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Pump Up Your Adrenaline: Travel the Inca Jungle

Pump Up Your Adrenaline: Travel the Inca Jungle

“All roads lead to Rome”, or that is what they thought during the Roman Empire; but those who visit Cusco realize that the Italian capital is too far from these places and that here, “All roads lead to Machu Picchu”.

This is because the final goal is the Inca Citadel with an infinity of trekkings for many days that challenge the adventurers that want to explore and travel the Qhapaq Ñan or Camino Inca. One of the most exciting routes to reach Machu Picchu is the one that runs through the Inca jungle; a four day adventure on bike, by foot and by train. Are you in?

From Cusco to Machu Picchu Through the Inca Jungle

The Camino Inca is a very well-known route among trekking fans but each time there are more tourist agencies that offer alternative routes, like the Inca jungle route. Here we tell you about the most common journey of this four-day trekking and where you will need several means of transportation.


Day 1: From Cusco to Santa Maria in an exciting route on mountain bike

The adventurers who dare to carry on this journey arrive to Abra Malaga from Cusco, going through the famous Valle Sagrado de los Incas. At Abra Malaga the adventure begins at 4,350 meters/14,272 feet above sea level and on a mountain bike, a route on descend initiates and will take you through fascinating landscapes and small towns all the way to Santa Maria in the familiar high jungle of Peru.

You will spend the first night in this city by the shores of the Vilcanota River.


Day 2: From Santa Maria to Santa Teresa surrounded by nature

Continuing by foot and by the river bed of the Vilcanota River south-bound you will arrive to Santa Teresa, your final destination for the day. The path is full of wonders of the Peruvian jungle you will not want to miss, like: hummingbirds, wild animals like the Mountain Lion, and fruit plants like mango. Furthermore, you will go through small towns like Quellomayo where the families that live here await you with traditional plates for you to regain your energy.

Before arriving to Santa Teresa you will pass by its hot spings. Do not hesitate and make a stop to give yourself some time to rest and relax in the medicinal waters. You will feel like new to continue with the adventure!


Day 3: From Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes, the entrance door to Machu Picchu

By the third day you will be very near your final destination! The route that divides Santa Teresa from Aguas Calientes is done on foot and is full of beautiful landscapes with waterfalls and rivers where you can freshen up. Can you imagine what it would be like to take a swim surrounded by the breathtaking Andes?

On this trajectory you will reach the Hydroelectric Train Station, a good place to make a stop and eat something. After a two-hour walk you will reach the beautiful and picturesque city of Aguas Calientes. We know you will be tired by now but if you are feeling up for it, you can go through this enchanting place.


Day 4: The route towards the aspired destination: Machu Picchu

The time to be acquainted with one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, Machu Picchu, is finally here. Even though the route from Aguas Calientas to Machu Picchu can be done by bus, now that you have reached all the way here by foot, why not continue walking?  After one hour or so of trekking (10 km/6 mi) through the jungle that surrounds the Inca Citadel, you will arrive to the Machu Picchu entrance.

Now is the time for you to enjoy the impressive site. You will walk through the archeological complex with a guide (it is mandatory in order to access) who will narrate each detail known about Machu Picchu’s history. If you feel like you have enough energy for more, climb the Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu Mountain. From the summit you will appreciate marvelous sights of the citadel and all of the Inca jungle that surrounds it.

Once back in Aguas Calientes, Inca Rail awaits you with the best trains that will take you to Ollantaytambo or Poroy in an unbelievable trip through the Andes. What more can you ask for in an adventurous trip like this one?



  • Although the majority of the path is well signaled, we always recommend doing the Inca jungle route with an authorized tour guide who will be of help in case of an emergency or any necessity.
  • This trekking runs through areas that are over 4,500 meters/14,764 feet above sea level so you need to be prepared. During your first days in Cusco, always carry coca leaves or have altitude sickness pills while adapting to the altitude.
  • Be prepared for the weather according to the season. Like we have mentioned before, in this area of the country there are two seasons: dry and rainy season. This means you will have to take clothes that will adapt to the season you choose for trekking.
  • Always carry mosquito repellent and sunscreen. You will be walking by very sunny areas and mosquitos are common during the nights.