Inca Jungle Trek Peru – Machu Picchu Tour 4 Days + Return by Bus
Inca Jungle Trek with return by bus – this Inca Trail is a popular 4-day multi activity Tour to Machu Picchu. Trekking & hiking, biking, rafting, ziplining & jungle camping all add to the adventure!
The tour is 3 days that includes these activities ending in Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night before visiting the site of Machu Picchu itself on day 4. This is the ideal option for those travelling on a budget who want to avoid the more expensive return by train.
DAY 1 – Cusco – Pispitayoc (biking and rafting)
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Pickup at your hotel in the morning and we start our drive towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, passing through beautiful valleys and inspiring scenery. After some hours we will reach Ollantaytambo and have a short break to have breakfast before continuing on by bus until Abra Malaga arriving approximately 10.30 am to 11 am and at an altitude of 4350 meters. It is from here that we will start our adventure with biking descending for about 3 hours whilst passing through rural villages, by rivers and streams and arriving at our destination Huamanmarca at around 1.30 pm to 2 pm.
We are next transferred by bus to Santa Maria (approx 30 mins) where we will have lunch and relax for a bit before beginning our rafting part of the trip (for those that chose this as an additional option when booking – this requires an extra payment when booking). The rafting lasts for about 2 hours and there will be a safety kayak accompanying the rafters at all times. Those in the group that chose not to participate in the rafting will be driven for 20 minutes more and then embark on a short trek for 45 minutes until arriving at the lodge La Choza in the village of Pispitayoc. Once the rafters having finish their fun on the river they will also be taken by bus to Santa Rosa before walking to the lodge.
DAY 2 – Pispitayoc (ecolodge) – Santa Teresa (trekking)
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
After a good breakfast sat outdoors at the lodge we start our trekking for the day by walking along the river bank and slowly climbing. We will pass by coffee plantations and fruit orchards plus maybe see a variety of birds and plants in this wonderfully biodiverse high jungle forest. When we arrive to a pass we can see the whole of the Urubamba Valley below. We then start out descent and after about 2.5 hours we will arrive in the viallage of Qellomayo and have some lunch. We will continue after resting to trek for a further 3 hours passing through farmland, by rivers and waterfalls until we arrive at the hot water springs of Santa Teresa (entrance fee 20 soles – not included). We will take a break here and then later walk for a further 40 minutes until the actual town of Santa Teresa where we will sleep the night in a local family house (basic conditions).
DAY 3 – Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes (zipline and trekking)
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
On the third morning, after breakfast, we will set off from Santa Teresa and those that have reserved the zip-lining (for those that chose this as an additional option when booking – this requires an extra payment when booking) will be taken by bus to Hydroeléctrica for this activity. Those who are not participating in the zipline will continue hiking for about 3 hours until reaching Hydroeléctrica also to rejoin the rest of the group. Everyone will then have lunch and then the tour will continue with a trek along the Inca Jungle trails for a further 3 hours until arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes. Here you will be taken to the hostel at about 4pm and at night the group will be taken for dinner in a local restuarant whilst receiving a briefing about the following day tour to Machu Picchu.
DAY 4 – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Hidroeléctrica – Cusco
We get ready around 4.00 am to walk uphill from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu – hopefully we can catch a wonderful sunset at the site.The ticket control entrance should be passed about 6am and we will enter the site to see one of the wonders of the world. At the ruins your guide will take you on a tour of the site. We will visit enclosures, plazas, sacred fountains, temples, towers and he will explain the different functions of each area such as the agricultural and urban sections. The tour lasts for approx 2 hours and you will then have free time to explore the site yourself.
After spending some time at Machu Picchu, at around 11.30 AM, you will need to start making your way back down from the site to Hidroelectrica in order to take your bus to Cusco that leaves at 3 PM. It takes about 3 hours walking to get back to Hidroelectrica. The bus arrives in Cusco at around 10.30 PM and will drop you off near the main square.
• Transportation – bus to start of tour, bus from Hidroeléctrica to Cusco
• Mountain bikes (front suspension only), helmets and gloves
• Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
• Guide – English and Spanish-Speaking
• Pre-tour briefing the evening before tour
• Meals as indicated in description
• 1 night in a local rural house accomodation (shared rooms)
• 1 night in hostel in Santa Teresa (shared rooms)
• 1 night in hostel in Aguas Calientes (private bathrooms and hot water)
• First aid kit and assistance in case of problems
• Last day lunch and dinner
• Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes and back down (optional)
• Cable car fee (to cross the river) – 10 soles
• Bus from hot springs to Santa Teresa – 5 soles
• Personal Medical Kit – recommended
• Travel Insurance – recommended
• Sunglasses & Sun cream
• Insect Repellent
• Extra snacks
• Tips for guide
EXTRA OPTIONS – CLIMBING HUAYNA PICCHU OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN
Tickets for climbing up to the Huayna Picchu or Machu PIcchu mountain must be booked in advance when booking Machu Picchu tickets. If you want to do either of these (you can only do one) you MUST book this at the same time and it cannot be added on later. Please make sure you check availability before booking these as there are limited spaces each day.
WHAT TO BRING
• Original passport
• Hiking boots or strong footwear, waterproof recommended!
• Trekking poles – can be rented
• A backpack (30 to 40L) with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
• Water bottle – minimum 2 litres or plastic bottle
• Rain gear – jacket + trousers or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
• Warm clothes, including fleece jacket, for the first part of the tour
• Trekking pants, zip off model is recommended
• Sandals or jogging shoes for comfort
• Flashlight / headlamp
• Swimming gear for hot springs in Aguas Calientes
• Camera, films and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions) and waterproof bags for your camera
• Hat or cap
• Sun block
• Insect repellent
• Hand sanitizer
• Personal medical kit / supplies
• Extra cash for snacks, water and energy drinks to buy on the way
• Travel insurance