Top 5 Backpacking Tours and Activities in Cusco, South America

White Water Rafting:

Rafting is one of the most hardcore extreme sports you can experience. There is nothing like the rush you get while going down a river in a small plastic boat, while rocks, waves and streams throws you back and forth in a very high speed. All though it can look quite scary and dangerous, the guide in your both has very good control over both the boat and your security. However, you can’t expect to stay dry! Experience an unforgettable day rafting in the level 4 and 5 (of maximum 5) rivers in Cusco

Inca Trail:

Hiking the Inca trail is probably the most popular tour for backpackers in South America. The 3 or 4 day trek in the Alps will take you to some of the best nature and Inca ruins in Peru. The trek ends with a great finish; Machu Picchu. Even though the trek can be exhausting, this is still the optimal way to build up your expectations for Machu Picchu. During the trek you will also have guides that will guide, cook and help you with your luggage. Don’t miss out on one of the most famous treks in the world!


A bungee jump is by many considered the scariest thing you can do, far worse than both sky-diving and paragliding. Cusco’s own Bungee jump is one of the top 5 highest bungees in America. The Bungee is 122 meters high, located in a beautiful valley just 10 minutes out of Cusco. In addition to the Bungee, they also have a world-first bungee jump called “The Superman”. This time, you will be left strapped to the ground while the elastic is slowly tightened before you get shot of in an insane speed up in the air! The Bungees in Cusco is a must try for anyone Backpacking South America!


Renting a motorbike is one of the best ways to explore Cusco and the valleys around. Take a ride on the freeway and feel the freedom of a motorbike while you go around to the famous Inca ruins; Pisac, Urubamba and many more. Don’t have a license? Don’t worry. This is Peru, license aren’t needed. However, riding a motor-bike can be dangerous, especially on the Peruvian roads! Follow normal traffic rules and go with someone who knows how to ride a bike! You can also rent guides to go with you the whole day!


Cusco is one of the best party cities in all of South America. Hostels are crazy, night clubs are crazy and people are crazy! The night clubs are open every night and do not close until the early morning hours.

The competition between the night clubs are extreme, so be sure to pick up at least one of numerous free drinks that you are offered outside in the main square. During a pub crawl you can easily pick up 10-12 free drinks every night.

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