Trekking – Ciclyng – Rafting – Stand-up Paddle
Cusco not only offers wonderful landscapes and the possibility of visiting amazing archeological complexes. If you are one of those who like adventures, Cusco region is also perfect for lovers of adventure, where you will find in this part of the Andes the ideal place for trekking, camping and climbing mountains.
The highlands of Peru are filled with more than 15,000 lakes, snow-capped mountains that surpass 6,000 meters high, the deepest canyons in the world, the bucolic valleys and picturesque villages. The andean mountain range of Cusco offers unprecedented opportunities for canoeing, rafting and magnificent routes for mountain biking
In Peru Nature Photography you will find experienced guides who will accompany you in the safe practice of the sport of your choice. We can also provide you with all the necessary equipment and logistics.
Walking through the Andes with its villages with living traditions, Cusco is the ideal place for outdoor sports and adventure.
The Andean geography of Cusco is plagued by a great amount of snow-covered mountains of more than 5,000 meters, lagoons, rivers, bucolic valleys and picturesque villages. Cusco has excellent scenaries for mountaineering, trekking and horseback riding. Highlighting the mountain circuits such as Ausangate, Salkantay, Lares and the famed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Practice trekking in Cusco is to move through beautiful Andean landscapes with fantastic views of snow-capped mountains and lagoons; walk on the Qhapaq Ñan, the network of roads that united the Inca Empire, and learn about the culture of the communities that embellish the route.
The best circuits in Cusco for which Peru Nature Photography has the best programs for you are:
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: The route in its short modality, but with a great variety of natural and archeological attractions with two days of walking, is the most famous in Peru and one of the most spectacular in America.
Salkantay Trek: This five days trekking to Umantay (5,917 m.a.s.l) and Salkantay (6,271 m.a.s.l), Apu or Andean God of the Incas, starts in Soraypampa (Mollepata district), over the Apurímac river and finishes in Chilca (Km 76 of the railway line) on the Vilcanota river. From there the trip continues taking the Inca Trail until get to Machu Picchu, this is a trek that combines different life zones, like puna and cloud forest zone. This is consider the best alternative to the Inca Trail.
Ausangate Circuit: Amazing four days trek through ancient trails that link traditional villages of Quechua farmers and camel herders. bordering the Ausangate glacier (6,372 m.a.s.l.), this is the main Apu or highest tutelary god in the region Our itinerary will take you into the remote, untouched wilderness of the Ausangate glacier, long famous for its stunning high altitude scenery, turquoise lakes, and herds of roaming alpacas. In all the route you will find the best places to put in practice all your skills in photography.
Mountain of 7 Colors: This new two days route, is a true adventure, through a preserved and wild nature and one of the best views of the red valley and Vinicunca mountain, known as the rainbow mountain or mountain of 7 colors. It is so that the nature and small Quechua speaking communities that live in harmony with the Andean world assure an unrepeatable experience.
Circuit of Choquequirao: The four days route begins in the town of Cachora, Apurímac (2900 m.s.n.). Through the route it is possible to appreciate the breathtaking landscapes of the Apurímac River (3,000 meters deep), until reaching the archaeological complex of Choquequirao. You can make an extension trek to Machu Picchu in 9 days.
Lares – Machu Picchu: The trekking from Lares to Machu Picchu in four days is an excellent way to get to know the Andean landscape, with valleys, rivers, lagoons with crystal clear waters, waterfalls, Queuña forests and to know the way of life of the noble country people. Unlike the popular treks in Cusco, the trek through the Valley of Lares truly takes you to see remote places, a destination still unknown by many, a trip to the heart of the Andes where few tourists and voyagers have ventured. This wonderful path takes you to see beautiful natural landscapes adorned with impressive glaciers. A world totally different from ours, an Andean paradise where the inhabitants of small villages still use old and traditional ways of life.
Finally, the unique landscapes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with natural paths and ancient Inca roads, offer an ideal and incomparable place to be known through hiking, horseback riding or over a bike. The tours we offer can be made in one day or more, including camp or the best accommodation accord to your preference. The great natural beauty of its scenery, rich flora and fauna is also an excellent opportunity for bird watching, as well as fabulous archeological remains, colonial villages and native communities, which are a living museum, await you. The ideal season to do these tours is between April and November.
Knowing the ancient Inca and pre-Inca trails, archaeological sites, picturesque villages and the passage through different ecological zones in a few hours, are the best attraction of touring the rural Cusco by bike. Peru Nature Photography has different routes that go from the city to the nearby archaeological zones. Maras colonial village and Moray circular terraces, connecting a very interesting downhill route that goes through the salt mines of Maras continuing along the Urubamba Valley or Sacred Valley of the Incas.
We have also designed a soft pedal adventure through the area of Andahuaylillas towards the Sacred Valley and some of traditional villages in the south of Cusco.
For us and for our experience, the most popular section is Ollantaytambo and Urcos, with class 2-3, for people without experience. The strongest rapids are in Cusipata and Chuquicahuana in the south of Cusco.
Urubamba River, its rushing waters (level I and II), especially between the months of December to April, the river runs between the most spectacular landscapes on the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in the middle of places that fuse the millenarian culture of the Incas and the purest emotion of adventure. With Peru Nature Photography you can make trips of up to two days, we have sections for people without experience that offer little difficulty, always assisted by our expert guides, providing all the necessary equipment for safe and exciting practice.
Our most recommended sections are:
- Huambutío – Písac
- Calca – Urubamba (Huarán)
- Ollantaytambo – Chilca. (section that can be combined with the Inca Trail)
The best season for canoeing or kayaking is from May to October. During the months of July and August can significantly decrease the flow. During the months of December to April corresponding the rainy season, it offers greater difficulty.
Apurimac river: The practice of rafting in this river is reserved only for the most experienced, has rapids of classes I, II, III and IV. It is one of the best scenarios for this specialized sport, which attracts athletes from all over the world. The Apurímac river is the Andean origin of the Amazon River; Its channel is narrow and deep, forming one of the deepest depressions in America, with huge cliffs unique in this part of Perú. This adventure requires a minimum of three days.
Stand-up Paddle and Kayak
Stand Up Paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing water sports. The activity is of low impact and available to just about anyone with any athletic condition.
If it is your first time in stand up paddle and kayak, is advisable to do it on calm waters, like Piuray lagoon (3,700 m.a.s.l) located in Chinchero district, near to Cusco. All you will need is a lot of effort and balance to make the circuits and walks through the calm and clear water. Beginners can learn in a safe environment, enjoying a leisurely pace in a beautiful setting – while the more experienced paddlers can perfect their paddling technique, and test their endurance at 3,720 meters above sea level. Making it an ideal family outing
There is an old saying that water has the power to take away all evils and problems from our lives. And to enhance their benefits we can include a dose of an adventure sport, and what better if is done in Cusco, a perfect recipe to improve the physical and mental state. Do it with a Stand Up Paddle session to free yourself from stress, with different movements and postures that will help you absorb all the energy of the Piuray lagoon. If that’s not for you, connect with the mystique of the landscape with a kayak ride in this lagoon close to the sky. Live a different experience that will liberate your body and mind.