TRAVEL STYLE: Full Day Tour
MINIMUM GROUP: 02 persons
DEPARTURES: Subject to availability
Trek to the most beautiful waterfall that Sacred Valley has for you, Perolniyoc is a stunning waterfall in the middle of nowhere, it has a height of almost 100 meters, and on top of the waterfall there is an archaeological center from the Inca time called Raqaypata, at this place there are houses with two floors, Qolqas that served as warehouses, lodging rooms called kallankas and a ceremonial enclosure, all these were modified in the colonial time to continue using this as administrative control.
For centuries, Perolniyoc was covered by the broad and lush vegetation, the little care threatened that this architectural and archaeological jewel almost disappeared, but it was saved by the inhabitants of the area and the great help of restoration by Ministerio de Cultura.
The Perolniyoc waterfall is located over 3.400 m.a.s.l in the village of Rayan, in the community of Socma, district of Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba and in the lower part of the archaeological zone of Raqaypata, around this attraction you can also see a variety of species of flora such as elder, queuña, chachacomo, etc. Enjoying the great legacy of the Inca Culture will always be a fantastic adventure that will move us in time and space towards that moment, in the same way visiting this archaeological zone we will feel that mystical and spiritual feeling, do not forget that you can also combine this tour with the Sacred Valley Tour in 1 Day.
Day 01: Cusco – Perolniyoc Waterfall – Ñaupa Iglesia – Cusco.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 7:00 a.m. m. Relax in the tour vehicle for a 1.5-hour drive through Peru’s rugged landscape to the town of Socma, where you’ll receive a briefing from your guide and refreshments for your hike; then, we start trekking for an hour until we reach the base of the waterfall; Your trekking guide will assist and point out the local flora and fauna. The trekking is smooth, and you will walk at your own pace.
Once at the waterfall, admire the colorful landscape and learn about the geological processes responsible for it. Take photos of the waterfall and rest for a bit before continuing the trek to the Inca archaeological site (one hour); here, you will be served lunch and enjoy the views of the Andes, including the “Soqma” valley. After lunch, your guide will take you on an informative tour of the Inca archaeological site, where you will also have ample time to take photos.
After all, we will return to the village of “Soqma,” where the private car will be waiting for us. Relax in the vehicle on the drive back to Cusco; Along the route, we will stop at a few places to see how the locals prepare “Chicha,” a local drink made from dried corn.
- Pre-Trek briefing the night before the trek to go over the itinerary, meet your guide(s) and answer any questions
- Collection from your Cusco hotel in the morning Private transport to starting point of the trek
- English speaking professional guide
- Light box breakfast, 1 Liter of water, snacks, and hot buffet lunch at the end of the hike
- Dietary needs: able to cater to any dietary preference/need
- First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
- Entrance to the trail
- Private transport back to your hotel in Cusco
- box lunch
- Walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
- Items of a personal nature and souvenirs
- Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required)
- Tip for your guide(s) and trek staff are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy your trip
- Walking poles
- Sunscreen: the sun is very strong in Cusco
- Sun hat
- Lip balm
- Hiking shoes/boots with good, grippy tread
- Optional: microspikes in case of excessive snowfall (rare)
- Hiking pants (or shorts) and shirts (layers)
- Hand warmers if you wish
- Warm hat, gloves, scarf and thick warm socks (or you can buy a traditional Peruvian hat and scarf – they are beautiful!)
- Daypack and rain cover
- Rain gear – rain jacket and rain pants (optional for the pants), can buy an inexpensive poncho before the trek
- Cash for tipping
- Extra snacks if you wish (beyond snacks provided by us)
- E.g. if you have a favorite protein bar as Cusco doesn’t sell items like this
- First aid kit, including blister protection (though your guide will have one, you may wish to carry one of your own)
- Personal medication and toiletries you might want/need
- Camera, extra memory cards, batteries and solar panel/power bank
- Water bottle or water bladder to refill
A minimum of 2 trekkers required for this trek. Maximum of 10 trekkers in a group.
Private treks, single trekker, custom treks, large groups, and packages welcome! Please email us to customize.
What to carry – Daypacks
On the trail you should carry a day pack with your camera, water bottle or bladder, snacks, hand sanitizer, face mask, cold weather clothing and rain gear or poncho in case of rain (unlikely in dry season – May to October) and anything you will need before dinner as horses do not walk alongside you. A recommended packing list is sent after you book the trip and can be found below under the “what to pack for your trek” tab. We will provide you with a dry bag for your overnight gear to be carried by horses. Your bag will be waiting for you at every campsite. Yes, we can store your luggage for you during the trek. Most hotels/hostels also provide this service.
- For more information you can write to us by email [email protected].