7 activities in and around Cusco that Bring you Closer to Nature
Do you want to explore the ancient wonders of Peru in a more intense and personal way? If you are looking for an alternative to a tour bus that takes you from site to site, check out these possibilities and visit Peru´s attractions in a way that brings you closer to nature and to Peruvian culture.
There is NO previous experience required for any of the following activities, everyone is welcome! Highly recommended, to get the most out of your stay in Peru.
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- Get on the Water: kayaking in Cusco
Here, you can quit literally dive into nature. If you are tired of walking and would like to feel the calming waves of the rivers, you should book a kayaking tour in Cusco! Kayaking tours take you down the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you enjoy the beautiful views of the landscape. While paddling through the water, you will experience the birdlife around the water and be able to observe the local fishermen.
- Take more than a photo with you: painting workshop in Cusco
Have you already taken pictures of every single church and ruin in Cusco? How about taking more than digital pictures home with you? This artistic activity allows you to take in the landscape of Peru from a different perspective. Leave your camera at home and see it with your own eyes!
By taking this day activity up to the Sacsayhuaman ruins or into the Sacred Valley, you will learn have a great relaxing day and learn about scenery painting while creating your own picture.
- Go by foot: treks in the Andean Mountains
Trekking to Machu Picchu
Trekking is probably one of the most personal ways to explore another country. Instead of taking a bus with all the other tourists, trekking provides a less-crowded, more adventurous option to explore Machu Picchu. You will experience Peruvian nature and dive into its flora and fauna while getting close every day to one the Seven World Wonder!
The most famous Peruvian Trek is the Inca Trail, but you always have to consider, it might be sold out (read first the Inside Scoop on Booking the Inca Trail in Peru) But if it didn’t work, you need alternatives.
The Salkantay Trek starts in the Sacred Valley and continues along rivers and forests within the impressive range of the Peruvian Andes before you go down to the warmer and beautiful lowlands. The 5th and last day will be spent in the amazing Inca Citadel; at the end of the day you take the train back to Cusco.
Check out here the tour itinerary and prices for the Salkantay Trek (5 days)
Inca Jungle Trek
The Inca Jungle Trek also takes you from Cusco to the ancient ruin of Machu Picchu. You will experience the Peruvian landscapes by mountain bike on your first day and will then reach the city of Aguas Calientes walking in the Andean highlands and forests. River rafting is offered in the third day! On the last day of your trek, you will visit Machu Picchu and go back to Cusco by train at the end of the day.
Check out here the itinerary for the Inca Jungle Trail (4 days).
- Get on that Mountain Bike
A faster alternative to walking while still experiencing nature first-hand is mountain biking. There are several options with different destinations (Ollantaytambo, Maras and Moray, Lares, Manu, Quillabamba) as well as different tour-lengths. Whether you feel like a day trip around the Cusco area or you want to go on a two day tour, there are lots of options to choose from.
Check out some options below:
The itinerary for the 1-day tour to Ollantaytambo
The itinerary for the 1-day tour to Maras and Moray
The itinerary for the 2-day tour to Manu
The itinerary for the 2-day tour Lares
The itinerary for the 2-day tour Quillabamba
- Let yourself be lifted up: Zip Lining In the Sacred Valley
If you have the urge to feel free and let go, the Sacred Valley Zip Line will give you a shot of adrenaline by flying you through the Sacred Valley! The tour is safe, fun, and designed for all ages. Zip-lining through the Sacred Valley will be an unforgettable experience as you observe the snow-capped mountains, natural green highlands, and vast fields from a different perspective.
- Horseback Riding in Cusco
One way that is going to make you dive into Peruvian culture and nature is to travel on horseback! This outdoor activity is not only relaxing, but your four-legged travel companion will take you to important archaeological sites in the surroundings of Cusco. Starting from the hills above Cusco, you can explore the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the less frequently visited sites lying in the hills above the city in a half day tour. If you are more adventurous, you can take a full day tour on a horse and visit some sites a little further away from Cusco. We will pick you up and take you to the horseranch in Pumamarca. Your horse will take you on a guided tour to the Quillahuanruin, the Lagoon of Inkatambo, the Temple of the Moon, Cusilluchayoc, Qenqo and Sacsayhuaman near Cusco.
- Learn Spanish outdoors
Did you know there is even a possible to learn Spanish while experiencing the outdoors?
Our partner AMAUTA Spanish School offers the exceptional opportunity to participate in an outdoor Spanish language program, in a picturesque town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your Spanish classes will be either in mornings or in the afternoon, leaving time to take explore the Sacred Valley and to participate in activities. Field Trips to the beautiful salt mines in Maras and a visit to the villages of Moray and Ollantaytambo are included. These Spanish programs are located in beautiful areas with comfortable housing.