Cusco & Sacred Valley Day Excursions


Mountain Biking Excursions


Cusco Half Day Mountain Biking

Approx. 4 hours on a bike
Difficulty Levels: Easy, moderate, or advanced routes on dirt trails and roads depending on experience and fitness level
Trip begins and ends in Cusco

Includes: Roundtrip transfers from Cusco, Professional English-speaking guide, front-suspension mountain bike, helmet, gloves, support van accompanying riders, entrance fees to sites for travelers participating in our trips to Machu Picchu. *Entrance fee $35 if not included in tour.

Transfer to the highlands of Cusco and admire the impressive countryside and the historic city down below while you get instruction and safety briefing from your guide and test the bikes. Test the bikes and have a short instruction and safety briefing before hitting the trails and dirt roads and travel to the archaeological sites around Cusco including Qenqo, Pucapucara, "The X Zone" and Tambomachay. For travelers who prefer more advanced routes and adrenaline seeking, single track trails in the area are available, and the guides will customize the route based on experience and fitness level of travelers.

PRIVATE: US$125 /person: 2 travelers or more
US$195 /person: 1 traveler
GROUP: Contact us for rates and availability
Requires group minimum of four travelers


Sacred Valley Full Day Mountain Biking

Approx. 7 hours total with 4.5 hours on a bike
Difficulty Level: Moderate on dirt roads and trails with advanced routes available for experienced riders.
Trip begins and ends in Cusco

Includes: Roundtrip transfers from Cusco, Professional English-speaking guide, front-suspension mountain bike, helmet, gloves, support van accompanying riders, lunch and water

The day starts with a 30 minute drive to Chinchero (a thirty-minute ride) and an orientation about the day's ride. Bike to the town of Chequereq, which offers an impressive landscape of Andean lakes and snowcapped mountains with colorful cultivated plots and picturesque villages along the way. The first part of our trip ends in the town of Maras with our picnic lunch. After resting a bit, we will follow a downhill trail towards the impressive salt mines of Maras and visit before continuing to Moray to see the Incan agricultural terraces. Transfer back to Cusco at the end of the day.

PRIVATE: US$250 /person: 2 travelers or more
US$370/person: 1 traveler
GROUP: Contact us for rates and availability
Requires group minimum of four travelers


Sacred Valley Half Day Mountain Biking

Approx. 3 hours total with 2.5 hours on a bike
Difficulty Level: Easy on dirt roads and trails with more difficult routes available for experienced riders.
Trips begins and ends in Ollantaytambo

Includes: Transfer from Ollantaytambo, Professional English-speaking guide, front-suspension mountain bike, helmet, gloves, support van accompanying riders

After being picked-up in Ollantaytambo, transfer 20 minutes to the "Devil's Turn" in Pachar, driving through the mountains, admiring a combination of Andean landscapes, local culture, and traditional villages. After the briefing, ride on a trail following the Urubamba River, the sacred river of the Incas all the way to Pachar. From here, descend along a portion of the ancient Inca Trail that passes through farming fields and Inca terraces until we reach the Inca bridge that will take us into Ollantaytambo.

PRIVATE: US$200 /person: 2 travelers or more
US$325 /person: 1 traveler
GROUP: Private departures only for this itinerary

Pachar to Cachiccata Full Day Mountain Biking

Approx. 7 hours total with 5 hours on a bike
Difficulty Level: Easy on dirt roads and trails with more difficult routes available for experienced riders.
Trips begins and ends in Ollantaytambo

Includes: Roundtrip transfers from Ollantaytambo, Professional English-speaking guide, front-suspension mountain bike, helmet, gloves, support van accompanying riders, lunch and water

After being picked-up in Ollantaytambo, transfer 20 minutes to the "Devil's Turn" in Pachar, driving through the mountains, admiring a combination of Andean landscapes, local culture, and traditional villages. After the briefing, ride on a trail following the Urubamba River, the sacred river of the Incas all the way to Pachar. From here, descend along a portion of the ancient Inca Trail that passes through farming fields and Inca terraces until we reach the Inca bridge that will take us into Ollantaytambo. Continue to the Andean village of Cachiccata, a picturesque community with an Incan quarry that produced the stones to create the fortress in Ollantaytambo. Take a break to visit a local development and reforestation program run by a local organization and have lunch at a community restaurant. After we are re-energized, hop back on the bike for a three hour ride to Chillca, where the van will be waiting to transfer back to Ollantaytambo.

PRIVATE: US$240 /person: 2 travelers or more
US$365/person: 1 traveler
GROUP: Private departures only for this itinerary


Whitewater Rafting Excursions


Vilcanota-Urubamba River Full Day Whitewater Rafting

Approx. 7 hours total with 3 hours on the water
Difficulty Level: Easy with Class II and III rapids. No prior experience required
Trip begins and ends in Cusco

Includes: Roundtrip transfers from Cusco, Professional English-speaking guide, all river rafting equipment, lunch, safety kayakers

Early in the morning we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to Pachar. Here you will receive your safety briefing and equipment as well as a brief practice in the flat parts of the river. Admire the spectacular views of the mountains and archaeological sites on the way towards Ollantaytambo and its amazing Inca terraces in between the class II and III rapids. Finish the three hour trip on the river with “El Resbaladero” (The Slide), a strong class III rapid that includes waves and small whirlpools. Lunch will be en-route. Return to Cusco in the evening.

PRIVATE: US$205 /person: 2 travelers or more
US$375/person: 1 traveler
GROUP: Contact us for rates and availability
Requires group minimum of four travelers


Upper Vilcanota-Chuquicahauna Full Day Whitewater Rafting

Approx. 7 hours total with 3 hours on the water
Difficulty Level: Moderate with Class III and IV rapids.
Trip begins and ends in Cusco

Includes: Roundtrip transfers from Cusco, Professional English-speaking guide, all river rafting equipment, lunch, safety kayakers

Early in the morning we pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and drive through the mountains towards the southern part of Cusco, until we reach Chuquicahuana. Here you will receive your safety briefing and equipment as well as a brief practice in the flat parts of the river. Over the next 11 kilometers raft through a beautiful canyon with fast class III and IV rapids. Lunch will be en-route. Return to Cusco in the evening.

PRIVATE: US$235 /person: 2 travelers or more
US$415/person: 1 traveler
GROUP: Contact us for rates and availability
Requires group minimum of four travelers

Hiking Excursions


Chacan Rainbow Temple and Cusilluchayoc Ruins Hike

Approx. 4-5 hours
Difficulty Level: Difficult, good physical condition required
Trip begins and ends in Cusco, year round

Includes: Roundtrip transfers from Cusco, Professional English-speaking guide, first-aid kit with oxygen, and box lunch

You will depart from your hotel this morning and drive north of Cusco, near the Sacsayhuaman Ruins, where you will see one of the best views of the city. On the way, you will see the people of Cusco starting their day working outside of their houses and in their fields, some traveling to Cusco for their jobs. Once you reach the trailhead, you will start your hike to the Chachan Rainbow Temple, where a small waterfall makes a spectacular rainbow under the sun's light. Afterwards, continue hiking uphill, following a small stream. After approximately two hours of hiking, you will reach Cusilluchayoc Temple, where lunch will be served. Then, it is your chance to explore this Inca Temple and surrounding caves. The remainder of the hike is downhill to the city, passing through the old part of the city: San Cristobal and San Blas neighborhoods. Finally, you will arrive back at your hotel. This hike is characterized by beautiful landscapes, Incan Ruins and interaction with the local people of Cusco.

COST: US$165 /person: 2 travelers or more
US$290/person: 1 traveler
GROUP RATE: Contact us for rates and availability
Requires group minimum of four travelers

Huchuyqosqo Hike

Approx. 7-8 hours hiking
Difficulty Level: Strenuous, good physical condition required
Trip begins and ends in Cusco, year round - Can be arranged to start from the Sacred Valley at additional cost

Includes: Roundtrip transfers from Cusco, Professional English-speaking guide, first-aid kit with oxygen, and box lunch

A spectacular high-altitude trek featuring Andean landscapes and lakes, along with Archeological sites.

Early this morning, depart from your hotel and drive through the Andes. Your hike begins at Piuray Lake near the Chincero community. Hike to the Cuper Alto community, where you will have stunning views of Mt. Verónica and the full Vilcabamba Mountain Range. You will gain and lose elevation on this hike through the altiplano, while gazing on snowcapped mountains. Eventually, you will arrive to the Incan sites of Huchuyqosqo. This site was a palace in Inca times and is well-preserved with structure made of stone and adobe. These ruins were built on the mountain top, surrounded by clear blue skies above and bounded by streams on both sides. Relax in the shade of the Queñua trees (Andean Oak) while lunch is served. After lunch and a bit of a rest, continue on your hike. You will continue across the open terrain and begin the switchback trail down the mountain, eventually arriving at Lamay, where your driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel for the evening.

Not included: Entrance fee to Huchuyqosqo ($8.50 per person)

COST: US$185/person: 2 travelers or more
US$345/person: 1 traveler
GROUP RATE: Contact us for rates and availability
Requires group minimum of four travelers

Ollantaytambo - Cachiccata Quarry Hike

Approx. 6-7 hours hiking
Difficulty Level: Strenuous, good physical condition required
Trip begins and ends in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, year round

Includes: Roundtrip transfers from Cusco/Sacred Valley, Professional English-speaking guide, first-aid kit with oxygen, and box lunch

A spectacular full day hike to the granite quarry of Ollantaytambo featuring views of the Sacred Valley and snowy Andean peaks

Early this morning, you will depart your hotel and drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way, you can admire the imposing Urubamba range, along with potato fields belonging to the town of Chinchero. The route continues through the Sacred Valley, passing through Urubamba, the most important province of the valley, heading then towards Ollantaytambo. Your hike will begin at the Inca Bridge over the Vilcanota River, on an Inca Trail that passes through terraces and tombs, until reaching the base of one of the most important mountains of the area, the Apu Buena Negra. An important quarry is located here, from which the Incas derived materials to build the fortress at Ollantaytambo. Your guide will explain the process of how the Incas worked and transported these giant stones. In fact, the same trail you hiked was used to move the massive rocks to the build the fortress. The quarry site provides spectacular view of Mt. Verónica as well as the Pakaritampu Pyramid and the town of Ollantaytambo. You will have a chance to rest and enjoy lunch, after which you will continue hiking. It's all downhill from here! Descend to the Sacred Valley, ending your hike at "El Rancho" in the Cachicatta Community. The houses in the village were built on stone foundations, using adobe bricks with straw roofs. Your driver will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley.

COST: US$185/person: 2 travelers or more
US$345/person: 1 traveler
GROUP RATE: Contact us for rates and availability
Requires group minimum of four travelers

Horseback Riding Excursions


Cusco Horseback Riding - Half Day

Level: Easy, no experience required.
Duration: 4 hours (2 ½ hours riding approximately)
Location: Around archeological sites near Cusco
Trip begins and ends in Cusco, year round

Includes: Transportation, Professional English-speaking guide, wrangler for every 5 riders, gloves and helmet

Depart from your hotel this morning for a quick twenty-minute drive to the starting point of your ride. Meet your Andean horse and embark on your two and a half hour ride through fields, small villages and Incan sites. You will enjoy a wonderful view of Cusco on your way to the Temple of the Moon, where you will leave your horses and return to Cusco. While it is not allowed to visit the archaeological sites on horseback, you are welcome to dismount your horse and visit the Temple of the Moon on foot. The entrance will be paid locally and is not included in the cost of your horseback riding excursion.

COST: US$110/person: 2 travelers or more
US$185/person: 1 traveler
GROUP RATE: Contact us for rates and availability
Requires group minimum of four travelers

Cusco Horseback Riding - Full Day

Level: Easy, no experience required.
Duration: 6-7 hours (3-4 hours riding approximately)
Location: Ruins surrounding Cusco - Chacan
Trip begins and ends in Cusco, year round

Includes: Transportation, Professional English-speaking guide, wrangler for every 5 riders, gloves and helmet, lunch

You will depart from your hotel this morning and drive north of Cusco, near the Sacsayhuaman Ruins, where you will see one of the best views of the city. On the way, watch as the people of Cusco start their day working outside of their houses and in their fields, some traveling to Cusco for their jobs. Once you reach the trailhead, you will start your ride to the Chachan Rainbow Temple, where a small waterfall makes a spectacular rainbow under the sun's light. Afterwards, continue riding uphill, following a small stream. After approximately two hours of riding, you will reach Cusilluchayoc Temple, where lunch will be served. Then, it is your chance to explore this Inca Temple and surrounding caves. The remainder of the ride is downhill to the city, passing through the old part of the city: San Cristobal and San Blas neighborhoods. Finally, you will arrive back at your hotel. This ride is characterized by beautiful landscapes, Incan Ruins and interaction with the local people of Cusco.

COST: Contact us for rates and availability
GROUP RATE: Contact us for rates and availability
Requires group minimum of four travelers

Peruvian Paso Fino Horseback Riding in the Sacred Valley Half Day

Level: Easy, no experience required.
Duration: 4 hours (2 hours riding approximately)
Location: Pachar to Ollantaytambo (Other routes available upon request)
Trip beings and ends in the Sacred Valley, year round

Includes: Transportation, Professional English-speaking guide, muleteer, leather mount, helmet and gloves

You will be picked up from your hotel this morning and driven to the Paucarbamba bridge, where you will meet your horses. You will be riding the Peruvian Paso Fino Horse, which is a breed of light pleasure saddle horse known for its smooth ride. Native to Peru, it is distinguished by a natural, four-beat, lateral gait called the paso llano. This breed is protected by the Peruvian government and has been declared a Cultural Heritage of the Nation by the National Institute of Culture. Your ride today will cross the Urubamba River to see spectacular scenery with snow-covered mountains, agricultural terraces and the Inca trail. You will continue riding until arriving at the Inca Bridge, where your driver will be waiting for you. Return to your hotel after your ride.

* Standard horses also available in place of Peuvian Paso Fino
* Maximum rider weight: 187 lbs.

COST: US$275/person: 2 travelers or more
US$435/person: 1 traveler
GROUP RATE: Contact us for rates and availability
Requires group minimum of four travelers

Peruvian Paso Fino Horseback Riding in the Sacred Valley Full Day

Level: Easy, no experience required.
Duration: 8 hours (4 hours riding approximately)
Location: Moray to Maras (Other routes available upon request)
Trip beings and ends in Cusco, year round - Can be arranged to start from the Sacred Valley at additional cost

Includes: Transportation, Professional English-speaking guide, muleteer, leather mount, helmet and gloves, lunch

Depart from your hotel this morning and drive to the Andean community of Piscuyro, where the Ranch is located. Here you will meet the horses and receive a safety briefing. Following ancient trails, start your uphill ride. Along the way, you will see Andean communities with traditional houses built with adobe and fields brimming with local crops. After an hour of riding, you will arrive to the highest point of the trail (K'asa). From here, you will be able to see amazing views of the Urubumba mountain range that surrounds the Sacred Valley with its snowcapped mountains. Continuing on your ride, you will have the first views of the Moray Terraces. Dismount your horses and explore the ruins with your guide. Moray was used as an Incan Laboratory to acclimatize crops. Ancient people of the region took four enormous natural depressions in the landscape and sculpted them into several levels of agricultural terraces that served, hundreds of years ago, as an experimental agricultural station for the development of different strain of crops. After your exploration of Moray, break for lunch and a rest.

Afterwards, continue on your ride towards the town of Maras. Maras is a typical Andean village. Continue on through the village until you reach the Maras salt mines. The salt pools here have an average area of 54 ft², constructed in a slope of the Qaqawiña mountain. Learn how local people irrigate the pools to make the famous salt here. Afterwards, you will meet your driver and return to your hotel.

* Standard horses also available in place of Peuvian Paso Fino
* Maximum rider weight: 187 lbs.

COST: US$435/person: 2 travelers or more
US$660/person: 1 traveler
GROUP RATE: Contact us for rates and availability
Requires group minimum of four travelers

Ziplining and Climbing Excursions


Via Ferrata and Zipline

Approx. 6 hours total
Difficulty Level: Easy, moderate and advanced routes
Trip begins and ends in Cusco

Includes: Roundtrip transfers from Cusco, bilingua English-speaking guide, safety equipment and box lunch

Early in the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco and driven through the Sacred Valley. The Via Ferrata is a path used to climb a mountain with a safety system permanently installed. It gives people without any experience in climbing the opportunity to move through spectacular mountain scenery using a minimum of equipment. The climber is permanently tide to a steel cable that runs through the entire route. Metal ladders, bridges and similar facilities are used. This helps maintain the physical difficulty of climbing and mix beginners skills while providing access to a very high, and extreme vertical sections of a mountain, that could only be accessible to experienced rock climbers. Anyone who is in good health and physical condition is able to climb the via ferrata. The minimum age to climb the Sacred Valley via ferrata is 7 years old. Without exception, the climbers must always be accompanied by a guide.

After completing your 400 meter climb up the mountainside, rappel and zip line all the way back down to the valley floor!

 

COST: US$260 /person: 2 travelers or more
GROUP RATE: Contact us for rates and availability
Requires group minimum of four travelers

Multiday Extensions


Amazon Lodge Extension *4 Day*

Explore Peru's vast jungle with a 3-night stay at an Amazon lodge. A short flight from Lima or Cusco brings us to the jungle town of Puerto Maldonado. Surrounding Puerto Maldonado are three wildlife reserves consisting of more than 8 million acres of primary rainforest. A motor canoe takes us down the Madre de Dios River to a trail leading to the lodge, perched above one of the most attractive lakes in the Peruvian Amazon. Our local guide teaches us some of the secrets of this ecological treasure as we look for monkeys, tapirs, capybara, macaws, toucans and more. At night, we'll search for caimans near the shores of our camp.

Starts and ends in Puerto Maldonado « click here »


Andean Multisport *8 Day*

The land of the Incas near Cusco and the Sacred Valley is a great destination for active adventures. With deep canyons cut by beautiful rivers and backroads and trails in the shadows of the impressive Andes, explore the countryside during this multi-day biking and raft trip and visit the Inca cities of Cusco and Ollantaytambo. Travelers will have a half-day hike on a remote section of the Inca Trail to hike down to the Apurimac River, one of South America's premier rivers. Single-track and more advanced biking routes can be arranged based on travelers' experience.

Starts and ends in Lima. « click here »


Arequipa & Colca Canyon *4 Day*

Explore Peru's highlights during this extension to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon for a rich cultural experience and visit to one of the world's deepest canyons.

Starts and ends in Arequipa « click here »


Arequipa & Colca Canyon with Homestay *4 Day*

A unique version of our 4 day/3 night Arequipa and Colca Canyon extension including a one night homestay with a local family in the village of Sibayo. This is a unique opportunity for travelers wanting to experience the daily and communal life of a rural Peruvian village.

Starts and ends in Arequipa « click here »


Cachiccata Community Clean-Up *2 Day*

Modernization is extending into the Andes and impacts the local communities. One negative consequence is an increase in post-consumer waste. Without adequate disposal options in these rural communities, household garbage accumulates and is scattered around the countryside. Our service project will allow travelers to go into the community and help families collect waste, separate it based on recyclables, biodegradable/compostable waste, and disposable garbage and educate and promote composting and recycling efforts in Cachicatta.

Starts and ends in Ollantaytambo « click here »


Cachiccata Group Service Project *5 Day*

Group service project in the Cachiccata community. During this 5 day/4 night trip, participants, side-by-side with the family members, will work on cleaning, repairing, and restoring homes, planting native trees, and visiting school and supporting a healthy breakfast project. We stay in the community campground each night to immerse ourselves in the village life. The trip ends with traditional Inca ceremony and offering as a time to reflect over the previous days' experiences.

Starts and ends in Ollantaytambo « click here »


Cachiccata Home Restoration *4 Day*

Adventure Life's guides and partners has identified the poorest families in the Cachiccata community. The elements can cause damage to homes over time, and many families do not have the extra means to make renovations to their homes. During this 4 day/3 night trip, participants, side-by-side with the family members, will work on cleaning, repairing, and restoring their homes. We stay in the community campground each night to immerse ourselves in the village life. The trip ends with traditional Inca ceremony and offering as a time to reflect over the previous days' experiences.

Starts and ends in Ollantaytambo « click here »


Ceiba Tops Amazon Lodge *4 Day*

Starts and Ends in Iquitos, Peru « click here »


Chachapoyas *5 Day*

Explore the lost civilization of Chachapoyas. This trip in northern Peru features visits to the huge mountaintop temple and fortress of Kuelap, the Leimebamba museum with its collection of 200 mummies, and the Revash tombs. There is an optional hike to Gocta Falls, the world's third tallest free-falling waterfall.

Starts in Chiclayo, Peru « click here »


Cusco to Amazon Mountain Biking *4 Day*

Ride from the Andean Highlands to the Amazon Basin during this 4 day trip that begins and ends in Cusco. Ride from Cusco and head east and downhill as you descend into the Amazon Basin and the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Fully-supported trip with vehicle assistance and deluxe camping.

Starts and ends in Cusco, Peru « click here »


Easter Island *5 Day*

Explore Easter Island on this 5D/4N extension! Discover the ancient history of this culturally rich island. Day trips include a visit to the Rano Kau volcano, Ana Kai Tangata cave, the volcanic crater of Rano Raraku, and other sacred regions where the famous 100-ton basalt statues, Moai, tower over the countryside.

Starting and ending in Easter Island. « click here »


Lake Titicaca *3 Day*

Explore Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark at the crossroads of the Andes and the Andean plateau and the world's highest navigable and South America's largest lake. This extension spends two nights in Puno.

Starts in Cusco and ends in Puno or vice versa « click here »


Lake Titicaca at Titilaka Lodge *3 Day*

Indulge and immerse in the splendor and spirit of the lake at Titilaka. Surrounded by stunning scenery and astounding Andean geography, Titilaka's contemporary design integrates with the natural environment, paying homage to the ancient Titicaca, origin of the great Inca culture. Here you will find a haven for re-energizing after a day of excursion by boat, mountain bike, hiking or car -- the choice is yours. Explore the Andean communities on the islands of Taquile or Uros; visit the archeological sites of Chullpas de Sillustani and the splendid colonial churches in the towns of Juli, Pomata and Lampa; or simply absorb the spirit of the region.

Starts and ends in Juliaca airport « click here »


Lake Titicaca Kayaking *5 Day*

A great option for a traveler interested in a more active trip to Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark at the crossroads of the Andes and the Andean plateau. Unique opportunity for a traveler interested in kayaking on the world's highest navigable and South America's largest lake. Travelers enjoy interacting with the local community whose roots date back to ancient cultures that settled in this area. Their hospitality opens a door to share with their families and allows us the homestay opportunity.

Starts in Cusco and ends in Puno or vice versa « click here »


Lake Titicaca with Homestay *4 Day*

Explore Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark at the crossroads of the Andes and the Andean plateau and the world's highest navigable and South America's largest lake. Travelers enjoy interacting with the local community whose roots date back to ancient cultures that settled in this area. Their hospitality opens a door to share with their families and allows us the homestay opportunity on Amantani Island.

Starts in Cusco and ends in Puno or vice versa « click here »


Mancora Beach Extension *4 Day*

Lima, Peru « click here »


Paracas and Nazca *3 Day*

Visit the small town of Pisco where the white brandy that serves as Peru's national liquor is produced. On the following day, you will transfer to Paracas National Reserve and the Islas Ballestas where you will view a variety of sea birds and sea lions that make their home there. The Paracas Reserve has one of the highest concentration of marine birds in the world. Then it is on to Nazca, where you can choose to take an early morning over-flight of the mysterious Nazca Lines that were etched into the desert many years before the Incas ruled.

Starts and ends in Lima « click here »


Urubamba River Whitewater Rafting *2 Day*

A 2 day/1 night whitewater rafting trip on the Urubamba River, the sacred river of the Incas. Experience Class II-IV rapids on this trip that includes one overnight of camping and great food after your day's adrenaline-filled adventure on this great river.

Starts and ends in Cusco, Peru « click here »