Day 1 - Bicycle and Canoe
The tour starts around 6:00 am with the pick up and transportation of the guests in direction to the passage, Abra Málaga (14110 ft/4300 m asl) This is where we will begin the descent by bicycle. After approximately 3 hours of descending across beautiful views and fruit fields we arrive at the town of Santa Maria to enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we have the opportunity to raft (+$30 at booking) for about 3 hours in one of the best stretches of the Vilcanota River. This is incredibly enjoyable, however we only offer it during the dry season in Cusco (April-December).
In the evening we stay at a comfortable hostel where you have commodities like Internet and hot water and can enjoy a beautiful view of Cusco Region’s spectacular high jungle.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Maximum altitude: 14110 ft (4300 m) asl
Minimum Altitude: 3940 ft (1200 m) asl
Distance traveled: Approx. 13 miles (21 km)
Day 2 - Trekking and Thermal Baths
Waking up around 6:00 am, after breakfast we will start the trek along a beautiful section of the original Inca Trail. This part of the tour is not to be missed as we will be able to appreciate the old Inca trail. well preserved and still used by local people.
During this trek we will cross waterfalls, rivers, and fruit plantations typical of the area. We will also be able to witness the diverse flora and fauna of the Cusco Region: different species of exotic birds, a wide range of orchids, and various bananas, oranges, avocados, coffee, etc. We will be in the “jungle eyebrow” of the Amazon, one of the richest and biologically diverse areas on the planet.
In the afternoon we arrive at the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, where we enjoy hours in this famous resort of medicinal thermal waters. After this relaxing therapy we are transported to our lodging, located in the town of Santa Teresa. This night is used by most to enjoy a “pisco sour” in one of the small but cozy Pubs of the village.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Maximum altitude: 5580 ft (1,700 m) asl
Minimum Altitude: 4200 ft (1,280 m) asl
Distance traveled: 7.5 miles (12 km)
Day 3 - Trekking and Zip-line
The third day is about the scenery and history surrounding Machu Picchu. We follow our guides as they describe the details of the route made by who discovered Machu Picchu.
But first, in the morning you can do the zip line (+$30 at booking) one of the most exhilarating experiences on this tour.
After having enjoyed the scenery and a brief rest we will descend to a point called “Hidroeléctrica”, where we have lunch and then continue the trek for approximately 3 hours, enjoying splendid waterfalls, glaciers, coca plantations, old bridges, among others. This walk follows the route of the train until we arrive at Aguas Calientes. Called “Machu Picchu Pueblo” this is where we will stay, in comfortable local lodging at the foot of the marvel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Maximum altitude: 6690 ft (2040 m) asl
Minimum altitude: 525 ft (1600 m) asl
Distance traveled: 10 miles (16 km)
Day 4 - MachuPicchu
Around 4:00 am we will get ready to ascend to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu with an upward hike (1500 steps approximately). The guide does not accompany us on this section: so they will coordinate details and wait for us at the entrance of Machu Picchu.. After entering the Machu Picchu at around 6:00 am, hopefully we can witness the sunrise. Once inside we will have a guided tour done by our guide who will share all kinds the historical knowledge with us for about two hours. After this our guide bides us farewell and leaves us inside the archaeological complex so that each participant has time to explore and take photographs. Travelers who planned ahead and were able to purchase a ticket for one of the additional mountains, Huaynapicchu or Old Mountain (+$15 at booking), will enjoy a spectacular aerial view of the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu at its best. This tour normally takes about 3 hours, but is worth the effort as the scenery is indescribable.
In the afternoon we will descend to the village of Aguas Calientes to buy handicrafts and get ready for the return trip to Ollantaytambo, where we will meet up and climb to the bus that will take us back to Cusco. That is the end of our Inka Jungle Tour.
Maximum altitude: 8170 ft (2490 m) asl
Minimum Altitude: 6690 ft (2040 m) asl
Distance traveled: 1.5 km