If you’re a thrill seeker looking for some heart pumping adventure, look no further than the Sacred Valley. This historical river valley is about 15km north of Cusco and should be on every adventure chasers list when travelling to Peru.
Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Machu Picchu should already be on the bucket list. The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and one of the top five treks in the world. Be enthralled by beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forests, jungle terrain and ancient Incan architecture (think paving stones, ruins and tunnels). The reward for your hard work? THIS VIEW.
With no experience required you can climb up a picturesque mountain in the morning and fly back down in time for dinner. In the Sacred Valley they use via ferrata (a path used to climb a mountain with a safety system permanently installed) which allows non-experienced climbers the opportunity to move through the mountain scenery with minimal equipment. Coming down is then the fun part – 7 zip lines covering a total of 2800 metres will give you all the superman feels.
Experience the Sacred Valley at new heights and try off road mountain biking. Cycle your way through home-grown crops, impressive Andean landscapes, lakes, snow-capped peaks and local towns. You’ll reach high altitudes which will test your abilities, but every peddle will be worth it to see the Sacred Valley from a completely new perspective.
Hike to Huchuy Qosqo
If you love hiking, llamas and views from the top, Huchuy Qosqo is one not to be missed. It’s is an ancient Incan archaeological site suspended on a cliff over the Sacred Valley. You’ll pass an array of local flora and fauna on route, plus have the opportunity see llamas in their natural habitat. Don’t forget that all important llama selfie…
White Water rafting
Get ready to run the river. Start high in the Andean ranges along the Urubamba River and encounter some spectacular scenery as the white water Andes plunge down into the lush canyons of the upper Amazon. This country has some of the best white water rivers in the world and Cusco is most definitely the rafting capital of Peru.
A perfect way to end this adventure chasing visit to the Sacred Valley is the Pumamarca trek. Make this trek as hard or easy as you need. Weave your way through incredible Inca terrain, stop by a famous weaving centre and break for a private picnic, and be sure to keep an eye out for all the unknown but impressive ruins hidden in the Sacred Valley.
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