Peru - Raft, bike and hike

Peru - Raft, bike and hike information and booking

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$2790
  • Duration
    14 days
    Days
  • Group size
    6-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Introductory
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 14 day trip
  • 4 day trek
  • 4 day cycle
  • 1 day rafting
  • 10 nights hotel
  • 3 nights camping
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • The splendor of Cusco with its churches, cathedrals, plazas, markets and cultural heritage
  • Cycling in Cusco and exploring ancient Inca ruins in the surrounding countryside
  • Cycling in the beautiful Sacred Valley to view ancient Inca salt pans
  • Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu with dramatic mountain views
  • 3 hearty meals a day on trek prepared by our cooks
  • Visit Machu Picchu on two occasions and at the best times of day
  • Tourist train from Machu Picchu
  • Extra day at leisure in Cusco after trek
  • Rafting the picturesque Urubamba River

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Join this amazing, fully supported multi activity adventure holiday across the Andes from Cusco to the 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu. Our aim literally is to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu under our own steam by bike, raft and on foot! Cusco with its long and historical past is a gem of a city and our time will be well spent visiting all the highlights from our well located hotel near the main Plaza de Armas. Time is spent in Cusco to ensure adequate acclimatisation to the high Andes before we take the backroads to various ruins around Cusco and head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas by bike. We continue by raft down the roller coaster grade 2-3 rapids on the Urubamba River before joining our final stage of the trip, the Classic Inca Trail. Walk at your own pace through a variety of spectacular scenery, enjoy the mountain vistas and explore the ruins along the way whilst being well looked after by your trekking crew. Finally after 50km we reach the Sun Gate and the unforgettable picture post card view of the 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu.

What's included

  • 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and departing on day 14
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Group medical kit
  • Comfortable and central hotels, primarily casa andina classic hotels
  • All private transport
  • Gear pack including sleeping bag, fibre filled jacket and sleeping mat
  • Rafting equipment
  • 21 speed bicycles
  • Group camping equipment - including tents and cooking equipment
  • Porters to carry personal gear
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed (including machu picchu entrance fee)

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Lima
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel where you are free to rest in the hotel or just wander around Miraflores, the area of Lima where our hotel is located. Some of Lima's best galleries and shops and restaurants are found in this area. Founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima is the oldest capital in South America, with a superb combination of Spanish Colonial and 19th century European architecture. If you have time to visit a museum we would recommend the Museo de La Nacion or the Larco Herrera Museum.
Day 2 Fly to Cusco
Early morning wake-up call (in some cases very early as most flights leave for Cusco early morning!) for breakfast and short drive to the airport the flight to Cusco. You'll be met by your guide and transferred from Cusco airport to our hotel for a short initial briefing and then a few hours of rest, essential to initiate successful acclimatisation. In the evening you'll have a longer briefing to discuss aspects of the itinerary and in particular the trek.
Day 3 Cusco walking tour and Sacsayhuaman ruins
Every alleyway we enter or corner we turn brings another surprise or enigma in the form of the superbly constructed Inca walls or the more architecturally extravagant colonial churches and palaces. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro's men took the city with such apparent ease in November 1533. We also take a short drive to visit the monolithic walls of Sacsayhuaman, spectacularly set above the city. In the afternoon you may have time to explore some of the central parts of the city and a chance to look at some of the great varieties of local craft work on sale in open air stalls and shop.
Day 4 Cycling Cusco
Early in the morning we mount our bikes and cycle out of Cusco’s fabulous winding streets to a lovely valley to the south of the city. We’ll stop at one of the large local markets near the city centre with a chance to look at some of the great varieties of local craft work on sale in open air stalls and shops. We then continue on by bus up to the lovely Inca terraces of Tipon for a picnic lunch before freewheeling back down into the valley where we continue on to towards the amazing mud-brick and stone ruins of Piquillacta 'The City of Fleas'. We end the day by returning to Cusco for a good night’s rest after our first full day of cycling.
Day 5 Cycle to Pisac in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
After breakfast we depart Cusco by bike towards Pisac. Today is our first strenuous day in the saddle as we ascend to a pass at 3800m. From here we descend down into the Sacred Valley and the market town of Pisac. Fully supported at all times by our back up bus will allow anyone the opportunity to take a break if they wish. This evening we spend the night in a comfortable hotel.
Day 6 Cycle through Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo
During our time cycling in the Sacred Valley we visit some of the citadels, fortresses and temple ruins that are found through this valley which was sacred to the Incas. Today’s cycle does not involve so much ascending, and there will be time to absorb your surroundings and appreciate this beautiful location. We conclude our day at the village of Ollantaytambo set on the banks of the famous Urubamba River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River. This evening we spend the night in a comfortable hotel.
Day 7 Drive up to Abra Malaga Pass and cycle back down
Transfer by private bus to the rarefied heights of the Abra Malaga Pass (4450m) - set high above the Sacred Valley. After a picnic lunch at this great spot we descend the massive 1500 metres back down to the Sacred Valley.
Day 8 Raft the Urubamba River and Inca Trail trek commences
This morning we take a short drive up the Sacred Valley. After a briefing from our professional river rafting guides we board our rafts and set off downriver. The rafting is relatively gentle and would best be described as Class 2 rafting. After a stop for a picnic lunch we leave our rafts and follow the course of the famous Urubamba River before perhaps stopping to admire the ruins of Patallacta – 2750m (9000ft) – an ancient Inca city built on a series of terraces below the trail. From here we continue to follow the narrow valley of the Cusichaca River to camp at one of two sites near the village of Huayllabamba – this means we actually avoid the very crowded camp sites within the village used by most of the trekkers on the trail. Camp.
Day 9 Trek towards first pass
Next morning we continue up this narrow valley on the left bank of the river - whose source is one of the great glaciers of Mt Salcantay. We then start a relatively steep climb up this classic trail towards the first pass – Warmihuañusca 4,200m (13,700ft). After a rest at the pass and time to take in the spectacular views we descend steeply into the Pacamayo Valley where we spend our second night on the trail. Camp.
Day 10 Trek over second and third pass to Phuyupatamarca
After breakfast in our campsite in the verdant Pacamayo Valley we start ascending towards the small but impressively set ruins at Runkuraqay and on to Cochapata set just below the second pass at 3,900m (12,800ft). From here we walk the short distance to the pass and then descend past a mysterious small green lake to the large ruins of Sayacmarca and on to the last pass at 3,800m (12,450ft) which is more like a low ridge-line than a true pass. From here we get a great view down into the forested gorge of the Urubamba River set more than 1700 metres below us. A short hike from here takes us to our stunning final campsite set above the site of Phuyupatamarca 3,600m (11,900ft), so aptly named the ‘City in the Clouds’. This wonderful campsite – perhaps the most beautiful on the entire trail – is used by very few groups since the vast majority continue for another 90 minutes to camp at the often extremely crowded site at Wiñay Wayna. Below us are laid out the great forest-covered peaks and deep dark valleys - the setting of our goal, Machu Picchu.
Day 11 Final day of trek to Machu Picchu
We walk down along an incredibly well preserved section of the trail with great white granite slab walls and staircases all impressively set in high jungle. Since we have the luxury of another full day to reach Machu Picchu we’ll take time out to explore the recently cleared extensive Inca site at Wiñay Wayna, 2,700m (8,800ft) before covering the last few kilomtres to finally reach Inti Punku (The Gateway to the Sun) awe-inspiringly set above the ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu 2,400m (7,900ft). Your first view of the ruins really does take your breath away! After a brief ‘first look’ at the ruins, we head down to our hotel in Aguas Calientes for a well deserved soak in the nearby hot springs (optional). *Important: It is very important to be aware that, because of all the new rules on the Inca Trail, there may be changes in the actual trek itinerary and the campsites we use.
Day 12 Explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
Today we start early to give us the maximum time in this remarkable and truly enigmatic Inca site. After a professionally led tour we’re free to explore the rest of the amazing sights found here high on a ridgeline in the cloud forests of Peru. Mid-afternoon we depart for the extremely pretty train ride back to Ollantaytambo where we transfer to our private vehicle for the drive back to our hotel in Cusco.
Day 13 Free day in Cusco
A good day to relax, do your washing and re pack after the trek and perhaps a chance to do some 'tourist shopping', selecting from a great variety of expertly made craft work - including alpaca sweaters and hats, ceramics, weavings and traditional Andean instruments. In the evening we prepare for the next stage of our journey through the Andes.
Day 14 Fly to Lima where trip concludes
You will be transferred (if requested) to the airport for flight to Lima where services conclude.