INCA JUNGLE TREK

Combine biking and hiking to Machu Picchu

Inca Jungle Trek is a fabulous, new tour; an adventurous and remarkable way of visiting Machu Picchu. Ride and trek through spectacular valleys, grasslands, glaciers, cloud forests and jungles, passing by rural villages and unspoiled communities, all to culminate in arriving to the ancient lost city Machu Picchu!!

The Tropical Inca Jungle Trek is a new route offered exclusively by BAT. It involves biking, walking… and just being. Our multiple terrain trip includes visits to famous archeological ruins, trekking along recently discovered authentic Inca paths visited only by our clients, and an 50km bike descent through the mountains from Abra Malaga to the green valleys below – finishing at the jungle base town of Santa Maria. This four day / three night trip ends with a dawn view of Machu Picchu; its the most amazing and exciting trip you´ll find to these world famous ruins.

 

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Inca Jungle Trek – Route Itinerary
Route Map
Best time for an Inca Jungle Trek
Acclimatisation and Altitude Sickness
Packing List for the Inca Jungle Trek
Costs and Recommended Tour Operators

Inca Jungle Trek – Route Itinerary

Day 01: Cusco To Santa Maria
Adventurers will be picked up early in the morning and driven through the stunning Sacred Valley – cradle of the Inca civilization, and dropped off at the 4,316m high Abra Malaga. Here bikers will change in to the kit provided by us (gloves and helmets) following a 20 minute briefing by our experienced tour guide. Then the fun begins… freewheeling down quiet but challenging dirt roads, passing by ever-changing landscapes with ice capped mountains in the background. You will not want to catch your breath until the first pit stop in Alfamayo, some 2 hours from your starting point. Here you can enjoy your box lunch provided by us while taking in the vast panoramas.
After a quick change and a dab of insect repellant, it´s onwards and downwards towards Huamanmarca; site of a recently discovered archaeological Inca findings. Your tour guide will provide the historical background and the rest you will want to fill in with your imagination. We carry on descending till 1200m, while the jungle´s edge rears up and the small but charming town of Santa Maria looms into the horizon. Once we get there you can rest your legs and enjoy a cold beer before dinner; traditional Peruvian food served straight from the pot. This night you can have a hot shower at a family run hostel and sleep in either single, double or three-person bedrooms. Or you can have the

RAFTING OPTION. We can have the rafting tour with a 50 additional dollars. For a really adventurous people we recommend this trip, the weather is usually warm, the rapids and the nature will make out of this tour a nice day and gives to the tour a different way to see the Amazon jungle. Before the rafting there is a briefing about the rafting. We will be in the water running rapids class II, III and IV, finishing around 5 pm., there after we will back to Santa Maria to join the rest of the group for dinner;

Day 02: Santa Maria To Santa Teresa-Inca Trail
Rise and shine at 5.30am, shake off any weariness from your limbs with the finest indigenous coffee prepared by your landlady. Under dawning skies you´ll begin your walk which gets progressively steeper until arriving at a welcoming family restaurant in Santa Rosa, where you can relax in hammocks admiring the coca plantations and enjoying refreshments while being entertained by the family monkey. After a short while you will board the real Inca Trail, which winds around precipitous slopes and sheer drops for approximately half a miles – be warned this is not for people who suffer from vertigo! The descent continues for just over two hours until you reach Qellomayo village, where you will have lunch. Make sure you have saved enough energy for the final stretch, a riverside walk along the mighty Vilcanota River until reaching the hot springs of Colcamayo – one of the best in the region. Rejuvenate in the heavenly hot waters and forget your weariness in these natural, beautiful settings. Fully replenished, you will find the final stretch to Santa Teresa a piece of cake. Here you should sleep well in the family homestead after dinner.

Day 03: Santa Teresa-Llactapata-Aguas Calientes.
Wake up at 7am and have breakfast before taking our private transport to the town of Lucmabamba, the entrance to another Inca Trail which was discovered just a few years ago. We are the only tour company to walk this part of the Inca Trail, so for three and a half hours you might feel like Adam and Eve! – walking amidst parrots in this tranquil garden of eden. You will be rewarded for your efforts with a view of Machu Picchu from the top of Llactapata, flanked by the towering peak of the majestic Salkantay. Your picnic here is unlikely to be forgotten for long time; gazing down on all those tourists who took the traditional Inca route – probably because they didn’t know about your route! From here it´s only a two hour walk down to the train station of Hidroelectrica, where the train departs for Aguas Calientes – the base town for Machu Picchu.
We have a delicious dinner at a local restaurant before showing you to your hostel – with hot water and private bathrooms.
Day 04: Machu Picchu-Ollantaytambo-Cusco
We will have breakfast at 05:00 then catch one of the first busses (around 05:30) up to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent old Inca city as the sun casts its first rays upon it. You will have a guided tour for 3 hours and then plenty of free time to explore in awe and take pictures at your own pace. You also have the option of climbing Huayna Picchu – the famous peak in the background of most images of Machu Picchu. Or you can visit the Temple of the Moon or the Gate of the Sun. Generally, around 1pm people head down the steps back to Aguas Calientes for lunch and at approx 16:00hrs we take our return train to Cusco, arriving there at around 9:00pm.

Best time for an Inca Jungle Trek

Acclimatisation and Altitude Sickness

Packing List for the Inca Jungle Trek

Costs and Recommended Tour Operators

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