1.- What is the Inca Jungle?
It is the best alternative for those who could not reserve a place for the Traditional Inca Trail, it is a Total Adventure tour. Combine mountain biking, canoeing, canopy, and trekking for 4 days until you reach Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu with a different perspective, crossing snow-capped mountains, valleys, ravines, and dense jungles.
The tour involves physical dexterity and good handling of the bicycle, recommended for people in good physical condition. But there is no need to worry since during the first day (the most difficult stage) we will be accompanied by our transport (bus), to help those who quickly run out or if they have a fall.
We have professional tour guides with great knowledge of the history and geography of the area.
This tour is one of the most surprising and exciting trips along the Inca jungle trail from Cusco to Machupicchu. You can choose the 4d/3n package. The groups (14 approx) are formed without the restriction of nationality and age. It is aimed at people in good physical and mental condition, since the route involves climbing to about 4,350 meters above sea level to the Abra Malaga snow-capped mountain and then descending by bicycle, rafting, and continuing the adventure during the following days.
2.- For what type of people in this type of trek is recommended?
For people who enjoy adventure sports such as biking, rafting, canopy or zip line, trekking. Arriving at Machu Picchu after doing this tour is the best experience that can be enjoyed.
3.- What is the average age of the participants?
We have participants from 18 to 50 years old. The average age of the participants is 25 years. Most participants take this tour in groups of 4 or more friends, in some cases groups of friends of 12 or 14 participants are formed, taking over the entire group for themselves. In most cases, travelers from different parts of the world are combined.
4.- I don’t have a passport, can I still make the reservation?
For travelers from South America, you can generally book with your DNI but you will also have to present it necessarily to be able to enter Machupicchu or the different tourist attractions that have been reserved. For travelers from other countries, it will be necessary to have a passport, otherwise, you will not be able to make a reservation. Please note that you must bring your original passport with you on the Inca Jungle trek, photocopies are not accepted.
5.- What is the best time to do the Inca Jungle tour?
The dry season, which is important in the excursion, is from mid-April to October. The tourist season when the place is full of tourists is from June to August. We prefer the seasons of April, May, September, and October when visits are few and it is still dry. The rainy season is from December to May. Sometimes the precipitations are heavy for two or three hours each afternoon, as well as the possibility of light rains that continue for long periods.
During this period the conditions of the walk become difficult and the water currents become impassable. Make sure your gear and tent are waterproof.
6.- Is the Inca Jungle open all year round?
It is open 7 days a week, every day of the month, including holidays; but in February the Inca Jungle may have some dates in which the tour will have to be shortened to 2 days to ensure arrival at Machu Picchu.
7.- What should I bring during the tour?
Remember the dramatic range of temperature. Regardless of what the weather forecast says, you’ll need clothing for both hot and cold temperatures. At low altitudes it can be a bit hot; on the peaks or summits it is really cold. The best thing is to work on wearing thin garments; if it is very hot you can only take off a light garment, if it is very cold then add a light garment to the already existing one. A waterproof jacket or windbreaker is essential. Take strong, comfortable walking boots. Heavy boots are probably not required or recommended; all you need is something you can walk in all day, that has good traction that can protect your heel. Light and strong boots are probably ideal. It is advisable to test your boots before hiking, blisters could greatly reduce your hike.
Here are some recommendations:
- 1 spare polo shirt at least
- 1 pair of shorts (at night when it is very cold) 1 light fleece 1 light jacket for the rain (rainy season) 1 long t-shirt for sleeping 1 change of socks and pants 1 hat for the cold 1 hat (the hat it is very good to protect the head from the strong sun)
- The hot springs in «Aguas Calientes» are not very advisable, they are not very hot and there are always many people, but if you want to go then do not forget your bathing clothes)
- 1 Toilet paper (necessary )
- Toothbrush and toothpaste Contact lens equipment/glasses (if applicable) Small mirror and comb Wet wipes Lip cream (if it’s very windy, lips can suffer!)
- 1 rain cover for your backpack
- 1 camera (take a spare battery and have a large memory to take good amount of pictures) 1 flashlight
First aid (only one kit is needed for two people):
Sunscreen Insect repellent Aspirin / Paracetamol Ibuprofen Tablets for diarrhea and vomiting / Stomach relievers Patches for blisters Tablets to purify water in case of emergency Antiseptic wipes (good for cleaning bites and small cuts or wounds) Cream against bites (in case the repellent does not work!)
An additional tip – Make sure your backpack has several zippered pockets (or at least some of them), has a good back panel and is padded to help you walk comfortably.
8.- How long does it take to walk?
The Inca jungle tour is 4 days, the first 3 are the most strenuous but the climb to Machupicchu and Huaynapicchu is the most exciting on the last day.
9.- Is it dangerous?
Not really. It may seem risky to launch a bicycle from a snowy mountain along a track with many curves or enter the river and go rafting through the rapids, or hang from a rope crossing a small ravine, but it is a tremendous experience where there has been no traveler who regrets having done so. fact and constant accidents that define this tour as risky.
What is certain is that it is not a good place to have a medical emergency. If you suffer from heart problems, diabetes, epileptic seizures or similar emergencies, try to take the necessary precautions so that it happens elsewhere.
10.- How fit should I be?
We could say that those who are in the least shape will be the ones who enjoy the least. If you are in poor physical condition then you may not enjoy the tour to the point of collapsing at any point along the way. However , all this suffering may be worth it when you arrive at Machu Picchu. In general, if you do regular exercises and spend a few days in Cusco for altitude acclimatization, then it is very likely that you will not suffer at all.
11.- How difficult is it?
That will depend on you and what you are used to. Generally, a greater physical activity is required, but as this route, unlike the conventional Inca Trail, passes through low jungle places, the walk can be humid or hot but not so dramatic regarding the height, only the second day there will be some climbs somewhat complicated but with a little effort there is no traveler who has not been able to do it.
12.- Can I do the excursion by myself?
No. Hikers can only access the Inca Trail accompanied by guides authorized by the INC. 95% of the hikers on the Inca Trail take the organized tours including guides, porters, cooks, camping equipment and food.
13.- What about altitude?
The highest altitude that we can reach in the Inca Jungle is 4,350 m (13,860 feet), but only during the first day, then the tour is carried out through places of much lower altitude, which will not cause problems with altitude. Shortness of breath is common and is not by itself a cause for concern.
On the other hand, dizziness, lack of coordination and concentration, severe lack of oxygenation, and death from pulmonary or cerebral edema are generally considered the most serious symptoms of mountain sickness.
If you or someone with you begins to show any of the serious symptoms of mountain sickness – severe shortness of breath, blue lips, foaming at the mouth, confusion or loss of consciousness, then descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible . quickly as possible and seek medical attention.
14.- Is the Inca Jungle Tour always full?
The Inca Jungle tour is a relatively new tour but it already has a large legion of participants and hundreds of daily reservations. It is estimated that in a few years it will become a luxury tour and therefore more complex to book.
15.- Are robberies reported?
Do not take valuables you do not need with you on the excursion. Regarding the Inca Jungle , there are occasional robberies in the places where contact is exchanged with other groups of travelers during the journey. The most frequent is the loss of cameras and video recorders, especially due to carelessness or forgetfulness. We recommend keeping an eye on cameras and passports, carrying them in your hand or around your neck.
16.- What about wild animals?
In some section of the Inca Jungle Trek you can run into an animal but the chances are very low. Making noise and staying on the Path will reduce these encounters. The fauna in Inca Jungle consists mostly of pigs, monkeys and mosquitoes that will literally eat you.
17.- And about Water. Can I buy food anywhere on the tour?
Generally it will be possible to fill your bottle with water from the streams and rivers along the way, but you must use sterilizers or purification tablets or boil the water (remember that water boils at lower temperatures at higher altitudes, make sure the water is sterilized). In some sections of the road we can buy bottled water, but of course at a somewhat higher price than what is found in the city of Cusco.
18.- What kind of food will I have on the excursion?
The food is based on typical dishes of Peruvian cuisine. In addition to a varied diet that includes fruits (apples, oranges, peaches, tangerines, avocados, bananas), chocolates, granola bars, cookies, creams, salads, soups, yogurt, meat, pudding, eggs, stews, tuna, olives, vegetables etc which aims to cover the protein and vitamin needs that are required for this type of requirement. Vegetarian alternatives are also available.
19.- How and where are the toilets throughout the excursion?
Generally at lunch and dinner hours we will be in accommodations that have conventional bathrooms. If you feel the need to go to the bathroom while walking, then you should leave the road for a moment, find a suitable place (away from water currents) and make a hole for the stool and cover it later with a stone and take the paper I take it with me in a bag and then deposit it in the garbage can.
20.- At what time will we leave Machu Picchu?
Included in the price of the Inca Jungle tour The Backpacker train ticket from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo is included , depending on the departure time of your train, we must leave at least 01 hour before Machu Picchu before the train leaves Aguas Calientes (if you If you decide to walk to the town of Aguas Calientes from Machu Picchu, we recommend that it be at least 1.5 hours). The train normally leaves Aguas Calientes at 6:10 p.m. and can arrive in Ollantaytambo around 8:30 p.m. Then we coordinate the pick-up by bus to take you to the Ollantaytambo station and return to the city of Cusco, arriving at 10:45 p.m. (approximately).
21.- Where can I get more information about this excursion?
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