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Peru Multisport

Peru Multisport

Peru Multisport is a route full of adrenaline involving Apurimac river rafting, visit some extraordinary Incan sites during the Maras - Moray - Salineras tour, do some Machu Picchu walking and biking during the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu, a perfect and more adventurous alternative to the beaten Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!! There, you have an opportunity to continue improving your rafting techniques, this time on the Santa Teresa River as well as give a try to ZIP-Line.  Obviously, your holiday to Peru includes a guided tour of the antique Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. 

Starts with landing to Lima, the capital of Peru. There, you rest and overnight in a comfortable hotel to get ready for the following flight to Cusco. When in Cusco, you are welcomed by our representative and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in order to acclimatize to the high altitude. Next day, you visit the archaeological sites of Maras, Moray and Salineras. Then, you travel to the Apurimac river canyon where you undertake real river rafting adventure on the Apurimac river, which name means the "Oracle" or the "Speaker to the Gods". The river is the most direct source of the Amazon river making it the longest river in the world! Our adventure holiday to Peru continues by a return to Cusco and getting ready for biking and hiking when following the Inca Jungle Trek. The first day of the trek, you bike downhill through the Andean mountains until you get to a green subtropical jungle. After the biking, you can better your rafting skills near the village of Santa Maria. You overnight in a family hostel then. The next day, you begin trekking following a part of an authentical Inka´s path discovering subtropical fauna and flora until you reach the hot spring of Santa Teresa where you refresh yourself in these medicinal baths! You overnight in another hostel in Santa Teresa. On the third day of the trek, you can enjoy ZIP-line early in the morning before continuing to the railway station of Hidroelectrica where you follow trails leading you to Aguas Calientes, a town lying just below Machu Picchu.  The last day, you climb for only 2 hours to get to the gates of Machu Picchu where your Tour Guide provides you with a guided visit of this antique citadel! Afterwards, you can climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to take some panoramic pictures of the so called "Lost City of the Incas". In the afternoon, you return back to Cusco by train and a private transport to rest. Your Machu Picchu vacation finishes by a transport back to the airport of Cusco to take your flight.

 

Quick Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Arrival to Lima

Day 02: Flight to Cusco City

Day 03: Maras - Moray - Salineras tour

Day 04-06: Apurimac river rafting tour - The Apurimac canyon

Day 07-10: Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 11: Cusco City 

Day 12: Departure Day

 

Important info about your Trek:

  • Visit of the Peruvian capital - Lima
  • Exploration of the capital of the Incas - Cusco
  • A visit of less crowded Incan sites of Maras - Moray - Salineras 
  • 3 days of river rafting adventure doing the Apurimac River Rafting Tour
  • Following a more adventurous alternative to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu biking downhill from 4,650 m.a.s.l. to only 1,900 m.a.s.l.
  • Discovery of Peruvian highlands as well as a cloud forest while trekking to Machu Picchu
  • A guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • A chance climbing Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Moutain

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Picchu Representatives in Lima and Cusco and a professional Tour Guide for the Inca Jungle Trek.

Accommodation: 6x a 3* hotel, 3x a hostel, 2x a campsite.

Meals: 11x breakfast, 5x lunch, 5x dinner, 3x afternoon tea (Please allow USD 100-150 for meals not included).

Transportation: 1x domestic flight, transportation by private van, a raft, a train (Expedition Class).

 

Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: If you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and usfeul on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca leaf

 

Interesting info about your Trek:

Day 01: Arrival to Lima

Please note that the first day is an arrival day and no activities are planned, so that you can arrive at any time. When you arrive to the airport atLima, our Representative waits for you holding a sheet with your name and transfers you to your hotel.

The capital of Lima is also known as the "City of the Kings" as it was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535! The Plaza de Armas (main square) is a heart of old Lima. There can be found the Cathedral, Governmental Palace and Archbishop’s Palace.

Day 02: Flight to Cusco City

In the morning, we take you to the Lima´s airport for your flight to the Cusco City. Our Representative awaits you in front of the Cusco´s arrival airport hall holding a sheet with your name. After he/she welcomes you in Cusco, he/she takes you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore around this fascinating city as well as to acclimatize to its high altitude.

 

Cusco is the oldest continuously inhabited city of this continent as well as a hub of the South American travel network! The city attracts people from all around the world, who arrive not only to visit a unique destination, but also to experience an antique culture that differs a lot from the occidental 21st century´s way of life. One could easily spend a week just in and around this site. Inca-built stone walls line most of the central streets and it is not necessary to go far to see other major Incan ruins! This is a city steeped in history, traditions and legends!

 

Every year, Cusco is visited by thousands of travelers, who come to delve into its noble, but tragic past. It is a perfect base for optional explorations around the city´s surroundings as well as for a range of outdoor activities.

 

The most important monument of the Cusco City is without any doubt Qorikancha - the Golden Temple and the main temple of the Incan empire - Tawantinsuyo, where the Sun god was worshipped! 

 

Cusco also has got numerous colonial churches. The most important of them is the Cathedral on the main square. Its construction started in 1559 and it took 100 years to finish!! The Cathedral can pride on the biggest depository of Colonial art of the city! A vault containing remains of the famous Incan historian - Garcilaso de la Vega is just past the entrance. Other churches that are worth seeing are La Compañía, La Merced and San Francisco.

Day 03: Maras-Moray-Salineras Tour

You are picked-up after breakfast from your hotel and taken towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a 1.5 hour ride, you reach the first stop at a collonial village of Maras. There you stop for a while to observe its typical colonial portals (gateways). After that, you continue to the archaeological site of Moray where you can admire Incan agricultural experimental terraces built in a rectangular shape. There, your Tour Guide explains you more details about a purpose of this extraordinary site. Later, you ride to the last stop of your today´s excursion which are the salt mines of Salineras. The salt mines involve around 3,000 of salt pools that are supplied by an underground hot salt stream sprung from a hill above the pools. You have a walk around the pools with a company of your Tour Guide. You are given also a chance to buy this natural salt there. Then, you get on a private vehicle again and return to Cusco at approx. 3 pm.

Day 04-06: Apurimac River Rafting Tour The Apurimac Canyon

Early morning, we start out our rafting adventure by a 4 hour ride northwest of Cusco (3,400 masl) across the Andes down to the Apurimac River Canyon - a 3,000 metre deep canyon, twice as deep as the U.S. Grand Canyon!! The 690 km long Apurimac River is the most direct source of the Amazon River making it the world´s longest river! In the native language of Quechua, its name consists of two words: "apu" meaning divinity or a god and "rimaq" meaning oracle. So that the Apurimac´s name means the "oracle of the gods"!

When we reach the Huallpachaca Village (2,000 masl), we prepare our equipment (self-bailing rafts, paddles, oars, helmets, coolers, life-jackets, wet-suits and others) which takes about 2 hours. Then, we are given a talk on safety and rafting techniques such as know-how on getting back into a raft, a flip of a raft, swimming rapids, etc. Then, we have lunch to afterward start floating for about 2 hours doing rapids of class II and III. We reach our first campsite situated in an impressive narrow gorge. There, we have dinner and overnight.

Next day, we start rafting Apurimac at around 9 am after a healthy breakfast. Today, we enjoy being in the white water for approx. 6 hours doing mostly class III and IV rapids! During that, we stop to have lunch and then we continue rafting down the river towards our second campsite. On the way, we get to a really narow canyon with a very difficult rapid that cannot be overcome so we have to carry our rafts for a while (approx. 7 minutes). At about 4 pm, we reach the campsite. Tonight, we enjoy dinner and campfire on a sandy beach under the sky of the southern hemisphere!

The last day of this amazing rafting tour, we raft through a few of V class rapids! Excect this adrenaline sport, we can also observe some river otters, foxes, torrent ducks, condors and cormorants in this remote and isolated canyon! This makes the tour one of the best wildlife adventures of the whole Peruvian holiday! After 3-4 hours in water, we have to finish and pack the
equipment. Then, we return to Cusco in our private transport reaching it at about 5 pm. You are taken to your hotel where you can continue dreaming about the wildlife adventure while another adventure is already waiting for you!

Day 07-10: Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu

You start your Machu Picchu vacation by early morning pick-up from your Cusco´s hotel to be taken for a four hour ride passing the Sacred Valley of the Incas on the way until you reach the innitial point at Abra Malaga (4,350 m.a.s.l.) which is the highest place of the trek too! There, you sit on a bicycle and start this Machu Picchu biking and hiking adventure! You ride down for about 4 hours towards the small town of Santa Maria. On the route, you can appreciate an Incan site, cloud forest´s birds, medicinal plants, butterflies, snakes and tropical fruits. You also can visit local families to find about their daily routine. When in Santa Maria, you accommodate yourself in a familial basic hostel where you can have a shower. After dinner, you spend the night there.

Optional tour: Rafting in the afternoon in Santa Maria, level 3-5. The price of the rafting is extra USD 30.

 

On the second day, you start trekking towards Machu Picchu after breakfast getting progressively steeper until you get to a restaurant where you stop for lunch. Then, you can relax in hammocks admiring surrouning coca plantations. Later, you continue hiking to reach an authentical Inca path - "Qhapaq Ñan"!! The path winds around steep hillsides and sheer gorges for approximately half a mile. Please note: This part of the Machu Picchu trail is not for people suffering from vertigo!
Later on, you descend to the famous hot springs of Cocalmayo where you enjoy a refresh in its healing water!! After that, you hike to Santa Teresa, a town located by the Santa Teresa River. There, you accommodate yourself in another familial simple hostel.

 

On the third day of this adventurous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu alternative, you take a private transport to Llucmabamba Town. There, you observe a stunning sunrise above a lovely landscape with Machu Picchu in its centre!! Later, you descend to bamboo groves and a cloud forest with increasingly thick vegetation and tall trees offering you some excellent birdwatching opportunities! Later in the afternoon, you get to Hidroelectrica (a hydroelectric plant) railway station and there you start following trails leading you to the Aguas Calientes Town. You spend the last night in a more comfortable hostel there with private rooms and bathrooms offering you a hot shower.

Optional tour: ZIP Line early in the morning in Santa Teresa. The price of the ZIP Line is extra USD 30. 

 

After an early breakfast on the last day, an easy Machu Picchu walking awaits you, but you walk for 2 hours only to reach the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that you enter for the early morning best photos opportunities! Then, your Tour Guide shows you around the  Incan city and explains you about its history and organization. After the guided tour, you have an opportunity to either climb up for about 45 minutes to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain (1 and half an hour up), both are peaks above Machu Picchu serving to take some panoramic pictures of the Incan city! Then, you are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on your own. In the afternoon, you return by train to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy), from where you are taken by van back to Cusco.

Machu Picchu is both, the best and the least known site of the Incas as it is not mentioned in any Spanish conquistador´s chronicle so that contemporary archaeologists cannot do anything more than just speculate on its functions. Local Quechuan farmers had known about Machu Picchu for centuries before an 11-year-old boy showed the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in a search of Vilcabamba) this site on the 24th of July 1911. At that time, all the rest of the world became aware of its existence! However, the site was covered with thick vegetation so Hiram Bingham along with his team returned and within the years of 1912 and 1915 cleared its surface. Over the years, plenty of work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain!.

Day 11: Cusco City

After having the Machu Picchu trail done, you enjoy a relaxing day, during which you can just laze around the former capital of the Incas, visit its markets, buy some souvenirs, do some optional activities and enjoy its night life as well!

You can explore some of many very good museums such as the Inca Museum, the Qoricancha Museum, the Archaeological Museum (which also houses a small art exhibition), the Regional Historic Museum and the Religious Art Museum.

Cusco has got numerous colonial churches too. The most important of them is the Cathedral on the main square. Its construction started in 1559 and it took 100 years to finish!! The Cathedral can pride on the biggest depository of Colonial art of the city! A vault containing remains of the famous Incan historian - Garcilaso de la Vega is just past the entrance. Other churches that are worth seeing are La Compañía, La Merced and San Francisco.

The city is also a perfect base for those more adventurous as it offers a range of optional outdoor activities such as white river rafting on Urubamba River, horseback riding around nearby archaeological sites (Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambo Machay and Puca Pucara) or mountain biking in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Day 12: Departure Day

Transfer to the Cusco´s airport to take your next flight.
End of the service!

Please let us know using the contacts below, in case you like to arrange a flight to Lima (or another Peruvian destination) or if you like to extend your trip. We will be happy to assist you!!

What is included in the Peru Multisport Tour?

  • Welcome by our Representative at arrival
  • 1x domestic flight: Lima-Cusco;
  • All airport arrival and departure transfers;
  • Accommodation: 3* hotels (6 nights), hostels (3 nights), campsites (2 nights);
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary (Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu included);
  • Experienced bilingual Tour Guides as per itinerary;
  • Meals: 11x breakfast, 6x lunch, 6x dinner and 3x afternoon tea during the Inca Jungle Trek;
  • Mountain biking equipment such as a bicycle, a helmet and gloves for the Inca Jungle Trek;
  • Rafting equipment, i.e. a raft and paddles, a helmet, a life jacket, a spray jacket and a wet-suit during the Apurimac River Rafting Tour as well as the Inca Jungle Trek;
  • All zip line equipment for the Inca Jungle Trek;
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C) for the Inca Jungle Trek
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes;
  • Transport by a private van during the tours and local transfers;
  • A return tourist train (Expedition Class) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo.

Not Included

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • Last flight from Cusco to Lima,
  • International flights and airport departure taxes,
  • Travel insurance,
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Tips and baggage portage to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory),
  • Optional tours,
  • Other extras not specified.

Meal budget: Please allow USD 150-200 for meals not included in the package.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights including the Inca Jungle Trek and a single tent for the the Apurimac River Rafting Tour.

Local flights: One local flight is included in the cost of your tour unless noted otherwise. It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of your booking in order to process all air tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and they will be given to you prior to each flight departure!

Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Explore the ruins from the Mountain
  • The beautiful landscapes from Inca Jungle
  • A tour for Salineras

 

Best moment of the Trek

  • The landing to the citadel and walking through the Inca Jungle

 

Encampment Equipment

  • Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
    Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.

 

Additionals

  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Peru Multisport

Here is everything you need to know about Peru Multisport, one of our most impressive routes.

Where is located Maras, Moray, Salineras, Apurimac River Canyon and Machu Picchu?
Maras is a town located 48 km. at the northwest of the Cusco city, 12 km from Urubamba.
Moray is located 57 km northwest of the city of Cusco.
Salineras are located 10 km. from the town of Maras, on the slope of the hill.
The Apurimac River Canyon is located 78 km northeast of the Abancay city, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes by bus.
And, "Machu Picchu" is located in the south of Peru, belongs to the department of Cusco, "Machu Picchu" is located 112.5 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, with a height of 2350 meters above sea level.

Altitudes in Peru Multisport
  • "Cusco" at 3,399 m.a.s.l.
  • "Maras" at 3,028 m.a.s.l.
  • "Moray" at 3,500 m.a.s.l.
  • "Apurimac River Canyon" at 3,000 m.a.s.l.
  • "Llulluchapampa" at 3 850m a.s.l.
  • "Chaquicocha" at 4 200m a.s.l.
  • "Wiñaywayna" at 3 670m a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2 700m a.s.l.
How many kilometers is walked during the Inca Trail and how many hours do we walk per day?
The Inca Trail is 43 kilometers long or 26.12 miles long. There are camping sites assigned by the Ministry of Culture that are between 10 and 13 kilometers away from each other, so the daily walking time can vary between 5 to 8 hours per day for the first three days and approximately 2 hours for the last day. The hours of walking and the distance covered may vary according to the physical condition of each person.

What does "Machu Picchu" mean?
"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.

How difficult is the Inca Trail?
The Inca Trail is considered an intermediate level trek. Since it does not include rock climbing, or hiking on snow, isn´t required previous experience. The most difficult part comes the second day, when we climb a number of stairs and start from 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) to climb to more than 4000 meters (13,123 feet) walking through a small space, later things become more easy as the road continues downhill. Keep in mind that you will carry your personal items, which may include clothing, camera, water, camp equipment, etc; which may add difficulty to the trek because of the weight. 

Is it possible to do the Peru Multisport on my own?
If you are an experienced hiker, you may want to go hiking to the classic Inca Trail on your own, without a tour operator, without a guide, without a carrier, just you and the way. However, that is NOT possible. Government regulations do not allow it, since 2001 hiking independently on the Inca Trail is prohibited. The regulation states that each hiker must be accompanied by a qualified professional guide. The UGM (Management Unit of Machu Picchu) is the regulatory entity that supervises companies fulfill certain requirements to operate this route. The license of each company is renewed annually, likewise, the list of authorized guides and agencies is published on the official website: www.machupicchu.gob.pe
For rafting in Apurimac River, it is recommended to go in the company of specialists, since they have the neccesary equipment, and the route of the river is interrupted even by the presence of cataracts. So, don´t risk for yourself alone to do the rafting.
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