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Lima Cathedral - Promperu / Mylene D´Auriol

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Mountain Biking - Sacred Valley - Enigma

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Mountain Biking - Lares - Enigma

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Rafts - Urubamba River - Enigma

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Wiñaywayna - Inca Trail to Machupicchu - Enigma / Silvia Rico

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Machupicchu - Sun Temple - Enigma / Silvia Rico

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Machupicchu - Enigma / Silvia Rico

Cuzco Multiactivity - Bike - Hike - Raft 12 days / 11 nights (ACMITMA12)
Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Short Inca trail to Machupicchu - Lima

Bike, hike and raft in the stunning area of Cusco and the Sacred Valley in this 12-day program, also including the visit to the most important monumental remains of the Inca Empire and the Spanish colony in Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machupicchu.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Lima

You are met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Lima

Today we embark upon a full day guided tour of Lima, visiting the historical center, the Plaza de Armas and the San Francisco Monastery. Lunch at one of the most renowned restaurants in Lima to taste the gourmet seafood specialties offered by the rich Peruvian cuisine. In the afternoon, we visit the fascinating Larco Herrera Museum, which houses the most extensive collection of Pre-Columbian art in the country, including fine examples of textiles, pottery and gold and silver pieces set with semiprecious stones.
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Day 3 Lima - Cusco

Morning flight to Cusco. In the afternoon, we visit the legendary Koricancha, the most important temple devoted to worshiping the Sun deity and whose walls were once plated with sheets of gold. We continue to the Plaza de Armas or main square to visit the Cathedral, and end our tour in San Blas, the bohemian quarter of the city, home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned artisans in Cuzco, including Mendivil and Merida.
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Day 4 Cusco Mountain Biking - Nearby Ruins

The nearby ruins of Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, the Moon Temple, Pucapucara and Tambomachay are considered as one of the main attractions for the traveler visiting Cusco. This morning we explore them in a different way, riding our mountain bikes. We start from Tambomachay, about 15 minutes by road from Cusco, and combine the visit of the Inca archaeological sites with the fun downhill and short uphill single tracks connecting each of them. Free afternoon to wander around the charming colonial streets of Cusco and maybe shop for souvenirs or the beautiful alpaca textiles found in several shops around the city.
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Max. Elevation: 3800m (12460ft)
Min. Elevation: 3400m (11150ft)
Difficulty level: 2 - 3
Average riding distance: 10 km
Estimated riding time: 5 hours

Day 5 Cusco River Rafting - Urubamba River

A fun day out for anyone looking for an alternative adventure to a beautiful section of the Urubamba river. Rafting is a fun sport, suitable for pretty much any one - no experience is needed to take part in the great day out. The section we run is usually the class III-IV Chuquicahuana section, above Cusco, where the river is cleaner and more fun. It takes one and a half hours to drive to the river. On arrival we will inflate the rafts and following a full safety briefing and instruction in the art of White-water rafting, we set off for approx. two hours of fun white-water rafting. The river starts gently with time to practice the maneuvers required, then builds up with more fun rapids through a beautiful canyon where we will hopefully see torrents ducks and views of the surrounding peaks. After approximately two hours of rafting, we reach our take out point and enjoy a full picnic lunch before returning to Cusco mid to late afternoon.
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Note:
.) This tour is generally available from April 15th to December 15th (depending on the beginning and end of the rainy season) but the rafting location might change depending on the local conditions of the river on the day.
.) No previous rafting experience is required, but the river can reach III or IV level so a basic swimming ability is highly recommended.
.) For the river rafting, we would recommend you to bring a set of dry clothing, a towel, your swimsuit to wear underneath the provided wet suit and sandals or shoes that can get wet.

Day 6 Sacred Valley Mountain Biking - Maras and Moray

Today´s full day biking tour is on an extremely versatile route, offering excitement, culture and spectacular scenery. The combination of defined paths and narrow trails passing through agricultural fields, will make you feel the freedom of the great outdoors together with the satisfying sensation of exercising on flat grounds and the gentle up-hills.

You will be picked up at your hotel in the morning and driven to Cruzpata. Here you will start your adventure on mountain bikes towards the archaeological complex of Moray, an ancient Inca agricultural experimentation area. Then, you will continue your tour heading to the town of Maras where you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Afterwards, you either continue by bike or by vehicle to the famous salt mines of Maras and visit this truly impressive sight. From there, your private transportation will transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight at the Sacred Valley.
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Max. Elevation: 3740m (12270ft)
Min. Elevation: 2890m (9480ft)
Difficulty level: 2 - 3 (Range: 1-5)
Average riding distance: Average riding distance: 18km (11.2 miles)

Day 7 Mountain Biking - Sacred Valley to Lares (camp)

The bus picks us up early in the morning from our hotel to take us on a 2-hour trip to the highest point on the way between Cusco and the town of Lares, the Lares Mountain pass (4470m / 14665f). Once there, we get our bicycles ready to begin what will be a relaxing day of mild dirt road downhill. On our way we stop for a light lunch and enjoy the beautiful views of the region. Upon our arrival in the small town of Lares, we set our camp next to the town’s well-known hot springs where we relax. Dinner ad overnight at camp.
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Max. Elevation: 4470m (14665ft)
Min. Elevation: 3200m (10500ft)
Difficulty level: 3
Average riding distance: 35 km
Estimated riding time: 4 hours

Day 8 Mountain Biking - Lares to Cusco

After a healthy breakfast, you will have the option to visit the ruins and town of Choquecancha. After the visit, your vehicle will be ready to take you back to the Lares Mountain Pass. Once again, the Mountain Pass will be the departure point of your biking adventure, but this time heading towards the Sacred Valley. The ancient Inca Trail and a quick flowing narrow stream lead you on your way down. You will stop at a small hidden canyon where you will find a few Chulpas (pre Inca tombs) hanging from the walls. Continue to the native community of Totora, where you can decide between following a narrow single track offering breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley, or just continue riding on the wider dirt road to Calca town, from where we are transferred back to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.
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Max. Elevation: 4470m (14665ft)
Min. Elevation: 2960m (9710ft)
Difficulty level: 3 – 4 (range 1-5)
Average riding distance: 20 km
Estimated riding time: 4 hours
  • This overnight mountain biking tour is suitable for those with a good level of fitness.
  • For this 2-day bike tour, we would recommend you to bring a backpack with change of clothes, swimsuit, towel, sunblock, insect repellent, a hat or cap, comfortable clothing, sport shoes, a light jacket for wind or occasional rain, and a flashlight.
  • Please note, this biking tours is not suitable for children or adults under 1,45m (4ft 9″) height.

Day 9 Sacred Valley

Today we visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, starting with Pisaq, where we visit its archaeological site and its colorful market. Lunch at Casa Hacienda Orihuela, a private residence with an impressive collection of Inca and colonial art and artifacts, where the Lambarri-Orihuela family will be our hosts. In the afternoon, we visit Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley that makes us feel as if we have stepped back into the 15th century. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
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Day 10 Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu

Early departure and drive to Ollantaytambo train station to board the train that will take us to km.104 km on the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad, the starting point for the short Inca Trail trek. We start visiting the Chachabamba archaeological complex (2150m/7052ft), located very close to the control point, to then embark upon an 8 km ascending trail, which after four hours takes us to the archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft). This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural center with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. On the way up we will have magnificent views of the Urubamba River valley and the Choquesuysuy archaeological complex located on the other side of the river, and also of a beautiful waterfall located just a few minutes away from Wiñaywayna. We then go on and climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate. This will take an hour of hiking along a trail of flat stones on the edges of cliffs in highland jungle. From this fabulous spot, we may contemplate the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From Intipunku we descend to Machu Picchu and then by bus to Aguas Calientes. We are then accommodated at the selected hotel.
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Total distance: 13 km (8,08 miles)
Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)
Machupicchu altitude: 2,400 m (7,872 ft)

Day 11 Machupicchu - Cusco

We wake up early and board a bus to Machu Picchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around or climb up the Huayna Picchu Mountain (optional and limited to 400 visitors per day), where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it. Alternatively, you can visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge. In the afternoon, we meet in the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you like, you can visit and relax in its hot springs. At the Aguas Calientes station, we take the train back to Cusco, where we arrive after nightfall.
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Note:
Please note that departure and arrival times during the 2 day/1night trek are approximate and subject to change or train schedule.

Day 12 Cusco - Lima

Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Lima. Continuation of your journey home or connection with another extension.
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Highlights

 
  • Trekking the Short Inca Trail to Machupicchu, a different way to reach the stunning Inca citadel
  • Spectacular mountain biking routes in Cusco, Sacred Valley and the neighboring valley of Lares, including an Inca Trail downhill
  • Class III/IV rafting in the Urubamba River
  • Monumental remains of the Inca empire and the Spanish colony in Cusco and Machu Picchu.
  • Lunch at a private Hacienda in the Sacred Valley, housing an impressive collection of arts and artifacts
  • Gourmet food in Lima
 

Recommended for

 
  • Active travellers: this program contains some days with relatively strong physical activity and a minimum level of fitness is required
  • ENIGMA does not recommend this program for children under the age of 10 or elderly people with physical limitations. Any other person with physical or health problems, especially those related to exercising or altitude sickness is also discouraged to book this program. Please inform ENIGMA of any restrictions or health risks that you may have (ie. allergies), as well as of any specific medication that you are taking.
 

Difficulty degree of this program

 

Moderate to challenging

 

Rates 2020

 

This customized tour is available from (*):

  • US$ 3,205.00 per person - Private Service
     
  • Single Supplement: US$ 750.00
     
  • Estimated cost of air fare: US$ 460.00 per person

(*) Price based on a party of four, double accommodation, 3* hotels

(**) This price is subject to change without prior notice by airline companies. We strongly suggest that you make your booking in advance so that the quoted price can be guaranteed

 

Please check Our Hotel Selection in the Travel Services section of this website for a detailed description of our recommended hotels.

However, since the price per person depends on various factors (date of your visit to Peru, number of people in your party, hotel category requested, type of service preferred, among others), please contact us or go to the Booking Online section of this website for a detailed program design and pricing of your tour. A travel consultant will contact you within a maximum of two working days.

 

Departure Dates

 

All our programs are customized; departure dates are fully adapted to your request. However, all Inca Trail departures will be subject to space availability.

 

What Is Included

 
  • All transfers
  • Entrance fees to all sites visited
  • English / Spanish speaking guide. All our guides are officially licensed tourist guides trained in first aid
  • All guided excursions described in the itinerary
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath in the selected hotel category. Please contact us for further details or check our Hotel Selection in our Travel Services section of this website.
  • All specified meals. Vegetarian option is available with no extra charge.
  • Flight reconfirmation

Mountain Biking

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • State-of-the-art mountain bikes
  • Safety equipment (helmet, biking gloves)
  • Private transport from your hotel to the departure point and from the arrival point back to your hotel
  • Constant private vehicle support during the bike ride
  • 4WD vehicle support for groups of 5 clients or more in the Cusco - Lares - Cusco route
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 4-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks
  • One sleeping pad per person
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Highly qualified English / Spanish speaking professional tourist guide
  • Mechanic / Assistant guide (for groups of at least 3 people)
  • First aid kit
  • Chef and cooking equipment

Urubamba River Rafting

  • All rafting equipment including state-of-the-art rafts, wetsuits, wetsuit boots, Americas Cup’s life jackets, splash jackets and helmets
  • First aid kit
  • Dry box for cameras
  • Snacks on the river
  • English speaking swift water rescue and wilderness first aid trained river guides
  • Safety kayaker
  • Picnic lunch

Short Inca Trail

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Backpacker Train ticket from Cusco to km.104 (starting point of the trail) (*)
  • Inca Trail and Machupicchu entrance fee
  • English speaking professional guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people)
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
  • Bus ticket from Machupicchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes – 1st day
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes – 2nd day
  • Backpacker Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (*)

(*) Should there be no train tickets available in the direct route Cusco – km.104 and / or Aguas Calientes – Cusco, a train ticket Sacred Valley – km.104 and / or Aguas Calientes – Sacred Valley will be provided, with an additional private transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the Sacred Valley and / or viceversa

 

What Is Not Included

 
  • Domestic and international air tickets
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks other than specified
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls, radio calls or messages
  • Other items of personal nature
  • Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond ENIGMA’s control
 

What we recommend that you bring

 
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
  • Warm clothes
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, films (ASA 50, 100 and 200 recommended) and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent - minimum recommended 20% DEET - no malaria risk has been reported
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Toilet paper
  • Non-disposable canteen
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Cash in soles and/or US$
  • Original passport and passport photocopies
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage the archaeological sites)

River Rafting

  • Towel
  • Shorts/ Swimming costume
  • T-shirt or thermal top
  • Sun hat
  • Sun tan lotion
  • String for glasses
  • Cameras
 

Optional Services

 
  • International flights from/to your country and domestic flights. Please contact us to check our fares.
  • Tour escort: a highly qualified official tourist guide can accompany you from your arrival in Lima until your departure at the end of the program. Please contact us for further details and prices.
  • Travel insurance covering your stay in Peru from US$15.00 per person. Please contact us for further information.
 

Tips

 
  • In the event of no Inca Trail space availability, the program would be modified: we would travel by train directly to Machupicchu on day 10 and include two days of visit / hike in the citadel.
  • This program can be shortened in one day by cutting the day 2 of the program (full day visit of Lima). If your outbound flight leaves late at night on the last day, you may have the time to make a quick visit to Lima at the end of your trip.
 

Booking Online

 

If you would like to make a reservation for this program, please go directly to the Booking Online section of this website.

 

Other Useful Information

 

Appropriate clothing along the Inca Trail

Hiking pants and T-shirts are commonly used during the day, complemented by a sweater or fleece and waterproof jackets if cloudy or rainy. It is very convenient to have light raingear available in the daypack (rain poncho or jacket and/or rain pants) as the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur. At night, warm clothing is required in Aguas Calientes and Machupicchu, although the temperature is usually warmer than in Cusco due to the lower altitude. The rest of necessary implements are included in the “What we recommend that you bring” list.

For more information on the Inca Trail itinerary and details pls visit the ENIGMA Adventure Tour Operator website at www.enigmaperu.com.

Climate

Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January - March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.

Along the Inca Trail, temperatures range from 15-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to 05-10ºC if cloudy or rainy. At Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes, at lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer though warm clothes are still recommended at night.

INCA TRAIL - Important Notice

According to the Resolution #002-2004-UGM-CD, published in El Peruano on Nov 12, 2004, modifying chapter III of the Inca Trail Regulation which refers to Inca Trail space bookings, bookings will only be guaranteed by the governmental institutions when providing full names, nationalities and passport numbers of passengers, and when having paid the full amount of passengers’ and agency staff’s (chef and team of porters) entrance fees.

THEREFORE:

  • ENIGMA Adventure Tour Operator will guarantee the spaces booked provided:
    1. The booking has been first confirmed by our Reservation Department by e-mail, this meaning that spaces are available on the Inca Trail for the requested date at the moment of the booking.
    2. The full passenger data have been provided and the required deposit has been paid for.
  • Since the Inca Trail has a maximum allowance of 500 people per day (including passengers and agency staff), we strongly recommend to make your bookings as much in advance as possible to make sure you will find spaces on the desired departure date. ENIGMA receives bookings for departures scheduled as far as one year prior to the trek departure date so if you wish to travel with us to the Inca Trail, please make sure to confirm your booking as soon as possible. Otherwise, we have also available alternative routes of equally awesome beauty and interest to offer to you.

VERY IMPORTANT:

  • The following client information is requested for any Inca Trail booking:
    1. Complete names and surnames
    2. Nationality
    3. Passport number
    4. Date of Birth
    5. Gender

The exact information provided by you will be submitted to the governmental institution in charge of regulating the access to the Inca Trail and will be included in the official permit to enter the Inca Trail on the requested date. Should there be any change in the above-mentioned data (ie. new passport number), we kindly request you to inform the Reservation Department at ENIGMA via email as soon as possible and no later than 30 days prior to the Inca Trail departure date. The government reserves the right not to allow the entry to any visitor whose data are not the exact ones as those in the official permit. ENIGMA Adventure Tour Operator declines any responsibility for a no entry in case the passenger information has changed without prior notice to us in due time.

RIVER RAFTING - Important Notice

  • This rafting section runs from April through to November. After that it becomes a much more serious class V river, which we only offer to experienced rafters. At all times Enigma reserves the right to offer an alternative section if we consider the conditions are too dangerous to safely run this section. We can also run a section known as Cusipata, which is generally safer and easier. The youngest age we will take is ten years old, there is no older limit.
  • We can also arrange rafting on the more traditional Ollantaytambo and Pisac sections but we do not recommend these sections as they are full of raw sewage and rubbish and are not nearly as fun or clean.
  • Safety Policy
    Whilst rafting, safety kayaks and cata-rafts are present wherever deemed necessary and we carry an extensive emergency first aid kit and satellite telephones on all remote expeditions. The key to our successful Safety Policy is our highly trained and superbly motivated staff. The guides make decisions that put safety above all else. These decisions include walking around rapids, waiting out for better weather, route changes and limiting trip participation if the client is too sick to continue. We expect the clients to abide by these decisions.
  • River Guides
     All our river guides hold the internationally recognized “Swift-water Technician” qualification. Staff training on safe river-running techniques is constantly being reviewed. All guides are deemed experienced and capable to raft at the high levels necessary on these demanding rivers. All have up to date Wilderness first aid certificates, have agreed to abide with our commitment to maximum risk reduction and are aware of emergency & evacuation procedures at any point.
  • Safety Responsibility of Passengers
    Clients are expected to abide by certain basic safety rules including:
    • Informing the guide of any medical condition or any other factors that may affect your or anyone else’s safety.
    • Respecting the guide’s decisions.
    • Being responsible and taking care of individual equipment that is assigned to them.
    • Keeping covered to avoid sun exposure and insect bites.
    • Drinking plenty of water to avoid sunstroke and dehydration.
    • Understanding that you are entering National parks and there are certain rules concerning litter, waste & wildlife that you must abide by.
    • Being honest with yourself concerning how comfortable you are and if your limits are being pushed.
    • Advising your guide if any medical emergency arises that if left untreated could jeopardize the safety of the entire group.
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