INCA JUNGLE TO MACHU PICCHU MULTI-SPORT 6-DAYS
EXCLUSIVE TO GUIDING PERU • THE “REAL” INCA JUNGLE TOUR • THE MOST ADVENTUROUS OPTION IN THE THE CUSCO REGION
✓ Multi-sport adventure ✓ Includes hiking ✓ mountain biking ✓ river rafting ✓ zip-lining ✓ fishing and a long-boat river journey ✓ Santa Maria Andean Farm Stay and Coffee Tour ✓ Exclusive Guiding Peru tour ✓ Explore Peruvian culture ✓ Pongo de Mainique ✓ Peru’s hidden Amazon ✓ Includes Machu Picchu entry and guided tour ✓ Includes Huayna Picchu or ✓ Mount Machu Picchu climb permit
Join Guiding Peru on our exclusive 6-Day multi-sport adventure traveling through the “Real Inca Jungle”. Our Tour is a trek which combines adventure sports such as mountain biking, river rafting, and hiking over an exciting and scenic route, ending at Machu Picchu. The tour is our most requested tour for active people who come to Peru in search of adventure and extreme sports.
On this tour you will enjoy multi-sport adventures, traveling through remote, non-tourist regions with warm temperatures. Don’t forget your bug-spray! Please read our terms and conditions and follow our suggested packing guidelines.
FIRST DAY: CUSCO – MALAGA PASS – SANTA MARIA
- Meals: Lunch and dinner
- Highest Elevation: 4316mts – 13811ft
- Riding Difficulty: easy, paved road all downhill
- Approximate time for cycling: 3 hours
- Level of Difficulty rafting: moderate river Level III
- Area: high land to cloud forest cold in the morning hot on the way down
- Lodging: Standard hotel room – Quiteni
The Real Inca Jungle Machu Picchu tour starts with our Indigenous English/Spanish speaking guides picking you up at your hotel lobby at 6:00am, followed by our private van drive to the Sacred Valley, until Ollantaytambo. Here we will make a short stop for a restroom break and a light snack, before driving to the Abra Malaga Pass (13811ft,) located in the Veronica Mountain range. Here is where we will get our gear, helmets, gloves, vest, knee pads and high quality bikes to begin our descent. Once we are ready, we start riding the bikes for approximately 2.5 hours until we reach a small rural community, called Huamanmarca. Upon our arrival our guide will lead you on a 30 minute tour of this wonderful Inca Site. During this amazing morning of cycling, we will go through beautiful canyons, ghost towns, orchards, and clear mountain streams. We will witness the micro-climate change as we enter the cloud forest, leaving snow-capped mountains behind as we enter warm and humid temperatures, full of many variety of flora and fauna. Along the way, for safety of the riders, we have a van assist as it carries our luggage and emergency support. After this bike ride downhill we will take our private van to the village of Santa Maria where we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Following our lunch, we will get ready for the next part of our adventure, by river rafting along a part of the Urubamba River where it will be possible to enjoy Class II and Class III river rapids. The rafts will be controlled by experienced guides, certified in extreme sports, who will share detailed instructions for the activity. All the safety gear, such as helmets and life jackets, is provided and we will be accompanied by rescue boats and supervised by the local guides. Following our river rafting experience our transport will be waiting to take us to the village of Quiteni, 3 hours by private van, where we will check-in at our hotel and enjoy our evening meal at the hotel’s restaurant, bringing an end to our exciting 1st day of our 6-Day Tour.
SECOND DAY: ECHARATE – IVOCHOTE – PONGO DE MAINIQUE (PERUVIAN NATIONAL SANCTUARY RESERVE
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Highest Elevation: 3136ft.
- River Difficulty: moderate, between May to November. Challenging during raining season between December to April.
- Area: jungle very hot all day long.
- Campsite elevation: 1344ft. Today we start very early for a drive of 4 hours, along the amazing high jungle, called the gate of the jungle, Pongo De Mainique (1344ft.).
Following an early morning breakfast we will drive by private van for 2 hours until we reach Ivochote Community (1654ft.) at the extreme end of the road, leading into the Pongo. Here is where we change our transportation to a long boat that will take us to the Natural Sanctuary of Megantoni (A protected area situated in the Cuzco region, La Convencion province, Echarate District). It protects a part of the Peruvian Vungas Eco region which covers an area of 215,868.96Ha. Established as the Megantoni National Sanctuary since August 18, 2004, it is the most amazing canyon on the Urubamba River. A natural beauty, full of wildlife such as giant butterflies, macaws, parrots, and the most diverse variety of insects. The Urubamba River has about 70 species of fish, endemic to this region. In Ivochote, we will meet our local boat captain for our two days on the Pongo, we start the journey by long-boat through some very remote communities on the way to the Pongo. We travel for about one hour in calm waters, enjoying the amazing scenery of the Inca Jungle, until we arrive at a small beach, welcoming us to the Pongo. This beach, full of rocks, is carved by the Incas and the first civilizations of the area where they wrote the direction to the lost city of the Incas, El Paititi or as other people call it, el Dorado. Here we will find a natural formation of an Incan face profile, showing us the first rapids to pass into the middle of two natural walls of rocks that creates the Pongo formation. Geographically ,this is a deep canyon formed in a serpentine way, that creates challenging rapids full of adrenaline for us to cross as we travel through the amazing jungle. This section lasts for about 30 minutes, crossing the Pongo the river gets calmer, with spectacular scenery of waterfalls on both sides of the canyon. Here is where we stop for a refreshing swim and a natural waterfall shower, with the purist waters in the world, as we enjoy this paradise. Our lunch will be on the rocks near the waterfalls that will be unforgettable. After this, we go for about 15 minutes more downriver to our campsite. Here we will leave our chef and our camping gear, and go down the river to try our luck fishing and enjoy the waters for swimming. We then go back to the camp and have rest in the beach before we begin our 2 hour hike through the forests along a small river stream, enjoying the best views of the Amazon. Tonight’s dinner will include fish from the river at the campsite, a camp fire and sleep in solitude as we will be the only people here, among the sounds of the river and wildlife.
THIRD DAY: PONGO DE MAINIQUE – IVOCHOTE – SANTA MARIA
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Highest Elevation: 3136ft.
- River Difficulty: easy, between May to November. Challenging during raining season between December to April.
- Area: jungle very hot all day long.
- Lodging: standard hotel rooms – Santa Maria
After having breakfast at our riverside campsite, we will prepare our gear for going back by long-boat to Ivochote. Taking the way of the river, crossing the canyon of el Pongo again, a journey of about 2.5 hours. Ivochote is where our private van transport will be waiting for us, taking us on a 6 hour drive to the village of Santa Maria where we will check-in to our hotel and enjoy our evening meal at one of the local restaurants. Along the way back to Santa Maria we will make a few “surprise” stops allowing ourselves to stretch our legs as well as enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the village of Palma Real.
FOURTH DAY: SANTA MARIA – COFFEE FARM TOUR – HOT SPRINGS
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch dinner • Highest Elevation: 5795 ft.
- walking Difficulty: easy to moderate
- Area: cloud forest warm and humid.
- Campsite elevation: 5795 ft. Today we start with our breakfast at 7:00 am followed by a farm tour led by our Andean hosts.
We will enjoy a later start today and after having breakfast at the hotel we will drive for 30 minutes to a local Andean farm house. Here we will have the opportunity to observe traditional farming techniques as we explore the farm’s tropical orchards and rows of yucca and maize. We will learn of the value of coco plants and have the opportunity to pick, roast and taste the wonderful coffee from this high jungle region. After which we will have the option to purchase the coffee grown and roasted from our hosts. At the farm we will enjoy a traditional bbq chicken lunch, roasted over an open grill of hot coals. Following our 1/2 day farm tour we will begin our hike for 4 hours on an original Inca Trail, observing the surrounding valleys of the Santas Teresa region. Our driver will be waiting for us at the end of the trail and take us to the best hot springs of the Cusco region, with plenty of natural clean water coming from the rocks of a volcanic formation. Here we will have time to relax while enjoying views of the whole canyon. After the hot springs, we drive back to our campsite, located past Santa Teresa (5795 ft.). Here our chef will be waiting for us with a delicious dinner to celebrate our amazing day.
FIFTH DAY: ZIP-LINE – HIDROELECTRIC WATER FALLS – INCA TRAIL - AGUAS CALIENTES
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- Lodging: standard hotel rooms – Agaus Calientes
- Highest Elevation: 8,000 ft
- Aguas Calientes elevation: 6,520 ft
- Distance to walk: 18 km
- Approximate walking time: 8-9 hours
- Level of Difficulty: moderate
- Area: cloud forest – rainforest, warm and hot Early wake up call as we get ready for today’s activity and enjoy your last prepared breakfast with our chef.
Following our chef-prepared breakfast at our campsite in Santa Teresa we will drive to the Zip-Line adventure center. Here we will enjoy over 2 hours of fun as we zip high above the valley floor. Following this exciting adventure we will drive for 45 minutes to the Hydroelectric station where we will enjoy lunch at the local restaurant upon arrival, while enjoying the cascading waterfalls. The next part of today is a hike near the railroad and it will take us approximately 3 hours om an original Inca trail until our arrival in Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of Machu Picchu. Here will be a good chance to get views of the city from the Urubamba River up to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains. This section is very interesting because it is a trail that was used by the American Professor Hiram Bingham who scientifically discovered Machu Picchu after centuries of it being lost. He walked along this valley looking for the last city of the Incas call Vitcus Vilcabamba and luckily he fell into Machu Picchu. You will get to pass by the farm of Melchor Artaega, one of the guides of Mr Bingham, his house still covered with lots of flora and fauna surrounding the place. Finally, upon your arrival into Aguas Calientes, you will enjoy a nice hot shower at your hotel. Dinner is booked already by us at one of the village’s local restaurants, where the guide will discuss tomorrow’s visit of Machu Picchu.
MACHU PICCHU – MACCHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN – CUSCO
- Meals: Breakfast with snacks • Highest Elevation: 8,640 ft
- Lowest elevation: 6,520 ft • Distance to walk: veritable
- Approximate walking time Huayna Picchu mountain: 2.00 hours
- Level of Difficulty: easy – moderate
- Area: cloud forest, hot temperatures We begin with a very early breakfast in order to enjoy our day in Machu Picchu.
Early wake up call this morning as our guide will be ready to lead you to the bus for transport to Machu Picchu. Your early arrival will insure you beat the crowds arriving later in the day. You will enjoy a hour guided tour of the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Following your tour you will be led to the entry for Machu Picchu Mountain where our included permit will allow you to self-guide yourself to the summit of Machu Picchu to enjoy the amazing views of the Citadel and surrounding valleys. Once your morning in Machu Picchu is complete you will take the bus back down to the village of Agaus Calientes where you will board the train for your return to Cusco. Our driver will be waiting for you at the train station and drive you back to your Cusco hotel, bringing an end to your amazing 6-day journey through the Pongo into Machu Picchu.
What’s Included in our 6-Day Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu Multi-Sport
• Expert English/Spanish speaking indigenous guide and assistant guide(s) • Pre-trek briefing with lead guide • Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea, dinner • 2 Nights Deluxe camping • 3 Nights standard hotel rooms (shared accomodations) • Daily drinking water • Eureka timberline 4-man tents (2 people in each) • Air sleeping pad, pillow, four season mummy-style sleeping bag • Safety equipment for cycling and rafting: helmets, gloves, vest, knee pads and high quality mountain bikes, life jackets. • Private transportation • Toilet tent, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Tables and chairs • Private hot water shower tent • Professional trail chef, assistants, porters • Pongo de Mainique long boats • Santa Maria white water rafting and safety equipment • Santa Teresa Zip-Line and hot springs entry • Machu Picchu entrance fees • Machu Picchu guided tour • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb fees • Train ticket Inca Rail and transfer train to hotel upon arrival • First-aid kit and Oxygen • Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu (round trip) • Duffel bag • Hiking poles • Radio communications • Train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
Suggested Packing List
• Original passport. • ISIC international student card if applicable. • Backpack to carry your personal items • Comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures • Thermal underwear for cold conditions • Gloves or mittens, wool socks, beanie for cold conditions • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort • Personal medications, insect repellant • Flash light, head lamp and extra batteries • Camera • Binoculars • Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses • Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Our guides Reuben, Marco and Celia were great. They took care of everything. I enjoyed the conversation and learning about their country. I liked the food and think the meals were well rounded. The hotels were clean and accommodating. Good team. I’d book with them again."
SEAN S., DENVER CO
"Awesome leadership, great preparation, outstanding food, a new adventure at every turn and....the contrast from 14000 ft. peaks to jungle canopy was what brought it all together....two worlds, one civilization, new friendships, and lots of fun. We'll be back!"
LOUIS C., SCOTTSDALE AZ
"One final note - over the four days, one couldn't help looking over at the other groups of trekkers, observing and even chatting with along the trail. From groups of 2 to what looked like other groups of 30+ people, I don't think I found any group that was as well looked after as our group. You can stop looking now - go ahead and book with Guiding Peru."
RICHARD C., ALBERTA CALGARY CANADA
When to Travel
- High Season (May – September): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
- Shoulder Season (October-November and March-April): Occasional rain storms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
- Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains. The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.
- When traveling in the Andes Mountains of Peru, the weather can change very quickly throughout the day. The only thing predictable about Peru’s weather is its unpredictability. It is not uncommon to experience all four seasons in a single day of trekking. Year-round you can expect cold evening conditions throughout the Cusco district with occasional snowfall on the trekking trails.
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