These are popular and original followed paths only recently discovered. The Inca Jungle trail can be done in either four or three days and is a mixture of both biking and hiking to Machu Picchu. It is suitable for anyone with a sense of adventure and curiousity.
$260 for adults ($240 for students with ISIC card)
Optional Wayna Picchu entrance fee: $30. If you want it, ask about availability and pay at the booking time.
Optional bus ticket from “Aguas Calientes” to Machu Picchu costs: $12.50 each way and both $30, please let us know in advance or you can buy it there.
DURATION: 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
AVAILABILITY: THE WHOLE YEAR
Wayna Picchu entrance fee: 30 USD
Machu Picchu Mountain: Entrance fee 30 USD
If you want to ask about availability and pay at the booking time.
10 USD Early at 06:20 p.m (10:45 p.m in Cusco) return train
- Day 1: Cusco To Santa Maria
- Day 2: Santa María – Santa Teresa
- Day 3: Santa Teresa to “Aguas Calientes”
- Day 4: Machu Picchu
Day 1: Cusco To Santa Maria
You will be picked up between 07:45 and 08:00 a.m from your hostel. Then, you will be driven through the stunning Sacred Valley and dropped off at the 3,200 meters high of “Abra Malaga”. Here, you will change the biking kit provided (gloves and helmet) and receive a 20-minute briefing by your tour guide. Then, the fun starts… freewheeling down quiet but challenging roads, past changing landscapes, while the jungle’s edge rears up to the small but charming town of Santa Maria. Here, you will have lunch at a local restaurant, then buy snacks for the follow day rest your legs and enjoy a cold beer before a dinner. Here, you will stay in a family run hostel and sleep in either single, double or triple rooms*.
Ask for the optional rafting tour that will take two hours to do it (level of rapids depends of the season) 35 extra dollars.
Day 2: Santa María – Santa Teresa
You will wake up at around 07:00 a.m, shake off your weary limbs and enjoy the finest indigenous coffee prepared by your landlady for a 06:30 a.m breakfast. Under dawn skies, you will begin your walk, which gets progressively steeper, until arriving at a welcoming family restaurant in Santa Maria where you can relax in hammocks, admiring the coca plantations and receive refreshments whilst being entertained by the family monkey. After a short walk, you will reach a traditional Inca Trail which winds around precipitous slopes and sheer drops for approximately half a mile. The descent continues for just over two hours until you reach Qellomayo, a small town, where you will have lunch.
From Qellomayo, it is a short walk until you reach Santa Teresa where you will spend the night at another family run hostel and sleep in either single, double or triple rooms*.
Day 3: Santa Teresa to “Aguas Calientes”
You will wake up and have breakfast at around 07:00 a.m. After breakfast, you will walk to Colpani taking in the views until you reach the restaurant where you will have lunch at “Hidroelectrica”. From here, it is only about a two and a half hour flat walk to “Aguas Calientes”, the base town for Machu Picchu.
The dinner is included at a local restaurant before retiring to your hostel with hot water and private bathrooms. Briefing with the guide.
Ask for the optional Zip-Line tour. 30 extra dollars (you can book it in advance)
Day 4: Machu Picchu
An early start today as you will walk to Machu Picchu to arrive at 06:00 a.m, which with a bit of luck will coincide with a beautiful sunrise! Your guide will leave no stones unturned but feel free to challenge their knowledge of Inca history in your 2-hour tour. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to dally with the llamas and show off your photographic skills. Those who still have the will can tackle Wayna Picchu we recommend booking it in advance.
A frequent bus service takes visitors back to “Aguas Calientes”, where you will catch the train to “Hidroelectrica” or Ollantaytambo (times subject to Peru Rail availability) and then the tourist bus (Pedro) to Cusco.
*If you would like to book your ticket to climb the Wayna Picchu Mountain, you might be on the second group, otherwise you will miss the 2-hour tour in Machu Picchu.
We do not recommend taking the 3-day Inca Jungle Tour during the rainy season, as landslides are frequent on the road between Santa Maria and driving can be dangerous. If there are landslides, you may also have to spend the night somewhere along the road (in the taxi) and wait until morning to continue on foot – unfortunately with setback you would likely miss your Machu Picchu entrance date and train to come back to Cusco and you would need to pay to get with a chance these tickets. Generally, there are only problems between January and March, for the rest of the year landslides are not a problem. During the rainy season, the safest way to travel between Santa Maria and Santa Teresa is on foot.
- Transport from Cusco to “Abra Malaga”.
- Professional bilingual guide
- Bike with front suspension, gloves and helmet
- 3 breakfast, 3 lunch and 3 dinner.
- Accommodation for 3 nights
- First Aid kit
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
- Train back to Ollantaytambo, then bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Breakfast on the first day
- Final lunch and dinner in “Aguas Calientes”.
- Water and optional snacks.
- Alcoholic drinks
- Fizzy drinks
- Bus from “Aguas Calientes” to Machu Picchu (optional 9 USD each way)
- Entrance fee to the hot springs in Santa Teresa (S/.5)
- Entrance fee to the host springs in “Aguas Calientes” (S/.10)
- Entrance free to climb up to Wayna Picchu ($15)
We recommend that you take
- Wind jacket,
- Solar protection
- Mosquito repellent
- Swimming suit and towel
- Sandals / flip-flops
- Hiking boots
- Change of clothes
- Small backpack
- 150 soles as extra money
- Original passport
- ISIC student ID if applicable