5 adventure sports you can practice in Cusco
- Published on Mar 07, 2017 Experiences
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Life is too short to be just itching to experience incredible travels. Each adventure will be linked to countries or places with lots of mysticism and history that you will never regret visiting. Experiencing this incredible adventure in a city with ancestral past as the Inca culture had will become the best memory you can ever have.
If you planned to go to Cusco to enjoy its wonderful architecture and impressive mountains, we invite you to discover 5 adventure sports you can practice in the city of the Incas. Of course, these activities are for adrenaline lovers only, since you will experience moments of full intensity.
Adventure sports you must practice
The geography of Cusco plays an important role for extreme sports. Cusco’s beautiful landscapes with great mountains, windy weather, great canyons and mighty rivers offers great scenarios for activities such as trekking, mountain climbing, hang gliding and paragliding, mountain biking, kayaking, and canoeing.
Learn with us a bit more about such activities:
The height of the Andes Mountains, considered the second highest, becomes the best ally for travelers who love mountaineering. Cusco offers tourists its green mountains and spectacular landscapes as scenery for this sport. Vilcabamba, Vilcanota, and Urubamba are perfect natural scenarios for professionals of Andean mountaineering to carry out excursions.
Embark on expeditions to mountains of considerable heights becomes a factor not very accessible for those who are not prepared for heights and long walks. For that reason, it is advisable that only experts practice it. You can also find in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, snow mountains such as Pumasillo, Pitusiray, Chicon and Terijway, which are suitable for mountaineering, as well as the snow mountain Salcantay and Ausangate.
Canoeing or rafting
The fast-flowing water of the rivers in Cusco awaits everyone who has an adventurous spirit. The River Urubamba and Apurimac become majestic places for the traveler to do canoeing or rafting. The traveler must have a basic knowledge of paddling and rescue.
The River Urubamba, as from December to April, presents the best water currents, being of class I and II for navigation. There is so much adrenaline in this sport that there are two-day tours in which inexperienced travelers can participate. The recommended distances are from Huambutio to Pisac, Calca to Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo to Chilca.
If the traveler is looking for more challenging navigation of class III and IV, the River Apurimac is the best choice. Its fast and narrow water is considered one of the deepest of America. This activity must be carried out with all the necessary elements: vest, helmet, suitable footwear, rescue ropes, dry bags, food and beverages, first-aid kit, whistle and harness.
The geography of Cusco shows scenic villages, archeological sites and wonderful Andean flora and fauna. Observing its impressive landscape will serve as a perfect scenario for cycling, a sport that will show every Inca corner that is still standing over the years.
Moray, Salinas de Mara, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas are excellent places for cycling. Likewise, the town of Andahuaylillas has developed a special area for cycling enthusiasts.
Hang gliding and paragliding
The climate of Urubamba allows travelers to practice hang gliding and paragliding in the Sacred Valley, due to the wind. This sport full of adrenaline allows having the best panoramic view over imposing mountains, while flying through the air.
The trip begins in the City of Cusco, from this point travelers will head to the Mirador de Calca (Calca Lookout), where they can fly for 20 minutes. It is advisable to go there from April to October.
This is the perfect sport for anyone who defies the heights, since they will have to climb up big rocky walls in the Vilcanota, Urubamba and Vilcabamba mountains. It is advisable for the traveler to have notion or experience and a good climbing technique, due to the difficulty for climbing large rocks.
This activity can be carried out throughout the year; however, it becomes more difficult during the rainy months from December to April. It is important to use harness, helmet, anchorage, carabineer hooks, rope, fixer and cordino.
The adventure comes with nature and what a better way to find it than in a city with a wonderful historical and geographical past. Cusco will provide travelers with exciting and unforgettable experiences. Fear no more and enjoy the adrenaline in Cusco!