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The Inca jungle trek to Machu Picchu (Imka Jungle Trek) is the best option for those who prefer a more adventurous and adrenaline way to walk to Machu Picchu. This trail is considered as an alternative hike to Machu Picchu and combines hiking with mountain biking, rafting and zip line. In addition, a part of the trail leads through the last authentic Inca trail discovered, called Qapaq Ñan. Along the way, you can admire beautiful mountains and subtropical areas of a cloud forest. One of the highlights of the hike is the visit to the amazing and hot thermal baths, where you can cool off.
The end of this excellent trip is a visit to the emblematic archaeological site of Machu Picchu.
Before the tour, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco.
The itinerary below is an example. Walking times are an average and vary depending on the group. In addition, lunch and camp sites may change (depending on conditions) to meet the needs of the group.
DAY 01: CUSCO – ABRA MALAGA – SANTA MARIA
Early in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to transfer you in a private vehicle we will pass through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the starting point of the trek, in Abra Málaga (4,350 masl), which is the highest place in the walk. There we will sit by bicycle and start downhill for approximately 4 hours towards the small town of Santa Maria. On the route, you can see an Inca site, cloud forest birds, medicinal plants, butterflies, snakes and tropical fruits. We can also visit local families to learn about their daily routine. When we are in Santa María, we settle in a family shelter where we can take a shower. After dinner, we will spend the night there.
Optional tour: Rafting in the afternoon in Santa Maria, 3-5 class of rapids. The price of the rafting is extra USD 45.
(Note: Accommodation options are very limited along the trekking route for the first 2 nights in Santa Maria & Santa Teresa villages. Most places have very basic, rustic facilities. Rooms often share a bathroom and sometimes do not have hot water. However, we always choose the best available option.)
DAY 02: SANTA MARIA – SANTA TERESA
We continue our trip early in the morning after breakfast, we will continue progressively until we reach a restaurant where we will have lunch. Then we can relax in hammocks admiring the coca plantations. Later, we continue the trekking and then arrive at an authentic Inca trail: “Qhapaq Ñan”. The road winds around steep slopes for approximately half a mile.
Keep in mind that this part of the walk is not for people suffering from vertigo. Later, we descend to the famous hot springs of Cocalmayo and cool off in this healing water. After that, we walked to Santa Teresa, a city located on the Santa Teresa River. There, we settled in another family hostel. (Optional hot springs have an additional cost).
DAY 03: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES
Fly through the treetops on a two-hour morning excursion in the highest area of South America and the first zip line in Peru. Walk over 2,500 meters of cables, with the longest route covering 400 meters and the highest with 150 meters. Later, we descend to the bamboo forests and a cloud forest with increasingly thick vegetation and tall trees that offer us excellent opportunities to observe birds. In the afternoon, we arrive at the Hydroelectric train station (a hydroelectric plant) and there we begin to follow the paths that take us to the city of Aguas Calientes. We spent the last night in a more comfortable hostel there with private rooms and bathrooms that offer us a hot shower.
Optional tour: ZIP Line in the morning in Santa Teresa. The price of the ZIP line is extra USD 40.
DAY 04: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
We will take one of the first buses (05:30 am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute trip) to appreciate the magnificent city in the morning light when the fog dissipates. Your guide will give you a walking tour (approximately 2 hours) and, after this, you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy, you can also climb the Huayna Picchu peak (subject to availability, to book in advance at an additional cost). Return to Aguas Calientes by bus at your convenience. If time permits, visit the local market next to the train station and go shopping until the train whistle blows, indicating your return to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will take a bus back to Cuzco.
DESCRIPTION OF MACHU PICCHU GUIDED SITE VISIT: The only most spectacular archeological site in all of South America. Your guide will take you on a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu, recording the most important sites and covering the history of the place. Then, you will have free time to explore on your own and take pictures as you like. When you decide to return to Aguas Calientes, there are buses that leave every 15 minutes from the entrance or you can take the walking path if it feels like another 1 hour staircase going down to the city of Aguas Calientes.
Take an OPTIONAL walk along the steep peak called Huayna Picchu (subject to availability), which is located within the archaeological site of Machu Picchu. This sometimes muddy peak takes around 45 to 60 minutes to climb and get unforgettable views of Machu Picchu from a coveted perspective. Please note that if you wish to take this optional hike, you must purchase your ticket at least 2 weeks in advance for an additional cost to obtain one of the 400 passes (see 200 people at 7:00 am and 200 more people at 10: 00 am). Please email us directly to request this additional ticket.
PRICE PER PERSON (USD)
Note: (STUDENT; requires the ISIC card to apply) Prices valid from January 1 to December 15, 2019, except important dates (mentioned at the end).
INCOME AND IMPROVEMENTS:
FESTIVITIES AND EVENTS:
|FESTIVIDAD / EVENTO||CIUDAD||FECHA|
|DAKAR||Lima||From 01 to 07 and from January 17 to 19|
|Paracas||From 06 to 08 and from January 16 to 17|
|Arequipa||From 09 to 10 and from January 14 to 15|
FESTIVAL DE LA MARINERA
|Trujillo||From January 23 to 26|
FIESTA DE LA CANDELARIA
|Puno||From 02 to 11 february|
|Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Puno, Paracas||From 15 to 22 april|
Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Puno, Paracas
|From 27 to 31 july|
From 19 July to 13 august
|From 28 July to 14 august|
|EXTEMIN||Arequipa||From 14 november to 10 december|
|Navidad y Año Nuevo||Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Puno, Paracas
|From 24 to 31 december|