- 3 Nights / 2 days
- zip line
The Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu is a great alternative to the Classic Inca Trail. The Inca Jungle Trail is packed with adventure since you'll be able to hike, rafting, zipline and biking! We'll also hike along an authentic Inca Trail along the way!.
Our first day of our Inca Jungle Trail we'll begin our day by picking everyone up from their respective hotels before driving to Abra Malaga which is at 4350 meters.
The drive will take about 3 hours, giving you time to rest before we start our adventure or eat some snacks if you missed your breakfast.
A little lower than Abra Malaga, we'll organize our bikes and ride downhill for 3 to 4 hours, passing by changing scenery, plantations, and maybe a few parrots! We'll end this part of our Inca Jungle Trail in Santa Maria where we'll have lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch we'll continue our Inca Jungle Trail by going on a short drive to the Vilcanota Riverwhere 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.
On our second day of our Inca Jungle Trail we'll have breakfast around 7:00am and start our hike. We'll hike most of the day, so today may be considered the toughest of the trip! We'll leave Santa Maria and hike to the small community of Qellomayo which will be 2; hours away. We'll pass by plantations of coffee, mangos, oranges, fields of coca as well as hiking up an original part of the Inca Trail!
When we reach Qellomayo we'll have lunch together in a local restaurant. After having lunch we'll continue hiking for another 2 ½ to 3 hours until we reach the hot springs of Cocalmayo. Here we'll take 1 to 2 hours to relax, soaking in the thermal baths which are along our Inca Jungle Trail. From Cocalmayo, we'll take a vehicle on a 20 minute drive to Santa Teresa. Here we'll have dinner and stay the night at a local family lodging.
Our third day of our Inca Jungle Trail, we'll start with breakfast and then take a car or bus to the zip line camp of "Cola de Mono" which is only about 20 minutes away. We'll have a great time sliding down the zip lineswhich are strung across the valley, passing through the valley, part of our Inca Jungle Trail!.This activity lasts approximately two hours or we head uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata Pass (2,736 m/8,974ft), where we come upon a distant but spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view few travelers ever get a chance to admire. Then we take another vehicle to Hidroelectrica where we'll have a lunch made from foods from the area.
After we've finished lunch and rested a little, we'll start walking to Aguas Calientes along the railroad tracks from Hidroelectrica. This 3 to 4 hour hike is relatively easy since it is flat. In Aguas Calientes we'll have dinner and stay in a hotel overnight. If we have time, we have the option of visiting the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes (entrance fees are about 10 Peruvian Soles)!
We'll wake up very early today and have breakfast close to 5:00am before we start hiking uphill to Machu Picchu. Make sure to bring your passport and ISIC (International Student Identification Card) if you booked with a student discount.
We'll enter with our guide and have a guided tour for about 2 hours explaining the main areas of Machu Picchu. Afterwards we'll have time to walk and climb the rest of Machu Picchu on our own. You'll have time to roam the grounds and take pictures. When you're ready, you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you'll have the rest of the day free to do as you please. Overnight in hotel.
Today we'll start with a breakfast at the hotel before we head back to Machu Picchu. We'll take a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
Depending on your entrance time for Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machupicchu Mountain you can walk around for a while before entering, but they are very strict about the entrance times, so make sure to be on time! You will need to show your entrance ticket for Huayna Picchu and your passport.
It should take about 45 minutes to get to the top and once there you can rest from the strenuous and daunting climb up the mountain as well as enjoying the wonderful view of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains and valley.
After climbing back down to Machu Picchu you can roam around Machu Picchu again or you can go back to Aguas Calientes right away.
You can take a bus down to Aguas Calientes and from there, depending on your train schedule take your Expedition train to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo you will be picked up and driven back to Cusco.
Note: YOU CAN ASK THIS TREK WITH CAMPS, INSTEAD OF HOTEL THE FIRST AND THE SECOND DAY.
|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 – Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes.|
|Inca Jungle:||*Service Group/Shared|