INCA JUNGLE TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU $690 USD Per Person
Biking And Trekking Tour To The Lost City Of The Incas 4 Days - 3 Nights
Imbued with a magical silence, 120km (74mi) from Cusco
on the slopes above the Urubamba River, lies one of the worlds most extraordinary archaeological sites. Machu Picchu
(2400m / 7872ft) is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. It is thought that the city was built by the Sapaq Inca Pachacuti, starting in about 1440, and was inhabited until the Spanish conquest of Peru
in 1532. Archaeological evidence (together with recent work on early colonial documents) shows that Machu Picchu
was not a conventional city, but a country retreat town for Inca nobility. The site has a large palace and temples dedicated to Inca deities Inca deities around a courtyard, with other buildings for support staff. It is estimated that a maximum of only about 750 people resided in Machu Picchu
at any one time, and probably only a small fraction of that number lived in the town during the rainy season and when none of the nobility were visiting.
, its name comes from the ancient Quechua word that means “Old Mountain”. This site was built entirely of stone, using every space in harmony with function. Machu Picchu
has been known as the “Lost City of the Incas”.
The most common way is to take the train to Machu Picchu
in the morning, explore the ruins and the afternoon return to Cusco
. An other better option is stay overnight in Aguas calientes and the next day to get in earlier to the complex.
is a trip to the serenity of the soul, to eternal fusion with the cosmos, there we feel our own fragility. It is one of the greatest marvels of South America. A resting place of butterflies at the epicenter of the great circle of life. One more miracle”. Pablo Neruda (poet). End service.
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INTRODUCTION TO THE INKA JUNGLE TREK TO MACHU PICCHU
DAY 1: CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS -ABRA MALAGA - SANTA MARIA
We will leave from your hotel of Cusco
at 6AM in a shared or private transport and then drive into sacred valley of the Incas, through Chincheros, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo until we reach Abra Malaga (4350m). From there we will begin our bicycle tour to Santa Maria (downhill and cross country). In this experience we will see archeological centers like Huamanmarca and Inca jail, and an incredible landscape. We will be able to appreciate birds of the tropics, as well as medicinal plants in the cloud forest. This trip also takes us past many exotic fruits plantation such as mango, pineapple, papaya, avocado, coffee, and coca plants. We can take samples and enjoy the different flavors of the region. We can also observe the coca and coffee plantations and see local families in their daily routine. We will have dinner in Santa Maria town nearby river, where we will spend the night in small familiar hostel (L - D).
DAY 2: SANTA MARIA - INKA JUNGLE TREK - SANTA TERESA HOT SPRING
At 6AM breakfast and then trekking along the banks of the Vilcanota River, were you will walk part of the Inca trail through the jungle. From San Pablo we will go up to Inca jail where we will see waterfalls, and archeological centers of the Inca time. On this hike you will be surrounded by indescribable beauty of the jungle. Here you will have the opportunity to see exotic fruits, such as pineapple, mangos, avocados and oranges, butterfly clouds along the way, and other animals from the high jungle. You will also see plantations of coffee and coca leaf, a plant used by the Incas at the rituals. During this part of the trek you will go through towns, and you will be able to expenses their serenity and peace.
Early afternoon arrive at the hot spring where you can enjoy their amazing hot springs for an additional $3, plenty time to relax in the thermal baths. We sleep at small familiar hostel in Santa Teresa town (B - L - D).
DAY 3: SANTA TERESA - MACHU PICCHU PARK - LLACTAPATA OR PUTUCUSI MOUNTAIN - AGUAS CALIENTES
On the third day we will get country breakfast and the aboard our minibus to and drive on unpaved road though Santa Teresa River and seeing nice waterfall com in out from huge cliff on the left bank of the river. Finally our private transport drops us to the check point of Machu Picchu Sanctuary, where we need to make the check in.
From Hydroelectric plant there are two options for hikers:
FIRST OPTION (REC)
From Hydroelectric plant we hike walk on the train track to Aguas Calientes, this trek takes around 3 hours seeing the bottom canyon of Machu Picchu. Arrive to Aguas Calientes before lunch time and there we leave the stuff in the hostel and optional nice climb to Putucusi Mountain (Happy Mountain), this is located on the opposite site of the mountain, this steep climb is following three section of bamboo stairs tie to trees and lot serpentine rock stair to the summit (2600m). From summit of Putucusi Mountain we will see the best and spectacular view of Machu Picchu ruins and Wayna Picchu Mountain. Descend to the hostel in Aguas Calientes.
Hike on part of the Inca Trail found few years ago walking to Llactapata by the cloud forest and amazing view arriving at Llactapata you we'll have a different view of Machu Picchu from the opposite site of the mountains and then we still hiking down to the hydroelectric plant of Machu Picchu. We can enjoy a nice relaxing lunch at the hydroelectric plant. Where we will have two options to either walk on the train track to Aguas Calientes, it will take about 2 hours, or you can take the train at 4PM to Aguas Calientes for one hour for an additional $8 USD. Once we have arrived to Aguas Calientes afterwards you have the option of wondering around this cute little town and exploring or if time permit enjoy the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes ($2 USD extra for entrance).
Any option can be done after democratic discussion with the rest of the group and the tour guide, considering the weather condition, the physical condition of each participant and other aspects involved with the tour.
Tonight you can enjoy the night life of this cosmopolitan town, will stay in a comfortable hostel (3 stars) with private bathroom, hot shower and next day breakfast (B - L - D).
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU GUIDED TOUR - OLLANTAYTAMBO (Sacred Valley) - CUSCO
At 5AM breakfast and half hour later aboard the first tourist bus to drop us to Machu Picchu main door, and to be the first visitors Inside Machu Picchu archaeological site you will have complete guided tour of this spectacular and mystical place. The guided tour include walk through the different section such as the urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. According with the time and your feeling you can coordinating with the tour guide climb to Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain) this climbing take around 1 hour to get the summit from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca City. At according time descend to Machu Picchu and then free time to explorer on your own. At mentioned time aboard a tourist bus to descend to Aguas Calientes town. OPTIONAL lunch will be in the town of Machu Picchu and around 4pm we will aboard the backpacker train to Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) and from here we take a private van to drop us to the hotel in Cusco (B).
Camping is possible only with Private Service and under request at the booking form, we provide tents and mattresses - Camping is not available during the raining season (Dec - April).
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner S = Snack
BIKING AND INCA JUNGLE TREK INCLUDES
- English-Speaking guide for biking and trekking (two guides for groups over 8 participants)
- Share transport up to 19 people for backpacker/group service
- Private transport for Private Service only from Cusco to Abra Malaga
- GIANT/GT/TREK Mountain bikes (aluminum frame - full disk brake - Shimano gear)
- Helmet and wind proof gloves
- New Shimano parts and repair kit
- Experienced cook (Private Service only)
- Cooking equipment (Private Service only)
- Camping gear as follow; Triple capacity tent for two people and inflate mattress (Private Service only)
- Local family lodge to stay in Santa Maria and Santa Teresa (rooms with shared bathroom)
- 1 night in the hotel of Aguas Calientes, the room is with private bathroom and hot shower and next day breakfast (3 stars)
- All meals on the trail (3 breakfasts - 3 lunches - 3 dinners)
- Tourist bus from Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes, most of other companies don't include this service
- Entrance to visit Machu Picchu (day 4)
- Permit to climb to Wayna Picchu Mountain (day 4)
- Backpacker train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley)
- Tourist van from Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) to Cusco
- First aid kit and oxygen bottle for any participant and our camp staff
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|TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2015
(Except Dec. to April)
|INCA JUNGLE TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU $690 USD Per Person
Biking And Trekking Tour To The Lost City Of The Incas 4 Days - 3 Nights
|Backpacker Service (Public bus)
1 to more paticipants $690 USD each
Private Service (Private van/guide)
2 participants $1315 USD each
3-4 paticipants $1120 USD each
5 to more participants $995 USD each
|Discount: $5 USD of discount for South American Explorers Club
Discount 3%: Members and Tour Operators only
Students: $5 USD of discount only with valid green ISIC card
|Organized Groups: We offer private and any time departure
|Group size: 8 participants per guide
|BOOK HERE: We highly recommended to book space prior you arrive to Peru
All prices stated above are subject to change.
Exchange rate $1 USD = S/. 3.02 (rate may vary daily).
Every night keep everything locked up in your tents to prevent any problems with robberies.
- Travel insurance for flight delay, accidents, for losing personal items, trip cancellation, and other aspects
- Alcoholic drinks
- Last day lunch is not included
- Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day
- Tips for guide and camp staff
- Optional entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes ($3 USD last day)
- 2 soles for towel to use in the hot spring
- Lunch on the last day in Aguas Calientes before the train back to Cusco
- Optional night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged easily
December to April. Some days are with blue sky permitting to cycle on this zone but be prepared with good rain gear as waterproof shoes, rain jacket and others.
If the weather is extremely complicated for cycling/hiking the trip will be cancel to avoid any risk of accident as landslide, lightning or road block thanks to the rain - If the trip is cancel thanks to the weather conditions our tour company will provide another similar alternative for cycling/trekking to continue with the itinerary but is not responsible to refund money for natural phenomena as hard raining season.
BEST TIME FOR CYCLE
After rain season (April to June) the mountains are completely covered with snow and the slops are covered with new variety vegetation making nicer for pictures. If you are adventurous and experienced biker you can do even the rain season, there are many single tracks along the way down.
ADVICE FOR BIKERS
Normal physical conditions and summer clothes, bikers require good acclimatization over 4000m. One day before all the bikers will have meeting with the mountain bike guide at our office or your hotels, who will give a BRIEFING about this bike trip and also you can check the quality of bikes and gear will be used on this trip. This is available trip for beginners and people of all age, the road for downhill is in good conditions and not technical level, just nice downhill and cross country on the last part of the trip.
Tour guide advice you to book trip with private supporting vehicle because some time people feel tired on the last part of the trip. Another facility taking PRIVATE SERVICE the vehicle can be used to stop and visit places along the sacred valley of Incas between Cusco and Abra Malaga. Also when you will be biking is better to leave your personal items in the supporting vehicle making more comfortable your biking trip without backpack in your back. In case you book this trip with public bus (backpacker service) you don’t chance to visit part of the sacred valley and if you feel out continue biking you will need to push you own bike till Santa Maria, this is not usual but is not nice if some needs to do it.
Is recommendable have yellow fiber vaccination (malaria) because you will be 3 days in the high jungle. We never hear news about problems with malaria in this zone but are better to be prepared.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Small backpack
- Rain jacket or poncho (December - April)
- Trekking shoes will be needed on the second to hike between Santa Maria and Santa Teresa village
- Sleeping bag -10ºC (can be hired from our office for $5 USD per day)
- One complete change of clothing
- Bottle of water and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco/Peru)
- Flashlight and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun block (sun protection cream)
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Swimsuit (for the hot springs in Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes)
- Extra soles.
This site is operated by PERU ADVENTURE TOURS a legally constituted company to the Peruvian government, which operates from offices in Arequipa and Cusco in Peru.
In accordance with the relevant statutory provisions referred in Peru Tourism law, its regulations, its decrees and other legislation applicable in both the country and abroad are issued these general conditions and responsibility as outlined below, which govern the provision of services on the one hand between the passenger or user of services "CLIENT", by other hand the "TRAVEL AGENCY" by the other hand the entities of the service providers such as airlines, hotels, restaurants, transport, guides and other tourism-related services and in connection with this contract.
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STAY AN EXTRA NIGHT AT AGUAS CALIENTES?
Stay an extra night at Aguas Calientes?
Yes, if you want to stay an extra night in Aguas Calientes after biking and trekking tour this can easily be arranged. We will purchase your train ticket to return to Cusco
the following day. You need to let us know at the time of making the trek reservation so we can reserve your train tickets in advance. Obviously if you stay an extra night then you will have to pay for your accommodation.
LOCAL KIDS AND ADULTS
Along the way you will met many people, specially kids walking long distance to arrive at school and study 5 hours and they back home after maybe 30 minutes or 2 – 4 hours depending how far they live from the school. Normally they are son or daughter of poor farmers living on the mountains. We strongly recommend help us to give some present to them like pencils, notebook, dictionaries, toys, clothes (socks, gloves, hat, t-shirt, etc) and something to eat. We don’t recommend giving them things like candies, chew gun, soda, camping knife or money. If you really like to make picture of them, especially of adults we strongly advise you to ask first. If you don’t speak any word of Spanish language (Español) coordinate with your guide to see if is possible to have picture of them. Local people don’t permit take picture of them, because they believe you taking their spirit on your camera.
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