** Important note: The Peruvian government can cancel these activities should they feel there is a genuine safety risk to travellers, especially while there are heavy rains in the area.
If you are looking to discover the remarkable sites of the Cuzco Region while going on great adventures, this 10-day trip is for you! First, take an exhilarating 4x4 motorbike tour to the Incas’ circular agricultural terraces at Moray, and to the impressive salt evaporation pools of Maras, which have been in use since Inca times. The adventure continues on day 3 as you go on a thrilling rafting trip down the Vilcanota River and delight yourself with amazing mountain scenery. On day 4, travel to the wonderful Sacred Valley and pass through the villages of Pisaq, Calca, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero to see ancient Inca archaeological sites and indigenous marketplaces. Then begin a 4-day trek through the Peruvian highlands, observing the authentic countryside life along the way, up to the magical site of Machu Picchu. Finish off with a tour of the vibrant city of Cuzco and marvel at its beautiful colonial architecture and Inca ruins.
Day by day itinerary:
Day 1: Airport pick-up in Cuzco
You will be picked-up at the airport in Cuzco and dropped-off at your accommodation. Free time.
Day 2: Maras & Moray 4x4 Motorbike Tour (B)
Start off your trip with an exciting 4x4 motorbike tour to visit the great Inca ruins of Moray, a series of agricultural terrace circles, and the Pre-Inca salt pools of Maras.
Day 3: Full Day Rafting Experience (B)
Go rafting on exciting class III and IV rapids on the Chuquicahuana and Cusipata sections of the Vilcanota River surrounded by beautiful landscapes at only 90 - 110 minutes from Cuzco.
Day 4: Sacred Valley Day Trip & Pre-departure briefing (B)
With an ideal climate and millions of opportunities to take amazing photos, this is a day trip from Cuzco that you cannot miss! Pass through the villages of Pisaq, Calca, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero to see ancient Inca archaeological sites and visit indigenous marketplaces with high quality alpaca wool products and handicrafts. Return to Cuzco and attend your pre-departure briefing in the evening at our office, before you begin your trek the following day.
The Sacred Valley of the Inca Civilization is a magical destination with perhaps some of the most well-preserved archaeological ruins in all of Peru nestled in the Vilcanota River Valley with awe-inspiring, picturesque terraces for the cultivation of native crops. This naturally beautiful countryside is filled with a wealth of colorful indigenous cultures which has been fused with the influences of the Spanish conquest and modern day Peru over time. In Pisaq, you can admire huge Inca platforms made from polished rock and perfectly aligned around the archaeological site. Calca is known for the ruins of Huch'uy Qosqo and for being an important pre-Hispanic town. In Urubamba you can admire the preserved colonial buildings and structures, while in Ollantaytambo you will marvel at one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Peru, unique for its abundance of distinctive architecture. Shop for high quality alpaca wool products and genuine handicrafts in the indigenous marketplace of Chinchero.
Days 5 - 8: Inca Trail or Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N (3B/3L/3D)
On days 5-8, you will have the opportunity to participate in a trekking experience through the Andes mountains to reach Machu Picchu. The trek depends on preference and trekking permit availability (the traditional Inca Trail trek is limited to 400 people per day and often sells out up to 6 months in advance).
Inca Trail Trek: A spectacularly rich experience in the Andean Mountains awaits you! Immerse yourself in the Inca culture as you hike 50 kilometers through the heart of the beautiful Andes. This 4-day trek is the only one to take you along the original stone staircases of the Inca Trail, arriving early at Machu Picchu.
Lares Trek: A great alternative to the Inca Trail Trek is the Lares Trek. This high altitude trek will please hikers interested in interacting with the local communities and seeing their way of life in the countryside.
On day 8, the last day of your trek, you will explore Machu Picchu before returning to Cuzco. Get up early to appreciate this magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb Huayna Picchu (2720m/8890ft)!!! It takes 45-60 minutes to reach the top (This is an extra walk, please talk to your guide for arrangements to climb this mountain prior to your arrival to the archaeological site. Tickets must be purchased at least 2 weeks prior to departure.)
We will go to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to receive your train tickets for the return trip. If time allows, visit the local marketplace right next to the train tracks where you can shop until the train whistle blows, signaling your return to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will take a bus for the last section of highway to Cuzco arriving back around 20:00. Please make your own way back to your hostel.
DESCRIPTION OF MACHU PICCHU GUIDED SITE VISIT: The one and only, the most spectacular (and not to mention most popular) archaeological site in all of South America. Your guide will take you on a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu walking you through the most important sites and covering the history of the place (if you haven't already heard it all during the Inca Trail Trek). Then you will have free time to explore on your own and take pictures at your leisure.
Take an OPTIONAL hike up the steep peak named Huayna Picchu, which is located inside the Machu Picchu archaeological site for unforgettable views of Machu Picchu from a coveted perspective. You must purchase your ticket at least 2 weeks in advance for an additional cost in order to get one of the 400 passes (200 people are allowed up at 7:00am and 200 more at 10:00am). Trekkers arriving from the Inca Trail will only arrive on time for the 10:00am trek. Most trekkers are usually too tired to do this extra trek, but true adventurers shouldn’t miss out! Please send us an email directly to request this extra ticket.
Day 9: Cuzco City Tour (B)
Go on a city tour in Cuzco, once known as the navel of the vast Inca Empire. Marvel at beautiful colonial architecture, visit archaeological sites, and witness cultural syncretism at Koricancha.
Day 10: Airport drop-off in Cuzco (B)
You will be picked-up at your accommodation and dropped off at the airport in Cuzco. End of the trip.
**Please note:Depending on the trek you choose and on availability, the day by day itinerary may change. The same activities will be included, but they may occur on different days.
** Please Note:Travellers who booked their trip using one passport, then renewed or replaced it afterward, must carry their old passport or a photocopy with them on the trip.
What to bring:
- For Maras & Moray 4x4 Motorbike Tour: Please wear old clothing and shoes that can get muddy. Bring an extra change of clothes and a warm jacket. Bring a rain poncho during the rainy months of January/February.
- For the Rafting Trip: Please wear your bathing suit and bring a change of clothes. Bring sunblock for your face. You will be provided with a wetsuit, helmet and life jacket to wear while rafting. Boots are available for rent upon arrival.
- For the 4-day Trek: You will be sleeping in tents during the trek. Bring or Rent in Cuzco: hiking poles, rain pants, rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals, warm socks, sweater, thermals, hat, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card (there is limited to no electricity available during the trek), waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit, water bottle.
- DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS: Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card, personal medications.