Group of travelers in Peru visiting the Llactapata Archaeological Inca Site surrounded by lots of vegetation during the Inca Jungle journey

Imperial Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

4 Days & 3 Nights
Starting from US$450 per person
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Lodge - Hostel & Domes Accommodation
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Up to 10 People Group Size
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4,350 m / 14,272 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

The Imperial Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu

Maras Salt Mines - Malaga Pass - Santa Maria - Santa Teresa - Lucmabamba - Llactapata - Machu Picchu
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Lodge - Hostel & Domes Accommodation
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Up to 10 People Group Size
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4,350 m / 14,272 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

The Imperial Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is the perfect trip for the adventure-lovers and thrill-seekers. This trail is like no other and includes lots of exciting activities to get your heart pumping. In addition to hiking, you’ll be biking, rafting, and ziplining through the most amazing landscapes for a real adventure.

Through the beautiful Andes and gorgeous green jungle, you’ll pass through farmer’s fields, see the Maras Salt Mines, observe unique flora and fauna, and visit Inca archaeological sites until you get to the small town of Aguas Calientes, which sits at the base of Machu Picchu. On the final day, you’ll enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore this astounding Inca fortress. Let yourself be swept away into the historical magical land and unravel the mystical secrets of the Incas. Can you defeat the challenge?

Imperial Inka Jungle to Machu Picchu 4 Days Map Day by Day (4D/3N) The Imperial Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu Adventure Trek Map
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  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Before You Go
  • Pricing
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  Overview

If you love thrilling adventures and are looking for something out of the ordinary, our Imperial Inca Jungle Trek is an excellent option. Full of stunning views, this exciting trail awaits you with plenty of fun activities and beautiful hiking trails through the Andes and jungle.

On route, you’ll get to see farming fields in the Andes and the fascinating and impressive Maras Salt Mines that have been used since the Incas. You’ll also stop off at Inca archaeological sites and learn all about their interesting history and understand more about the local flora and fauna. As you cycle through the mountainous parts of Cusco, you’ll feel the wind rush through your hair. On the Vilcanota River, you’ll beat the rapids and enjoy the freshwater splashing on your cheeks. Feel your heart racing as you zipline through the luscious jungle, surrounded by the sounds of wildlife. Be astounded by the stunning views as you trek to Aguas Calientes.

To end your thrilling trek, you’ll visit the New Seven Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu, and enjoy an informative guided tour of all the most important spots. Look out over the amazing structure as you think about how they were able to construct it all those years ago with very few tools.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 01

    Cusco | Cruzpata - Maras Salt Mines - Santa Maria (Biking, Rafting)

    Spend the morning biking through the Andes to the Sacred Valley and stop off at the Maras Salt Mines. In the afternoon, enjoy rafting on the Vilcanota River rapids before sleeping in Santa Maria.

  • Day 02

    Santa Maria | Santa Teresa - Cocalmayo Hot Springs - Lucmabamba Camp (Jungle Domes)

    Learn all about the local wildlife today and spend time with a local family. Cross a part of the original Inca trail and enjoy ziplining and relaxing in the Cocalmayo hot springs in Santa Teresa. Rest in Lucmabamba for the night.

  • Day 03

    Lucmabamba | Llactapata - Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

    Make your way to the fascinating Llactapata and stop at a local coffee farm. At the site, you’ll get your first views of Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, head to Aguas Calientes along the train tracks and rest in a hostel.

  • Day 04

    Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    Rise before dawn to explore Machu Picchu before the crowds get there. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour and a few more hours by yourself before coming back to Aguas Calientes. From there, catch a train to Ollantaytambo and then our private transport to Cusco.

What's it like

Highlights

  • Enjoy an array of exciting activities, including hiking, biking, rafting, and ziplining.
  • Witness the beauty of the rural Andes as you bike through the corn, quinoa, and potato fields.
  • Look out over the impressive Maras Salt Mines in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Face the raging rapids of the Vilcanota River.
  • Fly through the jungle as you zipline among the canopy and beautiful wildlife.
  • Learn about the interesting history of the Incas and observe their impressive structures.
  • Explore the magical, mystical Machu Picchu.

Why Travel with us

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco | Cruzpata - Maras Salt Mines - Santa Maria (Biking, Rafting)

Highlight of the day: Biking through the stunning Andes and rafting on the Vilcanota River.

Feel the Wind Rush Through Your Hair

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Hostel/Lodge Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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18 km / 11.18 mi Biking Distance
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3-4 hours Walking Time
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1.5 hours Rafting Time
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3,560 m / 11,680 ft Starting Elevation
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1,200 m / 3,937 ft Minimum Elevation
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4,350 m / 14,272 ft Highest Elevation
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1,200 m / 3,937 ft Accommodation Elevation

Today your adventure starts with us collecting you early and taking you to Cruzpata to begin mountain biking down to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Enjoy some incredible views and stop off at the Mara Salt Mines for a fascinating visit. Keep going until you reach the Sacred Valley, and then board our private transport to the warm town of Santa Maria for lunch.

In the afternoon, head to the Vilcanota River for some exciting river rafting on category III and III+ rapids with all the protective safety equipment required. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner and some well-deserved rest back in Santa Maria and recover your energies for tomorrow.

We’ll begin your exciting adventure bright and early when we collect you from your accommodation at 6:00 am. We’ll drive for 45 minutes to Cruzpata, where you’ll start mountain biking through the stunning Andes. You’ll pass potato, quinoa, and wheat fields while you take in your surroundings. You’ll also stop in the small village of Maras and explore the Salt Mines that’s a truly unique sight.

You’ll head further down into the Sacred Valley and enjoy spectacular views of the land that was once so important to the Inca civilization. You can spot glaciers in the distance that watch over the towns and villages below. From the valley, you’ll take our private transport for three and half hours to Santa Maria (1,200 m / 3,937 ft), where you’ll enjoy lunch. This is also where you’ll spend the night.

This afternoon, you’ll be heading to the Vilcanota River for some exciting rafting on category III and III+ rapids. You’ll be kept very safe by our experienced team and receive all the necessary equipment, including helmets, windbreakers, and category V lifejackets. You should note that this thrilling adventure is only available between April and December because heavy rains cause the river to rise the rest of the year. Peruvian law also states that you must be able to swim to participate.

In the evening, we’ll head back to Santa Maria to enjoy a well-deserved dinner and rest in our comfortable rooms in the warm climate.

Day 02

Santa Maria | Santa Teresa - Cocalmayo Hot Springs - Lucmabamba Camp (Jungle Domes)

Highlight of the day: Relaxing in the thermal waters at Cocalmayo in the most beautiful surroundings.

Things Warm-Up as You Enter the Jungle

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Jungle Domes Accommodation
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Moderate Difficulty
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7 km / 4.35 mi Walking Distance
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4 hours Walking Time
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1,400 m / 4,593 ft Minimum Elevation
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2,000 m / 6,562 ft Highest Elevation
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2,000 m / 6,562 ft Campsite Elevation

Wander through the gorgeous, thick jungle this morning and learn about local wildlife. We’ll then visit a local home to learn all about customs and traditions in this part of the world. After, we’ll cross a part of the original Inca Trail and get to understand more about the fascinating history of the ancient culture. You also get the chance to take in incredible views before we make our way to our lunch spot.

In the afternoon, feel the wind rush past your ears as you zipline through the thick jungle in Santa Teresa before we head to relax and unwind in the Cocalmayo hot springs, which sit in the most beautiful setting imaginable. Finally, we’ll take you to enjoy dinner and rest at our campsite at Lucmabamba surrounded by the sounds of nature.

Enjoy a tasty breakfast to recharge your energies, and then walk for 45 minutes uphill. Along this section, we’ll stop a few times to learn about the unique wildlife and plants before visiting the house of a local family. In their home, you’ll get to know more about the typical customs and traditions in this part of Cusco.

Later on, we’ll make our way over a part of the original Inca Trail that connected Machu Picchu to Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the Incas. While you’re in this section, your guide will teach you all about the Inca’s history, and you’ll understand how their communication system on the trails worked. You’ll also get to take in some astounding views of the Huancarccasa canyon and observe the majestic Salkantay Mountain in the distance.

Afterward, we’ll head downhill to Huacayupana before we continue in our transport to Santa Teresa for a delicious lunch in a local home. We’ll have another thrilling activity waiting for you there as you zipline through the luscious jungle valley. You’ll feel as though you’re a bird soaring through the thick canopy.

Next, there’s another treat in store as we make our way to the Cocalmayo hot springs, 20-minutes away. These medicinal, thermal waters are in the most picturesque setting you can imagine, and you’ll be able to spend plenty of time here unwinding in the baths and resting your tired muscles. When the whole group is ready, we’ll catch our transport to Lucmabamba, where our camp is located. You’ll have a tasty dinner before heading to rest in our Jungle Domes for the night and doze off to the wonderful natural sounds of local wildlife.

Day 03

Lucmabamba | Llactapata - Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes

Highlight of the day: Visiting Llactapata archaeological site and seeing Machu Picchu for the first time.

The Trail to Aguas Calientes

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
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Hostel Accommodation
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Challenging Difficulty
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25 km / 15.53 mi Walking Distance
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8-9 hours Walking Time
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2,000 m / 6,562 ft Minimum Elevation
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2,800 m / 9,186 ft Highest Elevation
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2,040 m / 6,693 ft Accommodation Elevation

Get up early today so we can head out to explore the jungle and tour a local coffee farm. There, you’ll learn all about the process and taste some fresh coffee made by the farmers. Then, we’ll make our way to the fascinating archaeological site of Llactapata, where you’ll learn all about the site from your guide and get your first view of Machu Picchu. You’ll have lots of time to walk around and capture some great photos. After, we’ll go to Aobamba for lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll go to Hidroelectirca before we hike to Aguas Calientes. If you’re very tired by this point, you can opt to take a train at an extra cost (US$ 34.00). The walk takes around 3 hours beside the railway and the Urubamba River through the jungle. Along the way, you’ll stop at the Intihuatana and learn about its importance to the Incas. Once in Aguas Calientes, you can put your feet up in your hostel or explore the small town before enjoying a tasty dinner in a local restaurant. Make sure you go to bed early to be up before the sun.

As with every other morning, we’ll serve you a hot cup of coca tea in your bed to help wake you up. You’ll have some time to get ready for the day and enjoy your last breakfast prepared by our chefs. We’ll set out early this morning for you to enjoy a short section of the world-famous Inca Trail.

After, you’ll have some time to explore the tropical jungle and then visit a local coffee farm. This is a great visit, especially for those who love coffee, as the wonderful smell fills the air, and you’ll also be able to taste a freshly prepared cup of coffee by the locals. This produce is their main form of farming, and many who work in the plantations are passionate about what they do. You’ll learn the whole process from start to finish.

Later on, we’ll ascend for around 3 hours, with stunning views of the Santa Teresa valley accompanying us all the way. We’ll soon arrive at the Llactapata Inca site, which is across from Machu Picchu. From here, you’ll get your first sight of the Inca fortress in the distance and also spot Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. You’ll have some time to enjoy this beautiful site and learn more about the history and roots of the place. Your guide will let you in on their knowledge of the Incas, and you’ll have plenty of time to capture some great shots to show friends and family back home.

Next, we’ll keep walking for another one and a half hours to get to Aobamba, where we’ll have a delicious lunch. Once we’re full and rested, it’ll be time to continue on to Hidroelectrica. From here, you have two options. You can either catch a train to Aguas Calientes for an extra cost if you’re worn out, or hike for another 3 hours along a flat trail beside the railway.

On the walk, you’ll stop at the Intihuatana, which was a very important rock to the Incas and used for ceremonial purposes. Scholars believe that it worked together with the larger Intihuatana at Machu Picchu. Along the whole route, we’ll be accompanied by the Urubamba River, lush jungle, and singing birds. You might catch a glimpse of parrots, toucans, and the cock of the rock, the national bird of Peru.

Once we get to Aguas Calientes, it’ll be time to check into your hotel and have a shower. You can take some time to relax or spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the small town before we go to a nice restaurant for dinner. You’ll have a small briefing about how tomorrow will work and then head to bed early. You need to be up before the sun tomorrow.

Note: During the rainy season, the hike up the Llactapata Trail isn’t 100% guaranteed due to safety concerns. When there are a lot of heavy rains, this trail becomes very dangerous.

Day 04

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Highlight of the day: Without a doubt, exploring the astounding Machu Picchu.

Explore the Incredible Inca Town: Machu Picchu

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Breakfast Meals
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Easy Difficulty
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2-5 hours exploring Activity Duration
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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Site Elevation
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2,720 m / 8,924 ft Huayna Picchu Mountain Elevation
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3,000 m / 9,843 ft Machu Picchu Mountain Elevation
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Moderate to Challenging / 2-4 hours Optional Activities (Difficulty - Duration)

You’ll need to wake up early today to get to the magical Inca fortress of Machu Picchu by bus. We always like to enter at 6:00 am and be one of the first inside the site. This way, we can take in the gorgeous sunrise on the huge rocks. Your guide will give you a tour of the more important areas before you have five more hours to go wherever you like.

A little after midday, you’ll need to head back down to Aguas Calientes for a bite to eat before catching your train back to Ollantaytambo. There, our private transport will be waiting to drive you back to your accommodation in Cusco, where you’ll finally be able to kick back and relax while you reflect on your adventure.

The long-awaited day is finally here as you’ll finally be visiting one of the New Seven Wonders and World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu. We’ll need to wake up before sunrise after a good night’s rest to reach the archaeological site before the big crowds and enjoy the peacefulness of this ancient site as the rising sun shines its early morning light on the huge rocks.

The entrance to Machu Picchu opens at 6:00 am, and we want to make sure we’re one of the first to enter. From Aguas Calientes, we’ll take the bus to the Lost City. Once inside, your guide will give you a 2-hour tour of the most important parts of Machu Picchu, which includes temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the Intihuatana, the industrial sector, and the farming fields.

Afterward, you’ll have 5 more hours to explore by yourself or hike up Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu, but only if you have pre-booked tickets. If you don’t have tickets, there are two other fantastic options: The Sun Gate or Inca Bridge. From all of these places, you get a fabulous view over Machu Picchu.

A little after midday, it’ll be time to make your way back down to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll have time to grab a bite to eat before you catch your train to Ollantaytambo. We try to book tickets between 1:37 pm and 6:20 pm, depending on availability. Once in Ollantaytambo, you’ll be transported back to your accommodation in Cusco by our private transport.

Now it’s time to kick back and relax in your hotel. We’re sure your heart will be soaring in the Andes for a long time to come yet!

  Inclusions

At Salkantay Trekking, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details, so you don’t miss anything. Some items may be different for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What Is Included?

High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure Briefing

    You’ll meet your trekking guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. There, we’ll provide you with the duffle bags, which our team will carry. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Tour Guide

    English and spanish 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!

  • Professional Bicycles

    Bike with front suspension, gloves, and helmet.

  • One Duffle Bag

    On the trek, you can carry your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag).

  • Security Transport during the Biking Activity
  • Medical Kit or First AID 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, travelers' 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.

  • Customer Service 24/7

    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Salkantay Trekking leading up to your trek.

Accommodation

  • Lodge in Santa Maria

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

  • Accommodation in Private Campsites

    Like our ancestors, we’re very considerate of the Pachamama (Mother Earth). For this reason, our campsites and lodges are adapted to the environment to avoid generating negative impacts. We'll spend the second night in our private Jungle Domes Campsite.

  • Comfortable 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

  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 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 allergies or 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.

  • Water on the trail

    We’ll provide you boiled, filtered, and cooled water during your trip, from your first lunch to your last breakfast. For this, you need to bring a camel bag or an empty bottle (we recommend a capacity of 2 liters).

  • Wake up tea

    Every morning at the campsite, you'll be woken up with a cup of hot coca tea. Our staff will bring the tea to your tent so that you will be warmed from inside out before you start your day.

  • Tea Time or Happy Hour

    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, biscuits/cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, teas, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won't have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite to eat!

  • Snacks on the trail daily

    Before starting the trip, your tour guide will provide you a cloth bag with local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc. Every morning, we’ll refill it so that you can enjoy your snacks during the walk.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

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

  • Products for hygiene

    You’ll be provided with a small towel and soap before each meal to clean your hands.

Transportation

  • Private Transport
    • Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Cruzpata, the starting point of the biking.
    • Day 1: Private transport to Santa Maria.
    • Day 2: Private transport to Santa Teresa and Lucmabamba.
    • Day 4: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
  • One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (Day 4)
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 4)
  • Personal Belongings Transportation

Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entrance Ticket for Cocalmayo Hot Springs
  • Entry Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site

What Is Not Included?

  • Walking Sticks

    Walking Sticks (with rubber tips) can be very useful on rough terrain and for ascending and descending. You can rent a set from our company if you’d like.

    US$ 20.00 per person

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain

    You can climb the famous mountain you always see in the photos behind the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It’s 45 minutes uphill, and coming back down can be scary if you fear heights. You can take this excursion once your guided tour to Machu Picchu ends. The permit must be issued at least one month in advance due to high demand. Consider that there could be changes to protect your integrity, mainly due to weather conditions.

    The ticket for Huayna Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 30.00 per person.

  • Machu Picchu Mountain

    Machu Picchu Mountain is another of the mountains that surround the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. It offers less steep, wider, and visually less frightening trails than Huayna Picchu, and it takes 1.5 hours to reach the top. This walk requires an entrance ticket which we can secure for you if we have time in advance.

    The ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain has an extra cost of US$ 30.00 per person.

  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Dinner in Cusco (Day 4)
  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes (Day 3)

    In case you feel exhausted or in bad condition after the trek from Chaullay to La Playa, you can take the train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes.

    US$ 34.00 per person

  • Personal Hiking Clothing and Gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is the norm 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 beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemia, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, act of God, etc.

  Before You Go

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

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

How many days do I need to acclimate in Cusco before the Trek?

It’s very important to be well acclimated to the altitude before exerting yourself on a trek. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 2 or 3 days before the trek starts to help you adjust and avoid possible problems with altitude sickness while on the trek.

You might have already been in another area of Peru at a high altitude before arriving in Cusco. In that case, we still recommend you have a whole day in Cusco to rest, recover from your travel, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cusco before departing for the trek.

Here some suggestions for activities to do in the Cusco vicinity before starting your adventure trek:

Briefing or Informative Meeting

All information meetings and briefings are held in our main office in Cusco (or your hotel) at 5:00 pm, one night before the tour begins. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. If you’re unable to attend, you must coordinate another time by email, by phone or at the Salkantay Trekking office.

Trek Balance Payment (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full at most 7.30 pm one day before your departure (generally after the briefing).

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency at our office in Cusco. 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.

Duffel Bag or Canvas Case

You’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our staff will carry and hand them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 60 x 24 x 22 cm (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).

A maximum of 7 kg / 15.4 lb is allowed for each duffel bag, including the weight of your sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothes, and other personal items.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

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

Any equipment that you won’t 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 everything). It’s best to put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pick up of guests

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historical Center of Cusco. Your guide will coordinate the pickup time in the briefing session, but please keep in mind that the time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an old city, meaning 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’ll take you for 25 minutes to the small city of Aguas Calientes. The buses are boarded according to arrival.
  • In Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a train to Ollantaytambo (or Poroy). 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 or directly to your hotel. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco takes 1:30 hours.
  • In Cusco, depending on your hotel’s location, we’ll take you to a smaller car from our company (Hyundai H1) to transfer you faster to your hotel.

Note: Your tour includes a One-Way Consettur Bus Ticket Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu, so you can choose to use it from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu or from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. If you want a round-trip bus ticket, you’ll need to pay an extra of US$ 12.00.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of different types of people, then 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, the guide will be the one who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if such modifications are possible.

Strikes and demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are usually common 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 trip as originally planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be canceled. In case of changes or cancellations, everything 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

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

  Pricing

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

2021 Land Cost

Group Price: US$ 450.00 per person.

Required Pre-payment: US$ 200.00 per person.

Balance (Cusco): US$ 250.00 (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 8%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to sales@salkantaytrekking.com; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Hostel

All the related treks to Machu Picchu end in or before Aguas Calientes, so you’ll spend the last night in a hostel in the village rather than camping (shared room included in the trek cost). If you’d like to upgrade your hostel or prefer a single room, please consider that there will be an additional cost.

Extras & Upgrades

There are complementary services and upgrades you can include in this trip.

  • Huayna Picchu:  US$ 30.00
  • Machu Picchu Mountain:  US$ 30.00
  • Single Room at Aguas Calientes:  US$ 30.00
  • Extra Night:  US$ 30.00
  • Vistadome Train:  US$ 75.00

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru 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

Additional Items

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

  • Walking poles (pair):  US$ 20.00

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed, we guarantee the price won’t increase, whatever the circumstances. So please, before booking, ensure you’ve read all our important tour information.

Student 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 documentation to sales@salkantaytrekking.com.

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Inca Jungle Imperial 4D
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Below 14 years
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Remember |  One of our Travel Experts will contact you soon to confirm the availability of the trip you chose, give you more information, and/or provide you alternative options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 958 191 179 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.

Note |  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!

Feel free to reach us via email at sales@salkantaytrekking.com or by calling us directly at (+51) 958 191 179

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

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

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