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INKA JUNGLE TREK TO MACHUPICCHU 04D/03N

Short Description

This hair-raising, adrenaline pumping tour captures the majestic power of Machu Picchu and fuses it with a variety of extreme sports and unbelievable trekking to give you the most action packed experience you can find. Downhill mountain biking, zip lines, raging rivers, sleeping deep in the jungle, walking along lost Inca trails up sheer cliffs shrouded in clouds before reaching the mysterious and stunning ruins of Machu Picchu, this tour has it all

Optional activities:

Rafting (day 1): US$35
Zip Line (day 3): US$35
Huayna Picchu: US$12.00– or – Machu Picchu Mountain: US$09.00

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Day 1 - Cusco To Santa Maria

The tour begins with pickup at 6:30 am in Ukukus Hostel*** reception. Leave your bags in our luggage storage and hit the road! Sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you are driven to over 4,200 meters above sea level to the top of Abra Malaga. (picture mtn.) Take a deep breath, strap on the protective gear provided and take in the majestic mountain before hitting the pavement on brand new mountain bikes.

Feel the wind whip your face as you cruise down winding mountain roads, past waterfalls, mountain villages and the occasional road dog. Almost three hours and a 2,000-meter decent of white knuckled excitement brings you to the lunch stop in Alfamayo. Strip off layers and slap on insect repellent as you enter the pre-jungle climate. After lunch and some time to relax (to let the heat of the afternoon melt away) a short van ride takes you to the start of your first short trek.

About 30 minutes penetrating the jungle takes you to your accommodation for the evening. A family owned jungle lodge provides the perfect backdrop to recover from the trek and recount the excitement of the day. Keep an eye out for the family mongoose and parrot!

* OPTIONAL RAFTING TOUR IN SANTA MARIA, US$35

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Day 2 - Santa Maria To Santa Teresa 

A 7 am wake up finds you shrouded in the mists of the jungle. After a hearty breakfast your day starts with a short but intense climb to start your section of an authentic Inka Trail. As you wind up and down precipitous cliffs over a stunning valley your guide will transport you to the time of the Incas, revealing some of what little we do know from this ancient and amazing culture. The trail descends to Quellomayo where the group will stop for lunch and have some time to relax in hammocks. Keep an eye out for natural fruit, especially the taste explosion that is maracuya (passion fruit). After lunch the trek continues along the surging Urubamba river, crossing it at one point in a cart and pulley (safe yet thrilling!). Your day of trekking (around 16km) concludes with a visit to the immaculate Santa Theresa hot springs. Sink into the warm water and let the aches of the trail melt away. Dinner and a comfortable hostel in Santa Theresa rounds out the day.

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Day 3 - Santa Teresa To Aguas Calientes

A choice waits at the outset of the third day: either continue trekking, or choose to fly through the air 150 meters above the ground over rivers and jungle! The zip line option includes transport to the zip line facility and 5 zips. Are you brave enough to lean back into the upside down monkey position? Or spread your wings and dive head first in the incredible superman position. Make sure you book your zip line ahead of time to ensure the safest, highest, fastest zips (there are several other zip tours of lesser quality).The group will re-form at the Hidrolectrica station for lunch before continuing the trek. Another three hours trekking along the train tracks and the raging river brings you to the tourist town of Aguas Calientes. Travelers have the option to visit the local hot springs or relax and explore the town before dinner. Make sure you make it an early night to be awake for the ascent to the jewel of the tour: Machu Picchu!

* OPTIONAL ZIP LINE TOUR IN SANTA TERESA, US$30

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Day 4 - Machu Picchu / Huayna Picchu To Cusco

Your climb to Machu Picchu begins before the sun is up. Ascend step by step for approximately an hour up the Inca staircase to the formerly lost stronghold of Machu Picchu. A 2-hour guided tour reveals mysteries and poses questions of how the Incas lived and were able to achieve such marvelous feats of engineering. After the tour you have the option to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for an even more incredible view of the ruins and the surrounding sheer cliffs of the Andes. Take your time exploring the wondrous ruins and get that perfect picture before making your descent back to Aguas Calientes. Your return time to Cusco will depend on train tickets availability. Either 18:45 or 21:30hrs ( it might vary during season).

**3 days, 2 nights Inca Jungle trek

The 3 day Inca Jungle trek is also available from April-December - we do not recommend the 3 day tour during the rainy season due to landslides on the driving road from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa. The difference with the 3 day tour is that at the end of Day 1, after the biking and optional rafting, you take a taxi to Santa Teresa, thus skipping the second day (longest walking day) of the normal 4 day tour. The second and third days of the 3 day tour are exactly the same as the third and fourth days of the regular 4 day tour. Ask us for more details if you are interested.

IMPORTANT FACTS:

PRICE:

USD 280.00
USD: 260.00 with a student ISIC card (train back 21:30hrs)
See earlier train prices below.

DURATION:

04D/03N

AVAILABILITY:

All year

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

*Rafting (day 01) USD35.00

*Zip Line: (Day 03) USD35.00
*Waynapicchu Mountain: USD12.00
*Machupicchu Mountain: USD09.00
*4:22pm Return Train: + USD20.00
*6:45pm Return Train: + USD10.00

INCLUDED

  • transport from Cusco to Abra Malaga
  • professional bilingual guide
  • bike with front suspension, gloves and helmet
  • food, from lunch day 1 to breakfast on the day 4
  • accommodation in hostels
  • entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • train to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco

NOT INCLUDED

  • breakfast day 1
  • rafting in Santa Maria US$35
  • zip line in Santa Teresa US$35
  • final lunch/dinner in Aguas Calientes (buy some snacks on day 4 in AC for the trip back to Cusco!)
  • bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (optional US$9 each way)
  • Huayna Picchu (US$12.00) or Machu Picchu Mountain (US$12.00) – if you want it ask about availability and pay at time of booking!

Machu Picchu FAQ

What Is The Difference Between Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mountain?

Huayna Picchu is the mountain located at the northwest end of the ruins and Machu Picchu mountain is located at the southwest end. Huayna Picchu is steeper, but more popular and has some interesting archeological ruins at the top. Machu Picchu mountain is a longer trek, less steep and less crowded and offers great views over Machu Picchu. Check this amazing link out for views from the Huayna Picchu mountain and Machu Picchu mountain (it will open with the Huayna Picchu mountain, click on the right side of the picture and the other views will open).

http://www.airpano.ru/files/Machu-Picchu-Peru/2-3 

How Long Is The Walk From Aguas Calientes To Machu Picchu?

The hike up to Machu Picchu takes around an hour and 45 minutes up and 50 minutes to go down.

How Hard Is The Hike From Aguas Calientes To Machu Picchu?

The trail is comprised of stairs and is fairly steep, but taken slowly should not be a problem for most people.

How Long Is The Hike From Machu Picchu Up To Huayna Picchu?

The trail takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to climb up and about 30 minutes to get down.

How Hard Is The Hike To Huayna Picchu?

The trail is very steep and can be crowded. People who have trouble with vertigo may not enjoy this trek.

What Is The Best Time To Hike Huayna Picchu?

We recommend the 10:00 - 11:00am entry time as it is more flexible with tours and allows travelers a more relaxed experience at the ruins.

When Does Machu Picchu Open/Close?

The santuary open at 6:00am and closes at 5:00pm.

How Long Do Most People Spend On MP?

The majority of people will spend about 6 to 7 hrs in Machu Picchu.
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Why booking with Ukukus Travel??

• Our tour operator owns their own transports, bikes and equipment meaning the tour is well organized and the service is better. Better biking gear is also provided including full-face helmet, gloves, elbow and knee protection, and jackets.

• Pickup is early, at 6:15am, allowing for extra time for a short break in Ollantaytambo, safer and quieter roads for biking and an early arrival to Santa Maria for lunch and rafting.

• White water rafting in Santa Maria is exclusive with our tour operator meaning it is better controled for safety, maximum 6 passengers per boat and always an accompanying safety boat or kayak.

• 1st night of the tour is spent in a rustic lodge in the cloud forest, rather than right in the town of Santa Maria. This offers a lovely place to unwind and enjoy the outdoors and really experience the natural beauty of the area.

• Day 2 of the tour starts immediately trekking along an old Inca Trail, rather than all the way from Santa Maria which is a route along the driving road. This also means you get a head start from the other groups and arrive to the Santa Teresa hot springs early enough to enjoy them without any crowds.

• Everyone stays in the same hostel in Aguas Calientes and heads up together to Machu Picchu in the morning.

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