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Andean Multisport with Machu Picchu

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The land of the Incas near Cusco and the Sacred Valley is a great destination for active adventures, especially when you combine the trip with a visit to Machu Picchu. 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 and the ruins of Machu Picchu.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Lima
Day 2 : Fly Cusco
Day 3 : Mountain Biking
Day 4 : Hiking to Huanca Huanca and the Apurimac River
Day 5 : Rafting the Black Canyon
Day 6 : Grand Finale and Ollantaytambo
Day 7 : Ollantaytambo and Train to Machu Picchu
Day 8 : Free Day at Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco
Day 9 : Return to Lima

Highlights

  • Bike to the Inca site of Maukallakta and on to the village of Molle Molle
  • Hike to a village to volunteer and interact with the community
  • Enjoy class III rapids on the Apurimac, keeping an eye open for wildlife
  • Explore Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incan Empire

Places Visited

  • Peru
  • South America
  • Apurimac River
  • Cusco
  • Huanca Huanca Village
  • Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Maukallakta
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley

Activities

Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive

Activity Level

Challenging

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive Lima

Arrive to Lima and overnight.

Day 2 Fly Cusco

This morning, fly to Cusco and transfer transfer to the hotel in order to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude (10,496 ft). This afternoon meet your guide and take a walking tour through the streets of Cusco, a fascinating mix of Inca and colonial architecture. Visit the Temple of Koricancha, considered the most important Inca Temple of Cusco, and walk to Cusco’s main Plaza de Armas, to visit both the Cathedral built over the ruins of the Sunturwasi temple and the “Iglesia de la Compañia”. Continue to the artisan neighborhood of San Blas with its many handicraft shops. From this area you have a wonderful view of the whole city.

Day 3 Mountain Biking

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After an early breakfast, depart leave Cusco by private vehicle to drive to Pakariktampu. After a short safety briefing and orientation, start biking on a dirt road towards Maukallakta. After visiting this amazing Inca site, the adventure continues until we reach the Molle Molle village where you will have lunch. From here enjoy the impressive views of the Apurimac River canyon and the majestic Vilcabamba mountain range. There is an optional 2 hour hike from the Willkakunka Pass (13,874 ft) to the campsite. (5 hours of riding).

Day 4 Hiking to Huanca Huanca and the Apurimac River

This morning begins with a short hike through the Loretuyoc forest containing an endangered species of tree over two hundred years old. You will continue hiking 2 hours through the Kusichaca remains and on to the Huanca Huanca Village. Here you will have a chance to engage with the local people and help the school with small projects. Lunch this afternoon will be served on the shores of the Apurimac River. The Apurímac River, which means, “speaking God” in Quechua, is the source of the world’s largest river system, the Amazon River, and was considered a sacred river by the Incas. Meet your expert river guides who are preparing all the equipment and provide a safety talk and orientation for the upcoming river adventure. Enjoy rafting Class II and III rapids through a limestone canyon to reach your campsite for the evening.

Day 5 Rafting the Black Canyon

Today, our adventure starts early. We will run quite a few class III rapids and then enjoy the most beautiful part of the canyon and its calm waters. We may see river otters, deer, foxes, torrent ducks and tropical Andean birds. Continuing our adventure, we will pass under several suspended bridges along the river and will meet the Santo Tomas River. At noon, we will set camp and have the chance to hike during the afternoon or relax at camp.

Day 6 Grand Finale and Ollantaytambo

Today, our adventure starts early. We will run quite a few class III rapids and then enjoy the most beautiful part of the canyon and its calm waters. We may see river otters, deer, foxes, torrent ducks and tropical Andean birds. Continuing our adventure, we will pass under several suspended bridges along the river and will meet the Santo Tomas River. At noon, we will set camp and have the chance to hike during the afternoon or relax at camp.

Day 7 Ollantaytambo and Train to Machu Picchu

In the morning, visit the ruins and town of Ollantaytambo. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo served as a royal estate and later a refuge after the Spanish conquered Cusco in 1537. The ruins feature expansive terraces and well-preserved architecture, and the town is still laid out as it was during the Incan empire, allowing its visitors to glimpse the history which still exists within its boundaries.

Board the train and follow the Urubamba River as it tumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Ancient canals still bring water from the high mountains to the baths used by Inca priests. Travel by train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes) with your guide and continue to the citadel of Machu Picchu. You have the whole to take in the stories and sights of one of the world's great wonders. After your tour of the Machu Picchu, you'll return to Machu Picchu Pueblo to soak in the hot springs and dine on local trout fillets.

Day 8 Free Day at Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco

Today is your chance to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and to listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants before the hikers from the Inca Trail arrive. You can choose to book a permit to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon, you'll return by train to Cusco with your guide. (Let us know if you would like help arranging entrance fees or hiking permits for today – these are not included and sell out in advance!)

Day 9 Return to Lima

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima and connect to your international flight. With more time, extend your trip to visit the Peruvian Amazon or Lake Titicaca!

Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) - Hotels

Cusco - Hotels

Lima - Hotels

River Rafting Campsites

Sacred Valley - Hotels

Per person starting at
$3,225

Notes

$532 single supplement

Rate based on 2 travelers
Rate based on 3 travelers: $2,825/person
Rate based on 4 or more travelers: $2,575/person

Other dates available upon request.

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
    • 4 Nights Hotel
    • 4 Nights Camping
  • 5 Days Private Guide Service
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Rafting, biking, and camping gear EXCEPT for sleeping bags

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $425 Lima-Cusco-Lima
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $195 Meals not Included
  • $43 Airport Departure Tax
  • $95 Optional Excursions
    • $60 for return visit to Machu Picchu on second day + $20 local bus to ruins
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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