Hiking to Machu Picchu through the Inca Jungle Trail in Cusco

Inca Jungle Tour
to Machu Picchu

4 Days / 3 Nights
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4,315 m / 14,156 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate Difficulty

Classic Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu

Cusco, Santa Maria, Santa Teresa, Machu Picchu
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Hostel Accommodation
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Up to 12 People Group Size
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4,315 m / 14,156 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate Difficulty

The Classic Inca Jungle Tour is ideal for people with a passion for adventure and newly recharged energy; what defines this tour is trekking and biking! Also, you have a chance to go rafting and ziplining. Along the Inca Jungle Trek, we will go through trails and archaeological sites similar to the ones on the Inca Trail until we arrive at the magical Inca site of Machu Picchu.

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If you love to be in contact with nature and explore places where less tourists go, "The Inca Jungle Tour" is the perfect tour for you. You will live a lifetime experience these 4 days towards Machu Picchu, and since the beginning we guarantee that you will enjoy the landscape, culture, traditions, nature, history, and for sure you'll have fun on these extra activities.

You will be amazed by the dense vegetation and the wildlife along this route. Let the magic of the Incas envelop you and wrap you up in this mystical history as you explore and unravel secrets.

At the end of your journey, you will explore this incredible ancient Inca site, Machu Picchu, nowadays declared as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Cusco - Malaga Pass - Santa Maria

    Cycling from the mountain to the rainforest 55km /34 miles.

  • Day02

    Santa Maria - Hot Spring - Santa Teresa:

    Hike into the dense rainforest, exploring the incredible of the flora and fauna, enjoy the hot spring at the end.

  • Day03

    Santa Teresa - Hidro Electrica - Aguas Calientes

    Hike around the Urubamba valley and in the bottom of Machu Picchu mountain

  • Day04

    Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu - Cusco

    Explore the magic of the acient citadel Machu Picchu.

Day 01

Cusco – Abra Malaga - Santa Maria : Cycling (42 km-26 miles)

Shuttle to Abra Malaga: 3 hours by bus from Cusco
Biking time:  2 hours approximately.
Maximum Altitude: 4,316masl. / 14,116 feet
Minimum Altitude:1,275masl. / 4,183 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Lunch, and Dinner
Adventure: Absolutely¡ River rafting Class I-II-III

Our representative will collect you from your hotel in our bus and drive to Ollantaytambo, where we will have a short stop to relax your legs, use restrooms, or take your breakfast. Then we will continue driving for about 1 more hour to reach Abra Malaga (4,316m or 14,116 ft), the highest point in this trip. This is the spot where we will start our mountain bike.

Your tour guide will provide you with all the biking gear for the same bike, followed by a safety speech and instructions. Afterwards, we ride down, following the asphalt road. Along the way, we will have some spots to enjoy the stunning views and see how the dry landscapes of mountains turn into green, lush forests. You'll also see some snow-capped mountains around. After cycling for about 2 hours, we will get to Huamanmarca town, where our biking tour ends. You will take a rest, and we will continue our bus drive for about 30 minutes to Santa Maria town, 1,200 m (3,937 ft). Here we will get our lodge and enjoy our delicious lunch prepared by our local family.

In the afternoon, you'll have the option to join rafting river activity in Santa Maria, where some sections have categories I, II, III, and III+ with some rapids. The RAF instructor will provide you with safe equipment (helmet, windbreaker, and life jacket). (Please note that this exciting activity is only available from April to December as the river rises during the wet season.) If you are not doing the Water rafting you could walk in the town or go to the river to relax. We spend the first night here.

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Breakfast and Lunch Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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42 km / 26 miles Biking Distance
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2 - 3 hours Biking Time
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4,316 m / 14,116 ft Highest Elevation
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1,275masl / 4,183 ft Lowest Elevation
Day 02

Santa Maria - Santa Teresa : Trekking (11 miles, 18 km)

Walking Distance:  18 km./11.3miles
Starting Elevation: 1,275masl. / 4,180 feet
Campsite Elevation: 1,500masl. / 4,921 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Hostel
Adventure: Absolutely, hot spring, cable car.

Today is the hiking day in the forest, so we wake up around 6:00am and enjoy our jungle and fresh breakfast. We start hiking through some farming lands. This hike section is not very demanding because the path goes quite flat. On the way, you will see different jungle fruits such as bananas, mangos, oranges, and others. You'll also see some coffee, coca, cacao, and tea plantations. Of course, your guide will explain each of them. You will also stop in the house of a local family to learn about the organic coffee and chocolate processes. Definitely, you will make your own coffee.

After 2 hours of hiking, we will start ascending for another 1 hour to reach the Inca Trail, where you can see different breathtaking vistas of the valley and mountains around. This is a section of the original trail that connected Machu Picchu with the Amazon. Here, you will also learn about the Incas history and more about the Peruvian culture. Our hike will continue, going down towards the restaurant where we enjoy it. After we have rested enough, we continue hiking, following the Urubamba River, to reach the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, where you can soak and relax your muscles after a long hike.

Afterwards, we continue our hike to Santa Teresa town, 1,500m (4,921 ft), where we spend the second night in a hostel.

Day 03

Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes : Trekking (10 miles, 16 km)

Walking Distance:  16 km. / 11 miles
Starting Elevation: 1,500masl. / 4,921 feet
Campsite Elevation: 2,000masl / 6,561 feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Hostel
Adventure: Absolutely, Zip Line. (6 cables,)

Continuing with your adventure after breakfast, today you will have the option to go ziplining. If you do, you'll keep hiking the first section. The instructor will pick you up at the restaurant and drive you to the base camp, where they will provide you with the zip line gear. You'll spend around 2 hours in the zipline flying the different cables and the suspension bridge. After this, you will drive to Hidroelectrica. For people who are not doing the zipline, we will walk for 2 hours following the bus road to the next restaurant in Hidroelectrica.

In Hidroelectrica, we'll enjoy our lunch with a fantastic view of Machu Picchu mountain. You'll probably be excited because we are closer to turning our dreams into reality. After a well-deserved rest, we'll continue hiking to Aguas Calientes by following the railway. It will take another 3 hours of hiking with some different stops along the way where you can have stunning views of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains.

Around 4:00 p.m., we will arrive at Aguas Calientes town, also known as Machu Picchu pueblo. Here, your guide will lead you to your accommodation, where you can rest or explore the picturesque town by walking in its narrow streets. Around 6:30 p.m., we will have dinner, and the briefing for the next day will be provided for your tour guide.

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Breakfast and Lunch Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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16km/ 11miles Walking Distance
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6 hours Walking Time
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1,500m. / 4,921 ft Starting Elevation
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2,000m / 6,561 ft Highest Elevation
Day 04

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco

Walking Distance:  8km / 4,9 miles
Starting Elevation: 2,000masl. / 6,561 feet
Machu Picchu Elevation: 2,400masl. /7,874 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast
Adventure: Absolutely

The most anticipated day has arrived. After exploring some of the most fascinating landscapes in the jungle, finally we will visit Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Our day will start at 4:00am with breakfast at the hostel, then we will hike to Machu Picchu for about 1 hour with some flat sections and a steep trail with many stairs. Once you arrive at the checkpoint for Machu Picchu, we will show you tickets and possport to enter the park. We will hike to the classic spot where you can enjoy the sunrise and have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu and surrounding areas.

You'll take the time to capture the best moments in this mystical Inca citadel. Your guide will explain the history and how Machu Picchu was discovered years ago. Then, you'll go explore the most outstanding Inca temples that you can find around the area. The tour circuit will take about 2 hours, and it ends at the end if you have a ticket to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (previous reservations are needed with two months of anticipation plus a fee of $75). There are only 400 entrance tickets per day to climb these two mountains. You can climb these on your own time, but you’ll need to return to Aguas Calientes by hike of 40 minutes or bus in order to board a returning train to Ollantaytambo and finally a bus drive towards Cusco.


In order to receive detailed information about your trip, including when and where you will be picked up on the first day, you must visit the “Vidal Expeditions” office one day before embarking on your journey.


Please bring your passport and the immigration slip you received upon your arrival to Peru. Cash is the only acceptable form of payment (Dollars or Soles). The type of change (Dollars or Soles) given for payments made in Soles will be determined by the Agency.

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Breakfast Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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8km/4.9miles Walking Distance
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5 - 6 hours Walking Time
Starting Elevation Icon
2,000m. / 6,561 ft Starting Elevation
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2,400masl. /7,874 ft Highest Elevation

At Vidal ExpeditionsWe are transparent and provide specific details of what is included and excluded in our Inca Jungle. We know this is very important so that you know exactly what to bring and don’t miss anything. We provide this information to ensure that you have an incredible experience during your jungle tour.


Vidal Expeditions Team Provide

  • Pre-departure briefing

    Once you book the tour with us, you will get a notification about the pre-departure briefing, where you will meet with your adventure guide and the tour group in our office the night before your Inca Jungle departure. During this briefing, you will receive important details about this adventure.

  • Professional Adventure Guide

    All our tour guides have a great reputation for customer service. They have graduated with a tourism career from the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco, and they have also studied English in a private language institute. Through their patience, responsibility, knowledge, passion for trekking, and pride in having been born in the land of the Incas, we ensure our guides provide an excellent experience for you when you explore the magical Machu Picchu.

  • Permit for Machu Picchu

    Once we receive your details and the deposit for your tour, we purchase all the necessary tickets for your trek, and these permits will be for a specific date and will be in your name. Unfortunately, this information can’t be modified under any circumstance once confirmed; only your passport number can be updated; however, for this change, you must bring both your old and new passport.

  • Accommodations

    At Vidal Expeditions, we included private accommodations for 3 nights along our Inca Jungle. These are safe and clean hostels located along the route. Each room of our hostels has a private bathroom. You will also be able to recharge your cameras, phones, etc. But remember, the electrical outlets are different than you are used to; they are mostly USA and South American standard outlets. If you want to spend an extra night in Aguas Caliente town or Machu Picchu town, please contact the Vidal Expeditions team.


  • Private Transport

    We included all the transportation during your tour. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the beginning of the biking, and the bus returning from Ollantaytambo to Cusco will drop you off at your hotel.

  • Train Ticket

    On the Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu, we include the return train ticket after you have explored Machu Picchu on the last day. The train ticket will be for one of the available train schedules of 14:20 hrs., 14:55 hrs., or 16:20 hrs.


  • Biking Equipment

    Vidal Expeditions has been leading tours to Machu Picchu with suitable biking equipment to make your trip an experience of a lifetime. Our bikes and biking gear are very safe and professional for this kind of activity. We include suspension bikes, DH helmets, body armor, knee pads, and gloves.

  • Medical First Aid Kit

    All tour guides at Vidal Expeditions are very well trained in first aid. They received training courses every six months on how to assist someone who is in an emergency situation. Also, they are trained on how to supply balloon oxygen if someone requires it.


  • Meals

    At Vidal Expeditions, we know food is such an important part of any vacation, and getting the right fuel on an active holiday is crucial. We include 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners. And of course, we cater to all dietary restrictions. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and others—just let us know. Our team is well-trained to prepare the best food you've ever had with local and organic ingredients.

  • Water

    Vidal Expeditions will provide you with water the second and third days, a litter per day; however, you will be able to buy more water along the trail. There are some local shops, but remember to bring your container bottle or camel bag large enough for a few hours; 2 litters is what we recommend.


  • River Rafting and Zipline

    During this tour, you'll have the option to do some extra activities. Whitewater rafting in the Urubamba River with a category of I, II, III, and III+ is great for beginners and experienced people, as is ziplining over a canyon with a unique view.

    These extra activities has additions cost

    White water rafting: $45.00USD

    Zipline: $45.00USD

  • Hot Spring and Cable Car Tickets

    Along the route, we will use some cable cars to cross the river from side to side, so for this, we need to charge directly to the locals 10 soles per person.

    In case you want to join the hot spring with around 35°C you need to buy the ticket entrance which is s/10 soles per person.

  • Bus Ticket

    If you don't want to hike to Machu Picchu on the final day, you have the option to take the bus up to the Inca citadel. This will cost you $12 USD one way.

  • Walking Sticks

    Hiking with trekking poles has its benefits. They protect your knees while you are hiking downhill, especially on the ancient Inca Trail, where there are many stairs up and down. Trekking poles also help you during the ascent with increased stability. If you don’t have a pair of trekking poles, you can rent them from our office.

  • First Breakfast

    We do not provide breakfast on the day of your departure. However, most hotels offer breakfast during your stay. In case your hotel does not provide breakfast, we will stop at a restaurant near Ollantaytambo where you will be able to purchase breakfast.

  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes

    Lunch on the last day at Aguas Calientes is not included in this tour. However, you and the group can enjoy the last lunch together at a restaurant recommended by your tour guide.

  • Travel Insurance

    We recommend buying travel insurance before leaving your country in case something happens during your visit to Peru.

  • Tips for our team

    Tips are not included. Tipping the team is usual on any excursion to Machu Picchu, and although we pay good salaries to our entire team, tips are welcome as a token of your appreciation for the team's hard work.

  • Huayna Picchu

    Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a really famous hike that normally takes 45 minutes to hike up the narrow, steep steps to the top with a great view of Machu Picchu citadel. If you would like to hike Huayna Picchu after your tour to Machu Picchu, there is an extra cost of $75.00 US.Also, this booking must be done at least 3 months in advance due to its popularity.

  Packing List

At Vidal Expeditions, we focus on making your trip an unforgettable experience, and we want to provide all the details you need to know before leaving your country and starting your life experience in Peru.

What you need to pack? Important
  • Passport
  • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Water storage: Water reservoir like Camelback is encouraged - but enough for at least 2-3 liters.
  • Comfortable hiking boots (lightweight with good soles)
  • Trekking poles

A Daypack can be any size for hiking, but we always say the smaller, the better. Inside Machu Picchu, bags larger than 25 liters will not be allowed in. If it is larger, you will need to store it outside the citadel gates. But don´t worry; they have a secure storage facility.

Clothing items:

You need to take with you the following items for your entire adventure.

  • 3 wicking t-shirts
  • 3 hiking pants
  • 3 sets of undergarments.
  • 1 Warm, down jacket: gets little cold at the morning in Machu Picchu
  • 1 Rain jacket and pants
  • 1 sun hat
  • Bathers / swimsuit for the hot spring
  • Flip flops
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho

  • Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.

Extra items:
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Camera
  • Music (iphone)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper and small plastic bag for waste
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Earplugs
  • Some snacks (Chocolate, fruits, energy bars, etc.)


  • Sunscreen
  • Face moisturizer
  • Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Small towel
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.


Here some frequently asked question about the Inca Jungle tour to Machu Picchu

Cusco is a big city. You can find a place to stay in Cusco that satisfies your needs, with hotels ranging from 2 stars to 5 stars. There are also Airbnb places where you can feel at home. However, keep in mind that Cusco streets are narrow, especially near the main square, and some streets are pedestrian with some stairs. If the place you are staying is not accessible by car, we will notify you of the pick-up and drop-off locations of the tour. You may also choose to stay in the Sacred Valley, near Urubamba City or Ollantaytambo. In this case, your pick-up time for the tour will be 1.20 hours later than in Cusco. If you need recommendations on where to stay, please contact us.

Yes! It is possible; we can book your train ticket back to Ollantaytambo a day later at no additional cost. The train departs at 14:30 or 14:55. If you need us to book your hotel or another visit to Machu Picchu, let us know, but this will be at an additional cost. If you do choose to spend one more night in Aguas Calientes, make sure you contact us at the Vidal Expeditions office at least one month in advance so we can purchase your train ticket for the right day.

Yes! On the Inca Jungle Trail, there will be places where you can charge your cellphone at our lodges and restaurants. Most lodges and restaurants in Peru now have the standard US outlet along with the South American outlet. There may also be Wi-Fi connections in some lodges and restaurants.

As long as you know how to ride a bicycle, you will be fine on the biking segment during the first day along the Inca jungle trail. Our guides will give you a safety talk at the beginning of the bicycle ride; they will make sure that you are taken care of and will provide rest stops along the ride. Our car will stay behind the group the entire time to make sure everything goes well.

Yes! Don’t worry, if you did not book the extra activities of river rafting and zip lining when you booked your package. You will hae a chance to pay for these activities at the base camp. Just let your tour guide know, and they will help you out.

The best time to do the Inca Jungle Tour to Machu Picchu is from May to October because this is the dry season in Cusco. October to April is also possible, but with some rain along the way, and the extra activities can't run due to the rain.

The hike on the Inca Jungle Tour is not very difficult because we will have many breaks along the way. However, we highly recommend being a bit fit and bringing a small daypack.

Machu Picchu Inca citadel opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. The late ticket is at 3:30 p.m.; after that, no one is allowed to go to Machu Picchu.

Well, both tours follow the same route to Machu Picchu, but the difference is that in the Inca Jungle Trail, we include everything: a 3-star hotel, extra activities like RAF and Zip, a bus ticket round trip to Machu Picchu, an entrance fee to the hot spring, and small groups.

This hike is particularly challenging due to the fact that the stairs from the bottom to Machu Picchu are quite steep and you need to be in good shape to complete the hike. If you are an active person, you are more likely to complete it without any problem. If you have some complications walking up the stairs, we recommend taking the bus.

Definitely! It is always recommended to wear light hiking boots if possible. Ones with ankle support are extra helpful, especially for the inexperienced hiker. The trail will involve hiking up and down stairs created by the Incas, hiking on uneven surfaces, and crossing rivers that may be slippery. The extra ankle support of your hiking boots will help prevent twisting your ankles.

It is not necessary to use walking or hiking sticks since the hikes on the second and third days are not strenuous. However, if you are unexperienced hiking in the mountains, we recommend you use a walking stick to help you keep your balance, especially during the downhill sections.

No, this part of the jungle is far away from the Amazon and is considered rainforest or semitropical. There will be mosquitoes in the region, but these mosquitoes do not carry any diseases. We do recommend you bring insect repellent to keep the mosquitoes away.

Most hotels in Cusco provide storage for your luggage free of charge if you have extra luggage that you do not need to bring on the trail. If you are planning to change hotels after your trek, we can store your luggage at the Vidal Expeditions office. Please get in touch with our team for more information.

The weather in Cusco and the surrounding areas of the Andes is unpredictable. Even if the weather forecast says it will be 100% sunny, it is possible that it may still rain. This is why this is an impossible question for us to answer. Historically, April through September is the dry season; November through February is the rainy season; and March and October are bridge months—a mixture of both. But unfortunately, the clouds have not followed these rules in the last few years. It is best to be prepared for both sun and rain, no matter when you come. As far as temperatures go, that is more consistent throughout the year. Mornings and evenings are always cold. Make sure to bring a fleece jacket for the mornings and a down jacket for the evenings. Once the sun is up, you will be comfortable hiking and touring Machu Picchu in short sleeves. Long pants (for yoga or hiking) are encouraged to protect against the mosquitoes, which can be a nuisance in Aguas Calientes.


From: USD 340.00 per person

USD 330.00: from 4 people to more

Additional Items
* Upgrade your hotel 3 stars $100USD
* Upgrade your returning train to Vistadome service (with larger windows and more comfortable seats) $70US per person

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At Vidal Expeditions we offer the best service for all our customers and here is what makes us different than others.

  • Small groups: Along our excursion group size is a capped at 8 people. This guarantees that you will enjoy every step of our excursion

  • Hotel: During our excursion to Machu Picchu, we offer a 3 stars hotel stay for the last night. This ensures you are well rested and ready to explore Machu Picchu.

  • Bus to Machu Picchu: To enjoy Machu Picchu, we provide a round trip ticket on the bus from Aguas Calientes to the main entrance of the archaeological site.

  • Local Tour guides: Our team consists of 100% local tour guides, who have expert knowledge in our ancient culture.

  • Best Camping Equipment: We have the state-of-the-art camping equipment for our excursion. The equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after every excursion.

  • Best Trekking team: At Vidal Expeditions we focus to create the best experience during our excursions. Our team that consists of tour guides, cooks, porters, horse drivers are handpicked. We train our team to offer you the best service. We take care of our team by providing them with good equipment and paying them fairly.

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