River Explorers provides extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime river rafting tours that will leave you excited and some times at bit breathless.
If you’d like to break away from the usual tourist crowds, but still experience a Machu Picchu vacation, this is the perfect trip for you! Whether you’re old or young, alone or part of a family, this trip which brings new exciting activities every day should definitely not be missed!
Our local guides will lead you on a 5-day hiking, mountain biking and whitewater rafting trip on an Off the Beaten Path Cusco to Machu Picchu vacation. This tour will lead you through the most remote areas of Andes and the Amazon rain-forest and come to an end around the breathtaking Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Cusco – Lares hike
Day 2: Lares hike – Hot Spring
Day 3: Mountain biking – Rain forest – Quillabamba
Day 4: River Rafting – Aguas Calientes
Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco
What to bring?
Physical activity is part of this trip where sweating is part of the program, bellow are a list of what we recommend packing four your off the beaten path tour.
There will be a support vehicle assistant while biking, and rafting, for the first portion of the hiking tour and the last portion after the rafting no support vehicle is needed.
For the hiking:
For Mountain biking
Personal items: eco-friendly toiletries i.e. Bio-degradable no pollutants please!!
Be sure to book your tour well in advance. Getting fees to enter Machu Picchu can be difficult if bookings aren’t made in advance. A 6 month advance booking is recommended.
Prepare yourself mentally and physically since hiking at high altitude demands higher physical activity. It is advised to get adjusted to the altitude before your trekking tour starts on your Machu Picchu vacation – at least 3 days prior.
Although there’s no need to be experienced enough for MTB or river rafting, doing some exercise before taking on this Off the Beaten Path Cusco vacation is recommended. Activities can however be adapted in accordance with your physical conditions.
Fauna: A wide variety of animals such as the Adean Goose, Andean Gull, mountain caracara, alpaca and llama’s are commonly found alongside this off the beaten path to Cusco. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to spot puma’s, deer, green parrots, vultures, monkeys, torrent ducks and giant otters.
Flora: Different plant varieties will also be seen alongside this route. The variety of rainforest plants are infinite and trees include species such as the qeuñas, ichu, retamas, molle and in between Andean farms of potatoes, quinoa and kiwicha in the Andes can be spotted.
Garbage disposal: We always strive to keep camping spots clean and therefore garbage will be separated into organic and inorganic trash. All inorganic matter will be returned to Cusco.
Climate: These areas are known for cold and dry climates while hiking and temperatures range between -4 ºC / 24 ºF in the evenings to 16 ºC / 60.8 ºF during the day in dry season (May to mid September). During April to mid September and December temperatures range from 5 ºC to 41 ºF. Biking and river rafting will be done in colder temperatures (20 ºC – 68 ºF to 30ºC – 86 ºF).
Flexible departures, just pick a date and we can start from there. We required a minimum of 2 participants to open a tour. Our maximum number of people per group is 12.
Seasonal from mid of April to mid of mid December.