Our first day of our
Inca Jungle Trail we’ll begin our day by picking everyone up from their
respective hotels before driving to Abra
Malaga which is at 4350 meters.
The drive will take about 2 ½ hours, giving you time to rest before we start our adventure or eat some snacks if you missed your breakfast.
A little lower than Abra Malaga, we’ll organize our bikes and ride downhill for 3 to 4 hours, passing by changing scenery, plantations, and maybe a few parrots! We’ll end this part of our Inca Jungle Trail in Santa Maria where we’ll have lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch we’ll continue our Inca Jungle Tours by going on a short drive to the Vilcanota River (Optional), where we’ll go for rafting! This part is a lower level rafting experience so everyone will be able to do this, but definitely one of the most exciting parts of our Inka Jungle! We’ll return later in the afternoon for dinner at a local restaurant and stay overnight in a small local family lodging.
* OPTIONAL RAFTING TOUR IN SANTA MARIA, US$30
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 Inca 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.
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
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 which transport option, or return train you
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.
Choose your private tour and enjoy the most fascinating history of the city of Cusco, the capital of the Incas Land and Machu Picchu. We will organize everything based on your interest, receive the most personalized service, avoid the crowd and try to have the place just for you! . Order your private tour now!.