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Apurimac Canyon and Machu Picchu Explorer tour

Apurimac Canyon and Machu Picchu Explorer

Adventure Unbound
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Travel Style: N/A
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Cusco for Maukallacta
  • Hike to Rocoto Community, Huajachaca Bridge at the Apurimac River
  • Enjoy a leisurely morning in the Sacred Valley
  • Visit Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Enjoy views of Machu Picchu nestled into the hills below

Short Description

Discover Peru Off the Beaten Path:

Join Peru Unbound on an active adventure along the scenic Apurimac Canyon and into mystical Machu Picchu.

Start your journey from Cusco, ancient capital of the Incas, where you can touch history with a visit to Korikancha, or the Temple of the Sun. Then head further into the scenic heights of the Andes for several days as you hike to stunningly secluded sites such as Maukallacta, the Rocoto village and the Inca bridge of Huajachaca. When you’re not hiking, experience Peru from a unique angle as you raft along the Apurimac River canyon down a gorge twice as deep as the Grand Canyon—and also the headwater of the Amazon River. Take on thrilling rapids, pass through the limestone walls of the Black Canyon and spend each night immersed in Peru’s stunningly diverse landscapes. Your journey ultimately takes you to the mystical lost city of Machu Picchu, where you can uncover the Inca’s heritage as you explore the archaeological ruins.

Don’t just see Peru—experience it—on this active adventure through some of Peru’s most majestic landscapes.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cusco
End City Cusco

Destinations

Peru

Age Requirement

12

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Trip Includes

  • All Accommodations as outlined on the itinerary
  • All meals as outlined on the itinerary
  • Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English
  • All transportation while on tour
  • Full service of our Adventure Consultants

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cusco

Accommodation: Cusco Hotel

Fly into Cusco and begin your adventure through quintessential Peru. Upon arrival, a Peru Unbound guide greets you and takes you to your hotel where you have some time to freshen up and relax.

This evening, enjoy your first taste of Peru with a guided walking tour of Cusco, visiting the Temple of the Sun, or Korikancha, as well as the San Blas neighborhood. Then, enjoy an authentic Peruvian dinner as well as an orientation before bed.

Day 2: Cusco, Maukallacta, Hauanoquite and Loretuyoc Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Wake early and depart Cusco for Maukallacta, an Incan archeological site that retains its sense of mysticism. Enjoy the surrounding views as we hike to Maukallacta, and take a break with a snack while you learn stories about the Ayar brothers and wives, the founders of the Inca civilization, once there.

Our day’s journey then takes you to Molle Molle and then on to Huanoquite and the heights of the Willkacunca Pass. Travel along the Apurimac River canyon with its impressive views of the river gorge, the headwater of the Amazon River, and surrounding mountain ranges. As we drive, you travel father into the majestic reaches of a native forest over 3 centuries old. Our journey eventually takes us to the Loretuyoc Bridge, where we make camp beside a crashing waterfall. If you wish to immerse yourself in the Peruvian landscape, you have the option to hike from the pass to the campsite. Relax with happy hour before dinner.

Day 3: Hike to Rocoto Community, Huajachaca Bridge at the Apurimac River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Wake to the sound of the nearby waterfall and a freshly prepared breakfast before setting off on a short hike to the Loretuyoc forest where you can wander amongst groves of 200 year old endangered trees. We then follow part of the royal highway stretching from Cusco toward the Apurimac River and then to the Pacific Ocean. Our hike takes us down through the Kusichaca ruins to the Rocoto village, where you have the special opportunity to meet with the local people and bring some help to the local school.

From Rocoto, you have the opportunity to continue walking or board a van to transfer you to the end of the road. Once there, rejoin with the group and hike down a descent leading to the river near the base of the Inca bridge of Huajachaca, used by ancient Peruvians to exchange goods between the Pacific Ocean and the capital of Cusco. Relax from the morning’s ventures with a picnic lunch near the river.

Our river rafting guides join us here to prepare us for our expedition down the river. As you paddle through Class II-III rapids, look out for stunning views and glimpses of ancient bridges that have been in use since the Incas. Our paddle takes us to tonight’s campsite, where you can enjoy a refreshing happy hour as well as a fresh dinner served around the campfire.

Day 4: Santos Tomas River & 3 Condores Rapids at the Black Canyon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Rise to the soothing sounds of the river and enjoy a hearty breakfast before walking amongst the surrounding landscape carpeted in orchids and bromeliads. After, we continue our rafting excursion—taking on some easy rapids, passing through a stunning canyon striped with waterfalls and exploring a nearby creek. The calm waters ultimately take us to the Santo Tomas River tributary and pass through a stunning limestone canyon.

Take a break with some lunch on a sandy beach before hopping back into the raft. Take on some Class III rapids and make sure to keep an eye out for river otters, deer, cormorants torrent ducks and other tropical Andean birds that frequent the region. Set up camp on the shore by late afternoon and enjoy another evening immersed in Peru’s enticing wilderness.

Day 5: "The Other Right" Rapids, Hualpachaca Bridge and The Sacred Valley

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Sacred Valley Hotel

We continue our way down the river this morning. Get a shot of adrenaline as you take on the river’s intense set of Class III and IV pool-drop rapids including “The Other Right” rapids. Our path also takes you to several waterfall creeks, which you can explore. Conclude our morning of rafting with lunch before traveling by car to the Sacred Valley. After check-in at the hotel, rejoin for an authentic Peruvian dinner.

Day 6: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Aguas Calientes Hotel

Enjoy a leisurely morning in the Sacred Valley before lunch. This afternoon, travel to the Ollantaytambo ruins, a massive citadel that served as both a temple and a fortress in pre-Inca times and which still remains well-preserved to this day. Walk up to the hill overlooking the village and view the distant quarry from which he citadel was constructed. You may also see Incan canchas—enclosures of multi-family living quarters that share just one exit to the street—cobbled streets, ingenious stonework and an extensive communal water system that survives to this day.

This afternoon, take the train to Aguas Calientes and enjoy an evening of independent exploration.

Day 7: Machu Picchu and Cusco

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Cusco Hotel

After an early breakfast, set out to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu—one of Peru’s most iconic archeological sites and a highlight of the tour. Explore the main areas as well as the more obscure as you find yourself immersed in the Inca’s legacy. If you wish, you may also hike up to the looming heights of Huayna Picchu, from which you may not only explore other archeological ruins but enjoy new views of Machu Picchu nestled into the hills below.

After lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, catch a train to Ollantaytambo. From here, continue the day’s travels back to Cusco where you may discover new delicious dining spots and historic sites before bed.

Day 8: Cusco - Lima - Home

Meals: Breakfast

After a final Peruvian breakfast, make your way to the Cusco airport to meet your flight back home.

 

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations And Refunds

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 12

Additional Information:

When is the best time to visit Peru?

Weather in Peru varies by region, for the coast (Lima, Ica, Nazca, Mancora, Trujillo) the best time to visit are the months of November to March when it is summer on the coast. In February in particular you have events like Carnaval, a very fun time of year on the coast. You can visit coastal cities during the winter (June to August) but Lima will be fairly overcast and cold as well as some other coastal cities.

For Andean cities such as Cusco, Ayacucho, Huaraz, Puno and Cajamarca the best time to visit is during their dry season which runs from May to September. During this time you can expect warm days and chilly nights and very little rain.

The Amazon Jungles of Peru have two season and they both can be equally rewarding. If seeing lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying a slightly cooler temperature) is your thing, then the December to May might be your best choice. (Remember: Despite being the "rainy" season, the Amazon only gets about 10% more rain than falls in the low water season). If jungle hikes, exotic migratory on their way through Amazonia, still having the chance to see monkeys and other mammals, and going on great fishing expeditions top your list, you might be happier choosing the warmer, low water season (June - November).

What's the weather like in Peru?

The weather in Peru varied; it has 28 of the world's 32 different climates. Generally speaking, May through October is the dry season; November through April is the rainy season, and the wettest months are January through April in the highlands. In mountain areas, roads and trek paths may become impassable. Peru's climate, though, is markedly different among its three vastly different regions. The coast is predominantly arid and mild, the Andean region (highlands) is temperate to cold, and the eastern lowlands are tropically warm and humid.

On the desert coast, summer (Dec-Apr) is hot and dry, with temperatures reaching 77°-95°F or more along the north coast. In winter (May-Oct), temperatures are much milder, though with high humidity. Much of the coast, including Lima, is shrouded in a gray mist called garua. Only the extreme northern beaches are warm enough for swimming.

In the highlands from May to October, rain is scarce. Daytime temperatures reach a warm (68°-77°F, and nights are often quite cold (near freezing), especially in June and July. Rainfall is very abundant from December to March, when temperatures are slightly milder 64°-68°F. The wettest months are January and February. Most mornings are dry, but clouds move in during the afternoon and produce heavy downpours.

Though the Amazon jungle is consistently humid and tropical, with significant rainfall year-round, it, too, experiences two clearly different seasons. During the dry season (May-Oct), temperatures reach 86°-100°F during the day. From November to April, there are frequent rain showers (which last only a few hours at a time), causing the rivers to swell, and temperatures are humid.

Should I purchase travel insurance before my trip?

Travel insurance is recommended to protect your trip as well as your belongings and scheduling should any unforeseen events arise. Guests must provide their own travel insurance. If you decide not to purchase travel insurance then you are directly responsible for your own belongings and wellbeing. Our guides will always be around to help you should any situation arise, however when it comes to paying for any medical expenses or additional flights due to airline cancellations, you will be responsible for these.

What is the currency in Peru?

The currency in Peru is called the Nuevo Sol or just Sol. The current dollar to sol exchange rate is $1 = S/ 3.00

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  • Meals not specified on the itinerary
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Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 3 Dinners

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