- Maras Salt Mines
- Malaga Pass
- Santa Maria
- Santa Teresa
- Aguas Calientes
- Machu Picchu
Inca Jungle Trail - Exclusive Tour to Machu Picchu
The Inca Jungle Trail is a fantastic alternative route to Machu Picchu, combining mountain biking, white water rafting, trekking, and zip line. 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 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. If you’re searching for a multi-sport adventure and want to experience as much of Peru's incredible scenery as possible – this is the ideal tour.
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 Biking, Rafting, Trekking, ZipLine, and finally, the visit of the Inca 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, spot wildlife, local flora and fauna. Also, we will swim in thermal crystalline waters. This is a tour full of adventures and contrast of experiences.
Itinerary at a Glance
Cusco - Cruzpata - Salineras - Santa Maria (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 Maras salt mines, and reach the Sacred Valley.
- The transport will take you to the village of Santa Maria for the river rafting.
- Spend the night in a lodge.
Santa Maria - Santa Teresa - Hot Spring - Lucmabamba (Jungle Domes)
- Wake up early with a cup of fresh homemade coffee in the middle of the Peruvian jungle and prepare for the 4 hours hike along the lost Inca trails to Huacayupana.
- We'll zip line in Santa Teresa.
- After we´ll enjoy the hot spring of Cocalmayo.
- Spend the night in our private campsite Lucmabamba Jungle Domes.
Lucmabamba - Llactapata Archeological Site – Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes
- After breakfast, we’ll hike from Lucmabamba to Llactapata
- Along the way you’ll hike an Inca Trail.
- Visit Llactapata ruins to catch the first glimpse of Machu Picchu.
- Start a 3 hours walk along the Vilcanota river to Hidroelectrica.
- Spent the night in a hostel in Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu (Lost City of the Incas)
- The most important day of the tour starts early with breakfast and catching the first buses to Machu Picchu.
- You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint
- Explore the Sun Gate or the Inca Bridge, besides the most famous buildings, temples, palaces, and take some time before taking the panoramic train back to Cusco.
- Drop off at your hotel around 8:00 pm.
Why Take the Inca Jungle Trek?
- Considered the 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 - Cruzpata - Salineras - Santa Maria (Biking and Rafting)
Pick up from your hotel at 6:00 am and drive for 45 minutes to Cruzpata, where you’ll start mountain biking across the fields of potatoes, quinoa and wheat, enjoy the breathtaking view on the Andes, visit the village of Maras and explore its Salt Mines as you go down into the Sacred Valley with fantastic views of the Urubamba mountain range with its sacred glaciers on the distance. Then, you’ll take our transport for a 3:30 hours driving to Santa Maria town 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 III +. 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 take a transport to return to Santa Maria for dinner and spend the night in a comfortable lodge.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- Accommodation: Lodge
- Biking time: 3 to 4 hours approximately
- Rafting time: 1.5 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
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, here we are going to take a transport to Santa Teresa town, where we will enjoy the lunch, and then the do 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
- Maximum Elevation: 2,000 m / 6,562 ft
Lucmabamba - 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 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 the Llactapata ruins, 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’ll carry on walking for 3 more hours following the rail route, 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, The Andean Cock of the Rocks. Arriving in Aguas Calientes town you will go to your hotel 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 and Dinner
- Accommodation: Hostel
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Walking Distance: 25 km / 15.534 miles
- Starting Elevation: 2,000 m / 6,562 ft
- Hostel Elevation: 2,040 m / 6,693 ft
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 checkpoint is open from 06:00 am until 17:00 pm. 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 Inca 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 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
- 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.
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.
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.
Bike with front suspension, gloves and helmet
Security Transport during the biking activity
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.
Lodge 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: One 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: 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 leader 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.
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 María
Day 2: Private transport to Santa Teresa and Lucmabamba
Day 4: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 4: From Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Day 4: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
Entrance ticket to Cocalmayo Hot Spring.
Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Archeological Site.
What Is Not Included?
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
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
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, 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 The Imperial Inca Jungle Trail 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 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 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:
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.
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 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 transport, tents, or restaurants.
The Inca Jungle Trek can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because of the rainy season & maintenance of the route.
2021 Land Cost
- This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
Online Payment Inca Jungle Trek 4 Days
There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.
- Huayna Picchu: 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: US60.00 US$ 50.00
- City Tour: US30.00 US$ 20.00
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 email@example.com.
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