Inca Jungle Trek + Llactapata 4 days
- Tour TypeAdventure
- Duration4 Days
- LanguagesEs, En, Pt,
- Best TimeMarch- January
- Group Size08 people Max
Our Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu + Lllactapata is the most adventurous trekking option in the Cusco area. It is also the most varied in terms of activities.
The trek includes a mountain bike descent, followed by level III and IV rafting, a jungle hike, and an optional zip line. It concludes with a visit to Machu Picchu.
The most classic tour of this Inca jungle trail is 4 days, although we have shorter options, which you can see below.
This tour is naturally aimed at adventurers who enjoy exciting and adrenaline-filled experiences.
We have recreated a new route to make our Inca Jungle tour unique and spectacular, With this route you can do all the activities characteristic of the Inca Jungle, you can enjoy new views, and routes without much exploring, wild jungle, waterfalls, and much more
Cusco – Abra Málaga – Santa Maria: biking and rafting
This day begins with the descent by bike to the village of Santa Maria, through an impressive road that is the scene of movies like “Transformers”. We will finish the day with the option of rafting at an intermediate to easy level.
Santa Maria – Lucmabamba – Llactapata: Zip Line and trekking
This day we will go deep into the jungle and walk along beautiful original Inca trails, see coca, coffee and cacao plantations and wildlife until we reach Llactapata (Machupicchu’s viewpoint), where we will rest in a nice lodge.
Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes
On the third day, we will reach Aguas Calientes by the Hidroelectrica, down from the mountain and then the train tracks.
The most awaited day by all, we will know and discover the secrets of this Inca citadel.
Whats Included / Not Included
Tour with Professional guide (08 people maximum).
Mobility from Cusco to Abra Málaga and Santa Maria.
Mobility from Santa Maria to Lucmabamba.
3 nights accommodations.
Bikes and equipment
Entrance tickets to Machupicchu
First aid kit.
03 Breakfasts, 03 Lunches, 03 Dinners
Huayna Picchu tickets (extra cost $60).
Train to back from Aguas Calientes(Machupicchu) to Cusco.
Last meals at 04th day.
Rafting and zip line ($40 each one)
Travel health insurance (obligatory)
This is the most adventurous way to know Machu Picchu, As we said above, mixes several adventure activities, join us on the Inca Jungle Trek + Llactapata 4 Days tour and enjoy one of the best experiences that mixes adventure plus Inca Trail.
The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu starts with downhill biking, and rafting and includes a zip line option.
You will hike through the Peruvian cloud forest region and learn about the lives of the locals. All this before arriving at the emblematic Inca citadel, Machu Picchu.
This is a very popular alternative to the Inca Trail 4 days or the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.
The highest point of the Inca Jungle Cusco Inca Trail at Abra Malaga Pass is 4350 meters above sea level (14271 feet). We strongly recommend that you spend a few days acclimatizing in Cusco before the Inca Jungle Trek 4 Days to avoid altitude sickness.
DAY 1: Cusco – Abra Málaga – Santa Maria: Biking and Rafting.
Pick up at 6.00 a.m. We will leave the Imperial City of Cusco to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Before we will have our first breakfast. We will continue our trip to Malaga pass (4,350 masl) (14,160 ft), the starting point of our biking tour. After a briefing by our guide, we will provide you with the complete equipment for this type of activity. We will start biking downhill for three hours (55 km), until we reach the town of Huamanmarca. During the trip we will experience the beauty of the snow-capped mountains and the tropical forest where our Peruvian Amazon begins-, crossing small streams, and we will enjoy the change from cold to tropical climate. Along the way, there will be several stops to check bikes and equipment. We will arrive in the town of Santa Maria (1,200 m.a.s.l), where we will have lunch.
In the afternoon, we have the option of rafting on the Vilcanota River (US$ 40 per person). This river offers us category III and III+ rapids. For this activity, we have helmets, windbreakers, and category V life jackets. This activity is only available from April to December, and according to the Peruvian government, it is mandatory to know how to swim.
Here is the first night accommodation in a beautiful Typical Lodge, They, in turn, will prepare food such as lunch, dinner, and breakfast. In this way, in this reactivation 2023, our company has decided to support the communities and families that inhabit these valleys and contribute to their economy. (Bernal and Tumpay Families)
- Cycling distance: 45 km / 30 miles.
- Cycling time: Approximately 2½ hours.
- Weather: Cold at the beginning of the cycling and hot at night.
- Lodging: Bella Victoria Lodge.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- Maximum altitude: 4350 m.a.s.l / 14271 ft.
- Minimum altitude: 1250 m.a.s.l / 4691 ft.
DAY 2: Santa Maria – Lucmabamba – Llactapata: Zip Line & Hiking
After a delicious breakfast, take a car for an hour and 30 minutes to Lucmabamba. Here we will have the experience of coffee and Zip Line ($40 dollars) after lunch, The first 3 hours of our tour will be an ascent through the original “Inca Trail”, we will have several stops to learn a little more about the rich flora and fauna of the area. Later we will cross the top of the mountain. Here, our guide will explain a little more about the history of the Incas and also the communication system they had in those times (the Inca Trail).
Arriving at the archaeological site of Llactapata we will have some of the most impressive views of Machupicchu and we will see the majestic Salkantay snow-capped mountain in the distance. Then we will descend to the lodge, where we will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by local families, where we will spend a good time enjoying this special and pleasant place. Here we will spend the night in a lodge.
- Hiking distance: 8 Km/ 4.97 ft.
- Hiking time: 3:30 hours, approximately.
- Weather: hot during the day and cold at night.
- Lodging: Llactapata
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- Maximum altitude: 1828 m.a.s.l / 5997 ft.
- Minimum altitude: 1430 m.a.s.l / 4691 ft.
DAY 3: Llactapata – Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes : Trekking
We will start our day with breakfast, we will begin our trekking activity of pure descent for 3 hours. Then we will pass by the hydroelectric, where the government control is located, to enter the Machu Picchu National Park (Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary). At this point we will begin our walk to the town of Aguas Calientes, passing through the sector called Intihuatana, a small archaeological site where the guide will give us an explanation. Then we will continue to San Gabriel where we will enjoy our lunch prepared by another family (Gonzas). From this area, we will have the opportunity to contemplate the majestic mountains Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu from the bottom. We will finish the trek in the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the third night and the last dinner.
- Hiking distance: 15 km / 9.32 miles, ft.
- Hiking time: 6 hours approximately.
- Weather: Hot during the day and warm at night.
- Lodging: Hotel Andino*** in Aguas Calientes or similar.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
- Maximum altitude: 2050 m.a.s.l / 6725 ft.
- Minimum altitude: 1430 m.a.s.l / 4691 ft.
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU.
Our day will start with the option of hiking or taking the bus (US $12). Once inside the archaeological site, in your guided tour inside the Inca city of Machu Picchu, you will see its most important temples, such as the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Three Windows, etc. You will then be free to explore Machu Picchu on your own. If you booked in advance, to hike Huayna Picchu ($60) or Machu Picchu mountain($60), you will have that opportunity after your guided tour. You must make the reservations to hike either mountain three months in advance because the space is limited to only 200 people a day to climb Huayna Picchu. We also recommend allowing time to relax, meditate, and rest while taking advantage of the magical and spiritual energies of this great wonder.
After you have finished enjoying Machu Picchu, you will return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and Cusco.
What to Bring? - Packing List
We recommend carrying only the necessary luggage for the days of the tour. Large backpacks with equipment that are not needed for the expedition should be left in the city of Cusco (at your hotel or in our main office)
Small backpack from 30 to 40 liters
Light T-shirts, shorts and / or leggings
Only a light coat
Bathing suit and sandals
Hat or cap
Mosquito repellent (25% Deet)
Rain poncho or rain jacket.
Personal hygiene items: wet wipes, toothpaste and toothbrush
The most friendly and positive attitude possible.
Additional Items to upgrade your experience
These are the different options how you can improve your experience in Machu Picchu after doing our inca jungle trek.
1. Rafting in Santa Maria.
Rafting is an extra activity on the first day of our Inca Jungle tour, it costs $40USD per person, and is not available during the rainy months from December to April.
2. Zip Line in Santa Teresa
This activity is optional and has an additional cost of $40 USD per person. This activity can be done on day 2 of our tour.
3. Huayna Picchu: The cost of the ticket is $60 USD per person.
Huayna Picchu is a mountain within the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu, it is a 45-minute hike to the top.
To purchase this additional you have to let us know at least 3 months in advance due to high demand, Schedules and details of your visit to this site will be confirmed in the previous meeting that we will have.
4. Machu Picchu Mountain: The cost of the ticket is $ 60 USD per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain is also an extra inside the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu, it is a 1 hour and a half walk to the top.
To purchase this extra you have to let us know at least 3 months in advance due to the high demand, the schedules and details of your visit to this site will be confirmed in the previous meeting we will have.
Do you want to know more about the Inca jungle trail? Read our useful information section and learn more about availability, food, entrance fees, and more.
Inca Jungle Trek Availability
There is no space limit for the Inca Jungle Trek tour. However, for safety reasons, we restrict some activities in the rainiest months, which are from January to March.
What do you need to know about the Inca Jungle 4 Days trail?
- This 4-day tour to Machu Picchu is not recommended for travelers with back problems.
- You will have a guide during your Inca Jungle trek and your visit to Machu Picchu. (English speak and Spanish)
- Departures with 02 to 08 persons maximum.
- No wheelchair access.
DO NOT FORGET ESSENTIALS: original passport, insurance card, and personal medications.
This hike will be composed of a maximum of 06 travelers.
Return from Machu Picchu to Cusco
The best way to return to Cusco is by Train, you will check and buy it for yourself according to your schedule.
Weather on the Inca jungle trek 4 days
The Inca jungle trail has a warm climate every day since we are in the high jungle of Cusco. Except for the first hours of the first day, we must climb up to the Malaga pass and then descend.
The rainy and dry season also applies in this area of the Cusco jungle. This means that the rainy months go from October to April and the dry months from May to the end of October.
The best time to hike the Inca Jungle Trail
The best time to do the Inca jungle trek is the dry season, which covers March/April/May/June/July/August/September October/November. These last months are especially good if you want to go rafting in Santa Maria.
Temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year, with warm days reaching 20 degrees Celsius. Nights and early mornings are cold (single digits and sometimes below freezing, especially in the dry season).
Travel Insurance (Obligatory)
If you become ill or injured while away from home, you can be reimbursed for treatment provided as a result of a covered medical emergency during your trip.
Restrooms and showers on the Inca Jungle trek
Toilets and showers will be at your disposal in the hotels and lodgings we have each night.
You will sleep in comfortable accommodations that have all the basic services, If you need something special, please let us know before starting the tour.
The day before the Inca jungle trek adventure, our guide and team will meet you in an agreed-upon area that they will let you know in order to explain in detail all aspects of the tour.
All about tipping on the Inca Jungle trek
Tipping is customary on Inca jungle trail treks. Along the trail, you will have the assistance of several people that you will not see again on the trail, so if you are in the possibility of tipping you can do so.
For the tour guide, the tip is given after the guided tour of Machu Picchu. You decide the amount depending on your experience with them. The guides can receive dollars or soles without any problem.
Food on the Inca Jungle Trek
The food is varied and changes cook at each place we arrive, the people live on this route and as a way to promote the local economy, we hire them for this purpose.
*Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other options are available upon request (please advise at the time of booking).
Here are some options we have for food on the 4-Day Inca Jungle to Machu Picchu.
These are just examples, and we will not necessarily find the same. Some local restaurants will have options and some will not.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to pack for inca jungle trek?
You should pack for the next few days of adventure.
-Trekking shoes, sun cream, sunscreen, light clothing 90% of the route is through hot and humid tropical zone, but the first hours during the cycling is cold, a light jacket is enough, insect repellents, hat and sunglasses.
What to wear for jungle trekking?
First day: cold at the beginning of the cycling activity it is recommended to wear warm clothes, but as we go deeper into the jungle the weather changes from cold to hot and humid.
Second day: wear super light clothes to walk all day in this part of the tour will be very hot 25-27 degrees.
Third day: it is also recommended to wear light clothing as the heat and humidity continue.
Fourth day: light clothing and lots of sun protection cream.
What type of backpack is necessary for the trip?
For this trip, we recommend a backpack that can hold between 30–40 Liters, with clothes that are only necessary for the 4 days of the trip. The rest of your luggage will be left in storage at your hotel in Cusco or at the Lorenzo Expeditions office
Is advanced cycling experience necessary?
On the tour, there is a total of 3 hours of downhill biking. 95% of the road is downhill and paved. Therefore, the cycling part of the tour is not difficult. Only basic to intermediate experience is required.
How can I access Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain?
To climb one of the two mountains, you must purchase the entrance ticket in advance. Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain has an extra cost of $60 USD per person, and it is recommended to book tickets at least 3 months in advance. If you wish to book the entrance ticket for Huaynapicchu, please contact our reservations team.
Will there be accommodations, or will we be camping?
The tour package includes 03 nights of accommodation.
On the first night, we will provide rooms with double or triple rooms. Private bathrooms and a cold shower. Here is hot weather.
On the second night, we will provide double or triple rooms. Private bathrooms and a hot shower.
On the third night, double or triple rooms will be provided. Private bathrooms, hot shower, and Wi-Fi are included.
Please note: If you would like to require private rooms, please contact us before starting the tour.
What will the weather be like during the tour?
During the first two hours (the cycling route) it will be quite cold because we will be at a high altitude. After those two hours, and for the rest of the tour, the weather will be warm and humid (during the night as well). The temperature in the morning varies between 18–25 degrees Celsius (64 – 77 degrees Fahrenheit). During the months of June, July, and August, the temperature can reach 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). At night, the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) with a maximum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit). Therefore, we recommend that you bring light clothes.
What form of payment should I use?
You can make a deposit on our website in order to confirm your reservation. It is very important to confirm available spaces before making the deposit. The leftover balance should be paid in cash (dollars or soles) in our office in Cusco. We do not accept credit cards.
Please note: On certain occasions, it is not necessary to make a security deposit. At the moment that you make your reservation, our agency will communicate to you whether it is necessary.
How do I return to Cusco after the tour?
There are two options for your return trip to Cusco. The most popular and safe option is the train. The second, and more affordable option, is by car.
By train: There are two options if you choose to travel by train. The first is from Machu Picchu town to Cusco (about 4 hours of travel) and the second option is from Machupicchu Town to Ollantaytambo (about 2 hours of travel). From the station in Ollantaytambo, it is very easy and affordable to find a car that will take you straight to Cusco (2 hours to Cusco).
To see train availability and prices, please visit: www.perurail.com or www.incarail.com
By car: If you wish to return by car, you must first walk for 3 hours from Machupicchu Town to the hydroelectric power plant. At the power plant, there are cars waiting to take passengers to Cusco. The price to get to Cusco is about $20-25 USD and the trip takes around 7 hours. The disadvantage of returning to Cusco in a car is that you will have to leave the archaeological ruins of Machupicchu no later than 10 a.m.