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Inca Jungle Trek 4D by Llactapata

( 4 days | 3 nights )

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Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu by Llactapata 4 Days

An alternative to the Inca Trail, the Inca Jungle Trail is an adventure as well as showing the local coffee and coca leaf plantations along the Inca jungle route!

This alternative includes a visit to the Inca ruins of Llactapata before reaching Machu Picchu, the highlight of your trip!

Availability for the Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days / 3 Nights

  • 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: Cusco – Abra Malaga – Santa Maria

Inca Jungle Trek by Llactapata - Rafting

We'll start our Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu by Llactapata by picking everyone up from their respective hotels early in the morning and leaving Cusco. We'll head out to Abra Malaga which is at 4350 meters. A little lower, we'll step onto our bikes and bike downhill for 3 to 4 hours. We'll pass by local coffee plantations and fruit trees as we go downhill.

Our destination for today along the Inca Jungle Trail is Santa Maria which is at 1250 meters. Here we'll have lunch and rest shortly before we go on our next adventurerafting on the Vilcanota River! We'll take transportation to the river which is only about 10 minutes away. There we'll have a great time rafting down the river for about 1 ½ hours. We'll return to Santa Maria to end our first day along the Inca Jungle Trail by having dinner and staying 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 biking time : 3-4 hours

Day 2: Santa Maria – Qellomayo – Cocalmayo – Santa Teresa

Inca Jungle Trek by Llactapata - Hot springs of Cocalmayo

On our second day of our Inca Jungle trek, we'll get up early for breakfast and start hiking! We'll leave Santa Maria and hike along the jungle, passing by coca leaf and coffee plantations as well as walking along an authentic Inca trail! After about 4 hours we'll reach a small local community of Qellomayo where we'll have lunch.

After lunch we'll hike along the river bank for about 3 hours to Cocalmayo which we should reach in the late afternoon. Cocalmayo is known for its hot springs, which we'll take advantage of after our long hike today! After soaking in the hot springs along out Inca Jungle trail for about 1 to 2 hours we'll take a local bus to Santa Teresa which is only about 20 minutes away. We'll have dinner at a local restaurant and stay at a local family lodging for the night.

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

Day 3: Santa Teresa – Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

Inca Jungle Trek by Llactapata - Trekking from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes

Our third day along the Inca Jungle trail, we'll have breakfast early in the morning before taking the local transportation. After a ride for about an hour, we'll star our trek along an authentic part of an Inca trail! We'll hike from Lucmabamba which is at 2000 meters and hike uphill for about 8 KM to the highest point of our trek at 3000 meters.

After rounding the top for about 10 minutes, we'll get our first glimpse of Llactapata. We will reach this mysterious city around noon. We'll tour the area shortly which also gives us our first glimpse of Machu Picchu in the distance! Afterwards, we'll hike an additional 15 minutes to a local restaurant where we'll have lunch with a view of the surrounding area including Machu Picchu.

After lunch we'll hike down to the River Aobamba which will take about 1 ½ hours. We'll hike along the river for about 45 minutes before reaching Hidroelectrica. From Hidroelectrica we'll walk along the railroad tracks to Aguas Calientes which should take about 3 hours. We should reach Aguas Calientes around 6:00pm, giving us time to have dinner and take a hot shower after our long trek at our hotel! Overnight in hotel.

  • Meals : B/L/D
  • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude : 2100m
  • Minimum Altitude : 1500m
  • Distance travelled : 25KM | 15.53mi
  • Approximate walking Time : 3 hours

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

Inca Jungle 4 days - Machu Picchu

Today will be our final day of our Inca Jungle Trail since we'll be visiting Machu Picchu today! We'll wake up around 4:00am and have breakfast before heading out to hike up to Machu Picchu. The hike up will be long a zig zag path uphill and should take about an hour and a half.

Remember to bring your passport which matches your Machu Picchuentrance 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 toAguas 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.

  • Meals : B
  • Maximum Altitude : 2430m
  • Minimum Altitude : 2100m

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.

What's Included

  • Tour with a professional guide (8 people maximum)
  • 03 nights in basic hotel:
  • Specified meals (3B, 3L and 3D – Vegetarian food on request)
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and Hot Springs
  • Mobility in our private car from Cusco to Abra Málaga
  • Professional Bicycles: (disc hydraulic brake and SHIMANO accessories).
    • Specialized Status 1 or KONA Stinky
  • Safety equipment:
    • SEVEN or 661 Integral Helmet
    • Integral Gloves: FOX or TROY-LEE or Armor: FOX
    • Kneepads: 661
    • Waterproof jackets and pants.
  • Support team
    • First aid kit.
    • Oxygen balloon
    • Communication radios.
  • Bus for up and donw to Machupicchu
  • Train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Not Included

  • Personal travel Insurance
  • Unforeseen expenses.
  • Meals not specified in the tour.
  • Huayna Picchu or Mountain Machu Picchu Tickets
  • Tips.

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: Biking, rafting, zip line, trekking and visit Machu Picchu.
Departures Dates: Every day from March to January (please check availability in our groups)
Visited Places: Cusco – Abra Malaga – Santa Maria - Qellomayo – Cocalmayo – Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Physical Grade: medium
Inca Jungle: *Service Group/Shared

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