INKA JUNGLE TREK
The Inka Jungle trek is for anyone who craves a little adrenaline filled diversity to their treks. During this spectacular route to Machu Picchu we will be mixing hiking with a little down hill biking, feel the river splashing in our faces as we raft the Vilcanota river and zipline across deep, Andean valleys.
To mellow the experience a day is spent strolling through lush green hills, coffee plantations and on parts of a genuine inka trail, as you learn about the local history, agriculture and communities. There is also the opportunity to try the beneficial effects of natural hot springs. Last, but not least, we explore mystical Machu Picchu to finish off four days of great fun and variation!
Duration: 4 days (3 days possible)
Activity level: Moderate
Season: All year
Day 1 – Cusco – Abra Malaga – Santa Maria
We start the day with a mini-van trip to Abra Malaga – a 4200masl mountain pass outside of Cusco. Here begins our adventure! Put on safety gear and mount your bike before cruising down to 2000masl on hair pin turn roads. You feel the change of microclimate as the wind in your hair turns warmer as you descent, overlooking beautiful green mountains and valleys. When there are no more down hill roads, we hop in the van and go to Santa Maria, where lunch is waiting. After lunch we go white water rafting to top off an adrenaline filled day!
Day 2 – Santa Maria - Santa Teresa
Today we hike for approximately six hours, with plenty of breaks and things to see along the way. We walk through lush high jungle, pass coffee plantations, fruit plantations and learn a little bit about the native produce and meet some local families and their exotic pets! The landscape is dramatic, the hills steap and the valleys low. A part of the hike is a genuine inca trail, and you will be amazed as you stroll on these perfect roads and steps, as how they managed to build this here as we decend towards the river below. We have lunch and keep walking alongside a riverbank until we reach. When we arrive to Santa Teresa it’s time to take a dip in the natural hot springs. We will be perfectly revived in time for dinner!
Day 3 – Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes
After of our breakfast we will go to do the zip line which literally takes you back and forth from mountain to mountain. Soar up side down on the longest zip line that is almost 1km long! After flying around we continue by car to Hydroelectric for our lunch. We walk along railroad tracks below Machu Picchu and along a flowing river. We reach Aguas Calientes around 4:30p.m. We have a nice dinner before we go early to bed.. tomorrow you will get up at 4:30am!
Day 4 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollyantaytambo - Cusco
Today is the day you have been waiting for! We will get up very early in the morning, have a light breakfast and wait for the bus to take us up to the main gate of Machu Picchu. The bus ride takes 25 minutes and we will try to be first in line when the gates open at 6am. For around two hours, one of our passionate guides will show you around the city of Machu Picchu and talk about its fascinating history and cultural significance. After the tour you have time to explore Machu Picchu at your own leisure before returning to Aguas Calientes by bus. From here you will take the train to Ollantaytambo where a bus to Cusco will be waiting for you.
This package is an outline of how one trip may be like. Of course we can customize this trip to match your specific needs. We are flexible during the trek, so that we may make changes to the itinerary along the way if that suits you better. Contact us for more detailed information on options and we will work together on creating the perfect experience for you!