1. Peru
  2. Cusco Region
  3. Aguas Calientes
  4. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

From Cusco: 4-Day Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

Product ID: 177612
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This Inca jungle trek to Machu Picchu is the best option for those who prefer a more adventurous and adrenaline pumped hike to Machu Picchu. Go hiking, mountain biking, and zip lining on your way to the famous archaeological site.
About this activity
Duration 4 days
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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience 4 days walking in the mountains with a knowable guide
  • Be amazed by the delicious meals prepared for you by the chefs
  • Arrive at Machu Picchu early in the morning to see the sun rise (weather depending)
Full description
This alternative trip to Machu Picchu combines trekking with mountain biking, rafting and zip lines. Part of the trail will lead you along the most recently discovered path used by the Incas. Admire beautiful mountains and subtropical areas of cloud forest, and visit hot thermal baths where you can refresh yourself. The highlight of the trip is the visit to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.

Day 1: Cusco to Santa Maria
After early morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco you will drive by private vehicle to Abra Malaga (4,350 meters above sea level), the highest point of the tour. From there, you will cycle downhill for about 4 hours to the small town of Santa Maria. On route you will see birds, medicinal plants, butterflies, snakes and tropical fruit. You can visit a local family to find about their daily routine. In Santa Maria, you will stay at a family hostel for the night. 

Day 2: Santa Maria to Santa Teresa
Starting early, you will walk along a trail that gets progressively steeper until you reach the restaurant where you stop for lunch. Relax in hammocks and admire the coca plantations. Continue trekking to reach an authentic Inca path that winds around steep hillsides. Then descend to the famous hot springs of Cocalmayo and bathe in the healing water (optional, at additional cost). After that, trek to Santa Teresa where you will spend the night in another simple family hostel. 

Day 3: Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes
Fly through the treetops on a 2-hour canopy excursion along South America's highest and Peru's first zip line. Later, descend to bamboo groves and a cloud forest with increasingly thick vegetation and tall trees, offering excellent bird watching opportunities. In the afternoon, you will follow the trails leading to Aguas Calientes. Spend your last night in a more comfortable hostel, with private rooms and bathrooms offering hot showers.

Day 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco
You will take the bus at 5:30 AM to Machu Picchu in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light. Take a 2-hour guided walking tour of the site and after this you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy, you can climb the Huayna Picchu peak (to be booked in advance at additional cost). Return to Aguas Calientes by bus at your own convenience. If time allows, visit the local marketplace next to the train station before taking the train to Ollantaytambo. From there, you will take a bus back to Cusco, where you will be dropped at your hotel.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transfer by private bus to the start of the trek
  • Accommodation in Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners)
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Mountain bike, helmet and gloves
  • 2-hour canopy excursion
  • Tourist train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
What’s Not Included
  • Breakfast on the first day, and lunch and dinner on the last day
  • Entrance to Cocalmayo hot springs
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that accommodation options are very limited for the first 2 nights so the facilities will be basic. Rooms often share a bathroom and sometimes do not have hot water.
• You will need to bring a small backpack, a fleece, good trekking shoes or boots, a rain jacket or poncho, a bathing suit, sandals, a towel, insect repellent, t-shirts and shorts, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a flashlight, any personal medication, and your original passport.
• Bring a current valid passport on the day of travel.
• It is recommended that you bring some local currency with you as there could be some places on site that might don't accept credit cards.