Cusco Extreme Adventures, Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu 9 Days/ 8 Nights

  • Destination: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Peru, Sacred Valley
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Price per person: $720

Price based on 4 people.


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This tour is a combination of the Cusco City Tour, the Sacred Valley Tour, the full day White-Water Rafting, the Paragliding Flight over the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the adventure hike of the Inca Jungle Trail 4 days/ 3 nights. You will enjoy great opportunities to discover the enigmatic city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the adrenaline adventures as well as all the beautiful landscapes of the Andes and the exuberant tropics of the Cusquenian jungle close to Machu Picchu.

The tour is combined with the charms of 5 nights at the Amaru Group Hostels. It offers you the perfect way to discover Cusco as you are in the safe tourist center of Cusco from where you can explore the most beautiful combination of Inca and Colonial architecture, while staying at the perfect location to reach everything you might need as souvenir shops and museums.

Itinerary

Day 1

Cusco Excursion – City Tour

We will recept you at the airport in Cusco airport and then 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 1:15 pm from your hotel and bring you to the main Plaza de Armas at 1:30 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 around 06:00 or 07:00 pm. 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 plaza Regocijo.

Accommodation: Amaru Group Hostels

Day 3

Full day White-Water Rafting in the Urubamba River

One of our most popular rafting sections during the season is the Cusipata section in the upper part of the Urubamba River. It is a scenic rafting tour, worth every minute!
The Cusipata section is one of the nicest parts of the Urubamba River for doing white-water rafting activities, as it is less crowded,calm and cleaner than the Ollantaytambo part in the Sacred Valley. It consists of rapids that are graded II, III, and IV plus. All together, you will be in the water for about 2 and a half hours. Some parts will be for relaxing and soaking up the experience, and other parts for pumping up your adrenaline levels!

We will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and reach the drop-off place at the shores of the upper Urubamba River, our private campground “CUSIPATA RIVER CAMP” after one and a half hours. Our professional rafting guides will give you a safety talk and provide you all the proper equipment for Rafting. We will be floating for approximately two and a half hours, running class II and III rapids. During the rainy season from december to early march, the rapids can be class IV and IV plus.
Upon your arrival to the river, you will gear up with your wetsuits, helmets, waterproof jacket and life jacket. The guide will use that opportunity to give you a 15 minute safety briefing and provde you general information for  rafting beginners (how to paddle, follow instructions, etc.).
You can leave your backpack on the bus while you are on the trip. On the river, you will encounter class II and III plus rapids, as well as some introductory rapids. Some rapids are technical, so our expert guides will scout ahead and indicate appropriate directions and commands. Also, there will be an additional guide in a Kayac to ensure your safety. Finally, you will arrive at the end of the rafting section. This trip is known to be full of fun, with lots of adrenaline pumpers along the way. You will have a great picnic lunch with hot and cold drinks, right there in the middle of the small village or near the river while enjoying fantastic landscapes of the Peruvian Andes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Amaru Group Hotels

Day 4

Paragliding Tandem Flight over the Sacred Valley

For thousands of years, man has dreamt about flying…. Have you read that sort of thing a few times before?
Well, these days many people are coming very close to that often-expressed yearning by leaning into the wind, taking a few steps and then gently parting company with the land of the Incas under their feet… and perhaps a few minutes later turning into the rising warm air of a thermal and eventually rise, until you are just a peck, high up and far away in the domains of the Condor. Just pausing here to let you indulge in that incredible daydream for a few more moments…
Welcome to the exhilarating sport of paragliding (known as parapente in many countries) over the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Be amazed of the idea that what you can experiment in a real aircraft can just be equally induces by a stuffed backpack that you can take anywhere, anyhow, at any time.

At 08:00 am, we will begin our trip to Chinchero. You must get up early this day in order to have a great paragliding experience because we have to catch the rising thermals wafting up the valley walls. As well, we might see some condors during that time. In Chinchero, the guide will give you some instructions, talk about weather conditions and demonstrate the equipment. We prepare the parapent and practice to run and land with it, first while jumping off little ledges of a meter, and then up to five or ten meters. Afterwards, at good weather conditions, we will finally take off and enjoy our paragliding tandem flight. We come home at noon when the good winds die.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Amaru Group Hostels

Day 5

Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days/ 3 Nights

This is not only an alternative to the Inca Trail, it is also the most original and extensively travelled of all the existing paths. The Inca Jungle trail is more recently discovered which leads through the Jungle to the Inca Trail and finally to the sanctuary Machu Picchu. This trek can be done in either 3 or 4 days and is a combination of biking and hiking with breathtaking scenery – this is ideal for anyone with a sense of adventure and curiosity!

Downhill Mountain Biking from Cusco to Santa Maria

We will pick you up at 07:50 am and then drive you through the stunning Sacred Valley, dropping you off at the 3200 meters high Abra Malaga. Here, you will put on the provided biking kit (gloves and helmet) and receive a 20 minute briefing by your tour guide. Then, the fun starts! We will be freewheeling down quiet but challenging roads past changing landscapes. You will not want to catch your breath until the first picnic stop in Alfamayo three hours from your starting point. Here, you will enjoy your lunch while taking in the panoramic view. After a quick change and a dab of insect repellent we continue onwards and downwards towards to Huamanmarca, a recently discovered archaeological Inca site where your tour guide will provide you with the historical background. You will then carry on descending to 1500 meters, where the edge of the jungle meets the small but charming town of Santa Maria. Here you can buy a snack or just rest your legs and enjoy a cold beer before enjoying a traditional Peruvian dinner. The accommodation is provided in form of a basic, family run hostel with either single, double or triple rooms.

Day 6

Trekking Santa Maria – Santa Teresa

You will wake up around 06:30 am to the aroma of the finest indigenous coffee. After breakfast, we begin our trek. The path will progressively steepen until you arrive at a family restaurant in Santa Rosa where you’ll stop for refreshments. You will move on to a rest stop where you can lie in hammocks as you admire the surrounding coca plantations. Afterwards, you will continue on a short path to the original Inca Trai and trek along a path for just over two hours to the small town of Quellomayo. Here, you will stop for a well-deserved lunch. From Quellomayo, it’s just a short trek to Rio Vilcanota, which will lead you to the famous hot springs of Colcamayo. Here, you can enjoy the hot springs and relax your muscles in these natural settings. Then we carry on our hike to the town of Santa Teresa for dinner and then to your hostel where you get a good night’s rest after wading in the thermal baths.

Day 7

Trekking Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes

Today, you will wake up and have breakfast around 07:00 am. After that, we will first walk to Colpani while enjoying  amazing views, and then continue our hike until we reach Hidroelectrica. Here, we will have lunch and afterwards hike for about two and a half hours 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:

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

Rafting
Price: US$ 30 per person

Day 8

Machu Picchu

We will take our breakfast very early in the morning. Then we start our last day, climbing up to the entrance of the famous Inca Citadel Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Avoiding the crowds, you will be one of the first visitors of the day.
Machu Picchu is the best known of all the Inca ruins, as it is recognized worldwide as one of the world wonders, yet it is not mentioned in any of the writings of the Spanish Conquistadors. Presumably, it was constructed around the mid-15th century and was rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911.

Your bilingual tour guide will take you around the vast ruins for about 3 hours, comprehensively explaining its historical significance during the Inca Empire. It will be an unforgettable experience, visiting the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds! After this, you will have some free time to walk around and explore the Inca Citadel on your own.
Later on, you can hike up Huayna Picchu from where you will have stunning views over the whole complex! However, there are only 400 entrance tickets per day, so please let us know in advance if you would like to hike the mountain so we can reserve your hike at an additional cost of US$ 10.00. Due Huayna Pucchu is very fast oversold, we are offering the hike of the Machu Picchu Mountain as a second option. The advantage of this hike is that it’s less crowed, but not less beautiful. The cost fot this climb is also US$ 10.00 per person.

Optional, you can do unguided walks to the Inti Punku (duration 1 hour) or the Sun Gate, the traditional end of the Inca Trail, which will take you 45 minutes. Otherwise simply relax and take in the inspiring atmosphere. After your free time, you walk down to Aguas Calientes to have a late lunch or a dip in the hot springs (not included). In the afternoon at 18:20 pm or 19:00 pm, you take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then get the tourist bus to Cusco.

Accommodation: Amaru Group Hostels

Day 9

Free day Cusco

According to your flight or bus schedule, we will give you a free walking tour around the city of Cusco. You will 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 to and from Cusco’s airport
  • Local cell phone
  • 24-hour-support from company owner
  • Transportation from Cusco to the put-in at the River
  • All the rafting equipment such as helmet , life jacket, paddle, self bailing Raft, spray jacket, wet suit, safety kayaker
  • Professional English speaking Rafting guide
  • Delicious lunch (with vegetarian option) during the Rafting Tour
  • Transportation back from the river
  • Professional Paragliding with an English/Spanish speaking guide
  • Complete Paragliding Equipment (radio, paraglide win, harness, and helmet)
  • Private round trip transportation
  • 8 Nights in Amaru Group Hotels Cusco in a private rooms with breakfast (single persons pays +US$ 40.00 per night)
  • Tourist bus (12 to 20 people as a shared service for City Tour and Sacred Valley Tour)
  • Cusco City Tour
  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • Transport from Cusco to Abra Malaga, the starting point of the Inca Jungle Trail
  • Bike with front suspension, gloves and helmet
  • Return by train from Machu Picchu
  • Entrance ticket for Machu Picchu
  • Bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • English professional tour Guide during all the tours
  • First-Aid-Kit
  • 3 Nights Hostel on the trail and in Aguas Calientes
  • 8 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, also including the visit of the Sacred Valley sites
  • Entrance to Qoricancha “Sun Temple” within the city tour (10 Soles)
  • Entrance to Main Cathedral within the city tour (25 soles)
  • 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 10 Soles
  • Insurance of any kind

 

Optional

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

Recommendations, what to bring:
  • 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 clothes
  • Basic toiletries
  • Sun protection (sun cream, hat)
  • Insect repellent (must be number one on 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 student card (if you have one, it’s $18 US less)
  • Tour departure date
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland or securely and directly through our website by choosing your desired tour and clicking on the BOOK NOW button.
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Price US$ 720.00 per person
Price based on 4 people.

Upgrade your hotel in Cusco up to your needs!
Single person pays +US$40 extra for a single accommodation, only the night in Cusco (5 nights)

Single passenger pays +US$ 25.00 for the private service at the Paragliding.
We can change the Rafting tour for any other day, except the first or the last.

 

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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Terms and Conditions

 

Upon request, 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.