Adventure in Cusco
Cusco is a region characterized by the history and culture of the ancient Inca Empire. You can take such tours to meet and discover tourist attractions that are the mark of a glorious past. But Cusco is also an ideal region to practice adventure sports. Adventure tourism, ecotourism and sports tourism are booming.
For this reason, if what you are looking for is the possibility of practicing an adventure sport in Cusco, in this post we will give you all the details you need and we recommend the best tour to know the incredible archaeological sites, relate to Inca communities and perform sports in magical natural environments, of which only Cusco can offer you.
The adventure sports that you can practice are the following:
- Fishing on the Apurimac River
- Horseback Riding through the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- ATV in Maras and Moray
- Bicycle in the Malaga Pass
- Rock climbing near Sacsayhuamán
- Zipline in the Sacred Valley
- Boating on the Vilcanota River
- Bungee Jumping in Cusco, Poroy
- Paragliding in the Sacred Valley
- Trekking to Machu Picchu
Apurimac River Tour:
One of the most important rivers in Peru is the Apurimac River. The characteristics of its waters make it an ideal river for boating and fishing. In the Apurímac there are many trout and fish of various sizes that are typical of the waters of the Andes Mountains. Generally one day tours are offered that include transportation, the necessary items for fishing, lunch and a specialized guide. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the best views and the most amazing adventure at Apurimac.
Horseback riding through the Sacred Valley of the Incas:
This is an experience that can be enjoyed with your family. Tours usually last half a day. It includes one horse per person and necessary implements.The best? Children without experience can experience this adventure. Travel through mountainous landscapes, the Urubamba River, ancient Inca trails and traditional towns of Cusco. The ride lasts approximately 2 or 3 hours.
ATV in Maras and Moray:
A few kilometers from Cusco you can practice one of the adventure sports most chosen by travelers from around the world. And it consists of traveling in four-wheeler tourist sites and archaeological parks of the Sacred Valley.
This adventure will take you through the town of Chinchero, Maras and Moray. The distance between these places is a few kilometers and will move between amazing landscapes.
Moray is an ancient Inca agricultural laboratory, still a mystery to researchers; the salt mines of Maras, meanwhile, are located north of the town at almost 3 thousand meters above sea level, between the mountains; and Chinchero is one of the most traditional towns in Cusco, a perfect place to buy typical fabrics.
Generally the tours last 5 hours and you will be given all the complements you need to carry out the activity, in addition to including transportation and a guide.
Bycicling at Malaga Pass:
One of the most adrenaline adventures you can practice is the descent by bicycle from the Veronica Snow. The descent begins at a height of 4,200 meters above sea level and there are excursions that lead to Ollantaytambo and others to Santa Teresa. The landscapes are indescribable. It passes from the cold and the haze from the height to the heat and the characteristic vegetation of the jungle. They are almost three hours of descent along a well-marked, paved but narrow route. And if it’s a rainy day, the adventure is even more extreme but more interesting.
Rock climbing near Sacsayhuaman:
If you are a climbing lover, you have an excellent option in the surroundings of the city of Cusco, in the ruins of Sacsayhuaman. This impressive archaeological site allows the practice of climbing over its monumental stones. The strength allows experimentation for all types of travelers as there are different levels of difficulty. In such a way, you don’t need to be an expert, but just cheer up.
The sections for the less experienced are 30 meters high. In general, the tours last half a day and include safety equipment, private transportation and professional guide. This adventure is ideal for groups of friends!!!
The zip line in the Sacred Valley:
This is a sport full of adrenaline that consists of the descent at speed attached to an inclined steel cable. This sport is very popular in Cusco and can be practiced in many places of the Sacred Valley, right in this area of Cusco you can appreciate the most impressive landscapes.
One of the alternatives includes up to 7 cables that vary in length. This sport can be carried out by people of all ages since it is not necessary to have a special preparation but to lose fear and have a lot of courage. Tours can be hired in Cusco or online and offer the traveler transportation, safety equipment, lunch and guide.
One of the best places to practice zip lines is in Santa Teresa, not far from Cusco and only 20 kilometers from the archaeological complex Machu Picchu.
Boating on the Vilcanota River:
Undoubtedly one of the most important rivers in Cusco is the Vilcanota, or also called Urubamba (in another section) as it travels large sections of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The difficulty levels range from 3 to 5 on a scale of 0-5. The tour can last 2 hours.. Although it is not necessary to have experience because it has all the corresponding security measures, it does take courage to surrender to the river stream. The tours are hired in Cusco or online and include transportation, equipment, lunch and tour guide.
Keep in mind that the rainy season, which runs from October to March is the most recommended for those travelers who do have rafting experience. Meanwhile, from April to September the river is lower, therefore less abundant.
Now you can choose the best option for you adventurer!!! Has doubts? We can help you, just send us a message.