THE INCA JUNGLE TREK

The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular alternative trek to Machu Picchu, because this trek is full of adrenaline and adventure, and combines adventure sports such as hiking, mountain biking, zip lining, and rafting in one of the most important rivers of the Incas.

The Inka Jungle trek starts from Malaga Pass, take the bike and down hill to village of Santa Maria, in the afternoon rafting in theUrubamba or Vilcanota river (level difficulty: III, IV or V depending on a year season), in the second day: trekking to town of Santa Teresaand hot sprints of Cocalmayo in the evening, third day: Zip Lining (Canopy "Cola de mono") and hiking from the Hidrolectrica Station toAguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village).

You will have the opportunity to hike through Inca trails that are just now discovering, this route is full of flora and fauna, spectacular views, unique places and mountains covered of jungle, this route will get to the surprising and majestic Machu Picchu.

Definitely a route, full of adventure, that today remains a busy thoroughfare for tourists to reach one of the Wonders of the world located in the jungle of Cusco, called Machu Picchu.


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Itinerary of Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 1: Cusco - Abra Malaga - Santa Maria

We'll start by leaving Cusco for Malaga Pass at 4,350 meters altitude. We'll start the Inca Jungle Trail 5 minutes down from Abra Malaga and bike down to Santa Maria at 1,250 meters. In the afternoon we'll take a ride to the Vilcanota River where we'll do rafting! We'll return later in the afternoon for dinner at a local restaurant and stay overnight in a small local family lodging.

Day 2: Santa Maria - Qellomayo - Cocalmayo - Santa Teresa

Today we'll start our day with breakfast at around 7:00am before hiking the Inka Jungle Trail. This will likely be one of your harder days along the Inca Jungle Trail since we'll be hiking for 7 to 8 hours today! We'll start our hike by leaving Santa Maria which is at 1250 meters and hiking along a part which is along the local road then an hour up an original Inca trail which is at 1750 meters, giving us great views of the area. We'll pass by parts of the jungle, coffee and coca leaf plantations and around 4 to 4 ½ hours into our trek, we'll arrive in the small community of Qellomayo where we'll have lunch.

After lunch we'll continue our hike, walking along the river at an easy uphill slope for about 2 ½ to 3 hours until we reach the hot springs of Cocalmayo. We'll spend some time soaking in the hot water baths and relaxing after our long hike along the Inca Jungle Trail today. After 1 to 2 hours in Cocalmayo, we'll take local car/bus to Santa Teresa which is at 1500 meters and only about 20 minutes away. Here we'll have dinner together at a local restaurant and stay the night at a local family lodging.

Day 3: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes

On our third day of the Inca Jungle Trail, we'll take a car/bus to a zip line camp of "Cola de Mono" about 20 minutes away. We'll be able to zipline for about 2 hours across the valley and afterwards we'll take a ride to Hidroelectrica where we'll enjoy a lunch. After lunch we'll hike along the railroad tracks from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes. We'll stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

We'll wake up around 4:00am and have breakfast before heading out to hike up to Machu Picchu. The hike up will be long a zig zag path uphill and should take about an hour and a half.

Remember to bring your passport which matches your Machu Picchu entrance ticket as well as your ISIC (International Student Identification Card) if you booked with a student discount.

When we enter, our guide will give us a tour of the main areas of this ancient city which will take about 2 hours.

Afterwards we'll have time to roam around Machu Picchu on our own to discover the enigmatic energy which comes from this Inca city. Then we'll take a bus down to Aguas Calientes.

You'll take the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo in the late afternoon and once there, we'll pick you up and drive you back to Cusco.

When is the best time to do the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu?

The best months to go to Machu Picchu and do the Inka Jungle trail are from April to October, becuase Cusco has a temperate climate round between 14 to 35 °C during this months.

Best Months

From April to October.

There are not rains in Cusco, but in Machu Picchu maybe, Machu Picchu is on the Jungle of Cusco.

Machu Picchu has a semi-tropical climate.

Machu Picchu has warm and humid days and cold nights, but not as Cusco.

The High season is June to August (book well in advance), because there are many festivities in Cusco and many people want to see those.

Rainy season

From December to March in Cusco.

Rain almost all the day.

The nights are warm, especially when is raining.

Machu Picchu has rain season from November to March.

Preparing for your trip

We recommend you before you leave this trip, you will need to do every day 1 hour of exercise, in order to avoid altitude sickness and do Inka Jungle Trail with any complications.

Recommend you booking in advance, because if you would like to climb to Huayna Picchu, only there 400 spaces available. First time 200 : 7 am - 8 am and the second and recommended 10 am - 11 am. this time the sky and Machu Picchu is clear.

We are the best tour operator, and qualified for Inka Jungle Trail.

What to Bring?

- Original passport.

- First aid kit, not necessary, because we have one for you.

- International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if you have, there is a student discount for enter to Machu Picchu.

- Hiking boots / shoes and sandals.

- Waterproof jacket / rain wear.

Warm jacket, hat and gloves

T-shirts

Comfortable trousers

Sun hat (preferably something covering your neck)

Sunglasses

Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)

2 Litres of Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags

Water purifying tablets

Insect repellent

Toiletries

Personal medication

Camera