll arrive to Aguas Calientes town, there you will go to your hostel to enjoy a hot shower and relax. In the evening, you will enjoy your last dinner and organize the last day of the hike, MACHU PICCHU.

Note: During the rainy season, the hike up the Llactapata Trail is not 100% guaranteed due to safety concerns. When heavy rains are frequent, this trail becomes very dangerous.

  • Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:  Hostel
  • Difficulty:  Challenging
  • Walking Distance:  25 km / 12.42 miles
  • Highest Elevation:  2,800 m / 9,186 ft
  • Hostel Elevation:  2,040 m / 6,693 ft
Day 4

Tour of the Incredible Incan Town: Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu Ollantaytambo Cusco

Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night at the hostel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. The Machu Picchu entrance checkpoint is open from 06:00 am until 17:00. We will board the bus to Machupicchu and enter the hidden Royal City of the Incas. Here we will have a 2 hours guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the Intihuatana, the industrial sector, and the farming fields.

After this tour, you are free to climb to Huayna Picchu 1:30 hours round trip or Machu Picchu Mountain 3 hours up and down (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Another option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for more than 5 hours before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride between 01:37 pm and 06:20 pm (subject to availability) to Ollantaytambo. A private transport will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at 20:00 hrs. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!

  • Meals:  Breakfast
  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Machu Picchu Elevation:  2,430 m / 7,972 ft
  • Minimum Altitude:  2,040 m / 6,693 ft.
  • Maximum Altitude:  2,430 m / 7,972 ft.
  Inclusions

What Is Included?

  • High-quality Service

  • Pre-departure briefing

    You will meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our horses. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Guide

    English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading your group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time worry-free!

  • 1 duffle bag

    There, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs.

  • Professional Bicycles:

    Bike with front suspension, gloves and helmet.

  • Security Transport during the biking activity

  • Medical Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Accommodation

  • Hostel in Santa Maria

    The first night of this trek is spent in a lodge in Santa Maria with a double or Matrimonial room.

  • Personal Accommodation in Private Campsites

    Day 2: 1 night accomodation in our private campsites. Our Jungle DOMES are adapted to the environment to avoid generating negative impacts.

  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes

    The last night of this trek is spent in a hostel in Aguas Calientes with a double or triple room, private bathroom, hot shower, wifi, breakfast, and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu.

  • Meals

  • Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets (Vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost ), so let us know if you have any particular restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hot drinks and snacks.

  • Snacks on the trail

    Every morning we’ll give you your snack to enjoy it during the walk; our tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. We will give this snack to you at the beginning of each day in your cloth bag.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we will give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Transportation

  • Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Malaga Pass, the starting point of the biking.

  • Day 2: Private transport from Huacayupana to Santa Teresa

  • Day 4: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Bus Ticket

    Day 4: from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (one way)

  • Train Ticket

    Day 4: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.

  • Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance ticket to Cocalmayo Hot Spring.

  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Archeological Site.

What Is Not Included?

  • Rental

    All our travellers need walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional, but highly recommended. If you do not have them, don’t worry, you can rent them with Salkantay Trekking:

    Walking poles (pair): US $ 20.00

  • Huayna Picchu

    You can climb the famous mountain that’s always seen in the photos, behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill. Going down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The additional cost is US $ 30.00. The permit must be issued at least 1 month in advance due to high demand. To protect your integrity, there may be changes due to weather conditions.

  • Day 4: Last Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tip for our staff

    Tips are usual on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do.

  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management

    Landslide, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness,or pandemia, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about Inca Jungle Trail in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

Briefing or informative meeting

All information meetings are held in our office at 5:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Salkantay Trekking offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

Duffel bag or canvas case:

You’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

A maximum of 7 kg / 15 lb is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7:30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7:30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Storing your luggage at our Office.

Of course! During the trip, your main luggage can be stored at our office (you can organize it a briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick-up:

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pick-up time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Return to Cusco:

Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don't worry. Everything is included in your tour!

  • In Aguas Calientes you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo. Your guide will give you the train tickets where the boarding time will be shown. Make sure you’re on the platform 30 minutes early. The train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes 1:45 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Cusco. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1:30 hours.
  • In Cusco,depending on your hotel's location, we will take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Group tours:

Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

Strikes and demonstrations:

Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects:

You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our transport, tents, or restaurants.

  Pricing

The Inca Jungle Trail can leave any day of the week, from March through January.

  • Group Price

  • Inca Jungle Group
  • 2021 Land Cost
    US$450
    per person
  • Pre-payment
    US$200
    (Required)
  • Balance
    US$250
  • This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Online Payment Classic Inca Jungle Trail

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Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain:  US$ 30.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 30.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include in your Adventure:

  • Rainbow Mountain:  US$100.00  US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley:  US$60.00  US$ 50.00
  • City Tour:  US$30.00  US$ 20.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking, please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.

Student Travel Discount

US$ 20.00 off

Student discounts apply to anyone 17-years-old or younger and we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to sales@salkantaytrekking.com.

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Triunfo Street 392, office 212, 2nd floor - Main Square of Cusco, Peru

Monday - Friday
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Due to the rainy season and trail maintenance, we don't offer this trek during the whole month of february. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, we are working to provide you a better service!

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