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Cusco: Inca Jungle Backpacker Trek with Machu Picchu

Product ID: 313633
Discover Machu Picchu on an incredible backpacker adventure that should get your adrenaline pumping. Immerse yourself in the thick Andean jungle, trek past villages, try high-altitude mountain biking, and take a guided tour of Machu Picchu.
About this activity
Duration: 3 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

On the day of the tour, we will pick you up from your accommodation in central Cuzco. Please get in touch with us at least a week before your departure date so we can get your pick up address and provide further details.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Immerse yourself in the Andean jungle
  • Visit the spectacular Machu Picchu with a guide
  • Hike through Andes mountain villages
Full description
Day 1: Cuzco to Malaga High Pass and Mountain Biking to Santa Maria Village (1,400 meters)

Your day starts at 6:30AM with a 1.5-hour drive to Ollantaytambo. There you can enjoy a quick breakfast and buy some snacks for the road to the Malaga High Pass. As you arrive your guide will provide you a safety briefing before you begin an adrenaline-pumping 2.5-hour bike ride down into the lush Peruvian jungle. On the journey down you will see the stunning and remote Huamanmarca Archaeological Site, as you cruise through fruit plantations and over rivers before arriving to the Santa Maria Village. You will then have free time, before your day concludes with a drive to Santa Teresa where you will rest in a hostel dorm.

Day 2: Trek to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town

You'll begin with an easy 3-hour hike along the train tracks from Santa Teresa to the Hydroelectric Station where you will stop for lunch. From there, continue for 3 hours on foot to reach Aguas Calientes Town where you will find cafes with board games, plenty of shops, and places to relax. Most people hike this portion of the trek, but there is an optional train ride from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes if you're feeling tired. You'll later overnight in a hostel for a well-deserved shower and good night's rest.

Day 3: Machu Picchu and Return to Cuzco

Wake up early to walk up to Machu Picchu where you will get prepared for a 2-hour guided tour of the ancient citadel. Following this, you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If time allows, you can also visit the local marketplace next to the train station and shop until the train whistle blows, signaling your return to Ollantaytambo.
  • Pre-departure briefing the day before your trek begins
  • Pickup from your accommodation in Cusco
  • All transportation by van and train throughout your tour
  • Professional bilingual guide on the trek and Machu Picchu tour
  • 2 nights' accommodation in a basic hostel dorm
  • Machu Picchu entrance fee
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners in restaurants
  • Mountain biking equipment
  • First-aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle
What’s Not Included
  • Breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinner on day 3
  • Water and drinks
  • Guide for bus and train transfers
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Gratuities (optional but recommended)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Accommodation options are very limited along the trekking route for the first 2 nights in Santa Maria and Santa Teresa villages (most places have very basic, rustic facilities, and rooms often share a bathroom and sometimes do not have hot water)
Organized by

Bamba Experience Inc

Product ID: 313633