Inca Jungle Trek

Inca Jungle Trail

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Duration
4 Days / 3 Nights
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Price
from US$400
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Max. Altitude
4350 m / 14271 ft
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Group Size
Up to 12 people
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Accommodation
Hostel
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Difficulty
Moderate to Challenging
  • Abra Malaga
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Teresa
  • Jungle Domes
  • Llactapata
  • Machu Picchu

Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu

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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Abra Malaga, Santa Teresa, Cocalmayo Hot Spring, Llactapata Ruins, 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
  Overview

The Inca Jungle tour 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 0

    Pre-Departure Briefing

    Cusco

  • Day 1

    Feel the Wind Rush Through Your Hair on Bikes

    Cusco Abra Malaga Huamanmarca Santa Maria (Biking, Rafting)

  • Day 2

    Enjoy the Heat on a Jungle Trail

    Santa Teresa Cocalmayo Hot Spring Lucmabamba Camp(Jungle Domes)

  • Day 3

    Trek the Tracks to Aguas Calientes

    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 Inka 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

Abra Malaga Huamanmarca Santa Maria (Biking, Rafting)

Pick up time is 5:30 a.m.

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 buffet-style breakfast.

We will continue to Abra Málaga (4 350 meters) (14 160 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-hour, bicycle descent 55km (5.93 miles) until we reach the town of Huamanmarca.

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.

During the journey, we will stop several times to review bicycles and equipment. We will arrive at the town of Santa María (1 200 masl)(3,937.01 ft.), where we will have our lunch and stay for our first night in a hotel.

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.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Lodge: Eco Terra Lodge.
  • Shuttle to Abra Malaga:  3½ hour by bus from Cusco.
  • Walking Distance:  40 miles
  • Biking time:  3½ to 4 hour approximately
  • Climate:  Cold at the beginning of the biking and very hot in the night.
  • Minimum Elevation:  1250 m / 4691 ft
  • Highest Elevation:  4350 m / 5167 ft
Day 2

Enjoy the Heat on a Jungle Trail

Santa Teresa Cocalmayo Hot Spring Lucmabamba Camp(Jungle Domes)

After a delicious breakfast, we will be ready to make the first day of trekking to Santa Teresa.

In the first two hours of our tour, 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 the citadel 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 (the route of the Incas).

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

We will then descend to the town of Quellomayo, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch and a relaxing rest in the restaurant's hammocks.

We will continue with the last two hours of our hike to arrive at the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, 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. Here we will explore the tropical forest for a little while and visit 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.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Accommodation:  Hostel: Santa Teresa.
  • Hiking time:  6½ to 7 hour approximately.
  • Walking Distance:  13.6 miles
  • Climate:  hot in the day and warm in the night.
  • Minimum Altitude:  1430 m / 4691 ft
  • Maximum Altitude:  1900 m / 6233 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:  2400 m / 7874 ft
Day 3

Trek the Tracks to Aguas Calientes

Llactapata Hidroelectrica Aguas Calientes

Like previous mornings, the chef of the trek will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea served in your bed. You will get ready for today’s activities while enjoying your last prepared breakfast 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! After a climb of 2 hours with amazing views of the 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, and 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 the Llactapata ruins, we will continue our trek with a 2-hour downhill hike. On this part of the trail, you are always able to view Machu Picchu until we arrive at the hydroelectric to have lunch in a local restaurant near the hydroelectric train. After lunch, we will go to Intiwatana, a famous ancient rock used as a sundial in the Incan era. According to history, Intiwatana worked together with the renowned sundial stone in the Machu Picchu site.

At 4:45 pm, we will take the 45-minute train journey to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu (2,000 m/6,561 ft). Finally, upon your arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will go to your hotel to enjoy a hot shower and relax. In the evening, you will enjoy your last dinner.

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, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:  Hostel
  • Difficulty:  Moderate to Challenging
  • Walking Distance:  11.2 miles
  • Adventure:  Moderate-High
  • Starting Elevation:  2450 m / 8038 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:  2000 m / 6562 ft
Day 4

Tour of the Incredible Incan Fortress: Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

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 our 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 hike up to Machupicchu and enter the hidden Royal Citadel of the Incas. Here we will have a 2-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields.

After this tour, you are free to climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Each mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another lower-impact 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 or 2.5 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 7 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 bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 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: Boxed breakfast
  • Distance traveled:  3.72 miles
  • Activity Overview:  Touring Machu Picchu with optional hike
  • Activity Level:  Touring: easy, hike: strenuous
  • Machu Picchu Elevation:  2430 m / 7972 ft
  • Weather:  tropical warm.
  • Minimum Altitude:  2040 m / 6692 ft.
  • Maximum Altitude:  2429 m / 7972 ft.
  Inclusions

What Is Included?

  • Sesión informativa previa a la partida (Briefing):

    Conocerás a tu guía y al grupo que te acompañará en una sesión informativa antes de tu caminata. La reunión será una noche antes de tu viaje, a las 5:00 p.m., en nuestras oficinas (Calle Triunfo 392, oficina 212, segundo piso, centro artesanal Arte Inca.

  • Qualified guides:

    Our guides have dominion of English and Spanish, professional education and official certification. They will explain to you about the history, culture and environment along the trail, as well as lead the group in ancestral rituals and ceremonies. They’ll also take care of your safety, health and comfort during the trip so you can enjoy the trek worry-free.

  • Van trip:

    Cusco – Abra Málaga – Santa Maria

  • Bikes and biking gear

  • Camping equipment:

    We have tents for cooking and eating, as well as tables, chairs and complete kitchen equipment. All of this is transported by horses.

  • Entrance ticket to the archeological complex of Machu Picchu

  • 1 night in Jungle Domes:

  • 2 nights in hostels:

    Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes

  • Hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes:

    During the last night of the trek, you’ll spend the night in a shared room with private bathroom, hot water, wi-fi, boxed breakfast and luggage storage while you visit Machu Picchu.

  • 1 duffle bag:

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

  • Cooking services:

    A specialized trekking chef, along with his assistant, will prepare you delicious dished of Peruvian cuisine along the way so you can replenish your energies. You’ll never be hungry!

  • Meals:

    3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. Special menus such as vegetarian or vegan meals are available without additional costs.

  • Morning tea:

    Every morning in our campsites, you’ll enjoy a cup of hot coca tea as soon as you wake up. It will be an excellent way to start the day.

  • Tea time:

    In our campsites, we’ll serve you popcorn, cookies, coffee, chocolate, tea, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won’t have to wait until dinner to fill your stomach.

  • Snacks (Days 1, 2 & 3):

    We’ll offer you delicious snacks in a cloth bag: local fruits, cookies, chocolates, candy, etc.

  • 1 cloth bag:

    As we’ve already mentioned, we’ll give you a cloth bag to carry your snacks. In this way, we avoid using plastic bags, which contaminate our environment.

  • First-aid kit:

    We have a the necessary materials ready for any minor incident.

  • Oxygen bottle

  • Train tickets:

    From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (“Expedition” service with Peru Rail between 01:37 PM and 06:20 PM). Subject to availability.

What Is Not Included?

  • Sleeping bag:

    However, you can rent one from us. We have sleeping bags that will protect from down to -18 °C (0 °F).

  • Trekking poles:

    You can also rent these from us.

  • Lunch and dinner on the last day

  • Clothing and personal equipment

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips for our team:

    Keep in mind that our personnel receive payment for their services, so feel free to give tips or not.

  • Bus tickets Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes

  • Additional costs:

    There could be additional expenses, delays or modifications of the itinerary that are outside of the responsibility of the agency, such as: bag weather conditions, security or health problems, changes in government policies, political instability, strikes, 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 trekking Salkantay 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 your hotel at 6:00 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 small 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:

ou’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 5 kg 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 travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize 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.

Pickups:

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup 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 Machu Picchu you’ll board a bus that will take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to your arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo or Cusco. 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 2 hours.
  • Once you arrive at the station, our representative, identified with the Salkantay Trekking clothing, will be waiting to transfer you to Plaza San Francisco, in Cusco. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Plaza San Francisco takes 2 hours.
  • In San Francisco, 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 in Cusco.

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 trucks, tents, or restaurants.

  Pricing

The Inca Jungle can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

  • Group Price

  • Inca Jungle Group
  • 2020 Land Cost
    US$400
    per person
  • Pre-payment
    US$200
    (Required)
  • Balance
    US$200
  • This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

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Private Tour - 2020 Land Cost

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Trekkers: US$1400 per person
  • 3 Trekkers: US$1200 per person
  • 4 Trekkers: US$950 per person
  • 5 Trekkers: US$750 per person
  • 6 Trekkers: US$650 per person
  • 7 Trekkers: US$550 per person
  • 8 or more Trekkers: $400 per person

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

Additional Items

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

  • Huayna Picchu:  $25
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  $25

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Adventure:

  • Rainbow Mountain:  $100  $80
  • Sacred Valley:  $100  $80
  • City Tour:  $20

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 Discount

$25 off person

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using an university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to sales@salkantaytrekking.com.

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