Fly in the mountains
Since 2002, it operates, 11 kilometers from Cusco, a company that had the idea of "throwing" people in a vacuum. Action Valley created a theme park dedicated to Bungee or Bungee Jumping, and currently has the highest jump cage in South America (122 meters high). The owners have taken to heart the pioneer, because they have even created a Peruvian Bungee Jumping Association. One of the objectives of this organization is to optimize the practice of the jump, especially as far as safety is concerned.
If you do not want to jump into the void, you can choose to do the opposite: climb 130 meters with the human catapult, also called Slingshot. This 'toy' expels the traveler through the air, covering that distance in just three seconds. To take into account: the company's staff has more than 15 years of experience in extreme sports.
The feeling of furrowing the sky is exciting. Action Valley knows this and also offers paragliding flights for 10-25 minutes. It starts from a height of 3,643 meters and reaches almost 6,000. On the Sacro de Chinchero hill (one hour from the city) there are two other companies that will make you live this experience. They are: Inca World and Autana for around US $ 100 (including the accompaniment of an instructor and all safety implements). An unmissable experience.
Walk the Andes
Cusco is the Eden of the mountains, so much so that tradition assigned gods (apus) to each one. Located to the south, the Ausangate (6,333 masl) is one of the most precious goals of mountaineers. Not because of its degree of difficulty, but because of the mysticism it imposes. Different operators offer tours to their surroundings, which can take up to twelve days for around US $ 350. Access is through the town of Ocongate and on the way to the mountain you can see Quechua communities and spectacular views for your lens.
Another trekking is to Salcantay, at more than 6,270 meters above sea level. This beautiful snowfall is at the other extreme, to the north, near Machu Picchu, which is why many travelers connect their trek with the Inca citadel. The tour requires at least five days of hiking and you can appreciate the majesty of the Verónica, Wayanay and Palcay mountains, pearls of the Vilcabamba mountain range. By its route one can be diverted and arrive at Choquequirao, although that walk takes more than ten days on foot. With 40 years of experience on the mountain,
Existen caminos más cortos. En la Plaza de Armas empieza la Ruta del Antisuyu, que sube por el este hacia el Templo de la Luna en una hora de caminata. Puedes hacer el Lares Trek (dos días, una noche), que empieza en el Valle Sagrado (Huarán o Urubamba) y cruza la cordillera andina hasta terminar en los baños termomedicinales de Lares. El camino hacia Huchuy Qosqo (pequeño Cusco) desde Lamay es también concurrido. Según la guía ‘Exploring Cusco’ de Peter Frost, allí encontraron los españoles la momia de Wiracocha.
To do rock climbing, you have to go to the district of Cachimayo, just half an hour from downtown. Andexplora offers the service with space for 'camping' and a large rock of seven routes of various difficulties. Also, to improve the technique you can practice in the area of the Temple of the Moon, where there is a large rock forest.
Sleep in the sky
Seven kilometers from Ollantaytambo, at the height of Pacchar, you will see three cubicles hanging from a mountain 400 meters high. What are they? Floating rooms in the most beautiful place in the world. It is called Sky Lodge, and as the name says, it is a luxury hotel in the sky. To sleep there, you must contact Natura Viva, which offers two suites (one is on duty) with capacity for four people in each. All are transparent, allowing you to have a unique view of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, the sunset and the starry night in Cusco. Each module is made of aerospace aluminum and resistant polycarbonate. They are provided with energy by photovoltaic panels. The night costs S /. 999.
And how do you get up? The people of Sky Lodge have installed a large staircase over the mountain, accessible to all. And get off at Zip Line (cable). They have seven lines of 150 to 500 meters. A total experience through the air.
Ride on wheels
For adventures at ground level, go up to a quad bike. The terraces of Maras (45 minutes from the city, on the route to Urubamba) offer an attractive circuit for that vehicle. On the way you can see the Pitusiray, Sawasiray and Chicón mountains. The tours last three hours and usually begin in Maras (town known for its salt mines) and pass to the Inca center of agricultural experimentation of Moray. You can also do this bike tour and get to Urubamba by Pichingoto. On the route you will see Inca andenería, cultivation fields and picturesque villages. The tour lasts five hours and has an average price of S /. 200.
Master the currents
The Sacred Valley was formed by the strength and persistence of the Vilcanota River. The Incas had it as the axis of their administration and believed that it was the earthly representation of the milky way, called Quechua Wilcamayu (Sacred River). Today is still the productive force of the region. Towards its northern part you can still navigate its waters. Various operators offer river trips for beginners and advanced. In the direction of Ollantaytambo you have level II and III rapids, accessible to all. Towards Chuquicahuana there is grade IV. The recommended sections are Huambutío-Pisaq and Calca-Huarán. You can also navigate Urcos to San Salvador or Ollantaytambo; It goes through a fast strong class III that includes waves and small eddies.
The Apurimac River - Andean origin of the Amazon River - has another level of difficulty and attracts athletes from all over the world with level IV rapids. Sailing is recommended between May and October, because between November and March it is rainy season. All these experiences are as exciting as magical. Visit Cusco and leave the tensions at home.