Inca Jungle Trail (4 Days)

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Inca Jungle Trail (4 Days)

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Our origins are in the operation of the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu. Even although this is one of the youngest tours in Peru, it is fast becoming the most popular and it is not hard to see why. Our dedicated and experience guides bring fun and adventure to this very informative and exciting trip. Many of our guides grew up in the town and villages you will pass on this route, and their extensive knowledge adds to the uniqueness of the trip. We guarantee a trip of a lifetime. As well as a stunning full day hike through the jungle, you will take part in 3 exhilarating activities: biking, white water rafting and ziplining. The biking is a fairy easy experience as the majority of the road is downhill from high in the mountains to the jungle. Top-notch suspension bikes and safety equipment are provided. Third party companies will lead your rafting and ziplining excursions from the town in which the activity is being done. Each company is regulated and is experts in their profession. Your guide will take you on an unforgettable hike through the jungle that will end in the most relaxing way possible: a beer and natural hot springs. You will sleep in basic hostels and provided with 3 course meals. The main even will take place on the the 4th and final day: the climb to Machu Picchu

Type: Cultural, landscape, and multi-sport adventure tour
Length: 4 days, 3 nights
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Accommodation: Hostels
Maximum altitude: 4,316 m
Minimum altitude: 1,100 m
Group size: 2-9 participants
Season: March to December recommended

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DAY 1: CUSCO – SANTA MARIA (RAFTING OPTIONAL)

You will be collected from you hotel at 6:30am where you will travel by private transportation to Ollantaytambo, passing through a section of the Sacred Valley. After a 20-minute stop to have a quick breakfast, stretch your legs, or make use of the restrooms, you will continue on until arrival at Abra Malaga (4,316 m). This is the point of departure for the first activity, biking. After a briefing from your guide, all necessary gear will be distributed and you can begin the three-hour descent on bike. You will cover a distance of around 56 km. On this part of the trip you will zigzag down the mountains as stunning last scape and quant villages fly by. The ride will also be marked by rapid change in climate and temperature, from dry and cold to warm and humid (round half way). You will finish the bike tour in Huamanmarka. From there you will drive 30 minutes to Santa Maria for lunch. At this point those who have chosen to include rafting in their trip will depart on the three-hour run of class III and IV rapids on the Vilcanota River. You will finish the day by returning to Santa Maria, where you will spend the night in the basic, but clean and comfortable accommodations.

DAY 2: SANTA MARIA – SANTA TERESA HIKING

You will be up at 6:30am to enjoy the sunrise in the high jungle and an early breakfast. Then you will begin the hike towards Santa Teresa. The first two hours are uphill (a Peruvian flat!), but the climb will be punctuated by breaks to better appreciate the views, local trees, plants and fruit- to name some. One stop will include a visit to the home of a local family where you can relax, stock up on water, and taste some tropical fruits. The family will give you a demonstration on how the coffee is harvested, cleaned and roasted. You even have the opportunity to take part in this process and try to organic coffee. This area of Cusco’s main export is coffee and it is distributed all over the world. Over the course of the ascent, you also observe a variety of plantations, including, coca, coffee, cacao, pineapple, mango orange, banana, avocado, etc. Your guide will keep you fully informed throughout the trip. Once you finish the ascent, you will be able to take in an impressive view of the valley and Huancarqasa Canyon from the highest point of our journey (1,700 m). Next you will embark on a section of the ancient Inca trail, which connected the sacred Incan citadel Machu Picchu with another city, Vilcabamba. This leg will be accompanied by an explanation by our guide about Incan history and the communication networks used at the time. Continuing then down to the town Quellomayo, where you will stop for a tasty lunch and a reinvigorating rest in some hammocks. Finally, the last two hours of the hike through the valley and along the river. You will cross the Vilcanota River by “oroya” a cable car and local means of transport, to arrive to the hot springs of Cocalmayo. You can spend a good bit of time at this pleasant spot, relaxing in the hot springs, before taking the 15-minute shuttle to Santa Theresa, where the second evening will be spent.

DAY 3: SANTA TERESA – AGUAS CALIENTES HIKE

After a 7:00am breakfast, you will be taken to the zipline basecamp, just 10 minutes away. There you will enjoy a thrilling 2 hours pumping up the adrenaline on the ziplines. With Vertikal Zipling Company you will experience views like no other as you superman over valleys. Afterwards, the private shuttle will take you to an area known as “La Hidroeléctrica” to pass through a government checkpoint. This is recognised as the entrance to the National Park that is home to Machu Picchu. You will then continue walking for a short time until the lunch spot. After a nice rest, you will hike along the train tracks for approximately three hours until we reach Aguas Calientes. This is an easy and very picturesque trail that runs parallel to the river and is shadowed by the majestic Machu Picchu Mountain. You will finish the hike upon arriving at Aguas Calientes, where the last night will spent in a hotel with hearty meal to fuel you for the next day.

DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU

The journey for the most important day of the trip will begin at 4:00am. In order to reach the gates of Machu Picchu for a once in a lifetime sunrise, it is essential to leave as early as possible. The climb towards the iconic citadel of Machu Picchu costists of a 20-minute walk on flat ground followed by an hour-long ascent by stairs built into the jungle. After reveling in the magic of the sunrise (with plenty of time to take pictures) your three-hour guided tour of the Machu Picchu will begin. Your guide will provide extensive history and explanations on the most important structures of the citadel. For example, you will visit The Temple of the Sun, The Temple of the Three Windows and the Sun Gate. This is followed by a period of free time to explore on your own and engage with the mystery that shrouds these ancient ruins. There is also an option to climb to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains- with some of the most incredible views in the Peru (as stated by National Geographic). These hikes are not included in the trip and tickets need to be purchased in advanced. Once it is time to return home, you will take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. You will then be taken in private transport back to Cusco.

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TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Briefing: informational session the night before the departure.
  • Hotel Pick-up.
  • Transport round-trip Cusco – Ollantaytambo.
  • Bicycles and all necessary safety gear.
  • Three (3) nights of accommodation.
  • Zipline excursion with top rated company.
  • Entrance to hot springs.
  • Private transportation.
  • Professional guide- fluent in English for duration of trip.
  • Meals: Two (2) lunches, Three (3) dinners, Two (2) breakfasts (variety of dishes).
  • Vegetarian options.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Train ticket from Aguas calientes and to Ollantaytambo.
  • First-aid kit.

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Extra expences.
  • Gratitudes.
  • Breafast on the firtah day.
  • Lunch  on the last day.

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WHAT TO BRING:

  • Original passport.
  • Warm jacket or sweater.
  • Four days worth of clothing- T-shirts, shorts.
  • Sturdy walking shoes.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Warm hat or an gloves (for biking).
  • Bathing suit, towel, and sandals.
  • Sun block and sunglasses.
  • Spare cash (preferably in soles).
  • Standard Backpack (30 liters).
  • Extra snacks and water.
  • Personal medications.
  • Camera and extra batteries.

DOCUMENTS TO CARRY WITH YOU

  • Original Passports.
  • Immigration card.
  • Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount).

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