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Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake in 9 days

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Kayak on Titicaca Lake
Kayak on Titicaca Lake

Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake in 9 days

Join us on the Inca Jungle Trail, an alternative route to Machu Picchu after visiting the Inca city of Cusco. Afterwards travel to Puno to visit the Floating Islands of Uros on Titicaca Lake, the highest navigable lake in the world!

Availability for Inca Jungle Trail:

  • Daily departures are available throughout the year, even though the recommended period for this trek is April to October because it is the dry season.
  • All private service departure dates are adapted to your request any day you choose. Also contact us for group departure date availability.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Cusco – Transfer to Hotel

Plaza de Armas of Cusco
Plaza de Armas of Cusco

When you arrive in Cusco we'll pick you up from the airport or the bus terminal and bring you to your hotel. Today will be a free day so you can roam around the city or go souvenir shopping if you have time. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Cusco City Tour

The Fortress of Sacsayhuaman
The Fortress of Sacsayhuaman

On your second day in Cusco we'll tour some of the archaeological remains left behind by the Incas. This City Tour will last about 5 hours, so you'll have some time to explore Cusco on your own as well. We will start with Koricancha/Santo Domingo Monastery. The Santo Domingo Monastery was built on the ruins of Koricancha, which was one of the most important temples the Incas used to worship the Sun God. It was said to have been covered in gold and filled with golden statues, but the Spanish conquistadors looted the temple and tried to destroy it. But you can still see a part of the temple and it is now part of the monastery. From here we'll also visit Sacsayhuaman which is outside of the city of Cusco. This is a very large and impressive structure even though there are only remnants of the original site. Some of the enormous blocks weigh over 100 tons! Sacsayhuaman is also called 'Head of the Puma' since Cusco was built in the form of a puma and Sacsayhuaman was where the head of the animal would be.

Close by Sacsayhuaman you'll be able to visit the Inca site of Quenqo meaning 'labyrinth.' Experts believe this site was used for ceremonial purposes. This is also the beginning of the famous Inti Raymi festival.

PucaPucara is considered to be a 'tambo' which were control points made throughout the Inca Empire. Pucapucara is believed to be a controlled entry point for those wanting to enter the city of CuscoTambomachay is located outside of the city of Cusco and is believed to be a temple dedicated to the worship of water. Experts think it was an import ceremonial place of worship because of the detail of the stonework. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3: Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu (1st Day)

Inca Jungle Trek - Rafting
Rafting on Vilcanota River

Cusco – Abra Malaga – Santa Maria
On our first day of our Inca Jungle Trail we'll start buy picking everyone from their hotels at around 7:00 in the morning and leaving Cusco for Abra Malaga at 4350 meters altitude. We'll start the Inca Jungle Trail 5 minutes down from Abra Malaga, stepping on our bikes and going downhill for 3 to 4 hours, passing by coffee plantations and fruit trees filled with oranges and mangos, with changing climates as you descend.

We'll end our ride in Huamanmarca and take our transportation to Santa Maria at 1250 meters, about 15 minutes away. We'll have lunch in Santa Maria in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we'll take a ride to the VilcanotaRiver where we'll go rafting! This part is a lower level rafting experience so everyone will be able to do this, but definitely one of the most exciting parts of our Inca Jungle Trail! We'll return later in the afternoon for dinner at a local restaurant and stay overnight in a small local family lodging.

  • Meals : L/D
  • Accommodation : Local family lodging
  • Maximum Altitude : 4350m
  • Minimum Altitude : 1250m
  • Distance travelled : 70KM | 43.50mi
  • Approximate walking Time : 3-4 hours

Day 4: Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu (2nd Day)

Hot Springs of Cocalmayo - Santa Teresa - Cusco
Hot Springs of Cocalmayo - Santa Teresa

Santa Maria – Qellomayo – Cocalmayo – Santa Teresa
Today we'll start our day with breakfast at around 7:00am before hiking the Inca Jungle Trail. This will likely be one of your harder days along the Inca Jungle Trail since we'll be hiking for 7 to 8 hours today! We'll start our hike by leaving Santa Mariawhich is at 1250 meters and hikingalong a part which is along the local road then an hour up an original Inca trail which is at 1750 meters, giving us great views of the area.

We'll pass by parts of the jungle, coffee and coca leaf plantations and around 4 to 4 ½ hours into our trek, we'll arrive in the small community of Qellomayo where we'll have lunch. After lunch we'll continue our hike,walking along the river at an easy uphill slope for about 2 ½ to 3 hours until we reach the hot springs of Cocalmayo. We'll spend some time soaking in the hot water baths and relaxing after our long hike along the Inca Jungle Trail today. After 1 to 2 hours in Cocalmayo, we'll take local car/bus to Santa Teresa which is at 1500 meters and only about 20 minutes away. Here we'll have dinner together at a local restaurant and stay the night at a local family lodging

  • Meals : B/L/D
  • Accommodation : Local family lodging
  • Maximum Altitude : 1750m
  • Minimum Altitude : 1250m
  • Distance travelled : 20KM | 12.43mi
  • Approximate walking Time : 7-8 hours

Day 5: Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu (3rd Day)

Zip Lining - Canopy - Cola de Mono
Zip Lining - Canopy - "Cola de Mono"

Santa Teresa – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
On our third day of the Inca Jungle Trail, after an early breakfast, we'll take a car/bus to a zip line camp of "Cola de Mono" about 20 minutes away. We'll be able to zipline for about 2 hours across the valley, crossing it from mountain to mountain for a thrilling adventure! After this exciting thrill ride part of our Inca Jungle Trail experience, we'll take a ride to Hidroelectrica where we'll enjoy a lunch made with local foods.

After lunch we'll hike along the railroad tracks from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes which is at 2000 meters and also known as Machu Picchu Town. This part of the trek is only about 10 KM and along a relatively flat terrain. When we arrive in Aguas Calientes we'll go to our hotel to relax a little before our dinner. We'll stay overnight in a hotel, enjoying a hot shower after our trek today and to get a good night's sleep for our visit to Machu Picchu tomorrow!

  • Meals : B/L/D
  • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude : 2100m
  • Minimum Altitude : 1500m
  • Distance travelled : 10KM 6.21mi
  • Approximate walking Time : 3 hours

Day 6: Machu Picchu Sunrise Tour – Return Cusco

View of Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu
View of Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Today we will be visiting Machu Picchu! We'll wake up very early and have our breakfast at around 4:30am before we hike up the switchback trail to Machu Picchu. The hike up will take about 1 ½ hours. Remember to bring your passport which matches your Machu Picchu entrance ticket as well as your ISIC (International Student Identification Card) if you booked with a student discount.

When we enter, our guide will give us a tour of the main areas of this ancient city which will take about 2 hours. Afterwards we'll have time to roam around Machu Picchu on our own to discover the enigmatic energy which comes from this Inca city. When you've walked around, taken pictures and enjoyed the view of the surrounding valley and mountains as well, you can take a bus down to Aguas Calientes. If you've given yourself enough time, you can have lunch or buy snacks for your trip back to Cusco. You'll take the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo in the late afternoon and once there, we'll pick you up and drive you back to Cusco.

Note: The time table for the trains may change according to the train company's availability. There will also be changes to your itinerary and price if you decide to change your departure time, or upgrade to the Vistadome Train. If you booked later than most of your group for your Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu, you may not be in the same train as the rest of your group. Overnight in hotel.

  • Meals : B
  • Maximum Altitude : 2430m
  • Minimum Altitude : 2100m
  • Distance travelled : 7km 4.35mi
  • Approximate walking Time : 1 1/2 hours

Day 7: Bus Cusco to Puno Guided Tour

Raqchi - Temple of Wiracocha
Raqchi - Temple of Wiracocha

Today we'll start early, leaving Cusco in a touristic bus for Puno. Along the way we'll visit a few interesting archaeological sites like Pukara, Andahuaylillas and Raqchi and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. For lunch we'll have a buffet and drinks along the way. When we arrive in Puno we'll go directly to your hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8: Titicaca Lake Full Day Tour

Floating Islands of Uros - Titicaca Lake
Floating Islands Uros - Titicaca Lake

On the 8th day of our tour, we'll start early for our Lake Titicaca Tour by picking you up from your hotel and bringing you to the harbor. Here we'll start our boat excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting the Floating Islands of Uros. The former Uros tribe, and now a small community, made the floating islands to protect themselves from other tribes centuries ago. The Uros people gathered the reeds on the edges of the lake, bundled them together to make floating platforms on which they built their reed houses. While we're on the islands we'll learn about the local people, their life style and customs.

After visiting Uros, we'll travel to Taquile Island which will take about 2 hours. The Quechua speaking community living on the Taquile Island is known for their weaving tradition, with their "Chullos", knitted hats earflaps, and "The Calendar Waistband", showing the annual cycles connected to rituals and agricultural activities.

From the island you'll have a great view of Titicaca Lake and the houses on the island which are inhabited by direct descendants to the Incas. At the top of the island you'll have some free time to roam around. You'll meet your group at a local restaurant where everyone will have lunch before walking back to the harbor to board the boat back to Puno. You'll be brought to you hotel at about 5:00pm. Overnight in hotel.

Taquile Island - Titicaca Lake
Taquile Island - Titicaca Lake

Day 9: Departure Puno

Today, according to your schedule, we'll pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the airport or bus terminal. This will be the end of our services.

What's Included

  • Transfer Airport/Station to hotel to Airport/Station – Cusco and Puno.
  • 2 nights hotel in Cusco.
  • 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • 2 nights hotel in Puno.
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour.
  • 2 Bus tickets Machu Picchu to/from Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (see note about train availability, changes in times, etc.).
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Tourist bus from Cusco to Puno (includes lunch and drinks during trip).
  • Lake Titicaca guided tour (visit Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island).
  • Lunch on Taquile Island.
  • Tourist motorized boat for Titicaca Lake tour.
  • Transfers from/to hotel and Lake Titicaca harbor.
  • Briefing (usually scheduled one or two days before your trek).
  • Tourist transportation to beginning of Inca Jungle Trail.
  • Professional bilingual tour guide.
  • Bikes and biking equipment.
  • 2 nights in local basic lodging along route and 1 night touristic hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Professional bilingual (Spanish/English) guide (guides who speak other languages upon request).
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners (vegetarian, vegan, etc. dietary requirements available if requested during time of booking at no extra charge).
  • 1 Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (see note about train availability, changes in times, etc.).
  • Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Not Included

  • Drinks and personal expenses.
  • Tips.
  • National/international phone calls.
  • Other items/activities not included in itinerary.
  • Lunch and dinner on the last day of trek.
  • Entrance fees for Thermal Baths in Aguas Calientes ($4)
  • Water for your water bottles. You can buy water along the way or bring water purification tablets.
  • Activities and items not included in the itinerary.

Extras for this Tour

  • Trekking poles/Walking Sticks
  • Supplemental single room
  • Upgrade in class from Expedition Train service to Vistadome (panoramic) Train service
  • Huayna Picchu entrance ticket. Make sure to book early since there are limited spaces available and they can sell out quickly!
  • Entrance fee for hot springs in Aguas Calientes
  • Extra money to buy snacks, water, tips, etc.

What to bring for your Tour

  • Original passport
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if you have a student discount
  • Walking boots/shoes
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera

Optional items to bring for your Tour

  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money for personal expenses, tips, lunch on last day, snacks, etc. We recommend that you bring around 200 Peruvian Nuevos Soles
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes

Discounts

  • Itinerary may change according to the climate and health status of the trekkers.
  • Train times for the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo may change according to the train company's availability and will be confirmed close to the time of the trek. If someone books later than most of the group, we may not be able to provide the same train as the rest of the group.
  • Change to earlier/later train time at time of booking (price depending on train availability)
  • Tips/gratuities not included but are optional according to the services rendered

Notes for your Tour

  • Shorts
  • Walking stick (with rubber tip)
  • Plasters and bandages
  • Sandals
  • Extra money for personal expenses, tips, lunch on last day, snacks, etc. We recommend that you bring around 200 Peruvian Nuevos Soles
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes

Trip Overview

Trip style: Archaeological, Cultural, Landscape, Ecological, Camping
Activities: Trek to Inca Jungle Trail, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
Departures Dates: Every day from March to January (please check availability in our groups)
Visited Places: Cusco, Inca Jungle Trail, Machu Picchu, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Floating Islands of Uros
Physical Grade: medium
Inca Jungle: *Service Group/Shared

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