Follow the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

The Inca Jungle Trek is an alternative to the Inca Trail and is a fantastic opportunity to trek to the Inca remains where you will end up at Machu Picchu.

Day 1: The Bike Ride

After taking an hour and a half drive up a mountain in the Andes you will begin the Inca Jungle Trek. You will be given a mountain bike, helmet and gloves to then get the instruction to safely cycle down the mountain. Cycling down the mountain obviously requires you to be careful but you will have the opportunity to see the incredible mountain sights, some with snow peaks, others fully vegetated. The cliffs and drops that you will see are also huge and some waterfalls spill onto the road. The ride takes about 7 hours, the first half being on tarmac, the second on dirt roads that are sure to leave you're behind feeling sore!

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Cycling on the first day of the Inca Jungle Trek

Day 2: Trekking up hill

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The beginning of the up-hill trek on day 2

The Trek gets a little harder on day 2. The day begins early and you will be transported to the start point via a lorry. This place is outstandingly beautiful containing tropical fauna, insects and animals. This is a tough walk but there are many opportunities to rest, including one mountain side retreat where a monkey seems to hang out, hammocks are at the ready and refreshments available. When you reach your highest point the views you will see are incredible and you will be able to see the Sacred Valley.

Day 3: Trekking... Again

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Walking the train track section of the Inca Jungle Trek

Day three is a lot easier that the first two as the trek is a lot shorter and is mainly flat. You will have the chance to stand under waterfalls to cool down or relax in natural hot springs. A thoroughly enjoyable experience but be sure to take a bathing suit!

Day 4: Machu Picchu

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All of us at the top of Macchu Picchu

A 4am rise will allow you enough time to walk up the mountain to get to Machu Picchu in time for sunrise. If you cannot handle any more trekking there is also a bus ride that takes approximately 20 minutes to reach the top. The best word to describe this place is immense. The ruins, the views, the animals, the experience.... If you are a tourist seeking interesting culture, buildings, a challenge and above all great fun, then trekking to Machu Picchu is a great choice.

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There are other treks known as the Lares and Salkantay, both offering different routes so you should check out which one you would prefer to do.