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Short Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu 3D/2N

420 USD Per person

Short Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu 3D/2N

The 3-day short Inca Jungle trek, is suitable for those people who do not have the time to do the Inca Jungle Trail of 4 days. This fun tour to Machu Picchu also shows you the best of Peruvian culture, history and cuisine. This 3-day tour to Machu Picchu allows you to observe the beautiful Andean landscapes and the cloud forest of Machu Picchu while you are on a bicycle, in a rafting boat on the river or hanging on a 1000 meter long metal rope.

On the 1st day in the morning, you will go down by bicycle for 4 hours from the Abra de Malaga to the cloud forest. In the afternoon, river rafting is done for 2 hours in a river of level 3 and 4. At night, you can enjoy some relaxing thermal baths of crystal clear water. During the 2nd day, zip line for 2 hours and then visit the Mandor gardens and waterfalls. On the third day, you have a 3-hour guided tour in Machu Picchu and then you return by train to Cusco where you arrive around 6:30 pm.

The Inca Jungle Trail is ideal trip for you, your loved ones and your family to enjoy a memorable trip to Machu Picchu. Do not wait any longer and book with us, we are ready to work with a lot of passion and excellence to make this trip a lifetime experience.

Highlights of our Short Inca Jungle Trek

  • We provide bikes and security gear of well quality.
  • We work with the best river rafting and zipline companies in the region.
  • All activities mentioned in our package ( biking, rafting, zip line and hot springs) are included in the price.
  • All tickets to Machu Picchu, train tickets to return to Cusco, round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is included; you do not need to pay anything extra.
  • Comfortable and clean accommodations every day.
  • In case you don’t want to do the river rafting; We have a option to visit two waterfalls of 70 and 80 meters fall respectively.
  • We visit the awesome Mandor gardens and falls.
  • The return train from Machu Picchu to Cusco is at 3:20 pm. This means that you will be back at your hotel in Cusco at 6:30 pm.
  • Our Short Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu has a fair and cheap price compared to other operators.


*If you would like to know what camping feels like; We have this option for the first night. Our campsite will be set up next to the hot springs.

**You have to know that the first night of accommodation is basic but clean. (It only has hot shower and private bathroom).


Trip overview of our Short Inca Jungle Trek

  • Trek Type: hiking, scenic, fun activities, nature and informative.
  • Good for: everyone
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Season: From March to December

DAY 1: Cusco – Huamanmarca – Santa Maria – Santa Teresa

  • Biking distance: 54 km (3 to 4 hours)
  • Lodge altitude: 1110 meters above sea level (warm weather)
  • Considered:  Easy to moderate day
  • Meals: ¡Breakfast, lunch and dinner! All served as buffet
  • Area:  Cloud Forest
  • Weather: Hot and very humid

IncaGo Expeditions will pick you up at 5:00 am. from your accommodation in Cusco. Then you will be driven for 3 hours to the Malaga mountain pass, place from where you´ll start the memorable Inca jungle trail of 3 days. Once here we provide you all the security gear, they are: 1 helmet, 1 pair of knee pads, 1 pair of gloves and 1 body armor. You will ride down the bikes for 4 hours from an elevation of 4300 meters to 1889 meters. Along the way you´ll see 1 snow-capped mountain (Veronica glacier) and the impressing Vilcanota river getting inside the amazon jungle like an anaconda. Once you will arrive to the hamlet of Granadillas, you must return the bike and security gear to your guide. afterwards you will be driven for 30 minutes to Santa Maria town to have lunch. Here you will enjoy a nutritious and delicious buffet lunch.

In the afternoon you will go with a specialist river rafting guide to raft in the Urubamba river; this activity will last two hours and a half. All the equipment and security kayak is provided. If you don’t want to do the rafting activity; we have a different option for you. You will hike for two hours to see a couple of amazing waterfalls; they are known as the MandorSichi falls and the first and second drops are from 70 to 90 meters of fall respectively.

Continuing with an amazing experience in the Short Inca Jungle Trail. Around 18:00 pm. you’ll be transported for 40 minutes to Santa Teresa town, where you will spend the first night. Then your tour guide will lead you to the most beautiful thermal baths in the Cusco region; Cocalmayo is made up of 5 crystal clear water ponds that ranges from 29 to 42 Celsius degrees. At night you will enjoy a well-deserved buffet dinner. This Short Inca jungle trail follows the same route and highlights of the 4 day Inca jungle trail.

* The best and funniest way to get Machu Picchu in only 3 days.


1st day map of the short Inca jungle trail


DAY 2: Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Mandor Gardens and Falls – Machu Picchu Town.

  • Hiking distance: 6 miles/10 km (4 hours)
  • Hotel altitude: 2000 meters above sea level (chilly weather)
  • Considered: Easy day (zipline)
  • Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
  • Area:  Cloud Forest
  • Weather: Hot and very humid

This fantastic day in the short Inca Jungle Trail will start at 7:30 in the morning with the wakeup call made by your tour guide. After you get ready and have a yummy buffet breakfast, you will be driven for 10 minutes to the base camp of the Vertical company. This zip line company is known as one of the safest and longest in south America. Vertical has 5 zip line metal cables. The first one is 1000-meter-long, the second one is 800, the third one is 600, the fourth is 400 and the last one is 200-meter long. There is also a suspension bridge and a climbing cliff of 40 meters high, which is next to a waterfall. This activity will last around 2 hours.

Afterwards, you’ll be driven for 40 minutes to Hidroelectrica, place from where the Inca Jungle Trail section continues below the Machu Picchu mountain. You will hike for 3 hours to the Mandor gardens and falls. This section is on a flatter surface and close to the railway. You’ll be able to see beautiful and colorful birds such as: the green toucan, the cock of the rock, the Andean motmot, the Andean great toucan and the Andean guan to mention a few of them. Also you’ll appreciate different types of orchids, and if you are lucky enough, you’ll see the spectacled bear (which is a very friendly and unique Machu Picchu mammal). Right after enjoying amazing views, you’ll hike for 30 minutes to the House of Melchor Arteaga; place where you will have lunch. This restaurant has the peculiarity to conserve and protect the fascinating biodiversity of the Mandor gardens and falls.

After digesting for a bit the food, you’ll hike for one 1 and 20 minutes to your 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes. Once over here you will be able to say “the short Inca jungle trek is done”. Your guide will drop you off at your hotel, coordinate dinner time. At dinner your guide will give you an IncaGo Expeditions souvenir and will coordinate the visit to Machu Picchu the next day.

** The Inca Jungle Trail highlight, is one of the best zip lines in south America and the visit to the mandor gardens and falls.

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Map of the second day of the short Inca jungle trek


DAY 3: Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Cusco

  • Meals Included: Breakfast Only

In order to get well rested and have plenty of time to enjoy the views, pictures and guided tour at Machu Picchu; we suggest you to wake up by 5:00 in the morning, get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel. This will be a ride of 30 minutes until reaching the Inca citadel at 6:15 am. more or less. Thus, you will have the chance to see the sunrise on this magnificent location. Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the most beautiful spots of the Inca citadel, share information about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most impressive details of Machu Picchu.

Then we take the bus back at more or less 12:00 pm. Down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will deliver out train tickets, so if you opt to skip this; please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving your tour guide at Machu Picchu citadel. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2-hour drive to Ollantaytambo or 4 hours to Poroy (this is based on which train you board). At Ollantaytambo or Poroy, our IncaGo Expedition driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if there is not car access until your accommodation. You will arrive to your hotel in Cusco around 6:30 pm.


Map of the visit to Machu Picchu and the return to Cusco



Included on the Short Inca JungleTrek

Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grew up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our inca jungle hike 

Permits:  As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the short inca jungle trek that also includes an entrance to Machu Picchu

Hotel:  This short inca jungle trek includes 03 nights in very comfortable and clean accommodations in the town of Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. The hotel you book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always available.

Briefing: The night before your trip, you will come to our office for your informative meeting. You will receive a duffle bag for your personal belongings. 

Transportation: IncaGo Expeditions will be providing all transportation needed for this Inca Jungle Trek. You don´t need to pay anything extra. The train ticket to return from Machu Picchu to Cusco will be at 3.20 pm. and it goes on the Expedition train service. The round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is also included.

Activities: On this Inca Jungle Trek are included in the price the following activities: biking, river rafting, hiking,  zipline and the best hot springs of the Cusco region. If you don´t like any of these activities we have interesting alternatives for you.

Safety equipment: On this short inca jungle trek we included, seven or 661 integral helmet, a body armor, integral gloves, knee pads,integral gloves, lifejacket, harness, etc.

Food: Our inca jungle trek includes nice restaurants that will prepare delicious meals that many previous trekkers have loved. We honor all food restrictions, so be sure to add any that you have on your booking form and let us know. Food is typically all served as buffet.

Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies; our lodges on the route are the most comfortable ones and all our activities are performed with the safest companies on the market, in addition of elaborating our food with organic veggies. 

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on the inca jungle trek, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Short Inca JungleTrek 

Water Due we don´t rent a chef or porters on the short inca jungle tour, the chances to provide water are not possible for us. There is shops all the time to buy water or any type of drink you would like.

Additional options

Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 1 hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu site. as Huayna Picchu it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3 hours round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket that we must secure for you in advance. This ticket is $75 per person.

Vistadome Train  Our 2 day Inca Trail includes the ExpeditionTrain class. This train is always booked at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. departing from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. There is also the vistadome train class, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack. Usually, the Vistadome train is booked for 4:43 p.m. and goes to Poroy, a train station 30 minutes close to Cusco. As this is an upgraded fee, we will still include your transportation back to your hotel. The ticket is $40 per person.

Extra day at Machu Picchu

You will have from 6 am to 12 pm to enjoy Machu Picchu (it is not possible to be all day in Machu Picchu due to the new protection regulations developed by the Peruvian state), arriving at the citadel around 6 a.m. and leaving no later than 12 p.m. to take your train at 3:20 or 4:22 pm. If you also want to have a guided tour again the next day in Machu Picchu, we can also organize it.

  • The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is $ 55 per person.
  • The round trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu is $ 25 per person.


We would love to tour the short inca jungle trek with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to Machu Picchu. We can leave any day from March to January as the inca jungle hike is always available

Group Price (2022):

  • $420 per person

Private Tours are based on Group Size (2022):

  • 2 Trekkers: $450 per person
  • 3 Trekkers: $440 per person
  • 4 Trekkers: $430 per person
  • 5 Trekkers: $420 per person
  • 6 Trekkers: $410 per person
  • 7 Trekkers: $400 per person
  • 8 or more Trekkers: $390 per person


We include 03 nights of comfortable accommodations in the hamlets of Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes. Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $85 US per person if you book lonely. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers,breakfast and wifi. We could also upgrade your hotel at Machu Picchu if you like better something more luxurious. Please remind the service in Aguas Calientes is not as good as in Cusco. Below there is a list of  potential upgrade choices, If you want any other hotel, just let us know

  • El Mapi:  +$80 US pp shared (+$160 for a single)
  • Sumaq : +$220 US pp shared (+$380 for a single)

Solo travelers:

  • + $ 20 US per person

For those who would like a single room or travel alone, there is a $ 85 room charge to cover the total cost of the room. We do not join hikers alone in a double room. This covers three star hotels and will be more expensive for improved hotels.

Student Discount:

  • – $ 25 discount per person

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of the inca jungle trek of the government.

Please send everything to: info@cuscodigital.com

Packing list

This short inca jungle trek, includes a transportation that will carry all your duffle bag while you do the activities on the short inca jungle trek. We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during the inca jungle tour and at the lost city of the Incas; the great Machu Picchu.


  • Original Passport ,
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelbaks are encouraged – but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable athletic shoes (lightweight with good soles) remember that the short inca jungle trek is entirely dirt soil

For Your Duffel: Our transportation will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items.

  • 3 wicking t-shirts
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 3 sets of undergarments.
  • 3 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece and 1 down jacket; it gets chilly at night
  • 1 rain jacket and rain pants /rain poncho
  • 1 sun hat
  • 1 wool hat
  • Athletic shoes 
  • Comfortable shoes for the lodges
  • Quickdry towel.
  • Bathing suit
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep away clean clothes from dirty clothes.


  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Handsanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletpaper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, no bag larger than 25 litters will be allowed in. If larger, you will need to store outside in the Machupicchu check point. Some items are listed below

  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips

Where do we pick up the hikers for the Short Inca JungleTrek ?

Pick up will be from your hotel at 5:00 a.m. Please provide clear contact information of your place of accommodation when approaching our office in Cusco.

Where to pay the remaining amount for the Short Inca JungleTrek?

Most hikers arrive in Cusco 2 or 3 days before the inca jungle trek for proper acclimatization. Once you are in Cusco it is imperative that you come to our office to review the last details of your excursion and also pay the remaining amount of your short inca jungle tour.

Reserve for the Short Inca JungleTrek?

We try to make the booking as easy as possible in Incas Path. We prepare a reservation form where you will complete and include all the details for the excursion, and then a deposit of $ 200 per person. Once we have all the deposits and details, we will reserve your permits. Once the Machu Picchu permits are in our hands, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All excursions once confirmed, are guaranteed.

Permissions for the Short Inca JungleTrek?

Only tour operators licensed by the goverment, such as Incas Path, can obtain the corresponding permits from the government. Once we have obtained your Machu Picchu permits, the name and start date cannot be changed under any circumstances. The only information that the government allows us to change are passport numbers.

Passport Number Update?

The government will only allow us to change passport numbers if we have a copy of the new passport and the old passport. If you no longer have your old passport, any identification document that you have in your hands will be accepted while the name is the same as in your passport.

Where to stay in Cusco?

You can stay in a hotel that you consider convenient, however you must have the account of the location of the hotel because the traffic within the city has become stressful in the last 5 years. Many roads are up to 100 years old; Especially near the main square the roads are only for pedestrians. We will notify you if it is not possible to pick you up by car from your hotel and coordinate another nearby pick-up point. For a list of recommended hotels, consult your Incas Path sales representative.

Can I stay in the sacred valley?

The second most convenient place to stay after Cusco will be Ollantaytambo. When you stay in Ollantaytambo, you will have the chance to sleep for longer because we will pick you up at 7:00 am from your hotel.

Can I stay an additional night in Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes?

Of course, if you agree to take the same train from Aguas Calientes that is part of your original itinerary, which is usually at 3.20 or 4:22 pm, then there is no additional charge for the train to be booked one day. after. If you need us to insure your hotel or another visit to Machu Picchu, Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain this will have an additional cost. If you decide to spend another night in Aguas Calientes, be sure to inform the Incas Path office at least one month in advance, so that your train ticket is purchased for the correct day.

Can I book my hotel on my own in Aguas Calientes?

You can choose any hotel to stay in Aguas Calientes. It is a small and very safe town. If you decide to book your hotel, be sure to tell us where you plan to stay so we can take you there safely.

During the trip, how challenging is the Short Inca JungleTrek?

This inca jungle trek is not difficult in terms of hiking as we don´t clim any high area, the only inconvenient that our hikers coul find  into the inca jungle trek is the humidy and heat all the time, so it will be from easy to moderate but it will be worth it when you arrive at Machu Picchu, and so you will take your so awaited posdcard pictures and will learn all the most interesting details about Machu Picchu

Will I need extra money on the Short Inca JungleTrek?

Of course, if you would like to buy some type of drinks, snacks, along the way or reminders in the citadel of Machu Picchu or go to the thermal baths in Aguas Calientes, take about 400 soles or if you do not want to take cash with you there are ATMs in Aguas Calientes  and you can also make almost any payment using your credit or debit card, «also remember that along the days of hiking into the short inca jungle trek just cash is accepted».

How many people will be in my group on the Short Inca JungleTrek?

We require a minimum of 2 people for our tour, and if you are traveling alone, we invite you to join our groups that start each day. We can have up to 8 hikers with a guide and if our groups are between 9 and 16 people, we have 2 accredited guides with a lot of experience in the short short inca jungle trek. During the low season it is most likely that the groups are small and during the high season the groups are probably much larger.

Do you need hiking boots for the Short Inca JungleTrek?

Instead of hiking boots, we recommend athletic shoes with good soles, since if it rains a little the inca jungle hike can become a bit muddy and slippery.

Are trekking poles really necessary on the Short Inca JungleTrek?

For the short inca jungle trek the trekking poles are not recommended due we don´t have that much hike and the little hike we have on the second day it is very flat and easy

Are there any toilets along the Short Inca JungleTrek?

Along the short inca jungle hike in addition of the lodge and restaurant toilets there is chances to use toilets every two hours. Please carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack.

Where do I store my luggage?

All luggage not necessary for the hike must remain in Cusco. All hotels are very helpful and are quite accustomed to storing luggage of their guests, or if you wish you can store it safely with our customer service team in our office storage

What should I expect from the weather on the Short Inca JungleTrek?

Please understand that this is a very difficult question to answer. Historically, from April to October it is the dry season, from November to March it is the rainy season, but in recent years our weather has been affected by climate change and today it is very difficult to predict. Remember that in the mountains the radiation and heat are very high during the day and the evenings and nights always cold. We always recommend a short sleeve shirt for the inca jungle trek and Machu Picchu, long pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, rain jacket and a fleece jacket and for the night a down jacket.

Can Incas Path please my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?

For us it is an honor to please all kinds of dietary needs, just let us know at the time of booking. If you are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant or any type of allergies, we have a team of chefs with a lot of experience in the preparation of all types of diets on the short inca jungle trek. Also remember that we want to pamper you during your trip to Machu Picchu and for that reason we use 100% organic vegetables for the elaboration of our buffets.

What type of outlet is used in Cusco and Machu Picchu?

Most hotels and even homes in Peru now have the standard US output and also that of South America.

What is the standard procedure when it comes to tip?

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trip to Machu Picchu and, although we pay good salaries to our entire team, We always appreciate any extra appreciation. Keep in mind that this is not mandatory and that you should never feel pressured for this reason.

In general, participants in a group show their personal appreciation towards their tour guide, which will be according to their degree of satisfaction with the service provided.

Is there a possibility to cancel my Inca JungleTrek?

There is no possibility to cancel the short inca jungle tour. Even in extreme weather conditions or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The Peruvian government does not have any type of refund or change of date, because if there is any weather problem or strike that prevents us from entering the short inca jungle trek; we will do our best to provide you with an alternate hike or take you to Machu Picchu in some way. We will keep you very informed in case there is a strike or weather inconvenience in Peru, Cusco or Machu Picchu. In the event that a passenger decides to cancel their trip to Peru, they will lose the total amount deposited because the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, train and bus tickets have already been purchased.