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Activities & Transport
- Meet the Locals
- Wildlife Watching
- Car with driver
- Boat | Sailing Boat
Main travel focus
Peru for Adventure Seekers
- Day 2: Crossing the desert to reach Moron Oasis
- Day 3: Kayaking in Paracas Bay
- Day 5: Cycling through the Maras Plateu in the Sacred Valley
- Day 6: Hike the Inca path to the twin citadel of Choquequirao
Come and join us on an adventure journey to the best of our land! 11 days in which we’ll sand board, kayak, bike and hike along pristine oasis, marine natural reserves and world heritage archeological site. Get ready and buckle up, this is our adventure seekers version of Southern Peru!
Who is this for?
Age in no limit, its all about your preferred traveling style. This program is though for energetic travelers who are searching soft adventure excursions. For travelers who prefer chose to walk up a mountain instead of driving to the top just for the fun of it! It’s a private soft adventure trip.
- Brief presentation prior to departure
- Tours as mentioned in the program
- Transfers in Private
- Entrance fees
- English-speaking guide
- All common camping gear: Mountain tent for two, regular matrass, kitchen dishes, dining tent, table and chairs.
- First aid kit with oxygen and shortwave radios
- Sanitary equipment (disinfected dishes, filtered water, etc)
- Environment care (all the garbage goes back to Cusco)
- Horses for the whole camping equipment (not for personal luggage)
- Services not specified in the program, extras and tips
- National Flights
- Insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during the trip
- Sleeping bag
- Additional porter for personal luggage
- High mountain sleeping bag - US$ 40 per trek
- Inflatable Thremarest matrass - US$ 25 per trek
- Additional horse to carry personal luggage - US$ 150 per porter (one horse can carry up to 25 kg which is enough for two travellers)
- *Please enquire about any other equipment you may wish to rent (backpacks, walking sticks, flash lights, jackets, hiking shoes, etc.)
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Lima
Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival at Lima’s International Airport, you'll be welcomed by us and transferred to your hotel in Miraflores, where you'll be free to relax and wander around at your own pace. Depending on the time of arrival, you'll be regaled with plenty of suggestions for making the most of your first day in Lima.
Notes: When possible, we recommend arriving between 10AM and 4PM so that you have time to wander a little and get an initial feel of our capital city (and maybe try some of its amazing cuisines).
Sandboarding & the Paracas National Reserve
This morning, we leave Lima around 9AM towards Paracas Bay, the gateway to the Ica desert and Paracas Natural Reserve. The journey takes approximately 3 hours, so, upon arriving we can have a quick look around the local fishing village and maybe have some fresh ceviche for lunch (not included).
Then, at the coordinated time we’ll head to Km 256, the nearby starting point of our desert experience. Once here, we’ll board our powerful sandbuggies, pack our sandboards, swimming gear and snacks, and begin our expedition across the heart of the desert towards Moron, a beautiful and pristine oasis surrounded by impressive sand dunes. The great advantage of going to Moron is that it still maintains its virgin nature with no buildings around it, only desert and reeds. Once at the oasis we have time to try sandboarding in the nearby dunes, go swimming in its clean waters and enjoy a small snack. We then begin our return journey to Paracas. After, we’ll continue to our small but cozy seaside hotel on a beautiful tranquil beach in Paracas Bay.
Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve
This morning at 8:00, we’ll head to the Pier to board the fully equipped speedboats towards the Ballestas Islands, also known as the little Galapagos because of the great variety of marine wildlife that inhabits them such as Sealions, Humboldt Penguins and various other marine bird species. On route, our boat stops to observe the "The Chandelier", an enigmatic figure that can only be seen from the sea.
Upon returning, we’ll drive to the nearby Paracas National Reserve, one of Peru’s most important Natural Reserves. First, we’ll visit the park’s visitor center and then walk along a trail to try and see the Parihuanas (Andean flamingos). We have lunch (not included) in the tiny fishing village of "Lagunillas" and then we get ready for our return to Lima. We should be arriving back at our hotel around 8:30 pm.
Flying to Cusco and exploring the city at our own pace
Today, at the coordinated time, we have a short drive to the airport to board our 1-hour flight to Cusco, the old Inca Capital. If possible we will try to get a seat on the left side of the aircraft as some of the best views of the Andes can be seen by this side of the aircraft. Upon arrival to Cusco airport, you'll be welcomed by our local staff and drive to your hotel located in Cusco’s colonial city center.
Finally, and only because it will your first day at this high altitude city, we’ll let you off and give you the rest of the day for free to relax and begin your acclimatization. Of course, we’ll be providing you with maps and plenty tips for you to make the most of this amazing place.
Notes: If you wish to have a guided excursion on your first day in Cusco we have plenty of possible options such as short hikes, horseriding trips, rafting and culinary experiences.
Biking in the Sacret Valley
This morning, we'll leave Cusco and drive along the countryside towards Cruzpata, starting point of our mountain bike adventure. Once here, we’ll gear up and get ready to peddle. This is a perfect activity for travelers wanting to enjoy the Sacred Valley of the Incas but actively. During the mountain trail, we delight ourselves with views of the snowpeaks in the Vilcabamba Mountain Range and plenty of different crops being cultivated by local farmers in the Maras plateau. We’ll have a look at the Inca experimental agricultural terraces of Moray and continue cycling on a downhill dirt road to Maras where we can stop to visit the salt mines. Our adventure ends at the bottom of the valley in the small town of Pichingoto from where our transport will take us back to Cusco.
Trek to Choquequirao | Reaching Chiqhiska
Choquequirao is probably one of the most impressive hikes Cusco has to offer nowadays. Considered Machu Picchu’s twin sister, Choquequirao is actually thought to be larger the famous citadel and also has the great advantage that it can only be reached by hiking there. Thus, it only receives about 100 visitors a day making the experience much more unique.
On the first day of the trek, we’ll depart Cusco at around 5:30AM on our private transport for a 4-hour drive to the charming village of Cachora, situated on the edge of the Apurimac canyon and surrounded by impressive snowcapped peaks. We will stop in Cachora to purchase any last minute supplies and then begin our adventure!
Taking our day-packs, we start our two-hour trek until we get to the Capuliyoq pass (1800 m), where we get our first view of the Apurimac Canyon and the trail that lies ahead. After our 3 hour walk, we arrive at Chiquiska (1800 m) where we spend the night.
Trek to Choquequirao | Arriving at Choquequirao
After breakfast, we will continue along on our descent, enjoying some truly spectacular views of the Apurimac Canyon until we arrive at the famous Apurimac River Bridge. From there, we start our 4-hour climb up to Marampata our lunch venue. After, we’ll be hiking until we finally reach the Choquequirao campsite just in time for sunset and a revigorating dinner.
Trek to Choquequirao | Exploration & return journey
This morning we’ll have breakfast before we head to the Choquequirao ruins. We’ll spend this morning exploring the site, and, keeping our fingers crossed, we might catch a glimpse of a condor. Only around 30% of the Inca remains of Choquequirao have been excavated. What can be seen today however, is most impressive and very much worth the challenging trek to get here.
The stonework in Choquequirao is not as sophisticated as that found in Machu Picchu, because the stone found here is very difficult to carve, but the buildings are impressive and suggest a site of high status. Choquequirao evokes a sense of awe simply because of the sites’ surrounding beauty and isolation. In the afternoon we´ll begin our trek back to Chiquiska where we´ll spent our last camping night.
Returning to Cusco
This morning, we’ll wake up quite early to take on the final ascent to Cachora before the heat of the day is too strong. Once we reach Capuliyoq, we’ll have a rest and what remains is an easy flatish path back to Cachora.
Note: On our return route, if we’ve done a good job hiking and have some spare time, we can stop at the Conoc baths next to the Apurimac river. These are crystal clear pools that fill with natural water from nearby spring. The water isn’t too hot but it's warm enough (28°C) to enjoy a little time relaxing in this scenic landscapes. Entry ticket for the pools is paid directly at the entrance and costs approximately 10 soles ($4).
Discovering Machu Picchu | The Lost Inca Citadel
Upon arriving, we take a 20-minutes bus up the steep zigzagging road to Machu Picchu Citadel, located on an impressive mountain setting.
We'll have a 3-hour guided excursion so we can have a better understanding of Machu Picchu and the Incas culture. Our guide will be happy to answer all the questions you may have. Afterward, you’ll return to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch in a good restaurant (not included) before boarding your return train back to Cusco, from where a private transport will be waiting to take you to your hotel.
(1) Be sure to be at the train station 30minutes before your train departure.
(2) Please don’t forget to bring your passport with you since it will be required when entering Machu Picchu.
(3) If time allows, we recommend hiking up to Inti Punku for great views of Machu Picchu or the Inca Bridge (Free hikes). Additionally, we can include the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain tickets for an extra cost. (If interested you should inform us at the time of booking so we can purchase the tickets in advance and assure availability)
Time to say goodbye
Cusco is one of the most interesting cities in Peru and South America. Today we'll have most of the day to explore the streets, plazas, and markets of this UNESCO World Heritage City at our own pace. Then, at the coordinated time, we’ll drive to Cusco Airport to board our return flight home.