Adventure-lovers will find the Andes of Cusco to be
ideal for trekking, camping and mountain-climbing. The
Peruvian highlands are riddled with more than 15,000
lakes, snow-capped peaks soaring over 6,000 meters, the
world's deepest canyons, bucolic valleys and picturesque
villages. The entire Andean Range of Cusco offers
unparalleled opportunities for whitewater rafting,
superb trails for mountain biking and gusting winds for
fans of hang-gliding and paragliding.
River Running - Rafting - White Water
Its torrential waters (Class I and II) run between the
most spectacular landscapes on the
Sagrado de los Incas
(Sacred Valley of the Incas), amid places that fuse the
millennial of the
and the purest adventure emotion. Journeys can be
carried out with a duration up of two days, having
tracks for people without experience offering only a
little difficulty, being always recommended to be
attended by expert guides who can provide all the
necessary equipment for its sure and exciting practice.
The recommended sections of Rio
The recommended season for the practice of
river running in
rafts or kayaks is from May to October. During the
months of July and August the flow can diminish notably.
During the months of December to April corresponds the
season of rains, it offers bigger difficulty.
The practice of rafting in this river is only reserved
for the most experienced; it has rapids of classes I,
II, III and IV. It is one of the best scenarios that
attract sportsmen of all parts of the world. The
Apurímac River is the Andean origin of the
its bed is narrow and deep, forming one of the
deepest depressions in America, with enormous cliffs.
The highway that leaves from the city of Cusco to the
Apurímac River is not in good conditions, but the
emotion and high adventure dose justify this sacrifice.
You can be provided with the services of guides and
all the equipment from the city of Cusco beside
logistics and terrestrial transport. This adventure
demands a minimum of three days, and journeys can be
done of 5 days by the Apurímac river.
Trekking, Mountain Biking and Horseback Rides
If you want a spectacular trekking with lots of emotion,
that is called the "
The beautiful landscapes of Valle
Sagrado de los Incas
(Sacred Valley of the Incas),
with natural paths and old Inca roads, offer an ideal
and incomparable place to be visited through walks,
mountain biking or horse rides. These journeys can last
one day or more, included camping at the end of each
day. The ideal season is between April and November. The
great natural beauty of their scenario, between rich
flora and fauna, is an excellent opportunity for the
observation of birds. majestic snowy mountains, gulches,
as well as fabulous archaeological remains and towns of
native communities that are an alive museum, are waiting
The recommended circuits for trekking are:
Mountain-climbing in the Andes
three mountain ranges,
with numerous snowy
peaks that constitute a beautiful natural scenario,
offering you possibilities to share its beautiful
landscape with ideal places for the practice of the
mountain-climbing. The Mountain Ranges of
have imposing snowy peaks, among those outstanding the
Ausangate (6,336 meters above sea level - 20,787 feet),
the Salcantay (6,271 meters above sea level - 20,574
feet) and the Veronica (5,750 meters above sea level -
The mountain-climbing in this area, is a sport
that can be practiced by the most expert professional
mountaineers who will be able to choose ascent routes of
extreme difficulty, and it can also be practiced by less
expert sportsmen by the classic ascent routes and
conquer the summit of beautiful snowy peaks.
Rock Climbing (Mountrek)
In the lower part of the snowy mountains of the
Mountain Ranges of Vilcabamba, Vilcanota and Urubamba,
numerous rock walls exist, with
enormous potential for the rock climbing. There are rock
walls of almost vertical shape. The most expert ones
will be able to find routes of extreme difficulty, also
finding the ones of smaller level of difficulty for
mountaineers with little experience.
The season for the climbing practice in hard rock is
during the whole year. The rainy season is between the
months of December to April adding a bigger degree of
Bird-watching in Cusco
The paradise route for birding is
from Ollantaytambo to Quillabamba -the abra of Malaga-.
Also you can found many species of hummingbirds in Machu
Birds in Cusco -
In the waters of the Vilcanota or Urubamba River, in the
Sagrado de los Incas
(Sacred Valley of the Incas), you will be able
to fish exquisite salmon and rainbow trout, especially
among the months of April to October.
you will find experienced guides that will advise
you and they will allow the sure practice of the sport
that you choose. They will also be able to provide you
with all the necessary equipment and logistics.