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The Inca Jungle Tour is ideal for people with a passion for adventure with newly recharged energy; what defines this tour is trekking and biking! We will go through trails and archaeological sites similar to the ones on the Inca Trail until we arrive to the magical town of Aguas Calientes. Finally, we will visit the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
The Inca Jungle Trail of biking and trekking is not a simple alternative option to the classical Inca trail, it is the most original adventure that takes you to Machu Picchu. We will follow recently discovered trails. This tour is recommended for people of all ages that have a big sense of adventure, curiosity, and energy!
The tour starts off with pick-up from your hotel at 7:00 AM to begin driving up to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way, we will be able to see the beautiful, sweeping views of the region! We will arrive to Abra Malaga (4316 MASL – 14160 FASL) around noon; this is the place where we start our great adventure on bikes, heading toward the high jungle for about 5 hours.
If you don’t like the idea of going downhill on a bike, you can travel comfortably sitting in the van behind the group that is biking. All your stuff will be held in the van for you.
During the adventure, we will pass by small towns, rivers, planting fields, and streams that end in the arqueological site of Huamanmarca where we will have some free time. We will continue on bikes or in the van until we arrive at the town of Santa Maria where we will sleep in the home of a local family.
We will wake up around 6:00 AM to have breakfast, and then we will continue our journey walking next to the river. This day, the trekkers will be carrying their luggage while they are trekking.
We will climb a mountain for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes until we arrive to the highest point where we will admire the beautiful view of the Sacred Valley and the canyon. Part of this trek includes over the trails of the original Inca trail that leads to the village of Quellomayo. Around noon, we will have a delicious lunch and, after lunch, we will take a brief rest before we continue our trekking along the old highway until we arrive at Santa Teresa.
Today we have breakfast again at 7:00 am. After breakfast we continue exploring the routes followed by the first explorers who discovered Machu Picchu and other important archaeological sites. In Santa Teresa there is a zip line, and we split the group again into those who booked the zip line and those who chose trekking. The zip line group will be taken to the activity where they will spend around two hours zipping across the valley, enjoying spectacular scenery as they fly by. After the activity they will be taken by bus to the area known as ‘the hydroelectric’.
The rest of the group will the trek for approx. 3 hours through the valley until reaching the hydroelectric, where the entire group will come together again to have lunch. After a break we continue walking along the railway, enjoying beautiful waterfalls, coca and coffee farms and much more. After 3 hours walking we arrive in Aguas Calientes, also called Machu Picchu Pueblo, around 4 pm. Here, in a hostel with hot water and wi-fi, we spend the third and final night
In the evening we all meet together for dinner in a local restaurant, followed by a briefing about the fourth day, and Machu Picchu. You will also have time to explore the town on your own. In Aguas Calientes there are more hot springs, so if you would like to rest in the warm water, you will have opportunity to visit themOPTIONAL ZIP LINE TOUR IN SANTA TERESA, US$30 Walking Distance – 18 km / 11.2 miles
Today we arrive at the long-awaited finale of our trek, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Machu Picchu! We will wake up early after a refreshing night at our hostel to beat the crowds to the top of Machu Picchu and enjoy its serenity in the soft morning light. The Machu Picchu entrance check point is open from 06:00 AM until 17:00 PM. Here we will have a 2.5-hour guided tour through this incredible ancient city to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priest’s houses, the sundial, the industrial sector, and the farming fields. Be amazed at the engineering ingenuity of the Incas which was so far ahead of their time and still partially a mystery today! Without having modern tools or even steel and iron to work with, the people who built this city were genius in organizing this community in a sustainable and beautiful way on the side of a mountain, even bringing water in canals through its streets for the people to use. When a Peruvian guide showed this site to Hiram Bingham, it was almost unrecognizable, covered in thick vegetation and in a state of disrepair. It has since been cleaned and restored and is now protected and treasured by the world at large!
After this tour, you are free to climb up to Huayna Picchu (the top of the mountain we see in all the Machu Picchu pictures; 2720 MASL/8890 FASL) or Machu Picchu Mountain (Be sure to book in advance to get tickets for these!). Huayna Picchu hike is a 50 minute hike up and 50 minute hike down. Machu Picchu mountain takes approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Another lower-impact option for which you do not need an extra ticket is to trek to the Sun Gate, the main entrance from the Inca Trail (this takes about 2 or 2.5 hours round-trip). Another option is walking to see the Incan Bridge. You will be able to stay and enjoy this magical city for as long as you need before hiking back down to Aguas Calientes. If you go down early enough, you can have lunch (it is not included but it can be added up to the package), visit the hot springs in town, go to a museum, or shop at the artisan market. We will take our train ride at 16:22 hrs (subject to availability) to Ollantaytambo. A private bus will pick up our group and drop you off at your hotel in Cusco at about 20:00 hrs. Rest your feet and your body now, but we can assure you your heart will still be soaring for weeks and years to come!
Today’s Highlights: Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are hiking early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. Your group will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge (without extra tickets).
Huayanpicchu cost $25 dollars extra depending of spaces.(we have to book thisd in advanced)
Machupicchu montaña $25.
Students: $20 dollars discount (Studen Card from your University)
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