Inca Jungle Route & Highlights
Our Inca Jungle Trek is originally a 4-day tour. Starting we weave down the mountain coming into the heat of the amazon. This section is all done by bike. Jumping in a white-water raft you paddle (or swim) down the Urubamba river which ultimately flows into the great Amazon river. You then Trek heading North / North East towards the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, stopping only on route to enjoy some adrenaline filled antics.
Day 1: Cusco – Santa María (Biking and Rafting)
Day 2: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa (Hiking)
Day 3: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes (Zip-Lining, Rock Climbing, and Hiking)
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco (Exploring Ruins)
The route is 103km (64miles) long with the highest altitude at 4,200 meters above sea level.
Find more information about the adventure activities here: Inca Jungle Adventure Activities.
Hot springs– The hot Springs in Santa Teresa will be well deserved after all of your adventurous pursuits. This place will make you feel as though you have been transported to a fancy spa hotel when you sink into the clear, hot, therapeutic waters. The best part is it is surrounded by the jungle, at the base of a mountain and is situated alongside the Urubamba river. There are toilets, changing rooms and showers as expected, however, another bonus is this place has a large outdoor bar where you can purchase drinks and food. It is truly the relaxation hub you need on this trek, quiet, calm R&R nestled in between fast paced action.
Coffee and Cacao Plantations – Peruvian coffee is known for its sweet taste and despite being lesser known that other countries coffee they export 3.2 Billion 60kg bags a year. Find out for yourself what makes it so special when you visit one of the many coffee farms within the Incan Jungle. Cacao is also something you will come across many times here in Peru. The plant and its different parts are used for many things including helping with altitude sickness, making herbal teas and producing chocolate! You will find out the traditional ways the farmers cultivate their crops and create their beautiful Peruvian chocolate on a tour of the farm and plantation! Touring these areas will give you the chance to see a traditional way of life for Peruvians far from the cities.
Local Food and hospitality – One of the highlights of this trek, which you don’t get with many, is the chance to be taken to eat in restaurants which have been hand picked for you. What better way to try Peruvian food than by eating somewhere that a local has recommended. Throughout the trip you will be taken to some of the top local restaurants to get an authentic taste of peru and its cuisine. These hidden gems are usually family run operations with traditional Peruvian cooking and appear in places you would never suspect. The food in piled sky high as you will enjoy 4 courses within a sitting most say. Traditional plates such as Lomo Saltado,corn salad, quinoa soup,and Tequenos with freshly made guacamole from avocados that grew in the jungle!
Aguas Calientes– Often ignored from your mind as a highlight until you reach its bustling hub. Within the Urubamba river flowing directly through the town and the grand statues it has a feel of another time. There is an extensive market which has beautiful souvenirs or gifts to purchase. It is a commotion of noise and excited whilst still acting as a sanctuary of provisions and protection.