Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu (Guided)

Duration: 4 days
Trails: T2 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
Ascent per day: 250 - 500 m ascent per day
> Go rafting on the Urubamba River and bike to the Sacred Valley and find your way to Machu Picchu
> For the real adrenaline junkies
> Follow the paths of the ancient Inca Empire

The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is an alternative route to Machu Picchu and has gained popularity in recent years. Not surprising when you go mountain biking and rafting in addition to hiking. This action-packed adventure takes you into the Peruvian jungle, along a beautiful section of the original Inca Trail, before ending at Machu Picchu. Along the way, you'll pass the Andes Mountains, the Urubamba River and the jungle. You will also have time to explore the local banana-, coffee- and avocado plantations. If you are looking for a multi-sport adventure and want to experience as much of Peru's incredible landscape as possible - then this is your match!



Cusco - Salineras - Pispitayoc

At 07:00, transport will be waiting for you at your accommodation in Cusco. It's about an hour's drive to Cruzpata where you'll switch to a mountain bike. You will descend to the Sacred Valley and along the way you will have beautiful views of the Andes mountain, visit the Salineras of Maras, and pass several wheat and potato fields. After about 4 hours of mountain biking, you will be driven to Santa Maria for lunch. After lunch you will be given a briefing and begin the 1.5-hour rafting along the Urubamba River. Once at your final destination, it's about half an hour's walk to your accommodation for the night.



Pispitayoc - Hotsprings - Santa Teresa

Duration: 06:15 h
Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 730 m
Descent: 480 m
Lowest Point: 1170 m
Highest Point: 1640 m
Today a beautiful hike is on the programme. You will wake up in the middle of the jungle where breakfast will be waiting for you. You have some free time to explore the various plantations in the area. You will then start on an Inca trail that connects Machu Picchu with Vilcabamba. After about 4 hours of hiking, you will arrive in Quellomayu, where lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Then it's another 4-hour walk upstream along the Urubamba River to the hot springs of Cocalmayu. Here you will have the opportunity to experience the healing waters for yourself. After a relaxing soak in the hot baths, take a bus to the town of Santa Teresa where you spend the night.

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa - Llaqtapata - Aguas Calientes

Duration: 05:35 h
Distance: 15.6 km
Ascent: 480 m
Descent: 1120 m
Lowest Point: 1780 m
Highest Point: 2710 m
After breakfast, you will drive in an hour to Lucmabamba, the start of an original Inca trail. In about 3 hours hike to Llaqtapata, where you can catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. Explore and enjoy the spectacular views of Machu Picchu and the Andes Mountains. From here you descend for two hours to reach a place for your lunch. After lunch, you start today's final hike, the one to Aguas Calientes along the train track. This part of the route is full of history, as you visit the Mandor Farms. On arrival in Aguas Calientes around 5pm, your guide will take you to your hotel, where you will have some time to rest and freshen up. In the evening, enjoy a final communal dinner, make plans for the next day, and spend the night at the hotel.

Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes
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  • Guides

    A well-trained English-speaking guide is included in the price. The guides all grew up in the Cusco region and are committed to sharing their history and culture with visitors. The guides are friendly and professional and will make sure you don't miss anything.

  • Satellite phones

    Guides are equipped with satellite phones and can organise anything on the fly.

  • Taxes and fees

    All tourist taxes and permit fees applicable are included in the listed price.

  • First aid

    Your guide has received training in first aid from a physician. Mandatory training sessions are conducted every year. Your tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. You will be escorted off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, if needed, and taken to a clinic for treatment.

  • Food and water

    Food and water are included and will be provided as per the itinerary. Water is boiled, filtered, and then cooled before distributing. You must bring your water bottles and or camelback. We recommend carrying about 3L worth per day. You will be able to restock your water supplies at each meal.

  • Getting to and from

    Getting to and from the start/end point of this trekking is included, as per the itinerary.

  • Gear

    All (camping) equipment will be provided, built up, and taken down again. This is included in your trekking package. Please note that a sleeping bag and air mattress are not included but are available for rent.

  • Duffel

    You will receive your duffel bag that will stay with your porters while you hike. This bag should not exceed 7kg/14 lbs and does need to include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

  • Porters

    A personal porter will carry most of your belongings using a duffel bag. There is no additional fee for this. You will have access to your duffel bag in the mornings and evenings.

  • Trekking Briefing

    The night before your trek, you will come to the local office for a briefing. The entire itinerary will be explained and the final logistics for the Inca Jungle Trail Trek will be taken care of.

  • Permits

    Permits for both your Inca Jungle Trail Trek trek and for the entry to Machu Picchu are included and will be taken care of.

  • Accommodation on the Inca Jungle Trek

    Accommodations during this trek are included; a rustic lodge on day 1, a simple hotel on day 2 and a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes on day 3.


  • Accommodation in Cusco including breakfast

    Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

  • Rentals

    Every trekker needs a sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks (with rubber tips) are optional but encouraged. If you don’t want to bring any of the above, they are all available for rent: Sleeping Bag: USD 20, Inflatable Air Mattress: USD 15, Trekking Poles (Pair): USD 15.

  • Huayna Picchu

    Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45-minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep if you are scared of heights. You would do this after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is USD 75. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance due to popularity. Please understand that the weather is out of our control.

  • 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, cook and porters are not included. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.


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