INCA JUNGLE

Need more adventure? Inca jungle is your best option!

his hike from the Inca jungle to Machu Picchu is the best option for those who prefer a more adventurous and adrenaline trek to Machu Picchu. Go hiking, mountain biking and zip wire on your way to the famous archeological site. During the excursion we will enter from a cold climate to a hot one in the jungle. This route shows a lot of vegetation typical of the jungle where tourists will be immersed in a world of adventure and can observe different natural attractions. Making this excursion aside from having an unforgettable experience you will be supporting the economy in the inhabitants of the different areas where we will visit.Inca Jungle Trek, the best option for adventurers!

OVERVIEW

Quick Itinerary of the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Day 01: Cusco – Abra Malaga – Santa Maria
  • Day 02: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa
  • Day 03: Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
  • Day 04: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Interesting Info:

  • Starting point: Cusco.
  • Point of arrival: Cusco.
  • Activities: Archaeological, Cultural, Ecological, Hike.

Why Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu?

This alternative trip to Machu Picchu combines trekking with mountain biking, rafting and zip-lines. Part of the trail will take you along the discovered path most recently used by the Incas. Admire the beautiful mountains and subtropical areas of the cloud forest, and visit the thermal baths where you can cool off. The highlight of the trip is the visit to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Cusco to Santa María

After the early morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco, we will drive by private vehicle to Abra Málaga (4,350 meters above sea level), the highest point of the tour. From there, you will walk downhill for about 4 hours to the small town of Santa María. On the way you will see birds, medicinal plants, butterflies, snakes and tropical fruits. You can visit a local family to learn their daily routine. In Santa María, you will stay in a family hostel for the night.

Day 2: Santa María to Santa Teresa

Starting early, you will walk on a path that becomes steeper and steeper until you reach the restaurant where you stop for lunch. Relax in hammocks and admire the coca plantations. Continue trekking to reach an authentic Inca trail that winds around steep slopes. Then, descend to the famous thermal springs of Cocalmayo and bathe in the healing water (optional, at an additional cost). After that, head to Santa Teresa where you will spend the night in another simple family hostel.

Day 3: Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes

Fly through the treetops on a 2-hour canopy tour along the highest route in South America and the first zip line in Peru. Later, it descends to bamboo forests and a cloud forest with increasingly thick vegetation and tall trees, which offer excellent opportunities for bird watching. In the afternoon, follow the trails that lead to Aguas Calientes. Spend your last night in a more comfortable hostel, with private rooms and bathrooms with hot showers.

Day 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco

You will take the bus at 5:30 a.m. to Machu Picchu to appreciate the magnificent city in the light of the morning. Take a guided 2-hour walking tour of the site and after this you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy, you can go up to the Huayna Picchu Mountain (reservations must be made at an additional cost). Return to Aguas Calientes by bus at your own convenience. If time permits, visit the local market next to the train station before taking the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, you will take a bus back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

INCLUDED:

  • Pre-trek briefing
  • Transfer by private bus to Malaga Pass – the initial point of the trek
  • Accommodation: Basic hostel (2 nights) and a comfortable hostel (1 night)
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide
  • Mountain bicycles (brand Scott with a hydraulic brake), helmet and gloves
  • Tourist train (Expedition Service) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day
  • International and domestic flights nor airport departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($80) nor Machu Picchu Mountain ($80)
  • A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Town ($9.50 – one way, $18.50 – a round trip)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned

 

MORE INFO:

 

Before travelling

• Keep in mind that accommodation options are very limited for the first 2 nights, so the facilities will be basic. The rooms often share a bathroom and sometimes do not have hot water.• You will have to carry a small backpack, a fleece, shoes or hiking boots, a raincoat or poncho, a swimsuit, sandals, a towel, insect repellent, shirts and shorts, sunscreen, sunglasses , a hat, a flashlight, any personal medication and your original passport.
• Bring a current valid passport on the day of the trip.
• It is recommended that you bring a local currency, as there may be some places on the site that do not accept credit cards.

Best Time for an Inca Jungle Trek:

There are two main seasons in the sub-tropical Peruvian Andes – a dry season which runs from May through to September, and a rainy season from October to April.

The Inca Jungle trek can be completed all year round, however, heavy rains during January and February often lead to landslides on the trail and road that connect Santa Maria with Santa Teresa and hence the Inca Jungle trek is often closed during this time of the year.

The best time to do an Inca Jungle trek is either during the dry season, or on the dry season shoulder months of March / April and October / November. The latter shoulder months are particularly good if you are keen to do some rafting in Santa Maria. The trail is busier during the dry season, but nowhere near as busy as the Classic Inca Trail.

Temperatures are fairly consistent all year round, with warm days reaching into the high 20s (Celsius). Nights and early mornings are cold (in the single digits and sometimes drop below zero degrees, especially in the dry season).

You will want to bring layered trekking clothing so that you can layer up or down as the daily temperatures fluctuate (see packing list below for details on layering)

Acclimatisation and Altitude Sickness

The Inca Jungle trail is technically a high altitude trek, although the amount of time you spend at altitude is in fact very short. The highest altitude you will reach is Malaga Pass at just over 4,300m. From this point you descend relatively quickly, as you are cycling, and end the day at a rather low altitude for the Andes, just under 1,200m.

For the rest of the tour the trail undulates, but never goes higher than 2,000m. Machu Picchu itself sits at 2,430m, which is still relatively low. This means that altitude sickness on the Inca Jungle trail is rare and nowhere near as prevalent on some of the other trails in this region where trekkers spend good portions of time hiking over 4,000m passes.

You are in fact at greater risk of succumbing to altitude sickness symptoms before you start the trek. Most visitors to Machu Picchu fly into Cusco which is situated at high altitude, over 3,400m. Experiencing mild altitude sickness, like a headache or nausea, is common for many visitors to Cusco.

It is important that you spend a few days acclimatising at this altitude before going any higher. Another good option, if you have the time, is to immediately descend from Cusco into the Sacred Valley, which is a good 1,000m lower, and rest here for a few days before returning to Cusco to join your Inca Jungle trek.

Either way, acclimatising for a few days in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley before you begin your trek is a worthwhile investment.

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