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|Summary: Since the Inca trail was reduced to the
number of visitors, we had been forced to open new tours to
Machu Picchu that now are available. If you are looking for
an alternative trip, this is the one. Inca Jungle is a
combination of biking, trekking and rafting through the
impressive Peruvian Andean mountains to the Amazonian rain
forest. This trip ends with a guided tour to Machu Picchu on
the 4th day.
|Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)= lunch /
Day 01: Cusco to Santa Maria
Adventurers will be picked up early morning and driven
through the stunning Sacred Valley, cradle of the Inca
civilization and dropped off at the 4,316m high Abra Malaga.
Here bikers will change in to the kit provided by us
(gloves, elbow pads, knee pads, helmets and goggles)
following a 20 minute briefing by our experienced tour
guide. Then the fun commences…freewheeling down quiet but
challenging roads, past changing landscapes and ice capped
mountains, you will not want to catch your breath until the
first pit stop in Alfamayo, some 30 km. from your starting
point. Here you can enjoy your box lunch provided by us,
while taking in the endless panoramas.
After a quick change and a dab of insect repellant, it is
onwards and downwards towards Huamanmarca, site of a
recently discovered archaeological Inca finding. Your tour
guide will provide the historical background and the rest
you can fill in for yourselves! Carry on descending to 1500
meters, while the jungle´s edge rears up and the small but
charming town of Santa Maria looms on the horizon. Browse
the Internet, buy provisions or just rest your legs and
enjoy a cold beer before dinner, traditional Peruvian food,
served hot. This night you can have a hot shower at a family
run hostel and sleep in either single, double or three bed
Day 02: Santa Maria to Santa Teresa - Inca Trail.
Rise at 5.30am, shake off your weary limbs and enjoy the
finest indigenous coffee prepared by your landlady for
breakfast which is at 6am. Under dawn skies you will begin
your walk, which gets progressively steeper, until arriving
at the welcoming family restaurant in Santa Rosa, where you
can relax in hammocks, admiring the coca plantations and
take on refreshments while being entertained by the family
monkey. After a short while you will reach the real Inca
Trail, which winds around precipitous slopes and sheer drops
for approximately half a mile. Be warned this is not for
people who suffer from vertigo! The descent continues for
just over two hours until you reach Qellomayo, a pueblito,
where you will have lunch. Make sure you have saved enough
energy for the final stretch, a riverside walk beside the
Rio Vilcanota until reaching the charming lodge of Santa
Teresa. Here you should sleep well after a good dinner.
Day 03: Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes - Inca Trail.
Wake at 7am, have breakfast before taking private transport
to Lucmabamba town, the entrance to another Inca Trail,
which was discovered just a few years ago. We are the only
tour company to walk this part of the Inca Trail, so for
three and a half hours you will feel like Adam and Eve
walking amidst parrots in this tranquil Garden of Eden. You
will be rewarded for your efforts with a view of Machu
Picchu from the top of Llactapata, flanked by the grotesque
peak of Salkantay. Your picnic here is unlikely to be
forgotten for a while, gazing down on all those tourists who
took the traditional Inca route because they did not know!
It is only about a two hour walk down to the Hydroelectric
train station where the train departs for Aguas Calientes,
the base town for Machu Picchu. Included is the entrance to
the hot springs and dinner at a local restaurant before
retiring to your hostel with hot water and private
Day 04: Machu Picchu to Cusco.
An early rise today, as you will take the first bus to Machu
Picchu at 5.30am, reaching Machu Picchu at 6am, which with
luck will coincide with a beautiful sunrise! Your guide will
leave no stones unturned but feel free to challenge their
knowledge of Inca history. Afterwards you have free time to
dally with the llamas and show off your photographic skills.
Those who still have the will can tackle Wayna Picchu, which
actually looks down on Machu Picchu. A frequent bus service
takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch
the train to Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco.
|The Inca Jungle Trek Includes: Pick up from the
Hostel, all transportation, front suspension bikes, helmets
and gloves, meals (3 Lunches, 3 Dinners, 3 Breakfasts -
vegetarian option available), 2 nights in a shelter house
with basic service, 1 night guesthouse (with private
bathroom and hot water), entrance into Machu Picchu, English
and Spanish speaking guide, return train to Ollantaytambo
and tourist bus to Cusco, assistant (for 10 passengers),
First Aid Kit.
The Inca Jungle Trek doesn't include: Bus ticket to
Machu Picchu (US$14.00), first breakfast and lunch on the
last day, snacks and side dishes, mineral water during the
What to Pack for the Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu:
Original Passport, Extra cash, Rain jacket, Warm clothes,
Sportswear, Hiking Shoes, Mosquito repellent, Water
purifying tablets, Hat and sunglasses, Sunscreen, Camera or
Camcorder, Standard Backpack.
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