Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu: Do you consider yourself a mountain biking and outdoor sport lover? If so, Inca Jungle is the perfect trek for you. Certainly, it is one of the best hikes for all those looking for adventure and adrenaline rush while going on an exciting trek. This route offers the best ecosystem of the Puna and the Highland forest. Above all, along the journey, you will observe natural and cultural landscapes that will impress you from the beginning to the end of the hike.
The 3 day/2 night Inca Jungle trail is one of the packages that takes you to the wonder of the world Machu Picchu. In addition, the circuit offers you different activities such as mountain biking, which will allow you to appreciate the exquisite natural and geographical variety of the region. Furthermore, you can do white water rafting in the Vilcanota river, a sport that tests your ability and strength. Most importantly, this trek will measure your courage when doing the ziplining, considered the most challenging sport of the region. Finally, you will delight yourself with the hike towards Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes). Along the trek, you will observe a great variety of the flora and fauna of the area.
Without a doubt this is the best option you can choose!
Where is the Inca Jungle Trek Machu Picchu located?
The Inca Jungle trek is located in the department of Cusco; province of La Convención and Urubamba. Likewise, it covers the districts of Ollantaytambo, Santa María, Santa Teresa, Hydroelectric. Finally, you will arrive in the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Start Point of the Adventure: Malaga Pass.
What is the altitude along the route of the Inca Jungle Trek Machu Picchu?
During the “Inca Jungle tour 3 days”, you will go through different altitudes; from 4350 masl, being this the highest point and stop of the trek, known as the Malaga Pass. Then, we will go downhill to an altitude of 1250 masl, the lowest point of the trek, located in the district of Santa Maria.
Below you find the different altitudes along the trek:
Day 1: Cusco – Malaga Pass- Santa Teresa
Cusco: 3350 masl / 8792 ft
Ollantaytambo: 2700 masl / 8858 ft
Malaga Pass: 4350 masl / 14271 ft
Santa María: 1250 masl / 4101 ft
Santa Teresa: 1500 masl / 4921 ft
Day 2: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes town
Santa Teresa: 1550 masl / 4921 ft
Hydroelectric: 1890 masl / 6200 ft
Aguas Calientes town: 2050 masl / 6561 ft
Day 3: Aguas Calientes town – Cusco
Aguas Calientes town: 2050 masl / 6561 ft
Ollantaytambo: 2700 masl / 8858 ft
Cusco: 3350 masl / 8792 ft
What is the climate like in the Inca Jungle Trek Machu Picchu?
The climate in the Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu varies since it is located in the department of Cusco in the provinces of La Convencion and Urubamba. Therefore, they share the same seasons, rainy season, from November to March and the dry season, from April to October.
It is worth mentioning that unlike the city of Cusco, the weather at these provinces (La Convención and Urubamba) is warmer and humid while in Cusco it is cold and dry.
This season is from November to March. Therefore, during these months there are rainfalls that usually cause landslides, overflowing rivers, and bumpy roads. Likewise, the sky is cloudy and the temperature reaches 24° C and drops to 13° C.
This season is from April to October. Therefore, we recommend doing the hike any of these months. First, because the roads are in good condition; second, the rain is unusual and there is no risk of landslides. However, since June and July are the frozen months, these months are colder than usual. The temperature reaches 23° C and drops to 9° C.
Mostly the temperature reaches 27° C and drops to 15° C. It is only the frozen months (June and July) that the temperature varies from 25° C to 10° C.
Flora and Fauna
What flora and fauna can you observe in the Inca Jungle Trek Machu Picchu?
The Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu presents landscapes with a great variety of flora and fauna. Above all, the journey presents micro climates that will amaze you and create a unique experience.
Among the main species of flora and fauna that we can observe we have:
Inca Jungle Flora
Along the trek, we will hike through two distinct areas; first through the high Andean area and the second through the tropical zone. Therefore, we can observe a variety of flora. Furthermore, we will observe medicinal plants, forest plants, and fruit plants. Likewise, we will have the option to see 5 or 6 species of orchids. Note that in the world there are 500 species approximately:
- Coca (Erythroxylum)
- Bananas (musa x paradisiaca)
- Oranges (citrus x sinensis)
- Mandarin orange (citrus reticulata)
- Coffee (cafetos – coffea)
- Cacao tree (theobroma cacao)
- Tomato (solanum lycopersicum)
- Potato (Solanum tuberosum)
- Passion fruit (Passiflora Ligularis)
- Achiote (Bixa Orellana)
- Avocado (persea americana)
- Lemon (citrus x aurantifolia)
- Molle (schinus Molle)
- Patagua (Crinodendron Patagua)
- Palm trees
- Maqui (Aristotelia chilensis)
- Canelo (Drimys winteri)
- Stone pine (pinus pinea)
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus)
- Wiñay Wayna Orchid (Epidendrum Secundum)
- Bletia Orchid (Bletia Catenulata)
- Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum)
- Tumbo or poro poro (Passiflora Tripartita)
- Peruvian groundcherry (Physalis Peruviana)
- Pacay or ice-cream bean tree (Inga Feuilleei)
- Bromeliads (bromeliaceae)
- Achupalla (Puya Hamata)
Inca Jungle Fauna
Aside from the interesting flora that the Inca Jungle trek offers, you will also observe the outstanding wildlife. Therefore, we have listed below some of the species you will find along the route. Among the animals, you will notice that some of them are vulnerable and are in danger of extinction.
- Skunks (Mephitidae)
- Lowland paca (Cuniculus Paca)
- Spectacled bear (Tremarctos Ornatus)
- Deer (Mazam Chung)
- Neotropical otter (Lontra Longicaudis)
- Llama (Lama Glama)
- Vizcachas (Lagidium viscacia)
- South American coati (Nasua Nasua)
- Andean frog (Telmatobius)
- Golden poison frog (Phyllobates terribilis)
- Andean lizard (Proctoporus Machupicchu)
- Peruvian snake (Tachymenis Peruviana)
- Gray toad (Rhinella poeppigii)
- Abra Acanacu marsupial frog (Gastrotheca excubitor)
- White-lipped peccary (Tayassu Pecari)
- Eared dove (Zenaida Auriculata)
- Andean motmot (Momotus Aequatorialis)
- Golden-Olive Woodpecker (Piculus Rubiginosus Andean)
- Black phoebe (Sayornis Nigricans)
- Cock of the rocks (Rupicola Peruviana)
- Torrent duck (Merganetta Armata)
- Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia Melanogenys)
- Andean lancehead (Bothrops andianus)
- Rusty-margined guan (Penelope Superciliaris)
Itinerary 3 Days Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu
Inca Jungle trek Cusco has a unique itinerary that allows you to make the most of the experience. You will enjoy being in contact with nature and the stunning view.
To start the Inca Jungle trek machu picchu, we will pick you up from your hotel (it is usually a hotel located in Cusco); at 5:00 am approximately. Then, we will drive towards Malaga pass which is located at 4350 masl, but we will make a quick 15-minute stop in the town of Ollantaytambo. There you can buy some snacks, water, etc for the hike.
Once in Malaga pass, we will leave the bus to listen to the guide’s instructions about the activities you will perform. He will explain how to use the equipment to do the mountain biking and the route that you will ride through. Malaga is the start point to go mountain biking .It takes from 2 to 3 hours to get to Santa María, where we will have our delicious lunch.
When lunchtime is over, we will take the bus to head to our next stop. It is a 30 minute ride where we will do the second activity of the trek known as Rafting. After we go rafting, which normally takes from 1 to 2 hours approximately, we will continue by bus to the district of Santa Teresa (located at 1550 masl). In addition at this place you can have dinner and at night visit the thermal baths of Cocalmayo (this is an optional visit).
The lodging in Santa Teresa.
To continue with the Inca Jungle adventure, we will start the trek at around 6:00 am walking towards the Aguas Calientes town. Some agencies do some stops along the route to visit local fields. There are fruit trees native to the area. In addition, you will observe wild vegetation.
On the other hand, you will experience the exciting activity known as zipline, full of adrenaline. This sport will test your courage to the limit. Furthermore, there are different activities you can do inside this recreation park such as zip-lining, climbing, Tibetan bridge, among others (some agencies offer all of those). At the end of these activities, you will continue the hike until the Hydroelectric station where you will have lunch and a brief break.
After the break, we will continue the hike walking 3 hours approximately until we get to Aguas Calientes town (at an altitude of 2050 masl). On this route, you will observe the lush vegetation and different kinds of birds.
The lodging at a hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes.
This is the most important day of the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu and “the icing on the cake”, Machu Picchu citadel. Firstly, you will get up very early in the morning to have breakfast. Then, you will take the bus that takes you to the entrance door of Machu Picchu citadel. Most importantly, you will have a 2 hour guided tour which includes the most outstanding parts of Machu Picchu.
Finally, you will return to Aguas Calientes town to have lunch and if you have enough time take a brief break before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo.
When you arrive at the Ollantaytambo train station, the private bus of the agency will be waiting for you and will take you back to your hotel (usually located in Cusco, at an altitude of 3350 masl). On the other hand, we recommend bringing warm clothes and having hot drinks in a camelbak or drink coca tea (highly recommended for altitude sickness).
Level of Difficulty
Difficulty in the Inca Jungle Trek Machu Picchu
First Activity: The first activity that you do in the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu is mountain biking. To do this sport, there is no experience needed. You only need to know the basic and intermediate things. The route is easy since it goes downhill.
Second Activity: The second activity in the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu is Rafting. It takes place in the Vilcanota river. On the other hand, the level of difficulty of this sport is I (very easy), II (easy), III (intermediate) and IV (challenging). Most importantly, to do this activity, you need to have basic knowledge of swimming.
Third activity: Zip Line is the third activity. It consists of an inclined cable or rope with a suspended harness, pulley, or handle, down which a person slides for amusement. There are some restrictions to do this activity such as people suffering from hypertension, heart problems, and pregnancy. In addition, it is required you are sober. Above all, it is an easy sport that doesn’t require much training.
Fourth Activity: Finally, the fourth activity is trekking to Aguas Calientes town. This is an easy activity since the terrain is 90% flat. Most importantly, it isn’t physically challenging.
About Machu Picchu
Definitely yes. You should know that on day 3 of the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu a 2 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu citadel is included. Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the world.
Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu are not included in the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu. It does include the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu citadel and the guided tour. What you have to do in case you want to hike one of these mountains is to pay an extra cost of an average of 35USD.
Which one is the best option?
Here you can read some differences between both mountains:
Machu Picchu Mountain:
It is also called “old mountain”. Located southwest of the Machu Picchu citadel at 3070 masl. This mountain is not as popular as Huayna Picchu, but the hike is very impressive. You will observe abundant flora, wide paths which are easier to walk.
The hike is not as challenging as Huayna Picchu mountain and the views from the top are breathtaking. There are limited spots, but they aren’t sold as fast as the Huayna Picchu tickets. We recommend booking this mountain at least 2 months in advance.
Huayna Picchu Mountain:
It is also known as the “young mountain”. This mountain is located Northeast of Machu Picchu citadel, at 2700 m.a.s.l. It consists of archeological remains, narrow and steep paths defying all laws of gravity. All of these make this mountain the most popular. Therefore, tickets are sold very fast. We recommend booking it at least 3 months in advance.
This is a frequently asked question tourists have. Most hotels have a storage room where you can leave your belongings while visiting the archeological complex. To do so, you only need to talk to the receptionist of the hotel. Likewise, most hotels in Aguas Calientes have the service of a Bellboy (person in charge of carrying your luggage). They can take your luggage to the train station in case you require it.
About the Tour
If you are looking forward to doing the Jungle inca trek on your own, it can be a bit complicated to arrange everything and get the proper equipment to practice all the sports offered in the package. Therefore, we recommend hiring the service of a tourist agency. They will make sure to arrange everything for you in advance and will avoid any inconvenience. In addition, they will provide the proper equipment to do the adventure sports. Also they will coordinate the places you will eat at and food for all days of the trek. Furthermore, they will buy the entrance tickets for you to visit Machu Picchu.
Definitely yes. Most tourists suffer from altitude sickness, decompensation, among others if they don’t acclimatize to the altitude when arriving in Cusco. There is no need to panic. It is completely natural and normal that our body reacts to the change in altitude, temperature, feeding, and other factors.
However, we can make this an easy process to go through. Above all, it is important to spend some days at the city resting and little by little adjust to the new altitude before starting any hike. In addition, during the acclimatization, you can visit some places near the city that are not physically challenging.
This means that you can familiarize with the surroundings and meet the locals. You will notice that doing so, not only helps you physically but also emotionally. Cusco is a very fascinating city filled with history and charming streets that easily take you back in time.
Likewise, it is recommendable a period of 3 days for the acclimatization process. The first day must be a day of rest. In case you suffer from altitude sickness, you can drink Coca tea (natural remedy highly recommended) or a painkiller. If the situation gets worse, see a doctor before using any medication. On the other hand, if everything goes fine, on day 2 you can go for shorts walks and practice jogging or do yoga or aerobics.
If you skip the process of acclimatization, most likely your body will suffer a decompensation while hiking. This is very dangerous since there are no medical centers nearby and it takes longer to reach the closest one. Most tourist agencies carry a first aid kit with them. In addition, all the staff receives constant training in first aid, among others. However, there are cases in which passengers require special assistance.
Note that more important than having fun is your health!
Altitude sickness is a group of symptoms that can strike if you walk or climb to a higher elevation, or altitude, too quickly. The pressure of the air that surrounds you is called barometric pressure. When you go to higher altitudes, this pressure drops and there is less oxygen available. Any time you go above 2,500 meters (8,000 ft), you can be at risk for altitude sickness. Here you find a list of some Altitude Sickness symptoms:
The first symptoms you will have when arriving at a higher altitude can be avoided using natural remedies like drinking coca tea which is the most effective way to cope with mild symptoms. Another option is to take some prescribed pills to relieve the pain. It is recommendable to stay in a place at a lower altitude, and rest the first days. If the situation doesn’t get better, call a doctor.
- Sleeping disorders
- Increased heart rate
- Shortness of breath
Unlike the previous symptoms, the symptoms listed below are more aggressive. You can relieve the pain using tank oxygen. It is important to go immediately to a lower altitude and have medical assistance to prevent any deadly complication. In addition, it is recommendable to keep hydrated. Drink from 3 to 4 liters of water, avoid alcoholic drinks, and start a diet based on carbohydrates and sugars.
- Chest wall rigidity
- Loss of consciousness
- Inability to walk
- Shortness of breath
We recommend following these tips while you are in the inca jungle trek machu picchu:
- It’s recommendable to spend some days acclimatizing until your body adjusts to the altitude.
- Rest properly.
- Drink hot tea, preferably coca tea.
- Stay hydrated (drink 3 or 4 liters of water).
- Abstain from drinking alcohol on the first day in Cusco.
- Avoid eating heavy foods.
- Eat a balanced diet based on carbohydrates and sugars.
The minimum age to do the Inca Jungle Trek is 10 years old (this is because of the mountain biking activity). However, at this early age parents must sign a document of full responsibility. On the other hand, the maximum age is 50 years old. Of course, at this age you need a medical certificate that guarantees good physical condition.
Below we mention the restrictions on the activities that you do in the Inka Jungle trek Machu Picchu. It is not recommendable for people who have:
- Overweight (in the case of the zipline the cables support a max weight of 124 kg and in the case of the rafting the max weight is 110 kg).
- Asthma problems.
- Mentally unstable
- Heart attacks or serious medical conditions.
- Spinal problems.
- Under the influence of drugs or the effects of alcohol
- It is prohibited for people who have been injured or had a surgery recently.
Every hike has challenging, moderate, and mild days since each day you are exposed to different altitudes. There are different obstacles you will face every day. Therefore, it is essential to be in good physical condition. Most importantly, we recommend doing physical training or becoming familiarized with the adventure sports before coming to Cusco.
We recommend exercising at least two months in advance. Likewise, you can go jogging, or mountain hiking longer distances. This way you will get better prepared for your next trek. you can start walking short distances for a period of 3 hours approximately each day until you walk for 6 hours which is the maximum time you will hike during the Inka Jungle trek Machu Picchu.
On the other hand, if you don’t have enough time for walking 6 hours, you can spend 3 hours at a gym daily. Although it won’t be the same, it will definitely help you a lot. Furthermore, we recommend doing breathing exercises. This will help you to keep pace and avoid getting tired easily.
Level of Training for each adventure
To go Rafting, you need to be familiarized with the sport and practice it at least twice a week. Above all, you need to practice rowing in fast rivers of level of difficulty II, III and IV.
However, if you are a beginner at this sport, you should start practicing in fast rivers of level of difficulty I (very easy) and moving gradually until you reach level IV. This is important to know since the level of difficulty of Vilcanota river, where you will go rafting, is fast I, II, III and IV. Likewise, when you do this activity there will be a professional with you along the ride.
In the case of the zipline, we recommend doing this activity at least once in your own country. This way you won’t feel scared of the altitude and speed which you will experience when zip lining. On the other hand, we don’t recommend doing this activity before you start the hike. It would be better to do it at the middle of the tour to keep the adrenaline going.
Above all, we recommend arriving in Cusco at least 3 days in advance to acclimatize to the altitude. Likewise, during this period of time, you can go for a walk to flex your muscles or you can do any activity that is not physically challenging. Consequently, the change in altitude or the level of difficulty won’t be a problem while hiking.
Tips to book the Inca Jungle
Safe Tourist Agency for the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu
- This is a very important question. Coming to a new place not knowing what to do or where to start may be complicated or frustrating. Therefore, you need to hire a safe and reliable tourist agency. Here you will find useful tips that will help you:
- Make sure the agency is a licensed tour operator. You can verify it visiting the website of Mincetur (consultasenlinea.mincetur.gob.pe)
There are different online platforms where you can find more reference and travelers’ reviews of the agency you chose such as:
Although it is not mandatory to have travel insurance to do the Inca Trail, we highly recommend getting one. This way you can prevent any inconvenience that can happen during your trip such as a natural disaster, or getting sick during the hike; and make you cancel your trip.
Insurance companies normally charge you from 100 to 150 US Dollar, depending on the insurance you choose. Here you have a list of some insurance companies:
- Assist card
- World nomads
- Berkshire Hathaway Inc (a leading company in the U.S)
- Allianz (the biggest insurance company in Germany and Europe)
- Ping An (a leading company in China)
- Metlife (well known in Europe and Spain)
- Berkley International
- Liberty Insurance
The Inca Jungle Trek Machu Picchu Rate varies according to the type of the service:
- Private Service: It is a more personalized and private service, only for the people who have chosen to be in your group and on your preferred dates. The cost of the private service varies from 500USD to 600USD per person.
- Group Service: It is a service in which 5 or more people join the group. If you want to make any change, all the group has to agree. The cost of the group service varies from 400 USD to 500 USD per person.
Note: We recommend hiring an average service since agencies, which offer these standards, are licensed to operate any tour. Likewise, you will receive good service and you are contributing to a fair salary for the staff of the agency you are hiring for the hike. Unfortunately, there are informal agencies that offer cheap prices.
Not only do they break the employee laws, but also offer a poor quality service to the tourists. Even worse, sometimes they run away when some problems arise. Therefore, it is very important to choose carefully the tour operator right for you.
Although the Inka Jungle trek Machu Picchu is not subject to availability, the trek needs a limited number of people to run it smoothly. Therefore, in order to enjoy the adventure and adrenaline of the trek, we recommend booking it at least 2 months of advance. Most importantly, the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu citadel has limited spots.
If you want additional tickets to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain, you have to book them at least three months in advance. This is because there are fewer and limited spots for these extra mountains compared to the Machu Picchu citadel.
To hike the fantastic adventure of the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu, you need to bring your personal identification documents. The names in the permits must match the information in your documents. Therefore, make sure you provide accurate information to the agency you are booking the tour with:
- Valid original Passport
- Identity card
- National Identity card (DNI)
- Student card (if you you want a discount)
Note: If you have updated your passport some days prior to the trek, you have to let the agency know and ask them to update the new information. If possible, bring both the old and new passports. You should also send a copy of both the old and new passports to the agency.
Sports of the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu
This is the first activity to do in the Inka Jungle trek. Therefore, for this sport, you need a bike to ride the circuits over the roadway. It is a 3 or 4 hours ride approximately. In addition, the guide will always lead the group and the bus of the agency will go behind at a minimum speed. Note that there will be cars passing along the roadway.
Don’t get surprised if you see different cars passing by. Sometimes, you will also see interprovincial buses. That is why you have to pay attention to the road and concentrate on the activity you are doing. Watch out and ride carefully.
This is an outdoor activity which uses an inflatable raft to navigate a river. The level of difficulty in rapids is I, II, III, IV and V. The river where you will practice this sport is the Vilcanota river with rapids I, II, III and IV. On the other hand, there will from 2 to 8 people in the raft, including the guide. In addition, you will have a rescue kayak that will go behind your boat in case anyone jumps out of the raft because of the heavy moves.
It takes one hour approximately to complete this activity.
At this recreational center, you will be able to enjoy different activities such as:
- Zipline: It consists of 6 cables connected between two points. The total distance of this sport is usually 3 km. You are fitted with a body harness that clips into the cable via a pulley. There are different styles you can try while going from one point to the other. For instance, you can slope downward horizontally, on a fetal position, upside down, etc.
- Tibetan bridge: It consists of crossing a suspension bridge built with poles and two footrests made of stainless steel which offer support. It is 100 meter long, located at an altitude of 80 meters.
- Rock climbing: As its name suggests it consists of climbing rocks of 25 or more meters high. The rocks have some clips inserted that serve to grab the harness and a rope of life.
Mountain Biking in the Inca Jungle trek
Most of the time, the agency that operates the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu gives each tourist the garments and bike required for this activity.
- Garments: You will be given the following garments:
- Armor Body protection
- Elbow pads
- Equipment: You are often given a mountain bike with front suspension, disc brakes or V-brakes, different wheel sizes and frame materials.
Rafting in the Inca Jungle trek
The agencies that operate the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu usually provide the garments and inflatable Rafting Boat to do this sport. You only need to bring your swimsuit and shorts.
- Garments: You will be given the following
- Life Jacket
- Non-slip sneakers
- Equipment: Among the items you will receive to practice this sport, we have the Inflatable Rafting Boat and the Carbon Paddles. Rafts are made of glass and Kevlar fiber and the paddles are made of carbon fiber.
Zipline in the Inca Jungle trek
To practice this sport you need to wear the proper clothing and equipment that will be provided to you by the agency in charge.
- Full-body harness
Note: To do this activity men and women with long hair have to wear their hair in a bun. This in order to prevent an accident with the harness or pulley. In addition, it is prohibited to wear sandals; wear sneakers instead. Furthermore, dresses are not allowed.
During most parts of the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu, you will be in warmer weather. Therefore, you need to bring light and quick-dry clothes. Find below the suggested clothing for the trek:
This is a list of the set of outerwear you should bring:
- 03 quick-dry T-shirts
- 02 quick-dry pants
- A light fleece
- Raincoat (preferably waterproof and feather jacket)
- A cotton polo shirt to sleep
- 03 pairs of socks
- 3 sets of underwear
- Lightweight hiking shoes
NOTE: Among the items you need for the trek, you have to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, purifying pills, altitude sickness pills, mosquito repellent (very important).
For this Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu, you need to bring the following items:
- Dental Floss
- Hair comb or brush
- 1 Towel for the face and one for the body (preferably microfiber towels since they use less space)
- Small soap
- Toilet paper
- Wet wipes
- Lip moisturizer
- Small moisturizing cream pot
For the Inca Jungle Trek Machu Picchu, we recommend bringing a 40 or 50 liter backpack. You will need to bring clothes for the 3 day trek. The rest of your luggage can remain in the storage room of your hotel in Cusco.
Likewise, the backpack you bring must have a waist belt that helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body and specially to your feet. In addition, it must be waterproof, made of a resistant material. Therefore, it should have a belt, two wide, padded shoulder straps, an internal sleeve into which you can slip a hydration reservoir. Some packs feature a suspended mesh back panel to combat the sweaty-back syndrome you tend to get with internal frame packs that ride against your back.
Although it is not mandatory to bring trekking poles for the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu, they are very useful. The route is mainly 90% flat.
Likewise, the trekking poles are highly recommendable for people who have knee or ankle problems to make hiking easier. They provide 2 more points of support to keep the balance which will help you walk safely.
There are different models of trekking poles, but the most recommendable is the one with rubber tips. Trekking poles with rubber tips avoid damaging the path and are perfect for areas where steel tips are not allowed. Furthermore, it is important if they have baskets which are circular items located at the bottom to prevent your trekking poles from sinking into softer, looser ground or snow.
The trekking poles have an additional cost and are not included in the total cost of the package. They cost USD$10 approximately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Inca Jungle Trek Machu Picchu Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend doing the Inka Jungle trek during the dry season (April to October) since there is no rain. Although there is some unpredictable rain, this isn’t as heavy as in the rainy season. You will actually find this rain refreshing along the hike in the eyebrow of the jungle..
On the other hand, the roads are in a better state. In addition, from June to July, there is less snow in the Malaga pass. You will see it only for one hour approximately when going down the road riding your bike. It is here where you will receive the first instructions of your guide and the start point of the adventure.
The rainy season starts in November and ends in March. During these months there is great presence of rains everywhere, being January and February months with more rain. Although you can do the Inca Jungle Trek, we don’t recommend doing it during the rainy season. You will notice landslides and impossible roadways.
Likewise, during January and especially February, the highest point, Malaga pass is usually covered with snow which makes the roads slippery and dangerous.
This is one of the most frequently asked question, but there is no need to worry about it. Here we explain why:
- Mos hotels have a storage room, where you can leave your luggage. It is safe and free.
- In case, the hotel doesn’t have a storage room, you can leave your luggage in the storage room of our agency at no additional cost.
Having two options to leave your luggage, you can enjoy the trek without any worries.
It is important to bring your personal identification documents to do the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu (original Passport, Identity card, National Identity card). The names in the permits must match the information in your documents. Therefore, make sure you provide accurate information to the agency you are booking the tour with.
It is worth mentioning that to access any site (archeological site, hotels, train, bus), they don’t accept pictures or copies of personal identification documents.
During the first day, we will have many stops where you will be to buy bottled water. For instance, the first stop is in Ollantaytambo, a business town. Likewise, here you will find stores (mini markets) where you can buy snacks and bottled water.
The second and third stop will be in the districts of Santa Maria and Santa Teresa where you can find stores (mini markets) and buy snacks, fruits, water, etc.
NOTE: This day the car will go with you all along the journey until you arrive in the district of Santa Teresa where you will spend the night. Likewise, it is recommendable to bring water in big containers (7 liters) to pill your camelbaks gradually all along the journey. This way you avoid polluting the area with plastic bottles.
For this day, it is important to get enough water, some snacks or fruits in Santa Teresa. This is recommended since along the journey (5-hour hiking), it is very difficult to find stores (mini markets). Therefore, if you haven’t bought water in Santa Teresa town, you can buy it at the place you do zipline activity.
In addition, you can buy more things at the station of Hydroelectric. From this point to Aguas Calientes town, there are only small stands of the locals with few products available. However, most likely, you will find water.
NOTE: During this day you will have to carry all your belongings. Therefore, don’t buy water in big containers.
On this day, you can buy water in Aguas Calientes town. Likewise, the town is a business place, you will find different services such as laundry, restaurants, stores (mini markets), pubs, etc. We recommend buying bottled water in the town since it is more expensive in the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Day 1: In Ollantaytambo town when we stop for the first time, you will find restrooms that cost s/.1. There are no showers.
In the town of Santa Maria, where we have lunch, there are restrooms, too.
Finally, in Santa Teresa, where we spend the night, there are restrooms and showers in each room of the lodging. Furthermore, if you visit the thermal baths of Cocalmayo, you will find restrooms and showers.
Day 2: On this day, you can use the restrooms and showers of the hotel before departing. Then, when you arrive at the station of Hydroelectric, you can find restrooms that cost s/.200. There are cold showers too that cost s/.10.00. However, from this point to Aguas Calientes, there aren’t restrooms nor showers.
Day 3: There are restrooms in the hotel and in the town. The cost of the restrooms outside the hotel is s/.1.00 and the showers are s/.15.00. Likewise, you will find restrooms at the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. It costs s/5.00.
If you buy a Peruvian chip from the Claro or Movistar telephone operators, you may have signal the first day on some parts of the trek. In addition, on day 2, you will have signal on some parts of the trek as well. However, from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes, you won’t have internet nor cell phone signal. When you arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes, you will be able to make any call and check your email since there is internet connection and cell phone signal.
We recommend taking 300 Peruvian soles with you (coins, bills of local currency). This will be used to cover any additional expense that is not included in the package. For example, bottled water, soda, handicrafts, lunch on day 3, restrooms along the route, laundry service, etc.
Most importantly, when buying to the locals along the trek, you are contributing to them. The money they receive from the products they sell are their main source of income.
This is a matter of concern for most tourists, especially if they have some food restrictions. Meals along the Inca Jungle trek Machu Picchu are prepared and served in local restaurants of the area.
Day 1: Cusco – Malaga pass- Santa Teresa
On the first day, you will enjoy breakfast in your hotel if the departure time is before your checkout. However, most hotels have the service of box breakfast (portable food). You only need to talk to the receptionist and coordinate it and have it ready when you leave the hotel early in the morning.
Then, lunch will be served in the district of Santa María and dinner will be served in the district of Santa Teresa, both meals in a local restaurant. Most likely, you will be served typical dishes of the region of Cusco
Day 2: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes town
Today, breakfast will be served in a local restaurant. It consists of fruit salad, different juice, hot drinks (coffee, infusions, milk, oat, scrambled eggs or fried eggs, pancake, bread). Likewise, lunch is served in a local restaurant. Most agencies have lunch in a sector known as “San Miguel” (near Santa Teresa) and while other agencies have lunch at the station of Hydroelectric. Finally, dinner will be in the town of Aguas Calientes. There are a variety of tourist restaurants in this great business town.
Day 3: Aguas Calientes town – Cusco
On this last day, you will have breakfast in the hotel early in the morning. Then, you will head to the most important site of the trek and wonder of the world, Machu Picchu. If you are leaving very early in the morning, you can ask for a box breakfast. Of course, this is something you have to request and coordinate with the receptionist in advance. You should know that not all the hotels offer this service.
Among the delicious dishes, you will taste at the local restaurants, we can name the following:
- Guacamole with nachos
- Mixed Fruit salads
- Cheesecake with fruits of the area (aguaymanto, lemon, passion fruit)
- Chocolate cake
- Banana chips
- Sweet potato chips
- Cream of pumpkin
- Minute Soup
- Vegetable soup
- Cream of Corn Soup
- Cream of chuño (dehydrated potato)
- Main course
- Vegetable kebabs
- Chicken or mixed kebabs
- Lomo saltado
- Tallarin saltado
- Griddled Trout
- Ceviche of Trout
- Rolled chicken
- Alpaca steak
- Alpaca medallions
NOTE: If you have any food restrictions, it is important to inform the tourist agency that you hire. This way they can arrange food that will be better for you and avoid any inconvenience.
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