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Cusco Jungle Tours

If you have not yet come to Machu Picchu, the people who were already there will tell you about a meeting with the sacred mountains, great stone structures and the energy they felt, as well as countless stories with people from all over the world. We are also sure that the people who see the photos of Machu Picchu decide that they have to reach this beautiful place at some point in their lives and others that have to do it as soon as possible. This huge demand has meant that Machu Picchu tickets have to be limited to 2500 to protect the wonder, and that some people take routes outside the traditional ones to arrive; How about Santa Teresa?, the cheapest route to Machu Picchu.An alternative route to Machu Picchu, which will take you by bus passing through the sacred valley, ascending to 4600 meters above sea level and descending through a tropical valley to the villages of Santa Maria and Santa Teresa in the jungle. We continue the trip by train or a walk through the Inca Jungle, crossing beautiful landscapes of warm weather until we reach Machu Picchu.Machu Picchu, popularly known as the "Old Mountain" is an Inca city surrounded by temples, platforms and water channels, built on top of a mountain. Its construction was built with large blocks of stone joined together, without the use of amalgam. At the moment it is considered cultural patrimony of the humanity when being recognized like important political center, religious and administrative of the Inca time.Located at 110 kilometers northeast of Cusco, in the province of Urubamba, this architectural gem is visited by thousands of tourists, and many of them take traditional routes that have great scenic, beauty and history. However here we have a new proposal for you to know Machupicchu through the Inca jungle.You will discover a big diversity of flora (pacay, avocado, orange, mango, large amount of bananas, maza zamb; herbs such as verbena, tinre tinre, etc) and fauna(hedgehogs, squirrels, frugivorous birds such as p'usty (paucar) that feeds on bananas and orange trees, pigeons, etc). In addition there is a great diversity of insects and reptiles, such as snakes and lizards, and the best of all is the warm climate.

 

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Before you go

Quick Itinerary 

Day 01: Cusco - Abra Malaga - Santa Teresa 

Day 02: Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes 

Day 03: Machu Picchu - Cusco


HIGHLIGHTS INCA JUNGLE TO MACHUPICCHU:

  • Machu Picchu was Declared a Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, being considered as an important religious, political and administrative center of the Inca period. 
  • Machu Picchu was interconnected with the entire Inca Empire through the Qhapac Ñan, known route of the Inca roads. 
  • Its temperature ranges between 6.2 ° and 29.5 °, since it is located in a subtropical zone. Its rainiest months are from November to March. 
  • Its majestic architecture comprises some 140 structures throughout the citadel. 
  • The average altitude of the citadel is 2 450 m a.s.l. 
  • The mountains of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu are ideal for panoramic photographs of the entire architectural complex. 
  • Its discovery is due to the researcher Hiram Bingham III who was looking for the last capital of the Vilcabamba Incas. 
  • Machu Picchu was declared "Historical Sanctuary of Peru" in 1981.
  • Inca Jungle, has become in recent years an alternative route to visit Machu Picchu crossing the cocoa and coffee plantations.
  • Santa Teresa, is only 14 km from Machu Picchu.

ALL ABOUT INCA JUNGLE AND MACHU PICCHU:

Machu Picchu in its final version was built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, like other cities of the Inca nobility, this was a small, beautiful, and self-sustainable city, because it had platforms that ensured its subsistence and deposits to conserve the abundance of food. It is still conjectured the reason for the abandonment of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu was part of a system of exchange of essential products for the life of the empire and the people of the jungle. From the low forests came valuable products for the Incas: coca, medicinal herbs, feathers of exotic birds for ritual ceremonies, certain varieties of chili much appreciated, and from the Andes down dried potatoes, corn.

 

  • What is the best season to travel to Machu Pichu?:To Machu Picchu, you can travel all year round. During the rainy season there is a risk of mudslides or river overflows that usually affect the railroad and the small nearby towns. During this season, only during February the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance, but not the citadel of Machu Picchu. The only way to get to Machu Picchu in the Inca times was through the Inca Trail. Today thousands of tourists have access to Machu Picchu by train and also using the ancient Inca Trail or visit it for a new route ,through Inca Jungle. Visitors descend from the train at Machu Picchu Town and then a bus service takes us up to the mountain where the citadel is located.
  • Meaning of Machu Picchu: About why Machu Picchu was built and its meaning, scholars like Raúl Pacheco Herrera, Luis Lumbreras and Mariana Molde de Pease Manages the hypothesis that Pachacutec ,the creator of the Inca empire, the man who upset the universe, the man who was deity,order to build the magnificent city, that was built as the mausoleum it deserved once it was dead. It must be taken into account that, during the Inca empire, the Incas were not considered human beings and that their remains had a different status from common corpses. The mummies were enthroned in the Qoricancha and were taken in procession on certain dates. While Pachacutec had life, Machu Picchu would be an enclosure of leisure, pleasure and worship, for him, his panaca and his priests.
  • Discovery of Machu Picchu: Hiram Bingham (1875-1956) American professor is considered the discoverer of Machu Picchu. The North American professor Bingham made a total of 3 trips to Peru. The first was in 1911, he was guided by the Cusquenian Melchor Arteaga. His other expeditions for the economy of Yale University and the National Geographical Society in 1912. In his different expeditions Bingham came to take about 11,000 photos of the complex. At 2011, the world celebrated the centenary of the discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham.
  • Machu Picchu one of the 7 new wonders of the World:  In 2007 Machu Picchu was considered, along with the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal, as one of the seven wonders of the world.

 


MORE TOURS:

DAY 1: CUSCO- SAN LUIS- SANTA TERESA

This first day, we will start picking you up at 6:30 am at your hotel. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you are driven to over 4,200 meters above sea level to the top of Abra Malaga. Take a deep breath, strap on the protective gear provided and take in the majestic mountain before hitting the pavement on brand new mountain bikes. Feel the wind whip your face as you cruise down winding mountain roads, past waterfalls, mountain villages and the occasional road dog. Almost three hours, we will be at 2,000-meter decent at Alfamayo where we will have our delicious lunch. Strip off layers and slap on insect repellent as you enter the pre-jungle climate. After lunch and some time to relax (to let the heat of the afternoon melt away) a short van ride takes you to the start of your first short trek. Local bus to Santa Teresa where we spend a night .

DAY 2: SANTA TERESA - AGUAS CALIENTES

This second day,we have early breakfast before taking a private transport to Llucmabamba Town, we will cross suspension bridges and we will move in a oroya on the Vilcanota River, observing in the way a great variety of wild fauna. There we can observe the sunrise with a beautiful landscape from where you can see the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu. Wishing to cross the banking forests where we will have the opportunity to enjoy and see wildlife. Be very awake because we will have the opportunity to observe birds native of the area. Finally we will arrive at the Hydroelectric, where we will begin to follow the roads that lead us to Aguas Calientes. Finally,we will spend the last night in a comfortable hostel there, with private rooms ,bathrooms and the service offers us a hot shower.

 

DAY 3:MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

Once we arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes they will have to get accommodation, and for the next day climb to the citadel of Machu Picchu. The entrance to the citadel will be seen when you are doing the walk towards Aguas Calientes, we will see some bridges over the Urubamba River that are the entrance to the citadel. The access bridges are about 15 minutes from Aguas Calientes. Arriving at the fantastic citadel of Machupicchu, we will have a guided tour of 2 hours, then you will have the chance to climb the famous Huayna Picchu or hiking by yourself in the citadel.Finally we will return to Cusco. 

Please Take Note: Your return time to Cusco will depend on which transport option, or return train you select.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel in Cusco a day before the adrenaline tour);
  • Private tourist transport round trip.
  • Accommodation: Basic hostel Santa Teresa (1 nights) and a comfortable Hotel (1 night);
  • Entrance to the citadel of Machupicchu; 
  • Meals: 2x Breakfasts, 2x Lunches, 2x Dinners (Vegetarian food available);
  • Professional English / Spanish guide.;
  • Tourist train (Expedition Service at 18:20 or 19:00) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Mountain bicycles (brand Scott with a hydraulic brake), helmet and gloves;;
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle; 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast on the day 1 and lunch on the last day.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu.
  • Entrance to the thermal baths.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips.

TAKE WITH YOU:

  • A backpack with necessary clothes for the entire journey. Jacket or poncho for the rain. 
  • Ideal shoes for the walk. 
  • Camera, video camera Photographic roll and batteries. 
  • Hats to protect from the sun, rain and cold. 
  • Sunscreen. 
  • Repellent for insects. 
  • Toilet paper. 
  • Small towel. 
  • Sun glasses. 
  • Water. 
  • Snacks (cookies, chocolates and candies)
  • Money in cash.  
  • Bath clothes if you wish Go to the thermal baths.
  • Original passport / Identity card and migration card (TAM) 
  • Pills for altitude sickness. 
  • Personal medical kit.

 

ABOUT MACHUPICCHU:

  • Machu Picchu means old mountain, named after the location of the Inca citadel. 
  • The architectural complex was built approximately in the 15th century and according to historians it would have been built at the request of the Inca Pachacutec.
  • The exact location is in the district of Machu Picchu town, province of Urubamba, 110 km northeast of the city of Cusco. 
  • Machu Picchu was interconnected with the entire Inca Empire through the Qhapaq Ñan, known route of the Inca roads. 
  • Its annual temperature is 6.2º C minimum and maximum of 29.5º C. 
  • The citadel has two sectors: the agricultural one, formed by the platforms and the urban one, that fulfilled administrative functions. 
  • The average altitude of the citadel is 2450 meters above sea level. 
  • The mountains of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu are ideal for panoramic photographs of the entire architectural complex.

 

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