Peru - adventure holidays is a route full of adrenaline that involves Apurimac river rafting, visiting some extraordinary Incan sites during the Maras - Moray - Salineras Tour, doing some Machu Picchu walking and biking during the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu, a perfect and great adventurous alternative to the exhausting Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!!. There you have an opportunity to continue improving your rafting techniques, this time on the Santa Teresa River as well as giving a try to ZIP-Line. Obviously, your holiday to Peru includes a guided tour of the antique Incan citadel of Machu Picchu.
Your "Machu Picchu vacation" starts arriving to Lima, the capital of Peru. You rest and overnight there in a comfortable hotel to get prepared for the following flight to Cusco. Once in Cusco, you are welcomed by our Representative who takes you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in order to get acclimatize to the high altitude. The next day, you visit the archaeological sites of Maras, Moray and Salineras. Then, you travel to the Apurimac river canyon where you undertake real river rafting adventure on the Apurimac River (which name means the "Oracle" or the "Speaker to the Gods"). The river is the main source of the Amazon River making it the longest river in the world! Our adventure holiday to Peru continues by returning to Cusco and after that get prepared for Machu Picchu biking and hiking when following the Inca Jungle Trek. The first day of the trek, you bike downhill through the Andean mountains until you get to a green subtropical jungle. After the biking, you can improve your rafting skills near the village of Santa Maria and then overnight in a family hostel. The next day, you begin trekking following a part of an authentic Inka´s path discovering of subtropical fauna and flora until you reach the hot springs of Santa Teresa where you refresh yourself in those medicinal baths! You overnight in another hostel in Santa Teresa. On the third day of the trek, you can enjoy ZIP-line early in the morning before continuing to the railway of “Hidroelectrica” station where you follow the trails that leads you to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. The last day, you climb for 2 hours to get to the gates of Machu Picchu where your Tour Guide provides you a guided visit of this antique citadel! Later,you can climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to take some panoramic pictures of the famous "Lost City of the Incas". In the afternoon, you return back to Cusco by train and then private bus to rest. Finally, your Machu Picchu vacation finishes by going back to the airport of Cusco to take your flight.
Day 01: Arrival to Lima
Day 02: Flight to Cusco City
Day 03: Maras - Moray - Salineras Tour
Day 04-06: Apurimac river rafting tour - The Apurimac canyon
Day 07-10: Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 11: Cusco City
Day 12: Departure Day
Crew: Tierras Vivas Representatives in Lima and Cusco and a professional Tour Guide for the Inca Jungle Trek.
Accommodation: 6x a 3* hotel, 3x a hostel, 2x a campsite.
Meals: 11x breakfast, 5x lunch, 5x dinner, 3x afternoon tea (Please allow USD 100-150 for meals not included).
Transportation: 1x domestic flight, transportation by private van, a raft, a train (Expedition Class).BOOK ONLINE
Please note that the first day is an arrival day and no activities are planned, so that you can arrive at any time. When you arrive to the airport atLima, our Representative waits for you holding a sheet with your name and transfers you to your hotel.
The capital of Lima is also known as the "City of the Kings" as it was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535! The Plaza de Armas (main square) is a heart of old Lima. There can be found the Cathedral, Governmental Palace and Archbishop’s Palace.
In the morning, we take you to the Lima´s airport for your flight to the Cusco City. Our Representative awaits you in front of the Cusco´s arrival airport hall holding a sheet with your name. After he/she welcomes you in Cusco, he/she takes you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore around this fascinating city as well as to acclimatize to its high altitude.
Cusco is the oldest continuously inhabited city of this continent as well as a hub of the South American travel network! The city attracts people from all around the world, who arrive not only to visit a unique destination, but also to experience an antique culture that differs a lot from the occidental 21st century´s way of life. One could easily spend a week just in and around this site. Inca-built stone walls line most of the central streets and it is not necessary to go far to see other major Incan ruins! This is a city steeped in history, traditions and legends!
Every year, Cusco is visited by thousands of travelers, who come to delve into its noble, but tragic past. It is a perfect base for optional explorations around the city´s surroundings as well as for a range of outdoor activities.
The most important monument of the Cusco City is without any doubt Qorikancha - the Golden Temple and the main temple of the Incan empire - Tawantinsuyo, where the Sun god was worshipped!
Cusco also has got numerous colonial churches. The most important of them is the Cathedral on the main square. Its construction started in 1559 and it took 100 years to finish!! The Cathedral can pride on the biggest depository of Colonial art of the city! A vault containing remains of the famous Incan historian - Garcilaso de la Vega is just past the entrance. Other churches that are worth seeing are La Compañía, La Merced and San Francisco.
You are picked-up after breakfast from your hotel and taken towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a 1.5 hour ride, you reach the first stop at a collonial village of Maras. There you stop for a while to observe its typical colonial portals (gateways). After that, you continue to the archaeological site of Moray where you can admire Incan agricultural experimental terraces built in a rectangular shape. There, your Tour Guide explains you more details about a purpose of this extraordinary site. Later, you ride to the last stop of your today´s excursion which are the salt mines of Salineras. The salt mines involve around 3,000 of salt pools that are supplied by an underground hot salt stream sprung from a hill above the pools. You have a walk around the pools with a company of your Tour Guide. You are given also a chance to buy this natural salt there. Then, you get on a private vehicle again and return to Cusco at approx. 3 pm.
Early morning, we start out our rafting adventure by a 4 hour ride northwest of Cusco (3,400 masl) across the Andes down to the Apurimac River Canyon - a 3,000 metre deep canyon, twice as deep as the U.S. Grand Canyon!! The 690 km long Apurimac River is the most direct source of the Amazon River making it the world´s longest river! In the native language of Quechua, its name consists of two words: "apu" meaning divinity or a god and "rimaq" meaning oracle. So that the Apurimac´s name means the "oracle of the gods"!
When we reach the Huallpachaca Village (2,000 masl), we prepare our equipment (self-bailing rafts, paddles, oars, helmets, coolers, life-jackets, wet-suits and others) which takes about 2 hours. Then, we are given a talk on safety and rafting techniques such as know-how on getting back into a raft, a flip of a raft, swimming rapids, etc. Then, we have lunch to afterward start floating for about 2 hours doing rapids of class II and III. We reach our first campsite situated in an impressive narrow gorge. There, we have dinner and overnight.
Next day, we start rafting Apurimac at around 9 am after a healthy breakfast. Today, we enjoy being in the white water for approx. 6 hours doing mostly class III and IV rapids! During that, we stop to have lunch and then we continue rafting down the river towards our second campsite. On the way, we get to a really narow canyon with a very difficult rapid that cannot be overcome so we have to carry our rafts for a while (approx. 7 minutes). At about 4 pm, we reach the campsite. Tonight, we enjoy dinner and campfire on a sandy beach under the sky of the southern hemisphere!
The last day of this amazing rafting tour, we raft through a few of V class rapids! Excect this adrenaline sport, we can also observe some river otters, foxes, torrent ducks, condors and cormorants in this remote and isolated canyon! This makes the tour one of the best wildlife adventures of the whole Peruvian holiday! After 3-4 hours in water, we have to finish and pack the
equipment. Then, we return to Cusco in our private transport reaching it at about 5 pm. You are taken to your hotel where you can continue dreaming about the wildlife adventure while another adventure is already waiting for you!
You start your Machu Picchu vacation by early morning pick-up from your Cusco´s hotel to be taken for a four hour ride passing the Sacred Valley of the Incas on the way until you reach the innitial point at Abra Malaga (4,350 m.a.s.l.) which is the highest place of the trek too! There, you sit on a bicycle and start this Machu Picchu biking and hiking adventure! You ride down for about 4 hours towards the small town of Santa Maria. On the route, you can appreciate an Incan site, cloud forest´s birds, medicinal plants, butterflies, snakes and tropical fruits. You also can visit local families to find about their daily routine. When in Santa Maria, you accommodate yourself in a familial basic hostel where you can have a shower. After dinner, you spend the night there.
Optional tour: Rafting in the afternoon in Santa Maria, level 3-5. The price of the rafting is extra USD 30.
On the second day, you start trekking towards Machu Picchu after breakfast getting progressively steeper until you get to a restaurant where you stop for lunch. Then, you can relax in hammocks admiring surrouning coca plantations. Later, you continue hiking to reach an authentical Inca path - "Qhapaq Ñan"!! The path winds around steep hillsides and sheer gorges for approximately half a mile. Please note: This part of the Machu Picchu trail is not for people suffering from vertigo!
Later on, you descend to the famous hot springs of Cocalmayo where you enjoy a refresh in its healing water!! After that, you hike to Santa Teresa, a town located by the Santa Teresa River. There, you accommodate yourself in another familial simple hostel.
On the third day of this adventurous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu alternative, you take a private transport to Llucmabamba Town. There, you observe a stunning sunrise above a lovely landscape with Machu Picchu in its centre!! Later, you descend to bamboo groves and a cloud forest with increasingly thick vegetation and tall trees offering you some excellent birdwatching opportunities! Later in the afternoon, you get to Hidroelectrica (a hydroelectric plant) railway station and there you start following trails leading you to the Aguas Calientes Town. You spend the last night in a more comfortable hostel there with private rooms and bathrooms offering you a hot shower.
Optional tour: ZIP Line early in the morning in Santa Teresa. The price of the ZIP Line is extra USD 30.
After an early breakfast on the last day, an easy Machu Picchu walking awaits you, but you walk for 2 hours only to reach the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that you enter for the early morning best photos opportunities! Then, your Tour Guide shows you around the Incan city and explains you about its history and organization. After the guided tour, you have an opportunity to either climb up for about 45 minutes to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain (1 and half an hour up), both are peaks above Machu Picchu serving to take some panoramic pictures of the Incan city! Then, you are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on your own. In the afternoon, you return by train to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy), from where you are taken by van back to Cusco.
Machu Picchu is both, the best and the least known site of the Incas as it is not mentioned in any Spanish conquistador´s chronicle so that contemporary archaeologists cannot do anything more than just speculate on its functions. Local Quechuan farmers had known about Machu Picchu for centuries before an 11-year-old boy showed the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in a search of Vilcabamba) this site on the 24th of July 1911. At that time, all the rest of the world became aware of its existence! However, the site was covered with thick vegetation so Hiram Bingham along with his team returned and within the years of 1912 and 1915 cleared its surface. Over the years, plenty of work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain!.
After having the Machu Picchu trail done, you enjoy a relaxing day, during which you can just laze around the former capital of the Incas, visit its markets, buy some souvenirs, do some optional activities and enjoy its night life as well!
You can explore some of many very good museums such as the Inca Museum, the Qoricancha Museum, the Archaeological Museum (which also houses a small art exhibition), the Regional Historic Museum and the Religious Art Museum.
Cusco has got numerous colonial churches too. The most important of them is the Cathedral on the main square. Its construction started in 1559 and it took 100 years to finish!! The Cathedral can pride on the biggest depository of Colonial art of the city! A vault containing remains of the famous Incan historian - Garcilaso de la Vega is just past the entrance. Other churches that are worth seeing are La Compañía, La Merced and San Francisco.
The city is also a perfect base for those more adventurous as it offers a range of optional outdoor activities such as white river rafting on Urubamba River, horseback riding around nearby archaeological sites (Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambo Machay and Puca Pucara) or mountain biking in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Transfer to the Cusco´s airport to take your next flight.
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Please let us know using the contacts below, in case you like to arrange a flight to Lima (or another Peruvian destination) or if you like to extend your trip. We will be happy to assist you!!
Meal budget: Please allow USD 150-200 for meals not included in the package.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights including the Inca Jungle Trek and a single tent for the the Apurimac River Rafting Tour.
Local flights: One local flight is included in the cost of your tour unless noted otherwise. It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of your booking in order to process all air tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and they will be given to you prior to each flight departure!
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