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Cusco: Urubamba River Rafting Adventure

1. Cusco: Urubamba River Rafting Adventure

After being collected from your your hotel in the morning, you will embark on a 1.5-hour drive towards the shores of the upper Urubamba-River. Here, your professional rafting guides will give a safety talk, and provide you with all the proper equipment for rafting. You will then begin your rafting adventure, which will involve you floating down the river for approximately 2.5 hours. In this time you will run class II and III rapids, with the rainy seasons also providing rapids that can even reach class IV and IV+. Finally, you will arrive at the Cusipata River Camp shoreline, where a hot sauna and hot showers will be waiting for you. Here you will also be able to enjoy a full lunch, whilst recovering from your rafting experience. If you are interested in even more adventure in your day however, you can also zip-line across the river. You will return to Cusco at around 5 in the afternoon, and later in the evening, you can view the exciting pictures from your trip at the tour office.

4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure with Mountain Biking and Rafting

2. 4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure with Mountain Biking and Rafting

Experience the thrill of adventure, the breathtaking natural beauty of the Inca Trail, and the marvel of Machu Picchu on a 4-day tour from Cusco. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Cusco – Santa Maria (Bike and Rafting) Travel by bus to the high mountain pass of Malaga, where you’ll start your descent on a mountain bike to the town Huamanmarca. The bus will take you to the town of Santa Maria, where you’ll have a short break before beginning a rafting adventure on class III and IV rapids. Overnight at a home stay in Santa Maria. Day 2: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa (Trekking) Begin your trek with an ascent, stopping along the way to learn about the local flora and fauna. Enjoy a rest stop to resupply with water and taste regional tropical fruit. Cross a section of the Inca Trail that historically connected Machu Picchu with the city of Vilcabamba. Take in impressive views of the Huancarccasa Canyon. Descend to the small town of Quellomayo for lunch and a rest in a hammock. Continue to the thermal baths of Cocalmayo. Overnight in a home stay in Santa Teresa. Day 3: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes (Trekking and Zipline) Begin your trek to Aguas Calientes after breakfast. Walk through the Aobamba Valley, stopping for lunch along the way. See a series of waterfalls and admire the majesty of the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Overnight at the Hatun Samay Hotel or similar. Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco Get an early start and board one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. See the sun rise over the Incan city and have plenty of time to take photos. Enjoy a guided tour of the site and hear about the history of Machu Picchu and its most important structures. From the top of Huayna Picchu take in breathtaking view of the complete Machu Picchu area. Take a bus down to the village of Aguas Calientes for lunch before heading back to Cusco.

From Cusco: Classic Inca Jungle Trek with Return by Train

3. From Cusco: Classic Inca Jungle Trek with Return by Train

DAY 1: Cusco - Abra Málaga - Huamanmarca - Santa María or Santa Teresa (overnight depending on option chosen) Pickup from your accommodation in Cusco between 6:00 - 6:30 AM. Transfer to the highest point, Abra Malaga at 4316 meters, from where you will descend by bike for 3 hours, passing streams and vegetation until you reach Huamanmarca. Then, you will be transferred to the town of Santa María, to have a typical lunch and free time to explore plants like Coca and coffee with your guide. You can choose to add on a rafting activity available at an additional cost (Level II, III and IV). If you choose the 3-day option, you will continue the route until you reach the thermal baths of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa, which have medicinal and therapeutic waters. After relaxing, continue in a 40-minute walk to the town of Santa Teresa where you will overnight in a family lodging. If you choose the 4-day option, you will have free time until dinner time in Santa María, and will overnight. DAY 2 for 4-day option: Santa María - Quellomayo - Termas de Cocalmayo - Santa Teresa Start the hike with a gradual climb for 3 hours. This area is tropical and you will appreciate organic products of different varieties such as coffee, cocoa, avocado and medicinal plants. Along the way you will also appreciate natural attractions such as the "El Velo de Nusta" waterfall, and the highest pass of the day, "Pastogrande", at an altitude of 1900 meters. Stop for lunch at Islayunca. Continue to an unexplored waterfall, then walk 2.5 hours so you can enjoy the hot springs of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa. After relaxing, continue on a 40-minute walk to the town of Santa Teresa where you will overnight in a family lodging. DAY 2 for 3-day option / DAY 3 for 4-day option: Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes After a typical breakfast, you can choose add on a zip line adventure after. In this case, after the activity, you will be taken by transport to the beginning of the trail to Aguas Calientes at Hydroelectric. If you don't add the zip-lining activity, you will be taken by bus straight to Hydroelectric. Then, start a 3-hour trek along the train tracks through the jungle to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, enjoy lunch. After lunch, your guide will show you to your accommodation. Have dinner in a restaurant and plan with the guide for the next day for Machu Picchu visit. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. DAY 3 for 3-day option / DAY 4 for 4-day option: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco Get up early in the morning and 4:30 AM to start the walk towards Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. The steep walk up will last approximately 1.5 hours, and the objective is to witness the sunrise from the Inca citadel and be the first to arrive. The walk up to Machu Picchu requires a fair physical condition - you can also choose add on a bus to Machu Picchu at the checkout, if you don't want to do the walk. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding sites. Enjoy free time to take photos and look around the citadel. If you chose one of the extra hikes to one of the mountains you will split ways with the group to go by yourself to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain — you can choose to add on these hikes at the checkout. Leave Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes at around 11:30 AM (walking or by bus, depending on what you choose). Once in Aguas Calientes, board your train to Ollantaytambo, and take a minivan from there to Cusco. Be back in Cusco around 9:30 - 10:00 PM. The drop-off will be in San Francisco square in the historic center, near the Plaza de Armas.

From Cusco: Budget Inca Jungle Trek with Return by Car

4. From Cusco: Budget Inca Jungle Trek with Return by Car

DAY 1: Cusco - Abra Málaga - Huamanmarca - Santa María or Santa Teresa (overnight depending on option chosen) Pickup from your accommodation in Cusco between 6:00 - 6:30 AM. Transfer to the highest point, Abra Malaga, at an altitude of 4316 m, from where you will descend by bike for 3 hours, passing streams and vegetation until you reach Huamanmarca. Then, you will be transferred to the town of Santa María, to have a typical lunch and free time to explore coca and coffee plants with your guide. You can choose to add on a rafting adventure available at an additional cost (Level II, III and IV). If you choose the 3-day option, you will continue the route until you reach the thermal baths of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa, which are medicinal and therapeutic waters. After relaxing, continue in a 40-minute walk to the town of Santa Teresa where you will overnight in a family lodging. If you choose the 4-day option, you will have free time until dinner time in Santa María, and will overnight. DAY 2 for 4-day option: Santa María - Quellomayo - Termas de Cocalmayo - Santa Teresa Start the hike with a gradual climb for 3 hours. This area is tropical and you will appreciate organic products of different varieties such as coffee, cocoa, avocado and medicinal plants. Along the way you will also appreciate natural attractions such as the "El Velo de Nusta" waterfall, before reaching the highest pass of the day called "Pastogrande" at 1900 meters. Stop for lunch at Islayunca. Continue to the unexplored waterfall "Gonzales", then walk 2.5 hours so you can enjoy the hot springs of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa, which have medicinal and therapeutic waters. After relaxing, continue on a 40-minute walk to the town of Santa Teresa where you will overnight in a family lodging. DAY 2 for 3-day option / DAY 3 for 4-day option: Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes After a typical breakfast, you can choose to add on a zipline adventure after your breakfast. In this case, after the activity, you will be taken by transport to the beginning of the trail to Aguas Calientes at Hydroelectric. If you skip the zipline, you will be taken straight to Hydroelectric. S tart a walk on the train tracks through a native jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3 hours trek. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, enjoy lunch. At Aguas Calientes, your guide will show you to your accommodation. Have dinner in a restaurant and plan with the guide for the next day's visit to Machu Picchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. DAY 3 for 3-day option / DAY 4 for 4-day option: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Hydroelectric - Cusco Get up early in the morning at 4:30 AM to start the walk towards Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. The steep walk up will last approximately 1.5 hours, and the objective is to appreciate the sunrise from the Inca citadel and be the first to arrive. The walk up to Machu Picchu requires a good physical condition — you can also choose to add on a bus to Machu Picchu, if you don't want to do the walk. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding sites. Enjoy free time to take photos and look around the citadel. If you chose one of the extra hikes to one of the mountains, you will split ways with the group to go by yourself to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. You can choose to add on these hikes at the checkout. Leave Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes (walking or by bus, depending on if you choose add-on at checkout). Once in Aguas Calientes, start the walk back to Hydroelectric where your guide will be waiting to gather the group to return to the city of Cusco — again, you can choose to add on a train to Hydroelectric at the checkout, if you don't want to do the walk. Be back in Cusco around 9:30 - 10:00 PM. The drop-off will be in San Francisco square in the historic center, near Plaza de Armas. Please have in mind this is a budget-friendly tour and does not include the train back to Cusco. Distance traveled by car/van from Hydroelectric to Cusco is approximately 5 to 6 hours.

Cusco: 7-Day Inca Jungle Multi-Sport Adventure

5. Cusco: 7-Day Inca Jungle Multi-Sport Adventure

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, you'll be picked up and transferred to your hotel in the charming historic district of Cusco. The hotel assigned will be Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar, and at 5:00PM you will meet your expedition group. Day 2: Chinchero, Maras Salt Mines, and Moray Your second day will begin with pickup from your hotel, from where you will head towards the colorful town of Chinchero. Once there you will be able to explore the Inca walls as well as a small colonial church which contains a lot of history. Continuing your visit, you will go to the famous circular cultivation terraces of Moray, before descending towards the Maras Salt Mines, which make for the perfect photograph. Finally, you will travel back towards Cusco to rest. Day 3: Cusco and Santa Maria (Biking and Rafting) After traveling for approximately 3 hours by van, you will arrive at the high mountain pass of Malaga where you will start your descent by mountain bike. You'll pass through small villages, orchards, rivers, and streams, before reaching the town of Huamanmarca at around 1:30PM. From there you will continue by bus for approximately 30 minutes until you reach the town of Santa Maria. Following a short break and lunch, you will begin a rafting trip for 2 hours, encountering class III and IV rapids whilst always accompanied by a professional safety kayak which will watch over the group. Day 4: Santa Maria, Santa Teresa (Trekking) Following your wake-up call at around 6:00AM, you'll savor a typical breakfast whilst immersed in nature before departing for a trek. You'll walk along the banks of the river before climbing for 30 minutes, eventually meeting up with the original Inca trail. On your way you will see small coffee plantations, fruit trees, and an abundance of flora and fauna such as birds and orchids. From there you will descend for about 2.5 hours before arriving to the village of Qellomayo for lunch. After a rest you will continue hiking for 3 hours, traversing farms, waterfalls, and rivers until arriving at the Cocalmayu hot springs. Following a relaxing bath, you will walk for 40 minutes to the town of Santa Teresa for the evening's dinner and lodging. Day 5: Santa Teresa, Aguas Calientes (Hiking and Zip-line) You will start your day at around 7:00AM to continue exploring the Urubamba River Valley with zip-lines in Santa Teresa. Afterwards, a van will take you to the area known as the hydroelectric. There you will break for lunch before catching the short train through the final stretch to the town of Aguas Calientes below the mountain of Machu Picchu. That evening, you will stay in one of the hotels in town. Day 6: Machu Picchu and Cusco You will wake up at around 5:00AM for breakfast, before taking one of the first buses up the mountain to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is at its finest at dawn, and there will be a guided tour around the citadel to explain some of its history and to visit its most important features. Day 7: Departure On your final day you will have a free morning to relax, before being transferred to the airport in the afternoon.

Peru: Stand-Up Paddleboarding Tour on Urubamba River

6. Peru: Stand-Up Paddleboarding Tour on Urubamba River

Enjoy a day on the water while stand-up paddleboarding along the Urubamba River (also called Vilcamayo River or Vilcanota River in certain areas). Feel secure alongside a professional adventurer kayaker. Get picked up from your hotel around Cusco, then head to the base camp located in Pachar. Here you can change your clothes and prepare for paddleboarding. Take private transport to the Muyuc sector located in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Next, receive instructions about paddle boarding from your guide. After safety demonstrations, start your adventure down the river. Once back in Pachar, disembark and head back to the base camp where lunch awaits. Afterward, head back to the city of Cusco. Get dropped off at your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 24 reviews

An all round excellent adventurous fun trip!! Our tour guide Saul was fab with plenty on experience and knowledge throughout the 4 days! The hotels and food for fabulous & the organisation of everything including all the activities was great. Would definitely recommend booking the tour, we are so glad we went! Worth every penny :) The hike on day 2 is pretty long with lots of up hills so that may be something you want to bear in mind. Take comfortable shoes and breathe able clothes as it gets very hot. Pack light too!!

Nice day out, it's a bit of a drive out but the scenery is lovely. Being dry season rapids weren't that difficult, but you still get to do a few fun grade II/III. You'll also have the chance to jump off from a high rock half way through, and guides 'rotate' people so anyone has a chance to stay at the front. The sauna after the trip felt great and lunch was a lovely homemade meal.

We were looking for a real adventure with challenges, and this tour did not disappoint! We really enjoyed the bigger rapids and our very entertaining and knowledgeable guide, Wili. The entire crew was warm, friendly, humorous, and professional. We felt very safe for the entire excursion. The dry sauna is very cool and so are the ziplines. Highly recommend.

if there's one excursion you take in Cusco, make it this one! Staying at the family lodge being the highlight. So beautiful and quiet! Ricardo our guide was kind, fun and full of knowledge. A once in a life time experience!

Trip was amazing and Gustavo was an incredible guide. Can’t recommend this enough.