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My family of 4 including 2 kids had the best vacation ever, awesome guides, delicious food, good gear. Highly recommended!!
Inca Jungle tour is a combination of biking, trekking and rafting through the impressive Peruvian Andean Mountains to the Amazonian Rain-forest. This adventure ends with a guided tour to Machu Picchu on the 4th day.
Because the government has reduced the number of visitors allowed on the Inca Trail, we have opened new tours so our clients can see Machu Picchu, which are now available. If you are looking for an alternative trip to Machu Picchu, this is the one.
Our private vehicle will pick you up from your hotel at 8 am. Our bus journey takes us through the Andean villages of Poroy, Chichero and Maras until we arrive at the Sacred Valley (Urubamba) and then continue to Ollantaytambo. Here we have a quick stop where passengers can have breakfast or buy last-minute supplies for the Inca jungle tour.
We start going uphill to Malaga pass (14,500 ft or 4,350 meters above sea level), which is the highest location on the Inca Jungle tour. Here the scenery is spectacular: snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and many picturesque Andean communities.
One more hour driving and you will arrive at Carrizales, which is the starting point of this adventure.
Before we start biking, we will test the bikes followed by a briefing about the route and some other safety precautions. There is lots of variety while going downhill, from the cold Andean mountains to the warm rain forest. The first hour is downhill on a paved road, the rest of the trip changes to dirt road, crossing small rivers, easy up and downs small hills, passing by banana, papaya and other jungle plantations. We will arrive at Santa Maria, a small village in the jungle that marks the end of the bicycle tour. You can have a little rest or buy some snacks while the guides will be organizing the second activity in the Inca jungle tour the white water rafting in the Urubamba river.
Rafting option: For really adventurous people, we recommend the rafting tour for an additional $60. The weather is warm, the rapids and the natural scenery will make for a great day and a chance to see the Amazon jungle.
Before the rafting, there will be a safety briefing about the commands, safety kayak, secure lines, etc., followed by practice in the water. During the first hours, we will be running class II, III and IV rapids with nice big holes and waves. In quiet sections, we will enjoy breathtaking vistas of the surroundings, swim in the river, take pictures or simply rest to recover for the next rapids.
We will finish around 4 or 5 pm, pack the gear on the bus and then drive to Quillabamba.
Quillabamba is a city hidden in the rain forest where tourism still hasn’t arrived; you can see local restaurants, markets and local life without the influence of tourism. We will sleep in a hotel with double-occupancy rooms and private bathrooms.
Hotel: Hotel Don Carlos
Meals: (1 lunch-1 dinner).
After a nice, energizing breakfast, we will continue with the Inca Jungle tour. Today, the trekking is quite easy; first we will take a public transport that will take us to Santa Maria where the beginning of the trekking is. During the hiking there will be some small hills, but it will become a little easier later while descending to the Urubamba River. Crossing banana, papaya, and other plantations, we will arrive at a small village where we can relax and have lunch.
The scenery is fascinating, with big mountains around it and the Urubamba River along the road. After a couple of hours hiking, we will arrive to Santa Teresa (1,800 meters – 5905.51 ft. above sea level), a small village located in the rain-forest, just one hour away by transport from Manchu Picchu. Overnight in a charming lodge in Santa Teresa with an option of relaxing in the Cocalmayo hot springs (3 U$)
There are 3 options for today’s Inca Jungle tour.
First option: This one is the easiest, walking on a dirt road track for 3 hours, crossing the Urubamba River until Hydroelectric train station, where we will meet with the rest of the group.
Second option – Canopy Cola de Mono Zipline (not included in the price US$ 40): The Canopy is located 2 km from Santa Teresa and takes 20 minutes hike until the top of the Canopy. Each person will take turns to Canopy for 400 meters – 437.445 long and 150 meters – 492.126 ft high. You will then take a van for 25 minutes to join the rest of the group in Hydroelectric station.
Third option – Llacatapata hiking: Most recommend in the Inca Jungle tour. Early morning, we will take a public transport until the small village of Lucmabamba. We hike through farms growing coffee and bananas as we gradually ascend on a road path of stone stairs. The jungle will grow thicker as we hike along orchids, fruit including the berries of the citronella tree, and colorful fungi. Soon we will begin winding along the sides of grassy hills with fantastic views of the Santa Teresa River Valley.
About 3 hours after entering the rain-forest, we will reach a set of stone stairs that will take us to the complex of Llactapata Pass (2735 meters or 8,974 feet). This complex consists of a restored small Inca town and a temple. The grassy knoll by the temple offers astonishing views of the Urubamba River Valley and Machu Picchu Complex.
Once we have totally enjoyed this unique place, we will turn back to continue with our hiking. We will track back into the jungle and pass more stone ruins before reaching a flat area with more amazing views of the area.
Next, we start a 1-hour descent on a narrow, rocky, zigzagging road until we arrive at Hydroelectric train station, where we will meet with the rest of the group and have lunch.
From here we spend a couple more hours walking through a rail road with amazing views of the Urubamba gorge and Machu Picchu until Aguas Calientes (a town below Machu Picchu). You can have the option to take the train. (20 to 30 minutes). Note that the train ticket is not included in the tour price but can be purchase for $22. At Aguas Calientes, we will check into a hostel for a nice evening in rooms with private bathrooms and showers..
Hotel: Terrazas del Inca or similar.
Meals: 1 breakfast – 1 lunch – 1 dinner
We recommend starting our trekking early in the morning. The idea is to enjoy this magical place before more tourists arrives from Cusco. Walking from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu will take two to three hours. Once at the complex, your Inca Jungle tour guide will answer your questions regarding to this impressive complex.
Machu Picchu “Old Peak” is a pre-Columbian, 15th-century Inca complex located at 2,429 meters or 7,970 feet above sea level. Machu Picchu was built on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as a royal estate for the Inca emperor Pachacutec. We must say that one the most amazing things about Machu Picchu is the scenery – this place is surrounded by amazingly steep green mountains, thick Peruvian jungle and bending rivers.
Optional hikes to Huayna Picchu peak or Montaña mountain are subject to availability and they are not included in the price.
After the guided tour ends there will be plenty of time to take pictures, walk around the places that you like the most. Aguas Calientes is the meeting point to catch the train to Ollantaytambo, and then we will be transfer to Cusco by our private van, ending this Inca Jungle tour at your hotels.
Meals: 1 breakfast
Transportation: Private bus from Cusco to Carrizales (beginning of the biking trip), support vehicle (for the people who don’t want to bike or if they are tired), bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, train tickets in backpacker service to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco, bikes, raft and trek.
Meals: 3 breakfast – 3 lunches – 3 dinners
Accommodation: 1 night hostel in Quillabamba,1 night lodging in Santa Teresa and 1 night in a 3-star hostel. *You can upgrade your hostel at Aguas Calientes.
Guides: English-speaking guide throughout the trip, certified in rescue and first aid, with a degree in tourism.
Machu Picchu tour: Entrance fees, two-hour private guided tour, one way bus ticket to or from Machu Picchu.
Biking tour: All biking gear with suspension and disk brakes, helmets, knee, body and elbow protection.
Rafting tour: Wet suits, life vest level V, paddles, boat, safety kayak or Cataract, helmets.
Last lunch, first breakfast and dinner in Aguas Calientes (day 4), one-way bus tickets to from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, entrance fees to Huayna Picchu and entrance fees to hot springs in Santa Teresa or Aguas Calientes, train ticket from Hidroelectrica station to Aguas Calientes.
Hiking shoes, mosquito repellent, couple of t-shirts, hat or cap, swimsuit, towel, sandals, shorts, camera, things you consider necessary during this Inca jungle trek.
All our gear in this Inca Jungle tour are very good, the bicycles have suspension, disc brakes and 27-gear change. The rafting gear is also good; class V life vest, boat, helmets, and we always take one safety kayak or Cataract to minimize risks.
Our prices are carefully arranged so this can be fair for clients and the company. You can find prices cheaper than ours, but you need to be aware that, there are that the government does regulate the biking and the rafting part in this area, therefore the companies offering this service run this trips with minimum safety precautions. In fact there were more than 2,000 complaints regarding the Inca jungle tour during the last year.
Our prices are based on double-bed or king-bed occupancy in 2- or 3-star hotels. If you are a solo traveler and wish to share a room, we will assign a same-sex roommate if one is available; however, there are 5 in the group and no extra person to share a room, we will cover the extra expenses of the room rate.
Notes that the hotels we use during the first and second nights of this Inca Jungle Tour are the best available; there are no better hotels than the ones mentioned above. The lodges and hotels are very clean but they are not the same standard 3-star hotels in Cusco, Lima, Europe, the United States or any other developed city in the world.
Don Carlos Hotel Quillabamba
Eco Quechua Lodge Peru Santa Teresa
Terrazas del Inca Aguas Calientes
To upgrade your hotel category, contact us, we offer 4 and 5 start hotels.
Our departures are guaranteed with a minimum number of 2 people. The maximum number of people per group is 18. For groups of more than 18, please firstname.lastname@example.org
Inca Jungle Tour tour map
Graduated from the National University of San Antonio Abad, Cesar is one of our main guides. He is expert in MTB, River Rafting, Inca Trail and cultural tours.
Erika is the operations manager, she organizes, book, confirm and make all the arrangements making your vacation unforgettable.
Ylda Tupayachi is the Accounting Manager. With more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry, she is a key for our clients happiness.
Boris is the founder of River Explorers. He is responsible for the website and the daily operations as well as guiding some of the newest itineraries. Boris has 25 years of experience in the tourism industry working in Peru.