Inca jungle trail classic is an option for those who want to enjoy the classic activities that we have on the route. To do Downhill Mountain biking to Santa Maria town is one of the unique experiences that you might have during your trip in Peru 65km 40mi through different type of landscape. Hiking to Machupicchu in one of the original Inca trail that we have in Peru with mountain and Vilcanota valley overlooking and enjoy the magnificent sanctuary of Machu Picchu
|PROGRAM||classic Inca jungle trail 4days/3nights|
|LENGTH||4 Days /3 Nights|
|AVAILABILITY||March to January|
|ACTIVITY||Biking, hiking, archaeological, Cultural, Ecological.|
|DIFFICULTY||2 our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult|
DAY 1: CUSCO - ABRA MALAGA – SANTA MARÍA 65KM 40MIN BIKING.We start our adventure early in the morning in Cusco; we pick you up from your hotel around 6 am. We drive you by car through the amazing sacred valley of the Incas. Passing the indigenous town of Chinchero with amazing views of Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountains range and enjoying the panoramic views of the small towns in the sacred valley, after 2 hour drive we stop in the Inca town of Ollantaytambo to stretch your legs and using the toilet. Then we still driving by car up to Abra Malaga pass at 4350m 14271ft at this point we are going start biking down to Santa Maria town at 1430m 4691ft. At Abra Malaga you are going get all the biking gear and also a biking training to ensure the successful arrival to Santa Maria town. Biking starts high in the Andes with the majestic view of veronica snow-capped. Downhill biking from Abra Malaga to Santa Maria is fascinating where you can see nature at its purest. It is worth doing the biking, in combination, you will have the chance to enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape. The top is really spectacular, sometimes you feeling of being inside clouds. Once in Santa Maria you are going to the accommodations to take shower and relax. In the evening dinner at the restaurant in town
DAY 2: SANTA MARIA – QUELLOMAYO - SANTA TERESA - COCALMAYO HOT SPRING 22KM 13MINHIKING.Our hiking day starts with energetic breakfast at the restaurant around 6:00 am. Today is one of the most awesome days of the entire adventure. We start hiking along the car route for about 45 minutes. then we get into the original Inca trail that used to be to connect Machu Picchu with Vilcabamba considered the last Inca capital on the way we appreciate many plantations of bananas, Coca, yucca, coffee, etc. 3 hours hiking on the original Inca trail with magnificent views of the Vilcanota valley and panoramic views of the hills covered on different type of plantations from the jungle. We stop at Quellomayo village for lunch a really nice place to have lunch in one of the local restaurants after lunch you can rest or walk around. Afterwards we continue the hike along the Vilcanota River 3.5 hours hiking to get to Colcamayo hot springs. This natural and outdoor hot spring is great for muscle relax after the hike you can spend a couple of hours at hot springs before to continue the hike to Santa Teresa. After 45 minutes hiking from the hot springs we get to Santa Teresa. Overnight is going be in Santa Teresa in the hostel and dinner in the local restaurant.
DAY 3: SANTA TERESA – HIDROELÉCTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES 19KM 12MIN HIKING.After breakfast in Santa Teresa we start our hike to hydroelectric power plant for about 2.5 hour hiking on the road along the Vilcanota River during the hike we see the power plant of Santa Teresa and Hidroelectrica and also we see beautiful waterfalls after an exhausted hike in the warm valley we arrive to Hidroelectrica where we have a delicious lunch. Before to continue the hike we stop in Intihuatana (sundial) to have an explanation of this small Inca ruins and also to have the first view of Machu Picchu then we hike along the train truck for 3 hour approximately an easy hike to get to Aguas Calientes town. Once in town we go to the hotel to get ready for our last supper all the group together.
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO - CUSCOThe most important day for most of the adventurous to visit Machu Picchu early morning after breakfast in the hotel very early we go to the bus station to catch the bus up to Machu Picchu in order to be in Machu Picchu by 6:00 am because Machu Picchu opens at 6:00 am. The only time that we got to see Machu Picchu with no people is only in the mornings because later Machu Picchu is crowded. We always try being the first ones in Machu Picchu to enjoy it better and see the sunrise. Afterwards the guide will get you around Machu Picchu doing the tour for about 2.5 hour in order to get to know very well about Machu Picchu. Then you have free time to explore Machu Picchu by yourselves. If you booked the extra tickets for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain you are going to climb one of these mountains.
Machu Picchu is located in the middle of nowhere and up on the granite mountain edge, there is no any records about Machu Picchu of the Incas time. It is not mentioned in any of the chronicles of the Spanish conquistadors and archaeologists.
Machu Picchu was under the dense vegetation until July 24th 1911. When the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in search of Vilcabamba) discovered it that is why he called it "the lost city of the Incas".
At least you are going spend 8 to 9 hour in Machu Picchu. Then you have to go back to Aguas Calientes town in order to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo town. From Ollantaytambo transfer you back to Cusco by car and we drop you in your hotel in Cusco.
- Pre-departure Inca Jungle Trail briefing, presented by your tour guides at our office in Cusco
- Transfer from your hotel in Cusco to head of biking Abra Malaga (starting point of the biking).
- Professional multilingual Tour guides and leaders
- Accommodations in Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes town (3 night)
- Bikes and full Safety biking gear
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Two and half hours Machu Picchu guided tour.
- Bus ticket up from Aguas Calientes to Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
- Return Expedition train ticket on Day 4 from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco on day 5
- 3 Nutritious Breakfast in the local restaurant
- 3 Energetic lunch in the local restaurant
- 3 Delicious Dinner in the local restaurant
- Vegetarian food available upon request with no extra charge
- Hot shower at each accommodation
- First aid equipment
- Safe storage of your belongings at our office in Cusco while you are hiking the Lares trek
- Specialized travel advisor assigned for you to customize the rest of your Peru Trip
- High-quality service and support
- Entrance to Hot Spring in Colcamayo on day 2 (5 soles)
- Breakfast on day 1
- Last Lunch on day 4
- Personal trekking gear
- Tips to guide and support staff
- Extra personal expenses.
What you need to take
- Original Passport
- ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitiser
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
Our TeamOur people set us apart.
Our team is composed of some of the most responsible, efficient, and knowledgeable professionals, experts in their area, that will make unforgettable experiences in the routes of Cusco.
OUR OFFICE STAFFOur office is in Cusco, Tupac Amaru urbanization,D-2, San Sabastian.
Please feel at home when you visit us. Our office staff will be willing to provide you with all information and help you may need. We are the following:
General Management and Administration:
- Edwin chara chilo
- Jhon Junior Laurente C.
OUR GUIDES:CUSCO EXPLORER relies on an extensive network of highly trained guides and expert ambassadors as a premise to guarantee excellence in our services. We are fully conscious that an excellent guide is key to making your trip a memorable experience, which is why we are extremely demanding when recruiting and regularly training our guides.
Our team is composed of whom we consider to be the best guides in the region, all officially licensed and holding Tourism Degrees. The superiority of our team is backed both by excellent tourist reports, which are available at our office in Cusco and some online on this website, as well as by their expertise earned from several years of experience in leading a wide array of different guests and profiles.
Knowledge, leadership, enthusiasm, availability and help, communication skills, language proficiency, empathy and interpersonal skills, friendliness and sense of humor, punctuality and an excellent treatment to our team of chefs, porters and wranglers are a must. Our guests evaluate their guide after each service and your constructive critiques help us to keep improving constantly. We have guides fluent in English and Spanish, but also in other languages, the most commonly requested being French, Italian and German. We will always consider the language as an integral part of the quality of the guided service, so when the language is beyond the scope of our guides, we can offer a translator.
Our team is also composed of specialized guides: bird watching, spiritualism, flora & fauna, archaeology, history, architecture, anthropology. These guides are not just available for specialized trips but have also been trained to run our treks and traditional programs, adding a wonderful value to their general knowledge and explanations.
Finally, more than 80% of our guides have now already been internationally trained in Advanced First Aid & Rescue, making this one of our most significant advantages of our guided services. Our team is regularly updated through seminars and courses in their respective fields.
OUR COOKS:In all of our trekking trips, the chef ensures high-quality meals on time, and manages the team of porters.
An adequate diet both in its quality and quantity is essential in high-energy trips such as the adventure programs we run. CUSCO EXPLORER has already become renowned for its outstanding menus and food quality. The secret lies in the careful selection of our team of chefs, whose top-quality restaurant background, creativity and passion for their jobs provide an unequalled touch to all of our meals. We do not have set menus since we wish to give our chefs the chance to create, innovate and surprise our clients through delicious dishes in every trip.
Additionally, the chef manages the team of porters and/or wranglers. Every person has a role in the team and is very aware of the team’s responsibility, and only excellent logistics will allow for an outstanding travel.
OUR PORTERS AND HORSEMEN.Porters and horsemen are an essential element in any trekking organization.
The porters carry all the collective equipment; some depart early before the group to make sure we get a good location at the campsite and to have everything ready and set up by the time you get to the lunch spot or campsite. Porters carry up to 20kg of load according to the Inca Trail regulation, which we fully respect by giving them a maximum of just 18kg each. In all treks other than the Inca Trail, wranglers are in charge of the horses or mules that carry the equipment.
Our porters are not numbers; they are our friends. We provide our team with excellent meals along the route, convenient accommodation, equipment, life and medical insurance and, most importantly, with one high wage.
our people are happy, enthusiastic, extremely helpful and simply exceptional. They are proud of working for us and of their absolutely outstanding working performance. And we are also very proud of having them with us.
The Horsemen are an essential element in any agency dedicated to hiking.
Our Horsemen are in charge of the horses or mules that carry camping equipment. Our carriers are trained in relief and rescue in high mountain. Our wranglers have sufficient knowledge of safe zones and camping places, they are precisely the people who installed the camps in safe areas for your comfort. If your concerns are the mules feel sure they are well treated, since charge between 20 to 15 kg. And are very well fed with forage in the camps.