INCA JUNGLE TO MACHU PICCHU MULTI-SPORT 6-DAYS
Exclusive to Guiding Peru – The “real” Inca Jungle
The most adventurous option in the Cusco region
Tour Machu Picchu and climb Huayna Picchu
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.
- Multi-sport adventure
- Includes hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, fishing and a long-boat river journey
- Illapani waterfalls
- Exclusive Guiding Peru tour
- Explore Peruvian culture
- Pongo de Mainique – Peru’s hidden Amazon
- Includes Machu Picchu entry and guided tour
- Includes Huayna Picchu climb permit
Pricing: $1195.00/person (2 person minimum)
- 25% deposit required at time of booking
The Real Inca Jungle Machu Picchu Trip combines a variety of adventure sports and is rich in the cultures of Peru. Guiding Peru’s exclusive 6-day trip journies on ancient Inca Trails and into the PONGO DE MAINIQUE (National Natural Sanctuary) concluding with a fascinating guided tour of Machu Picchu. You will travel on a route that is unique to Guiding Peru, while staying at the most exclusive places in this Region. You are insured an “off the beaten path” adventure with memories that will last a lifetime on this action-packed trip.
*One day before the trek: Guide briefing in your hotel lobby. Time to be determined at time of booking.
First day: CUSCO – MALAGA PASS – SANTA MARIA – QUILLABAMBA – ECHARATE
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Highest Elevation: 4316mts – 13811ft
- Riding Difficulty: easy, paved road all downhill
- Approximate time for riding: 3:00 hours
- Level of Difficulty rafting: moderate river Level III
- Area: high land to cloud forest cold in the morning hot on the way down
- Campsite elevation: 3136ft.
The Real Inca Jungle Machu Picchu tour starts with our Indigenous English/Spanish speaking guides picking you up at your hotel lobby at 5:00am, followed by our private van drive to the Sacred Valley, until Ollantaytambo. Here we will make a short stop for a restroom break and some shopping, before driving to the Abra Malaga Pass (13811ft,) located in the Veronica Mountain range. Here is where we will have our chef-prepared breakfast. After introducing all our staff, we 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. During this amazing morning of cycling, we will go through beautiful canyons, ghost towns, orchards, and clear mountain streams. Here 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 reach our lunch spot that will be prepared by our chef in a beautiful location close to Santa Maria village. Following our nutritious picnic lunch, we will get ready for the next part of our adventure, by doing some 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. The journey will be for about one hour until we arrive at the entrance of the city of Quillabamba, where our transport will be waiting to take us to our camp site, located 45 minutes away at a beautiful community located in the high jungle call Echarate (980Mtts – 3136ft.).
Second Day: ECHARATE – IVOCHOTE – PONGO DE MAINIQUE (PERUVIAN NATIONAL RESERVE OF THE SANCTUARY OF MEGANTONI)
- 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.). The drive will begin at 330am until we reach Ivochote Community (1654ft.) at the extreme end of the road. Here is where we change our transportation to a 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. After our breakfast in Ivochote, along with our staff for two days, 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 very 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 more swimming. We then go back to the camp and walk about 30 minutes to the top of another Incan face profile rock formation in order to get the best views of the Amazon. This real jungle goes to Manu, Pucallpa, Amazon of Iquitos, Brazil and end at the Atlantic Ocean. 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 – ECHARATE
- 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.
- Campsite elevation: 3136ft.
After having breakfast at the campsite, we go 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 back to Echarate, but before we begin our drive we will enjoy our buffet picnic lunch prepared by our amazing chef. We will have about five hours of driving along the jungle until Echarate. We arrive at our campsite located near the Illapani waterfalls. We will have dinner here and tonight you can explore this natural beautiful place and enjoy a refreshing evening swim at the wonderful complex of pools. Your guide will introduce you to the local people, and again, we are located in an area where you will be alone, with no other tourists.
Fourth Day: ECHARATE – SANTA MARIA – INCA TRAIL – SANTA TERESA
- 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 drive for about 35 minutes to the start of the walking trail to the base of the Illapani waterfalls. Today’s walk will be hot and humid for about 30 minutes until we reach the waterfalls located in the middle of the high jungle. this will be a great location for refreshing ourselves by taking a natural shower in the waterfall followed by swimming in the natural pools of Illapani. We will spend the morning here until 10:00am. Next, we will visit the Zoo of Echarati in order to get a chance to see the animals of this area. Afte, we will have lunch and then drive for about 1:45 hours to Santa Maria community where the Inca trail is located in the direction of Machu Picchu. Our hike begins by going uphill for about 45 minutes until we reach the house of a local family where we will have the opportunity to visit with the locals and witness their daily life. After this break we then continue our walk along a gradual path with amazing views of the entire valley of the Urubamba River and Santa Teresa. Next ,we go gradually down the road back where our transportation will be waiting for us. Our driver will 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 15 minutes to our campsite, located past Santa Teresa (5795 ft.). Our chef will be waiting for us with a delicious dinner to celebrate our amazing day.
Fifth Day: SANTA TERESA – LUCMABAMBA – LLACATAPATA MIRADOR – HIDROELECTRIC WATER FALLS – AGUAS CALIENTES HOTEL
- Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
- 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 – rain forest, warm and hot
Early wake up call as we get ready for today’s activity and enjoy your last prepared breakfast with our chef. We drive for about 35 minutes to Lucmabamba Community where our hike starts. This part of the trail is probably the most preserved Incan paved trail in this area, leading up to the Llactapata Incan archaeological site. For 3 hours we hike over the mountain side and will get the bests views of the Santa Teresa Valley, Sahuayaco and Santa Teresa River. Once we reach the top, we will be surrounded by lots of Unkas trees, and lots of endemic plants of the area. Perhaps we can find a spectacle bear or, if we’re lucky, we may see the Peruvian National bird, the Cock of the Rocks.(Locally called Tunki in Quechua or Gallito de las Rocas in Spanish). Both of these fantastic animals are endangered and there are only few families left here and in the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. Finally, we start exploring Llactapata, an amazing Incan military sector of Machu Picchu, that according to some archaeologists, is larger than Machu Picchu. Here we get our first view of Machu Picchu and the famous mountains of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Following the tour, we start descending to Hidroelectrica plant, enjoying views of beautiful cascading waterfalls. This hike takes around 2 hours. For today’s lunch we get a chef prepared box lunch to enjoy at the middle of the river, Aobamba. You can jump in to the very clean water for a refreshing swim. The last part of today is a nice path to walk near the railroad and it will take us approximately 3 hours until you arrive 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 deluxe hotel. Dinner is booked already by us at one of the village’s finest restaurants, where the guide will organize everything for your visit of Machu Picchu.
Sixth Day: MACHU PICCHU – WAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN – INCA BRIDGE – MACHU PICCHU INCA CITY – 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. We will start our tour by hiking along the Inca trail that ends in Machu Picchu, one of the flat stones on the edge of cliffs in the highland jungle, that is well known as the Inca Bridge Trail. This is a fascinating hike where very few tourists go. This walk will take us approximately 35 minutes, round trip, and is the best way to begin your tour of this magical complex. After the Inca Bridge you will relax with the best viewpoint of the Citadel and our guide will continue his discussion about the mystery of Machu Picchu. Following his talk, your guide will lead you on a tour of the complete complex that will last between 2 to 3 hours. Then you will get ready for the 1030am, Huayna Picchu Mountain OR Mount Machu Picchu climb. Once you finish, you will have some time to walk around on your own to take pictures then go for an early dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants located at Aguas Calientes. Lastly, we take the late train back to Cusco City, where our driver will take you back by van to your Cusco Hotel.
When to Travel
- High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
- Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rainstorms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
- Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains.
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
- 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
- Expert English/Spanish speaking indigenous guide and assistant guide(s)
- Pre-trek briefing with lead guide
- Breakfast, snacks, lunch, tea, dinner.
- Daily drinking water
- Eureka timberline 4-man tents (2 people in each)
- Air sleeping pad, base sleeping pad, pillow, four season mummy-style sleeping bags/sleeping liner
- 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.
- 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
- Plastic poncho
- Radio communications
- Train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Travel Insurance