- Salt Mines
- Abra Malaga
- Santa Teresa
- Llactapata Ruins
- Machu Picchu
Inca Jungle Trek - Exclusive Tour to Machu Picchu
Inca Jungle Trek is a fantastic alternative route to Machu Picchu combining mountain biking, white water rafting, trekking, and zipline. This action-packed adventure takes you into the Peruvian jungle, along a beautiful section of the original Inca Trail, and finishes in Machu Picchu – one of the most incredible locations on the planet. You’ll experience a variety of stunning landscapes, including; the Andean mountain range, cloud forest, the Urubamba River, and the jungle. You’ll also have time to explore local banana, coffee, and avocado plantations. With such a unique and varied itinerary, it’s not hard to see why the Inca Jungle Tour is now one of the most popular routes to Machu Picchu.
Before You Go
The Inca Jungle Trek is an experience that combines adrenaline, nature, and culture. A carefully designed tour by Salkantay Trekking that comprehends several activities such as cycling, rafting, trekking, zip line, and finally, the visit of the Inka city of Machu Picchu. It is a unique opportunity to discover Andean villages, meet up and interact with locals, observe Andean crops of the jungle eyebrow of Cusco, and spot wildlife and local flora. Also, we will swim in thermal crystalline waters. A tour is full of adventures and contrast of experiences.
Itinerary at a Glance
Cusco - Crupata - Salineras – Pispitayoc (Biking and Rafting)
- Pick up from your hotel at 7:00 am and drive Cruzpata, where you’ll start descending on a mountain bike to the town of Maras, visit Salineras, and reach the Sacred Valley. The van will take you to the village of Santa Maria for the White water river rafting. Spend the night is a local hotel.
Pispitayoc - Hotsprings – Santa Teresa - Lucmabamba (Jungle Domes)
- Wake up early with a cup of fresh homemade coffee in the middle of the Peruvian jungle and prepare for the 7-hour hike along the lost Inca trails to Santa Teresa. On the way, you’ll stop at the hot springs of Cocalmayo. Spend the night is a local hotel
Santa Teresa - Lucmabamba - Llaqtapata Ruins – Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes
- After Breakfast, you’ll take a van to transfer you to Lucmabamba and start the 3-hour hike to Hydroelectric, along the way you’ll hike an Inca Trail, visit Llaqtapata to catch the first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Spent the night in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu (Lost City of the Incas)
- The most important day of the tour starts early with breakfast and catch the first buses to Machu Picchu. Explore the Sungate or Inca Bridge, the most famous buildings, temples, palaces, and take some time before taking the panoramic train back to Cusco. Drop off at your hotel around 7.30 pm.
Why Take the Inca Jungle Trek?
- Best multisport tour to Machu Picchu
- Enjoy the thrilling mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley
- Adrenaline-filled river rafting on class III and IV rapids
- Trek along off the beaten lost Inca Trails
- Visit Machu Picchu and return on the panoramic train
Cusco – Salineras – Pispitayoc (Biking and Rafting)
Pick up from your hotel at 7:00 am and drive for 1 hour to Cruzpata, where you’ll start mountain biking across the fields of potatoes and wheat, enjoy the breathtaking view on the Andes, visit the Village of Maras, and Explore the Salineras as you go down into the Sacred Valley. Then, you’ll take our transportation for a 2-hour drive to the Village of Santa Maria for lunch.
After enjoying lunch, you’ll have a safety briefing and start the 1.5 hours rafting in the Urubamba River; the rapids are class III and IV. The tour guides for the river rafting are different as we use specialized professional tour guides that are familiar with waters in the region. After rafting, you’ll have a 30-minute hike to the resting place. Dinner and spend the night in a rustic lodge.
- Meals: Lunch and dinner
- Accommodation: Rustic Lodge
- Biking time: 3.5 to 4 hours
- Rafting time: 1.5 hours
Pispitayoc | Hotsprings – Santa Teresa - Lucmabamba (Jungle Domes)
Wake up in the middle of the Peruvian jungle to the beautiful sound of the tropical birds. After breakfast and a cup of fresh homemade coffee, you’ll spend some time exploring the local coffee, Coca leaf, banana, and pineapple plantations. Afterward. Start the hiking across a stunning and lost original Inca Trail (different form the Classic Inca trail) that connected Machu Picchu with Vilcabamba (The last Capital of the Incas). Along the way, pass avocados, maniocs, oranges, mangos, cacao, coffee, and coca shrubs. After about a 4 hours hike, you’ll arrive at Quellomayu, where lunch is served in a local restaurant. It’s then another 4-hour walk upstream along the Urubamba River to the hot springs of Cocalmayu (pure volcanic water).
The water here is believed to be medicinal and is suitable for your bones and muscles, and relieves stress and headaches. After a relaxing soak in the hot pools, you’ll take a bus to Llactapata town. Spend the night in our exclusive Jungle Domes Camps with a hot shower, wifi.Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Accommodation: Lucmabamba (Jungle Domes)
- Difficulty: Moderate
Santa Teresa | Llaqtapata – Aguas Calientes
Wake up in the middle of the Peruvian jungle to the beautiful sound of the tropical birds. After breakfast and a cup of fresh homemade coffee, you’ll spend some time exploring the local coffee, Coca leaf, banana, and pineapple plantations. Afterward. Start the hiking across a stunning and lost original Inca Trail (different form the Classic Inca trail) that connected Machu Picchu with Vilcabamba (The last Capital of the Incas). Along the way, pass avocados, maniocs, oranges, mangos, cacao, coffee, and coca shrubs. After about a 4 hours hike, you’ll arrive at Quellomayu, where lunch is served in a local restaurant. It’s then another 4-hour walk upstream along the Urubamba River to the hot springs of Cocalmayu (pure volcanic water). The water here is believed to be medicinal and is suitable for your bones and muscles, and relieves stress and headaches. After a relaxing soak in the hot pools, you’ll take a bus to Llactapata town. Spend the night in a basic hotel with a hot shower, wifi.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Accommodation: Hostel
- Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
- Walking Distance: 8.6 miles
The most Important day - 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 check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. 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 up 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: Breakfast
- Activity Overview: Touring Machu Picchu with optional hike
- Activity Level: Touring: easy, hike: strenuous
- Weather: tropical warm.
- Weather: tropical warm.
- Minimum Altitude: 2040 m / 6692 ft.
- Maximum Altitude: 2429 m / 7972 ft.
What Is Included?
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.
All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. Our guides are chosen for their professionalism, experience, responsibility, seriousness, unbridled passion for exploring, and a desire to share in the experience. They’ll make sure you are safe and happy.
1 duffle bag:
There, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15 lbs.
Bike with front suspension, gloves and helmet
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, traveler’s diarrhea, 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.
Hostel in Santa Maria
The first night of this trek is spent in a hostel in Santa Maria with a double or Matriomnial room.
Personal Accommodation in Private Campsites
Day 2: 1 night accomodation in our private campsites(Jungle Domes). 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: 3 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 daily
Every morning we’ll give you your snack to enjoy it during the walk; our tour leader will provide you a Cloth bag with local fruits, biscuits, 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.
Products for hygiene
You will be provided with a small towel before each meal to clean your hands.
Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Ramal(Chinchero), the starting point of the trek.
Day 4: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 4: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
Bus Ticket, Consetur
One way bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Cocalmayo Hot Spring
Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and Hot Springs in Cocalmayo.
Permits & Entrance Tickets
Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Archeological Site.
What Is Not Included?
All our travellers need a 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
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 and Dinner in Aguas Calientes
Tips 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. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the porters and chefs together.
Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
Landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.
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.
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Briefing or informative meeting
All information meetings are held in your hotel 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 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 7 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
2020 Land Cost
- This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
Online Payment Inca Jungle Trek 4 Days
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.
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
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
$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 email@example.com.
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