Last Minute Budget Travel Options For Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu and the Inca trail is world famous and on most people’s bucket list, but with places being booked up to six months in advance and it having quite a hefty price tag, what do us budget, last minute travellers do?
........The Jungle Trek!
What is the Jungle Trek
The Jungle Trek is suited to those on a more limited budget yet still want the fun, thrill and challenge of the Inca Trail. Whilst the Jungle Trek is well known amongst the South American Backpackers; for those planning their trips at home this incredible alternative to the Inca trail remains somewhat a mystery.
In brief the Jungle trek is an action packed, adrenalin thrilled and physically tiring route to Machu Picchu. Unlike the Inca trail accommodation is in hostels, not a tent so you do have the luxury of a shower (be warned though they are cold). The food included is typically Peruvian, so delicious and wholesome giving you plenty of energy for all the activities (just bring some snacks with you for that extra energy boost).
Costing a mere US $230 for transport, food, accommodation and entry to Machu Picchu this is one of life’s absolute bargains.
What to Expect
Over the three days leading up to reaching Machu Picchu you have the option of taking on various activities from mountain biking at fast speed down the Sacred Valley, to white water rafting level 4 rapids, from hiking to the top of river valleys through dense jungle to Zip Lining 180m above the ground. This trek is truly one of a kind, so certainly do all the extra activities. They do cost you slightly more, but are worth every penny.
The final day of the trek is what you have been working towards - reaching the majestic sight of Machu Picchu. It is an early start, but worth it to avoid the hoards of tourist buses. The only thing then between you and the ancient ruins is what is known amongst the tour guides as the "gringo killer" all I shall say is bring a change of clothes for the top so you look your best for the incredible photo opportunities when you make it- which you will! You then get to enjoy Machu Picchu at your own pace and take in the incredible infrastructures the Incas built. There is the option to walk up Huayna Picchu and to walk to the sun gate but that is completely up to you.
There are plenty more surprises along the way, which I will let you find out for yourselves. All I do know is that this will be one of the best things you will ever do and you will be recommending it to all of your friends. So if you are in Peru you MUST do the Jungle Trek.
By Laura Grassick