Blessed with soaring mountains in the Andes, raging mountain rivers, amazing hiking trails and the sand dunes of the coast, Peru is an adrenalin seeker’s paradise, and perfect for adventure travel or an adventure holiday. In the Jungle, Lake Titicaca and in the Andes, you will be travelling by boat, raft, bike, canoe, on horseback and on foot. With our action tours and adventure itineraries we often visit many of the popular sites – but with an exhilarating twist that involves some adrenalin!
Get to see Lima’s sites from a paraglider, or take a surf in the newest ‘hot surf spot – Peru’s Pacific Ocean! With plenty of options in the itinerary, this is also a Peru multisport tour! The Sacred Valley of the Inca’s is a treasure trove of adventure sports – downhill mountain biking that can be adapted to your level of skill, white water rafting, as well as riding a Peruvian Paso horse through the mountains. Other Sacred Valley adventures to get your blood pumping are rock-climbing and some of the highest Stand-Up Paddling in the world!
Remote and challenging treks abound for those with adventurous spirit, while thrills abound for those looking for some zip line action. And our ultimate and favourite adventure highlight – the chance to sleep within a completely transparent hanging bedroom, that allows you to truly take in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Not for the faint hearted, these are Machu Picchu adventure tours at their best!
Option A: Surfing in Lima. Take to the waves in this introductory class designed for you to learn a bit about surfing and to have fun in the Pacific Ocean.
Option B: Paragliding in Lima. Soar like a bird over shoppers at the Larco Mar shopping centre, in Miraflores, known for its restaurants, shops and spectacular views of the vast Pacific Ocean – an extremely unique first look at Peru’s capital.
Note: Both surfing and paragliding are weather dependent activities and therefore there may be circumstances where you are not able to participate in your activity of choice. In which case we will make an appropriate substitution.
Optional: For those not feeling the effects of altitude we might take a taxi up to the Christ the Redeemer statue which overlooks Cusco at sunset, and then walk back down through the city.
adventure travelOption 1: Rock climbing – Half an hour outside of Cusco, close to Cachimayo, there are routes on a small rock tower about 40 meters high. The wall has a nicely sized cave for climbing or relaxing out of the sun and there are very good bouldering sites all around. Great for various levels.
Option 2: Stand-up paddle board – Standing up paddle boards are super fun on a high Andean lake – we enjoy spectacular scenery while outfitted in wetsuits and using the latest equipment. The World’s Highest Stand Up Paddle tours combines fun and fitness in an activity that is sure to exceed your expectations. This is truly a multisport and action tour!
Option 1: Biking Maras & Moray with Picnic
We will downhill mountain bike from a small village below Chincheros – there are some nice downhills with optional single-tracks for those who like it a bit more technical. The scenery is unforgettable with excellent views of the Veronica mountain range. We’ll stop at the Incan agricultural testing site of Moray (3575 m/11729 ft) , have a picnic lunch, and then continue on riding to the crystal-white terraces of the pre-Incan salt mines at Salineras and then end on the best downhill of the day – a 30 minute downhill on a llama path ending on the bank of the Urubamba river (2875m/ 9432ft)
Option 2: Horseback riding to Salineras – Maras – Moray
This is a fascinating, full-day ride that consists of three important attractions: the Salineras salt mines, the small village of Maras, and the archaelogical site of Moray. We will discover these sites by using by following paths which connect us to the history of these lands from times long before the Incas.
After we return from our day’s activities we will be transferred to our hotel in the Sacred Valley, a peaceful oasis in your adventure vacation.
Option A is the classic Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu. The famous Inca Trail winds through substantial archaeological ruins surrounded by dense vegetation and astonishing landscapes. The four-day trek takes you over amazing Peruvian paths of large stones with carefully made stairs in the steeper parts, passing through impressive tunnels, valleys and high passes. It finally crosses the mountain at Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, for your first glimpse of the magic and splendour of the Machu Picchu citadel below. **Classic Inca Trail permits for high season sell out at least 4 months in advance and possibly more! If, when you go to book, the permits for your dates are sold out, we will offer you the Option B – Lares and Machu Picchu trek instead of the Inca Trail trek.
A short climb and suddenly the whole of Machu Picchu is spread out before you in all its glory – a very special sight for most people. We spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners.
After an early start, appetites are often ferocious and just as well, as we include the buffet lunch at the Tinkuy restaurant. Once everyone is revived and tanks filled, we encourage you to take another look* at Machu Picchu before taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes, where we board our return train to Cusco.
*Please note that depending on availability there may not be time to return to Machu Picchu after lunch.
We recommend hiking up Huayna Picchu. Meaning ‘Young Peak’ in Quechua, Huayna Picchu is the steeply sloping hill that serves as the backdrop in which most iconic shots of the Machu Picchu ruins are framed. Temple remnants sit atop the mountain’s summit, which can be reached via a steep trail that climbs over 1,000 feet higher than the ruins. The hike to the summit is achievable, taking most fit travelers about 2 hours roundtrip, though parts of the trail are exposed with unguarded drop-offs. Children under 12 are not permitted by the government, people in poor physical condition or those with a fear of heights or vertigo. Permits should be purchased at the time of booking – if none available or if you are looking for less-hiked route that offers unique views of the archaeological site, we recommend Machu Picchu mountain.
We recommend a mid afternoon flight depending on your travel plans. Alternatively, we can connect with one of our highly recommended Peru Extensions, the perfect complement to the Peru Action and Adventure Travel itinerary!
Travelling with Children to Peru?
Discounts apply for Children 17 and under. Please advise the age of your child when travelling and we will let you know the price. A copy of their passport will be required when booking, as proof of age.
Where can I get more information about Peru Action and Adventure Travel?
Here at Majestic Peru we are travellers and we have had many adventures – please email us directly!