Another alternative to the Inca Trail Trek is this amazing Jungle Adventure, which offers the possibility of high-altitude mountain biking and trekking to reach Machu Picchu, with optional rafting and zip-lining activities.
Day 1: Cusco to Malaga High Pass, Mountain Biking to Santa Maria VillageAfter a hotel pickup around 6:45 a.m. in Cuzco, drive for 90 minutes to Ollantaytambo, where you'll have the opportunity to purchase breakfast and snacks. After that break, travel about another 90 minutes to the Malaga High Pass, where you hiking and biking adventure starts. After a safety briefing, descend in a 2.5-hour bike ride into the lush, humid jungle. See Huamanmarka archaeological site along the way, and arrive in Santa Maria village around 2:30 p.m., where you'll spend the night at a rustic guesthouse. Explore the village on your own, or upgrade to participate in a 2.5-hour rafting adventure on the Urubamba River's Class III and IV rapids.Day 2: Trek to Santa Teresa VillageAfter breakfast, set off for a day hiking through the jungle mountains. Observe pristine landscapes, abundant flora and fauna, and meet local villagers. Have lunch in the fresh mountain air halfway through the 11-mile (18-km) trek. After arriving at your overnight accommodations in Santa Teresa village, you'll have the option to visit a hot springs for an additional cost or to explore the village on your own.Day 3: Trek to Aguas CalientesIn the late morning, hike for 3 hours down an easy trail along the train tracks from Santa Teresa to the hydroelectric station. Stop for lunch, then hike 3 more hours to reach the town of Aguas Calientes. Spend the night at a cozy hotel for a shower and good night's sleep. Today you'll also have the option to upgrade with an additional activity: a zipline adventure.Day 4: Machu Picchu, and return to CuscoCatch an early-morning bus to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes to appreciate the citadel at sunrise. Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of the site and then explore the mysterious city by yourself. You can also choose to climb Huayna Picchu before returning to Aguas Calientes. Explore the local marketplace until it's time to take the train to Ollantaytambo. Then, take a bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, arriving at Plaza San Francisco around 10:30 p.m. to end your adventure.