Machu Picchu Architecture and the buildings of the Incas

Private Inca Jungle Tour to Machu Picchu

4 Days / 3 Nights
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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4,315 m / 14,156 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate Difficulty

Inca Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu

Cusco, Santa Maria, Santa Teresa, Machu Picchu
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Up to 8 People Group Size
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4,315 m / 14,156 ft Max. Altitude
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Moderate Difficulty

The Inca Jungle is the best option for people who want to live a different lifetime experience on the way to Machu Picchu with different outdoor activities. This adventure begins with a bike ride from a mountain located at 4315 meters down to the rainforest, with incredible views along the route. Also you have chance to have fun in our white water rafting perfect for beginners and experience people & and fly on the valley via Zip-Lining. 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 Machupicchu.

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Packing List
  • Faqs
  • Pricing
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  Overview

If you love the feeling of adrenaline mixed with adventure, this tour is perfect for you. The Inca Jungle Trek Private Tourcombines different activities with a lot of adventure. and allows you to customize your group size. Ride a bike down the Jungle Road, full of stunning views and gorgeous green jungle. Vidal Expeditions has designed the perfect tour to take you to incredible landscapes away from the crowds and connect with our magical jungle. Learn about the tradition of the local villages, discover the while animals of these areas. On the Vilcanota River, you will beat the rapids and enjoy the freshwater splashing on your cheeks. Feel your heart racing as you zipline through the luscious jungle. End this exhilarating trip by exploring the majestic Machu Picchu, one of the new seven wonders!

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day01

    Cusco - Malaga Pass - Santa Maria

    Mountain bike 55km /34 miles. Whitewater rafting

  • Day02

    Santa Maria - Santa Teresa: Trekking

    Hike on the Inca Trail with stunning views.

  • Day03

    Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes

    Have fun on the Zipline and hiking with a view of Machu Picchu.

  • Day04

    Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu - Cusco

    Explore the new seven wonders before the crowds arrive

  Itinerary
Day 01

Cusco – Abra Malaga - Santa Maria : Cycling (55 km-34 miles)

Shuttle to Abra Malaga:3.5 hour by bus from Cusco
Biking time:  2.5 to 3 hour approximately.
Maximum Altitude: 4,350masl. / 14,271 feet
Minimum Altitude:1275masl. / 4180 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Private room (Hostel)
Adventure: Absolutely¡ River rafting Class I-II-III

We will pick you up from your hotel (which must be located in Cusco or Ollantaytambo) at 6:00 a.m. to begin our expedition to Machu Picchu. Then we’ll head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Ollantaytambo) there we have a short stop to enjoy a breakfast or buy something you will need along the tour.

After that, we'll continue in our own vehicle to the Malaga Pass (4,316 m/14,160 ft), which is the highest location we'll encounter on this journey. The Veronica mountain, which is located by the side of the road, may be seen in spectacular detail from here. We start our trek down the mountain by bicycle from this point. A brief informational lecture will be given by your guide, who will also outfit the bikes with the necessary safety equipment. Then we'll start our three-hour (42 km; 26 mile) mountain bike excursion, and you may take in the scenery as it transforms from misty highlands to the start of the lush rainforest. When descending from the slopes, you will cross a few tiny streams and take in the pleasant weather. After several stops later, you'll arrive in Huamanmarca. From there, we continue our trip by bus to Santa Maria 1200 meters (3937 feet). where we have our first meal and stay in our lodge for the first night.

During the afternoon you’ll have option to go rafting on the Vilcanota river on category I, II, III and III+ with some rapids, you’ll be safe as we’ll provide you all the safety equipment (Helmet, windbreakers, and lifejacket) it takes 2.30 hours in total. (Please note that this exciting activity is only available from April to December as the river rises during the wet season.)

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Lunch & Lunch Meals
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Easy 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 / 14,160 ft Starting Elevation
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1,220 m / 3,937 ft lodge Elevation
Day 02

Santa Maria - Santa Teresa : Trekking (9 miles, 15 km)

Walking Distance:  15 km./9 miles
Starting Elevation: 1275masl. / 4180 feet
Campsite Elevation: 1500masl. / 4921 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation:Private room Hostel
Adventure: Absolutely, hot spring, cable car.

We take our personal van to the trailhead after a sumptuous breakfast. We will be climbing for the first two hours of our journey, but we will make several stops to learn more about the diverse range of flora and wildlife that can be found in the area we are in. One of these stops will be at a family home, where we will rest for 20 minutes and replenish our supplies of water and regional tropical fruit. After a brief rest, we will traverse a section of the Inca Trail that once linked Machu Picchu to the city of Vilcabamba. Our guide will explain more about the Incas' history as well as the communication system that existed at the time. We will also see one of the most spectacular views in the Huancarcasa Canyon at this point. Following that, we will descend to the small town of Quellomayo, where we will have lunch and relax in the nearby hammocks. We will then walk for another two hours to the Cocalmayo thermal baths, where you will have plenty of time to enjoy the naturally heated water. After bathing, we will take a private van to our final destination of the day, Santa Teresa, and spend the night in our hostel.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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15km/9.3miles Walking Distance
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7 - 8 hours Walking Time
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1,275masl. / 4180 ft Starting Elevation
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1,730m / 5,675 ft Highest Elevation
Day 03

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

Walking Distance:  11 km. / 6.miles
Starting Elevation: 1500masl. / 4921 feet
Campsite Elevation: 2000masl / 6561 feet (AguasCalientes hotel)
Difficulty: Moderate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Private roomHotel 3 stars
Adventure: Absolutely, Zip Line. (4 cables,)

This day, after breakfast, we will go to Zip Line, where they will pick you up at the restaurant, and then we will drive for a few minutes to the base camp, where your instructor will provide you with safety equipment and instructions.

The adventure then begins. Flying between mountains, through the valley, and through dense forest, you'll feel the adrenaline rush and take in the breathtaking views of the river and valley. You will be able to fly in various positions..

Following that, we'll take our van to Hydroelectric, where you'll enjoy our delicious lunch in the restaurant beside the train truck, surrounded by trees. Then we'll hike to Aguas Calientes along the train rail with stunning views of Machu Picchu and the Urubamba river, your guide will show you the location of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, and you'll see the train riding to Hydroelectic several times. After three hours of hiking, we'll arrive in Aguas Calientes town where your guide will accommodate you in your hotel to rest before exploring the picturesque town.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Meals
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Moderate Difficulty
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11km/6 miles Walking Distance
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2-3 hours Walking Time
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1,500masl. / 4,921 ft Starting Elevation
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2,040 m / 6,692 ft Highest Elevation
Day 04

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco

Walking Distance:  By Bus
Starting Elevation: 2000masl. / 6561 feet
Machu Picchu Elevation: 2400masl. /7874 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Meals: Breakfast
Adventure: Absolutely

This is the most important day of the tour because it is the day we arrive at one of the World's Seven Wonders. Our final day of the tour begins early in the morning so that we can see the sun rise over the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. At 5:30 a.m., we begin the bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

Your guide will take you to the best spots to enjoy this magical Inca site once you enter the park. Then he'll give you a two-hour tour, after which you'll have time to explore other parts of Machu Picchu on your own, possibly hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (previous reservations are required with two months' notice, plus a fee of $35). There are only 400 tickets available 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 bus in order to catch a train back to Ollantaytambo and then a bus back to Cusco.

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Breakfast Meals
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Easy Difficulty
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Machu Picchu Tickets
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2 - 3 hours Tour Time
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2,040m / 6,692 ft Aguas Calientes Elevation
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2,430 m / 7,972 ft Machu Picchu Elevation

NOTE:

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.

KEEP IN MIND:

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.

  Inclusions

At Vidal Expeditions we are transparent and provide specific details of what is included and excluded in the 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.

WE INCLUDE

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 tour.

  • 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 lodges located along the route. Each room of our lodges has a private bathroom with hot water and a clean towel. You will also have access 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.

  • River Rafting and Zipline

    To make this adventure unforgettable, we included these activities full of adrenaline. White river rafting in the Urubamba River with a category of I, II, III, and III+ is great for beginners and experienced people, as is our zipline over a canyon with a unique view.

  • Hot Spring and Cable Car Tickets

    We know the small details are important for you during the Inca Jungle trip, and Vidal Expeditions makes everything possible to provide an excellent service where you don’t need to worry about these things.

Transportations

  • 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.

  • Bus Ticket

    We include the Bus round trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes the day 4 to go to explore the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu.

Equipment

  • 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, full-face helmets, body armor, knee pads, and gloves.

  • Rafting and Zipline Gears

    We know very well about these activities and have professional instructors with the right equipment to make them 100% safe. They have been working for a long time on river rafting and ziplining, and they have years of experience to show you our wonderful landscape along the tour.

  • 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

  • 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.

WE NOT INCLUDED

  • 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.

  Recommendations
INFO

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

FOR YOUR DAY BACKPACK:
  • 3 wicking t-shirts
  • 3 hiking pants
  • 3 sets of undergarments.
  • 1 Fleece
  • 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
  • Small towel
  • Flip flops
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho

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

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. If it is larger, you will need to store it outside the citadel gates. But don´t worry; they have a secure storage facility.

Water: We supply a bottle of water the second day and the same the third day; however, you will be able to buy more water along the route or at the restaurant. You are responsible for your first and last days.

  • 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.)

TOILETRIES:

  • 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.
  Faqs

PRIVATE INCA JUNGLE TRAIL FAQs

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

PREPARING FOR THE INCA JUNGLE TOUR

At Vidal Expeditions, we like to make the booking process as easy as possible. Once you decide to do the Inca Jungle Trail, we will send you a booking form where you need to complete all the required details. We need these details to book your entrance tickets and train tickets; you will also need to pay a deposit of $200 USD per person. Once we receive your deposit, we immediately book a spot for the Inca Jungle Trail. Once we are done with it, we will send you your invoice and confirmation that all the booking processes have been set up satisfactorily.

The private Inca Jungle Trail is an exclusive tour to Machu Picchu where you can customize the tour according to your needs. It includes sports activities along the route such as biking tours, river rafting, hiking, hot springs, zip lines, and Machu Picchu, making it perfect for those who want a different experience.

Of Course! After you have explored Machu Picchu citadel, your guide will show you the way to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain and explain how long it will take to get there. However, you need to book the tickets in advance due to the limited spots available per day.

For this Private Inca Jungle Trail, we include everything and make it easier for you: the biking section is easy and mostly downhill; whitewater rafting does not require any effort; the hiking is very short due to the fact that we include transportation before and after the trek; zip lines do not require any walking; and at Machu Picchu, we also included bus round-trip tickets.

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! You can avoid doing these extra activities if you are feeling well. You can talk with your guide, and he will look for extra things to do while the group is doing the extra activities..

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.

The water rafting in Santa Maria is not very difficult, and it is well recommended for beginners and advanced people. It has classes I, II, and III.

During this tour, we include: pick-up, transportation, tour guide, biking and equipment, extra activities, entrance fees, returning train, accommodations, meals, and hot springs tickets.

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.

  Pricing

From: USD 580.00 per person

USD 560.00: from 4 people to more

Additional Items
* Upgrade your hotel 4 stars $100USD
* Upgrade your returning train to Vistadome service (with larger windows and more comfortable seats) $60US per person

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?


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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