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More than Machu Picchu: Experience Peru

12 Days | $6000

Peru beyond Machu Picchu

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This mega Multi-Sport adventure will take from Cusco to Apurimac, where you will enjoy a Mountain Biking escapade in one of the most pristine areas in the Andes while having extraordinary views of the Andean landscape in this very little visited part of Peru. Downhill options for experienced bikers are available too. Finally you will embrace nature and excitement in the Apurimac’s Black canyon in a fantastic white water expedition, non-prior experience is required. And as a grand finale you will fulfill your dream by visiting the recently elected as 1 of the new world 7 wonder Machu Picchu by Inca the traditional Inca trail. Adventure, nature and lots of fun are guaranteed in this lifetime journey in deep Peru’s outdoors.

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The Itinerary

Day One

Transfer in Cusco

Flight to Cusco, upon arrival passengers will be transferred to their hotel in order to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude (10,496 ft). Due to our experience in high altitude travel, we do not include lunch because most travelers prefer not to eat in order to

acclimatize. Afternoon walking city tour of Cusco. This soft hike will take you through the streets of Cusco, visiting the main attraction of this fascinating city that mixes Inca and Colonial architecture making it a unique place. You will be met by your guide in your hotel in Cusco. From there we will start our city tour walking to the Temple of Koricancha, considered the most important Inca Temple of Cusco, nowadays occupied by a monastery of the Dominican order. From here we will walk to Cusco’s Main Square, were we will visit both the Cathedral built over the ruins of the Sunturwasi temple and the “Iglesia de la Compañia”. Then we will move on to San Blas, known as the artisan’s neighbourhood and explore its narrow streets to get to its Church and see its wood carved pulpit. Visit the houses of famous artisans such as the Mendivil family, who are considered the cradle of most handcrafters in Cusco city. From this area you have a wonderful view of the whole city. We will end this walking city tour in your hotel or in a nice restaurant. At night passengers will receive a briefing about their upcoming adventure. Meals not included.

Day Two

Cusco / Bike to Maukallacta / Loretuyoc

The guide will meet you at the hotel to leave Cusco (7:00 am) in our private vehicle, we will drive for 1:30hrs towards Pakarektampu. From a detour (3,250 meters) we will start our mountain bike adventure for the next 2 hours (6 kilometers). We will receive our biking equipment and a short safety briefing by our guide to then start biking through a dirt road towards the Maukallakta Inca site. Ninety per cent of the route is downhill and 10% is an uphill ride. We will arrive to the Mythical Inca site call Maukallacta and Urcos (2,900 meters) where we will enjoy our snack and hear stories about the Ayar brothers and wives, founders of the Inca civilization. After a short visit to this amazing and sacred Inca site, we keep biking downhill for one hour and a half to our lunch place at Molle Molle village (2200 meters) and then board the van for the next 2 hour driving uphill to Huanoquite town and the Wilkacunca pass a 4,100 meter pass (13,874 ft.). From this point we will get into the Apurimac River canyon with an impressive view of the surrounding mountains and the majestic gorge of the river, the headwater of the Amazon River. At that point we will start driving down and you will notice a warm atmosphere and a growing forest until it turns into the spectacular relic of centuries old native forest. After 25 more minutes we will arrive to the Loretuyoc Bridge at 3,300 meters (11,316fts), where we will find our campsite beside a magical waterfall. It will be time to enjoy some cheese and wine after our dinner, plus hot drinks. Lunch and Dinner included. There is an optional 2 hours hike from the pass to the campsite.

Day Three

Hike to Huanca Huanca and Huajachaca Bridge at the Apurimac River

After a balanced breakfast we will do a short hike to visit Loretuyoc forest where we will find over two hundred year trees of endanger species. We will find part of the royal highway coming from Cusco and going towards the Apurimac river and then to the Pacific Ocean coast. We will keep walking for the next two hours down through Kusichaca remains to Huanca Huanca village (2800 meters) where we will meet the local people and have the chance to bring some help to the local school. From here, we will board the vans and will drive for a half an hour to the end of the road from where we will have a “must hike” down for about 500 meters down to the river near the base of the Inca bridge of Huajachaca, used by the antique Peruvians to exchange goods between the Pacific Ocean coast and Cusco as the capital of the empire at (2100 meters). Lunch will be served at the river shore. At this point we will meet the other part of the crew, our river rafting guides and all the equipment and gear to continue with our expedition by the river. After lunch our river rafting guides will provide us with our river equipment and will give us a safety briefing before getting to the class 2-3 rapids of this fantastic river. We will paddle for about 2 to 3 hours will meet a tributary call Santo Tomas River and continue by an amazing limestone canyon, until getting to our campsite. Dinner will be served at the campsite around the campfire.

Day Four

Rafting the Black Canyon of the Apurimac River

This day, our adventure will start early with a cup of fresh coffee. After packing the camp and rig boats, we will start our day at the river, running quite a few class III and III+ rapids and then enjoying the most beautiful part of the canyon and its calm waters. We may see river otters, dears, foxes, torrent ducks and tropical Andean birds. Continuing our adventure, we will pass under several suspended bridges and waterfalls along the river. At noon, we will set camp, enjoy a happy hour and have a spectacular dinner cooked by our river guides. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day Five

“The Other Right" & “3 Condores" Rapids /Hualpachaca

Bridge/Ollantaytambo: After breakfast, we will run the most intense sets of class III to IV pool-drops rapids, like “The other right” and “3 Condors” among others. Also time to explore a couple of creeks. We will have lunch at the end of our adventure; followed by a five-hour drive to Ollantaytambo in our private vehicle where we will spend the night. Breakfast and Lunch included

Day Six

Via Ferrata & Zip Line Group Service (Full Day)

It is a combo for both activities, you will climb via ferrata and an additional section, for a total climb of 400 mt, you will arrive to the second line of the zip line and then zip line the mountain. It includes private transportation from/to hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, guides, equipment (harness, helmet, via ferrata lanyard, zip-line set and gloves) and box lunch.

Day Seven

Cusco – Km. 82 – Huayllabamba

Transfer from the hotel to Km. 82, where we will meet our porters and equipment. We start our trek escorted by the porters, going through semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba River with magnificent views of snow-capped mountains. We will leave the Urubamba valley and set off up the Kusichaca River to our first camp site in Huayllabamba (around 3000 m.a.s.l – 9842 f.a.s.l). (Lunch /Dinner) Km 82 to Huayllabamba: 11 km / 6 hours approximately.

Day Eight

Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo

After a healthy breakfast we will begin to walk to the Warmihuañusca pass (4200 mts – 13860 ft. approximately). After a short time, we will reach the top of the pass. From this place, it is possible to see the other side of the way leading to Runkurakay ruins. At the end of a gorge, we will stop at a place called Pacaymayo (3600 mts. – 11181 ft.), our second camp. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Huayllabamba-Pacaymayo: 7km / 7 hours approximately

Day Nine

Pacaymayo- Phuyupatamarca

We will depart from Pacaymayo and a while later a zigzagging but short ascent will take us to the Runkurakay circular ruins. There is no sign of human life, only great forests and abrupt hills. After a good rest, we will start our way down and then we will clearly notice that the Inca Trail is well preserved from this point on. In a short while, we will get the steps which go up to Sayacmarca ruins (3620 mts – 11946 ft approximately). From Sayacmarca the stone road begins to go into the jungle, continuing our trek towards Phuyupatamarca ruins. The trail crosses the “Lago Seco” and for brief moments we will go up and down. We will then cross “The Tunnel”, a natural cavity produced by a landslide but adapted by the Incas. The Inca Trail well-traced borders continue on the hills full of moss and fern. After crossing a small pass, we will see some steep steps and under them the Ceremonial Center of Phuyupatamarca ruins (3650 mts – 12045 ft approximately), where we will set our camp. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Pacaymayo – Phuyupatamarca: 7 km / 6 hours approximately.

Day Ten

Phuyupatamarca – Machupicchu

We will start early in the morning going down the trail, from where we will see the Urubamba valley and the river. The path goes down to Wiñay Wayna ruins (2650 mts – 8745 ft approximately), the most important ruins after Machu Picchu, heading then towards Inti Punku (2740 mts – 9042 ft approximately), the Gate of the Sun, our last pass. From this place, Machu Picchu (2450 mts – 8085 ft approximately) looks unreal and beautiful. We will visit Machupicchu just for a short time, because on the next day you will have a full day guided tour. (Breakfast / Lunch). Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna: 4 Km / 3 hours approximately Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu: 5 km /4hours approximately. NOTE: The last camp could be Wiñaywayna. Pacaymayo – Wiñaywayna: 11 km / 9 hours approximately

Day Eleven

Machupicchu to Cusco

We will start our visit to the Sanctuary early in the morning in order to have a full day of exploring. Then we will have a guided tour through the citadel. After this we will board our train back to Cusco. (Breakfast)

Day Twelve

Transfer out Cusco

Transfer from hotel to Cusco’s airport in order to board flight back to Lima. Meals not included

Additional Information

FAQ's

Price Includes
All accommodations and meals as noted in the daily itinerary; park fees; airport transfer when arriving and departing with the group; skilled MTB/River/Zipline guide(s), cook, and porters on the river; all group camping gear including tents is provided; all sightseeing as noted; services of skilled driver/guide; taxes and tolls.

Not Included
Airfare to Cusco Peru, meals not mentioned, optional gratuities to your guides and climbing support staff, excess baggage charges, airport taxes and items of a personal nature such as soft drinks, bottled water or liquor, laundry fees, phone calls, internet access, cost of obtaining a passport and visas, immunizations or insurance.

Air Travel
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Qualifications

Comprehensive information regarding to medical requirements, equipment list, and pre-trip preparations will provided upon receipt of the trip deposit. We have done this trip several times and have close personal relationships with all of our local providers. We hope you can join us for a fantastic trip to this stable and welcoming part of the world.

This trip is rated Strenuous [5]. Trip members should be strong, experienced hikers in excellent physical condition. Your physical fitness is vital to your success on the climb. A serious physical conditioning program should be undertaken 6-9 months in advance to get into shape. Hiking hills for the legs, swimming to increase lung capacity and circulation, jogging and bicycling for overall fitness are all excellent for building the strength necessary for the trek. The best training is extensive hiking up and down hills with significant elevation gain and loss (2,500′-3,800′ – similar to what you’ll experience on the hiking portions) and doing 10 mile hikes on weekends prior to the trip. Further, get on the bike and hit the hills.
High Altitude

Machu Picchu is located at an altitude of 7,972 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level. Huayna Picchu, the peak that looms over the archeological site, rises to a height of 8,920 feet (2,720 meters) above sea level. But, Cusco is located at an elevation of 11,152 feet (3,399m) above sea level, significantly higher than the Inca citadel. At these heights, travelers — no matter how physically fit — may experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) typically occurs at heights of 8,000 feet (2,500m) and above, placing Machu Picchu right on the cusp in terms of risk. Please consult your physician about this, and potentially look into obtaining a script for Diamox (high altitude drug)

Dates

  • 20-31 Aug
  • 19-30 Sept
  • 20-31 Oct

Price per person: $6000.00

50% deposit required on booking

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  • Jungle
  • Mountain
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  • Family
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