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Inca Jungle Trek

The best Machu Picchu adventure tour!

The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu is aimed at adrenaline-junkies! This 4-day adventures combines an incredible suite of activities, from mountain biking and hiking to white-river rafting and jungle zip-lining.

The trip culminates with a guided tour of the famous Machu Picchu ruins.

Is this tour right for you?

The Inca Jungle is one of our favourite tours to Machu Picchu. However, if you are only looking to hike then this experience is not for you. The tour is jam-packed with adventure activities, including an epic downhill mountain bike ride, white-river rafting and zip-lining!

Summary

DURATION

4 days

LOCATION

Peru

START & ENDS

Cusco, Cusco

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Adventure-packed experience, including an epic 3-hour downhill mountain bike experience, white-river rafting through Grade III and IV rapids, and zip-lining above jungle tree-tops
  • Fantastic hiking through the cloud forest of the Cusco region
  • Guided tour of the amazing Machu Picchu ruins

VIDEO OVERVIEW

Itinerary

  • DAY 1
  • day 2
  • day 3
  • Day 4

CUSCO TO SANTA MARIA (MOUNTAIN BIKING AND RAFTING)

FOOD

Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Santa Maria Homestay

ACTIVITY

Biking: 3 hours. Rafting: 2 hours

ELEVATION

Cusco (3,350m) to Malaga Pass (4,350m) to Santa Maria (1,250m) 

inc jungle biking
inca jungle rafting

You will be collected around 8:00am from your hotel in Cusco. We'll drive for around 3 hours through the Sacred Valley and up to the high mountain pass of Malaga (4,350 meters), arriving around 11 am. From there we will gear up and get ready to start our amazing 3 hour mountain biking descent through small villages, orchards, and streams, all the while surrounded by stunning glaciated peaks. At around 13:30-14:00 we will reach the town of Huamanmarca where our private bus will take the group to the town of Santa Maria. After a short break, we will begin our 2-hour rafting trip, where you will encounter class III and IV rapids. Throughout the rafting experience you will always be accompanied by a professional safety kayak to watch over the group until leaving the river.

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Inca Jungle Trek. If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party.


Please note: January and February are the rainy season and we therefore don't operate treks during this period.

What's Included

Included

  • Expert English-speaking adventure guide + assistant guide for groups of 8+
  •  2 x nights in basic homestays and 1 x night in 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes 
  • All vehicle transportation + Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Full suspension mountain bikes, helmets, and gloves
  • Rafting and zipline activity with all equipment
  • All meals as set out in the itinerary (3 x Breakfast, Lunches and Dinners)
  • Entrance permit for Machu Picchu + a guided tour around the ruins

Not Included

  • Personal hiking gear and equipment
  • All drinks other than water
  • Support crew tips
  • Meals that are not described in the itinerary
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee (Extra: US $35), return bus from Machu Picchu (Extra: US $12), and entrance ticket to the hot springs in Santa Teresa (Extra US $3).
  • Travel insurance
Pre-departure briefing

The evening before departure we ask guests to visit the offices of Inkayni Peru Tours in Cusco at 19:00 for a pre-departure briefing. You will be sent details for this briefing once your trip is booked.

FAQ

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Is advanced mountain biking experience required?

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Are vegetarian, vegan and other special dietary needs available?

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Got a question?

Our expert travel consultants can help you plan the perfect adventure!

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Packing List

Clothing

  • 1 x hiking shirt + 1 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Light insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet
  • Light gloves

Headwear

  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights

Footwear

  • Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
  • 3 x hiking socks

Bags

  • 35-40L daypack (Only pack what is necessary for the 4 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage can be left in a storeroom at your hotel/hostel in Cusco or our office. On the second and third day, you will be carrying your own backpack so don't over pack)

Other Essentials

  • Original passport (you need this to enter Machu Picchu)
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Cusco where one can rent / buy most items listed above.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.

Accommodation

Night 1: Santa Maria homestay with basic private rooms.

santa maria homestay

Night 2: Santa Teresa homestay
with basic private rooms.

santa teresa homestay

Night 3: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel or similar 3 star hotel.

Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel

Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

Rated 5 out of 5
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

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Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

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Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

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Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

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Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

Rated 5 out of 5
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

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Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

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Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

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James Roux

A great experience all round!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

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Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

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Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

Rated 5 out of 5
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

Inkayni Peru Tours

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This tour is operated by Inkayni Peru Tours, a fantastic local operator based in Cusco, Peru. The company is run by Edgar, Alex, and Percy, spiritual brothers and natives of the town of Chinchero in the Sacred Valley. Together they are united by their ambition of offering personalised services of great quality, aiming to make every experience unique and unforgettable. With Inkayni Peru Tours you can expect a professional tour to the highest standard!

We work with local guides to offer great value adventures at unbeatable prices