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Best Machu Picchu adventure tours and travel trips

The Machu Picchu region offers a new glimpse of the world’s civilization. Immerse yourself in the magnificent views as you travel through this magnificent territory. Take in the rich fragrance of the lush vegetation and enjoy the activities we have in store for you. Surely there is something for everyone.

Our fun multi-active Machu Picchu adventure tours

With RIVER EXPLORERS, you can be sure to experience the amazing wonders of Machu Picchu. We have arranged travel itineraries that would give you a full experience on your vacation. Adventure trips like no other; from the high peaks of the Vilcabamba Mountain ranges to the depths of the Amazon forest, the wild landscape of Machu Picchu is breathtaking and inviting. 

Our Machu Picchu adventure tours specials

Join us as we take you on a journey to the lost world! A place of serene beauty, our Machu Picchu adventure tours offer you an unparalleled view of the Inca people, their culture and the diversity of the region.Take a break from the hustles of your daily life and immerse in the slow, rejuvenating lifestyle of the native Peruvian. Enjoy hiking, trekking, biking in the mountains and river sports when you book a spot in any of our tour packages.We have more than 20 years of guiding experience, and our visitors not only see the wonder of Machu Picchu, they experience it!

Our well-kept secret gem is the Yavero river. In terms of whitewater, biodiversity, scenery, weather and culture this river expedition is considered one of the best world ‘s river-based adventures.

Enjoy 3 of the best iconic destination around Cusco: You will hike the short Inca trail, visit Machu Picchu and explore the rainbow mountain, plus you will visit the Sacred valley.

Join us on an adventure that will take you to some of the Peru’s best destinations. Hike the 4 day the Inca Trail, explore the Sacred valley and discover  the jungle in one of the best South American lodges.

Machu Picchu multi-sport adventure tours

Our Machu Picchu adventure tours takes you through the wild landscape of the surrounding region, immerse you in the local life and culture of the people and caps your travel experience with a great number of multi-active adventure trips. 

This adventure in the Machu Picchu mountain range futures MTB, hiking through lush, rugged landscapes, snow-capped  mountains, and dense foliage of the rainforest. These are the images you will carry with you for the rest of your life

It will only take you 3 days to experience some of Cusco’s best attractions. You will mountain biking through unique and mysterious Inca ruins, salt mines and traditional villages. Plus you will river rafting and see Machu Picchu. 

Lares 4 day trekking adventure is a short hike with camping on the Andes, at Lares hot spring and one night in a hotel at Aguas Calientes. If you don’t have to much hiking experience & like little adventure & comfort, then this is for you.

This multi-active adventure tour is ideal for you who search for an adventure-boosting holiday, away from tourist crowds. We will introduce you to Cusco’s hided gems – from hiking into the Andes to jungle & rain-forest biking & rafting

Know more about our adventure activities

These adventure trips come in a combination of different activities and multi-active sports to spice up your vacation. Our choice of multi-active sports is premised on the fact that it combines contact with nature and the spirit of endurance. Some of the activities and sports we have lined up for you include hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, zip lining and of course a fascinating visit to Machu Picchu, hiking to Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu Montaña.

Hiking tours

For some city dwellers, being in a jungle and taking long walks through established trails is usually a surreal experience beyond words. Our hiking tours will take you through the Urubamba Mountain range and the Amazon Rain Forest. Most of our planned hikes are approximately 6 to 7 hours and are not particularly difficult or hard. The only medium to hard level hiking is from Santa Teresa to Llaqtapata (not to be confused with the complex incorrectly called Llaqtapata on the Inca trail, research has proven that the name of this site on the Inca trail is Patallaqta). It is a three-hour hike to reach Patallacta; this is a magnificent Inca complex, gives unique vistas of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. If the hike to Patallacta is not to your taste, you can take a walk to the nearby Hydroelectric train station to reach Aguas Calientes. The trail following the rail road gives you breathtaking views of Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River and tunnel crossings along your path. For individuals interested in the hikes, it is very important that you are acclimatized before you undertake any hikes. Once you are acclimatized every activity in our Machu Picchu vacation package can be undertaken.

Mountain biking tours

Machu Picchu boasts of amazing downhill mountain bike trails. Test your mountain bike skills as you take on the trails of the Megantoni national park from Lares pass (4500 m – 14764) to Quebrada Honda (1164m-3820 feet). The network of biking trails offers diverse roads that are classified according to the degree of difficulty so that everyone, from the very beginner to expert can enjoy the beauty of mountain biking.

Ride away in the sunset, high up in the mountains with the Andean snow mountain peaks and the Amazonian rain forest as backdrops.

Splashy rafting trips

The Urubamba River in the rain forest offers exceptional whitewater rafting opportunities. One of which we the team at RIVER EXPLORERS have taken advantage of and added to your itinerary for a fun filled vacation experience.

Stretching for over 45 kilometers, the Urubamba river has some exciting history, and of course, nice views. The travel packages covers all sections, starting at the upper section that provides big rapids for advanced boaters, the middle section which is ideal for intermediate to experienced boaters and the lower section offering plenty of sunshine and fun for beginners, families and experienced boaters alike. The lower section is one of the most frequently rafted section in the rain forest due to its encompassing nature for all boaters alike.

Experience the Yanatile when you choose the off the beaten track to Machu Picchu adventure tour. This section is a gem hidden deep in the rain forest. The upper section is good for advanced and intermediate boaters while the lower section is good for beginners and families. If you are experienced boater you can make use of our inflatable kayak, although more difficult it is exciting.

Thrilling canopy trips

Experience the adrenaline rush of the canopy zip-line trips. The tour takes place at the canopy center of Cola de Mono. This is the first zip line ever installed in Peru and it is located few minutes away from Santa Teresa a small town 15 km from Machu Picchu.

The canopy center of Cola de Mono provides different zip line circuits of 2500 meters and 150 meters long via ferrata over the Sacsara River.

Taylor-made Cusco Adventure Tours

When you need to experience Peru and particularly Machu Picchu alone or with a loved on a private trip, we are the agency to turn to. At RIVER EXPLORERS we offer Machu Picchu adventure tours packages tailored to suit your most demanding tastes and desire. Planning a weekend getaway with family, a proposal, honeymoon or just an unforgettable vacation with your loved ones, RIVER EXPLORERS have the right sets of adventure activities put together to guarantee you a fun-filled vacation. 

Whatever your demands, a less-demanding adventure trip, or a more exciting rafting or biking road trip, we can help you plan an unforgettable adventure vacation just for you at a destination that will truly make you feel like you are the only one. Our experienced team are always exploring all the possible new destinations to provide you with the ultimate experience you seek in an adventure. We bring to you options that is sure to guarantee you outstanding trip! Our Machu Picchu private tours give you the flexibility and control of your adventure travel. Take your time, relax and savor the rich experience we have in store for you and your loved ones.

All our Machu Picchu tours and travel packages are kids friendly. With so many alternative roads for biking and hiking, and different sections for rafting we make sure you will always be at the right place. The circuit roads for the adventure activities are pre-defined with just the right amount of action. Whichever adventure tour you pick, we guarantee your kids will be talking about it for a lifetime.

Trips for Couples

Want to discover Machu Picchu with a loved one? We’ve got you covered! Take advantage of our over 2 decades of experience leading couples and through this jewel in the jungle. From tours through the Andes to hikes in the jungle, we provide the right setting to help sprout your relationship. Let us know what your preferences are, and we can start from there.
A trip for friends is a little different with us, away from the norm and what many have termed… UNBRIDLED FUN! When you and your friends signup for any of our Machu Picchu Adventure tours, you will explore the breathtaking wonders of Machu Picchu and most importantly you will have FUN.

Transportation

Train to Machu Picchu
Road access to the most popular destinations are well preserved and maintain, whether you’ll be traveling by a rail, water, paved or dirt road we will provide you with special transportation that will suit the trip activity style this could be, train, vans and buses and for our off the beaten track we will use boats, 4×4 and other special kind of transportation.
 

Meals

Our visitors describe our food as “the best food in Peru, delicious, yummy, mouth-watering” “Our cooks and guides are master Cheffs, they will provide you with delicious dishes made with freshly ingredients when camping. We have selected the best local restaurants they are categorized in TripAdvisor with 4.5 bubles out of 5. 

Our Destinations

Just a few miles away from tourist routes, in the space of a few kilometers, the geography of this territory presents a great variety of landscapes, vegetation, and fauna. Cut by the Urubamba and the Yanatile River, the attractions that you’ll visit are protected areas such as the Megantoni national park, the Machu Picchu national park, including also the Vilcabamba Mountain range, lagoons, and hiking trails.These attractions include splendid natural heritage, superb climates, small Andean and rain forest villages, all combined with a huge and varied range of good food and the best guides.

Our active travel tours also include visits to small Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley and then to the source of the mighty Amazon in the beautiful and exotic rain forest staying for at least one night at Santa Maria and Quillabamba. Other activities include trekking and biking through ancient ruins before the biggest attraction of them all the Machu Picchu. There is so much to do on our Machu Picchu trips.  How much of what you want to experience is left to you to decide.

Purgatory gorge Apurimac River

Apurimac river gorge

Sacsayhuaman Cusco

Cusco

Hiking the inca trail

Inca trail

Andean kids lares

Lares

Girl at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Moray complex

Moray

Pongo de mainique

Megantoni park

Pisaq complex

Pisaq

Couple Humantay lake Salcantay

Salcantay

Salt mine of salineras

Salineras

Baby monkey Amazon

Rain forest

Boy at rainbow mountain

Rainbow Mountain

Exclusive accommodations

Our trip packages include overnight stay at camping sites watching the sunset behind the Andean Mountains, and or lodging and stay at hotels for maximum relaxation and enjoyment. Take-in the view from the balcony at many of the numerous hotels in the Aguas Calientes area or a dip at the Colcamayo hot springs.

Whatever you prefer, we always have something for you.

Camping

From rugged mountains to jungle forest, from hot springs to cool rivers our Machu Picchu adventure tours means that you can experience some of the finest landscapes in the world. Machu Picchu surroundings are great for camping and ideal for those who love the great outdoors!

Hotels

The hotels that we provide on our adventure tours are well researched and they are categorized with 4 to 5 bubles out of 5 in TripAdvisor and Booking Com. We use strong 3 star hotels in all our tour packages, they are spacious, confortable and strategically and safely located.

Basic rooms

Some of our special Machu Picchu travel adventure packages take place in remote areas where accommodations are basic and simple, do not expect fancy hotels with hot showers, internet, cable tv, etc. These tours are designed to give you real authentic local travel experience.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Planning a dream vacation is never easy, there is always the doubts, concerns, and queries. Booking with us at RIVER EXPLORERS puts all of your concerns at rest. Be rest assured that all of your concerns will be treated with the utmost professionalism and empathy.

Some questions we have encountered in the course of dealing with thousands of clients includes; Is this activity right for me? Do I need passports? How much do I tip? Are entry permits to Machu Picchu included? Etc. We have tried to answer these questions and more in the section below, but if you do not find answers to your specific question, send us a e-mail

Our maximum number of people per group is 12. However, if you have a larger group, we can still make arrangements to cover all participants.

We would require participants to be fit as activities would involve some exercises that exert pressure on the physical and mental body of participants. However, most of our multi-sport adventure tours have been designed to fit all ages and abilities.

The mountain biking is mostly downhill, there will be few small uphills but they can be easily avoided. The rivers we use for our tours offer different sections from beginners to advance. For hiking, there will be only one place that will need you to hike uphill, but this is up to since there are different options to choose from besides hiking. There is the canopy or the walk through the dirt road to the next destination.

Our Cusco adventure tours are designed for everyone including families with small kids. However, there are some tours restricted only for people with some experience, especially those in Mountain biking and Rafting itineraries.

The weather is clearly defined in dry and rainy season.

The dry seasonFrom April to the end of November, the climate is warm and humid by day. The temperatures range from 25ºC – 77ºF by day time and in the evenings’, can fall to 15ºC – 59ºF.

The rainy season: December to mid-April. The average temperatures during daylight hours is 20ºC – 68ºF and at night can fall to 12ºC – 53ºF. The highest rainfall is between January and February. Even during the raining season, it is normal to have nice clear mornings, and this is an excellent weather for hiking

The ministry of culture is the only entity responsible for selling ticket permits to Machu Picchu. In order to maintain a semblance of order and the serenity of the area, only 2500 people are allowed to enter Machu Picchu per day.

To get tickets and secure your space to enter Machu Picchu it is essential to book 4 months in advance. The same availability is for all the thousands of travel agencies who opt to buy tickets for their clients, therefore making early decision is basic to getting logistics and planning well in advance of the adventure.

Yes, as described above there is only a limited available spaces to see Machu Picchu, these permits can easily be sold out during the high season from May to December. These tickets are sold electronically, one small mistake can incur a loss of the permits and incursion penalties. We highly recommend to send your details exactly as it appears on your passports.

Yes, your passport is the only document that will allow you to enter Machu Picchu.
Some of our tours take place in remote areas of the rain forest. During the length of years of our operations, we have had the distinct pleasure of not having recorded any malaria, yellow fever or any other kind of diseases, however we always recommend having a yellow fever vaccination in general to travel in Peru.
Our guides are very experienced with a University degree and with a lot of knowledge about our history, nature, customs, and culture. All our guides are fluent in English and some in other languages.

Before booking any Machu Picchu adventure tours, it is advisable that you give yourself and others enough time in the program for acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness and enjoy the experience to the full.

While camping we provide chemical toilets. Even in the remote areas where accommodation is basic, we always try to get rooms with private bathrooms, they are clean and safe.
Absolutely! Our discounts raise according to the number of participants in your group, the larger your group the cheaper you pay, without compromising the quality of service.

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On this adventurous, yet relaxed tour, you’ll hike through impressive mountains, forests, and national park trails. Furthermore, you can book one of the exciting mountain biking tours, experience the thrill of river rafting. Of course, don’t miss to explore the legendary ancient ruins of Peru and take in the cultures of Cusco and the nearby small towns.

What are our clients saying

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