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4-day Inca Jungle Trek

Conde Travel - 4 days

  • 4-day Inca Jungle Trek
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
FAQ
Packing List
Machu Picchu
Safety
Conde Travel
How to Book

Overview

> Visit Machu Picchu on the last day
> Go rafting in Urubamba River
> Bike from Abra Malaga through the Quillabamba way to Huamanmarka
> Relax at Cocalmayo hot springs

The Inca Jungle Premium Trek is an unbelievable 4-day alternative tour where you can experience adventure sports such as RAFTING, TREKKING, BIKING and ZIP LINE. It also includes some recently discovered Inca paths with archaeological remains, the expansive and towering Abra Malaga Mountain, the deep green valley and the vibrant jungle basin of Santa Maria. The Inca Jungle Premium Trek uses A-1 equipment and the groups are small, creating an intimate experience with the natural terrain of Peru. This program is specially designed in economic support of the indigenous communities. On this trek, we will share the experiences, customs, and culture of these indigenous families.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Cusco - Santa Maria (BIKING - RAFTING)

The guide will pick you up at your hostel in Cusco, after breakfast in Ollantaytambo we will travel by bus to the highest place of the trip, ABRA MALAGA, at 4350 meters over the sea level, next to the snow mountain VERONICA to go downhill in bikes to SANTA MARIA, at 2250 meters over the sea level. After this activity, we are ready to have a delicious typical lunch. After a break, we are ready to continue the adventure doing rafting level tree, not too dangerous but not too boring, perfect to have fun and finish the day in a comfortable EcoLodge.

Schedule day 1:

05:40 - 06:15 Pick up each passengers from their respective hotels around of the historic center of Cusco. We will eat breakfast together as a group.
06:30 - 08:30 We will start the tour by private bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.
08:30 – 08:45 Break for bathrooms.
09:00 - 10:00 From Ollantaytambo to Abra Malaga mountain.
10:00 - 13:00 Starting biking from Abra Malaga through the Quillabamba way (on the paved road) to Huamanmarka.
13:00 - 13:30 Transfer in bus from Huamanmarka to Santa Maria.
13:30 - 14:00 Lunch in Santa Maria.
14:30 - 16:00 Rafting activity in Urubamba River.
16:00 - 16:30 Transfer from the river to eco-lodge.
16:30 - 19:00 Free time for accommodate, to have a rest and enjoy the magnificent sunset in the eco-lodge house.
19:00 - 19:30 Dinner and calling the night for the first day in the eco-lodge house.

Day 2: Santa Maria-Santa Teresa (TREKKING - HOT SPRINGS)

After breakfast, we go to Inka Trail where we start walking for approximately 4 hours through the high forest among the abundance of flora and fauna. In this area, it is possible to see many types of plants, orchids, birds and other wild animals, a paradise of biodiversity in the Inka jungle. During our trip, we will see the archaeological center of Inka Carcel where the Incas punished people who did not comply with the rules of the Inka society. We will continue our walk through the Inka road after lunch made by a local community with fruits and tubers native to the area. Hot springs of Cocalmayo will be the cherry of the pie, where we will relax our muscles before going to bed.

Schedule day 2:

06:30 - 07:00 Explanation of the different natural products found in this area and production of 100% natural coffee in the area.
07:00 - 07:45 Breakfast in the eco-lodge house.
07:45 - 08:30 Drive to our starting point of the Inca Trail.
08:30 - 13:00 Hike through the Inca trail, discovering the history of the Incas to finally descend towards lunch.
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch in Quellomayo.
13:30 - 14:30 A break to regain energy before walking again.
14:30 - 16:00 Walk to the hot springs (Cocalmayo) by the edge of the Urubamba River.
16:00 - 18:00 Relax in the hot springs.
18:00 - 18:30 Transfer from the Hot Spring to Santa Teresa Town.
18:30 – 20:00 Dinner and rest in Santa Teresa.

Day 3: Santa Teresa - Hidroélectrica - Aguas Calientes

The next morning, after a good breakfast, we will head toward the nearby zip lining location. Here, we will experience different zip lining routes, cross a suspension bridge, and do some light rock climbing. After this activity, the bus will bring us to Hidroélectrica where we will enjoy our lunch. We can relax here for a while, then continue onto the route toward Aguas Calientes. We will walk for about 3 hours and along the way, you will encounter beautiful waterfalls, different wildlife, next to the beautiful Urubamba River. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we will get together in a local restaurant to enjoy a great dinner and have a briefing about our next excursion to Machu Picchu. After dinner, you are free to explore the city of Aguas Calientes.

Schedule day 3:

07:00 - 07:45 Breakfast in Santa Teresa.
07:45 - 08:15 Transfer to zipline base camp.
08:15 - 09:00 Registration and equipment of the harnesses for the zipline.
09:00 - 11:00 Zipline activity.
11:00 - 11:40 Transfer from the zip line camp to the Hydroelectric.
11:40 - 12:15 Trekking from Hydroelectric to the restaurant.
12:15 - 12:45 Lunchtime.
12:45 - 13:30 Small rest in the hammocks of the restaurant.
13:30 - 16:00 Walk from the restaurant to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).
16:00 - 19:00 Free time to visit the town and be able to do the shopping for the next day.
19:00 - 19:30 Dinner and having a rest in hostel within Aguas Calientes.

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (Trekking)

We will rise early at 4:00am to begin our climb toward Machu Picchu. The trek will include a challenging 1 hour and half ascent toward the ancient citadel. After arriving at the entrance around 6:00am to meet our guide, our group will enjoy a privately guided tour for 2 hours in the Inca citadel. After the tour, you will be free to enjoy Machu Picchu on your own. After enjoying your free time in Machu Picchu, the group will descend on foot toward Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo, where everybody will be picked up and transferred to Cusco. The group has to be at the train station at least 30min before departure. The trip will finish in the square of San Francisco, Cusco.

Schedule day 4:

04:00 - 04:20 Early wake-up to have a quick breakfast.
04:20 - 06:00 Start trekking to see the spectacular sunrise in the citadel of Machu Picchu.
06:00 - 08:30 Our group will have a private guided tour in the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
08:30 - 12:00 Free time to enjoy Machu Picchu on their own (Passengers who booked for an additional, can climb to the Mountain or Huayna Picchu at 9am – 10am with the second group).
12:00 - 12:30 The group will descend walking to Aguas Calientes.
12:30 - 15:40 Free time in Aguas Calientes .
15:40 - 16:00 Walk to the train station for the departure time to Ollantaytambo.
18:20 - 20:00 Returning from Aguas Calientes by train to Ollantaytambo (depending on the departure of your train).
20:00-22:00 transfer from Ollantaytambo station by private bus to the Plaza San Francisco in Cusco (the arrival time will be depending the traffic in cusco).
 

What's Included

Included:

√ Pre-departure briefing
The evening before the trek, you will have a briefing between 5pm – 7pm in Conde Travel’s office, explaining all tour details from the guide.

√ Pick-up Service
On the first day of the trek, Conde Travel will pick you up from your hotel to start the adventure.

√ Transport
 Transportation from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and to Abra Málaga is included in the price of the trek. 

√ Train
On the last day of your trek, you will take a train from Aguas Caliente to Ollantaytambo at 18:20, and then a bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

√ English speaking guide
A professional bilingual guide will accompany you during the whole trek.

√ Entrance Fees
Entrance fees to Machu Picchu are included.

√ Biking, Rafting & Zipline
The activities mentioned in the itinerary are included, together with all the equipment necessary, such as mountain bikes, helmets, and gloves.

Cocalmayo Hot Springs
On day 2 you will visit Hot springs of Cocalmayo, where you will be able to relax your muscles before going to bed.

√ Accommodation
During the trek, accommodation will be in the following lodges: 1 night in Conde Ecolodge - Pispitayoc (shared room), 1 night at a hostel in Santa Teresa ( wifi - hot water), and 1 night of hostel lodging in Aguas Calientes (with private bathrooms and hot water).

√ Tickets to Huayna Picchu (when tickets are Available)
Tickets to Huayna Picchu (when tickets are Available) or Old Mountain are included in the price of this trek.

√ First-aid kit
A first aid kit will be available during the whole trek in case any trekker needs it.

√ Meals
A private cook and assistants will accompany us during the trek and will take care of the meals. Meals, as indicated in the program, are included: 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 4 breakfasts (vegetarian options available).

Excluded:

× Accommodation in Cusco including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Lunch and dinner on the last day

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Peru.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.

x Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and other similar expenses are for your own account. Personal care ítems are not included either.

x Bus to Machu Picchu
The Up or Down Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (USD $24.00)*.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the trek, accommodation will be in the following lodges: 1 night in Conde Ecolodge - Pispitayoc (shared room), 1 night at a hostel in Santa Teresa ( wifi - hot water), and 1 night of hostel lodging in Aguas Calientes (with private bathrooms and hot water).

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season

The best time to hike the Peruvian Andes is from April to October when the weather is relatively warm. In the months of June, July and August the nights are cold and a four season sleeping bag is recommended. The rainy season lasts from November to March, with February as the highlight. In this month the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance. Rainy season or not, prepare for sun and rain. The mountains make the weather pattern unpredictable.

Dry season (April – October)
Day: 20’C – 25’C / 68’F – 77’F
Night: -1 – 7’C / 30’F – 45’F

Rainy season (November – March)
Day: 17’C – 22’C / 62’F – 71.6’F
Night: 4’C – 7’C / 39’F – 45’F

Tipping

On the Inca Trail and other Peruvian trials, it is normal to tip guides. Opinions on how much are divided. We advise you to bring along an amount of 60 to 120 Nuevo Sol for tips. That is equivalent to USD 25 to 50. This is often given by the group in a pot, towards the end of the trek.

Training

Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

One sure way to get fit for trekking and hiking in Peru is to, you could have guessed it: hike more. Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude before and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Peruvian Andes.

Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s hike twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Peru.

Altitude Mountain Sickness

If you’re keen on Machu Picchu, you’re obviously headed to Cusco. Once you’re in the city, particularly if you’ve flown in, you’re likely to find yourself huffing and puffing just scaling the stairs to your accommodation. For this reason, it’s recommended you give yourself time to acclimatize to the thin air before setting off up the mountain. If you want to know everything about AMS while trekking in Peru, please read our extensive blog post. For now, keep the basics in mind. Make sure you are hydrated properly, avoid alcohol before your trek, and if you are a smoker, you better at least quit for a few days, or else you are going to have a lot of trouble making it through.

Trekking in the rainy season

The wet (rainy) season lasts from November to April. The mountainous terrain around Cusco means the area is prone to flooding and landslides after torrential rain. It’s always better to go in the dry season. You can’t? At least you won’t be fighting the crowds. Please be prepared and read everything about this season in our blog post.

Packing List

Packing List

Essentials

– Valid, original Passport (a copy will not be accepted)
– Immigration Card (given to you on the plane as you enter Peru)
– Trekking boots (light, comfortable and broken in)
– A good quality daypack (light, small and comfortable)
– Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)

For your daypacks

Below is a list of items that we highly recommend you keep with you at all times in your personal backpack. Remember you will be carrying this with you everyday of the trek so we recommend you bring a good quality daypack which is both light and comfortable. It is important to note that due to local regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25L. All larger backpacks can not be taken into Machu Picchu and will need to be stored outside the gates.

– Hat and sunglasses
– Rain gear
– Warm layers (fleece / long sleeved tops)
– Sun cream, bug spray
– Hand sanitiser
– Toilet paper
– Personal medication
– Band aids, moleskin
– Camera, extra batteries
– Head torch
– Extra snacks, power bars, chocolate
– Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips (small change is useful for paying to use the -villagers’ toilets on the first day)

For your backpack

– Some light, comfortable shoes for the camp
– Warm jacket, hat and gloves
– 2-3 t-shirts (wicking t-shirts are best)
– 1-2 hiking pants / trousers
– 4 sets of undergarments
– 4 sets of hiking socks
– 1 Fleece
– 1 Warm, down jacket for the coldest nights
– Quick dry towel
– Soap
– Toothbrush and paste
– Face moisturizer
– Power pack / battery charger
– Plastic bags to keep wet or muddy clothes separate

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Tickets
To conserve the Machu Picchu site, the Peruvian government has limited the access and gives out a limited amount of tickets. There are different sorts of tickets and availability.

Machu Picchu Only
This type of ticket allows you to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu which has as main attractions: Intiwatana Temple of the Three Windows, Sun Temple, Temple of the Condor, Main Plaza, Agricultural Zone. The maximum capacity to enter to Machu Picchu is 2500 people per day.

Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu is part of a set of related with the Salkantay, mountains known as the Central Cordillera of the Andes. Huayna Picchu, “Young Mountain“, is located opposite the mountain of Machu Picchu “Old Mountain” and has a height of 2,693 meters. It can be accessed by following a steep and narrow path with steps carved into rock; It covers an elevation of approximately 360 meters. The tour on this mountain has an approximate duration of 3 hours, in what it concerns to rise and to go down, it is an extraordinary adventure. The maximum capacity to go up to Huayna Picchu group is 200 people per day.

Machu Picchu + Old Mountain
Machu Picchu Mountain is located 3,082 meters. In it, is seated the Inca city of Machu Picchu, and every day more people decide to venture to it, possibly by the energy emanating earth, considered sacred to the Inca civilization. Its summit was used by Inca priests to perform rituals on special dates and it was the place of worship of the Apu Salkantay.

The ascent depends on the physical condition of the individual and can take anything between 2 and 3 hours.The maximum capacity to enter Machu Picchu Mountain is 800 people per day,

Your trekking company provides the bus tickets and the Machu Pichu only entrance tickets. If you wish to do climb the Huayna Picchu or the Old Mountain it will cost you $35 dollars extra. This needs to be reserved in time.

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize. 

Conde Travel

Conde Travel

We are a pioneer company in adventure tourism, located in Cusco Peru, with more than 12 years of experience in the field of tourism. We organize adventure tours and treks through different routes like the Inca Jungle, the Salkantay trek, the Inca trail, the Choquequirao trek, among others. Our aim is to offer the turist varied options in the area.

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The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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