The Inca Jungle Trail
The Inca Jungle Trail is a sporty and adventurous trek of four days, where you visit Machu Picchu on day four. During the trek it is possible to cycle, raft and go with ziplines down the mountain. This trek is set up as an alternative to the classic four-day Inca Trail, firstly to offer a cheaper alternative to the relatively expensive classic Inca Trail and secondly because the classic four-day Inca Trail is fully booked earlier and longer in advance.
Downhill Mountain biking towards Santa Maria (Rafting optional)
Downhill mountain bike Abra Malaga
Rafting at Santa María (optional)
You will be picked up at your hotel between 06:00 and 06:15 in the morning and leave for Ollantaytambo where we will arrive after a drive of one and a half hours approximately. Here we will then rest for about fifteen minutes. During the ride you have already been able to get acquainted with the beautiful plateau and picturesque villages such as Chincheros and the beautiful nature of the Sacred Valley. Then we continue (again an hour and a half) to Abra Malaga (located at 4350 m.) where we will stop to acclimatize and to take pictures. Then we drive on to Santa Maria where we will arrive around 14:00. Here we will have lunch and rest before we start our Rafting Expedition (if desired, if not you can take the route by mountain bike along the river). During the Rafting expedition, which takes about 2 hours, we will pass Santa Maria and Challhuay (Class 2-4 rapids). Then we return to Santa Maria where we will spend the night in a simple (1 star) hostel.
Extra costs Rafting: USD 30
Hiking from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa on Day 2
The Vilcanota River
Today we get up at 05:30 to have breakfast before we leave at 06:00 for our walk. We will start with a quiet route on the route along the banks of the river Vilcanota where we will cross streams and enjoy the beautiful nature and beautiful views. During the hike we will also walk on a recently discovered Inca Path in the jungle region of this area and visit coffee and cocoa plantations. We see exotic products such as the mango, pineapple, oranges and avocados, as well as medicinal plants and native birds. Then we arrive at the village of Kellomayo where we will have lunch before continuing to the thermal baths of Colcamayo. Here we can enjoy a relaxed bath before we return to Santa Teresa where we will spend the night in a simple (1 star) hostel and have our dinner.
Hiking from Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes on Day 3 (Ziplines optional)
Santa Teresa Ziplines (optional)
Today we get up at 07:00 and after breakfast we will start our walk to Colpani. By noon we then have lunch at the restaurant at Santa Teresa's hydroelectric power plant. For those who even want to add some more adrenaline it's possible to do an extra activity going down the mountain and litteraly flying though the Andes Mountains on Ziplines. From Santa Teresa it is only a two and a half hour walk along the rail road to Aguas Calientes which is located at the foot of Machu Picchu. In Aguas Calientes you could go to the hot springs on your own. In the evening we have dinner together in a local restaurant, and in the evening you are free to explore this nice little village on yourself. Overnight in a simple two star hostel.
Additional costs Ziplines: USD 30
Visit and Guided Tour in Machu Picchu on Day 4
Huayna Picchu (optional)
Today we will get up at 04:00 and we will start our climb on an old Inca Path towards Machu Picchu. The climb takes about a 2 hour and we will be one of the first to be on top at the entrance gates of Machu Picchu. If we are lucky we will be able to welcome the first rays of the sun of the day from the rising fog. Then we have a tour of about 2 hours after which you are free. For example, you could climb the Huayna Pichu (this is the point overlooking the ruins – climb from 45 minutes to 1 hour – reservation is necessary in advance) or in the afternoon one can visit the hot water baths of Aguas Calientes before returning on a train to Ollantaytambo and from there back to Cusco by bus.
Additional costs Huayna Picchu: USD 25.00 (due to the high popularity this needs to be booked way in advance)
Transportation from Cusco to Abra Malaga (Start of Cycling)
Professional Tourist Guide
Mountain bikes and protective gear
Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.
Guided Tour in Machu Picchu.
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
02 nights in basic hotel in Santa Maria and Santa Teresa.
01 night in basic hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Return train tickets.
Bus back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
Huayna Picchu Mountain
Machu Picchu Mountain
Hot springs in Cocalmayo and Aguas Calientes
Upgrades on trains and hotels (better times & more comfort)
Breakfast Day 1 and Lunch and dinner on Day 4
Transport to Hydro (optional)
Train from Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes (optional)
Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu and back (optional)
Taxi from drop off point day 4 in Cusco to your hotel.
Ziplines & Rafting are optional and can be booked on site.