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.
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.
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)