Thrilling Cusco Adventure: 60km Abra Malaga Biking and 1.5-Hour Santa Teresa River Rafting Experience
Embark on a thrilling Cusco adventure as we whisk you away from your hotel around 6 am and drive through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas. Marvel at the picturesque towns, Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges, and the native town of Chinchero. After a 2-hour drive, stretch your legs and take a break in the ancient Inca town of Ollantaytambo.
Continue the journey to Abra Malaga Pass (4350m / 14,271ft), where you’ll gear up and receive a biking tutorial. Kick off your exhilarating 60km downhill ride with a breathtaking view of the snow-capped Veronica peak. Cycle through the Andes, making a pitstop at the Huamanmarca Inca site for lunch and exploration.
After immersing yourself in the rich history, hop back in the car and head to Santa Maria for an adrenaline-pumping 1.5-hour white river rafting adventure. Take in the captivating landscape as you navigate the rapids. Once rafting is complete, return to town and catch a local car for a 1-hour ride to Santa Teresa.
Upon arrival in Santa Teresa, check into your hotel and unwind. If you’re up for it, head to the nearby hot springs to rejuvenate and relax for a couple of hours, surrounded by the soothing warmth and natural beauty. Later, return to Santa Teresa town to savor a delicious dinner and rest up for the night at your hotel.
- Biking distance: 65 km, approximately 3 to 4 hours of downhill biking
- River Rafting Adventure: 1 to 1.5 Hours of Exhilarating Fun
- Difficulty: Moderate day (full of Adventure)
- Weather: Warm and windy during the day, with very warn nights
- Accommodations: Hotel nigh in Santa teresa
- Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes: Zipline Thrills and 3-Hour Scenic Hike Adventure
Rise and shine at 6:30 am, fuel up with breakfast, and get ready for an action-packed day. Around 8:00 am, the zipline company will pick you up and transport you to the zipline base. After a brief orientation, embark on a thrilling 2-hour adventure across four different ziplines and a suspension bridge.
Once you’ve had your fill of ziplining excitement, take a 1-hour car ride to Hidroelectrica for a well-deserved lunch. Post-lunch, embark on a scenic 3-hour hike along the train tracks to Aguas Calientes town. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and recharge.
At 7:00 pm, indulge in a delicious dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep. Wake up early the following day, eager to explore the magnificent Machu Picchu.
- Zipline Adventure: Experience 4 Unique Ziplines and 1 Thrilling Suspension Bridge
- Hiking distance: 11 km takes 3 to 3.5 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate day (full of Adventure)
- Weather: Warm and Tropical very warn nights
- Accommodations: Hotel nigh in Aguas Calientes
- Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Machu Picchu - Cusco
MACHU PICCHU DAY:
- Arriving at Machu Picchu’s Main Gate from Aguas Calientes: To reach Machu Picchu’s main gate from Aguas Calientes, you have two options. You can either embark on a scenic 1.5-hour hike or take a convenient bus ride that costs $12. The choice is yours, and you can even decide on the same day you plan to visit Machu Picchu. Regardless of the option you choose, your day will begin bright and early at 4 am with a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- If you choose to WALK from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, your journey will begin at around 4:30 am. You’ll start by walking from your hotel in Aguas Calientes to Puente Ruinas, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Puente Ruinas serves as the first checkpoint, where you’ll need to present your Machu Picchu tickets and original passports to gain entry. Once you’ve passed the Puente Ruinas checkpoint, you’ll embark on an uphill hike to Machu Picchu, climbing approximately 1,700 steps. This ascent typically takes between one hour to one hour and 20 minutes. Upon reaching the main gate of Machu Picchu, you’ll meet up with your group and guide to enter the site and begin your unforgettable exploration of this ancient Inca citadel.
- If you opt to take the BUS from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, you’ll need to purchase a bus ticket in town, either the night before or on the same morning. Each one-way bus ticket costs $12. Once you have your ticket, join the queue to board the first buses, which depart from Aguas Calientes at 5:30 am. The bus ride takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, you’ll meet up with your group and guide around 6 am to enter the site and begin exploring the remarkable ancient Inca city together.
MACHU PICCHU GUIDED TOUR:
- Our program includes a Machu Picchu ticket, with the primary circuit options being either circuit 01 or 02. CHECH DETAILS: https://www.machupicchureservations.org/destination/machu-picchu-circuits If there is no availability for the first choice, we will include circuit 03 or 04. Ticket availability depends on the time of booking, so if you prefer the primary circuit options, we recommend booking well in advance. For more information about the different circuits and ticket details, please visit our website or contact us directly. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, our experienced tour guide will lead you on a 2.5-hour guided exploration of the Inca city, following the circuit outlined in your ticket. The guide will share insights about the history and significance of Machu Picchu while allowing time for photographs and taking in the breathtaking views. You’ll visit the most iconic locations within the site during the tour.
- At the conclusion of the guided tour, you will have some leisure time to explore and relax on your own. If you have arranged to hike Huayna Picchu (which must be booked ahead of time, as it is a popular option that sells out quickly and costs $60 per person), your guide will direct you to the starting point. The hike will take no more than 2 hours to complete, with a round-trip time.
- Alternatively, you may choose to hike Machu Picchu Mountain instead of Huayna Picchu. This hike is more challenging and takes a minimum of three hours for the round-trip (at an additional cost of $60 per person).
- For those considering either of the mountain climbs, we recommend opting for the train return to Cusco to allow more time to explore the mountains. If you prefer to return by car, we suggest spending an additional night in Aguas Calientes and departing by car on the sixth day from the Hydroelectric station. This will give you ample time to fully experience the beauty of the mountains and make the most of your journey.
After immersing yourself in the wonders of Machu Picchu and exploring its surroundings, it’s time to make your way back to Cusco. We offer two convenient options for your return journey: by car or by train. Both options ensure a smooth and comfortable trip to Cusco.
- If you choose to return BY CAR, you will need to begin your walk from Machu Picchu to Hidroelectrica around 10:30 am. This trek typically takes 3 to 3.5 hours to complete. It is essential to reach Hidroelectrica by 2:00 pm in order to board the car, which is scheduled to depart at 2:30 pm. The car journey from Hidroelectrica to Cusco takes approximately 6 hours, and you can expect to arrive in Cusco around 9:30 pm. Upon arrival, you will be dropped off in the city center of Cusco.
- If you opt to return BY TRAIN to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu, you have two options for getting to the town of Aguas Calientes. You can either walk down for 1.5 hours, or take a bus that takes just 30 minutes but costs 12 dollars. Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you’ll have time to explore the town and have lunch before returning to your hotel to gather your belongings and head to the train station. The train to Ollantaytambo is available at either 2:30 pm or 2:55 pm, depending on availability, and the journey takes 1.5 hours, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, a transfer arranged by Machu Picchu Reservations or with your name on it will be waiting to take you back to Cusco, a 2-hour journey, arriving around 6:30 pm and dropping you off in the city center.
Included in your Machu Picchu Adventure:
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Pre-departure Inca Jungle Trail briefing with tour guides at the office at 6:00 pm the day before
- Professional English/Spanish-speaking guide
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Transportation to the start of the Inca Jungle Trail
- 2 nights in a hostel
- 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
- Return transportation: by train at 14:55 or by car at 14:00 from Hidroelectrica
- Biking, rafting, and zipline activities
- Vegetarian food available upon request at no extra charge
- First aid equipment and emergency oxygen bottle
Please note that the exhilarating zipline, rafting, and biking adventures offer a perfect combination of adrenaline-pumping activities and breathtaking scenery, making for an unforgettable experience throughout your journey.
- Last lunch
- Entrance tickets to the thermal baths (10 soles per person)
- Drinking water
What to Pack
PACKING LIST FOR THE INCA JUNGLE TRAIL 3 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU:
- A backpack to carry all your belongings during the trip such as clothes, camera, sunscreen, valuable things, Jacket etc.
- Wool hat or beanie
- Sun hat
- 2 – 3 t-shirt, if you have long sleeve better
- layers (sweater, fleece)
- 2 pair of long pants if you have leggings, you can do on leggings
- Hiking shoes
- 1 – 2 pairs of wool socks
- A jacket Rain gear (Pants, jacket, if you do not have you can buy rain poncho) it is crucial, especially for the wet season.
- Toothbrush and other personal toiletries.
- Sun cream.
- Insect repellent.
- Sandals / Flip flops.
- Some snacks such as chocolate, cereal bars, candies, nuts, energy bars, etc.
- Extra Cash in Soles
DOCUMENTS TO CARRY WITH YOU
- Original Passports
- If you confirm your reservation as a student. Do not forget to take your student ID in physical to the trip. It will be so important to be able to prove that you are a student, at the checkpoint of Machu Picchu
INCA JUNGLE TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 3D-2N PRICING FOR GROUP SERVICE – SEASON 2023
- We offer two pricing options for the Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu 3D-2N, depending on your preferred method of return to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu.
RETURN BY CAR:
Student: 195 US Dollars
Adult: 215 US Dollars
RETURN BY TRAIN:
Student: 265 US Dollars
Adult: 285 US Dollars
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS FOR YOUR INCA JUNGLE TRAIL:
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: Add 60 US Dollars (check availability at https://machupicchu.gob.pe/)
- Machu Picchu Mountain: Add 60 US Dollars (check availability at https://machupicchu.gob.pe/)
- Upgrade to Vistadome – Panoramic Train: Add 35 US Dollars (available if you choose to return by train, upgrade to the Vistadome Train for an enhanced experience)”
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE STUDENT PRICE:
The student price is available for all students around the world, provided that they meet the requirements set by the Peruvian government. This discount is applicable when purchasing Machu Picchu tickets from the Peruvian government.
TO QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT PRICE, YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
Your student ID must be an original ID issued by your university, made of PVC material.
The student ID must have the following information printed on it.
- University information.
- Student name.
- Student picture.
- The student ID must have a valid expiration date printed on it, which is only valid for one year. For instance, if you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the expiration date on your ID must be 2023 or 2024. If you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the maximum expiration date allowed is 2024.
- The student discount is available only for students who are not more than 25 years old.
- The International Student Identification Card (ISIC) is not valid for the discount, even if it meets the requirements mentioned above.
- The only valid document for the student price is the original student ID that meets the requirements set by the Peruvian government. No other documents such as certifications or virtual cards are accepted as proof of student status.
- To apply for the student price, send us a photo of both sides of your student ID to firstname.lastname@example.org when you book the tour. If you send it later, you will not be eligible for the student discount.
How to Book with Machu Picchu Reservation
TO BOOK INCA JUNGLE TRAIL 3 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU, FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS:
- Choose a reputable, government-authorized tour operator.
- Click the “Book Online” button, select the date, and complete the booking form. Have one person fill it out for the entire group to ensure you’re booked together. Keep your passport handy for accurate information.
- Make a payment online using any debit or credit card. There’s a 2.9% fee for online payments, which customers must cover.
- To secure your INCA JUNGLE TRAIL 3 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU, provide a $180 deposit per person. This helps obtain necessary permits and tickets from the Peruvian government.
- Optionally, you can pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid any future payment concerns.
- If you choose to pay only the deposit, the remaining balance is due 24 hours before the tour begins. You can pay in cash (soles or dollars) at the office in Cusco or by card (3.9% fee). You can also pay the balance online with any card (2.9% fee).
By following these straightforward steps, you can easily book your INCA JUNGLE TRAIL 3 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU experience and focus on preparing for your adventure.
Payment: You can pay for INCA JUNGLE TRAIL 3 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU online using any debit or credit card. A 2.9% fee applies to online payments, which customers must cover. To book INCA JUNGLE TRAIL 3 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU, a $180 deposit per person is required to secure permits and tickets from the Peruvian government. You can choose to pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid future payment concerns. If you pay only the deposit, the remaining balance is due 24 hours before the tour starts. Pay the balance in cash (soles or dollars) at our office in Cusco, or by card with a 3.9% fee. You can also pay online using any card with a 2.9% fee.
Passport Requirements: Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned entry date to Peru. If it’s set to expire within 6 months, renew it before traveling. If your passport expires within 6 months but you want to secure INCA JUNGLE TRAIL 3 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU and Machu Picchu tickets, book the tour and update your passport details with us after renewal. Failure to do so may result in permit and ticket forfeiture.
Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment. Obtain insurance before departing and consider working with a reputable agency for affordable coverage.
Deposit: The $180 deposit per person for the INCA JUNGLE TRAIL 3 DAYS TO MACHU PICCHU tour is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Remaining Balance: If you only pay the deposit, the balance is due 24 hours before the tour starts. Pay in cash (soles or dollars) at our office in Cusco or by card with a 3.9% fee. You can also pay online with any card and a 2.9% fee.
Student Discount: If your student card meets Peruvian government requirements, reserve the tour with a deposit and pay the remaining balance upon arrival in Cusco. The student discount will be applied at that time.
Frequently Asked Questions INCA JUNGLE TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 3D – 2N
- Q: What is the best season to do the Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu?
A: The best season is during the dry months, which typically run from April to October. However, the Inca Jungle Trail is open year-round. The wettest months are from November to March.
- Q: How difficult is the Inca Jungle Trail?
A: The Inca Jungle Trail is considered moderate in difficulty, with a mix of biking, rafting, and hiking. Some parts can be challenging, especially if you’re not used to high altitudes. It’s essential to be in good physical condition.
- Q: Do I need a permit for the Inca Jungle Trail?
A: Unlike the Inca Trail, you do not need a permit for the Inca Jungle Trail. However, you still need to book your trip through a registered tour operator.
- Q: Can I do the Inca Jungle Trail independently?
A: It is highly recommended to book through a registered tour operator to ensure a safe and well-organized experience. Tour operators provide guides, transportation, and accommodations.
- Q: What is the accommodation like on the Inca Jungle Trail?
A: Accommodations typically consist of hostels or basic lodges, with shared or private rooms available. Some tour packages may offer upgraded lodging options.
- Q: What kind of food can I expect during the trek?
A: Meals usually include a mix of traditional Peruvian dishes and international cuisine, with vegetarian options available upon request. It’s essential to inform your tour operator of any dietary restrictions beforehand.
- Q: How do I prepare for the high altitude?
A: To acclimatize to the high altitude, spend a few days in Cusco or another high-altitude location before starting the trek. Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, and consider taking altitude sickness medication if recommended by your doctor.
- Q: Is travel insurance required for the Inca Jungle Trail?
A: While not mandatory, it’s highly recommended to purchase travel insurance that covers adventure activities like trekking, biking, and rafting. This ensures you’re protected in case of accidents or emergencies.
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