Cusco

Adventure Activities

The Region of Cusco can provide as big of an adrenaline rush as a traveler is looking for. Cusco has many exciting activities to offer, such as ziplines designed to cross beautiful small canyons, challenging treks with high elevation passes, sorne of the highest snowy peaks in Peru for avid mountain climbers, rivers with class II, III and IV rapids in several oreas, high mountains with beautiful valleys for paragliding, or amazing paths for mountain biking.

Below is a list of the most important adventure activities that canbe practiced in the Region of Cusco with relevant information that will help you to enjoy the outdoor activities you love to practice.

Hiking the Classic Inca Trail

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This is the most popular trek in Peru, and a permit needs to be obtained to access it. (500 permits are available per day.) Only a registered tour operator is allowed to purchase permits, and this tour operator will provide a guided service along the trek and Machu Picchu. Permits should be booked well in advance (4 to 5 months in advance for the high season which goes from April to August and 2 to 3 months for the low season).

Location: It starts at kilometers 82 (aka Piscacucho) of the rail road that runs from Cusco to Machu Picchu Town and it ends in Machu Picchu, District of Machu Picchu, Province of Urubamba and Region of Cusco

Whitewater Rafting in Urubamba River

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The Urubamba River is separated in 2 sections. The lower section of the river usually starts near Urubamba Town and it offers rapids class II and III, while the upper section usually starts near Pisaq Town and it offers class III and IV rapids. The tour can be done in one or two days. The one doy tour do not require previous experience during the dry season (May to October).

Distance from Cuseo Downtown: 46.5 kilometers - l hourand l0 minutes inprivate transportatio

Hiking the Salkantay Trek

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This is one of the most beautiful hikes in southern Peru due to the variety of breathtaking landscapes encountered along the way. In only 4 days, the Salkantay Trek will take the traveler from a lively fertile AndeanValley to an arid land with scarce vegetation surrounded by imposingly high snowy peaks and colorful small lakes, and from there to the intriguing cloud forest, where vegetation increases in size and volume as elevation drops. The National Geographic Adventure magazine included this hike ina list of the 25 best hikes around the globe a few years ago.

Hiking to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

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Vinicunca is also know by locals as "Apu Winicunca" and/or "Montaña Colorada", and tourists know it as the Rainbow Mountain. It is said that this breath taking geological formation with several ocher tone colors was hidden from thousands of years due to the glaciers that covered this colorful mountain. Only a few years ago the glaciers in the pass melt apparently as a consequence of global warming.

Zipline-Canopy in Santa Teresa

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Canopy (aka zipline) is an exciting activity which lets travelers enjoy the great landscape offered by the cloud forest in the Santa Teresa District, known to be the backdoor of Machu Picchu. High trees, colorful mountains, coffee plantations, and a small river give life to this small valley and add value to this awesome experience.

Location: Santa Teresa District in The Province of La Convencion, Region of Cusco

Altitude of Departure: 5,940 feet above sea level ( 1,81O m.a.s.l.) at Santa Teresa Town

Hiking the Lares Trek

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This hike usually starts with a visit to the natural hot springs of Lares. The yellowish water of the pools are said to hove medicinal properties, helping to relieve the symptoms of some illnesses such as arthritis or stress.

Location: It usually starts in Lares Town, located inthe Province of Calca, Region of Cusco; it can end in either of the following locations:

  • Yanahuara Community, located 9,970 feet above sea level (3,038 m.a.s.l.)
  • Patacancha Town

Hiking the Choquequirao Trek

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This hike usually starts in Cachora Town; rom that point a 32-kilometer hike leads the traveler to the ancient Archeological Park of Choquequirao. This site has many times been compared to Machu Picchu due to its size and the complexity of the site. Nowadays, this is not a popular Inca site; however, once a massive way of transportation is available, it will definitely become popular.

Altitude of Departure: 9,512 feet above sea level (2,900 m.a.s.l.) at Cachora Town

Hiking the Huchuy Qosqo Trek

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This hike canbe done in one or two days. If hiking the 2 day version, the hike usually starts at the Archeological Site of Tambomachay and can end at Lake Piuray or Lamay Town. If hiking in one day, the hike usually starts in Lamay Town and ends in the sorne town.

Location: It usually starts at the Archeological Site of Tambomachay, which is located in the Cusco District, Province and Region of the sorne name. The archeological site is located in the Lamay District, Province of Calca, Region of Cusc

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