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APURIMAC RIVER & SALCANTAY TREK

ADVENTURE TOURS | MULTIACTIVITY TOURS

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Days: 11
Location: Cusco
Activities: Lake kayaking, Mountain biking, Rafting, Trekking & Zip line.
Activity Level: Intermediate
Season: March to December

Multiactivity :: Tours and Trips in Cusco, Peru

Apurimac River & Salcantay Trek

On this trip we will take you to visit and experiment the magical corners of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, paddle safe and fun rapids on the Apurimac River Canyon and hike to the foot of one of the most enigmatic and impressive mountains of the Peruvian Andes: Apu Salkantay. The combination of rowing the Apurimac River and hiking along the Salkantay route was categorized as one of the top 25 travela around the world by the “National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine”.

 

Day 1: Lima to Cusco

Cusco is one hour flight away from Lima city. At the Cuzco airport we met the guide and are transferred to the hotel. The rest of the morning is free to rest and acclimatize to the 3000 meters over sea level on which lies the city of Cusco. On the afternoon we’ll walk through the ground parade, visit the Cathedral, Koricancha Temple and the neighborhood of San Blas, where the most renowned artisans of the city display their art pieces. Hotel: Cusco / Meals: Not included

 

Day 2: Cusco to Sacred Valley – Sea Kayaking & Mountain Biking

Today our adventure begins at Huaypo, one hour away from Cusco. Huaypo is a beautiful lagoon perched on the heights of the Andes. Its waters provide communities and cultivated fields around the area; and reflect the hills and mountains surrounding it. For about an hour and a half, we paddle around the lagoon in sea kayaks, a ride that allows us to appreciate the nature around in all its dimensions. On the banks of Huaypo, our chef will be waiting with a delicious outdoor picnic! In the afternoon, on mountain bikes, we ride through fields, crops and one of the most beautiful natural scenery of the Andes, including the snowy peaks Veronica and Chicon. Afterwards, we learn more about agriculture during the empire visiting the Inca ruins of Moray, ancient experimental and agricultural center; and afterwards the salt mines of Pichingoto, impressive conglomerate of over three thousand terraces where salt is stored since the Inca time till today. Finally we headed to our hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Hotel: Sacred Valley / Meals included: B+L

 

Day 3: Apurimac River Rafting

Departure from the city of Cusco, heading southwest to the bridge of Huallpachaca (elevation: 2000 meters – 6600 feet- above sea level). The road to the river passes through rural farm lands with impressive views of the Apurimac Valley. At the put in to the river, lunch is served while the rafts are loaded. In the afternoon, we paddle for about one and a half hours down Class III and IV rapids and reach our first campsite. A team of guides travels ahead to prepare camp and set up tents. Once in camp relax with a glass of wine, beer, hot tea, coffee, and appetizers while a gourmet multi-course dinner is prepared. Meals: B+L+D

 

 Day 4: Rafting

The morning begins with a nutritious breakfast. We then raft down the deepest section of the canyon and through one of the most beautiful parts of the trip: a stretch of Class III rapids between towering walls of granite, strikingly carved and sculpted by the eternal flow of water. Rafting the river is the only way to explore these incredible canyons! The guides prepare lunch around mid-day at one of the many white sand beaches. In the afternoon we portage around two un-runnable rapids and then navigate a bunch of fun class Class IV whitewater before arriving at our second camp. With all the tents set up, another evening of deluxe food, and time spent around the campfire, the day is complete. Meals: B+L+D

 

Day 5:   Rafting

After a leisurely and filling breakfast we’ll run several Class III and IV rapids with picturesque names such as “Trinche” (Meat Fork) and “Mesa” (“Table”). These serve as the training ground for the trip highlight: the celebrated Class V rapid known by the very appropriate name of “Dolor de Muelas” (“Toothache”). This rapid is big and must be portaged at certain water levels. The trips final camp is located just downstream. Meals: B+L+D

 

Day 6: Apurimac River Rafting & Trek to Salcantay

We continued downstream, paddling continuous class III rapids until the Cunyac bridge, where our private transportation will be waiting, and will drive us for an hour and a half until Soraypampa community, here the first view of the spectacular Salkantay welcomes us and mark the starting point of the trek. Continue for a period of two hours by a large high-Andean valley at the foot of Mount Humantay (5910 meters / 19390 feet) to reach Salcantaypampa, where we camp at the foot of Salkantay. (6264 m / 20551 ft). Meals included: B + L (Lunch box on route) + D

 

Day 7: Salcantaypampa to Huayracmachay

Today walk for five hours around the bases of Mount Salkantay. From Salcantaypampa (4100m) we ascend 500 meters towards the open of Salcantaycasa (4650 m), where we enjoy a spectacular view of the snowy peaks of the great mountain Sacsarayoq (5900m). Afterwards we descend about 750 meters towards Huayramachay, from where we have an incredible view of the Salkantay and Humantay Nevados. From here you can admire in the distance, the Salkantay River Valley cloud forest. We take this beautiful place to camp and enjoy nature around us. Meals: B+L+D

 

Day 8: Huayracmachay to Wiñaypoko

We continue walking parallel to the Salkantay River, dropping a total of 1400 meters, leaving the arid landscape of the highlands to introduce ourselves into the cloud forest full of vegetation. After five hours we reached the village of Colpapampa (2800m), where we have lunch and enjoy the relaxing hot springs of Colpachaca. After a short break, we continue down for two hours until the Wiñaypoko Pampa, where we camp. (2500m) Meals: B+L+

 

Day 9: Wiñaypoko to Santa Teresa

Today we combine the adventure of walking through rainforests and flying over the Sacsara river. First we descend for three hours to Sahuayaco hamlet, known as “Playa”. On our way we will pass through plantations of bananas, passion fruit, coffee and avocado and we can see flocks of parrot “red heads”. Here our transportation will meet us to take us to Camp Cola de Mono, in the town of Santa Teresa (1,500 masl / 4921 ft), where we experience zip lining, at one of the highest Canopy in South America. We will go from side to side of the mountain over 150 feet above the river Sacsara, an unforgettable adventure! Here we spend the night. Meals: B+L+D

 

Day 10: Machu Picchu

Today we drive for 30 minutes to the station and take the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon our arrival, we took a bus to Machu Picchu to visit the Inca citadel with our guide for two hours and a half and afterwards some free time to explore by ourselves. In the afternoon, we return by train to Cusco. Meals: B+L+D

 

Day 11: Cusco to Lima

Transfer from the hotel to the airport at Cusco city. Meals: B

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Testimonials

“What a wonderful trip! Diego, Santiago, and Alvaro, our guides, did a great job of combining full on adrenaline and adventure with 5 star pampering and all the while doing so in a safe and eco friendly manner.

Thanks Terra Explorer Peru ! ”.

Humberto B.