Adventure Sports in Cusco

Canoe and Kayak

Canoe and Kayak - Cusco, Peru
Canoeing or kayaking in Peru is a must for the adventurous traveller. There are a variety of rivers in the Cusco region, the three most popular, in order of length, are The Urubamba River, the Apurimac River, and the Tambopata River. During the journey you can also observe abundant flora and fauna as you float past.


Most tourists that visit Peru have surely heard of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. The traditional and possibly most expensive tour to Machu Picchu would be the Inca Trail however there are a large number of alternative routes which are less crowded and generally less expensive. They will take you through the impressive high Andes and also through the stunning cloud forest. There are also countless treks around Cusco and throughout Peru which do not end up at Machu Picchu but will leave an everlasting impression on the trekker and will surely be an experience never forgotten.

Mountain biking

Mountain Biking - Cusco, Peru
For the avid thrill seeker out there we can recommend a day on the bike most organized mountain biking tours near Cusco have trilling downhill route and along the way may take you to some impressive hidden away archeological sites that are rarely visited by tourists. Most of the mountain biking agencies provide good quality bikes as well as protective gear.

Horseback riding

If you are looking for a spectacular and peaceful way to experience the beautiful landscapes surrounding Cusco, horseback riding in the Sacred Valley will be a natural paths and old Inca trails which will offer incomparable views. There are also other trails for horseback riding which take you alongside a number of famous archeological sites just near to the gigantic Sacsayhauman site behind Cusco. These journeys can be booked for a day or longer with camping included. The ideal time of year for these activities is between April and November.

Snow climbing

Snow Climbing - Cusco, Peru
The area around Cusco has 3 mountain ranges, all with beautiful snowed peaks and “postcard” scenery. These amazing views are combined with ideal places to practice snow climbing. The mountain ranges of Vilcabamba, Vilcanota and Urubamba have imposing snow-covered peaks, such as - the Ausangate (6,336 m.a.s.l. - 20,787 feet), the Salkantay (6,271 m.a.s.l. - 20,574 feet) and the Verónica (5,750 m.a.s.l. - 18,865 feet).

Rock climbing

Rock Climbing - Cusco, Peru
In the lower parts of the mountain ranges of Vilcabamba, Vilcanota and Urubamba, there can be found several cliffs, with enormous potential for rock climbing. These are almost vertical climbing walls. Experts will be able to find extremely difficult routes, and of course there are also climbs for those who don't have a lot of experience. Rock climbing around Cusco is possible all year long.


Paragliding - Cusco, Peru
Cusco is the place to fly. Paragliding flights are possible in the morning, according to the daily weather, from the Mirador de Racchi to Valley of Urubamba, also known as "The Sacred Valley of the Incas". The difference in altitude from the starting point to the finishing points is approximately 1000 m and the thermal activity permits a very pleasant flight. Cusco and the surrounding area have incredible thermal activity and can be a real treat for parachute experts.

Zip lining

There are a number of zip-lining possibilities throughout the wide vicinity of Cusco. Depending on where is the closest facility for zip-lining in the Sacred Valley also depends on the length of the cables (sometimes up to 2000m in total) and the different views while gliding between valleys. Whichever zip-line you choose, each of them is highly maintained and safety is of the utmost importance to each company so you can rest easy and enjoy the scenery!


Fishing - Cusco, Peru
In the river Vilcanota, in the Sacred Valley of Incas, you can catch exquisite rainbow and salmon trout, especially between the months of April and October. In Cusco you can find experienced guides for such activities, who will give advice and ensure your safety while you are enjoying the sport. They can also provide all the equipment and other logistical needs.

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