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Live an incredible experience full of adrenaline at the Inca jungle

Live an incredible experience full of adrenaline at the Inca jungle

“All roads lead to Rome,” or that’s what the Romans said. But those who visit Cusco realize that here this historical sentence change to “all roads lead to Machu Picchu“.

Because the Inca Citadel is the final goal of many trekkings of several days, which invite the adventurers who want to discover and explore the Qhapaq Ñan or Inca Trail. One of the most exciting routes to reach Machu Picchu is the one that crosses the Inca jungle, a four-day adventure in which you will travel by bicycle, on foot and by train… Do you dare with it?

From Cusco to Machu Picchu through the Inca jungle

The Inca Trail is a route very famous among trekking enthusiasts, but everyday more and more tourist agencies offer alternative routes, such as the Inca jungle. Here we tell you what you will do during this trekking, which lasts four days long and in which you will use several means of transport.


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

At the first day, the adventurers arrive at Ábra Málaga from Cusco, crossing the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. In Ábra Málaga, at 4350 meters above sea level and with a mountain bike, you will begin the adventure by doing a downhill route. It will take you through fascinating landscapes and small towns, until you reach Santa Maria, a place that is part of the high jungle from Peru.

In this city, located on the banks of the Vilcanota River, you will spend the first night.


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

Following, on foot, the channel of the Vilcanota river towards the south you will arrive at Santa Teresa, your destiny of this day. The road is full of wonders of the Peruvian jungle that you will not want to miss: birds like the hummingbird, animals like the wild cat and fruit plants like mango. In addition, you will see small towns like Quellomayo, where the families await you with traditional dishes. After eat this delicious food you will be prepared to keep walking!

Before reaching Santa Teresa you will go through its thermal baths. Do not hesitate! Make a stop and give yourself time to rest and relax in this medicinal waters. You will feel like a new person to continue the adventure!

Day 3: from Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu

The third day of the trekking you will be very close to your destination! The route that separates Santa Teresa from Aguas Calientes is done on foot and it is full of beautiful landscapes, with waterfalls and rivers in which you can take a refreshing swim. Can you imagine how you will feel taking a dip surrounded by the imposing Andes?

On this journey you will cross the Hydroelectric train station, a good place to stop and eat something. After two hours of walking, you will arrive at the beautiful and picturesque city of Aguas Calientes. We know you’ll be tired but, gather strength and go through this city full of charm.


Day 4: the route to the dream destination, Machu Picchu

And the day when you will meet one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World has finally arrived. Although you can make the route from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu by bus, you’ve arrived here on your own foot, why not keep walking? After about an hour of trekking (10 km) through the jungle that surrounds the Inca Citadel, you will arrive at the entrance to Machu Picchu.

Here, you only have to enjoy: you will visit this archaeological complex accompanied by a guide (it is obligatory to enter), who will tell you every detail of the Inca history in Machu Picchu. And if you still have energy and want to discover more, go up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. From these summits you will have wonderful views of the citadel and the entire Inca jungle that surrounds it.

And when you come back to Aguas Calientes, Inca Rail awaits you with the best trains that will take you to Ollantaytambo or Poroy on an incredible journey through the Andes. What else can you ask for an adventure trip?


  • Although the road is mostly well indicated, we always recommend you to travel through the Inca jungle with an authorized tour guide, who can help you in case of any emergency or need.
  • This trekking goes through areas that exceed 4,500 meters above sea level, so you have to be prepared: spend a few days of adaptation in Cusco before start the trekking and always carry coca leaves or pills for altitude sickness.
  • Go prepared for the weather of the area. As we have told you before, in this zone of ​​our country there are two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season, so you will have to wear the correct clothes for the time you do the route.
  • Always carry repellent and sunscreen. You will be walking through very sunny areas and during the nights it is common the presence of mosquitoes.