January 14, 2016
The probably most adventurous way to get to Machu Picchu! The Inca Jungle Trail fuses stunning landscapes with a variety of adrenaline-pumping activities such as biking, river rafting, zip lining and trekking. You will cross rivers, hike on an ancient Inca Trail, relax in the hot springs of Santa Teresa and trek along the railway before reaching the highlight of the trip: Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Downhill Biking and Rafting
The tour starts early in the morning with pickup at the hostel at approx. 7:15am. You meet the rest of the international group of other adventurous travelers and your local guide – then the journey begins: We pass through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and then drive up to the Abra Malaga Pass (4300m), enjoying the stunning landscapes along the way. Arriving at the pass, you get provided with your biking equipment and mountain bikes and listen to a short safety briefing given by your guide. Then, take a deep breath and hit the road! We’ll cruise down the winding paved mountain road, passing waterfalls, plantations and mountain villages. After a 2000m decent of approx. 3 hours we arrive at Huamamarca, entering the pre-jungle climate to eat lunch. After a short break the van takes us to the small village Santa Maria. A family owned guest house provides comfortable beds and showers to recover from the day. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hostel or go for another adventure: River Rafting on the Vilcanota River! On a 6 people raft and with a specialized rafting guide you will raft down the river for approx. 1,5 hours – the perfect end to the first day of our Adventure Trail!
Day 2: Into the jungle: Trekking on the Inca Trail
An early wake-up call will make you wake up to the sounds and the mists of the jungle. After breakfast, the trekking begins: you will pass through the jungle and walk a section of an authentic Inka Trail along breathtaking cliffs, enjoying again stunning views of the valley and river. You’ll make various stops to enjoy a delicious fresh mango or maracuya juice, paint your face with natural colors from native plants and take a selfie with the charming little monkey owned by one of the locals we will visit along the way.
Leaving the Inca Trail we descend to Quellomayo where thenyou will stop for lunch and have a little “siesta” in the restaurant owned hammocks. Our trek continues along the Vilcanotariver, crossing a swaying suspension bridge and then again crossing the river in a cable car. Our day couldn’t end better: the trail leads directly to the hot springs of Santa Teresa, where you can take an incredibly pleasant bath in the hot waters, enjoy a cocktail or a cold beer and have a shower. By taxi we continue to the town of Santa Teresa where we have dinner and spend the night at a comfortable hostel.
Day 3: Zip Line Adventure
We will start our last day of trekking along a flat and dusty road to theHidroeléctrica power station. For those who are up to some more fun and action, a Zip Line adventure is waiting for you at the nearby Zip Line Park. Slide over trees and rivers in an altitude of over 150 meters and cross the shaky suspension bridge! The group meets at Hidroeléctrica to have lunch, then we’ll start the final part of the trek, walking approx. 3 hours along the railway and river – with the mountain Machu Picchu in sight. You finally arrive at AguasCalientes, Machu Picchu town, and check into your hostel.
Aftersome time to relax and the possibility to visit the hot springs of AguasCalientes you enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner your guide will give you a little briefing about the next day and provide you with your Machu Picchu and train tickets. You spend the night in a nice cozy bed at Supertramp Hostel in AguasCalientes.
Day 4: Machu Picchu is waiting!
Getting up early today is totally worth it – Machu Picchu is waiting! At approx. 4:30am you will start walking up steep Inca stairs for approx. 1,5 hours to be one of the first at Machu Picchu and experience the sunrise (optional you cantake the first bus up at 5:30am). Your guide will give you a comprehensive tour through the Inca city, showing you the most important attractions and places of interest. After the tour (approx. 1,5 hours), you will have time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. You can spend the whole day at the site, or return to AguasCalientesearlier to do some souvenir shopping and have lunch and/or dinner. Those who are looking for more adventure can climb up Huayna Picchu (the “young mountain”) or Machu Picchu (the “old mountain”) – previous reservation is necessary! In the evening at 09.30pm, you take the train from AguasCalientes to Ollantaytambo where we’ll pick you up at the train station and take you back to Cusco (arrival at approx. 1:30am at night, optional you can take an earlier train leaving AguasCalientes at 18.30 or 19.00, arrival in Cusco approx.. 10:30pm).
- Information Briefing at your hostel before the trail
- Pick up at your hostel in Cusco
- Professional English and Spanish speaking guide
- Accommodation in basic hostels / lodges in Santa Maria and Santa Teresa
- Accommodation atSupertrampAguasCalientes
- Meals: 3 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 3 x dinner (vegetarian and vegan options upon request)
- Transport Cusco – Abra Malaga (start of the biking tour)
- Mountain Bikes, helmet and gloves
- Entrance ticket for Machu Picchu
- Train ticket AguasCalientes – Ollantaytambo (departure 21:50)
- Transport Ollantaytambo – Cusco (arrival at approx. 1:30am close to Plaza de Armas)
- First breakfast, last lunch and dinner in AguasCalientes
- Entrance to the hot springs and taxi to Santa Teresa: 10 Soles (approx. US$ 3.00)
- Water and snacks
- Personal expenses
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu mountain: US$ 10.00
- Entrance to Machu Picchu mountain: US$ 6.00
- River Rafting in Santa Maria: US$ 30.00
- Zip Lining in Santa Teresa: US$ 30.00
- Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes:
One way: US$ 12.00
Round trip: US$ 24.00
- Earlier return train (18:20 or 19:00): US$ 10.00