Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days 3 nights
The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is a thrilling and adventurous alternative to the classic Inca Trail. This 4-day, 3-night trek combines activities like hiking, biking, and zip-lining with visits to archaeological sites, making it perfect for those who seek an adrenaline rush alongside historical exploration. Here’s a suggested itinerary for this trek:
Day 1: Cusco – Abra Malaga – Santa Maria
- Start early in the morning with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco.
- Drive to Abra Malaga (4,350 m), a high mountain pass with panoramic views of the Andes.
- Begin your adventure with a thrilling downhill bike ride to the town of Huamanmarca, passing through small villages and enjoying scenic views.
- Continue biking along the banks of the Urubamba River until you reach the town of Santa Maria.
- Overnight in a basic guesthouse or a local family home in Santa Maria.
Day 2: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa
- After breakfast, start your hike through the jungle along an original Inca path section.
- Pass by coffee plantations, fruit orchards, coca fields, and a variety of flora and fauna native to the region.
- Arrive at the hot springs of Cocalmayo, where you can relax and enjoy the soothing natural pools.
- Continue to the town of Santa Teresa, where you will spend the night in a guesthouse.
Day 3: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes
- In the morning, take part in an optional zip-lining activity (not included in the trek price) or start hiking directly to the Hydroelectric Station.
- From the Hydroelectric Station, follow the train tracks to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu.
- Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in Aguas Calientes, exploring the town and visiting its hot springs.
- Overnight in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
- Wake up early to take a bus or hike up to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
- Explore the famous Inca citadel with a guided tour, learning about its history and marveling at its architectural mastery.
- After the tour, you’ll have some free time to explore the site at your own pace.
- Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and enjoy a late lunch.
- Board the train back to Ollantaytambo, where a vehicle will be waiting to drive you to Cusco.
This trek offers a unique and unforgettable adventure, combining the beauty of the Andean landscape with adrenaline-pumping activities and fascinating Inca history. Make sure to book your trek with a reputable tour operator, as they will provide you with experienced guides, the necessary equipment, and suitable accommodation for a safe and enjoyable experience.