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The many highlights of Peru, Cusco and Machu Picchu
   Active Adventures Tour

If you want a travel experience that takes your breath away in the literal sense, you'll want an active adventure in Peru. This tour combines days packed full of adrenaline rushes combined with an opportunity to appreciate the history, culture and natural beauty that Peru offers. This adventure offers a chance to sweat amongst Inca ruins, pedal past Peruvian villages and splash around in the Urabamba valley.

14 Day / 13 Night Tour:
Day 1
You'll arrive in Lima, ready to start your journey. You'll have a chance to enjoy the luxury hotel and rest up for the adventure that awaits. An optional tour of the city's cultural highlights offers an opportunity to explore the cosmopolitan side of Peru before heading to the wilderness. to is your last chance to be civilized for a few days!

Day 2
An early flight to Cuzco allows you to see the Andean peaks popping through the clouds below you. At almost 13,000' about sea level, you'll spend the day acclimating to the altitude and exploring this hub of tourist activity. You have the option of a ˝ day tour or just spend time shopping and relaxing, as this is your last chance to be civilized for a few days!

Day 3
You'll get an early start as you begin your mountain biking adventure, unlike any you've experienced. After being fitted for your bikes and safety gear, we ride in the support wagon to Chincheros where you'll explore a local market and some Inca ruins before beginning a breathtaking descent into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We'll ride past Pisac and head up a dirt to our camp spot for the evening. The choice of when to stop and ride in the support wagon is always up to you.

Day 4
After a delicious breakfast prepared by your guides, you're ready to conquer the pass that lies ahead. You'll lunch in colorful Paucartambo before heading up to over 12,000' where you'll camp at beautiful Tres Cruces perched about the cloud forest. As you relax with tea and appreciate the mystical view beneath you, your guides work to prepare a heart dinner.

Day 5
Today, you begin a downhill adventure, through the magnificent cloud forest down towards the Amazon rainforest, only a few hundred feet about sea level. You'll appreciate the change in topography while listening for calls of the local tropical birds.

Day 6
Today you'll reach the lowest point of the journey and feel the difference in temperature as your ride through the rainforest, learning about the local flora and fauna. You'll have your final nights camp amongst lush tropical flowers, listening to the nighttime sounds of the Amazon.

Day 7
An early morning transfer to Cuzco offers the opportunity to shower and relax in Cuzco. You can visit an Internet café to send pictures of your adventure to friends back home or just wander through the magnificent main square. Tonight, you'll enjoy some local cuisine before retiring in preparation for the next leg of your journey.

Day 8
Today is a splash filled adventure rafting along the Urabamba River, with rapids ranging from Class 2- Class IV (depending on season and water levels.) You'll be helping your guide navigate your craft through the white water and have a chance to jump in and float in the Urabmaba river during slower sections. On the way home, you'll revisit Pisac, this time, with a chance to shop at the market. You'll go to bed early, for tomorrow, one of the most anticipated parts of your adventure begins.

Day 9
Today, you begin your trek on the Inca trail. A pre-dawn start brings you, via bus, to KM 82 where you'll begin your hike. Walking alongside the Urabamba River, you ascend to view the Inca city of Patallacta. From here, you'll begin a gradual ascent to Wayllabamba village where you'll spend your first night, camping with views of Veronica peak.

Day 10
You'll awaken early in the fresh mountain air and enjoy a hearty breakfast, preparing you for the most challenging day of your trek. You'll be hiking for about 9KM, climbing over the 13,769' Warmiwanusca - or Dead Woman's- Pass. In addition to the steep grade and magnificent views, the high altitude will leave you breathless. After reaching the summit, you'll descend into the Pacaymayo valley where you will spend your second night camping, sleeping deeply after a day of great accomplishments.

Day 11
Today, you'll hike for many hours, but nothing will be as steep as yesterday's pass. You'll start your hiking going up a second pass and take a break halfway up to visit the archaeological site of Pacaymayo. After appreciating the former watchtower here, you'll continue over the pass to the impressive Sayamarca complex. From here, you'll truly follow the footsteps of the Incas; walking on the very stone paths they built hundreds of years ago. The cloud forest you'll walk in takes on a mystical quality, and you will appreciate the unique flora of the area. You'll arrive at your final campsite of the trek, Winaywayna. This well-developed site includes a lodge with a restaurant and bar as well as hot showers, so you can relax and enjoy the effort you've made on your Inca trail trek so far.

Day 12
You'll awaken before dawn to hike to the Sun Gate, and watch the sun rise over the Lost City of the Incas- Machu Picchu itself. As the first light of day bathes the ancient citadel in a warm glow, you'll congratulate yourself on you accomplishment. From here, you'll descend into Machu Picchu just as the ancient Incas did upon arrival. After stowing your packs, you'll receive a detailed guided tour, learning about the technological achievements of these ancient people. The afternoon is free for more wanderings and the chance to climb Huayna Picchu, where you can view the citadel from above. Your day concludes with a chance to wander in the town of Aguas Calientes, meeting and bargaining with the locals of today, and the opportunity to soak your tired trekking muscles in the natural thermal baths. In the late afternoon, you'll catch the train to Cuzco, arriving after dark, and ready to sleep in a comfortable bed!

Day 13
Today is your final day in Cuzco and you'll have a chance to visit the artist's area to do some last minute shopping. The day is free to do as you like, with options for a short excursion to the nearby countryside for a well-deserved soak in some hot springs to soothe your aching muscles.

Day 1
Day 14 (15) You'll bid farewell to the majestic Andes as you or fly over them on your return flight to Lima. Depending on your flight schedule, you will return home today or spend one more night in Lima before you go tell your friends about your extraordinary journey.

Peru: Lima | Cusco | Machu Picchu | Puno & Lake Tikicaca | Nazca
Special Interest: Inca Trail

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