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Inka Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

Inka Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

The short Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is the best option for those who prefer a more adventurous and adrenaline pumping way to hike to Machu Picchu. The trail belongs to the Alternative Treks to the Inca Trail and it combines trekking with mountain biking, an opportunity to enjoy rafting and ZIP line too. In addition a part of the trail leads through the latest discovered Inca path called Qapaq Ñan. You can admire beautiful mountains on the way as well as subtropical areas of a cloud forest. One of the highlights of the trek is a visit of the amazin, lovely and hot thermal baths where you can refresh yourself in its healing water that benefits your body. The baths, which temperature ranges from 40ºC to 44ºC, owns therapeutic effects on rheumatism, skin ulceration and other skin problems as well as bone pains.


The beginning of the bike ride starts at an altitude of 4,350 m.a.s.l. and then it descend to only 1,900 m.a.s.l. The bike ride offers you a visit of the Inca ruins, a view of splendid waterfalls, meeting local settlers and a chance of collecting exotic fruits along the path! Like the icing on the cake, the next day we continue the trek through the coffee and coca plant and subtropical fruit. The second day of the trek you go to Aguas Calientes and have the best time there making the ZIP Line. Last day we reach the overwhelming Incan citadel - Machu Picchu where our Tour Guide explains you each part function and its history.

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Quick Itinerary


Day 01: Cusco - Abra Malaga - Santa Teresa

Day 02: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes

Day 03: Machu Picchu - Cusco


Highlights of the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu:

  • Exploration of the latest discovered authentical Incan path to Machu Picchu.
  • The most sporty trek of Southern Peru.
  • 1 day of mountain biking.
  • 2 day hike with a professional Tour Guide.
  • An opportunity to give a try to rafting and ZIP Line.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.

Crew: A Tierras Vivas Representative in Cusco and a professional bilingual Tour Guide on the Inka Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu.

Accomodation: Hostels with a dorm and a shared bathroom (1 nights), Hotel with a private room and a private bathroom (1 night).

Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner.

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 1x train.

Group: Minimun 2 people and Maximun 15 people


Importart Note: On the Machu Picchu Jungle Tours is not included the water. On the route you will find the local market and you can buy the water, it is not expensive and you can help to the communities. 


Extra Activities to Inca Jungle Trek

Rafting in Santa Maria: USD 40

Zip Line in Santa Teresa: USD 45


What is the difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain?


Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are two mountains peaks which tower over the Machu Picchu archaeological site. To climb one of the mountains you need to purchase a pass in combination with your Machu Picchu entry ticket-passes cannot be purchased separately from entry ticket, and once entry ticket has been purchased a mountain pass cannot be added or cancelled.


Departures 100% guaranteed!!

Do I need to book it in advance? The Inka Jungle Trail has departures guaranteed, but train tickets and entrance to Huayna Picchu mountain are subjet to availability. For that reason, we HIGHLY recommend booking it in advance to ensure you receive exactly what you want!


PLEASE NOTE: May, June and July are peak months of a HIGH TOURIST SEASON in Cusco. It means that train tickets ARE SELL OUT QUICKLY!! Please be aware that the trek leaves daily; however, return train tickets may not be available, if you like to book on last moment. To avoid this inconvenience, please book it several weeks in advance!


Why choose Tierras Vivas?

  • A licensed tour guide for 8 trekkers, two licensed tour guides from 9 up to 16 trekkers.
  • Inca Trail tour operator since 2006
  • Specialist operators for international tour companies.

  • Highly experienced english speaking guide.

  • Inclusion all equipment for your Jungle trek to Machu Picchu 

  • We catter for any food restriction
  • Private bus to head trail
  • Tierras Vivas hires peruvian professional staff like guides, assistant guides.

Resposinble Travel

San Martin de Porres School

If you reserve this trip, you will be making a donation to the school for special needs children.


Tierras Vivas Porters

Tierras Vivas DOES NOT permit this exploitation!! We guarantee that our porters and horses carry only an amount given by the Peruvian law!! There is still a long way to go when it comes to a reserve of adequate meals, backpacks and warm dry sleeping accommodation.



Day 1 - Cusco - San Luis (hear trail) - Santa Teresa

The Inka Jungle Trek begins with pickup at 6:30 am in your hotel.  PrepareL your daypack for your adventure tour!  Sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you are driven to over 4,200 meters above sea level to the top of Abra Malaga. Take a deep breath, strap on the protective gear provided and take in the majestic mountain before hitting the pavement on brand new mountain bikes.  Feel the wind whip your face as you cruise down winding mountain roads, past waterfalls, mountain villages and the occasional road dog.  Almost three hours and a 2,000-meter decent of white knuckled excitement brings you to the lunch stop in Alfamayo.  Strip off layers and slap on insect repellent as you enter the pre-jungle climate.  After lunch and some time to relax (to let the heat of the afternoon melt away) a short van ride takes you to the start of your first short trek. Local bus to Santa Tersa where we spend a night



Day 2 - Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes

We have early breakfast before taking a private transport to Llucmabamba Town. There we observe a stunning sunrise above a lovely landscape with Machu Picchu in its centre!! Later, we descend to bamboo groves and a cloud forest with increasingly thick vegetation and tall trees offering us some excellent birdwatching opportunities! Later in the afternoon, we get to Hidroelectrica (a hydroelectric plant) Railway Station and there we start following trails leading us to the Aguas Calientes Town. We spend the last night in a more comfortable hostel there with private rooms and bathrooms offering us a hot shower.

Optional tour: ZIP Line in the morning in Santa Teresa. The price of the ZIP Line is extra USD 40.


Day 3 - Machu Picchu / Huayna Picchu to Cusco

Your climb to Machu Picchu begins before the sun is up.  Ascend step by step for approximately an hour up the Inca staircase to the formerly lost stronghold of Machu Picchu.  A 2-hour guided tour reveals mysteries and poses questions of how the Incas lived and were able to achieve such marvelous feats of engineering.  After the tour you have the option to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for an even more incredible view of the ruins and the surrounding sheer cliffs of the Andes.  Take your time exploring the wondrous ruins and get that perfect picture before making your descent back to Aguas Calientes.  Your return time to Cusco will depend on which transport option, or return train you select.


What is included

  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel in Cusco a day before the adrenaline tour);
  • Transfer by private bus to Abra Malaga - the initial point of the trek;
  • Accommodation: Basic hostel Santa Teresa (1 nights) and a comfortable Hotel (1 night);
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 2x Breakfasts, 2x Lunches, 2x Dinners (Vegetarian food available);
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide;
  • Tourist train (Expedition Service at 18:20 or 19:00) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Mountain bicycles (brand Scott with a hydraulic brake), helmet and gloves;
  • Tourist bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle; 

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day
  • Travel insurance
  • Water (On the route, you will find the small local market and you ca buy by yourself)
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ($25)
  • A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes ($ 24 round trip or $12 - one way)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory);
  • Other extras not mentioned

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single room" option for this trek, you receive your own single room for all nights.

Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price!

Appropriate clothing along this hike

Hiking pants and T-shirts are recommended during the day, complemented by sweaters, fleeces and waterproof jackets. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required, down jackets can be useful, otherwise a fleece and a jacket. During the third day (if sunny) and in Machu Picchu, convertible hiking pants are useful, as can be switched into shorts if necessary. Machu Picchu has a warm climate, getting only cold at night. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.


Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

A must to know is the mystical and enigmatic Machu Picchu one of the 7 wonders of Peru, the sacred city of the Incas that the conquerors never knew and that was known by Western culture in 1911. Cusco, like Machu Picchu, for its historical value and for its beauty is considered World Heritage of Humanity.

The Inca jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is a new route offered by our, which involves biking, walking and just being. Our multiple terrain trip, includes recently discovered real Inca paths, archaeological ruins, an 60km bike downhill on brand new mountain bikes, through the mountains from Abra Malaga to the green valleys below and the jungle base of Santa Maria. The four day, three night trip ends with a dawn view of the valleys below from Machu Picchu. Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

Days 3
per person
$ 300.00
Activity level
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