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- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: Hiking / Adventure /History
Inca Jungle Tour to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
450 USD Per person
Inca Jungle Tour to Machu Picchu 4D/3N
The 4-day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is the most fun and beautiful alternative trail to the classic Inca Trail. This tour combines fun, relaxation, hiking, history, culture and gastronomy.
On the 1st day in the morning, you will descend by bicycle for 4 hours from 13,779 feet to 5,905 feet; in the afternoon there is 2 hours of rafting in a level 3 and 4 river. On the 2nd day, a 10-mile hike is made through a path surrounded by plantations of avocados, mangoes, coffee, tea, endemic fruits and a lots of tropical and medicinal plants; In the afternoon, visit the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, considered the most beautiful in Cusco, due to its crystal clear waters.
During the 3rd day, the zipline is carried out for 2 hours with Vertical company, considered one of the safest and longest in South America. In the afternoon, a 3-hour walk to Aguas Calientes is made and during the course the beautiful Mandor waterfalls are visited.
Finally, on the fourth day, you have a guided tour of the imposing Machu Picchu and in the afternoon you return by train to Cusco. The variety of activities that take place on this 4-day tour make the Inca Jungle Trail the best adventure tour to Machu Picchu.
Highlights of our 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, zipline and hot springs) are included in the price.
- Comfortable and clean accommodations every day.
- 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.
- Live the experience of harvesting coffee, grinding it, filtering it and drinking it in a local farm.
- Visit the 70-meter La Sirena waterfall on your second day hike.
- We visit the awesome Mandor botanic orchid 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 Inca jungle Tour 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 two nights or only one night if you want.
**You have to know that the first and second nights of accommodation are basic but clean. (They have have hot shower, private bathroom and Wifi).
Trip overview of our 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-Abra Malaga- Huamanmarca-Maranura.
- 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, tea time, ¡dinner! All served as buffet
- Area: Cloud Forest
- Weather: Hot and very humid
We’ll pick you up at 5 a.m. from your hotel in Cusco and then you are driven for 3 hours towards the Malaga Mountain Pass. Upon arrival, you will get ready to start this unique Inca Jungle Trail adventure. IncaGo Expeditions will provide you, all the biking security equipment, they are: 1 helmet, 1 pair of knee pads, 1 body armor and 1 pair of gloves. Once you’re dressed in your safety gear. We bike down the mountain, for 4 hours to the Granadillas Hamlet. Our biking starting point is at 4200 meters of altitude, and goes from the Andes Mountain range to the cloud forest at only 1800 meters.
Through the biking section, you’ll see beautiful sceneries of the Veronica snow-capped mountain, and a great zigzagging river, called Vilcanota; which is entering the amazon plain little by little. Once we end up with the biking activity, you return to your guide all the safety equipment provided by the company. Then you will be driven for 30 minutes to Santa Maria, a town where you will have a delicious buffet lunch and you’ll spend the night.
To continue with this exclusive Inca Jungle Tour, after lunch we will drop you off in your rooms, they are basic ones, but very clean (hot shower, private bathroom and Wi-Fi). After a you take a well-deserved rest. At 4 pm. you will be driven for 10 minutes to the Urubamba river bank, for you to do the river rafting activity for about two and a half hours. (for those tourist who do not want to do river rafting, we have in our Inca Jungle Trek, an extra hike of one hour and a half to see the two beautiful waterfalls, called Mandor-Sisay. The first one with 70 meters drop and the second one with a fall of 90 meters. The path to the falls, are full of tropical fruit crops and medicinal plants.
On the other hand, in the river rafting activity; safety and enjoyment is our priority; that is why we will provide you a specialist river rafting guide and all the protective gear and instructions to enjoy this activity in a 100%. In addition to the river rafting guide we provide a security kayak that will be close by, during the whole activity. After rafting you come back to the hostel and get ready to have a delicious buffet dinner.
** The Inca Jungle Trek is the funniest way to arrive Machu Picchu. Enjoy with all security the best of biking in the Andes and rafting in 1 of the main affluent of the Amazon River.
DAY 2: Santa María – La Sirena Waterfall – Cocalmayo – Santa Teresa
- Hiking distance: 11 miles/17 km (9-10 hours)
- Lodge altitude: 1811 meters above sea level ( warm and chilly weather)
- Considered: Moderate day (full of tropical crops and hot spring of Cocalmayo)
- Meals: Breakfast,snacks, lunch, dinner! All served as buffet
- Area: Cloud Forest
- Weather: Warm and very humid
Your tour guide will come to your door with a cold fruit juice to wake you up. After you get ready for the second day of adventure in the Inca Jungle Trail, you will have a delicious a nutritive buffet breakfast. You will hike for 4 hours through a section crowded by crops of annatto (an orange-red dye obtained from the pulp of a tropical fruit, used for coloring foods and fabrics). Coca leaf, banana, papaya, coffee, and avocado crops to mention a few. Then you´ll arrive to the JinJan house, over here your tour guide will show you a lot of interesting and bizarre fruits, veggies and brews. You will see things such as: Dioscorea Bulbifera or “Aerial Potato”, oncucha, burundanga, chuchuhuasi and much more.
From this point you hike 20 more minutes to the beautiful La Sirena waterfall, a waterfall of frigid waters and with a height of 70 meters of fall. Here you will have the opportunity to take a refreshing outdoor shower. Afterwards you’ll hike for 45 minutes to the highest point of the Inca Jungle Trek. Here you hike on a 2 kilometer original stone Inca Trail. The stretch is surrounded by imposing views of the Vilcanota river and the Quellomayo valley. After 3 hours of hiking thorough an area full of mango plantations, you will arrive to the lunch spot. Over here Sarita ( an amazing chef) will be waiting for you with a varied and delicious meal.
After a 30 minutes rest you will hike the final stretch of the Inca Jungle Trail. 3 hours hike next to the river bank towards the most beautiful hot springs in the Cusco region. Cocalmayo is considered as the clearest thermal bath in the region and its water is between 28 to 42 Celsius degrees. Once you ended up relaxing you’ll be driven for 10 minutes to the hostel in the town of Santa Teresa.
** The highlight of today in the Inca Jungle Trek is the amazing view of tropical crops, an original stone Inca Trail stretch and the Cocalmayo hot springs.
DAY 3: Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Mandor Gardens and Falls – Aguas Calientes.
- Hiking distance: 7 miles/12 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
To start the zip line in the Inca Jungle Trail, you will be woken up by your guide at 7:30 in the morning. After having a nutritious Andean breakfast, you will be driven for 10 minutes to the Vertical company base camp. Over here you´ll enjoy and experience one of the best zip lines in South America. Vertical has 5 zip line 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 has a suspension bridge and a climbing cliff of 40 meters high, which is next to a waterfall. This activity will last about 2 hours, then IncaGo Expeditions will drive you for 40 minutes to Hidroelectrica.
Once here, we’ll start hiking for 3 hours to the Mandor gardens and Mandor falls. This section is on a flatter surface and close to the railway. Along the way you´ll see beautiful and colorful birds such as: the green toucan, the cock of the rock, the Andean motmot, the great Andean toucan and the Andean guan to mention a few. Also you’ll appreciate some types of the 455 orchids found in the Machu Picchu region. If you are lucky, we´ll see the spectacled bear (which is a very friendly mammal). Right after delighting with the Mandor fall views, you’ll hike for 30 minutes to the House of Melchor Arteaga Restaurant to have lunch. The owners of the restaurant help to conserve and protect the fascinating biodiversity of the Mandor gardens and falls.
After a 30-minute rest you´ll hike for one hour and 20 minutes to Aguas Calientes, which is the closest town to Machu Picchu wonder of the world. Once here you will be able to say “the Inca Jungle Trek journey is done”. Your guide will drop you off at your comfortable accommodation. Later at night you will go to a local restaurant to have dinner and coordinate the visit to Machu Picchu the next day.
** The highland of the best Inca Jungle Trek will be, one of the best zip lines in south America and the beautiful Mandor garden and fall.
DAY 4: 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.
Included on the Inca Jungle Trek
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 trail.
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the inca jungle trek that also includes the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
Hotel: This inca jungle trek includes 03 nights in comfortable and very clean accommodations in the towns of Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes. 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 close to the Cusco Plaza de Armas, for your informative meeting. You will receive a duffle bag for the belongings that you will take to this 4-day trip to Machu Picchu.
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 alternative ones for you.
Safety equipment: All the activities are done with professionals with a lot of years of experience. Our safety equipment for biking, rafting and ziplining is new and of the highest quality.
Food: Our inca jungle trek includes nice restaurants that will 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.
Satellite phones: our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our crew. While all our guides are prepared and trained to deal with most basic problems that occur in the mountains; Very rarely serious problems may occur that will require the assistance of a specialist doctor and that is when our satellite phones are very useful and necessary, also if you want to call a friend who is anywhere in the world, from the abra malaga on your inca jungle trek or from the dead woman´s pass on the classic inca trail or in case you need to verify the puppy that you left at home with the grandmother. While satellite phones are not cheap, We believe they are very important for your security and to give you the best possible experiencie.
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 Inca Jungle Trek
Rentals: Due there is no camping on this inca junge trek, the only possible needs would be an extra porter or hiking sticks. The items are listed below:
- Trekking poles (Pair): $15
Water Due we don´t rent a chef or porters on the 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.
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 $35 per person.
Vistadome Train Our 4 day Inca Jungle Trek includes the train Expedition service. 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 service, 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 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):
- $450 per person
Private Tours are based on Group Size (2022):
- 2 Trekkers: $470 per person
- 3 Trekkers: $460 per person
- 4 Trekkers: $450 per person
- 5 Trekkers: $440 per person
- 6 Trekkers: $430 per person
- 7 Trekkers: $420 per person
- 8 or more Trekkers: $410 per person
We include 03 comfortable and very clean accommodations in Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes. Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $110 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)
- + $ 20 US per person
For those who would like a single room or travel alone, there is a $ 110 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.
– $ 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: [email protected]
This inca jungle trek, includes a transportation that will carry your duffle bag while you hike on the 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.
- 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 classic inca jungle trek is entirely dirt soil
For Your Duffel: Our transportation will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items.
- 4 wicking t-shirts
- 2-3 hiking pants
- 4 sets of undergarments.
- 4 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.
- Face moisturizer
- Bug spray
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- 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
- Rain gear
- Music (IPhone)
- Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
Where do we pick up the hikers for the 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 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 inca jungle tour.
Reserve for the 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 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 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 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 inca jungle trek just cash is accepted».
How many people will be in my group on the 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 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 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 Inca JungleTrek?
For the inca jungle trek we recommend the use of trekking poles especially for those passengers with knee problems or older people. There are several sections during the tour where you will need to use the walking sticks, either climbing or descending the dirt soil path.
Are there any toilets along the Inca JungleTrek?
Along the 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 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 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.