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Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

This is not only an alternative Inca Trail, it is an original and exclusive trail, following recently discovered real Inca paths. It involves biking and walking over multiple terrains with various archaeological ruins along the way. This is a fantastic trip for anyone with a sense of adventure a little spare energy!

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This original and exclusive trail following recently discovered Inca paths involves both biking, walking and zip-lining over multiple terrains. The adrenalin pumping 80km downhill bike ride takes you to Santa Maria. For the next two days trek along the Inca trails to Santa Theresa and on to Aguas Calientes. Entrance to the hot springs is included, so relax before your last morning is spent viewing dawn over the Andean valleys from Machu Picchu. The perfect trip for those with a sense of adventure!

Day 1: Cusco - Chinchero - Ollantaytambo - Malaga Pass - Santa Maria ( Downhill Mountain Biking )
Hotel pick-up at 7:00 am, the starting point of our adventure is the city’s main square.  We lMalaga Passeave the city seeing the towering surroundings with rolling hills until we reach the town of Chinchero overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Inkas.

After descending this mountainside, we arrive in Ollantaytambo and then we will go up to reach ABRA MALAGA (mountain pass at 4350 masl ) approx. at midday…the starting point of the downhill (just in case the weather won’t be OK for us and our bikes, we’ll go to the next starting point) the hamlet of Carrizales where we will rest and have our lunch. After that we will begin to descend the cloud forest to the hot valleys towards the Amazon basin. This trip will be for 5 or 6 hours, crossing little rustic villages. We will stop 2 times enroute to visit the Archeological center of Inkatambo (Inka Lodge) and Wamanmarka (Falcon site). We will arrive to Santa Maria where we have our lodging and dinner.

Day 2: Santa Maria - Qellomayu - Colcamayu - Santa Teresa ( Trekking ) Inka Jungle
We will wake up very early at 5 am and have breakfast, then we will start walking near the riverside and we will continue to go up the route to get to the start of the ancient Inka jungle trail as well as crossing the Oroyas (cable car bridge) and suspension bridge in this hike, we can observe the region’s wild animals like hummingbirds, parrots, eagles, etc. Also we will see (and maybe taste) wild fruits and medicine plants like: avocados, yucca, oranges, tangerines, pacay, mango, cacao, coffee, coca shrubs, etc. Then arriving to the village of Quellomayu we will have 1 hour approx. to rest and have  lunch.  After that, we continue walking by the river for about two hours to get  to the hot springs of Cocalmayu very near the town of Santa Teresa to relax for about one hour and then we will arrive to Santa Teresa (where we will eat and rest).        

Day 3: Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric Station - Aguas Calientes ( Trekking ) Mandor waterfall
We will get up at 7 am and have breakfast. Then we will continue the trek to the hydroelectric power plant. We will be passing many waterfalls and especially one falling down from 45m. approx., where you can  shower if you want (optional). After that, we will arrive to the hydroelectric power plant to rest and to have lunch. Then we walk for 2 hours to reach our final destination...AGUAS CALIENTES. Here we will have our lodging and dinner, then we’ll have the briefing for Machu Picchu for the next day.

Day 4: Machu Picchu - Cusco Machu Picchu
We will get up very early at 5 am to take the bus to the archeological complex of Machu Picchu (optional climb up by foot) where we will see the wonderful sunrise. We will have 2 hours with our guide to visit this complex. After that you will have free time to walk around. (optional climb up to Wayna Picchu peak).

Finally, we return down to Aguas Calientes at around 14 pm to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and Cusco.

Included:

  • Private tourist transportation pick up from your hotel in Cusco that takes us to the start of the trail.
  • Bikes with front suspension, gloves, and helmet.
  • Full meals service with 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 2 overnights in country lodge (all basic services included)
  • Private Hostel Room in Aguas Calienete (Machupicchu, Continental or similar)
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu
  • Professional Bi-lingual Guide (English and Spanish)
  • Tourist Class train back to Cusco
  • Entry to Machu Picchu Hot Springs
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town

Not Included:

First day breakfast and last day lunch.

Notes:

(1) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For Huayna Picchu mountain requires to be booked long time in advance however we charge additional $ 15.00 and then we’ll guarantee your entrance for Huayna Picchu as well (This new State law  began since the 18th of July, 2011).

(2) Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.

What do I need to bring?

  • Backpack with rain shelter.
  • Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket.
  • Rain pants and lightweight pants.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and hot springs).
  • Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Long- and short-sleeved polo’s/T-Shirts.
  • Rainponcho and a hat.
  • Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel, water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), a flash light and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and dry fruit.
  • Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  • Since the weather can be very cold and moistly, your clothes - once gotten wet - won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.