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Peru Adventure Tour – 12 Days

DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL

A View Peru staff member will be waiting for your arrival at the Lima airport, from where they will transport you to the hotel of your choice. Any questions you have will be answered and you will be briefed on your itinerary by your assistant. You have the evening to relax in your hotel to prepare yourself for the exciting tour ahead.

Day 2: Lima – Cusco (B)

After breakfast in Lima, you will be transferred to the airport for your short, one hour flight to Cusco. In Cusco, you will be picked up and brought to your hotel in the historic center. Today, relax to get used to the extremely high altitude of Cusco and explore this amazing city at your leisure. Your hotel will be in walking distance from museums, colonial buildings such as the Cathedral, and Inca ruins such as the Temple of the Sun.

Day 3: River Rafting the Urubamba River (B, L)

You will be picked up after breakfast in your Cusco hotel to begin your adventure down the Urubamba River rapids. You will be taken on about an hour and a half drive to the departure point at the Cusipata River Camp. Here, professional river guides will give you a safety briefing as well as instruct beginners on how to paddle etc. After being suited up, you will begin the trip of about two and a half hours down the gorgeous Urubamba River. This river winds past remote villages, scenic ruins, and goreous mountain scenery. Rapids on the river range from Class II – III most of the year, however during the rainy season (Dec. – March) the rapids can be Class IV or even higher, making this the ultimate Peru adventure trip to pump your adrenaline. At the end of your adventure down the river, a camp will be waiting for you with your dry clothes, warm showers, and a prepared delicious picnic. After lunch, you have an option for an added price to zip-line four cables across the river (Ask for further details). Your return to Cusco will be around 5:00pm where you will have the night free to explore the lively nightlife and dining scene.

Day 4: Mountain Biking to Moray and Moras (B, L)

Be sure you enjoy the hearty breakfast provided at your hotel to give you energy for your mountian biking advenure today. You will be picked up at your hotel around 9:00am to make the short trip to the town of Chinchero where the biking route starts. This is a quaint village that still has the layout of the Inca town that it once was, with several ancient buildings still in use. Once the guide is done briefing you on safety and the route, you will be geared up and ready to go. The journey begins riding towards the Lake Huaypo where you will continue to ride until you come across the terraced amphitheater of Moray. This ancient site was used as an agricultural laboratory to bio-engineer different breeds of plants to grow at different altitudes. From here, you will continue riding until you reach the cute colonial village of Moras which will finally lead you to the amazing site of the salt pans of Maras. These amazing pans were engineered to extract salt from the salt laden spring coming from the mountain, and have been used for centuries to evaporate the water leaving only the salt in the pans. The final descent of the trip will be a short downhill ride to the village of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley where a car will be waiting to bring you back to Cusco, where you will arrive around 4:00pm. This fairly easy bike ride takes you on about 35km of gorgeous back roads and foot trails leading through rural villages and isolated areas that you wouldn’t have the chance to see any other way.

Day 5: Inca Trail (CUSCO – KM 82 – WAYLLABAMBA – YUNCACHIMPA)

We will pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco at 5:30am to travel to the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo to have an optional breakfast and stock up on any last-minute supplies you might need. From Ollantaytambo we will go to the official head of the Inca Trail at Km 82 where we will take care of all registration needs and meet up with the rest of the group. The crossing of the Urubamba River (2200m) will officially commence the beginning of the Inca Trail. Today is the warm-up day for the rest of the trek, as it is quite easy and calm. In Miskay we will have lunch along the river and the nearby ruins of Llactapata where you can explore after lunch and your guide will brief you on the trek to come . From here, the trek continues to Wayllabamba (3100m/10170ft), followed by an ascent to our campsite at Yuncachimpa (3300m/10826ft). From this site you will have an amazing view of the great Nevado de Veronica’s snow-capped peak.

DAY 6: Inca Trail(YUNCACHIMPA – LLULLUCHAPAMPA – WARMIHUAÑUSCA PASS – PACAYMAYU – RUNKURAKAY PASS – CHAQUICOCHA)

This is free hike day, meaning that everyone should walk at whatever speed is most comfortable for them, as this is the most difficult day of the trek. In the early morning we will trek through the Llullachapampa Valey (3850m/12631ft) where you will see the cold mountain scenery change to a gorgeous, humid cloud forest. From here will will begin the strenuous ascent of Dead Woman Pass, the first 3km of the 6km uphill trek are extremely steep but you will enjoy the environment of the humid woodlands and the sounds of rivers and creeks. Continuing for about 2-3 hours, you will finally reach the peak of the infamous Dead Woman Pass, or Warmihuañusca (4200m/113780ft). Here, you have accomplished the most difficult part of the Inca Trail and will have a well earned break to rest and to take advantage of this amazing photography opportunity. From here, you will trek down a long steep down hill to the Sunrise, Pacaymayu, River that leads to more ruins at the Runkurakay Pass (3050m/10007ft). Finally, in the afternoon you will reach Chaquichocha where you will camp for the second night of the trek. Here, relax and stretch your tired body from the amazing day of hiking that you just accomplished with the amazing views over the surrounding mountains that this campsite provides.

DAY 7: Inca Trail (CHAQUICOCHA – PHUYUPATAMARCA – WIÑAYHUAYNA)

Day three of the Inca Trail is known as the most beautiful, as you walk through varying gorgeous environments including the tropical forest of Wiñaywayna. We will cross a second pass (3950m) walking by two beautiful lakes, from where we will take a gentle climb through the thick cloud forest. The forest leads to a small Inca tunnel before the third pass of the journey(3700m) that gives you amazing views of the Urubamba River Valley. Near the pass, we will visit the ancient ruins of Phuyupatamarca “Town Above the Clouds” (3600m/11811ft) that features many Inca baths. After Phuyupatamarca, we continue to the ruins of Wiñaywayna “Forever Young” (2650m/8694ft) where you are free to explore for a little bit. From here, the Inca stairs you have been following turn into a zig-zagging path up the mountain, leading to a red-roofed white building that serves as our campsite for tonight. Here, there are bottled drinks for sale as well as hot water for showers (s/5).

DAY 8: Inca Trail (WIÑAYHUAYNA – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO)

An early rise today to ensure that we can catch the sunrise over Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu. After breakfast at 4:30am, we will head over to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) with our flashlights, to get to the best point to view the sunrise. From here, we will take the final descent of the trek which will take about an hour, and end at the majestic Machu Picchu (2400m/78744ft) around 8:00am. Here you have reached the highlight of your trip to South America at one of the top tourist destinations in the world. You will get a guided tour of about two hours followed by the rest of the day to explore the lost city of the Incas at your leisure. Hours can be lost exploring the gorgeous streets of Machu Picchu, or you could climb Huayna Picchu for the best panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Once you have had your fill of the ruins, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you will  have time to refresh your body in the hot springs before boarding the train to return to Cusco.

Day 9: HORSEBACK RIDING CUSCO CITY RUINS (B)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up to begin your tour on horseback of the ancient ruins on the outskirts of Cusco. Your Peruvian Paso horse will guide  you through this gorgeous hillside visiting four great archaeological sites. First, you will visit the large Saqsayhuaman fortress that sits watching over Cusco and is still regarded as a highly spiritual place. Your horse will bring you next to the Qenko rock sanctuary that used to be the site of mummifications and sacrifices, it is believed. Riding further down the hill towards the Sacred Valley, you will discover the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara that was used as a military station and an administrative center defending the Cusco area in ancient times. Finally, you will reach Tambomachay Inca baths made up of basins filled by fresh spring water. It is believed that this used to be sort of a spa for travelling elite Incas. At all of the ruins you will get a chance to get off of your horse to explore on foot. Be sure to take advantage of the endless photo opportunities on this trip, as the horse paths take you through gorgeous forest and countryside. After this amazing ruins tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel where you will have the rest of the afternoon free to explore more of Cusco, or have the option of taking a walking tour of the city (for an additional cost).

DAY 10: CUSCO – PUNO (B, L)

Today you will make your way from Cusco to Puno at the shores of Lake Titicaca. After breakfast, you will be picked up and brought to the bus station where you will catch the tourist bus to Puno. This bus makes multiple stops along the way and the journey is incredible, as you scale the Peruvian Altiplano, a high-altitude plain that spreads between Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Stops include ruins, museums, a quaint town for lunch, and the highest point of the journey, La Raya (4319m). Upon arrival in Puno, you will be picked up from the bus terminal and transported to the hotel of your choice with the evening free.

DAY 11: ISLANDS OF LAKE TITICACA (B, L)

Following breakfast in your Puno hotel, you will be transported to the port to begin your exciting adventure on the highest navigable lake in the world – Lake Titicaca! Your tour will start by bringing you to the floating islands of Uros where a local guide will show you how they made these islands out of reed platforms no more than 30-40cm thick! The communities moved onto the lake to avoid violent communities on the shores of Lake Titicaca. You will also get a short ride in one of the local handcrafted reed canoes that they have conitnued to use for centuries. From Uros, you will continue to the island of Taquile where you will be greeted by locals dressed in their gorgeous traditional woven clothing. Here you will get a guided tour of the island, followed by a traditional lunch from the lake itself. From Taquile you will be transported back to your Puno hotel where you should enjoy an amazing dinner watching the sunset over the sparkling lake.

(OPTIONAL: It is possible to stay overnight on one of the islands with a family homestay in one of their rustic homes. This is an incredible, highly recommended opportunity to see the real life on the island and make connections with locals).

Day 12: Return to Lima

After breakfast in Puno, you will be transferred to the Juliaca airport for your return flight to Lima.

End of our Services.

Our Price

Hotel Category Basic 2 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars + 4 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars Lux
Price Per Person  $ $ $ $  $ $ $

 

Price Includes

  • 8 nights accommodation at hotels of your chosing
  • All overland transfers indicated
  • All activities indicated in itinerary
  • 3 nights camping with equipment
  • Porters to carry equipment and personal bags
  • Transfer from Cusco hotel to Km82
  • Standard train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
  • Meals indicated: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
  • Cooking equipment and staff for meals on the trail
  • Tea and snack
  • First aid and oxygen bottle
  • English speaking guide for trek and Machu Picchu
  • All entrance fees

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Domestic flights
  • Meals not indicated
  • Additional expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, snacks, etc.
  • Travel insurance