Biking, cable cars, river rafting, canopy zipping, thermal waters – the Inca Jungle Trail is a really different way of getting to Machu Picchu and a great alternative to the classic Inca Trail for people that are seeking adventure and more activities than just hiking! The trek has become very popular and is attracting many young and adventurous people who wish more activities than just hiking on their journey to Machu Picchu. The views on this route are stunning and following the trail you will se a rich and diverse flora and fauna typical for the high jungle and amazing Andean landscapes. Arriving at the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, a guided Machu Picchu Tour will make sure you know all there is to know about this fantastic and mystical place and even more challenges will be available if desired – for example climbing up the Huayna Picchu.
DAY 1: CUSCO - SANTA MARIA (L,D)
07.00 approx.: Pickup in Cusco
Transfer to the starting point of the biking tour (Abra Malaga pass)
Downhill Biking to Santa Maria (approx. 3 hours)
Overnight in Santa Maria (basic family hostel, shared bathrooms)
OPTIONAL: River Rafting in Santa Maria!!!
DAY 2: SANTA MARIA - SANTA TERESA (B,L,D)
06.30: Hiking from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa (approx. 8 hours)
Overnight in Santa Teresa (basic family hostel, shared bathrooms)
DAY 3: SANTA TERESA - AGUAS CALIENTES (B,L,D)
08.00: Hiking to Hidroeléctrica
OPTIONAL: Zip Lining in Santa Teresa!!!
Hiking from Hidroeléctrica to Aguas Calientes
Overnight in Aguas Calientes (hostel, private bathroom)
04.30: Hiking to Machu Picchu (optional: Bus at 05.30am)
06.00: Guided tour in Machu Picchu
18.45: Train Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
End of the tour
We pick you up from your hotel around 7:30 a.m. and travel by bus for approximately 1 hour to the starting point of our biking tour. Biking on unpaved roads with some challenging downhill rides, we’ll enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the mountains and the cloud forest, typical for this region that surround us. Our biking will last about three hours till reaching Santa Maria where we are going to spend the night in a hostel. Arriving in Santa Maria you can either relax or, for those who still didn’t have enough adventure, go for an exciting River Rafting Adventure.
OPTIONAL: River Rafting
US$ 32.00 per person
We will get up early in order to start our hike, which will last about 7 to 8 hours. We will ascent and descend a several times before walking on perfectly conserved Inca Trails, which have been in use ever since they are build. During our hike we discover the rich flora and fauna of the high forest and small rivers along the way. Among the animals that inhabit this area we might be able to spot monkeys and parrots in diverse varieties. In the afternoon we will arrive to the medical waters of Cocalmayo and we also have the possibility to enjoy a dip in the hot springs on the way to Santa Teresa.
We awake early and after breakfast and continue our trek towards Machu Picchu. A choice waits at the outset of the third day: either continue trekking, or choose to fly on a Zip Line through the air 150 meters above the ground over rivers and jungle. Then we walk for about two hours, along the way observing plantations such as banana, mango, orange and avocado, until reaching the Hydroelectric Power Station where we’ll have lunch. With the mountain Machu Picchu in sight, we walk for 3 more hours along the railway and finally arrive in Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hostel. Don’t forget your bathing togs so you can enjoy another relaxing bath in the hot spring waters there!
OPTIONAL: Zip Lining
U$ 32.00 per person
Morning begins very early, around 4.00am, with breakfast at 4:30. The plan is to experience a beautiful sunrise at the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. To get there, you can either walk for about 1.5 hour or take the bus that leaves at 5:30 and takes about 25 minutes. Arriving we will see the magnificent citadel quietly being filled with the light of the day. After a short rest a walking tour is given by your guide (approx. 2 hours) and after that you will have time to explore the mysterious city by yourselves. In the afternoon you can walk down or take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, do some shopping and if desired tale another bath in the hot springs. At 21.30 you will take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo from where we’ll return to Cusco by bus where we’ll arrive late at around 1.00pm.
The best time for doing the alternative Inca Trails (Salkantay, Lares, Inca Jungle) is between the months April and November, due to the rain season in the following months. The traditional Inca Trail you can do throughout the year except in February, when the route is closed for maintenance works.
The rates are subject to any rise determined by the different operating organizations of intermediate services, the national institute of culture of Peru and Peru Rail S.A.
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