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My Thrilling 4D/3N Machu Picchu Jungle Trek Adventure with Friends

Gather around, and let me take you on an extraordinary journey that was my first-time experience on the Machu Picchu Jungle Trek – a 4-day, 3-night adventure of a lifetime. Brace yourselves for a tale filled with heart-pounding adventures, stunning landscapes, and the exploration of one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites. 

This epic trek was more than just a physical journey; it was a test of endurance, a dive into nature’s wonders, and a glimpse into the rich history of Peru‘s ancient civilization. Join me as I relive every thrilling moment and breathtaking view!

Day 1: Cuzco to Malaga High Pass

Ollantaytambo, Peru ruins jungle trek

The anticipation was palpable as my friends and I gathered in Cuzco, ready to embark on our 4-day Machu Picchu Jungle Trek. We were about to embark on a journey that would take us through breathtaking landscapes, challenging adventures, and unforgettable moments.

Our adventure began early, departing from Cuzco between 6:40 – 7:00 am. The drive took us to Ollantaytambo, where we indulged in a quick breakfast and stocked up on snacks. From there, we ascended to the Malaga High Pass at a jaw-dropping altitude of 4,350 meters. Here, our guide provided a crucial safety briefing before we hopped on our mountain bikes for a thrilling 2.5-hour ride into the heart of the lush jungle.

The bike ride was nothing short of exhilarating. As we descended, we encountered the Huamanmarca Archaeological site, passed through fruit plantations, and crossed rivers, each moment more enchanting than the last. By mid-afternoon, we arrived in Santa Maria village (1,400 meters), where our next adventure awaited – a 2.5-hour rafting expedition down the Urubamba River, famous for its class III and IV rapids.

The day concluded with us staying at a basic yet charming guesthouse in Santa Maria. For those not opting for rafting, exploring the town was a delightful alternative.

Day 2: Trek to Santa Teresa Village

Peru Jungle overhead view with river

We woke up early, ready for a day of hiking through the jungle. The terrain was pristine and picturesque, offering a glimpse into the stunning natural beauty of the region. Along the way, we were greeted by a diverse array of flora and fauna, as well as the warm hospitality of the local people.

A midday break allowed us to savor a delicious lunch amidst the fresh mountain air. In the afternoon, our journey led us to Santa Teresa village (1,680 meters), where we would spend the night in a guesthouse. The option to soak in the hot springs was tempting, though it came at an extra cost.

Day 3: Zip-line Activity and Trek to Aguas Calientes

aguas clientes river - peru

Our third day kicked off with a thrilling two-hour canopy zip-line adventure, a unique opportunity to soar through the treetops. We traversed over 2,500 meters of cables, with the longest ride stretching for 400 meters and the highest at a heart-pounding 150 meters.

Following the zip-lining escapade, we embarked on an easy 3-hour hike along the train tracks from Santa Teresa to the Hydroelectric Station, where we paused for a well-deserved lunch. Afterward, we continued on foot for three more hours, finally reaching Aguas Calientes town. For the intrepid, there was an option to hike this segment, but a train ride was available for those in need of rest.

Aguas Calientes offered a welcome change of pace. With internet cafes, board game hangouts, quaint shops, and relaxation spots, it was the perfect place to unwind. We spent the night in a hotel, indulging in a refreshing shower and a good night’s sleep.

Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco

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The climax of our adventure had arrived – Machu Picchu. We caught one of the first buses at 5:30 am, ensuring we witnessed the ancient city bathed in the soft morning light as the mist dissipated. Our guide led a fascinating two-hour walking tour, illuminating the history and mysteries of this awe-inspiring place.

After the guided tour, we had the freedom to explore Machu Picchu at our own pace. Some of us even ventured to climb the Huayna Picchu Peak, a must-do activity that required advance booking and an extra cost.

Our journey back to Aguas Calientes was by bus, and if time permitted, we browsed the local marketplace next to the train station, enjoying some last-minute shopping before heading to Ollantaytambo. From there, we took a bus back to Cuzco, arriving around 8:00 pm, marking the end of an incredible 4-day adventure filled with adrenaline, natural beauty, and unforgettable memories.

Final Word

In the end, this Machu Picchu Jungle Trek wasn’t just a vacation; it was a transformative experience that pushed me beyond my comfort zone, connected me with nature in its purest form, and allowed me to witness the awe-inspiring wonders of Machu Picchu. The memories forged in Peru during those four days will forever be etched in my heart, and I can’t wait to embark on more adventures with all of you. So, who’s ready to plan the next unforgettable journey?

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Guest post written by Ricky Segredo

Ricky Segredo, a first-time traveler with an insatiable wanderlust, embarks on a globe-trotting adventure to fulfill his lifelong dream of exploring the diverse cultures and breathtaking landscapes of our world.