4-Day Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu: Biking, Ziplining, Rafting and Hiking
  • 4-Day Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu: Biking, Ziplining, Rafting and Hiking

    Another alternative to the Inca Trail Trek is this amazing Jungle Adventure, which offers the possibility of low altitude mountain biking, rafting, trekking and zip-lining to reach Machu Picchu. This heart stopping adventure is the perfect combination of an adrenaline pumping 3,000-meter mountain biking descent, followed by an exhilarating rafting trip on class III & IV rapids, trekking into the backwoods of the Andes and zip lining through the jungle canopy on your way to Machu Picchu. Pass through local villages to see the way of life in mountain communities such as Santa Teresa and Santa Maria. The ultimate ending to this excellent trip is a visit to the one and only Machu Picchu archaeological site!

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Cuzco to Malaga High Pass, Mountain Biking to Santa Maria Village (1,400m), Rafting Activity (L/D)

    Stop At: Cusco 08007, Peru
    Today we leave Cuzco early to journey by road in a van making our first stop after 1.5 hours in Ollantaytambo where we can have a quick breakfast and buy some snacks. Then we continue driving for another 1.5 hours up to the Malaga High Pass (4,350 meters) where our guide will provide us with a safety briefing before we begin our adventurous 2.5 hour bike ride down into the lush and humid jungle. We will see Huamanmarca Archaeological site along the way, cruise through fruit plantations and over rivers, before arriving to Santa Maria village (1,400 meters) at around 2:00-2:30pm. Here we will depart on a scenic 2.5 hour rafting adventure that takes us down class III & IV rapids on the Urubamba River (also known as Vilcanota River). Enjoy your night at a basic, rustic guesthouse in Santa Maria. (If you choose not to participate in the rafting adventure you can walk around the town on your own this afternoon.)

    (*Note: Accommodation options are very limited along the trekking route for the first 2 nights in Santa Maria & Santa Teresa villages. Most places have very basic, rustic facilities. Rooms often share a bathroom and sometimes do not have hot water. However, we always choose the best available option.)

    Inclusions: Accommodation pickup, Van Transfer Cuzco - Malaga High Pass, Mountain Biking, Rafting, 1N Basic Guesthouse, Meals 1L/1D.
    Duration: 17 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in rustic guesthouse in Santa Maria

    Day 2: Trek to Santa Teresa Village (1,680m) (B/L/D)

    Stop At: Santa Teresa, Peru, Santa Teresa District 08711, Peru
    After an early morning breakfast, we will begin our day of hiking through the jungle mountains to observe beautiful pristine landscapes, abundant flora and fauna and friendly local people. Have lunch halfway during the trek and relax breathing fresh mountain air. In the afternoon we will arrive to Santa Teresa village (1,680 meters) where we will stay overnight in a guesthouse. (Optional hot springs at an extra cost).

    Inclusions: 1N Basic Guesthouse, Meals 1B/1L/1D. (17km, 8hrs)
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a guesthouse

    Day 3: Zip-line Activity and Trek to Aguas Calientes (B/L/D)

    Stop At: Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), Signposted from main square, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Peru
    Fly through the treetops on a 2-hour morning canopy excursion on South America's highest and Peru's first canopy zip-line. Traverse over 2,500 meters of cables with the longest ride covering 400 meters and the highest at 150 meters. Take an easy 3-hour hike along the train tracks from Santa Teresa to Hydroelectric Station where you will stop for lunch. Continue 3 more hours on foot to reach Aguas Calientes town (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). There are internet cafes, cafes with board games and cards, plenty of shops and places to relax there. Overnight in a hotel tonight for a well-deserved shower and good night's sleep.

    Inclusions: Zip-Line Activity, 1N Aguas Calientes 3* Hotel, Meals 1B/1L/1D. (18km, 6hrs)
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel

    Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco (B)

    Stop At: Machu Picchu, 08680, Peru
    We will catch one of the first buses (05:30 am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy you can also climb the Huayna Picchu Peak (to be booked in advance at an extra cost). Return to Aguas Calientes by bus. If time allows, visit the local marketplace next to the train station and shop until the train whistle blows, signaling your return to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will take a bus back to Cuzco arriving around 08:00pm. You will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco. Please make your own way to the accommodation of your choice.

    DESCRIPTION OF MACHU PICCHU GUIDED SITE VISIT: The one and only, the most spectacular (and not to mention most popular) archaeological site in all of South America. Your guide will take you on a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu walking you through the most important sites and covering the history of the place. Then you will have free time to explore on your own and take pictures at your leisure.

    Take an OPTIONAL hike up the steep peak named Huayna Picchu, which is located inside the Machu Picchu archaeological site. This sometimes muddy peak takes about 45 - 60 minutes to hike up and awards you with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu from a coveted perspective. Keep in mind that if you want to take this optional hike, you must now purchase your ticket at least 2 weeks in advance for an additional cost in order to get one of the 400 passes (200 people are allowed up at 7:00am and 200 more at 10:00am). Please send us an email directly to request this extra ticket.

    Inclusions: Round trip Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu, Train Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo, Bus Ollantaytambo - Cuzco, 2-Hour Machu Picchu Guided Visit, Meal 1B.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
    "Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
    "Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
    "Minimum age is 7 years"
    "Important: You must provide the following information upon booking: Full name (exactly as it appears on the passport), date of birth, nationality, passport number, date of passport expiration, which must be valid for at least 6 months past the date of travel. Without this information, the local tour operator will be unable to make the booking. Please be aware that your complete and correct passport information must be provided. Absolutely no modifications can be made once your booking has been confirmed. Any changes or discrepancies in the information provided will result in a complete loss of permits and entrance tickets, for which you will be held responsible and will need to pay for again."
    "SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: Bring or Rent in Cuzco: hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card (there is limited to no electricity available during the trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle. Bring extra cash for snacks, water, gatorade which doubles or triples in price along the trail. Bathing suit for hot springs in Santa Teresa Village (this activity is available at an additional price)."
    "Note: There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cusco office the evenings before your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details."
    "PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This is a moderately difficult hike, with a few long hiking days combined with multi-sport activities such as mountain biking, river rafting, and/or zip lining. We recommend you to be physically fit for the trip."
    "Accommodation: Single travelers will share a room with another traveler and couples will have a private room"
    "Departures dates: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday (Daily departures with a group of 4 or more)."
    "Not wheelchair accessible"
    "No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
    "Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
    "If desired, an extra night in Aguas Calientes town can be arranged. (Please let us know whether you would like to stay an extra night when booking your tour.)"
    "Brief History of Machu Picchu & Advice: Machu Picchu was (relatively recently) "discovered" by American historian, Hiram Bingham, in 1911 while searching for the legendary "lost city of the Incas". Hiram Bingham and his local guides stumbled across the site which was then covered in thick vegetation which was later cleared revealing the magical mountain-top archaeological site and opening up the possibility for archaeologists to conduct research on the site by 1915. Whether arriving via Inca Trail or entering from Aguas Calientes don't miss the excellent photo opportunities from the following spots: Hut of the Caretaker of the Funerary Rock (a restored building with a thatched roof), Sacred Plaza with views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba in the distance and Rio Urubamba below. Take a short walk out to the Inca Drawbridge (30 minutes) and Inti Punku (45 - 60 minutes) for great views of the site as dawn breaks and the clouds lift over Machu Picchu."
    "DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS: Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications."
    "Travellers who booked their trip using one passport, then renewed or replaced it afterward, must carry the old passport they used to make the booking or a photocopy with them on the trip."
    "You will have a guide during the trek and on the Machu Picchu tour. However, during your bus and train transfers you will not be accompanied by a guide."
    "PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING: There is a mandatory pre-departure briefing at our Cuzco Headquarters one day prior to departure at 5pm, 6pm or 7pm depending on your trek. You will receive detailed information on your excursion, a list of what to bring and confirm your departure details. PRE-DEPARTURE CHECK-IN: Please make sure to check-in with your passport before your pre-departure briefing. We encourage our travellers to check-in at our offices a couple of hours before or any day prior to the briefing , that way we can give everybody personal attention and information regarding booking extras, rental equipment or questions in general. Time schedule for meetings will be: - Inca Trail and Lares 6pm - Salkantay, Inca Quarry, Machu Picchu Jungle, Ausangate, Choquequirao 7pm - Inca Trail Express, Rainbow Mountain, Machu Picchu by Train, Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Full Day 5pm Bamba Experience is located at: Calle Matara 242, Second Floor. Cuzco, Peru Hours of Operation: 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00 hrs Daily Tel: +51 84 205234 Emergency Tels: Darwin +51 9984 44933 - +51 9842 85801, Anderson +51 9231 25342"



    • Start Time6:00 AM
    • Start location: Traveler pickup is offered
      Pick-up from accommodation in Cuzco


    • Duration: 4 days
    • Cancellations and refunds: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
  • Included

    • 3x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • Pre-departure briefing
    • Cuzco Accommodation Pick-Up
    • Van Cuzco - Malaga High Pass
    • Round Trip Tourist Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
    • Tourist Train Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
    • Bus Ollantaytambo - Cuzco
    • Professional Bilingual Guide on trek & Machu Picchu tour
    • 2 nights Basic Guesthouse Accommodation (Santa Maria & Santa Teresa)
    • 1 night 3* Hotel Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
    • Meals: 3B/3L/3D/3 snacks with typical menus in local restaurants
    • Mountain Biking Equipment (bicycles, helmet and gloves)
    • Rafting Trip & Equipment
    • Canopy Zip-Line Adventure
    • First Aid Kit & Emergency oxygen bottle
    • Entry/Admission - Machu Picchu

    Not Included

    • Day 1 Breakfast & Day 4 Lunch
    • Bottled Water
    • Guide for bus and train transfers (these portions are on your own)
    • Hot Springs Santa Teresa (20 soles)
    • Optional Train transfer from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes (32 USD)
    • Optional Huayna Picchu Trek (50 soles) must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance
    • Optional Machu Picchu Mountain Hike (50 soles) must be booked at least 1 week in advance
    • Accommodation in Cuzco
    • Tips (Please remember that tipping is 100% optional and depends entirely on the service you received. It is customary to give tips in Latin America, however it is NOT mandatory. If you do wish to give a tip, these are our recommended guidelines.) Guides: 40-60 soles per guide per trekker
    • Note: Prices for optional activities are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Please confirm these prices before departing on the trek.
    • Trekking Permit: In 2017, the Peruvian government may require a trekking permit for the Machu Picchu Jungle Trek. If this is approved, the rates will be around: S/133 Soles Adult S/67 Soles Student
  • 10/10

    Recommendation passengers 100%
    Rating based on 7 verified reviews

    Our clients

    • Philip X
      Posted on Lunes, 22 de julio del 2019

      it is a good trip overall. fist day was biking and rafting. hotel clean but no hot water. the room was hot so I have to open the window to face the mosquito. fortunately very few came to bite me. the second day was hiking. very good. the hotel was no good, smell bad and no hot water. consider where we are it might be the best solution. the third day was ziplining. it is one of the best. the hotel is very nice and food is good. the most important is our guide and he is very good. His name is junior and he made the trip to be a lot better.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Margaret M
      Posted on Lunes, 13 de noviembre del 2017

      Amazing adventure! Freddy was a great guide, I had an amazing time, totally challenging, beautiful setting and loved each day!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Sarah V
      Posted on Miércoles, 18 de octubre del 2017

      This 4 day jungle adventure trek to Machu Picchu was an amazing experience. Percy our tour guide was phenomenal!! He is very knowledgeable and I felt safe the entire trek. Made great friends and memories.

        General rating: 10/10
    • Stephanie R
      Posted on Lunes, 21 de agosto del 2017

      We went with Bamba Experience and absolutely loved our trip! Our guide, Pabel Pomalaza, was so fun, knowledgeable and did everything to ensure we had the best trip! All the hotels we stayed in and meals we had were amazing and perfect for a traveling couple! We loved that everything was included such as the hotels, meals, the biking and rafting, and the company took care of all our bus and train tickets and ensured someone was at the train station to take us to our hostel on the return trip. We are very thankful for the professional care this company gave us! The cost of the trip was totally worth it!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Rebecca S
      Posted on Martes, 22 de noviembre del 2016

      One of the best trips I've every taken!! The hostel were a little tough but amazing! 100 worth it to do!

        General rating: 10/10
    • Melissa T
      Posted on Lunes, 15 de agosto del 2016

      I recently experienced this 4 day jungle adventure and it exceeded my expectations.

      It started off with an amazing, intelligent guide, Vincent Chacmana. We had a group of six ranging from teenagers to adults and he was attentive and included everyone. During the 4 days, there were many challenges, and Vincent would come to the aid to anyone that was apprehensive and he would turn into your biggest supporter.

      He is gifted not only on the trail, but is a genuine special, kind person. You could see along the 4 days when we would stop in towns, snack shacks and hostels how everyone greeted him so warmly.

      At the end of the 4 days not only was it hard to say good bye to Vincent, but to also my new friends from my group I made along the way.

      If you book this excursion, ask for Vincent, you will not be disappointed!

        General rating: 10/10
    • John Teodor S
      Posted on Martes, 15 de marzo del 2016

      A very nicely balanced program in a 4 day adventure. Our guide Rodrigo was very knowledgeable about everything from plants, wildlife, and the History about the Inka's and local area. The meals were great, and the accommodations were basic but sufficient.

      Tips: Wear long pants for the hiking and zip-lining, as there can be some mosquito's by the ground.

      Generally a very nice trip - good value for money:

        General rating: 8/10
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