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Rafting Adventures In Peru

Peru’s beautiful Sacred Valley is carved by the waters of the Urubamba River, which makes its way away from the Inca’s ancient capital city of Cusco towards the Amazon Rainforest. The river has a number of good stretches for rafting, making it a popular excursion during an adventure tour of Peru.

Thanks to the fact that many people head to Machu Picchu and Cusco, the Sacred Valley is becoming a common and popular destination for a lot of people. Fortunately, it also offers a number of excellent opportunities for thrill seekers, such as whitewater rafting.

For anyone who loves rafting or has always wanted to try it, there are several tours that one can take in the Sacred Valley that start out in Cusco. The length of some of these can be just one day. This makes it an easy thing to add on to a trip to Machu Picchu, even if you don’t have a lot of extra time.

The rafting tours in the Sacred Valley take you out on the Urubamba River. While it’s considered a full day tour including travel time and lunch, the time rafting itself is usually around 3 hours. When you are choosing the part of the river that you wish to raft on, it may be worthwhile checking if the agency also runs trips to Ollantaytambo and Pisac so that you can see the ruins when heading back to Cusco.

There are three parts of the river that are most often rafted. Rapids of the Class III variety are found in the section of Ollantaytambo to Chilca. This may be the most popular of the sections as, although challenging, beginners can make it but it’s still enjoyable for those with experience. On the way back to Cusco, a visit to the Inca site at Ollantaytambo is frequently added in. With a combination package of white water rafting and the Inca Trail trek, this section of rafting is often added.

Another of the possibilities is the Huambutio to Pisac section. This is a fairly easy one and ideal for people who have never rafted before. In the dryer months some people find it slightly too mild for their taste, but the vistas that you see along the way are beautiful and combining it with a trip to Pisac can easily be done.

The third part of the Urubamba River that is sometimes rafted is the Huaran section. Experienced rafters only should try these sections because they are the most challenging on offer. It is not offered every day and is only available during the dry months between June and September.

As with the mountain biking, you will want to look for a company that has experience and plenty of favorable recommendations. There have been problems in the past with accidents due to operators taking out groups when the river was too swollen to be rafted safely. If you are looking to raft during rainy season and finding it hard to find an operator willing to go, this may be a sign that it truly isn’t safe.

7 Things to Know Before Visiting Cusco Peru Tours

Cusco is one of the tourist destinations that many Peruvians choose when to pack up and travel, but there is great uncertainty about whether the budget will reach to know one of the places that houses one of the seven modern wonders like Machu Picchu.

If you are visiting Machu Picchu, in Cusco, for the first time, you will experience some knew things and here are some tips that will improve your whole adventure in strange situations.

Choose the time: You must note that from April to October is the dry season with the cloudless sky. Since November, the clouds and rains that reach their peak in December through March.

Meeting hours: The Cusco Peru tourslasts a whole day. We will move out quickly as we can, to seize the day and avoid the crowds. Another thing you can do is go out in the evening and sleep in AguesClient’s, from there to Machu Picchu the next day morning. You can change Aguesclients’ to Ollantaytambo if you like.

Trekking: Some might want to get walking, but it is not an easy task. You can choose the Inca Trail, Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu and Coffee Route. Always accompanied by excellent guides and book your space with several months in advance.

Clothing and accessories: It is advisable to take only what is necessary. Water, a jacket for warmth, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, and camera. Always have a rain jacket and windbreaker. Machu Picchu is jungle and warm, but the weather changes in minutes, and can rain, cloud and spend a little cold.

Lunch and drinks: It is advisable to get the food in the village of aguesclients before climbing to Machu Picchu. You can also bring your little taper.

You must ask the locals where they eat them, do not go where tourists eat or nearby restaurants to tourist sites, these are commercial, expensive and bad. Explore the markets, eat llama, and enjoy the best experience in a country as lovely as Peru.

About the currency

The currency used in the country is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (three suns roughly equivalent to one dollar). There are many places where you can change money, for example switched smoothly on the same bus terminal in Tacna. It goes without saying that always look established places to spare potential problems.

Vaccines

You will not need any special vaccinations to enter the country. But keep in mind that if you visit Amazon regions, the Ministry of Health of Peru recommended the yellow fever vaccine. For example, if you go to the city of Iquitos, in full jungle Peru, it is better as a preventive measure you perform the vaccine.

In conclusion, we explained some of the important features to Know before Visiting Cusco Peru. However, there are other things to take note, and which we will be examining in our coming posts, hopefully, you find this helpful.

Peru Tours

Are you seriously thinking of visiting Peru on your next vacation? There is absolutely no doubt that Peru is a country that has fascinated travelers for many centuries with her beautiful and spectacular ancient cultures, landscapes and palate pleasing cuisine. No Peru vacation is ever complete without visiting the fabled mist covered Inca City of the world famous Machu Picchu. Vacationers can also visit Peru’s beautiful vibrant jungles, impressive cloud covered mountains and vast deserts, these sites will impress even the fussiest traveler.

Most individuals who visit Peru, especially for the first time hope to have an experience that will linger in their memory for a very long time. They always want to explore the places that they have read about in books and watched in movies, a lot of them want to meet the local people and also learn about their culture. As a first time visitor to Peru, you can achieve your dream of having the perfect Peru vacation by taking advantage of services offered by Peru tour experts.

It is rather tempting to tour the country all by yourself in order to prove how adventurous you are, but you could be doing something very wrong. Reputable and reliable experts that offer Peru tours will combine professionalism with knowledge and real understanding of Peru, its people and their experience in order to make your trip a really memorable one.

Peru tour experts know that your vacation is extremely important and they also know that your time is very precious. The experts will advice you on the best way to maximize your time and possibly explore not just the country’s famous sites but also the paths that are not so famous.

Your vacation can also be as adventurous and luxurious as you would like it to be, or you can choose to have a little bit of both. You do not have to rob a bank in order ensure that you have a memorable Peru trip. It is important to choose vacation packages that highlight great value and quality.

Thanks to modern technology, there are sites where you can search for the best Peru tours and other important information that will bring all your Peru adventure dreams to life. These sites offer information on Peru tour packages. You can also get great Peru travel information that contains a full detail of the following: Travel tips to Peru, Peru travel guide and Peru tour package recommendation and much more. Remember, it makes sense to choose expert service when planning your trip to Peru.

Three of the Best Peruvian Travel Experiences

There are many aspects to Peru that make it a great place for unique travel experiences. It’s a large country; there are many different climates and a long history with influences from many cultures. Although there are some attractions that are similar to those you can find anywhere, there are others that cannot be duplicated.

Machu Picchu

Of course, you can’t talk about touring Peru without mentioning Machu Picchu, the main reason people travel there. Despite it being on every tourist’s must-see list, this Wonder of the World is well worth visiting and you won’t want to travel to the country without stopping off there. If you have the cash, you can travel there on the Peru Rail’s luxurious Hiram Bingham train, possibly the closest you can get to the Orient Express in the Americas.

There have long been many theories promoted as to what the purpose of Machu Picchu was, however, continuing research on the artifacts that Hiram Bingham discovered there is shedding new light on the site, so that even people who have seen it before may look at it in a new light.

In addition to the archaeological site itself, the area surrounding it is a great place to see many varieties of orchids, another thing that Peru is known for.

Lake Titicaca

Titicaca is another common tourist attraction in Peru. It is renowned for being the highest navigable lake in the world. Although, to be fair, the lake is half in Peru and half in Bolivia, the Peruvian side is a better place for interacting with the people who live there.

There are some very typical tours that include overnighting with a family on the island of Amantani. However, there are also some offered that are a bit less touristy. Taquille is probably the most interesting of the islands where one can stay. There is a great walk around the island on a stone path, some pre-Inca ruins and plenty of friendly families that open up their homes for tourists to stay. The community here is known for its weaving and you will have the opportunity to learn more about their style and the significance of their patterns. On one side of the island you can visit a beautiful white sand beach.

Ica – Home of the Peruvian National Liquor

Despite Chile’s claiming pisco for its own, it seems highly unlikely that this liquor, named for a town in Peru, was not indeed born there. It is a liquor made from grapes and, like wine, can vary greatly depending on the type of grape used as well as the quality of the method used for processing it. Also like wine, therefore, it is possible to go pisco tasting to sample those differences.

The best place in Peru to go pisco tasting is Ica, the valley where most of them are produced. You can just go from place to place on your own or you can arrange a tour or, at the very least, a driver.

The famous Nazca lines are just a couple of hours away and you can also combine your trip to Ica with sandboarding at the Huacachina lagoon. From here, you can visit Paracas on the coast and make your way north to Lima.