Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days/ 3 Nights

  • Destination: Machu Picchu
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Price per person: $440
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Based on 4 people.

Price for a minimum of 2 people US$ 520 per person
Price for a minimum of 3 people US$ 470 per person

As we operate the Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu ourselves, we have available departure dates for the whole year. Indeed if you prefer to join a group, here our confirmed reservations for departure dates 2024:

This is not only an alternative to the Inca Trail, but 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 of 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!

Itinerary

Day 1

Downhill Mountain Biking from Cusco to Santa Maria

Your adventure begins with the pick-up around 7:00 am. The bus takes the road through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas and drops you off at 4316 m (14,160 ft) altitude — the highest point of the trail, called Abra Malaga. Here, you will be transferred to your mountain bikes (we provide you with 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 1,500 m (4,921 ft), 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.

Optional activity: Rafting after arriving at Santa Maria:

RAFTING. Duration: approx. 2 hours. Price: US$ 40 per person.

Day 2

Trekking from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa

You will wake up around 6:30 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’ll continue on a short path to the original Inca Trail. As the Incas did centuries before, you’ll trek along a path for just over two hours to the small town of Quellomayo. Here, you’ll 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. Your body will thank you as you soak in the relaxing, therapeutic properties of the medicinal waters which are nestled between the mountains. 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’re sure to get a good night’s rest after wading in the thermal baths.

Day 3

Trekking from Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes

After being served breakfast around 7:00 am, you will trek to Collpani, a small valley with a river of the same name. This river is one of the sources of freshwater in Santa Teresa. Continuing from here, we will be hiking by the banks of the Urubamba River, observing a few agricultural fields with corn and other tropical fruits. In some seasons of the year, it is possible to see some locals farming the fields and collecting fruits and joining them. After all this adventure, we will stop at a restaurant in Hidroelectrica to have lunch. After a delicious meal, we have some time to rest and be ready to continue our hike among the train lines for two and a half hours in the middle of the jungle. We will enjoy the sound of the birds and observe the different flora. We arrive at the base of Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, in the afternoon.

We will bring you to your hostel with hot water and private bathrooms; then we will meet you to enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Optional activity operated by Cola de Mono

ZIPLINING/CANOPY – If you want to, you can take this optional activity of Zipline. For that, you will be transported by car to the zip line zone and after the activity, you will also 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

Day 4

Machu Picchu

You will have your breakfast very early in the morning. Then we start our last day, climbing up the hill to 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. Your tour guide will take you around the vast ruins for about 3 hours, comprehensively explaining their historical significance and place in the Inca Empire.

Machu Picchu is the best-known of all the archaeological Inca sites, as it is recognized worldwide! Experts believe that the citadel was constructed around the mid-15th century by the Inca Pachacuteq and was then rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911.
The guided tour of this fascinating place will be an unforgettable experience! You will visit 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 are free to hike up Huayna Picchu (the mountain behind Machu Picchu), where you will enjoy stunning views over the whole complex! However, there are only 400 entrance tickets available every day; therefore you must let us know in advance if you want to do the hike so we can reserve your ticket at an extra cost of US$ 20.00.

Due to Huayna Picchu being very fast oversold, we offer Machu Picchu Mountain as a second optional climb. The advantage of this hike is that it will be less crowded, but not less beautiful! The cost for this hike is also US$ 20.00 per person.
Having one of these two additional entrance tickets to hike one of the mountains,

we can offer you an unguided walk to Inti Punku, the SUN GATE, which is the traditional end of the Inca Trail (a hike of 3 hours) or you can visit the beautiful Inca Bridge (a hike of 1 hour). also has an extra cost of US$ 20.00

After time in the sanctuary, we take one of the frequent buses back down to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch. In case you don’t want to take the bus, feel free to walk down through the beautiful jungle which will take you 45 minutes. In the early afternoon at 2.30 pm, you take the train back to Ollantaytambo and from there the tourist transport to Cusco. If you want to return to Cusco in the late afternoon, please let us know so we can book a late train at a later departure ( some schedules have extra cost)

Map

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Included:
  • Transport from Cusco to Abra Malaga and San Luis to Santa Maria
  • 24-hour-support from the company owner
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Bike with front suspension, gloves, and helmet
  • Meals (from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day)
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • First-Aid-Kit
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train back to Ollantaytambo, then bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs in Santa Teresa
Not Included:
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Final lunch in Aguas Calientes on day 4
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu US$ 12.00
  • Entrance ticket to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Insurance of any kind
Recommendations, what to bring:
  • Original Passport
  • Student Card if you book your tour as a student
  • Wind jacket/ rain jacket
  • Solar protection
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Swimming suit and towel
  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Change of clothing
  • Flashlight
  • Small backpack
  • 150 Soles in extra cash
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a scanned copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Trail 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

Price US$ 440 based on 4 people.

Price for . 2 people, US$ 540 per person
Price for. 3 people, US$ 490 per person

Exclusive international transaction fees: The extra transaction fees depend on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further information please don’t hesitate to ask.

As we operate ourselves, we have available departure dates for the whole year. Indeed if you prefer to join a group, here are our confirmed reservations for departure dates in 2024:

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 creating an unforgettable experience for you.