Inca Jungle trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days and 3 Nights
The Inka Jungle Trail is considered as one of the most beautiful and complete alternative routes to get to Machu Picchu, because this trek is flexible. On the way, we´ll be able to take long walks during 4 days or we´ll have the option to go on the mountain bike circuit on the first day. It starts at an altitude of 4,215 meters and ends at 2,220 m. above sea level, enjoying landscapes from the rustic “puna” or highlands, all the way to the tropical forest, as well as the visit of archaeological complexes or small sections of Incas trails with stone stairs, that are little visited by tourists, beautiful waterfalls, natural thermal baths, exotic fruit and the daily life of the area´s settlers with whom we´ll be able to share friendly moments.
Day One – Bicycle :
Adventurers will be picked up early morning and driven through the stunning Sacred Valley, cradle of the Inca civilization and dropped off at the 4,316 m high Abra Malaga. Here bikers will change in to the kit provided by us (gloves and helmets) following a 20 minute briefing by our experienced tour guide. Then the fun commences freewheeling down quiet but challenging roads, past changing landscapes and ice capped mountains, you will not want to catch your breath until the first pit stop in Alfamayo, some three hours from your starting point. Here you can enjoy your box lunch provided by us, while taking in the endless panoramas. After a quick change and a dab of insect repellant, it is onwards and downwards towards Huamanmarca, site of a recently discovered archaeological Inca finding. Your tour guide will provide the historical background and the rest you can fill in for yourselves! Carry on descending to 1500 meters, while the jungleÂ´s edge rears up and the small but charming town of Santa Maria looms on the horizon. Browse the Internet, buy provisions or just rest your legs and enjoy a cold beer before dinner- traditional Peruvian food, served hot. This night you can have a hot shower at a family run hostel and sleep in either single, double or three bed rooms.
Day Two – Inca Jungle Trek:
Rise at 5:30 hrs, shake off your weary limbs and enjoy the finest indigenous coffee prepared by your landlady forbreakfast which is at 6am. Under dawn skies you will begin your walk, which gets progressively steeper, until arriving at the welcoming family restaurant in Santa Rosa, where you can relax in hammocks, admiring the coca plantations and take on refreshments while being entertained by the family monkey. After a short while you will reach the real Inca Trail, which winds around precipitous slopes and sheer drops for approximately half a mile. Be warned this is not for people who suffer from vertigo! The descent continues for just over two hours until you reach Qellomayo, a pueblito, where you will have lunch. Make sure you have saved enough energy for the final stretch, a riverside walk beside the Rio Vilcanota until reaching the delicious hot springs Colcamayo. Rejuvinate in the heavenly hot waters and forget your weary wake in these natural settings. Fully replenished, you will find the final stretch to Santa Teresa a sinch. Here you should sleep well in the family homestead after dinner.
Day Three – Trek to Aguas Calientes:
Wake at 07:00 hrs, have breakfast before taking private transport to Lucmabamba town, the entrance to another Inca Trail, which was discovered just a few years ago. We are the only tour company to walk this part of the Inca Trail, so for three and a half hours you will feel like Adam and Eve walking amidst parrots in this tranquil Garden of Eden. You will be rewarded for your efforts with a view of Machu Picchu from the top of Llactapata, flanked by the grotesque peak of Salkantay. Your picnic here is unlikely to be forgotten for a while, gazing down on all those tourists who took the traditional Inca route because they did not know! It is only about a two hour walk down to the hydro-electric train station where the train departs for Aguas Calientes, the base town for Machu Picchu. Included is dinner at a local restaurant before retiring to your hostel with hot water and private bathrooms.
Day Four – Machupicchu:
An early rise today, as you will take the first bus to Machu Picchu at 5:30 hrs, reaching Machu Picchu at 6:00 hrs, which with luck will coincide with a beautiful sunrise! Your guide will leave no stones unturned but feel free to challenge their knowledge of Inca history. Afterwards you have free time to dally with the llamas and show off your photographic skills. Those who still have the will can tackle Huaynapicchu, which actually looks down on Machu Picchu. A frequent bus service takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train to Hidroelectrica or Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco.
- If you want to access to the Huayna Picchu mountain, must pay$ 20 (twenty dollars)
- All the buses the coming back from the Inca Trail leave the passengers one block from the main square, you are going to return to the hotel by yourself.
- Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish)
- Pre-departure orientation meeting, (5:30pm 2 days before).
- Pick up from accommodation in Cusco and transfer to Abra Málaga
- Bicycles ,helmet and gloves.
- First Aid kit.
- 2 nights’ accommodation in basic hostels
- 1 nights accommodation in a hostel in Aguas Calientes (own bathroom and hot water)
- 3 lunches, 3 dinners and 3 breakfast.
- Return bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- Train back to Ollantaytambo (standard expedition Service, if you would like to make a change to the service, or request a specific departure time, please let us know).
- Bus from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco.
- Purified water
- Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 4.
- TIPS for guides, cooks and other who conformed the staff of the trekking..
What to Bring
- Back Pack
- Sturdy Hiking shoes
- Warm and comfortable clothes
- Rain jacket or a Poncho (especially for rainy season Nov-March)
- Plastic bags to store your spare clothes
- Flashlight and batteries, pocket knife, matches
- Water bottle, preferably metal so it is more heat-resistant
- A good supply of mineral water OR purification tablets
- Hat and / or beanie to protect you from the sun and the cold
- High factor sun block & insect repellent
- Toilet paper
- Some extra snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate)
- Swimsuit (recommend for the hot springs)
- Cash (soles)
- Personal medical kit
- Original passport and ISIC Card (if you have one). Photocopies are not acceptable.
If you change your passport after booking, you must send us details of your new passport immediately.