Inca Jungle Trek Peru

Imperial Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

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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
  • Maras
  • 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.

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Abra Malaga, Santa Maria, Santa Teresa, Llactapata, Machu Picchu
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Best multisport tour to Machu Picchu
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Visit Machu Picchu and return on the panoramic train
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Before You Go
  • Pricing
  Overview

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

  • Day 0

    Pre-Departure Briefing

    Cusco

  • Day 1

    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.
  • Day 2

    Pispitayoc - Cocalmayo Hot Spring – Santa Teresa

    • 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
  • Day 3

    Santa Teresa - Lucamabamba - 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.
  • Day 4

    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
  Itinerary
Day 1

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
Day 2

Pispitayoc | Hotsprings – Santa Teresa

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:  Hotel in Santa Teresa
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
Day 3

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
Day 4

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.
  Inclusions

What Is Included?

  • Pre-departure briefing

    You will meet your 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 and porters. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.

  • 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

  • 3 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.

Online Payment Inca Jungle Trek 4 Days

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Additional Items

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

  • Huayna Picchu:  $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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