The Inka Jungle Backpacker Tour is the more economical version of the tour, recommended for younger travellers looking for adventure and who enjoy travelling in larger groups (around 12).
An alternative to the famous “Inka Trail”, this 4-day expedition combines adventure sports, including mountain biking, canoeing, zip-lining, and hiking, all before reaching the ultimate destination of Machu Picchu.
Along the journey, travelers will experience diverse landscapes and climates, witness a variety of Peruvian flora and fauna, as well as plantations of coffee, coca, corn and fruit. Accommodation is arranged in lodgings situated in the small towns and communities we will visit along the way.
The Inka Jungle Backpacker is our most popular tour among young travelers seeking adventure and excitement, set against a backdrop of Peruvian nature and ancient Inca history.
Starting at 6:00 am participants are picked up from their respective locations and are then transported to Abra Málaga (14110 ft/4300 m above sea level) in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Here we will begin on bicycle, descending several thousand meters until arriving at the town of Santa María ( 3940 ft/1200 m asl). After a well-deserved lunch and a short break, we continue by water with a 3-hour rafting journey to our next destination. From here we will be transported to our lodging in the town of Santa Maria where we will enjoy dinner together and spend our first night.
After beginning the day with a warm breakfast, we continue on our journey along an ancient Inca road to the village of Kellomayo, traversing diverse landscapes and climates, and witnessing picturesque vistas of plantations of coffee, cocoa, coca, corn, and fruits.
After lunch, we will continue trekking as we cross one of the most biologically diverse areas in the journey and arrive at the thermal pools of Santa Teresa (Cocalmayo). Here we have the opportunity enjoy the restorative baths before undertaking the short trek (approximately 30 minutes) to the town of Santa Teresa where we will spend our second night.
Here we will have the opportunity to unwind together while enjoying a well deserved ‘pisco sour’ in one of the small but cozy Pubs of Santa Teresa.
The 3rd day features the most exhilarating of the adventure activities – the Zip Line. After a morning spent flying through mountain valleys and the Peruvian high jungle we will enjoy lunch in close proximity to the Hidroeléctrica (Hydroelectric) station, it’s from here that we will begin a picturesque walk along the train tracks towards the town of Aguas Calientes.
A highlight of the trek will be the historical description that our guide will provide during the approximately 3 hour tour, describing the route of the great explorers who first discovered Machu Picchu in the early 1900s.
In the evening we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and coordinate our visit with our guide to the archaeological complex the following day. The last night of the tour will be spent in a comfortable hostel at the foot of the great Machu Picchu.
At 4:00 am in the morning, we will begin our climb to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in order to witness the sunrise at the summit. After entering the archaeological complex (approximately 6:30 am) we will have a 2-hour tour from our guide, after which we will be free to explore the site independently.
This is the point where we will have the opportunity to climb some of the optional mountains: Huayna Picchu or Montaña Vieja. These sites are where some of the most iconic Machu Picchu photographs are taken and where we will be able to take our own while viewing the ruins from a birds eye perspective.
That afternoon we will descend to the village of Aguas Calientes where we will rest and have the opportunity to pick up any crafts and souvenirs while we wait for our return train. The train will take us in the direction of Ollantaytambo, where we will meet our transport and be transferred to Cusco – the final destination of our Inka Jungle tour.
The Inka Jungle Tour is an 4-day expedition combining adventure sports including mountain biking, canoeing, zip-lining, and hiking until reaching the ultimate destination of Machu Picchu. The Backpacker package is the more budget friendly version, preferred by young people who come to Cusco from all over the world in search of adventure and the iconic Inca ruins. This version has daily departures of roughly 12 people per group. Accommodation and meals are provided by the communities we will visit during the 4-day trek and allows us to support the local people and economies.