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Whitewater raft the Urubamba River, mountain bike Chinchero, hike out-of-the-way Inca trails near Machu Picchu, and kayak Lake Titicaca. Named after the famous Manco rulers of the Inca empire, this multisport extravaganza offers the chance to visit the famous sites of Peru while satisfying your craving for Peru adventures on one of our most active trips in Peru. Not your ordinary of Machu Picchu tour.
Paddling through rapidsKayaking to lunch on Lake TiticacaMachu PicchuAshley and I overlooking Machu Picchu from the Sun GateBiking around Lake PiurayDescending along the Inca TrailDesign is passed down from mother to daughter."Sailing, takes me away!"Whitewater Rafting in the Sacred ValleySailingDressed upSail boats on Lake TiticacaVictoria MountainView from our bikes - Lake Piuray - ChincheroOur campsite for the night - Huchuy Qosqo ("Little Cusco")Ururbamba River - Lunch is at the bridge below!Huchuy Cusco, our camp for tonightBiking through beautiful landscapeEnjoying a mountain bike ride
Highlights
  • Raft the Urubamba River from snowcapped mountains to the Amazon jungle
  • Bike from Allpachaca past lakes, farms, and villages
  • Trek the Queñua Sundur Valley & visit several archaeological sites
  • Kayak over the crystal waters of the sacred lake, Lake Titicaca
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Day 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive Lima and overnight.

Day 2: Fly Cusco - Afternoon Walking Tour

An early morning flight brings you to the Inca capital of Cusco. After settling into your hotel, you can tour Cusco's largest open market and the adjacent witches' market, where natural medicines and charms for curing heartache and other afflictions are sold. Travelers will also have the opportunity to visit the Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco, a local organization committed to preserving the region's weaving traditions. Watch weavers demonstrate their craft and learn about the history and processes of Peru's most well-known art form. The evening is yours to take in some of Cusco's varied and exciting nightlife.

Day 3: Rafting on the Upper Urubamba River

Drive past terraced fields of corn, potatoes, and quinoa as you travel to the Vilcanota section of the Upper Urubamba River. After your safety briefing, you’ll put in on the Urubamba River, which winds from the snowcapped Andes to the Amazon jungle. The Vilcanota section offers challenging class III-IV rapids between the months of January and April and exciting class IV-V from April to November. For those looking for less extreme Peru adventures, other stretches of the river offer class II-III rapids year around. After your raft trip, enjoy a picnic lunch along the riverbank. This afternoon, return to Cusco, where you can explore the monasteries, cathedrals and Incan ruins of Cusco on your own or with your guide.

Day 4: Mountain Biking Chinchero

Today, rise early for your journey to the village of Chinchero. Chinchero is a town made up by several communities and whose main income comes from textiles and tourism here we can partake in a weaving demonstration, learn about indigenous medicinal plants and see the ancestral way of life of Andean People.  Afterwards, ascend to Allpachaca, at 12,000 feet elevation, to begin your biking tour. You will ride for 3-4 hours, past beautiful Piuray Lake and the local farms and villages until you reach the community of Tauca (12,660 feet). After lunch, get settled into your community campsite where you will be spend the night. In the evening feel free to talk a walk around the community and maybe meet some of the locals.

Day 5: Hiking the Quenua Sundur Valley

After breakfast, begin your horse-assisted trek to the Queñua Sundur Valley. Along the way, visit several archeological sites rarely visited by outsiders including Kinsa Salayo and Huchuy Qosqo. Enjoy sensational views of the Sacred Valley and the Urubamba Mountains with their impressive glaciers. Tonight camp near Huchuy Qosqo, known as "Little Cusco". Your guides will set up camp and make dinner you relax and enjoy the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo. Today's hike totals 8 miles in length.

Day 6: Huchuy Qosqo - Train to Machu Picchu Pueblo

Rising early, explore the ruins of Huchuy Qosqo with your guides. This "Little Cusco" is inaccessible by public road, making it one of the least visited major ruins in the area. After exploring the ruins, you hike to Lamay (approximately 3 miles), descending into the Sacred Valley. On the trail to Lamay you will see towering Andean peaks and smaller ruins in the distance. Our driver will be waiting for us at the end of the trail for a last lunch before taking you to the train station in Ollantaytambo.

The train follows the Urubamba River as it tumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu. You arrive to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes) to relax, enjoy dinner (the trout fillets are delicious), and prepare for your Machu Picchu tour tomorrow.

Day 7: Visit Machu Picchu Ruins - Return Cusco

Wake early to watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Today your guide will begin to unravel the mysteries of this sacred site, explains the care that went into its construction. Though no one knows the full significance of the ruins at Machu Picchu, recent archaeological excavations have uncovered a series of caves that may have been the site for religious ceremonies portraying the Incas’ creation story. These caves suggest that Machu Picchu may have been a “huaca”, or sacred spot, worshiped as a point where man emerged from the ground. This evening, you’ll return to Cusco by train.

Day 8: Transfer to Puno

This morning a luxury-class bus takes you from Cusco to the shores of Lake Titicaca. Along the way, enjoy optional visits to the "Sistine Chapel" of Peru and a pre-Incan site, as well as a huge lunch featuring traditional Peruvian cuisine. 

Arrive at mystical Lake Titicaca in the early afternoon. Legend has it that the first Inca rose out of its azure waters. Transfer to your hotel and explore on your own this afternoon.

Day 9: Kayaking on Lake Titicaca - Ticonata Island

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart this morning with your guide to the the floating islands of the peninsula of Capachica to Llachon, a small community of Aymara farmers where visitors are always welcome. Here you will practice our kayaking skills before launching from the beach. There is no better way to appreciate the mysticism of the area than with a silent two hour kayak trip over the crystal waters of this sacred lake.

After your kayak adventure, continue on to Ticonata Island where you will stay at the EcoVillage, a community run tourism project where you stay in replicas of the pre-Inca homes that existed in this area. This hidden corner of Lake Titicaca provides the chance to experience the tranquility of nature and Andean culture. Take a hike around the island to visit ancient ritual sites and a small musuem. Your guide will help translate the stories about the daily life and the traditions of this remote island on your Lake Titicaca tour.

Day 10: Sail to Amantani Island

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today continue on by sailboat for a two-three hour cruise to Amantani Island, a quiet island known for its hilltop ruins that honor Pachamama and Pachatata (Mother and Father Earth). Here you meet your host families whose generosity is apparent with their open arms (and open doors to their homes) and smiles, a highlight for most on Peru holidays. Explore this island with your guide and then settle in to share a short day in the lives of the Aymara. Enjoy a breath-taking sunset over Lake Titicaca.

Day 11: Return to Puno

After breakfast and bidding farewell to your host family, return to Puno by motor boat with stop at the floating islands of the Uros People. Peru's floating islands are built using the buoyant totora reeds that grow along Lake Titicaca, and these reeds are interwoven to make homes, boats, and crafts. A ride in a traditional reed boat can be arranged with a local fisherman. Return to Puno, afternoon is free to explore on your own.

Day 12: Fly Lima and Return Home

Catch your flight to Lima and prepare for your red-eye flight home! International flights should leave no earlier than 5 PM.

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Kitchen (right) Dining tent (left)

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Our campsite for the night - Huchuy Qosqo ("Little Cusco")
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Amantani Homestay

Enjoy the hospitality of the local people during your homestay on your Peru trip
Chris's host family on Amantani Island
Doing laundry, Amantani style

Ticonata Eco Village

On Ticonata - Looking towards Amantani
Our accommodations on Tikonata
Ticonata Island

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Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • 7 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Gear Rental: Sea Kayaking Gear
  • Round Trip Vistadome train
  • Gear Rental: Biking, Rafting, Kayaking, & Camping Gear (except for sleeping bags)
  • Gear Rental: Rafting, Biking, & Camping Gear (except sleeping bags)
  • Entrance Fee: Cathedral 
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • If you are interested in purchasing a hiking pass for either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, please contact us asap. These are not included in the cost of the trip and must be arranged in advance. Hiking permits, especially for Huayna Picchu, often sell out months in advance. 
  • Internal Flights - Lima-Cusco and Juliaca-Lima

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