Peru Ultimate Multisport

Raft the best white water in South America, mountain bike the best one day bike ride in Peru, hike the unforgettable Inca trail to Machu Picchu plus time in Cusco in this action packed non-stop adrenaline rush of trip in just 10 days!

Inca Trail Availability

The Inca Trail is regulated with a quota system so spaces on the trail fill up early. We strongly suggest that you book this trip at least 120 to 90 days in advance of the tour start date.  A valid passport is needed in order to reserve your space on the Inca Trail.

On our arrival in Cusco we drive straight to the start of the Rio Apurimac rafting adventure, deep in the heart of an impressive 3,000m deep canyon.  Following a full briefing, all supplies are taken for three days of truly amazing white water rafting. As well as being the true source of the mighty Amazon river, the Rio Apurimac is undeniably one of the world’s hidden gems of white-water.

The Granite Canyon of the Rio Apurimac is justifiably gaining a reputation as one of the world’s top ten rafting rivers: it combines a perfect mix of exhilarating rapids and awesome scenery. This is the river-rafting section that was featured on Bruce Parry’s ‘AMAZON’ series on the BBC: the logistics for which were provided by Amazonas Explorer.

Even the most novice crews are expertly trained up to meet the challenges and thrills of this non-stop adrenaline-pumping roller coaster ride of a life time. Apart from world class rapids the Apurimac boasts pristine sandy beaches for camping, spectacular sun-bleached rock formations and rare wildlife including otters, puma and the ultra elusive Andean bear. It is an adventure-lover’s dreams come true.

We then mountain bike arguably the best one-day bike trip in Peru if not the whole of South America, taking us on a largely downhill route across the Chinchero plain and into the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Using state-of-the-art full suspension Kona mountain bikes, we explore dirt trails and ancient mule routes as we make our way across the plains to visit the incredible circular Inca ruins of Moray.

Nearby, we enjoy a picnic lunch before riding an outstanding mule trail to the town of Maras for another descent of a lifetime, down into the amazing salt-pans. Finally we meet our vehicle again beside the Urubamba River, for the drive back to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Our final adventure embarks us on the famous Inca Trail to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. This four days / three nights trek involves spectacular Andean scenery along an ancient paved Inca trail visiting many ruins and of course Machu Picchu itself. We return to Cusco by ‘Vistadome’ train.

We then have one day to explore Cusco before flying home. The former Inca Capital and Spanish colonial city of Cusco is a wonderful place full of culture, history, good restaurants and fun nightlife.

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever.

DAY 1. APURIMAC RIVER RAFTING

This morning, we pick you up at Cusco airport (or hotel if you’ve arrived earlier) for the spectacular two-hour drive to the Apurimac canyon, hopefully glimpsing on route the snow-capped Vilcanota mountain range before descending into the canyon to our starting point on the banks of the Apurimac. 

By driving straight here we can avoid any altitude problems and use this first part of our trip as an ideal acclimatization for the rest of the adventure.

Here we inflate our specialized rafts, load up with provisions and, following a full safety talk and instruction in the art of white water rafting, we head off into the canyon in search of adventure. (L,D)

Transfer to river (2.0 hours)

River rafting (afternoon)

DAY 2. RAFTING ON THE RIO APURIMAC

We challenge the rapids of the mighty Apurimac. “Apu – rimac “, in Quechua, signifies “The Great Speaker” – Inca nobility and priests would often ‘ consult ‘ the river on route to the city of Cusco.

The Class III, IV and V rapids are pretty much non-stop and at times the huge boulders that block our way force us to the bank for further scouting. At several points we have to portage un-runnable falls.

At night we camp on beautiful sandy beaches and explore the amazing rock formations. Andean foxes, otters and pumas have all been sighted on the banks of the river. In between the harder rapids there is plenty of time to take in the awesome scenery and marvel at the near sheer sided gorge down which we are travelling. (B, L, D)

River rafting (all day)

DAY 3. APURIMAC TO CUSCO

Finally we reach a break in the canyon walls and from here it is a short, two-hour bus journey back to Cusco, passing on route the towering snow capped Salcantay Mountain.

On arrival in Cusco we drop you off at your hotel for a well-earned hotel bed, hot shower and perhaps a small party to celebrate your successful descent of through the mighty Apurimac canyon. (B, L)

River rafting (morning)

Transfer to Cusco (2.0 hours)

DAY 4. MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE SACRED VALLEY

This ride is possibly the best one-day bike trip in Peru (and only 30 minutes from Cusco) if not the whole of South America, taking us on a largely downhill route from 3600m to 2850m across the Chinchero plain and into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Using dirt trails and ancient mule routes to cover the 52km, we pass the beautiful lake Huaypo and then through the village of Chequereq.

A short uphill brings us to the incredible circular Inca ruins of Moray where we enjoy a picnic lunch and can explore these fascinating ruins.

From here we take a smooth mule trail to the town of Maras for another descent of a lifetime, down into the amazing salt-pans. These thousands of salt-pans cover the whole of the hill-side.

They have been constantly worked since Inca time and were mentioned in conquering Spanish’s chronicles. Finally we meet our vehicle again beside the Urubamba River, for the short drive back to our charming hotel in Ollantaytambo in the heart of the Sacred Valley (B, L)

Mountain biking (28km/17.4 miles, elevation loss 750m/2460ft, some technical sections involving advanced bike skills)

DAY 5. OLLANTAYTAMBO – HUAYLLABAMBA

A chance to look round this fascinating Inca town and visit its impressive ruins (entrances not included) before we take a short drive to the end of the road below Ollantaytambo to Chilca and so to km82. Here we meet the support team of porters and then begin the Inca trail.

The first section is ideal for acclimatization purposes as we hike along the sacred Urubamba River.   We have lunch at Llactapata (2,888m) beside some spectacular ruins, then trek up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail, where we will camp (3000m).

We believe in camping and trekking in style, whilst walking all you need to carry is your daypack. Our support team of traditional porters carry all camping equipment and perform all camp chores. All food is prepared by the cook. (B, L, D)

Hiking (12km/7.5mi, start elevation 2750m/9022, stop elevation 3000m/9842ft)

DAY 6. HUAYLLABAMBA – PACASMAYO

Possibly the hardest day of the trek, we rise early and head to the highest point of the trail – the impressive Warmiwanusca (Dead woman’s pass 4200m), past humming birds and stunted cloud forest and  out-standing views down the valley. We then descend into the Pacasmayo valley and camp there (3650m).  (B, L, D)

Hiking (10km/6.2mi, start elevation 3000m/9842ft, high elevation 4200m/13780ft, stop elevation 3550m/11647ft)

DAY 7. PACASMAYO – WINAY WINAY

We then climb again, passing the Inca ruins of Runcu Raccay, to the next pass (3998m) giving us spectacular views of the Vilcabamba range. Walking on well-preserved Inca pathway we pass Sayacmarca ruins with plenty of time for an in depth tour and explanation. We continue along the ridge, passing through tunnels and fantastic views and a slight ascent brings us to Phuyupatamarca ruins (3650m).

A steep downhill on an old Inca stair case brings us into the Cloud Forest and the outstanding site of Winay-winay (2600m), This is another outstanding ruin full of orchids and swallows. (B, L, D)

Hiking (20km/12.4mi, start elevation 3550m/11647ft, high elevation 3990m/13090ft , stop elevation 2600m/8530ft)

DAY 8. MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

A very early start as we contour the mountain, through the cloud forest high above the mighty Urubamba river to Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun, for our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. After treasuring the moment we continue on down to the ruins for a fully guided tour.

We then catch a bus to the colourful town of Aguas Calientes below and board the afternoon train back for the four hour trip up the fascinating Urubamba gorge. An awaiting bus finally brings us back to Cusco and your hotel for the night.

Hopefully we still have enough energy to enjoy a night-out at Cusco’s famous restaurants and clubs. (B).

Hiking (7km/4.4mi, start elevation 2600m/8530ft, stop elevation 2400m/7874ft)

DAY 9. CUSCO

There is so much to see and do in Cusco that we dedicate a whole day to doing just that. Whether your interest is exploring Inca ruins, visiting Colonial churches, bargain hunting in Indian markets or just relaxing over a cappuccino on a terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas. Cusco has it all.

Just ask, and we will be happy to help you decide. (B).

Cusco Inca Ruins sightseeing

DAY 10. CUSCO – HOME

Today, we transfer to Cusco airport, about 30 minutes from the Plaza, in time for your internal and international flights home. (B)

For those requiring Lima hotel, airport transfers and internal flight services within Peru, please contact us for best options and availability. Extra nights in Cusco can also be organized plus any extensions required.

*(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

While the above information describes a typical itinerary, the tour’s actual itinerary may vary due to changes in transportation, weather, lodging availability, local events or safety conditions.

We reserve the right to alter the tour due to these circumstances should the need arise.

Tour Dates:

October 12 – 22, 2013

November 3-13, 2013

(Custom dates available upon request)

Prices (based on double occupancy):

4-9 guests:  $2995 per guest
10-16 guests:  $2595 per guest
Single Supplement  $500

Price Includes: All airport transfers, train/bus tickets, private vehicle transport. 3 star accommodation in Cusco and Ollantaytambo. All meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).

On the RiverState of the art rafting equipment including self-bailing rafts, Hi-flotation life-jackets, helmets, wet-suits, wet-suit boots, spray jackets, dry bags for personal gear and special containers for cameras. Professional English and Spanish-speaking river-guides, trained in Wilderness First-Aid, Swift-Water Rescue and C.P.R. Full safety cover at all times.

On the Biking: Quality Kona Full Suspension Mountain bikes with hydraulic disc brake, gloves, helmet, bi-lingual guide/mechanic, support vehicle and transfers to and from Cusco, first aid kit, picnic lunch, snacks and water (please bring your own water bottle for us to fill), pick up and drop off at hotel of your choice in Cusco or Sacred Valley.

On the Inca TrailA registered, English-speaking Inca Trail guide, all porters, cook team, camping and cooking equipment including dining tent, toilet tent, therm-a-rests and spacious two person tents.

Extensive First-aid kit & oxygen. A guided tour in Machu Picchu. All entrances to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. The porters’ correct wages, Inca Trail entrances, transport, tent, food, train and insurance. A bus transfers between the ruins, a 3* hotel in Aguas Calientes. Transport from Machu Picchu to your hotel in Cusco will be the Skydome  / Vistadome train service and bus transfer.

Price Excludes: National or International flights, personal belongings, sleeping bag (available for rent $10 a night), airport taxes (if applicable), entrances to Huayna Picchu ($55) & Machu Picchu mountain ($50) personal expenses, travel insurance and tips. Cycling shorts, toe-clips/SPD shoes /SPD pedals (optional if required but not necessary as ride is 99% downhill), personal belongings, meals in Cusco, personal expenses, travel insurance and tips.

Single Supplement Policy:  All tour pricing is based on double occupancy lodging. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender.  If you reserve your tour at least 90 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement  of half the standard single supplement (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). 

Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early.

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever.

Activities:  Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, camping, sightseeing

Rating: Moderately Challenging to Challenging

Group Size:  4-16 guests

Length:  10 days/9 nights

Meeting Time & Place:  Cusco Airport (airport code CUZ) or Cusco Hotel on Day 1. After clearing customs, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Airport transfers on day 1 and 10 are included in the trip price.

Note: All international flights arrive in Lima before continuing on to Cusco. We recommend arriving in Cusco the day before Day 1 to insure you will arrive in time for the morning departure to the river rafting on Day 1. Call us about arranging pre-trip lodging in Lima or Cusco.

Departure Time & Place:  Cusco Airport (airport code CUZ) on Day 10. Do not book departing flights earlier than noon.

Best Time To Travel:  May – October

Weather and Climate:  Due to the alpine environment, weather is variable throughout the day and by elevation. Dressing in layers will be essential to your comfort throughout the day.

Rain is possible at any time and weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains, so having rain gear is highly recommended. At the same time, the sun is strong at higher elevations, and therefore adequate precautions should be taken to prevent sunburn, even on cool, sunny days.

On average, the temperature in June through August range from highs in the 70’s and 80’s Fahrenheit and lows in the 40’s and 50’s Fahrenheit. 

More detailed weather information is available by visiting www.weatherbase.com.

Physical Preparation:  This tour is designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active, have a spirit of adventure and possess a positive attitude. Most activities are 3-4 hours in either the morning or afternoon with a lunch stop in between.

It is very important that you realistically assess your physical condition with regard to the demands of this trip. All participants must be in good overall physical condition.  The more physically prepared you are for this tour, the more you will enjoy this unique, adventure experience.

We encourage you to call us and talk more specifically about any questions you have on the activities, your fitness, and any other aspects of the trip – please don’t be shy!

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever.

Day 1 and 2. Rio Apurimac Camps

Spend the evenings camping on sandy beaches, sharing drinks and food under starlit skies. Tents, sleeping bags and pads are provided.

Day 3. Ollantaytambo, Hotel Sol (or similar)

Conveniently situated in the heart of the Sacred Vally at the Gateway to Machu Picchu lies historic Ollantaytambo, Peru and the recently constructed Hotel Sol. Alongside the rushing Patacancha river and with stunning views of the Incan fortress, Hotel Sol combines modern elegance with old world ambiance.

Day 4, 5, 6, 7. Inca Trail Camps

Mountain side camps are located with great views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Let you guides share with you some of the Inca Trail history and some “micro ruins” along the way. Tents, sleeping bags and pads are provided.

Day 8 and 9.  Cusco, Hotel Tupac Yupanqui (or similar)

The quaint Tupac Yupanqui Palace Hotel is one of Cusco’s most historically significant as well as conveniently located accommodations. It is situated only two blocks from the main square, Plaza de Armas, putting you within minutes’ reach of all the entertainment, culture, dining, and nightlife that the ancient city has to offer.

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever.

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever.

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