Description of the experience
During the tour we entered a cold climate to a hot jungle. This route shows many typical jungle vegetation where tourists will be immersed in a world of adventure and will see different natural attractions.
The Inca Jungle is not just a tour, it´s an experience. From descending over 3000 m. by mountain bike to sleeping with a local guest family in the jungle, and from zip lining to hiking recently discovered Inca pathways. Ending up in one of the seven world wonders, and chosen best travel destination by National Geographic: Machu Picchu.
We have professional guides, who are well trained, experienced and speak English fluently. For us it is important to share with you all the knowledge we possess about the history of the great Inca´s, their magnificent culture and the secrets of the jungle. We are proud of our heritage and wish to show you something unique and unforgettable, with the goal to change your view on the Peru´s present and history.
Your safety is our priority. For the biking we offer full body protection, during the hiking you will be clearly instructed where to go and where not and the extra optional activities will only be done by highly skilled guides. We sincerely hope that you´ll give us the chance to share this great experience with us.
We will pick you up between 5:30Am and 6:00AM at your hostel or hotel. After which we´ll head towards the sacred valley of the Incas, along the way you will get a chance to see picturesque villages and beautiful landscapes, arriving at Ollantaytambo at about 08:00AM. Here you will have a chance to get some breakfast and stock up on some things you might have forgotten to buy. At 08:15AM the bus heads towards Abra Malaga (4350 m.a.s.l.) which is the point of departure with the bikes, we will descend for 3 hrs., passing through small villages, orchards, rivers and streams, reaching the town Huamanmarca (1250 m.a.s.l.) around 12:00PM. approx. While descending it´s possible to see the vast changes in flora and fauna and the effect of oxygen level and altitude.
In Huamanmarcalunch will be served, a buffet restaurant who mainly uses local ingredients and prepares unique dishes. After a short break we´ll head towards Santa Maria where the group will divide into 2: the ones who booked the rafting and the ones who didn´t. The ones who did book the rafting will be picked and brought the rafting camp, where they will receive a briefing and instructions. Safety is a priority, so you will be handed out all the protection gear necessary, during the rafting a safety catamaran and cataraft will always accompany us. The rafting guides are well trained and have tons of experience on the river. Depending on the season the river will be between class III and III+, in case the river will be class IV or higher for security reasons we will cancel the rafting refund your payment. The travelers that didn’t book the rafting tour will go with an assistant guide in our private bus for 20 min. to the next town of Santa Rosa, from this point we will walk for 45 min. approx. until reaching the eco lodge called “La Choza”, there they will have the chance pick coca leaves, coffee beans and maybe some other fruits or vegetables.
At the end of the rafting adventure, the bus will be waiting the group to take them to the town of Santa Rosa where they as well will start the hike towards our jungle lodge La Choza. La Choza is a unique chance to enjoy the pure jungle in it´s best way, the guest family who receives you there still does things in the according to tradition, in a way you can say it´s travelling back in time for 200 years. Don´t worry though, there are rooms with bunk beds and normal mattresses for you to rest your night on, accompanied by an orchestra of jungle sounds.
At around 7:00AM it´s going to be time to wake up, after which we´ll have the chance to enjoy a nice typical breakfast and nice cup of home grown and made coffee in the middle of nature. At around 8:00AM we´ll start walking along the banks of the river and start climbing for 30 min. toward an original Inca path. In this area a lot of Inca trails can be found, but the one we will walk is the only one who still maintains in good a condition. On our way we will see wild fruits, like: pine apple, pacay, avocado and many more. The area is surrounded by many types of birds and orchids; this ecosystem belongs to the high forest and is one of the most rich in terms of biodiversity of the Inca jungle. Once on top we will see the whole valley of the lower Urubamba. The group will walk down the mountain for approx. 2.30 hrs. until arriving at the village of Qellomayo, to have lunch and regain some of your energy. After the meal you will have free time to relax in a hammock and give your legs some rest. After a break we continue walking for 3 hrs. crossing farms, waterfalls and rivers (one river you will have to cross with a cable car). At around 4PM the group arrives at Cocalmayo or better known as the hot water springs of Santa Teresa. Cocalmayo offers several relaxing crystal clear hot springs, each with its own temperature. The sound of the river and the stars at night time make it a perfect scenery. After the hot springs the group will continue to walk for about 40 min. (or take a bus of you´d prefer) until reaching the town of Santa Teresa where you will check in to a nice comfortable hotel. After the dinner you all are invited to visit one of the bars to hang out with the other members of the group
Around 7 am., after a typical breakfast we will get ready to continue exploring the roads that were followed by the first expeditionaries that discovered Machu Pichuand other important archaeological complex. The next journey will start in Santa Teresa. Those who reserved in advance will make the zipline (and later this group will be taken by bus to the area known as the hydroelectric), the rest of the group will continue the trek of 3 hrs. aprox. through the valley until reaching the hydroelectric too, where the entire group will get together again. Here we will enjoy of a great lunch. And after a break we will continue walking along this great inca jungle tour for 3 hrs., enjoying beautiful waterfalls, going through coca and coffee farms along the railway until arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes around 4 pm. Here the group will spend the night in a hostel. At night we all will get together in a local restaurant to enjoy a great dinner and have a briefing about our next excursion to Machu Picchu and the group will receive some snacks.
Finally on last day of our Inca jungle tour we get up around 4:00AM. After which we´ll get ready to head to Machu Picchu, our trek will follow an ascending path through the high forest, after registering in the control entrance around 6:00AM. we will have a private guide leading us within the Inca citadel for about 1,5 hours. The travelers that booked the hiking to HuaynaPicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will be able to start this journey, the climbing lasts around 45 min. for Huayna Picchu, the way up is very steppy at some points but it’s worth it because the view from the top is absolutely breathtaking. For Machu Picchu Montaña, it´ll last you about 2hrs to go up, and it´s not as steep as Huayna Picchu, and even higher! Please note that you have to go before a certain time, so don´t forget to ask your guide which time you have been issued. You will have until 5PM time to explore Machu Picchu on your own, because then the guards will ask you to leave. In the afternoon, according to the departure of the train ticket, you will descend walking on your own to the town of Aguas Calientes to get the train back to Ollantaytambo where the group will be picked up and transferred to Cusco city. Remember to be at least 30 min. at the train station before departure. The journeyends in the Plaza de Armas.
2nd. Santa Teresa.