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Discover Machu Picchu through the Inka Jungle Trek: An Unforgettable Adventure Trip in Peru

Inka Jungle Trek

4 days and 3 nights Tour: Hiking and Adventure Min: 2 persons
Carol B
2024-03-20
Breathtaking views beyond describable lifetime adventure Very informitive and beautiful views wonderful pictures. I have already sent word to family they MUST come see!! The guides were friendly and helpful!!!
Heath A
2024-03-19
Amazing Experience!! An absolute once in a lifetime experience I will never forget! We were met by our guide immediately when stepping out of the train station and he was very friendly, funny, and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend anyone coming to Peru to book through Rap Travel Peru!!!
John V
2024-03-19
Totally unforgettable!! I was an amazing experience from start to finish. Every checkpoint was smooth and efficient. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!!!
nick d
2024-03-19
Amazing time at Machu Picchu!!!!!👏👏👏👏👏 Had amazing time with some amazing people from rap travel the guide was amazing and very knowledgeable and attentive of everything that he was showing us had great insight and information and made it to where we can understand and enjoy what we were looking at in the history of the site!!!!!👏👏👏📣📣📣📣
Adriano M
2024-03-15
Passeios Maravilhosos e equipe receptiva Equipe super prestativa, desde a reserva até os guias turísticos. Fomos atendidos pelo brasileiro Luis, que estava sempre a disposição para ajudar com quaisquer dúvidas ou problemas. Os guias também foram super receptivos e bem dispostos a ajudar. Recomendo 100%
Yoselin A
2024-03-15
Mejores Días en Perú Desde el primer día la atención y servicio fueron excelentes, muy buenas recomendaciones sobre lugares donde comer, conocer y los mejores guías/fotógrafos. Gracias por recibirnos!
Castro Díaz D
2024-03-15
Experiencia increíble en Perú Mi estancia en Cusco con la agencia RAP Travel fue increíble, nos hicieron sentir como en casa desde que llegamos a la ciudad, los tours, guías, atención, todo fue demasiada buena. Recomendable para que vengan a conocer Perú de la mejor manera.
Marco F
2024-02-24
Nuestro viaje a Perú. Todo fantástico!! Nos encantó las atenciones de RAP Travel Perú y de todo su personal. Los tours bien planificados, puntuales. Todo A1, nos vamos súper contentos con el servicio. Los recomendamos al 1000%, el cooking class traditional fue excelente. El ceviche de trucha y lomo de alpaca para chuparse los dedos.
Madrily D
2024-02-24
Experiencias en Cusco. La experiencia en Perú, fue muy placentera. Nos encantó todo nuestro viaje, la compañía RAP Travel Perú. Nos ayudó muchísimo con la planificación con este viaje. 100% recomendado.
Silvia R
2024-02-23
Viaje mágico Excelente experiencia con la agencia rap travel , todos fueron muy amables y nos ayudaron a armar nuestro paquete turístico de acuerdo a nuestras necesidades

DESCRIPCIÓN

Description Inka Jungle Trek to Machupicchu

With the “Inka Jungle tour to Machu Picchu”, you will enjoy the ancient path traced by the Incas from the beginning of the Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu. You will have a combined adventure of landscapes, mountains, rivers and sports until you reach one of the seven wonders of the world and be able to take the tour to Machu Picchu.

The INCA JUNGLE is an adventure tour that combines mountain biking, rafting and hiking. An alternative before arriving and doing the tour to Machu Picchu. The combination of these outdoor sports and the incomparable landscapes make this trip an incredible experience, this tour is preferred by young visitors, it is also ideal for people with a passion for adventure and a lot of energy.

The ancient trail laid out by the Incas from the start of the Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu, winds up and down and around the mountains over two high Andean passes on the route, which collectively have led to the route being called the ‘Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks, distant rivers and mountain ranges and orchid cloud forests are stupendous and walking along a cliff-hugging pre-Columbian ruin is a mystical and unforgettable experience.

THE INCA JUNGLE, Machupicchu Adventure Tour, is the road less traveled to the lost city of the Incas. The route winds through the Cordillera de Vilcabamba, the spectacular Andean mountain range before plunging into the forested canyons to the Inca city of Machupicchu. Discover a world surrounded by magical moments that will stay with you long after you return home. See why the majestic Andean peaks “Los Apus” are inspiring for the natives and considered as “gods”.

what is the best option to get to Machu Picchu, the beautiful Inca city? There are many ways to get to Machu Picchu, do you want to know why Inca Jungle Trek is the best option to go to Machu Picchu?

MAIN POINTS OF VISIT

  • Cusco (3,399 masl)
  • Abra Málaga (4,200 masl)
  • Santa Maria (75 masl)
  • Santa Teresa (1,550 masl)
  • Aguas Calientes (2,040 masl)
  • Machupicchu (2,430 masl)

Machupicchu Adventure Tour Summary:

  • Day 1: Cusco – Abra Malaga (Bike) – Santa Maria 55 Km – Moderate Day.
  • Day 2: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa (Tyrolean): 12 km – Moderate day.
  • Day 3: Lucmabamba (Trek)- Llactapata (Inca Trail) – Aguas Calientes: 18 km – Moderate day.
  • Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco: 4 km – Easy day.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco – Abra Málaga – Santa María

  • 05.30 hrs Pick up time from your hotel. We will leave the city of Cusco and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, here we will have time to have breakfast.
  • We will board the transportation and continue to Abra Malaga (4,350 meters) starting point of our bike tour. After a brief explanation to help you get oriented, the guide will provide us with the necessary equipment for the activity.
  • We will begin the descent by bike for 3 hours and 30 minutes, 55 km until we reach Huamanmarca. During the trip we will experience the beauty of the snow-capped mountains and the tropical forest, we will cross small streams and enjoy the change from cold to tropical climate.
  • During the trip, we will stop several times to check the bikes and equipment. We will arrive at the village of Santa Maria (1,200 masl) where we will have lunch and spend the first night in a hotel. In the afternoon we have the option of canoeing on the Vilcanota River. This river offers category III and V+ rapids. For this activity we will provide you with helmets, windbreakers and category V life jackets. This activity is available from April to December and you must know how to swim to participate according to Peruvian law.

Lodging – SANTA MARIA

Breakfast – Passenger / Lunch & Dinner – Agency

Day 2: Santa Maria – Cocalmayo – Santa Teresa.

  • 6.00 hrs After a delicious breakfast, we will be ready to make the first day hike to Santa Teresa. The first 2 hours of the hike will be uphill. On the way we will have several stops to learn a little more about the flora and fauna of the area where we will be.
  • We will also stop at the home of a local family, where we will learn about their customs and traditions. Later we will cross a section of the Inca Trail that formerly connected the Sacred City of Machu Picchu with the last Inca refuge, Vilcabamba. Here our guide will explain a little more about the history of the Incas and also about the Inca communication system (the Inca Trail).
  • At this point we will have the pleasure of experiencing some of the most impressive views of the Huancarccasa canyon, the majestic Salkantay. We will then descend to the village of Quellomayo, where we will enjoy lunch and a relaxing rest in the hammocks of the restaurant.
  • We will continue the last 2 hours of our hike to reach the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, where we will spend some time enjoying this enchanting place. When the whole group is ready, our transportation will take us to the village of Santa Teresa, where we will spend our second night.

Lodging – SANTA TERESA

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner – Agency

Day 3: Santa Teresa – Llactapata- Aguas Calientes.

HIRAM BINGHAM, first discovered Llactapata in 1912. “We found evidence that an Inca chief had built his house here and had constructed a dozen buildings. Bingham locates the site” on top of a ridge between the Aobamba and Salcantay valleys some 5,000 feet above the Huaquina estate.

“Here we discovered a series of ruins and two or three modern huts, the Indians said the place was called Llactapata. “Bingham did not investigate the ruins thoroughly.

  • After a hearty breakfast, we will zipline “We run in the air over the Andean mountains”. This activity lasts approximately two hours or we head uphill for 2-3 hours to the Llactapata Pass (2,736 m), where we will encounter a spectacular view of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast, a view that few travelers have the opportunity to admire.
  • We take a short break to explore the ruins of Llactapata, which have recently been restored. We arrive at Hidroeléctrica “Estación del pueblo”, we will continue walking next to the railroad until we reach Aguas Calientes or Machupicchu village (walking time 3h approx.).
  • Upon arrival at the hotel we will rest and take a bath, later we will have the celebration dinner with our guide and a last briefing for our experience the next day.

Note: if you wish to take the train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes 40 minutes ride, you must buy the ticket in Santa Teresa or Hidroelectrica (the price is not included in the tour) and coordinate with the guide one night before. You will meet the rest of the group at the train station in Aguas Calientes.

Hotel – ENCANTO, HOT WATERS

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner – Agency

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco

  • 05.00 hrs Very early after breakfast, we will take the bus to make the tour to Machu Picchu. This is the most important day because today we will visit one of the seven wonders of the world, we will appreciate the sunrise in the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Once inside Machu Picchu, we will have a guided tour of 2h, we will see its most important temples, such as the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the 3 Windows, etc.. Afterwards we will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on our own.
  • If you booked in advance, Huayna Picchu mountain (2,800 meters) or Machu Picchu mountain (3,082 meters) will have that opportunity after your guided tour. You must make reservations to climb either mountain three months in advance for an additional cost of US$ 20.
  • Once you have finished enjoying the tour to Machu Picchu, you will return to Aguas Calientes walking or pre-booking the bus up and down to Machu Picchu and controlling the train schedule we must be 30 min. before to the train station, board the train and get to Ollantaytambo, return in our private mobility to the city of Cusco.

Note: If you plan to hike Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain you must make reservations in advance and the fee is US$ 20. Space is limited to only 400 people per day.

BREAKFAST – AGENCY / LUNCH and DINNER – PASSENGER

INCLUDES


INCLUDES:

SANTA MARÍA – Family lodging (private bathroom and hot water).

SANTA TERESA – Family accommodation (private bathroom and hot water).

AGUAS CALIENTES – Hotel Encanto (private bathroom, hot water and wifi).

  • Transfer In/Out
  • Tourist transportation
  • Bilingual guide Bilingual Inca Jungle Trek adventure tour guide
  • Cultural Tour Guide in Machupicchu
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca site of Machu Picchu
  • Professional mountain bike, helmet and gloves
  • Ziplining: Professional assistance, helmet, gloves
  • River rafting: Rafting kit (life jackets, helmet, coat, waterproof jacket, neoprene suit, paddle, inflatable boat)A choice of
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (vegetarian, vegan or special menus available at no extra cost)
  • Medical kit and oxygen bottle
  • Train tickets Machupicchu/Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo/hotel in Cusco


NOT INCLUDED:

  • Consettur bus to Machupicchu Inca city (one way/return)
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu Mountain or Waynapicchu USD 20.00
  • 1st Breakfast and last lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes.
  • Transportation from Santa Teresa/Aguas Calientes
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our staff
  • Additional costs or delays beyond the control of the administration (bad weather, itinerary modification due to a security problem, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.).
  • Mineral water and snacks
  • Personal expenses

MUST BRING:

  • Original passport
  • Small backpack Complete rain gear or poncho
  • Gloves (warm) and trekking pants
  • Long sleeve breathable polo shirts
  • Flashlight and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and repellent
  • Swimwear and Sandals
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Cold weather jacket
  • Long sleeve sweater Hat
  • Sun hat and bandana
  • Casual mountain clothing
  • Camera and video camera
  • Binoculars
  • Camera with extra battery
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration pouches recommended)
  • Snack: Chocolates, dried fruit, cereal bars
  • Extra money in soles
  • Toilet paper
  • A good positive mental attitude

DO NOT BRING: 

  • Large suitcases and wheeled bags.
  • Additional luggage that you will not need on the trek can be left at your hotel in Cusco or at our office.
  • If you do not have a duffel bag of the right size, we can provide you with a duffel bag prior to the trek.

PRICES AND HOTELS

GROUP SERVICE TOUR

Inka Jungle Trek

PRICE PER PERSON

Minimum 02 persons

GROUP SERVICE TOUR

  • Two nights Hotel (Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes)
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Tourist bus Cusco – starting point of the hike
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Tourist train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Tourist transport Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • Mountain biking equipment (bicycles, helmet and gloves).

Photo Gallery The best of the Tour!

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Salkantay to Machu Picchu Tour

During the bike ride of the tour, approximately 55 kilometers are covered in total. This is part of the thrilling experience in the first stage of the tour.

In Llactapata, two main activities can be done. First, there is an uphill walk lasting about 2-3 hours, which culminates at Llactapata Pass, providing a spectacular view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the southeast. Secondly, you can explore the recently restored ruins of Llactapata. This is a unique opportunity to delve into Inca history and enjoy breathtaking views.

In Machu Picchu, there are two popular options for mountain climbing. One is Huayna Picchu, which is situated at 2,800 meters and offers a spectacular view of Machu Picchu. The other option is Machu Picchu Mountain, which stands at an altitude of 3,082 meters and provides a unique perspective of the citadel. It’s important to note that reservations need to be made three months in advance, and there is an additional cost.

In the Inka Jungle Machupicchu tour, hikes and activities vary in difficulty. On the first day, there is a downhill bike ride, suitable for those with biking experience. Throughout the excursion, hikes may include moderate ascents and descents, and the hike to Llactapata involves an ascent. Optional activities such as mountain climbing can be challenging and require good physical fitness. Participants should be prepared for various levels of physical effort and changing conditions during the tour.

The additional cost for participating in optional activities, like mountain climbing, varies depending on the mountain you choose. For instance, if you wish to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, the extra cost is $20. This additional fee allows you to enjoy an exceptional view of Machu Picchu from a unique perspective. It’s important to note that space for these activities is limited, and it is recommended to make reservations at least three months in advance to secure your spot, as only a limited number of visitors are allowed per day.

The “Inka Jungle tour to Machupicchu” includes a thrilling variety of outdoor sports and activities for participants to enjoy an adventurous experience. These activities vary throughout the journey and can include the following:

  • Mountain Biking: The tour starts with an exciting mountain biking experience from Abra Malaga to Huamanmarca. Participants descend on mountain paths, enjoying stunning views of nature and the change in climate as they descend from higher altitudes.
  • Rafting: In the town of Santa Maria, travelers have the option to take part in rafting activities on the Vilcanota River, which offers class III and V+ rapids. This activity is perfect for those seeking excitement and adventure on the water.
  • Hiking: Throughout the tour, moderate hikes are conducted, allowing participants to explore the natural beauty of the region and learn about the local flora and fauna. The Inca Trail, which connected Machu Picchu with Vilcabamba, is also visited, and the ruins of Llactapata are explored.
  • Ziplining: On the second day, an exhilarating ziplining activity is carried out, enabling travelers to race through the Andean mountains and gain a unique perspective of the surrounding nature.
  • Visit to Hot Springs: In Santa Teresa, a visit to the relaxing Cocalmayo hot springs, known for their natural thermal waters, offers participants a chance to rest and enjoy some relaxation after the day’s adventures.

Yes, it is highly recommended to make advance reservations for climbing Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain when planning to visit Machu Picchu as part of your “Inka Jungle tour to Machupicchu” or any other tour. Here are some important reasons to do so:

  • Limited Spaces: Both Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain have a limited number of slots available for visitors each day due to conservation and safety reasons. For Huayna Picchu, there is a limit of 400 visitors per day, divided into two groups. For Machu Picchu Mountain, the limit is 800 visitors per day. These slots fill up quickly, especially during the high season, so it’s crucial to ensure you have your spot reserved.
  • Avoid Limited Availability: If you do not make advance reservations and try to purchase your tickets on the same day of your Machu Picchu visit, you may find that tickets to climb these mountains are already sold out. To avoid this, it’s best to make sure you have your tickets in advance.
  • Itinerary Planning: By booking in advance, you can plan your itinerary more effectively and be certain that you will have the opportunity to do the hike to your preferred mountain. This allows you to make the most of your visit to Machu Picchu.
  • Entry Times: In addition to securing your spot, advance reservations also allow you to select your preferred entry time for the hike. This can be beneficial for tailoring your itinerary and avoiding crowding on the trails.

If you experience symptoms of altitude sickness during the Salkantay to Machu Picchu tour, it is important to take immediate steps to manage the situation and prevent symptoms from worsening. Here are some actions to consider:

  • Stop and Rest: As soon as you feel the initial symptoms, such as a headache, nausea, excessive fatigue, or difficulty breathing, stop and rest. Do not attempt to continue hiking unless the symptoms are mild and quickly alleviate.
  • Hydrate: Drink water regularly to keep your body hydrated. Dehydration can worsen altitude sickness symptoms.
  • Descend to Lower Altitude: If symptoms do not improve or worsen, it is essential to descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible. This may mean returning to the last point where you felt well or, if necessary, abandoning the hike and seeking medical attention.
  • Communication: Inform your guide or the group about your symptoms so they can provide support and assistance. Local guides are often trained to deal with altitude sickness and can offer advice and help.
  • Medication: If you have prescription medications for altitude sickness, such as acetazolamide, take them as directed by your doctor. These medications can help alleviate symptoms.
  • Supplementary Oxygen: In some cases, your guide may have access to supplementary oxygen. Oxygen can temporarily relieve symptoms and provide time to descend to a lower altitude. Do
  • Not Push Yourself: Do not feel pressured to continue the hike if you are feeling unwell. Your health is the top priority, and it is preferable to abandon the hike and take care of yourself.
  • Medical Attention: If symptoms are severe or persist even after descending to a lower altitude, seek medical attention immediately. In some trekking areas, there are clinics or medical posts available to assist hikers.
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