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Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu Details
Inca Jungle Trail

Embark on an exhilarating adventure with the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu. This is a thrilling multi-activity journey that takes you through the heart of the Peruvian Andes. The Inca Jungle Trail is a perfect blend of ancient history and stunning natural beauty. 

It includes plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities like mountain biking, rafting, and zipline. Designed for intrepid travelers who crave an immersive experience, this journey offers a unique way to explore the Sacred Valley. It also provides a remarkable route to arrive at the majestic Machu Picchu.

The adventure begins with a breathtaking mountain biking excursion, descending from the high Andes into the verdant jungle. We will provide top-notch equipment and experienced tour guides to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. As you navigate the winding roads and pass through small towns, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Sacred Valley. You will also get a peak at the snow-capped peaks of the Andes.

After a thrilling day of biking, you’ll spend the night in the charming town of Santa Maria. Santa Teresa is another quaint town you’ll visit along the way. Both Santa Maria and Santa Teresa offer a glimpse into the local way of life. 

Here, you can relax and unwind at the rejuvenating hot springs. The healing waters here are said to soothe aching muscles and refresh tired spirits.

Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu isn’t just about mountain biking; it also includes exhilarating rafting and zipline experiences. With the help of expert guides, you’ll navigate the roaring rapids of the Urubamba River. 

You will be taking in the breathtaking scenery along the way. Afterward, soar through the treetops on a thrilling zipline adventure. It will make you feel like you’re flying over the lush jungle canopy.

Finally, the Inca Jungle Trail leads you to the legendary Machu Picchu. Choose to hike either Machu Picchu Mountain or the iconic Huayna Picchu for an unforgettable experience. As you explore the ancient ruins, you’ll marvel at the architectural prowess of the Incas. The culmination of your journey will leave you with a profound sense of awe and accomplishment.

This is one of the popular alternatives to the esteemed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

In summary, the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu offers an unparalleled adventure through the Sacred Valley. You will be immersing in a world of breathtaking landscapes, adrenaline-filled activities, and ancient history. 

Whether you’re mountain biking or rafting, this unforgettable journey creates lasting memories. Exploring the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu adds to the unforgettable experience.

Why do Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu with us?

Experience the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu with Machu Picchu Amazon Peru. We are a tour company dedicated to providing an unparalleled adventure through breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable activities.

With expert-guided bike rides along scenic routes, visits to charming towns like Santa Maria and Santa Teresa. In addition to the perfect blend of adrenaline and cultural immersion, this journey is tailored for an unforgettable experience. It makes your Machu Picchu Cusco adventure truly memorable.

Trust Machu Picchu Amazon Peru to lead the way and create lasting memories of your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Do take a moment to check our reviews on TripAdvisor

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

05:30 AM

Price Includes

  • Transportation from Cusco to the starting point of the trek
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Mountain bikes and safety equipment for downhill biking
  • Rafting and zipline equipment and safety gear
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Accommodations for 3 nights during the trek
  • Meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners)
  • Drinking water throughout the trek
  • First-aid kit and oxygen tank
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Bus ticket from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Luggage storage during the trek

Price Excludes

  • Flights to and from Cusco
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, snacks, and beverages not included in meals Optional activities such as Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain hikes (which require additional permits)
  • Optional Tips for tour guides, drivers, and staff
  • Any additional accommodations or activities outside of the scheduled itinerary

Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu Packing List

  • Backpack: You will need a backpack that is comfortable to carry and has enough space to hold your essentials.
  • Hiking Shoes: Make sure you have a sturdy pair of hiking shoes that are broken in and comfortable.
  • Quick-Dry Clothes: Bring comfortable clothes that dry quickly, as you will be sweating a lot during the hike.
  • Rain Gear: Be prepared for rain, as the weather can be unpredictable in the mountains. Bring a waterproof jacket, pants, and a rain cover for your backpack.
  • Warm Layers: Nights can get cold in the mountains, so bring warm layers such as a fleece jacket, gloves, and a beanie.
  • Hat and Sunglasses: Protect your face and eyes from the sun with a hat and sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray: Bring plenty of sunscreen and bug spray to protect your skin from the sun and insects.
  • Water Bottle and Snacks: Stay hydrated and energized with a refillable water bottle and snacks such as trail mix and energy bars.
  • Camera and Chargers: Capture your adventure with a camera and don't forget to bring chargers and extra batteries.
  • Personal Items: Bring any necessary medications, toiletries, and personal items you may need during the hike.
What to Expect on Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu?

Embarking on the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu, you can expect a thrilling adventure. Filled with exciting activities and breathtaking landscapes, the journey is unforgettable. It takes you through a variety of terrains, from the high Andes to the lush jungle. Ultimately, you’ll reach the legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

One of the highlights of the trek is arriving at the small town of Aguas Calientes. Nestled at the base of Machu Picchu, it serves as the gateway to the ancient site. Here, you can soak in the local hot springs and recharge. Then, prepare for the final ascent to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu.

  • Experience thrilling mountain biking through diverse Andean landscapes.
  • Navigate adrenaline-pumping rafting adventures on the Urubamba River.
  • Soar above the jungle canopy on exhilarating zipline experiences.
  • Explore charming towns like Santa Maria and Santa Teresa along the way.
  • Relax and recharge at Aguas Calientes' soothing hot springs.
  • Discover the awe-inspiring ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.
Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Abra Malaga - Huamanmarca - Santa Maria

The first day of the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu begins with an early morning departure from Cusco. You’ll be picked up from your accommodation around 6:00 AM. You will then embark on a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley. The journey takes about 3 hours, during which you’ll pass through picturesque villages and stunning landscapes.

Upon reaching Abra Malaga, the starting point of the trek, you’ll find yourself at an altitude of 4,316 meters (14,160 feet). Prepare for the adventure ahead. Gear up for an exhilarating downhill mountain biking experience. 

The ride covers a distance of 60 kilometers (37 miles) and descends to the town of Huamanmarca. It is situated at an altitude of 1,800 meters (5,905 feet). Along the way, you’ll marvel at the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and rivers.

After reaching Huamanmarca, you’ll enjoy a well-deserved lunch break and have a chance to rest. Post-lunch, you’ll continue biking for another 3 hours through the scenic landscape, ultimately arriving at the town of Santa Maria. 

This charming town, nestled in the lush jungle at an altitude of 1,200 meters (3,937 feet. You will be spending the night in Santa Maria. Here, you’ll have a chance to relax, share stories with your fellow trekkers, and recharge for the upcoming day.

Key statistics for the first day of the Inca Jungle Trek:

  • Distance covered: 60 kilometers (37 miles)
  • Highest altitude: Abra Malaga at 4,316 meters (14,160 feet)
  • Lowest altitude: Santa Maria at 1,200 meters (3,937 feet)
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 2Santa Maria - Santa Teresa

The second day of the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu starts with an early breakfast at your Santa Maria accommodation. After fueling up, you’ll set off around 7:00 AM for a full day of trekking through the lush Peruvian jungle. The day’s route covers a distance of approximately 22 kilometers (14 miles) and takes you from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa.

Along the way, you’ll pass through a mix of ancient Inca paths, narrow jungle trails, and rural roads. You’ll have the opportunity to admire the diverse flora and fauna of the region. 

You will also have the opportunity of crossing a thrilling suspension bridge over the raging Urubamba River. After around 6 hours of trekking, you’ll reach the small town of Santa Teresa. It is located at an altitude of 1,550 meters (5,085 feet).

Upon arriving in Santa Teresa, you can relax and unwind at the local hot springs. These are just a short walk from the town. The soothing thermal waters are the perfect way to ease tired muscles and rejuvenate after a long day of trekking. 

Afterward, you’ll head back to your accommodation in Santa Teresa for a well-deserved rest and a good night’s sleep. We will be preparing for the adventures of the next day.

Key statistics for the second day of the Inca Jungle Trek:

  • Distance covered: 22 kilometers (14 miles)
  • Highest altitude: Santa Maria at 1,200 meters (3,937 feet)
  • Lowest altitude: Santa Teresa at 1,550 meters (5,085 feet)
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 3Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes

On the third day of the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu, you’ll wake up refreshed in Santa Teresa. We will be serving you the breakfast at your accommodation. The day’s journey begins around 7:00 AM. We will be covering a distance of approximately 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes.

The trek starts with a gentle uphill climb, followed by a relatively flat path through lush jungle and cloud forest. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to observe the diverse flora and fauna. This includes a variety of bird species and exotic plants. After approximately 3 hours of hiking, you’ll reach the Hydroelectric Station, located at an altitude of 1,900 meters (6,234 feet).

From the Hydroelectric Station, you’ll continue along the train tracks for another 2 to 3 hours. You will be enjoying the scenic landscape and gradually approaching Machu Picchu. This part of the trek is relatively flat and easy, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. 

Upon reaching Aguas Calientes, situated at an altitude of 2,040 meters (6,693 feet), you’ll check into your accommodation. You will have the evening free to explore the charming town. You can visit the local hot springs or simply rest. Prepare for the final ascent to Machu Picchu the following day. 

Key statistics for the third day of the Inca Jungle Trek:

  • Distance covered: 16 kilometers (10 miles)
  • Highest altitude: Aguas Calientes at 2,040 meters (6,693 feet)
  • Lowest altitude: Santa Teresa at 1,550 meters (5,085 feet)
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 4Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

The fourth and final day of the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu begins with an early start. You’ll wake up around 4:00 AM to prepare for the ascent to the ancient citadel. After a quick breakfast in Aguas Calientes, you’ll set off to the bus terminal to bopard the bus to Machu Picchu. 

 The journey covers approximately 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) and takes around 25-30 minutes through winding mountain paths. 

As you get closer to the citadel, the anticipation builds. Upon reaching the entrance of Machu Picchu (2,430 meters / 7,972 feet), you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view. 

As the sun rises over the surrounding mountains, you’ll witness the ancient city in all its glory. You will witness the ancient city as the sun rises over the surrounding mountains. 

Your knowledgeable guide will then take you on a 2-hour tour of the site, explaining its history, significance, and architectural wonders.

Following the guided tour, you’ll have free time to explore the ruins at your own pace and take photos. You can also hike to additional viewpoints such as the Sun Gate or Huayna Picchu, if you’ve pre-booked the permits. 

Afterward, you’ll make your way back to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll board the train for a scenic ride to Ollantaytambo. From there, a bus will take you back to Cusco, concluding the unforgettable Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu.

Key statistics for the fourth day of the Inca Jungle Trek:

  • Distance covered: 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) to Machu Picchu
  • Highest altitude: Machu Picchu at 2,430 meters (7,972 feet)
  • Lowest altitude: Aguas Calientes at 2,040 meters (6,693 feet)
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate
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