Max. Altitude4316 m
Type of ToursTrekking
Description: The 3D/2N Inca Jungle Trail is a shortened version of the standard 4 day trek for those who lack the time. You will be able to complete the trail without missing any of the activities (biking, rafting, zip lining) and will still visit Machu Picchu on the last day. The difference with this itinerary is that on the first day, rather than spending the night in the town of Santa María, after rafting we will take a car for an hour to the town of Santa Teresa and spend the night there (you miss the walk on the Inca Trail between Santa María and Santa Teresa. In this 3 day excursion you will pass from a cold climate on the first day, to a warm jungle climate on the second, and finally to our main destination, Machu Picchu.
Tour type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, and culture.
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Starting Altitude: 3200m / 9515ft
- Maximum Altitude: 4316m / 15,000ft
- Activities: biking, rafting, hiking, and zip line
- Departures: daily
Remember there is a student discount available for entrance tickets to Machu Picchu (ask us about this option).
We begin this incredible adventure early by picking you up from your hotel between 7 and 7:30 am, at which point we will travel towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. During the journey you will have great views of Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountains, as well as panoramic views of the Sacred Valley. After 2 hours we will stop briefly in the town of Ollantaytambo to stretch and use the restroom. Then we will drive for another hour to the Abra Malaga pass, located at 4,316m/14,160 ft. From here we will start riding downhill on bicycles for approx. 3 hours. During the descent we will be able to see a variety of flora and fauna in the midst of a gorgeous landscape. We will eventually arrive at the town of Huamanmarca, where we will have lunch and visit some small Inca ruins. Then we will take our vehicle on to the town of Santa María, where we will be able to go rafting in the afternoon (remember that it is not recommended to do rafting during the rainy season for safety reasons). To finish off this exciting day, we will drive for about an hour to the town of Santa Teresa, where we will spend the night in a family lodging and eat dinner at a local restaurant.
*For those looking to relax, in Santa Teresa there is the option of visiting the Cocalmayo hot springs (additional cost).
Note: For the early morning pickup, you will need to book a hotel in the historical city center, as most AirBnB’s don’t have a name and/or lack addresses that can be found easily, and many of them are located far away from the city center. Otherwise we can arrange a specific meeting point.
After a delicious breakfast in Santa Teresa, we will head to the base of the Zipline, where the guide will provide us with all the necessary safety equipment. This activity will take approx. 3 hours; you will be able to use 6 different ziplines of different lengths as well as an extremely long hanging bridge in the jungle. We will then take a transport to the Hidroeléctrica for lunch. After lunch, we will walk alongside the Vilcanota river until the town of Aguas Calientes (approx. 3 hours). Upon arrival we will head to the hostel and then have our last group meal.
We will begin our ascent to Machu Picchu very early in the morning (4:30 am) so as to see the sunrise from the Inca city (this moderate hike take approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes). You can also choose to take the bus ($12 each way – not included) and you must take the first bus to be able to arrive at Machu Picchu by 6 am. Once at Machu Picchu your guide will provide you with a guided tour that lasts approx. 2 hours (remember that the guided tour is for the whole group). During this tour you will have opportunities to explore the main sites (Intihuatana, The Sacred Plaza, The Temple of the Sun, The Temple of the Condor), and learn more about the history of this hidden architectural wonder. At the end of the guided tour you will have a couple more hours to explore Machu Picchu at your own pace and really take in the Inca citadel’s unique atmosphere.
If you were able to purchase an entry to Huayna Picchu of Machu Picchu Mountain you will also have the opportunity to scale one of these mountains (remember that availability is limited by the government and the Ministry of Culture. Climbing Huayna Picchu takes 2 hours, and Machu Picchu Mountain requires 3). The time spent at Machu Picchu depends greatly on whether or not you decide to climb one of these mountains.
Options for returning to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu:
This gives you more time to visit Machu Picchu and climb one of the mountains, which requires at least 3 hours. After 7 or 8 hours in Machu Picchu you must return to Aguas Calientes in time for the 18:20 train to Ollantaytambo (2 hours), and then continue by car to Cusco (2 hours), arriving in Cusco at around 10:30 pm.
** If you want a specific train time, don’t hesitate to contact us.
You will arrive at Machu Picchu around 06:00 am, have a 2 hour guided tour, and then have some time to explore on your own. If you wish to return by car and are planning on climbing Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, it is possible, but it will be very rushed as you will need to leave Machu Picchu by 11:30 to walk back to Hidroeléctrica (3 hours) in time for the 2:30 pm car back to Cusco (6 hours). We would recommend staying an extra night in Aguas Calientes and returning to Cusco via car the next day.
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Informational talk provided by your guide at your hotel, one night before the hike
- Pickup from your hotel and transportation from Cusco to Abra Malaga (start of the tour)
- Professional bilingual guide
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- 2 nights of lodging (one in Aguas Calientes)
- Vegetarian or Vegan food available upon prior request for no additional charge
- First aid kit and oxygen tank
- Return transportation: via train at 06:20 pm (or earlier) and then car (4 hours total), or via car at 03:00 pm from the Hidroeléctrica (6 hours)
Does not include
- Hot springs (transport and entry fee, 20 to 25 soles)
- Travel insurance
- Bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains ($20.00)
- Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day
- Misc. costs and tips (optional)
- Original passport
- Students: student ID if you wish to obtain the discounted entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Light backpack
- Hat for the sun
- 2 – 3 shirts (preferably long sleeved)
- 2 pairs of long trousers (leggings are also appropriate)
- Walking shoes
- 2 – 3 pairs of wool socks
- A rain jacket is important, especially in the rainy season (you can also buy a rain poncho)
- 1 small towel
- Sun glasses
- Sun block
- A water bottle or canteen
- Tooth brush and other personal items
- Toilet paper
- Insect repellent
- Sandals or flip flops
- Bathing suit
- Snacks, such as: chocolate, granola bars, sweets, dried fruits, energy bars, etc.
- Extra cash in soles
- The price is based on double occupancy, includes all taxes and fees.
- Individual occupation available at an additional cost.
- Ask us about special discounts for groups if you travel with 3 or more people
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of our reservation.
- This tour begins in Cusco, the hostel / hotel pickup is included for accommodation located in the center of the city of Cusco.
- The tour has no set exits, you can choose your own start date (subject to availability)
- The name, number, expiration and country of the passport are required at the time of reservation for all participants Huayna Picchu /
- Machu Picchu Mountain Hike available at an additional cost.
- $ 20 discount for students with a valid ID card from the university / university You must bring an ID with you on the Inca Trail.
- We take care of all diets, please let us know your diets. Equipment such as trekking poles can be rented at an additional cost.
The Inca Trail is the only tour in Peru that is not reimbursable. Be sure to confirm the correct dates when you make the purchase. As the Inca Trail is regulated by the Ministry of Culture, they do not allow changes in the start date nor give reimbursements, once a permit is acquired, they are not resold.
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