Hiking an Inca Trail, a horse-supported trek up to the Vinicunca (Rainbow) Mountain, mountain biking in the Sacred Valley, paragliding above the sand boarding on the dunes surrounding the Huacachina desert oasis… these are just a few of the adventure travel options you can experience.
Built more than 500 years ago to facilitate travel around the capital of the sprawling South American empire, the Inca Road System in Cusco (which includes the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu) is one of the region’s greatest historical, archaeological, and touristic treasures. Now, with the backing of Peru’s National Service for Natural Protected Areas (Sernanp), the network of trails hopes to be certified as a destination for sustainable tourism by international certifier TourCert.
A wonderful alternative tour to consider during your Cusco holiday — whether for a romantic anniversary, a honeymoon or a full family vacation — is a full-day tour of the Sacred Valley on horseback.
You’ll want to be fully acclimatized when you behold the kaleidoscope of multicolored hills known as “Rainbow Mountain.”