Can you imagine arriving at Machu Picchu doing various sports along the way? The Inca Jungle is a very popular tour in Cusco (Peru) by which you can reach Machu Picchu by cycling, boating, trekking, zip line and even relaxing in a thermal bath before visiting the Wonder of the World.
- Inca Jungle: the adventure tour to Machu Picchu
- Sports in the Inca Jungle
- Tours to the Inca Jungle: everything you need to know
Tourists doing the Inca Jungle
Inca Jungle: the adventure tour to Machu Picchu
What is the Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu?
The Inca Jungle tour is a tour that departs from the city of Cusco and ends in Machu Picchu after 4 days and 3 nights after the completion of a series of adventure sports such as cycling, trekking, rafting and zip line. It is one of the most popular tours in Peru.
What is the Inca Jungle route?
The Inca Jungle begins in the city of Cusco and ends in Machu Picchu. During the journey you will cross the Sacred Valley of the Incas, then enter the jungle of Cusco to finally reach the Wonder of the World.
This is the way during the 4 days of tour:
- 1st day: Cusco – Abra Málaga – Village of Santa María.
- 2nd day: Santa María – Thermal Baths – Village of Santa Teresa.
- 3rd day: Santa Teresa – Hidroeléctrica -Pueblo de Aguas Calientes.
- 4th day: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco.
What is the height during the Inca Jungle?
The Inca Jungle crosses its highest point in the so-called ‘Abra Málaga’ (4,230 masl). The lowest point is in the town of Aguas Calientes (2,000 masl), also known as Machu Picchu town.
What is the weather like during the Inca Jungle?
The climate during the Inca Jungle is varied. The coldest point is in the Abra Málaga (average temperature of 9ºC during the day). Then it descends to the tropical climate of the jungle. The warmest point is in the town of Santa Teresa (day temperature up to 26ºC.).
How is the flora and fauna during the Inca Jungle?
The Inca Jungle is characterized by beautiful landscapes during the tour. On the way you can see vizcachas, llamas, spectacled bears, cock of the rocks and a variety of orchids. In addition, plantations of bananas, mangoes, oranges and more are traversed.
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Sports in the Inca Jungle
How is the tour of the Inca Jungle?
Inca Jungle tours may vary depending on the travel agency. However, in general, everyone follows this itinerary:
Day 1 Cusco – Santa María:
- Pick up from the visitor’s hotel.
- Travel by bus from Cusco to ‘Abra Málaga’ through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Descent by bicycle from ‘Abra Málaga’ to the town of Santa María.
- Canoeing adventure on the Vilcanota River (Optional).
- Lodging in Santa María.
Day 2 Santa María – Santa Teresa:
- Walk from Santa María to Santa Teresa through ancient Inca trails.
- Lunch in the town of Kellomayo.
- Relax in the thermal baths of Cocalmayo.
- Dinner and lodging in the town of Santa Teresa.
Day 3 Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes:
- Adventure in the Zip Line (optional).
- Walk to the ‘Hydroelectric’ station.
- ‘Hydroelectric’ walk to the town of Aguas Calientes.
- Dinner and lodging in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).
Day 4 Aguas Calientes – Cusco:
- Walk up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (optional take bus).
- Tour with tourist guide by Machu Picchu.
- Free visit to Machu Picchu.
- Walk down Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (optional bus).
- Return by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Return by bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
Cycling during the Inca Jungle
The first sport that takes place in the Inca Jungle is cycling. This route starts at the highest point of the route, at ‘Abra Málaga’ (4,230 meters above sea level). From there you descend in the company of an expert guide for 2 or 3 hours until you reach the town of Santa María. This service is included in all tours to the Inca Jungle.
Cyclists in the Abra Malaga
Rafting during the Inca Jungle
Rafting is an optional sport during the Inca Jungle. It is carried out in the waters of the Vilcanota River in the company of an expert guide. The difficulty of the adventure depends on the time of year. Between April to October, the waters are suitable for exciting trips of little risk. Between November to March, the river is only suitable for boating experts.
Trekking to Machu Picchu in the Inca Jungle
Walks are made at several points of the Inca Jungle. The Santa Maria to Santa Teresa trek crosses old Inca trails. The stretch from Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes, crosses one of the most incredible landscapes before reaching Machu Picchu. The difficulty of the walks is not demanding.
Thermal baths during the Inca Jungle
The thermal baths of Cocalmayo are an optional stop during the Inca Jungle. The pools are outdoors and have a temperature of up to 44ºC. This section is an opportunity to relax after several hours of walking.
Zip Line during the Inca Jungle
This extreme sport is another option during the Inca Jungle. It takes place in the town of Santa Teresa, at the beginning of the third day. The experience is doubly incredible due to the beauty of the landscape. Then, the visitors meet the group to continue with the trip to Machu Picchu.
Tours to the Inca Jungle: everything you need to know
What does the Inca Jungle tour include?
In general, a tour to the Inca Jungle includes the following:
- Transport to the ‘Abra Málaga’.
- Professional guide throughout the tour.
- Bicycle and safety equipment..
- 3 nights of lodging (in Santa María, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes).
- Food during the tour (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- Entrance to Machu Picchu.
- Transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Transportation by bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
Optional services in the Inca Jungle:
- Entrance to the Thermal Baths of Cocalmayo.
- Boating service and its implements.
- Zip line service and its implements.
- Transportation by bus (from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and vice versa).
How to book the Inca Jungle?
Inca Jungle reserves are made in a tourism agency through the internet. It is also possible to buy the tour directly at a tourist agency located in the Historic Center of Cusco.
Is the Inca Jungle difficult?
The Inca Jungle has a moderate difficulty. Adventure sports do not require significant physical effort. In total, approximately 35 kilometers of trekking are covered by easy routes of great scenic beauty.
How much does the Inca Jungle cost?
The Inca Jungle costs approximately 300 U$D. However, this price varies according to the tourism agency and the quality of the service they provide.
When is the best time to do the Inca Jungle?
The best time to do the Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu is in the dry season (April to October). During those months, the days are sunnier, the nights are colder and the rains are unusual. Those days are ideal for outdoor.
What to take to the Inca Jungle?
- Hat or cap.
- Repellent against mosquitoes.
- Shoes for trekking.
- Water bottle with water.
- Cotton clothes for 4 days.
- Rain poncho (in case of precipitation).
- Bathing suit and towel (for the thermal baths of Cocalmayo).
- Backpack for trekking.
- Extra money in cash (if necessary).
- Photographic camera.
Tips during the Inca Jungle
The Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu is one of the most incredible experiences in Peru. To enjoy this adventure to the fullest, it is recommended to take into account the following:
- The Inca Jungle is recommended for young people of any nationality. However, there are cases of adults with advanced age who wish to do this adventure.
- The Inca Jungle does not cover places that can cause the soroche (altitude sickness). However, it is recommended to acclimatize at least 1 day in the city of Cusco before starting the tour.
- Is not he in good physical shape? The Inca Jungle is not difficult. It is recommended to prepare physically at least 1 week before the tour.
- Do not feel prepared for extreme sports? Many sports in the Inca Jungle are only optional.
- Do you want to make the Inca Jungle with your group of friends or family? There are private tours. You only have to request it at the tourist agency of your choice.
By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, October 10, 2018