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Inca Jungle Short

Inca Jungle Short

The Inka Jungle tour is an alternative path that combines adventure, history and culture. It lasts 2 days until you reach Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu if you wish. The Inka Jungle is the favorite tour for young people from all over the world who come to Cusco in search of adventure and extreme sports.This is the most amazing and exciting trip to Machupicchu during the first day and the following days walks, we can discover more adventures among the mountains, valleys, rivers and crossing small towns, coca plantations, coffee and a lot of types of tropical fruits.The real Inca Trail that connects the city of the Incas, which will also take a relaxing bath in the hot springs that is good for rheumatism in Santa Teresa, this trip is undoubtedly considered one of the adventures more unforgettable towards Machupicchu where we can observe the daily life of the Andes and the local population.Make this kind of trips that can contribute with the local population, buying some fruits, mineral water, also, we always use the local restaurants and Family hostels.In addition we can not miss the opportunity to know the flora and fauna that allows us to observe this route.In the end the reward will be immense because we will know the great Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu includes an area of 32,592 hectares protected by the Peruvian state. This sanctuary is framed by the snowcapped Salkantay (6271 m) and Verónica (5822 mts), and includes the entire stretch of the Inca Trail that starts at Km 82 of the railway line linking Cusco with Quillabamba, as well as an extensive area that includes 9 life zones. The area of tourist use is less than 1 percent of the total area of the sanctuary. In the sanctuary there are at least 350 species of orchids and 423 species of birds identified among them the duck of the torrents, the cock of the rocks, and the Andean condor. The climate in the high areas is dry and cold, while in the rain forest, temperate and humid. In the citadel the temperature varies between 12 and 24 degrees. The gradient geography of the Sanctuary and a complex wind system create microclimates that are a source of great biological diversity.Join us to know this 2 day tour, we are sure that you will enjoy the whole trip and you will not regret to know and live this new option that we have for you.

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Day 01: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Abra Malaga - Aguas Calientes

Day 02: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

 

MACHU PICCHU TRAVEL:


BIODIVERSITY 

Machu Picchu is located in a region corresponding to the High Jungle. It is an area with great environmental heterogeneity, which together with its abrupt orographic relief and its climatic regime, make possible the existence of numerous life zones, according to the Holdridge classification system, between the 2,000 and 6,000 masl. The ecology of the Sanctuary is extremely diverse and complex, since it includes life zones, from the low montane dry forest on the edge of the valley to the level in the summits of the mountain range. In altitudinal terms, this means that it extends from 1,725 ​​m.s. at the level of the Urubamba River, up to 6,271 m.a.s.l on the summit of the snowy Salkantay. These geographical variations, and their unique topography, result in a very wide diversity of wild flora and fauna. The whole is a depository of a remarkable biodiversity, characteristic in each and every one of the types of ecosystems that comprise it and that presents the greatest richness in humid forest formations. The species of fauna and flora that have been recorded in this habitat represent a high proportion of the total of the country, to which is added the presence of species of restricted distribution, calculating that from 10 to 20% of them are at high risk of extinction.

 

FLORA  

  • The varied environmental conditions have allowed the generation of a very diverse flora, covering an enormous range that goes from closed forest own of jungle edge to thin mountain peaks. The exuberant mist forests that cover the steep slopes and mountains serve as a framework for this magical place, a refuge for innumerable species of wild flora, among which are delicate orchids, bromeliads and tree ferns. In a site between Wiñay Wayna and the Inca city of Machu Picchu, 90 arboreal species with diameter greater than 10cm were found in a sampled hectare, one of the highest figures available for the jungle brow . For all these reasons, Machu Picchu has been described as the parasite of bottlenics. The forest vegetation is represented by wood species such as cedar, romerillo or intimpa, laurel, etc. In addition, of the species mentioned, the genera of shrubs such as Qeuña (Polylepis racemosa), Muña (Minthostachys glabrescens), Ocotea, Pedocarpus, Guarea, Weinmania, Clusia, Cedropia, Cinchena and Eritrina predominate. or Pisonay (Erythrina falcata) among others. In the same way, there are many species of begonias and puyas. But, obviously, within the characteristic flora the most striking are the orchids, of which more than 30 and at least 350 species of orchids have been identified. , many of which are in the process of extinction.

FAUNA 

 

  • The fauna of Machu Picchu is as abundant as it is varied. It is home to spectacular creatures, some, in the process of extinction. The diversity of fauna recorded so far in the Sanctuary is enormous. There are several species that are unique to the area, such as the spectacled bear, Andean bear or ucumari (Tremarctos ornatus), the only rsido from South America, the rare dwarf deer (Mazama chunnyi), the sachacabra (Pudu mephistopheles), that the government of Peru has declared the area as a Natural Protected Area. There are many other species of mammals, such as the puma, the Andean fox, the river otter, the taruca tanka, and the wild cat . Among the reptiles we find the jersey bothrops and the micrurus coral, dangerous for its active poison; lizards, frogs, chiroptera and a large Andean and amazonic entomofauna, which make the Sanctuary a place where observation and study become an additional attraction for tourists and researchers. Among the more than 423 recorded species of birds are the Cock of the Rock, the quetzal (Pharomacrus auriceps), the Condor ( Vultur gryphus), the hummingbirds and a very restricted distribution bird: the Inca Cucarachero (Thryothorus eisenmanni); there are also parrots and other lesser birds of varied color.

MORE TRIPS:

DAY 1 :Day 01: CUSCO - OLLANTAYTAMBO - ABRA MALAGA - AGUAS CALIENTES

We start the day by picking you up at your hotel at 05:30 am. We will drive for around 3 hours, crossing Poroy and Cachimayo and ending up at Abra Malaga. Through the windows of the bus you can clearly see the town of Chincheros before dropping into the Sacred Valley where you will get your first glimpses of the Cordillera Urubamba (prepared to be impressed). You will cross the Urabamba River into the town of the same name and continue onwards to Ollantaytambo (2,792m). In Abra Malaga, the highest point on the trip (4,316m) , we will start the exciting cycle, for around 20 minutes to finally arrive in Aguas Calientes having completed your first day in the Inca Jungle Trek, but with still the jewel in the crown witing for your arrival.

 


DAY 2: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

This will be the most important day of our trip, for which we will get up very early, after the instructions of the guide, we will make a small original walk, going through a beautiful panorama that will lead us until we reach the Inca citadel, upon arrival at the archaeological center of Machu Picchu our guide will give us an explanation of 2 hours, after the explanation we will also have free time to visit individually and take the pictures.Also if you want to climb Huayna Picchu, you have to book it with anticipation time.In the afternoon you can go to the famous Aguas Calientes. At night we will board the train to Ollantaytambo, where our bus from Machu Picchu Peru tours will be waiting for us to return to Cusco, arriving at around 10:30 pm, transfer to the hostel and thus ends our hike from the inka jungle to Machu Picchu end of our excursion.

Extra Info:

  • Maximum Altitude – 4316 meters ASL / 14160 feet ASL 
  • Minimum Altitude – 1200 meters ASL / 3937 feet ASL 
  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 
  • Accommodation: Confortable Hostel
  • Adventure: Absolutely! You will be in the middle of the Andes and tropical forest

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Pre-departure briefing: Our guide will give you a little briefing before your trip in your Hotel. 
  • Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Abra malaga, the starting point of the adventure. 
  • Experienced Guide: English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading your group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so you can enjoy your time worry-free! 
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu Archeological Site 
  • Meals: 1 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner (Vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost) 
  • Medical kit: Our crew will bring to first-aid kit, 
  • Train tickets: From Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo 
  • Transport: Private transport from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco 

 

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day. 
  • Snacks and additional dishes. 
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu.  
  • Tips and personal expenses. 
  • Expenses not mentioned in the itinerary.

 

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Standard trekking backpack. 
  • Sport clothing (a pair of each). 
  • Shorts and trekking boots. 
  • Water purifying tablets or enough mineral water bottles.
  • Camera / video camera 
  • Insect repellent. 
  • Sunblock cream. 
  • Hat or cap. 
  • Sunglasses. 
  • Rain poncho or raincoat. 
  • Extra Money.

 

Frequent questions:

What is the best season to take a trip to Machu Picchu? 

We recommend visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu from April to October as they are the months of dry season (without rain) but at the same time it is the high season and therefore it is recommended to book any service (hotels, tours, transportation, etc.) in advance . The climate in Machu Picchu is hot and humid, counting with a minimum average temperature of 12º and maximum of 25º during almost all the year.


What is the BTC or Tourist Ticket? 

The BTC or Full Tourist Ticket is the ticket that allows you to enter 16 different places around Cusco and Sacred Valley. The price for foreigners is US $ 52.00 and for university students US $ 28.00. The price for Peruvians or foreigners with a Foreigner Card is S / .70.00 and for minors and university students S / .40.00. This ticket can be purchased at the control door or entrance of any attraction.

 

How to enter Huayna Picchu? 

These optional mountain must be reserved at the same time that you reserve your entrance to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu since they are not sold separately but are connected to the Machu Picchu ticket. Huayna Picchu (2,720 masl) is the most famous and required to be the first discovered and have important archaeological remains. But it is also good to mention that during the rainy season and for those who suffer from altitude sickness is not the most recommended. It is only allowed the entry of 400 people per day, in two groups of 200 and if you want to add this mountain in your visit it is recommended to book well in advance (approx 3 months before). The climb takes 1 hour and a half approximately and normally 1 hour for the descent.  

 

Altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness or popularly known as "soroche" is a disease that occurs due to the lack of adaptation of the body to the heights. The main symptoms are: headache, physical tiredness, nausea and vomiting, lack of appetite. The best treatment is to oxygenate the body through oxygen shots which can be purchased at any pharmacy or local store. There are also some pills that must be taken before arriving at the destination, every eight hours. This medicine helps control and disappear symptoms. It is also recommended to drink plenty of fluids and also to take the infusions of Muña and Coca (local herbs) that can help control the symptoms. It is advisable to make the least physical effort on arrival in a city of height, practically resting that first day or the first hours, and any physical activity will have to be done very slowly. Another important detail is to drink plenty of fluids, breathe slowly and deeply and eat light (not meats) avoiding some fruits such as apples, pears.

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