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New Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu Briefing

Machu Picchu is one of the new seven wonders of the world, many visitors want to visit it using the classic Inca trail trek but many times they do not find available spaces and it is sad to tell them to visit it by train, for this reason Inkas Destination designed this new Alternative Inca trail to get to Machu Picchu, doing different adventure activities such as cycling down from the Andes to the high jungle, doing river rafting along the sacred river , walking through ancient Inca Trails and zip-lining in the high jungle. All this on your way to Machui Picchu.
This combination of activities make the New Jungle Inca trail to Machu Picchu  is one of the most attractive tours to get to Machu Picchu, you will see landscapes of the Andes with our beautiful snow-capped mountains as well as you can enjoy the heat in the high jungle, passing through coffee plantations, coca, tasting freshly cultivated tropical fruits and most importantly walking through a recently discovered Inca trail that reaches the archaeological remains of Llactapata which has an impressive and panoramic view of Machu Picchu. This route is designed for all people from young people, adults and seniors, as well as children can do it.
To relax before or after the tour you can do Cusco city tour or Sacred Valley tour.


🤝🏻 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 ml.

🚶🏻‍♂️ Walking: 3 km – 1.82 ml.

🕗 Duration: 3 hours + 30 min.

📈 Maximum elevation: 4316m. – 14160ft.

📉 Mínimum elevation: 1600m. – 5248ft.

⛺ Lodging: Pispitayoc

Pick up from the hotel at 6:30 a.m., to leave in the direction of the Sacred Valley, crossing the town of , Ollantaytambo; making a brief stop near to the town of Ollantaytambo to have the breakfast and then leaving towards high pass Málaga (4,316 m./14,160 feet), where we can appreciate the majestic snow-capped Huacay Willca (5,500 m./18,040 feet). In this place we will receive the protective gear and the bicycles, after the safety speach we will begin our descent by bicycle, passing through different ecological steps such as; Puna and cloud forest (both contain an immense range of flora and fauna).
We will end the bicycle trip at the archaeological remains of Huaman Marq’a (1600m./5248ft),then we will continue in our transport to the town of Santa María (1200m./3936ft). After our delicious lunch, we will drive 15 minutes to the Inca trail short cut and continue walking 30 minutes to the Ecological house in Pispitayoc (1450m./4756ft) where we will spend the night in the middle of the high jungle, overnight, dinner and breakfast of the day Next.

💡 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


Day 2: Pispitayoc – Qellomayo – Thermal Baths – Santa Teresa

🚶🏻‍♂️ Distance: 15 km – 9.3 ml.

🕗 Duration: 7 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 1750m. – 5740ft.

📉 Mínimum elevation: 1200m. – 3936ft.

⛺ Lodging: Santa Teresa

After having breakfast, we will have an explanation from our guide about this impressive place, we will roast our own coffee, and we will see all the products produced by the local inhabitants, then we will get ready and begin the trek through the millenary Inca Trail (Qhapaq Ñan). From this site, we will see birds like; parrots, hummingbirds, eagles and plantations of Coca (sacred leaf of the Incas), coffee, yucca, fruit trees (orange, mango, banana) until reaching the Huancarcasa viewpoint (1700m. 5576ft) throughout the walk you will appreciate the beautiful and impressive landscapes of the Vilcabamba mountain range, we will end the first part at the town of Qellomayo (1200m./3936ft). In this place we will have lunch, take the rest and then we will start the last part of the walk, passing through the thermal baths of Cocalmayo (1400m./4592ft) (optional visit) and arriving at the town of Santa Teresa (1550m./5084ft) overnight, dinner and breakfast of the day Next.

💡 To keep in mind

-This day in the afternoon 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).
-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.


Day 3: Santa Teresa – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

🚶🏻‍♂️ Distance: 8 km – 4.9 mi. + 12km – 7.4mi.

🕗 Duration: 4 horas + 3 horas

📈 Máximum elevation: 2800m. – 9184ft.

📉 Mínimum elevation: 1950m. – 6396ft.

🏠 Lodging: Aguas Calientes

After breakfast, we will take a private transport to the town of Lucmabamba (2000m./6560) approximately 40 munitos. Place where the Inca Trail (Qhapaq Ñan) begins, recently discovered in 2003; From this point we will begin the trek, this route has new directions and almost virgin places that take us to the archaeological remains of Llactapata. (2800m./9184ft), From this place we will have an impressive view of the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m./7872ft), and main mountains such as Huaynapicchu and Machu Picchu mountain. After a well-deserved rest, we will begin our descent towards the Hydroelectric station (1950m./6396ft), for around 2 hours, we will have lunch and then continue our walk along the train track to the town of Aguas Calientes (1900m ./6232ft), overnight, dinner and breakfast the next day.

💡 To keep in mind

-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.


Day 04: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

🚶‍♂️ Walking distance: 6 km.

🕗 Duration: 2 hours

📈 Maximum elevation: 2400m. – 7872 ft.

📉 Mínimum elevation: 1900m. – 6232ft.

🚉 Train baxck: 1 hour 45 minutes

At 4:00 a.m., we will begin our walk towards the checkpoint of the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m/7872ft), for approximately one hour and a half. In the checkpoint of Machupicchu you will register and begin the guided tour of the main places of this beautiful citadel for approximately two hours. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own or climb the  Huayna Picchu mountain (2700m/8856ft) or Machu Picchu mountain  (3100m/10168ft) if you have reserved your ticket for these additional places.
At the end of our visit to Machu Picchu, we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes (1900m/6232ft) to take our train to Ollantaytambo; where our transport that will take you to Cusco will wait for you. End of our service.

💡 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.


What’s included

  ✔  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
  ✔  transportation Santa teresa – Lucmabamba
  ✔  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
  ❌  Entrance to Cocalmayo hot springs
  ❌  buis up and down to Machu Picchu (optional)
  ❌  Walking poles


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

Not included

💡 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 Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour

  ➖  Walking shoes or boots.
  ➖  3 or 4 T-shirts
  ➖  Short
  ➖  Swimsuit 
  ➖  Travel towel
  ➖  Passport
  ➖  Mosquito repelente
  ➖  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)




Is the new Inca Jungle Trail for adults only?

Normally the average age of the participants in the New Inka Jungle Trail is between 20 – 40 years old but this tour can be done by children over 8 years old and over 50 years old with good physical condition or who regularly do physical activity.

Does the New Inka Jungle trail run throughout the year?

We have daily departures, every month of the year, between the months of April to September is the dry season and these months are the most recommended and the months from December to March is the rainy season, the landscape changes and the New Inca Jungle trail tour It may undergo minor alterations in order to guarantee the passenger’s safety.

Do I need to be in good physical condition for the new Inca Jungle Trail?

This tour is not among the most demanding tours that arrive at Machu Picchu, so it is recommended for all people who want to have an unforgettable adventure to get to Machu Picchu, we recommend doing frequent walks of 30 minutes a day before doing the tour as an adaptation and not have any type of physical problem and can have 100% fun on the walk.

Is it necessary to bring water and a snack from Cusco?

Bringing water or snacks is not very necessary since along the way we will pass through small towns that sell different snacks and water and in this way we support these residents by moving their economy, if you have any exclusive or rare brand snack or drink you can bring it, the most commercial snacks and waters are sold.

Will I find restrooms?

The toilets are found in all the places where you spend the night and lunch places, on the route some local houses have toilets that our guides know and will guide you to be able to use them.

Where and how will we sleep or spend the night?

In the New Inca Jungle Trail you do not camp, you sleep in lodging houses. The first night we spend in an ecological house in the middle of the jungle that combines nature and learning customs, the second night is in a hostel in the town of Santa Teresa and in Aguas Calientes the accommodation is a well located hostel, hot shower, private bathroom , but if you like a better accommodation in this place you can tell us and we will send you options of 3,4,5 stars hotels.

Is it possible to have altitude sickness on the Nuevo Inca Jungle trail?

This tour takes place at a low altitude of no more than 2500m, this means that it would be very rare to have altitude sickness along the route, but if at any time you have symptoms, our guides travel with a first aid kit that includes a Oxygen balloon in case it is necessary to be able to use it.

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