This is not only an alternative Inca Trail, it is the most original and exclusive, following paths only recently discovered. It is suitable for anyone with a sense of adventure, curiosity, a little spare energy and no visible signs of vertigo!
The Inca Jungle Trail is a new route, which involves biking, walking and just being. Our multiple terrain trip includes recently discovered real Inca paths, archaeological ruins, and an 80km bike downhill 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.
Day 1: Cusco – 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 commences…freewheeling down quiet but challenging roads, past changing landscapes and ice capped mountains, you will not want to stop to catch your breath until the first pit stop in Alfamayo, some three hours from your starting point. Here you can enjoy your box lunch provided by us, while taking in the endless panoramas.
After a quick change and a dab of insect repellant, it is onwards and downwards towards Huamanmarca, site of a recently discovered archaeological Inca finding. Your tour guide will provide the historical background to bring your visit to life! We will carry on descending to 1500 meters, while the jungle’s edge rears up and the small but charming town of Santa Maria looms on the horizon. Browse the Internet, buy provisions or just rest your legs and enjoy a cold beer before dinner- traditional Peruvian food, served hot. This night you can have a hot shower at a family run hostel and sleep in either single, double or triple rooms. (L / D)
Day 2: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa
Rise at 5.30am, shake off your weary limbs and enjoy the finest indigenous coffee prepared by your landlady for breakfast. Under dawn skies you will begin your walk, which gets progressively steeper, until arriving at the welcoming family restaurant in Santa Rosa, where you can relax in hammocks, admiring the coca plantations and enjoy refreshments while being entertained by the family monkey. We continue on and after a short while you will reach the real Inca Trail, which winds around precipitous slopes and sheer drops for approximately half a mile. Be warned this is not for people who suffer from vertigo! The descent continues for just over two hours until you reach Qellomayo, a small village, where you will have lunch. Make sure you have saved enough energy for the final stretch: a riverside walk beside the Rio Vilcanotato Santa Teresa. Here you will sleep well in a family homestead after dinner. (B / L / D)
Day 3: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes
Waking at 7am, we will have breakfast before taking private transport to Lucmabamba town, 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 will 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 giant peak of Salkantay. Your picnic here is unlikely to be forgotten, gazing down on all those tourists who took the traditional Inca route because they did not know! It is only about a two hour walk down to the hydro-electric train station where the train departs for Aguas Calientes, the base town for Machu Picchu. Included is dinner at a local restaurant before retiring to your hostel with hot water and private bathrooms.
Alternative for Day 3 – please discuss with your guide
Early in the morning a taxi will take us to the Cola de Mono zip line. For those who do not want to take on the challenge of the zip line you have the option of taking a forest walk at Cola de Mono. After lunch in Santa Teresa, we will drive to the Hydroelectric Station. Here you have the chance to see a small but interesting Inca ruin then arrive at Aguas Calientes. En route you can look up and see Machu Picchu above you.
We will stay the night in Aguas Calientes and enjoy a celebratory dinner in a local restaurant. (B / L / D)
Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco
An early rise today, as you will take the first bus to Machu Picchu at 5.30am, arriving at 6am, which with luck will coincide with a beautiful sunrise! Your guide will leave no stones unturned but feel free to challenge their knowledge of Inca history. Afterwards you have free time to dally with the llamas and show off your photographic skills. Those who still have the will can tackle Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu. A frequent bus service takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train to Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco. (B / L)
* People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can, because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb it.
– 1st Turn 07:00 am : 200 people.
– 2nd Turn 10:00 am : 200 people.
Tranfer from the airport round trip
Transport from Cusco to Abra Malaga
Mountain bike with front suspension, gloves and helmet.
2 nights Accommodation includes homestays with hot water
Hotel in Aguas Calientes, last night at www.plazaandina.com
Entrance to Machu Picchu
Train back to Hidroelectrica or Ollantaytambo and then bus to Cusco
Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
Professional, bilingual Tour Guide
Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people)
Collection from hotel
Collection from train station (on day 4)
Water (only after bike descent, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water).
3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 afternoon snacks, 3 dinners and various snacks to be eaten throughout the day
Bus trip from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes
First Aid kit.
Vegetarian / special diet catered to on request at no extra cost!
What is not included?
We recommend that you bring:
International Student card if applicable
Travel Insurance is essential
Sleeping bag (not included but can be hired from us)
Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
Hat and gloves
Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
Water (only until lunch time on day 1)
Camera and films
Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful)
Optional items to take:
Plasters and bandages
Bathing suit (for hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
Considering an extra night in Aguas Calientes? We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotel and other costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase another ticket.
Aguas Calientes Extra Day Upgrade Package (optional)
With hikes that trek the traditional Inca Trail, the standard package has clients returning to Cusco at the end of the trek, and they don’t spend a night in Aguas Calientes. This package provides clients the opportunity to stay in Aguas Calientes for an extra night, visit Machu Picchu for a second day and then return to Cusco by the comfortable Vistadome train.
Cost: $195 per person on twin share basis. This price doesn’t change depending on the number of people in the group.
Second day’s entry to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, valued at $60
Bus up and down to ruins on extra day, valued at $17
1 night in a 3 star hotel, like Killa Inn Plaza Andina. These are nice hotels, well decorated, and clean.
With limited eating choices at Machu Picchu hunger tends to send clients to Aguas Calientes; by including the buffet lunch we find that clients can visit Machu Picchu early, then go to the buffet to try lots of different Peruvian (and Western) dishes, rest and go back for a second look at Machu Picchu.
Return in Vistadome train rather than Expedition train, which gives you the opportunity for a more varied timetable and to return in a nicer train, with big windows in the roof.
** Please contact us for a price for the same package but with 2 star accomodation and return in Expedition Train service **