Also known as the Tropical Inca Trail or the Inca Jungle trail, this trip is increasingly more popular, particularly the thrilling downhill mountain bike ride and then a trail that takes you through beautiful landscapes with impressive panoramic views and a wide variety of flora and fauna.
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Location: Santa Maria, where you start hiking, is 6 hours from Cusco.


Duration: 4days/ 3 nights.


Altitude: 1850 – 4350 m. / 6069 – 14271 ft.


High-season: April – November


Level Difficulty: Easy/moderate


Adventure Rating: Exciting downhill bike ride and a jungle entry to Machu Picchu. You need to be sensitive to local customs & ways of doing things when you stay with a coffee growing family.


Inca Trail alternative: yes, this is an excellent option, with the bonus of staying with local families.


Departure Dates: any day with two people. We offer affordably priced tours for 2 people so that you can depart when it suits you best. Wet Season trek, Suitable for December, January or February (depending on weather conditions).


Group Size: Maximum group size 12.


Meals: Full meals service with 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 Dinners.


Price: US$




A combination of hiking and a thrilling downhill bike ride, this is a very cool back door entry to the great citadel of Machu Picchu.


Also known as the Tropical Inca Trail or the Inca Jungle trail, this trip is increasingly more popular, particularly the thrilling downhill mountain bike ride and then a trail that takes you through beautiful landscapes with impressive panoramic views and a wide variety of flora and fauna. The tropical Inca trail is recommended for people wanting something different and we offer a unique opportunity to stay with a coffee growing family.


This is the classic “back way” bike ride to Machu Picchu via Santa Maria and Santa Teresa, known as the Inca Jungle or Back Door to Machu Picchu trip. It is not a mountain bike ride in the classic sense as the road is paved; however it is an extremely popular route due to the incredible scenery along the way and for people who wish to avoid the cost and hassle of taking the train.




We will depart at 08:30 am. from the starting point at the Plaza de Armas in front of the Main Church. The tour will begin with a nice, scenic ride to Ollantaytambo, where we will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area as we take a short 30 minutes break (approximately). From there, we will continue down a long, winding path to “Habra Malaga”, which stands at an altitude of 4,316 meters. From that vantage point, we will see some of the most amazing landscapes that Cusco has to offer you.


After a brief stop, we will begin our descent into the thick jungle, passing through the different micro climates that combine the paradisiacal landscapes of the majestic snow-capped peaks with the hot, tropical entrance to the rainforest. We will continue along our route until we have reached Alfamayo, where there is a nice paved road in perfect condition that we can use. We will need to take an unpaved road though, in order to continue on in the direction of Santa Maria, which is located at an altitude of 1575 masl. We will take a moment to rest here before continuing on to the small town, Santa Teresa, where a delicious lunch will be awaiting us at approximately 14:00 hrs. There will be a variety of different foods available to suit every taste.


Afterwards, at around 15:45hrs we will return to the route in the direction of the train station at the nearby Hydroelectric Plant. The train will have us in Aguas Calientes by 19:30hrs at which point you will be taken to the designated hostals and hotels.

If we have any extra time, we can also go take a relaxing dip in the natural, heated waters of the hot baths. At 20:00hrs, though, it will be time to enjoy a hearty dinner along with the guide who will be taking you to the ancient citadel, Machu Picchu. At that time, he will have a chance to go over the plan for the following day and answer any questions. Overnight.



You will have the option to go up to Machu Picchu by bus or walking.

Breakfast will be served from 04:00 am. The guided tour of the site will begin at 06:00 am and will last for at least 2 hours. Afterwards, you will be able to enjoy some free time until approximately 12:30hrs which is the recommended time to begin returning down the mountain to the train station. The train back to the hydroelectric will be leaving Aguas Calientes at 13:30 hrs.


Upon our arrival to the hydroelectric, we will transfer over from the train station to a private van, which will take us to Santa Teresa. There, we will have a one hour break for one last chance to get some food or use the restroom before we undertake the final leg of the ride. We will then proceed back to Cusco, returning down the same road that brought us here.


We will arrive to Cusco around 22:00 hrs. Approx.




  •  Private tourist transportation pick up from your hotel in Cusco (that takes us to the start of the trail).
  •  Bikes with front suspension, gloves and helmet.
  • Full meals service with 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 Dinners.
  •  2 overnights in country lodge (all basic services included).
  •  Private Hostel Room in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu, Continental or similar).
  • Admission ticket to Machu Picchu citadel.
  •  Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu.
  • Professional Bilingual Guide (English – Spanish).
  •  Train ticket Expedition Class back to Cusco.




  • First day breakfast and last day lunch.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town.
  •  Entry to Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes town (Optional: S/. 10).




  • Prices with accommodations based in double occupancy.
  • Optional: Vistadome train service, add $ 60.00 per passenger.
  • For the Inca Jungle 4 days and 3 nights, on your arrival to Cusco, we will give you a pre-travel talk (briefing) of the city and of the tour in your hotel; the time will be confirmed on your arrival.




For the Inca Jungle 4 days and 3 nights, we require a non-refundable trek deposit (50%) of the total. The deposit can be send by a WESTERN UNION or to our BANK ACCOUNT money transfer. This is the fastest and most secure form of payment in Peru. Once you arrive in Cusco, you must pay the remaining balance in cash prior to beginning your tour. We accept both US Dollars and Peruvian Soles (local currency)




  •  Backpack for medium to large with rain shelter.
  •  Suitable shoes for trekking.
  •  Sleeping bag (in case you have not, you can rent one in Cusco).
  •  Raincoat (may be purchased in Cusco).
  •  Clothing for warm and cold climate like a waterproof jacket, rain pants and        Lightweight pants.
  •  Slippers or sandals (for showers and Hot Springs).
  •  Woolen or synthetic socks and a sweater.
  • Long and short-sleeved polo´s/T-Shirts.
  •  Rain poncho and a hat.
  •  Bathing suit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  •  Water bottle and sterilizing tablets, toiletries and toilet paper.
  •  Flashlight (we recommend two pairs of batteries).
  •  Sunscreen and insect repellent, disinfecting alcohol and gel.
  •  Some snacks like Chocolate bars and dry fruits, sweets, etc.
  •  Personal things and towel.
  •  Original passport, original ISIC student card and extra money in soles.
  •  Camera (wrapped in plastic bag), batteries, etc.
  •  Since the weather can be very cold, your clothes once gotten wet won’t dry at night. So take some clothes to change.




  • Please note that the program deposit is non-refundable. The deposit is used to purchase the ticket entrance to Machu Picchu and for booking the train ticket and hostels. Moreover, once a space is purchased it cannot be resold.
  • Great Perú Tours will not give any refunds if a participant decides to cancel the trip prior to departure or during the trip (except from the entrances to the archaeological sites and the bus/train tickets).
  • If Great Perú Tours doesn’t confirm the reservation, your payment will be refunded totally.
  • All participants have to carry their own backpacks, including sleeping bag and mattresses unless they booked an extra porter or the service includes porters, horsemen or mules.
  • This is not a simple walk, is an adventure for over 3800 meters. The first day can be stressful for some people. Before this can have problems with altitude, must be prepared for eventualities how are you, headaches, heart palpitations, shortness of breath even vomiting.
  • All participants must declare if he/she has any sickness or medical disorder and must bring his/her own medicines (If you have any health problem that depends on some special attention, we recommend that you do not the Inca jungle trail, because at least two days we will be outside of any care you may want).
  • You must be in Cusco at least 2 days before departure date to the Inca jungle. This just to confirm their presence and also to make a basic acclimatization before starting our adventure.
  • All participants must bring their original passport and if available, their original student “ISIC GREEN” card.
  • It is compulsory that all clients have personal travel insurance. This insurance must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects and all other expenses, which might arise as a result of loss, damage or injury occurring to the client. Great Perú Tours can´t be accounted for any accident or loss of personal belongings the customer caused by his/her own.
  • In case force majeure occurs, like impossibility to operate the program or trek due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside Great Perú Tours control like: extreme weather conditions, landslides, strikes not allowing operation or putting it at risk, sudden inaccessibility of route, etc. Great Perú Tours will propose viable solutions to operate the program within the available dates, or if impossible, will then propose an alternative program. If the alternative program chosen by the client is of lower value than that originally booked then the client is entitled to a refund of the price difference. All costs derived will be at the expense of the client. In case none of these would be feasible, Great Perú Tours would refund all the money paid except all the incurred expenses so far.
  • Everything that you do not take the Inca Jungle trail, can be left at our office in Cusco or the Hotel. Since our office has a warehouse.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about this program, come in contact with us by email, phone or msm.




  1. Visit to Wayna Picchu mountain, requires to booked long time in advance, however we charge additional US$ 15.00 and then, we will guarantee your entrance for Wayna Picchu as well (This new State law began since the 18th of July, 2011).
  2. Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for a small donation, for example clothes or school equipment for their children.