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The Best Outdoor Activities in The Sacred Valley

Written by:
Claire Dean

Published: 07-09-2022

If you’re a thrill seeker looking for some heart-pumping adventure, look no further than the Sacred Valley. This historical river valley is about 15km north of Cusco and should be on every adventure-lovers list when traveling to Peru. With glorious countryside and excellent outdoor activities, here is our pick for an adrenalin-filled adventure in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  A visit to Peru gives chances to engage with locals in meaningful ways. In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you can gain more significant insights into the nation’s unique Inca past as you enjoy the many different adventure activities; here is our pick.


Hiking Trip


Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu will be on your bucket list if you plan a trip to Peru. The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America and one of the top five treks in the world. Be enthralled by stunning mountain scenery, mysterious cloud forests, jungle terrain and ancient Incan architecture. Walk in the footsteps of The Incas along this old Inca highway and reconnect with history and your senses along this magnificent route.


Runkurakay along The Inca Trail


Zip Lining

With no experience required, you can summit a picturesque mountain in the morning and zip back down in time for dinner. In the Sacred Valley, they use Ferrata (a path used to climb a mountain with a safety system permanently installed), allowing non-experienced climbers to pass through the mountain scenery with minimal equipment. Coming down is the fun part. Seven zip lines covering 2800 meters will give you the experience of flying through the stunning Sacred Valley. Stay several meters high in a completely transparent hotel while safely appreciating the breathtaking views of the magical Sacred Valley at the Sky lodge suites.


Zipline Across The Sacred Valley


Mountain Biking

Experience the Sacred Valley at a slower pace with off-road mountain biking. Cycle your way through native plantations, spectacular Andean landscapes, high-elevation lakes, snow-capped peaks and traditional local villages. You’ll reach high altitudes, so prior acclimatization is a must, but every peddle will be worth seeing the Sacred Valley from a completely different perspective and with the wind in your hair.


Mountain Biking near Piuray Lake


Trekking The Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley is blessed with numerous spectacular hiking trails. If you love hiking, llamas and mountain-top views, Huchuy Qosqo is for you. n ancient Incan archaeological site suspended on a cliff over the Sacred Valley. You’ll pass an array of local flora, and fauna en route, plus have the opportunity to see llamas in their natural habitat.  Or the Pumamarca Trek. Make this trek as hard or easy as you need. Weave your way through incredible Inca terrain, stop by a famous weaving community and rest at a picture-perfect picnic spot for lunch, and be sure to keep an eye out for all the unknown but impressive ruins hidden in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.


Huchuy Qosqo


White Water rafting

Get ready to paddle down the river. Start high in the Andean Mountain ranges along the Vilcanota River and encounter some spectacular scenery as the white waters plunge into the lush canyons of the upper Amazon. This country has some of the best white-water rivers in the world, and Cusco is most definitely the rafting capital of Peru. All the rain that falls on the high mountains of the Andes has to escape somewhere. And you can join it on its journey to the ocean, on the rivers of The Sacred Valley


White Water Rafting



SUP (Stand-up Paddleboard)

The incredible and peaceful Andean scenery around Piuray lake is ideal for a yoga session on a paddle board in the middle of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Soak up the majesty of the Andes on the mirror-calm, crystal-clear waters of Piuray Lagoon, located at a breathtaking 3500m (11,269 feet) elevation! The lake is on the way to Chinchero from Cusco city. A unique and unforgettable experience in The Sacred Valley.


SUP, Lake Piuray