The best adventurous activities to do in Machu Picchu
Known across the world by its many names including Machupicchu Pueblo, Machupicchu or Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu can well be described as the perfect springboard for adventures for trippers from across the world. Located in the Cusco Region of the Urubamba Province, Machu Picchu serves as the seat of the Machupicchu District.
There is, of course, no dearth of adventure sports that you can indulge in when in Machu Picchu. Here, we have made sincere efforts to bring to you a comprehensive Machu Picchu travel guide highlighting the best avenues of adventure for you. Do read on in order to unravel.
Machu Picchu unlocks a world of possibilities for compulsive adventure seekers from trekking to paragliding to biking and a lot more. For details make sure you are reading on.
Machu Picchu is particularly known for the hiking opportunities offered by it. The hike tours are particularly preferred by tourists not only because they quench their thirst for adventure but also because hiking in Machu Picchu remains one of the ways in which these trippers can come close to the locals and their customs and stay away from the urban pollution and the vagaries of development.
The Inca Trail in Machu Picchu, in fact, remains the most well-known hiking trail across the world. However, though the post popular, Inca is not the only option for hikers here. Other alternatives include the Lares Trek, Salcantay Trek and Choquequirao among others. These options notably allow visitors to explore the stunning flora and fauna-- kind of embracing the architectural centers of Inca.
Guided Trek Tours
You can avail guided treks in most of these places. The 4-day classic Inca trail is a favorite with visitors. As a part of this trek, travelers can actually expect to pass through the original Inca steps leading to the Sun Gate. Classified as a moderate trek, this one takes you up to more than 13,800 ft. The easier (guided) trek lasts only for 2 days and takes you above 8,000 ft.
Paragliding remains another major adventure sport explored by the throng of visitors in Machu Picchu. Needless to say, your “flight to the infinite” is strictly supervised by an experienced paraglider keeping the risks entailed by water sports in view. In fact, as per reports, paragliding to this day, remains the most requested activity in the Cusco city. Inca’s Sacred Valley is no less than majestic in its appeal. The flyby of the Sacred Valley – needless to say- is stuff that dreams are made of.
Biking remains another very prominent adventurous activity in Machu Picchu. Before delving into details, let us tell you that biking needs you to have very strong legs. Choose a robust mountain bike so that you can actually go up and down from the valleys while enjoying the spectacular landscape at the same time.
So, what exactly does Machu Picchu has to offer you if you are particularly interested in embarking on a biking tour? Compulsive cyclers can jolly well pedal their way to the ruins of Machu Picchu and freeze their moments in captivating stills. There are so many instances of cycle tourists cycling up to Cusco and leaving their bicycles there. They then go on to take the tourist buses to reach the nearby tourist town.
You can even choose to discover Machu Picchu on horseback. Yes, this perhaps makes for one of the earliest ways of exploring the place, but let us tells you that availing this particular mode of expedition does have its own benefits. This is absolutely recommended for tourists who prefer a calmer sojourn instead of the mad rush that traveling is often associated with. You might be in the mood to enjoy a well-earned leisure or are just looking forward to spending quality time with your partner on your anniversary. Let us tell you that horse riding remains the best way in which you can explore this wondrous destination.
Besides the ones mentioned above, rafting remains another major source of Adrenalin rush for visitors in Machu Picchu. Urubamba remains one of those rivers explored by adventurers in this regard. This particular river is favored quite simply because it creates whirlpools and water formations all throughout the trip.
What should you keep in mind?
As you can gauge by now – there is actually no dearth of adventurous activities that you can try out at Machu Picchu. However, do know for a fact that there is no room for arbitrary choices here.
Probably, if you are heading to the destination anytime soon, you might as well be too consumed by the idea of indulging in each and every adventure sport that you have access to. However, it would be prudent on your end to weigh your options thoroughly before settling for a decision.
Please do not commit the mistake of undermining your physical limitations or their demands. It’s absolutely okay if you think that you will not really be able to embark on a trek after you have cycled your way up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Your body may give in and your mind just may not work! So, make sure you are distributing your activities among several days.