Best of Cusco and Adventure Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu 7 Days/ 6 Nights

  • Destination: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Price per person: $480


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This Package is a combination of the City tour, the Sacred Valley Tour and the adventure hiking, the Inca Jungle Trail of 4 Days/ 3 Nights. This tour gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the enigmatic city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, all the beautiful landscapes of the Andes and the exuberant tropics of the Cusquenian Jungle close to Machu Picchu.

Combined with the charms of 3 nights in the Amaru Group Hostels, it is a perfect way to discover Cusco as you are in the safe tourist center of Cusco from where you can explore the most beautiful combinations of Inca and Colonial architecture. It is also a perfect location to reach everything you might need like souvenir shops and museums.

 Itinerary

Day 1

Cusco Excursion – City Tour

We start our adventure with your reception at the Cusco airport and transfer you to the Amaru Group Hostels. We recommend you get an early flight so you can spend the morning relaxing and acclimatising to the altitude (in case you are arriving from sea level)!

The Cusco City Tour will give you the opportunity to discover the enigma of this marvellous city and the surrounding archaeological sites! We will pick you up at 01:15 pm from your hotel and bring you to the main Plaza de Armas at 01:30 pm, where you will meet you travel mates (in case of shared service). We start our adventurous tour by visiting the Main Cathedral of Cusco. Here you can observe the colonial architecture and the amazing paintings of the Cusqueña School (well known for its religious iconography painted by Cusqueños). Afterwards, we will take you to the Qoricancha (golden palace) and Santo Domingo Convent, which is a perfect example for the fusion of the Inca and Christian culture.

After your city tour, we will take the bus and drive to the impressive Inca Fortress of Saqsaywoman. You will be amazed by the rocks used for construction, some of them weigh more than 300 tons!

The tour continues discovering the underground temple of Quenqo (labyrinth) and its impressive rock carvings and tunnels. This religious temple is dedicated to the worship of mother earth.
After a few minutes ride we will see another fortress called Puka Pucara (red fortress) which was used as a military control entrance gate to Cusco. Walking for a few minutes, we will arrive at Tambomachay (water temple), a temple which is dedicated to worship the water, fertility and longevity.
We return to Cusco in the evening. If you want, you can ask your tour guide to stop at one of the souvenir shops on your way back.

Accommodation: Amaru Group Hostels

Day 2

Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley tour starts at 08:00 am from Cusco. We pick you up from your hotel and bring you to our tourist bus, where you will meet your tour guide and your travel mates (shared service).
We leave Cusco around 08:30 am in direction of Pisaq, descending to the sacred river Urubamba. With a few stops at various lookout points along the way, we will arrive at Pisaq where you can enjoy checking out the traditional handicraft market with plenty of time for local souvenir shopping. Afterwards, we drive up the mountain where we will find Pisaqs ruins. Our tour guide will take you around the temples, terraces and tunnels of this complex, including the famous Intihuatana (sun clock), while constantly enjoying the majestic view of the sacred river. Then we drive along the river Urubamba, passing by a colourful little town where you can observe the descendants of the Quechua people wearing colorful ponchos.

We stop in the town Urubamba for lunch (we recommend a lunch buffet of Peruvian food). After a short rest we keep going until we reach Ollantaytambo, one of the last living Inca towns. You will be amazed by the impressive Temple of the Sun with its intricate stone worked details, the terraces which are constructed to sustain the mountain and finally the temple in shape of a llama.
You will have a short time to explore this amazing complex with its beautiful water fountains by yourself. After exploring this magnificent complex, we take the road back to Urubamba and leave the river to go uphill to the beautiful fields of Chinchero. Here we will discover another amazing Spanish Inca complex and afterwards visit a weaving family who still uses natural minerals and organic ink to colour the wool. We will return to Cusco around 07:00 pm and leave you at beautiful plaza Regocijo.

Accommodation: Amaru Group Hostels

Day 3

Downhill Mountain bike Cusco to Santa Maria

Your adventure begins with the pick-up around 07:00 am. The bus takes the road through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas and droppes you off at 4316 meters altitude — the highest point of the trail, called Abra Malaga. Here, you will be transfered to your mountain bikes (we provide you a helmet, gloves, and protective pads). Your guide will give you an overview of what’s to follow… and then your adventure begins! Freewheeling down through the smooth-but-challenging roads and different landscapes, you won’t be able to catch your breath until you reach the first stop in Alfamayo-San Luis, a three-hour ride from the starting point. There, you will enjoy your lunch with a panoramic view. Before you head off again, you’ll have some time to freshen up and apply a dab of insect repellent. Then you will ride along a hilly path to the recently discovered archaeological site of Huamanmarca. Your tour guide will provide you with the historical background of the site before you carry on with your descent to 1500 meters, where the edge of the jungle meets the small, but charming, town of Santa Maria. Here, you can purchase a snack or a nice, cold beer to enjoy while you rest your legs before being served a traditional Peruvian dinner. You will spend the night in a family-run hostel.

Day 4

Trekking Santa Maria – Santa Teresa

You will wake up at around 06:30 am and enjoy our finest indigenous coffee. Then you will begin your walk which gets progressively steeper, until arriving at a family restaurant in Santa Maria where you can relax in hammocks admiring the coca plantations and receive refreshments while being entertained by the monkeys. After a short walk you will reach the traditional Inca Trail which winds around slopes and drops for approximately half a mile.
The descent then continues for just over two hours until you reach Qellomayo, a small town, where you will have lunch. From Qellomayo it just takes a short walk besides the river Vilcanota until reaching the famous hot springs of Colcamayo. Here, you can enjoy the hot springs and relax your muscles while observing the great natural setting. After wading in the hot springs, you will carry on hiking to Santa Teresa where you will spend the night in a hostel.

Day 5

Trekking Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes

You will wake up and have breakfast around 07:00 am. After breakfast, we will walk to Colpani while enjoying amazing views until we reach Hidroelectrica and the restaurant where we will have lunch. From here, it is only a two and a half hour walk to Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu. We have dinner at a local restaurant before retiring us to our hostel with hot water and private bathrooms.

Optional additional activities

1st Optional activity operated by Cola de Mono

ZIPLINING/CANOPY – If you want to, you can take this optional activity of Ziplining. For that, you will be transported by car to the zip line zone and after the activity you will be transferred to Hidroelectrica, then continue the hike to Aguas Calientes.

Cola de Mono – South America’s highest zip lines!
Located: about 15 minutes from Santa Teresa by car
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Price: US$ 40 per person

2nd Optional activity: RAFTING

Price: US$ 30.00 per person

Accommodation: Casa Margarita

Day 6

Machu Picchu

Today, you will visit the Inca-Citadel of Machu Picchu! In order to avoid the crowds and be among the first visitors at Machu Picchu, you will depart from your hostel shortly after a very early breakfast. After managing to remain hidden throughout the Spanish Conquest, the citadel was rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. Your guide will take you on a tour around the vast ruins for approximately three hours, explaining the historical significance of the various structures built during the time of the Inca Empire (mid-15th century), including the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds.

After the guided tour, you will be free to explore the archaeological site on your own. If you reserve early enough in advance, you may have the option to hike up the mountains of Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu (the one situated behind the citadel in the most commonly taken photos of Machu Picchu). They are moderately challenging hikes, but the stunning views from the top are worth the effort! Only 400 entrance tickets are available for each mountain per day, so we highly recommend that you let us know if you wish to climb one of them when you book your Inca Jungle Trail. Tickets for each mountain costs US$ 15. Climbing and descending Huayna Picchu, on average, takes 2-3 hours; Machu Picchu mountain can take 3-4 hours. Tickets to Huayna Picchu tend to sell out quickly, but don’t be discouraged if they’re sold out during your visit; Machu Picchu mountain may not be as popular to climb but it is less crowded and the views are just as beautiful, if not more. Should you wait to decide until the day of your visit to Machu Picchu that you want to take on the extra climbing challenge, there are likely to still be Machu Picchu Mountain tickets available for purchase; they usually don’t sell out.

You may also opt to visit Inti Punku (The Sun Gate) or the Inca Bridge on an unguided walk. Inti Punku is the traditional end of the Inca Trail; from the citadel it takes around 1,5 hours. To reach the Inca Bridge, is takes you about 1 hour. After your free time, you may either walk back down to the town of Aguas Calientes or you can take the bus which runs on a regular and frequent schedule. Before you catch the evening train to Ollantaytambo, you may choose to have a late lunch in town, take a dip in the hot springs (not included), or simply relax and reflect on your amazing experience. Our driver will await you in Ollantaytambo to take you back to Cusco.

Accommodation: Amaru Group Hostels

Day 7

Free day Cusco

According to your flight or bus schedule, we will give you a free walking tour around the city of Cusco so you can discover the enigma of this city and at the same time do some souvenir shopping. Afterwards, we will transfer you to the airport or bus station.

Meals: Breakfast

Included:
  • Pick up and transfers in and out from Cusco’s Airport
  • Local cell phone
  • 24-hour-support from company owner
  • 3 Nights in Amaru Group Hostels Cusco, private Rooms with breakfast (single persons pays +US$ 40.00 per night)
  • Tourist bus (12 to 20 people as a shared service for the City Tour and Sacred Valley Tour)
  • Cusco City Tour
  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • Return by train from Machu Picchu
  • Entrance tickets for Machu Picchu
  • English professional tour guide for all the tours
  • 3 Nights in Hostels on the Trail, also in Aguas Calientes
  • 6 Breakfasts
Not Included:
  • Cusco Tourist Ticket: We recommend you to buy the general tourist ticket that allows you to visit 15 places including the ruins of Cusco and the museums, as well as the Sacred Valley sites
  • Entrance to Qoricancha 10 Soles “Sun Temple” within the City Tour
  • Entrance to the Main Cathedral 25 Soles within the City Tour
  • Meals during the Cusco City Tour and the Sacred Valley Tour (except breakfast)
  • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes 10 Soles (US$ 4.00) – in Santa Teresa 15 Soles including the taxi
  • Insurance of any kind

 

Optional

* Extra night in Aguas Calientes in case you don’t want to spend a night in Cusco (on double occupancy, you have to book it in advance so we can organise your train ticket for the following day)

Recommendations, what to bring:
  • Your original passport (to control your train ticket and entrance fee to Machu pichu)
  • Original ISIC ID if you book your tour as student.
  • Day back pack (train luggage limit is 5-6 kg)
  • Warm clothes for the early morning and evening.
  • Water
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Rainjacket or poncho (being close to the jungle weather is unpredictable)
  • Change of clothing
  • Basic toiletries
  • Sun protection (sun cream, hat)
  • Insect repellent (must be number one in your list!)
  • Torch or headlight (if you decide to walk in the morning to Machu Picchu)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Extra money (prices in Aguas Calientes can be higher than anywhere else in Peru)
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a scan copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Scan copy of your ISIC student card (if you have one its $18 US less)
  • Tour departure date
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland or securely and directly through our website by choosing your desired tour and clicking on the BOOK NOW button.
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Price US$ 480.00 per person
Price based on 4 people.

Single person pays +US$ 40.00 per night for single accommodation
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Next departure dates, group price:

  • January               2018
  • February             2018
  • March                  2018
  • April                     2018
  • May                       2018
  • June                     2018
  • July                       2018
  • August                 2018
  • September         2018
  • October               2018
  • November          2018
  • December          2018

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With each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We are looking forward to create an unforgettable experience for you.