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Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey with Inkas Destination. We will guide you through the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu. It will be offering an experience brimming with adventure, rich history, and breathtaking scenery. This multi-day trek is a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural immersion, taking you through the heart of the ancient Inca world.

As we embark from the Sacred Valley, our path will lead us through the captivating landscapes of the Inca Jungle. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you engage in an exhilarating mountain bike ride. It starts from the high pass of Abra Malaga and descends into the lush cloud forest. The thrill of the ride, paired with the stunning vistas, makes for an unforgettable experience.

Our journey will take us through the charming towns of Santa Maria and Santa Teresa. In Santa Teresa, we will have the opportunity to relax in the soothing hot springs. This is a perfect way to rejuvenate after an adventurous day. 

As we trek, the rich flora and fauna of the Inca Jungle will surround us. This will be making every step an encounter with nature’s wonders.

The Inca Jungle Trek isn’t just about the physical journey; it’s a cultural immersion. We will meet the local people, gaining insights into their traditions and way of life. Our knowledgeable tour guide will be your guide for unlocking the secrets of the ancient Inca civilization. This will enhance your understanding and appreciation of this majestic place.

Embracing Adventure: Rafting, Ziplining, and Nights Under the Stars

Our knowledgeable tour guide will be your guide for unlocking the secrets of the ancient Inca civilization. This will enhance your understanding and appreciation of this majestic place. Each night, we will spend the night in cozy accommodations. We will be reflecting on the day’s adventures and anticipating the wonders yet to come.

As we approach the culmination of our trek, the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu Mountain looms ahead. For those who wish, there’s the option to climb Huayna Picchu. This climb offers a unique perspective of the Machu Picchu ruins. Standing atop these sacred peaks, you’ll feel a deep connection to the world of the Incas.

Safety is paramount, so we recommend that all travelers have travel insurance. This ensures peace of mind, allowing you to fully immerse in the adventure.

Inkas Destination promises an Inca Jungle Tour that is more than just a trek. It’s an exploration of the heart of the Inca empire, filled with history and adventure. This journey creates memories that will last a lifetime. 

Join us, and let’s discover the mysteries and marvels of the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu together.

Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu Highlights

🤝🏻 Meeting and briefing

Some days before the tour, our team will contact you via E-mail or WhatsApp and will coordinate the meeting time at your hotel to provide you the all tour details and answer all your questions.

🏁 Starts from your accommodation in Cuzco at 06:00 A.M.

🔚 Ends to the center of Cuzco at about 7:00 P.M.

Day 1: Cusco – Abra Málaga – Huamanmarka – Santa María – Pispitayoc

🚴🏻‍♂️ Distance: 50 km – 31 mi.

🚶🏻‍♂️ 3 km – 1.82 mi.

🕗 Duration: 3 hours + 30 min.

📈 Maximum elevation: 4316m. – 14160ft.

📉 Mínimum elevation: 1600m. – 5248ft.

🏠 Lodging: Pispitayoc

Embark on the first day of our 4-day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu, where adventure and ancient history await. We will begin our journey at 6:00 am with a convenient pickup from your hotel. As we set out, we’ll pass through the picturesque towns of Chinchero, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo, all integral parts of the Sacred Valley.

Our adventure kicks off at the high pass of Abra Málaga, perched at 4,316 meters (14,160 feet), offering a spectacular view of the snow-capped Huacay Willca mountain. Here, we’ll equip ourselves with bicycles and receive a thorough safety briefing.

Then, we’ll begin our exhilarating bike descent. We will traverse different ecological zones such as the Puna (Highland) and Cloud Forest, each boasting a diverse range of flora and fauna. After 3 hours of biking downhill, covering a distance of 50 km (80 miles), our bike journey concludes at the archaeological remains of Huaman Marq’a, sitting at an elevation of 1,600 meters (5,248 feet).

From Huaman Marq’a, we’ll take a short 25-minute van ride to the town of Santa Maria, located at 1,200 meters (3,937 feet). Afterward, a brief 25-minute walk will lead us to Pispitayoc village, situated at an elevation of 1,370 meters (4,493 feet). Here, nestled amidst mountains and forest, we’ll spend the night in an eco house, enjoying a local dinner and immersing ourselves in the serene environment.

Statistics for the first day of our 4-day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu include:

  • Distance covered: 50 km (80 miles) of biking.
  • Highest altitude: Abra Málaga Pass at 4,316 meters (14,160 feet).
  • Lowest altitude: Santa Maria at 1,200 meters (3,937 feet).
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, with a mix of biking and walking.
  • Inca site visited: Huaman Marq’a archaeological remains.

Prepare for an unforgettable journey, filled with the beauty of the Inca Jungle and the enchantment of ancient sites.

💡 To keep in mind

-For downhill biking you don’t need experience, you just need to know how to ride the bike, it’s 90% downhill and 10% flat.
-Optional: This day after lunch you will have the opportunity of doing river rafting on the Urubamba River this has a cost of U$D. 30.00 dollars per person.

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Day 2: Pispitayoc – Qellomayo – Cocalmayo – Santa Teresa

🚶🏻‍♂️ Distance: 15 km – 9.3 ml.

🕗 Duration: 7 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 1750m. – 5740ft.

📉 Mínimum elevation: 1200m. – 3936ft.

🏠 Lodging: Santa Teresa

On the second day of our 4-day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu, we will immerse ourselves in the heart of the Inca jungle, rich in history and natural beauty. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, our guide will offer an insightful speech about the local area. We will then learn how to roast and make our own coffee, a unique cultural experience.

Our hiking adventure begins on a portion of the ancient Inca Trail network known as the Qhapaq Ñan. As we walk, we’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of birds, including parrots, hummingbirds, and eagles. We’ll also see plantations of coca (the Sacred Leaf of the Incas), coffee, yucca, and fruit trees like orange, mango, and banana.

We will hike until we reach the Huancarcasa viewpoint at 1,750 meters (5,750 feet). Here, we will take a relaxing break, enjoying the panoramic view of the entire valley. After this break, the trail descends to the small village of Qellomayo, located at 1,200 meters (3,936 feet). We will have lunch in this quaint village before beginning the last part of the day’s trek, which will take approximately 2 more hours.

Our day’s journey concludes at the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, situated at 1,450 meters (4,756 feet), where you have the option to soak and relax (optional). Afterwards, we will reach the town of Santa Teresa, at an elevation of 1,515 meters (4,969 feet), where we will spend the night. Dinner and breakfast the following day will be provided.

Statistics for the second day of the 4-day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu include:

  • Distance covered: Varied, with a mix of hiking and walking.
  • Highest altitude: Huancarcasa Viewpoint at 1,750 meters (5,750 feet).
  • Lowest altitude: Quellomayo Village at 1,200 meters (3,936 feet).
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, suitable for most hikers.
  • Key experiences: Birdwatching, coffee roasting, Inca Trail hiking, thermal baths (optional).

Prepare for a day filled with breathtaking views, cultural insights, and the serene beauty of the Inca Jungle.

💡 To keep in mind

-Before reaching the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, you cross a small local cable car (oroya) owned by the community and it is necessary to pay 10.00 soles per person.
-The visit to the thermal baths is optional and the ticket cost is 10.00 soles per person.

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Day 3: Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

🚶🏻‍♂️ Distance: 10 km. – 6.21 ml. + 12 km. – 7.4 ml.

🕗 Duration: 7 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 1950m. – 6396ft.

📉 Mínimum elevation: 1515m. – 4969ft.

🏠 Lodging: Machu Picchu town

On the third day of our exhilarating 4-day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu, we will continue tracing the path of the ancient Incas. The day begins with an energetic breakfast in Santa Teresa, at an elevation of 1,515 meters (4,969 feet). Fueled and ready, we will set off on the first segment of our day’s trek.

For the initial 3 hours, we will walk through scenic landscapes, passing by lush coffee and coca plantations. This walk leads us to Hidroeléctrica, sitting at 1,900 meters (6,270 feet). Here, we will enjoy a well-deserved lunch and take a break, absorbing the serene surroundings.

Post-lunch, we will embark on a 3-hour trek along the train tracks. This picturesque route is not just a journey; it’s an experience filled with natural beauty and a sense of anticipation for the upcoming visit to Machu Picchu. Our destination for the day is Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Town, at an elevation of 1,950 meters (6,396 feet).

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we will have the afternoon free to explore or relax at our own pace. As evening descends, we will gather for dinner. This is also the perfect time to plan and discuss the final ascent to the majestic Machu Picchu, which awaits us the next day.

Statistics for the third day of the 4-day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu include:

  • Distance covered: Varied, with a combination of trekking and walking.
  • Highest altitude: Start point in Santa Teresa at 1,515 meters (4,969 feet).
  • Lowest altitude: Aguas Calientes at 1,950 meters (6,396 feet).
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, suitable for regular hikers.
  • Key experiences: Walking through coffee and coca plantations, trekking along the train tracks.

This day promises a blend of cultural insights, natural beauty, and the excitement of nearing our ultimate destination: Machu Picchu.

💡 To keep in mind

This day in the morning you can do the zipline activity that is very fun and has more than 5 cables and doing it has a cost of 30.00 dollars per person. (optional).
At dinner the guide will give each one their income to Machu Picchu and return train tickets, and will coordinate the trek to Machu Picchu for the next day and confirm the departure time.

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Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 6 km.

🕗 Duration: 2 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 2400m. – 7872 ft.

📉 Minimum elevation: 1950m. – 6396ft.

🚉 train return: 1 hour 45 minutes.

🚐 Van return: 1 hour 30 minutes.

The fourth and final day of our Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is the most anticipated, as it leads us to the pinnacle of our journey – the majestic Machu Picchu. We will commence our day early at 4:00 am, embarking on a trek towards Machu Picchu, located at an elevation of 2,400 meters (7,872 feet). This hike, lasting approximately one and a half hours, offers serene early morning views and a sense of tranquility before reaching the bustling entrance of the Inca citadel.

Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, we will register and present our tickets, marking the official start of our exploration. Our guide will lead a 2-hour tour, showcasing the most significant parts of the Machu Picchu citadel. This guided tour is an immersive experience, allowing us to delve into the rich history and marvel at the architectural ingenuity of the Incas.

After the guided visit, we will have free time to explore the citadel at our own pace. This is the perfect opportunity to soak in the stunning views, capture memorable photos, or simply reflect on the incredible journey we’ve embarked upon.

Eventually, we will return to Aguas Calientes, at an elevation of 1,950 meters (6,396 feet), also known as Machu Picchu Town. Here, we will collect our belongings and proceed to the train station. A train ride will take us to Ollantaytambo, where a bus awaits to return us to Cusco, marking the end of our remarkable adventure.

Statistics for the fourth day of the 4-day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu include:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 1.5-hour hike to Machu Picchu.
  • Highest altitude: Machu Picchu at 2,400 meters (7,872 feet).
  • Lowest altitude: Aguas Calientes at 1,950 meters (6,396 feet).
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, mainly due to the early start and ascent.
  • Key experiences: Sunrise hike, guided tour of Machu Picchu, free time to explore the citadel.

This final day of the trek is not just an end but a culmination of an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Inca empire, filled with adventure, history, and breathtaking landscapes.

💡 To keep in mind

To go down from Machu Picchu to the town you can do it walking 1 hour 1/2 or take the bus down 25 minutes cost of 12.00 dollars.
In Ollantaytambo our driver will wait for you with a sign with your name and he will transport you to Cusco.

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What’s included on Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

  ✔  Informative briefing the day before we coordinate with you the time
  ✔  Pick up from your hotel
  ✔  Transport from Cusco – Malaga High Pass – Santa María
  ✔  Kona Bicycle.
  ✔  Elbow and knee pads, gloves, goggles, helmet.
  ✔  Rain jacket.
  ✔  3 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 3 dinners
  ✔  1 night accommodation in Pispitayoc
  ✔  1 night accommodation in Santa Teresa
  ✔  1 night accommodation hostel in Aguas Calientes
  ✔  Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
  ✔  Return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  ✔  Professional bilingual guide (English-Spanish)
  ✔  First aid kit
  ✔  Return bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Not included

 ❌  First breakfast, last lunch in Aguas Calientes 
 ❌  Tickets to the Cocalmayo hotsprings
 ❌  Bus up and down to Machu Picchu (optional)  

Optional:

  ⚡  River Rafting (USD. 30.00)
  ⚡  Zip Line (Canopy) (USD. 30.00)

Group size

👁 From 2021 onwards the government introduced new circuits and schedules for this reason in case of unavailability of Llaqta Machu Picchu tickets compatible with the tour schedule, the booking will be processed with an alternative route subject to availability.

💡 Important to know

From 2021, the Ministerio de Cultura (Peruvian Ministry of Culture) has created 4 types of official entrances to visit Machu Picchu those circuits were created in order to better organize the traffic of travelers inside Machu Picchu, reduce the risk of infection by Covid 19, preserve and protect the constructions of the archaeological site for the future.

Machu Picchu Solo (Circuits 1, 2, 3 or 4)
This ticket includes the entrance Llaqta of Machu Picchu (all citadel) (Circuits 1, 2, 3 or 4) this ticket sellout fast.

Machu Picchu Circuit 3 + Machu Picchu Mountain (U$D. 20.00 extra)
This ticket is the only one that has re-entry and first the guiding tour to Machu Picchu from the bottom part and after the guiding tour you go up the Mountain.

Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Huayna Picchu Mountain (U$D. 20.00 extra)
Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Huchuy Picchu Mountain
With these tickets you will receive the guided through the lower part of Machu Picchu about 1hour 1/2 until the check point of Huayna Picchu or Huchuy Picchu where you walk up the mountain on your free time.

The availability of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu is very limited and it is recommended to book as far in advance as possible. Especially if you are traveling in high season.

🚫 Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 96 hours before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of the total amount of the reservation except 50 USD per person (cost of the entrance to Machu Picchu). The entrance tickets to Machu Picchu are nominative and non-transferable. After this time, or in case of no-show for the tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Extras: Entrance Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu / Entrance Machu Picchu + Huchuy Picchu / Entrance Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain are non-refundable.

What to bring for the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu tour

  ➖  Walking shoes or boots.
  ➖  3 or 4 T-shirts
  ➖  Short
  ➖  Swimsuit 
  ➖  Travel towel
  ➖  Passport
  ➖  Mosquito repelente
  ➖  Walking Poles
  ➖  Water bottle
  ➖  Rain jacket, hat,
  ➖  Sunblock
  ➖  Sunglasses
  ➖  Chocolates, candies, cereal bars or another snacks
  ➖  Camera
  ➖  Personal medication and personal higiene product
  ➖  Extra money in Nuevos Soles (Peruvian national currency)

Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu Map

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🙋🏻‍♂️ QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Does Inka Jungle tour is done throughout the year?

It is open 7 days a week, every day of the month, including holidays; but between January and March (rainy season) the Inca Jungle tour may be altered route, sudden drastic cancellations and schedule changes and mode of transport. All this because the safety of participants is a priority.

Can I book Inca Jungle without a passport?

South America travelers can book with their ID and must present when entering Machu Picchu. Tourists from other countries will have to book and present the original passport to Machu Picchu. It is noteworthy that if you changed you have to bring a copy of the old passport plus the new passport.

What is the best time of year to do the tour?

The best time for any tourism in Cusco is from late March to late November. This is the peak tourist season (no rain) and therefore recommend booking on average three (3) months in advance.

What is the average age of the participants?

Most participants are young people from different parts of the world and on average 20 years to 45 years old But there are also travelers of all ages who do the tour without problems, from kids (8 years) to adults between 65 years.

Do you need good physical condition for the tour?

It is recommended to be suitable for hiking for more than 6 continuous hours, also have practice in handling bike (downhill) is the minimum recommended. In case you do not have experience handling bike you can coordinate with the guide to avoid this sport and can accompany the group from the bus accompanying the first tranche. You can also request bicycling only the last part of the route (safer).

Can I buy food and water during the journey?

Yes, in some sections of the trek you can buy bottled water, snacks and seasonal fruits, but if you want you can bring your own snacks.

What kind of food will have on the tour?

Food based on typical dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Fruits like apples, oranges, peaches, tangerines, avocados, bananas. It also offers alternatives for vegetarians and Gluten-free (send us your restrictions).

How and where are the bathrooms along the tour?

Usually on the lodgings are bathrooms. If you feel the need to go to the bathroom being in full walk, on the trek are some bathrooms and the guide will show you.

What kind of pack need to pair this tour?

For this trip it is recommended to carry a small backpack of 25-40 liter clothing required only for 4 days tour. Other luggage must be left in your hotel / hostel in Cusco normally all hotels and hostels have the luggage store for free. It is important to take only what is necessary for the 4-day trip as during the trek we have to carry our backpacks.

We use  camps?

The inca Jungle Trail it is the only trek that you can sleep in beds includes 3 nights accommodation.
– The 1st night you will stay in 2 beds, double or triple rooms with private bathroom, in our Eco-house in the middle of the forest.
– The 2nd night we will have  rooms with private bathroom and hot shower.
– The 3rd night in Machu Picchu we will have 2 beds, double and triple rooms includes a private bathroom, hot shower and Wi-Fi.

Do I need to have enough experience to biking?

On this tour we have a total of 3 hours in mountain bike and 90% of the way is downhill on a paved road which makes this tour uncomplicated, that is only need  to know how to ride the mountain bike.

How I can access the mountain Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu?

To climb some of these mountains reserve a ticket in advance is required. Huayna Picchu has an extra cost of U$D 20.00 per person and reservations are recommended 3 or 4 months in advance. Machu Picchu mountain has an extra cost of USD $ 20 per person and reservations are recommended with 1 or 2 months in advance specially in high season from April to September.

How is the weather during the tour?

The first two hours (bike ride) will be cold as we will be at a high altitude (4316m. – 14156ft.), after this small section and for the rest of our tour the weather will be hot and humid (even overnight) the temperature in the morning it goes 18 to 25 degrees (up to 30 ° in the months of June, July and August) at night the temperature is 10 ° min and Max 18º, so it is recommended to wear light clothing

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