Inca Jungle Biking to Machu Picchu 3 Days

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3 Days – 2 Nights

Max Guests: 8

Max. Altitude: 1110 – 4400m

Act. Level: Challenging

Overview

Code: XA – 4

Altitude: 3350 – 4300 metros

High season: From April – November

Duration: 3 Days and 2 Nights 

This is not only an alternative Inca Trail, it is the most original and exclusive, following paths only recently discovered, as well as variety. It is suitable for anyone with a sense of adventure, curiosity, a little spare energy and no visible signs of vertigo.

The Tropical Inca Trail is a new route offered exclusively by Xtreme Tourbulencia which involves biking, walking and just being. Our multiple terrain trips, includes recently discovered real Inca paths, visited only by our clients, archaeological ruins, an 55km bike downhill through the mountains from San Luis to the green valley’s below and the jungle base of Santa Maria. The third day, two nights trip ends with a dawn view of the valleys below from Machu Picchu.

Inca Jungle 3 Days and 2 Nights Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Chinchero – Ollantaytambo – Malaga Pass – Santa Maria – Maranura (descent by mountain bike)

We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco at about 6h30 with our private transport and we will take you further to the village of Chinchero. This typical village that still possesses a lot of Inca ruins, is one of the main places in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. From this village we will follow the Vilcanota river until we arrive in the village of Ollantaytambo.

This village had an important fortress during the reign of Manco Capac, especially when the Spanish began to gain land in this region (1535). From Ollantaytambo, we will climb the pass of Abra Malaga, which is situated at a height of 4350 meters above sea level. We will arrive this pass at around midday.

Inca Jungle biking to Machu Picchu 3 Days

On this pass, you will be given mountain bikes which you can use to make the descent on asphalted roads in the midst of the jungle (when the weather doesn’t allow it, we will perform this part of the trek by car).

We ride our mountain bikes until the little community of Carrizales where we will enjoy our lunch and a little rest. After our well-deserved rest, we continue to descent with our mountain bikes through attractive villages in the midst of the tropical forest, which will take us roughly 3 or 4 hours.

On the way we will visit the archaeological site of Wamanmarka. After this we will offer you the time to enjoy the beautiful landscape with its typical vegetation and marvelous fauna. Arrived at Santa Maria (1430m) we will have diner and pass the night in the house of a local family in Maranura (about 10minutes from Santa Maria).

In the afternoon there will be some exchange with the family concerning the harvesting of their coffee and coca, depending on the season. If you wish, you can also do a quadbike tour, discovering the landscape full of cascades, fauna and flora (on supplement, ask your agency for the price). 

Optional: Rafting in Santa María 30 dollars.

Inca Jungle Trek

 

Day 2: Maranura – Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes

We will wake up at about 6h00 to taste the delicious local coffee and fruit juices (according to the season) as well as the succulent breakfast made by a local family (7h30).

We will take a vehicle along the bank of the Vilcanota river and where the landscape becomes a bit more steep begins one of the ancient inca trails. Here there are also abysses until 800 meters deep. We take our lunch in Santa Teresa village (1850m).

We will be able to see the local fauna from very close, in particular the hummingbird, parrots, eagles etc. We also have the chance to pick to local fruits such as oranges, mandarins, pacay (Andean fruit), mangos, cacao, coffee, etc.

We will visit the hot mineral springs of Cocalmayo, thereafter we will take a vehicle for going to Hydroelectric train station for catching the train to Aguas Calientes town (2050m). We will overnight in a hotel of Aguas Calientes town.

Optional: Zip Line in Santa Teresa 30 dollars

Note: In order to catch the train we must be at Hydroelectric train station on time and take the train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes that departs at 14hrs 50 (it takes 1 hour)

Inca Jungle Trail

Day 3: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

This day is programmed entirely for visiting Machu Picchu. We`ll take an earliest bus heading to the very same Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

We have the purpose of arriving as soon as possible to see the famous and unique raising sun shining on the mountain summit which adorns this mysterious citadel along with other natural marvels making from this dawn an unforgettable one.

Our guide will be with us in Machu Picchu aprox.3 hours and then will give us a free time for strolling around taking all the pictures that we want. In the afternoon, returning train to Ollantaytambo thereafter we will continue by bus back to Cusco.

Optional: Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain – $70 dollars

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Inclusions

INCLUDED:

  • Transport from Cusco to San Luis
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Bike with front suspension, gloves and helmet
  • Food from lunch the first day to Breakfast on the last day
  • Accommodation basic for 1 night (Monkey House)
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes
  • Bus shuttle up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
  • Train from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes
  • Train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo + bus to Cusco
  • First Aid kit

NOT INCLUDED:

  • First breakfast and last lunch in Aguas Caliente
  • Bus down: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (this can be done on foot and takes 1h 20 minutes or you can also buy a ticket and it costs $12.00 per person)

Note:

(1) Visit to Huayna Picchu: For the Huayna Picchu mountain you need to book well in advance, therefore this has an additional USD 70.00 and then we guarantee entry to Huayna Picchu (It is a new law that began on the 18th July, 2011).

(2) All changes regarding train departures will be reconfirmed 1 or 2 days before the tour departure, on the briefing day. Our guide will give you more information about the trip description and other details for the tour.

(3) We guarantee a group departure with 2 people minimum.

Travel Info

Briefings

All briefings are done at our office at 7:00 PM one or two nights before your trek. If you are unable to make this time, you need to coordinate another time with a member of the Xtreme Tourbulencia office team. Briefings are approximately 40 minutes long.

Pickups

Xtreme Tourbulencia is one of the only companies to pick you up directly from your hotel. As long as your hotel is in the center of Cusco city, we will coordinate this pickup based on a time that your guide will discuss at the briefing. Pick up times may vary 30 – 45 minutes based on traffic conditions and previous pickups.

Cusco is an old city with cobblestoned streets and very narrow passageways. Smaller hotels and Airbnbs are often located on streets that cars can´t pass through.

They also are frequently on hillsides with long steep climbs, making it difficult to carry luggage. We highly recommend that you book accommodations with better access. We have a list of hotels that are all comfortable with easy access to pick up and drop off.

Huaynapicchu/Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu is most beautiful when seen from above, which is why hiking one of the mountains next to the ruins is very popular to do after your tour.

Huaynapicchu is the most popular and must be booked in advance since it sells out very quickly. This hike takes approximately 1 hour to the top, and another 45 minutes back down. Tickets are sold in time sessions stating when you can start this hike. The first session is from 7-8 AM, and the 2nd session is from 10-11 AM.

Again, this refers to the timeframe when you can start your hike. We usually book the second session so you can enjoy your tour with your guide first. You will do this hike on your own, but your guide will show you where to begin.

Machu Picchu Mountain is a bit longer and a bit less popular. It takes 2 hours to the top and another 1 hours to the bottom. Again there are two time windows – from 7-8 AM and 9-10 AM and we usually purchase the second time window. 4 Day treks, the Trekkers CAN NOT do this hike and enjoy a tour of the ruins. Time will not allow for this.

Hiking either mountain will allow you to have some extra time at the ruins once you complete, as listed above.

Machu Picchu Entrance Times

ENTRY SCHEDULE

Entry time to Machupicchu (*)Grace period during months of regular visitor demand (**)Grace period during months of high visitor demand (from June 1 to
October 15 and December 30 and 31) (**)
06:00 amUntil 06:30 amUntil 06:45 am
07:00 amUntil 07:30 amUntil 07:45 am
08:00 amUntil 08:30 amUntil 08:45 am
09:00 amUntil 09:30 amUntil 09:45 am
10:00 amUntil 10:30 amUntil 10:45 am
11:00 amUntil 11:30 amUntil 11:45 am
12:00 pmUntil 12:30 pmUntil 12:45 pm
01:00 pmUntil 01:30 pmUntil 01:45 pm
02:00 pmUntil 02:30 pmUntil 02:45 pm
03:00 pmUntil 03:30 pmUntil 03:45 pm

* Entry time at the main gate of the Inca city of Machupicchu.

** Entry at the control points of Machupicchu, Waynapicchu, and
Huchuypicchu mountains does not have a grace period.

Health Concerns

You must be honest with your guide about any health conditions or concerns you might have. While our guides are not medical professionals, they do have first aid training. We also work with a clinic in Cusco that can help assist our team.

You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions.

Xtreme TourBulencia will not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level, and medical requirements.

If you develop extreme altitude sickness or any other illness that prevents you from hiking, and you still wish to visit Machu Picchu by train, we will work with you to coordinate this trip. Since this will be a new trip, it may require additional fees. We will use as much of the original itinerary to keep costs low.

If you experience issues while hiking and can not continue, a porter will accompany you to the closest road and wait while a car comes to pick you up and bring you to the nearest health clinic.

Group Tours

Group tours are made up of all different types of people, with various hiking skills and ages. By agreeing to a group tour, you agree that some people might be slower or faster than you are.

Everyone can go at their own pace for the trek, and the guide will work with the group to spend time with everyone. Groups might request some modifications to the tour, and the guide will work with everyone to make the best decision for the group.

Strikes

Unfortunately, strikes are frequent in Peru and can disrupt our tours. Roads are often blocked, and trains stopped. We will make sure your trek continues as planned, even if that means leaving the night before your start date.

Under these circumstances, tours might need to be canceled. But our operations department will coordinate with you in this situation. Your safety is always our top concern and will dictate how we decide.

Lost Items

You are responsible for your items throughout the Tour. Please be diligent about where you leave your things and remember to remove all items from our vans, your tents, restaurant, etc.

Do not leave anything unintended during your hike. Other trekkers or teams might pick it up not knowing whos it is.

Tips

Tipping is part of the tradition of any trek to Machu Picchu. While we pay good wages to our entire team, anything extra is always appreciated. Please know that this is not obligatory and that you should never feel pressured into this.

Typically the participants in a group pool their tipping money together for the porters and chef. The amount recommended is different per trek and listed below.

For the guide, this is more personal and needs to be decided based on your relationship with them and done separately from the group. Porters and Chefs prefer soles if possible. Guides are happy with U.S. dollars, Peruvian Soles, or even your credit card.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is inexpensive and strongly recommended. With trips being planned months ahead of time, you never can predict what could happen. Adventure travel includes more risk than the average trip.

Insurance is a way to protect the investment you have made on this journey. We can help recommend an agent to walk you through this type of insurance if needed.

Weather

Of course, the weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December so just be prepared.

No matter what month you are doing the trek, make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho, and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.

Also, prepare for four seasons. Several of the treks through the Andes involve various microclimates and you will need to be prepared. Layers are always key since they are easy to adjust to different temperature changes. Be prepared with a warm packable down jacket since the evening will be cold.

It’s also important to note that the weather can change a listed itinerary. There are times that routes become impassable, and our guides will be forced for your safety to rework your tour.

Altitude Sickness

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs.

Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. For this reason, we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek in the Andes. Cusco is a marvelous city with lots to do, so if you have more time to acclimate you won´t be bored.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office, and we will help you get to a doctor.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea.

Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the Coca Plant contain alkaloids that help bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness if they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slow, and it will give your body time to adjust to the elevation.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe medications, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.

You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly and drink lots of water, and enjoy the coca tea.

If anything does happen and you, unfortunately, get sick, let your guide know right away. Xtreme Tourbulencia guides are trained to help you get through it.

Getting To Cusco

The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to get to Cusco is by air, and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land, and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic.

Bus travel is always available, and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.

Packing List

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING?

  • Small back pack
  • Wind jacket
  • Sun cream
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Swimming suit and towel
  • Sandals / flip flops
  • Hiking boots
  • Change of clothing
  • Small backpack
  • Money in soles
  • Original passport and student card (ISIC)
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Colin L
Colin L
2024-06-11
Great experience! The trail was really satisfying to walk. Our guide Rolando really took care of us and gave a lot of information about the Inca's and the nature. And of course the porters were amazing. The effort they put into the journey every day is admirable. Every day they set up all the tents and prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner for us. It was delicious. And don't forget that they carried all the equiment over the same trail we had to walk with only our daypack. Much respect for them! Of course Machu Picchu is incredable but also the other Inca-ruines alongside the trail were wonderfull. And there is nothing more rewarding than walking for 4 days arriving at the Sun Gate looking to Machu Picchu. It is also nice to know that by doing the trail you support the local community and may support the porters to eventually go to college to learn a profession the really love. Due to the guide, the porters and my fellow traveller it was an amazing experience!
María Gabriela A
María Gabriela A
2024-06-10
Extraordinaria Experiencia Hermosa experiencia, hicimos el camino del inca de 2 días con Jaime,un guía de lujo. Muy buena onda y muy lindo escuchar los relatos acerca de los incas. Lo volvería a hacer !!!! Gracias Jaime!
seb
seb
2024-06-09
Trek salkentay 4jours Belle expérience sportive et aussi humaine avec notre guide Oliver, notre cuisinier Elojio et notre muletier Augusto ! Ils ont été adorables, à l'écoute et attentionnés. Les repas étaient topissimes. Le trek était bien plus difficile qu'imaginé et ils ont su s'adapter ! Merci !
Marcos W
Marcos W
2024-06-09
trilha de 4 dias até Machu Picchu Excelente serviço prestado pela agência , facilitando e agregando valor a trilha de 4 dias até Machu Picchu, e parabéns ao Donato que foi nosso cuzinheiro e ao Hector nosso guia que comentou sobre os pontos históricos ao longo da trilha
Itsik A
Itsik A
2024-06-06
A great experience with an excellent company that takes care of every detail. High level guide We had a great trip to Machu Picchu. A 3-day trip that included: a train ride, the Inca Trail and a day and a half tour of the Machu Picchu site. The trip was excellent in terms of organization, guidance and accompaniment. warmly recommended
Lady H
Lady H
2024-06-06
Camino Inca 2024 Una gran experiencia fue hacer Camino Inca. Frank, el guía, tiene mucho conocimiento siempre fue amable, atento y me hizo sentir segura en los 4 días que dura este trekking. Los portadores, unas personas increíbles, no dejaba de admirarlos cada vez que los veía pasar, muy amables y atentos a todo lo que necesitábamos. La comida era increíble, el cocinero A1 todo estaba delicioso. Los campamentos impecables. Recomiendo mucho a la agencia. Gracias por todo.
Franck F
Franck F
2024-06-05
Expérience incroyable Nous avons fait le trek de l’inca, une expérience magnifique et inoubliable avec une équipe formidable!!! En petit groupe dans une ambiance familiale Un grand merci à notre guide francophone, Oliver qui alterne l’anglais et le français sans oublier l’espagnol et le quechua Un grand merci et une très grande reconnaissance pour nos porteurs, serveur et cuisinier qui font un travail formidable, dur, efficace… sans eux le trek n’est tout simplement pas possible Encore merci à notre cuisinier Alejandro pour le gâteau réalisé pour nous le dernier jour Merci, merci, merci
Samantha K
Samantha K
2024-06-04
4 day Inca trek of MP with Dario Our four day Inca trek with Dario and the group of porters was fabulous! Dario is so knowledgeable about the history and the area and made the tour extremely fun with lots of learning and laughs. The porters were amazing too, so fun and helpful!! 10/10 recommend this experience.
polonis
polonis
2024-06-04
Caminho Inca com a melhor empresa fe Cusco!!! O passeio foi muito bem organizado por essa empresa, os funcionarios que nos acompanharam por 4 dias foram excelentes, Dario, nosso guia, nota 10. Vicente o chef, comidas maravilhosas, enfim tudo foi sensacional
Akshita T
Akshita T
2024-06-04
Best tour ever! I had the best time doing this Inca trail. Our tour guide was Dario and he is just the best. He is so informative, patient and just an overall amazing guide. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me and Dario just made it that much more special. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Thank you Dario for everything .
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