Overview of your Inca Jungle 4-day Tour
If you want to do the Inca Trail, see Machu Picchu, and like biking, this is for you. This Inca Jungle tour goes on an alternative Inca Trail path, and is partly done by bike, and partly on foot. The trail ends at Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour of the “Lost city of the Incas”. You can also climb Huayna Picchu (the mountain you usually see in pictures of Machu Picchu) we can arrangebthe entrance ticket to the mountain with the advanced request. You will also have the chance to see the town of Aguas Calientes also known as “Machu Pichu Town”.
For those looking other alternative tours we have a Short Inca Trail, 2D/1N. Great option for travelers who are short on time and still looking for an adventure to hike to Machu Picchu. Check Short Inca Trail availability and contact Tour in Peru Team for any further information.
Itinerary at a glance!
Day 1 – Inca Jungle: Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Abra Malaga, Santa Maria:
7:15-11:15 a.m. Transfer by bus from Cusco to Abra Malaga. 11:50-1:15 We begin the guided tour by bicycle. 1:30-2:30 We will have a box lunch while on the trail. 2:30-4:00 We will continue to Santa Maria by bicycle. We will have dinner and stay the night in dorms.
Day 2 – Santa Maria – Santa Teresa:
6:00-10:40 a.m. Walking tour in Santa Maria. 11:00-12:00 Lunch at a restaurant in Quellomayo. 12:15-1:30 Walk to the hot springs in Santa Teresa. Optional Activity: You may relax in the hot springs in Santa Teresa. 2:45-5:00 Walking tour to the town of santa Teresa. We will have dinner and stay overnight in dorms.
Day 3 – Town of Aguas Calientes:
7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Walking tour from santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica. At noon we will have lunch and at about 1:30 p.m. we will continue walking to Aguas Calientes. We will have dinner there and stay overnight at the hotel of your choice.
Day 4 – Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Cusco:
5:30-6:30 a.m. We will walk up to Machu Picchu. 7:00-10:00 We will have a guided tour of Machu Picchu. You will have free time to continue exploring the site, to have lunch, or to go to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes. 6:30-8:15 We will go by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. 8:30-10:20 We will go by bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
Inca Jungle 4-day Tour in detail
Day 1 Inca Jungle: Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Abra Malaga, Santa Maria (Meals:L,D)
At 7:30 in the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel to head to Abra Malaga (4316m). From here we will ride bikes to the high forest. You will be riding for over 5 hours. You will not have to carry your belongings on this part of the trail. We have a car to carry them for you. Also, if you do not like biking you may go in the car as well. We will be passing through villages, orchards, rivers and streams before arriving at Huamanmarca. you will have some free time here, and you can decide to continue biking or go in the car to the town of Santa Maria.
Total Biking time 5 hrs (0 km.) – Initial altitude 0 m. Final 0 m.
Overnight at a family hostel in Santa Maria (Altitude: 1575 m)
Day 2 Inca Jungle: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa (Meals:B,L,D)
We will have breakfast at 6 a.m. and start walking by the river. Today we will not have the car so you will need to carry your own things. We will climb up the mountain for about 1 and a half hours to the highest point where we will be able to see the entire valley and the slopes of the canyon. A section of this hike is part of an original Inca trail that reached the village of Quellomayo. Later at noon we will have a delicious lunch and after a short break, we will continue the walk along the old road to Santa Teresa.
Total walking hours: 07:00 ( km.) – Initial altitude 0 m. – Final 0 m.
Overnight at a family hostel in Santa Teresa (Altitude: 1811 m, 0 ft)
Day 3 Inca Jungle: Santa Teresa – Town of Aguas Calientes (Meals:B,L,D)
We will take a bus to Llactapata, and have a guided tour of the site. We will then go to the Hidroelectrica train station. We will see waterfalls from the glaciers, as well as Coca and Coffee plantations along the way. Our lunch will be in Hidroelectrica and later in the afternoon we’ll continue our walk along the railroad to reach Aguas Calientes – Machu Pichu town. Here we will dine and check-in at our hostel at the foot of the great Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Total walking hours 07:00 hrs (km.) – Initial altitude 3800 m. – Final 2,650 m.
Overnight at a hostel in Aguas Calientes (Altitude: 0 m, 0 ft)
Day 4 Inca Jungle: Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Cusco (B)
Today we will have breakfast at about 5 a.m. You will have a guided tour of the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, and then have free time to keep looking around. For an additional fee, we can get you the entrance tickets for Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu (the top of the mountain we see in every picture of Machu Picchu) 2720m/8890ft. This optional hike should be booked in advance (it takes 60 min to reach the top and another 50 min to hike down). You will have the afternoon free to have lunch, visit the hot springs of Aguas Calientes, or visit the small market or museum. Finally, you will travel by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then by bus to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel.
Get better prepared for the Inca Trail, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page where you find answer to most of our travelers´ questions.
What your dream trip includes
The Inca Jungle bike and hike Package Includes:
- Professional, bilingual Tour Guide. Assistant Tour Guide (for groups of 9 or more)
- All transfers from and to your hotel
- Bus: Cusco-Abra Malaga-Santa Maria
- Train: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Bus: Ollantaytambo – Cusco
- Bikes and Biking gear
- Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
- 3-night Hostel in Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes
- Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). (Lunch on day 4 is not included)
- Oxygen bottle, First-Aid kit
- Vegetarian food on request at no extra cost!
The bike and Hike – Inca Jungle Package Does Not Include:
- International or domestic flights
- Tips or extra expenses
All payment methods include extra charges not added in the quotation. Please check the payment details.
You can get this tour from $XXX USD, This price may vary due to season, number of travelers or other conditions.
Discounts and Offers
- ISIC Card: Students with a valid ISIC card can apply to a discount of XX%.
- Junior: People under 18 years old can get this tour for $XXUSD.
You can enhance your experience with these aditional services:
- Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain: an extra hike to the sacred mountains next to the citadel.
- Vistadome Train: enjoy the landscape in a panoramic train during your trip to Machu Picchu.
- Porters: hire an extra porter to get him carry your belongings and enjoy the rek at your best! You will support a Peruvian family too!
What to bring for your Machu Picchu 1-day Tour
What you need to take for this tour:
- Original Passport, International Student Card (ISIC card) if applicable
- Walking boots, Waterproof jacket, Rain poncho, T-shirts, trousers
- Sun hat, Sunscreen, Insect repellent, Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Bottled Water and Personal medication
- Shorts, Plasters, bandages, Extra money, Bathing suit
- Cameras and headlamps
- Travel Insurance is recommended
Note: Personal belongings are carried by tourists.
Map of the tour
Upgrade options for your comfort
You can always ask for an upgrade for all of our services:
Trains: you can ask for a high class train, the Hiram Bingham luxury service.
Accomodation: If you feel like staying in a hotel during your stay in Cusco even for a couple of hours, we have plenty of options for you. Please check our hotel lists to find the best option for you.
Guiding: Our guides are very knowledgeable and experienced, but if you want a specialized guiding you can ask us to a special guiding service.
Testimonials for inspiration
What is the best season to visit Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu weather is two seasons. You can enjoy fresh and vivid days in rainy seasons from November to March, or shiny and blue-sky days during the dry season, from April to October.
When is Machu Picchu closed?
Good news! Machu Picchu is NEVER closed. You can visit this wonder every day of the year.
Should I book my permit in advance?
We strongly encourage you to book your Machu Picchu permit in advance as they can be sold out easily.