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7 Day Inca Jungle Tour Adventure

During this tour of 7 days you visit first Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo, before you travel along an adventures trek from Cuzco to Machu Picchu!

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Short itinerary 7 Day Inca Jungle Tour Adventure:

Day 1: Arrive in Cuzco
Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour, incl.: Pisac, Pisac Ruins, Salineras, the Ollantaytambo fortress and Chinchero
Day 3: First day of the Inca Jungle Trail: Cuzco to Santa Maria
Day 4: Santa Maria to Santa Teresa
Day 5: Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes
Day 6: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu to Cuzco
Day 7: Cuzco – Lima

Note: when you’re alone the Sacred Valley tour in Private service will be quite expensive, so we can change this for a basic tour in shared service to reduce the price a bit.

Extended itinerary of this 7 Day Inca Jungle Tour Adventure


Day 1: Arrive in Cuzco and free day

Cuzco Plaza PeruArrive in Cuzco and transfer to your hostel in the historical center of Cuzco and at walking distance from Plaza de Armas.
Cuzco was ones the Inca Capital of Peru, ruling most of South America. After the Spanish Conquistadors arrived, they build their colonial buildings on top of the Inca foundations of the Inca buildings. This combination of different building styles together with the beautiful location in the mountains, the many touristic activities, restaurants, bars, etc., have made from Cusco one of the most popular tourist cities in South America!
One night with breakfast in a hotel in Cuzco.

Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour in private service, incl.: Pisac – Salineras - Ollantaytambo – Chinchero - Cuzco

Salineras tour, Sacred ValleyThis full day tour takes you to all the most famous and popular parts of the Sacred Valley. This is a fully guided tour with an English speaking guide who will provide detailed explanations of the surrounding towns and sights in the Sacred Valley.
You will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 7:30 am and drive in about 60 minutes to the archeological site of Pisac. Passing along the ruins and enjoying the great views over the valley your guide will explain you part of the impressive Inca history!
After visiting the archeological site of Pisac, you will have time to stroll around on the colorful market in the village of Pisac.
You will have approximately 30 minutes to visit the market, so make sure you bring some extra cash to get the perfect gift and then it is time to drive to the ancient old salt pans from Salineras. Already for thousands of years the pre-Inca Maras civilization creates small pools on the slopes of the valley to be able to extract the salt from the water that comes out of the mountain. After we’ve taken surrealistic pictures from this unique location, we drive back to Ollantaytambo Inca fortressUrubamba for lunch.
Optional: A complete buffet Lunch in Urubamba (42 soles or US$15 additional), or bring a lunch package.
After lunch the journey continues along the valley to the town and ruins of Ollantaytambo. Founded by the Inca Ollanta on the banks of the Urubamba River, Ollantaytambo is a fort built into the mountain with Andean terraces and also a traditional town. At the top of the ruins we find the Sun Temple, constructed of large blocks that have remained intact for centuries in spite of the effects of time and weather.
On the way back we make a short stop at the toursit market of Chinchero.
Then it is time to drive back to Cuzco, where you arrive around 18:00h.
Overnight + breakfast in Hostel in Cuzco

Day 3: First day of the Inca Jungle Trail: Cuzco to Santa Maria

Mountain biking Inca Jungle trailThe tour begins with pickup around 6:30 am from the reception.  Leave your bags in our luggage storage and hit the road!  Sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you are driven to over 4,200 meters above sea level to the top of Abra Malaga.
Take a deep breath, strap on the protective gear provided and take in the majestic mountain before hitting the pavement on brand new mountain bikes.  Feel the wind whip your face as you cruise down winding mountain roads, past waterfalls, mountain villages and the occasional road dog.  Almost three hours and a 2,000-meter decent of white knuckled excitement brings you to the lunch stop in Alfamayo.  Strip off layers and slap on insect repellent as you enter the pre-jungle climate.  After lunch and some time to relax (to let the heat of the afternoon melt away) a short van ride takes you to the start of your first short trek.  About 30 minutes penetrating the jungle takes you to your accommodation for the evening.  A family owned jungle lodge provides the perfect backdrop to recover from the trek and recount the excitement of the day.  Keep an eye out for the family mongoose and parrot!

Day 4: Santa Maria to Santa Teresa

Inca Jungle Trail trek
A 7 am wake up finds you shrouded in the mists of the jungle.  After a hearty breakfast your day starts with a short but intense climb to start your section of an authentic Inka Trail.  As you wind up and down precipitous cliffs over a stunning valley your guide will transport you to the time of the Incas, revealing some of what little we do know from this ancient and amazing culture.  The trail descends to Quellomayo where the group will stop for lunch and have some time to relax in hammocks.  Keep an eye out for natural fruit, especially the taste explosion that is maracuya (passion fruit).  After lunch the trek continues along the surging Urubamba river, crossing it at one point in a cart and pulley (safe yet thrilling!).  Your day of trekking (around 16km) concludes with a visit to the immaculate Santa Theresa hot springs.  Sink into the warm water and let the aches of the trail melt away.  Then it is time for dinner and an overnight in a comfortable hostel in Santa Theresa to finish this interesting day.

Day 5: Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes

Inca Jungle Trail hiking
A choice waits at the outset of the third day: either continue trekking, or choose to fly through the air 150 meters above the ground over rivers and jungle!  The zip line option includes transport to the zip line facility and 5 zips.  Are you brave enough to lean back into the upside down monkey position?  Or spread your wings and dive head first in the incredible superman/woman position. Make sure you book your zip line ahead of time to ensure the safest, highest, fastest zips (there are several other zip tours of lesser quality).The group will re-form at the Hydroelectric station for lunch before continuing the trek.
Another three hours trekking along the train tracks and the raging river brings you to the tourist town of Aguas Calientes.  Travelers have the option to visit the local hot springs or relax and explore the town before dinner.  Make sure you make it an early night to be awake for the ascent to the jewel of the tour: Machu Picchu!

Day 6: Machu Picchu / Huayna Picchu - to Cusco

guided tour Machu Picchu
Your climb to Machu Picchu begins before the sun is up. Ascend step by step for approximately 1hr 45 min. up the ‘Inca staircase’ to the formerly lost stronghold of Machu Picchu.  A 2-hour guided tour reveals mysteries and poses questions of how the Incas lived and were able to achieve such marvelous feats of engineering.  After the tour you have the option to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for an even more incredible view of the ruins and the surrounding sheer cliffs of the Andes. Please note: climbing any of these two mountains has to be booked well in advance. Check out our short YouTube video about the Inca Jungle Trail.  Take your time exploring the wondrous ruins and get that perfect picture before making your descent back to Aguas Calientes (1hr 15 min.). Half an hour before your train to Ollantaytambo leaves you have to be at the train station in Aguas Calientes. The train from A.C. to Ollantaytambo takes about 1hr 40 min. and from Ollantaytambo you go with shared transportation (mini Van/ bus) back to Cuzco.
Overnight with breakfast in Hostel in Cuzco.

Day 7: Cuzco - Lima

Lima city tour Peru
At a convenient hour for your flight you will be brought to the airport of Cuzco

Important note: Participating in this adventures tour is completely at your own responsibility and risk.

Please note also that the itinerary of the 4 days Inca Jungle tour could have small changes depending on local circumstances (like weather).

The price of this tour is based on min. 2 participants, sharing a double room.
ISIC card holders will receive a 20 US$ discount.

Optional upgrades during this tour:
1-   To hike the 4-Days Classic Inca Trail, instead of the Inca Jungle Trail, this has to be book as far in advance as possible! Depending where you travel from, we also recommend at least an extra day of acclimatizing in Cusco before the trek.

2- Book a tour into the Tambopata Amazon Reserve: Amazon Tour options

Recommendation: We recommend you to look for flight combinations. It is not always possible, but if you can book your flights within Peru in combination with your international flights, it could save you more than 100 US$ p.p. so it is worth to try.

Included and recommended to bring with on this tour:

–    Transfer from and to airport in Cusco
–    A Private Tour into the Sacred valley of Cusco, incl.: Visits to Pisac Ruines, Pisac Pueblo, Urubamba, Salineras and Ollantaytambo English speaking guide, transport, entrance fees of Pisac Ruins, Salineras and Ruins of Ollantaytambo (worth 80 soles) (no lunch).
–    A 4-days basic Inca Jungle Trail in shared international service incl.:
•     Transport from Cusco to Abra Malaga
•    Packed Lunch on day 3
•    Food -> from lunch day 3 to breakfast day 7
•    Professional bilingual guide
•    Bike with front suspension, gloves and helmet
•    Entrance fee to Machu Picchu (worth 152 soles)
•    Train back and shared tourist transport to Cusco
–    In total: 6 nights accommodation in hotels and hostels, incl. breakfast

Not included:
–    Flights
–    Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
–    Cable car during the Inca Jungle Trail, 2 soles (not optional)
–    Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, optional US$12 each way

Optional within this tour:
–    Climb Huayna Picchu (US$15) or Machu Picchu Mountain (US$15) (to be booked with the reservation!)
–    Rafting in Santa Maria, optional US$38
–    Zip line in Santa Teresa, optional US$30
–    Hot Springs in Santa Teresa, optional 10 soles (recommendable)
–    Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes, optional 10 soles (not recommendable)

Recommended to bring:
–    Hiking boots/shoes
–    Good Backpack (min 30 to 40 liters)
–    Comfortable clothing for trekking
–    Rain gear or poncho (rainy season)
–    Sandals for evenings
–    Light clothing for warm weather and swimsuit
–    Warm sweater / jacket for 1st morning of the bike tour
–    Head light/ Flashlight + extra batteries
–    Camera
–    Protection against the sun: Hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
–    Water bottle
–    Small ersonal medical kit
–    Insect repellent
–    Toilet paper
–    Snacks
–    Spending money (soles  in small change)
–    Original passport
–    ISIC card (if applicable)
–    Contact and contract information of your obligated travel insurance

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View from Pisac
Inca citadel
Inca Jungle Trail Machu Picchu Peru
Mountain biking on Inca Jungle Trail
Plaza de Armas view
Daying wool in Chinchero

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