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Inca Jungle Trek

Inca Jungle Trek (IJT)

Inca Jungle Trek


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A backpacker’s alternative to the Inca Trail.  This trek is certainly no wilderness treks, but it offers great variety, with day one on bikes and days two and three on foot.  It passes through some beautiful regions of cloud forest and wonderful spots for swimming before arriving in Aguas Calientes on the third day and seeing Machu Picchu on the fourth day.


Machu Picchu
snowy mountain Salkantay Inca Jungle Trek

Day One - Bicycle to Machu Picchu:

You will be collected at around 7.30 a.m. and taken to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we’ll admire the beautiful natural landscape. We will reach Abra Malaga (4,350 m.) at noon and we will start our bike tour going downhill towards the cloud forest and through small villages, fruit plantations and rivers. We will get to Santa Maria at around 5.00 or 6.00pm where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Day Two - Inca Jungle Trek:

We will get up at 5.00am and after breakfast we’ll go on our way along the river. During this walk we can see animals like parrots, hummingbirds, eagles, wild cats, centipedes, lizards, medicinal plants and fruits  (bananas, mangoes, oranges, clementines, cococa, and coca and coffee plantations) Later we will reach Quellomayo, a small town where we will rest and have some lunch. We will carry on till the village of Santa Teresa where we will stay the night.

Day Three - Trek to Machu Picchu.

After having breakfast we will continue our trek by the river till Hidroeléctrica train station and we will have lunch, then we will carry on walking for approximately 2 hours till Aguas Calientes. Here, we will settle down in the hostel and you can enjoy the evening in the town.

Day Four - Machupicchu

We will wake up early at 4.00 a.m. and at 4.30 a.m. we will go to Machu Picchu and on the way we will see the sunrise, and we will visit Inti Punkuo (The Sun Gate). We will enjoy a guided tour of the site and after will have some free time to explore the ruins and see other places like Wiñayhuayna, Puente Inca and the Temple of the Moon. We’ll get back to Aguas Calientes at 1.00 p.m. and after lunch we will take the train to go back to Cusco.

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Practical Information

Departs: 7.30am pickup from hotel on Day 1
Returns: Around 9.00 pm on Day 4
Duration: 4 Days
Accommodation: 3 nights in basic hostels
Daily Departures During dry season: March – November
Price 2017:


  • Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish);
  • Pre-departure orientation meeting, (5.30pm 2 days before departure at the Dos Manos office);
  • Pick up from accommodation in Cusco and transfer to Abra Málaga;
  • Bicycles ,helmet and gloves;
  • First Aid kit;
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in basic hostels;
  • 1 nights accommodation in a hostel in Aguas Calientes (own bathroom and hot water);
  • 3 lunches, 3 dinners and 3 breakfasts in hostal or local restaurants;
  • Return bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes;
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Train back to Ollantaytambo (standard Backpacker Service, if you would like to make a change to the service, or request a specific departure time, please let us know);
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco;

Not Included

  • Purified water;
  • Breakfast on day 1 and lunch on day 4;
  • Snacks;
  • TIPS for porters, guides, cooks (more information on the last page)

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