Inca Jungle Trail 4D/3N
Day 1: Cusco – San Luis – Santa Maria (Biking)
We leave Cusco sometime between 7:45 am and 8:00 am, enjoying some nice panoramic views of Cusco on the way out of town on the way to Ollantaytambo. Just beyond Ollantaytambo we will go up to 4,350 meters to the place known as Abra Málaga. That is a place that is known to be mystical and people often make payments to the land there. That is where we are going to get our bikes off of the vehicle to start the ride downhill. In the case of fog, your guide will decide upon a good starting point. During the hours long downhill ride you will see some great views of the immense Convención Valley and you will also see some beautiful flora from the different microclimates that you pass through.
About halfway down, we will be able to visit the ruins of Wamanmarka to take a break. Also, we will need to choose a suitable spot to have some Lunch along the way.
Finally, after about 4 hours of biking downwards to the height of 1,430 meters, we will arrive to Santa Maria where we will have dinner and spend the night in a basic, but comfortable tourist hostel. In this area you will already start to see the flora and fauna of a more humid forest area indicative of the nearby jungle. During dinnertime the group will have a conversation about the next days’ plan.
Day 2: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa (Hiking)
After enjoying a healthy breakfast full of bananas, oranges, papayas and other fruits that are grown in this very region (juices), we will have an early departure to begin the days’ adventure. The trails that we will walk on that day will take us further and further into the jungle area and we will see the vegetation all around us getting thicker and thicker and we will even see some coca and coffee growing in the area. The coca plant was considered to be a sacred plant for the Incas.
Segments of the road that will be walking on are actual Inca paths which have been used for the last number of centuries. Even the air that we will be breathing is noticeably some of the cleanest air that you could find in the world. Upon our arrival to Santa Teresa, our final destination for the day, we will have a chance to swim in some beautiful hot springs. We will, again, spend the night in a basic lodging there in the small community.
Day 3: Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes
Beginning the day a little bit later, at about 7: 45 am, we will first have a short walk to get to the suspension bridges that will take us across the Vilcanota River, which was a sacred river to the Incas. We can make our way over the river in a hanging transport container, giving us a little bit of adrenaline. We will have many opportunities to see some plants and animals such as butterflies, parrots, birds and insects. We will also have a chance to visit the Inti Watana (solar clock).
That the day we will have lunch at the place known as Hydroelectric. It is called that way because of the immense hydroelectric dam that is nearby. That is the plant that produces electricity for Cusco. We will hopefully have some Avocado for lunch, which is known to be especially delicious in the area. We will continue on the journey until we arrive to Aguas Calientes, where will finally be able to have dinner and rest in our hotels. At dinner we will, again, have a conversation about the next days’ plan for Machu Picchu.
Zip Line Optional and additional tour
Cola de Mono Canopy (Zipline/Flying Fox) is an adventure activity in which participants are harnessed and attached by pulley to a cable anchored to two different mountains. They slide from one mountain to the other fast enough to feel like they are flying.
This Canopy is Peru’s first, and one of South America’s highest. There are 2500 m of cables in seven sections. The longest ride or section is 400m long, and the highest is 150m high.
The maximum speed reached on the cables is 60 km/h.
The tour takes approximately 2 hours.
The take-off and arrival points are platforms of earth and rock.
The complement to the activity is a rockclimb up a vertical ladder (Via Ferrata) more than 150m above the Rio Sacsara.
An orientation is given before the activitiy, in our cable school at our base camp under the cables of the canopy.
The tour starts with a walk up hill of about 20 minutes, and after the circuit of 7 cables there’s a short walk back down to our base, where equipment is returned.
Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Making sure to get an early start on the day, we will start to walk up to the historical ruins at about 5:10am. We will try to see the sunrise if the clouds are not topping it over (it is the cloud forest after all). We can have a little box breakfast on the walk up to 2,450 meters, which takes about an hour and 10 minutes. When we get inside the site we will have a guided tour for about 2 hours and then you will have some time to explore around the ruins on your own afterwards.
Depending on what time your return train is for, you will have to get back down to Aguas Calientes in time to get to get your things from your hotel as well as get to the train station about 30 minutes early. The bus ride down takes about 30 minutes.
- Transport Cusco-San Luis village
- Professional Guide.
- Quality mountain bike with front suspension
- Meals included from lunch on the first day until breakfast on the last day
- Accommodation included in basic family hostel for 2 nights, 1 night in tourist hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- Fully equipped first aid kid
- Bus down from Machu Picchu
- Entrance fees to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
- Train back to Cusco or back to Ollantaytambo with a bus for the rest of the way back to Cusco
- Hot springs in Santa Teresa (s/ 10)
- Last lunch in Aguas Calientes
Recommended Items to Bring
- Sun block
- Insect Repellent
- Bottle of Water
- Sun Hat
- Short Pants
- Trekking Shoes
- Personal Belongings
- Rain Coat
- Bathing Suit
- Some Extra Money (hot Springs in Aguas Calientes and/or Some Drinks).