On this exciting Andean multi-sport adventure, raft Peru's wild Apurimac River through one of the deepest and least explored canyons in the world and the uppermost source of the Amazon River. Experience the Apurimac's splashy thrills as you head downstream through a distinctive narrow canyon sculpted over the millennia into smooth, overhanging walls. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas, exploring remote communities and off-the-radar treks of the Sacred Valley by mountain bike and on foot, and wrap up the journey with the scenic train ride to legendary Machu Picchu.
Raft the thrilling Apurimac River, with fun whitewater action and gorgeous scenery
Enjoy mountain biking to Incan ruins and hike through remote communities of the spectacular Andes
Take the legendary train ride to the mist-shrouded wonder of magical Machu Picchu
Arrive in Cusco, Peru and transfer from the airport to the hotel. Once the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, today Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated for its ruins, colonial architecture and vibrant beauty. Depending on arrival time, enjoy ample opportunity to stroll this magnificent Andean city. At the orientation dinner, meet the group, discuss the upcoming week's activities and get dry bags for the river adventure.
Meet at 9am and depart Cusco for a 4-hour drive through the majestic Andes to Puente Huallpachaca, our put-in for Rio Apurimac. It will take the guides a couple of hours to prepare the equipment. Get a safety orientation session and a drill in rafting techniques. Float for 2-3 hours, tackling Class II and III rapids. Tonight's camp is in a narrow gorge with impressive walls, an ideal spot to savor a delicious dinner prepared by the guides.
The true whitewater experience starts today with a river journey into the sheer wall gorges of the famed Rio Apurimac. On the downstream ride, the whitewater picks up speed with a variety of Class III and IV rapids. After one or two short portages, reach the large sandy beach camp for a relaxing night in the wild under the Southern Hemisphere sky.
This morning, gear up to paddle some of the most challenging whitewater of the expedition. Tackle Class IV+ rapids aptly named Toothache, C-U First and Last Laugh, with possible portages depending on water levels. Meander downstream through the colossal vertical walls spectacularly sculpted by water. Enjoy tonight's camp on a lovely sandy beach in the heart of the canyon.
Wake up in the heart of the Canyon Blanco, and then tackle Class IV rapids on the way to the take-out. Enjoy a well-deserved lunch while the guides break down the rafts and equipment and load the vehicles. Then transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and check into the IFK Lodge. This evening savor a tasty dinner overlooking the Rio Urubamba.
After breakfast, set out to explore the Sacred Valley by mountain bike (or on foot, as an alternative). The ride takes in traditional villages, along less-trodden dirt roads and footpaths. Tour the circular terraces of Moray, believed to be an Inca laboratory dedicated to the study of foreign plant species, and the Maras salt mines, with over 3000 evaporation troughs carved into the hillside where the salt-laden silt gathers and gradually distils into rock salt. Arrive to the hotel this afternoon, to enjoy a spot of unwinding under the Andean sun.
Rise early this morning and after a hearty breakfast set out on a trek that follows in the footsteps of the ancient Incas. Spend the day hiking through spectacular scenery, past remote Andean communities that have changed little over the last 500 years. In the afternoon we reach the Cancha Cancha community and camp at an elevation close to 11,000 ft.
Today rise early, have breakfast and then begin the hike up to the highest pass of the Lares trek, at over 14,000 foot Pachacutec Pass. From the high pass, hike down past the scenic village of Quishuarani and set up camp not far from the Lares Hot Springs. Set up camp and unwind by the springs while the guides prepare dinner.
Enjoy breakfast at camp and then hike a short distance to our van waiting for us to start the scenic drive back to the Sacred Valley and the boutique hotel by Rio Urubamba. Tonight's dinner is a treat, a gastronomic Peruvian feast in a stunning restaurant at the heart of the Sacred Valley, El Huacatay.
This morning board the iconic train up the narrowing gorge of the Urubamba River valley to the legendary ruins of Machu Picchu. Tour the fascinating complex of houses, terraces, baths, temples, and stairways, and learn about the importance of these structures in the lives of the Incas. After a bag lunch in the middle of the ruins, explore on your own and then board the train back to the Sacred Valley. Upon disembarking in Ollantaytambo, walk to dinner at the acclaimed El Albergue restaurant to savor local cuisine paired with Peruvian craft beer.
This morning, start the journey back to Cusco. Along the way stop in the ancient city of Pisac, renowned for its traditional market with artisanal products - a perfect spot to pick handmade gifts and souvenirs to bring home to family and friends. Transfer straight to the Cusco airport or back to the hotel for an extended stay.
Drawing on over 40 years of experience in the region, MT Sobek works with most experience travel professionals in Peru.
This multi-sport adventure offers a unique way of seeing a lesser-known part of the Sacred Valley and experiencing the Apurimac River.
MT Sobek offers over 10 adventures in Peru and recommends discovering this one-of-a-kind trip for its varied activity options.
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Whitewater rafting on Class II to Class IV+ rapids, mountain biking and hiking through stunning scenery, and guided tour of Machu Picchu.
Nature camps by the Apurimac River and in the Sacred Valley, with a couple of overnights in boutique lodges.
April through October expect to see mostly sunny days followed by cooler nights and the possibility of morning frost.
This trip includes a variety of wonderful and unique accommodations. The river trip will be traditional river camps on sandy beaches. Trekking camps in high alpine meadows, some near ancient Incan Villages. Boutique hotels near the plaza in Cusco and by the Rio Urubamba in the Sacred Valley.
No problem. While the day of mountain biking is very moderate and primarily downhill, you may choose not to participate. Instead you will join the group for lunch outside of the Moray Ruins and enjoy a downhill hike past the Salt Mines and into the Sacred Valley.
Although we will encounter class V+ rapids on this trip, the most difficult whitewater we will run is class IV+. There will be 3 portages around unrunnable rapids. During the portages, the guides will handle the boats and you will only need to walk yourself around the rapid.
Yes! We will use 14' self-bailing rafts and each person will paddle with the guide in the back of the boat calling our commands and steering the boat with oars.
For the majority of the trip, insects are not an issue at all. However, while camping on the river, you will likely encounter sand flies which usually only bite around the lower legs and ankles. Good insect repellent is highly recommended.
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