There’s nothing like an adventure that combines the best in outdoor experiences with cultural exploration – wonderful excursions for you archaeology and history buffs!
Adventures come in all shapes and sizes and built to suit all manner of interests.
For the archaeology and history buffs out there, Bio Bio Expeditions offers a range of fantastic trips to satisfy both the need for excitement and exploration.
From treks to rafting to biking, for all levels of experience, the following adventures provide you the incredible experience of the remarkable outdoors as you step off the beaten track, back into ancient times.
Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Trek the Inca Trail, Explore Cusco and Mountain Bike the Sacred Valley
This journey is perfect for adventure and history lovers, combining different ecological zones – from high-altitude deserts to rainforests – passing through important archaeological centres while experiencing incredible wildlife sightings.
Explore beautiful Cusco and the many ruins and sites that are so unique to the city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire followed by a mountain bike or hike of the Sacred Valley.
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a true classic that should be on every adventurer’s “to-do” list. As we walk the ancient paths and exquisite ruins in this spectacular setting you’re sure to get shivers down your spine!
This haunting fortress city nestled below stunning peaks is perhaps the greatest mystery of the Inca Empire. It’s a pilgrimage back through time, the four-day trek on the Inca Trail to reach this legendary pre-Columbian site. Take in the striking Andean scenery and cultural history as it unfolds before you as we hike up and down steep stone staircases past ancient Inca outposts.
We then travel to the Sacred Valley where we bike or hike through the Peruvian countryside, stopping to see Maras salt mines and the Moray ruins, a large-scale agricultural research area.
The combination of incredible experiences provides you a true sense of the magic of Peru!
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Salkantay Trekking Tour – Trekking | Ruins of Cusco | Bike the Sacred Valley
Explore the ruins around Cusco, cruise on mountain bikes around the Sacred Valley, veer off the beaten path on our own unique tour along the Salkantay route to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.
Would you like to explore Peru and the Andes? With Bio Bio you can explore Peru away from the crowds and marvel at the incredible Inca ruins that have remarkably withstood the centuries.
Our newest itinerary allows you to explore the Sacred Valley on a mountain bike, trek the Andes free of crowds and enjoy one day on the Inca Trail that brings you to Machu Picchu through the amazing Sun Gate.
As you acclimatize to the altitude, you’ll enjoy becoming acquainted with the ruins around Cusco – a vibrant city that mixes the cultures of the Incas, Spaniards and modern Peru – with an experienced, knowledgeable guide.
On from Cusco, we head to The Sacred Valley where we explore the bread basket of Peru on mountain bikes! Customized for all skill levels, this is one of the best ways to enjoy the Sacred Valley on a high plateau with amazing vistas of the Andes and the Urubamba River rushing below.
In Andean culture, the “Apus” (Gods) are the spirits that protect life, with several represented by the surrounding mountains, one of the most important being the impressive Nevado of Salkantay (6,271m/20,569ft).
For five days on foot we trek expansive landscapes where you’ll enjoy striking views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, vibrant lakes, queuñas forests (a native tree), remnants of ancient Inca trails, and river confluences, among other stunning natural scenes.
We have integrated this trek with one day on the Inca Trail where you can marvel at the masonry and enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate in the afternoon, a time of day when most have begun to make their way down to Aguas Calientes – enjoy the splendour of Machu Picchu in near solitude!
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Ancascocha Trekking Tour – Trek the Andes | Explore Inca Ruins | Bike the Sacred Valley
If you’re looking for a less challenging route while still enjoying the full impact of the spectacular Peruvian Andes, this is the trip for you! Ancascocha to Huallabamba is one of the most striking and interesting routes, traveling ancient and un-explored roads through the Andes.
Begin exploring Peru in the striking Inca ruins followed by a tour through the Sacred Valley on a mountain bike.
Trek the Andes with an expert guide, free of crowds finishing with one day on the Inca Trail that brings you to amazing Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.
You’ll enjoy a tour through the ruins around beautiful Cusco, a vibrant and cultural city before we travel to the Sacred Valley where we will explore the bread basket of Peru on mountain bikes! Customized for all levels of biking, you’ll thrill at seeing The Sacred Valley on two wheels from a high plateau with amazing views of the Andes and the Urubamba River.
Ancascocha is one of the most rewarding routes of the Peruvian Andes. A continuous ascent will take us to the breathtaking foothills of the glacial peaks of the Andes Mountains, through Queuñas forests, remnants of ancient Inca trails, and the stunning lagoon Ancascocha.
We descend into a fertile valley of Andean flora, hummingbird, confluences of rivers and the spectacular view of Mount Veronica.
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Cotahausi Rafting – All the technical whitewater you can handle!
Our Cotahuasi Rafting Expeditions features 6 days of some of the most continuous, classic, technical, fun whitewater, through the deepest canyon on the planet. Combined with amazing Arequipa, a beautiful hike on an ancient Inca footpath, and Inca ruins and artifacts, this is an adventure like no other!
Our Cotahuasi Rafting Expedition features fifty miles of non-stop class 4 and 5 whitewater hammering at a gradient of 60 feet per mile as we drop from put-in, downstream of 300 foot Sipia Falls, to the Pacific Ocean. The Cotahuasi river canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world and offers dramatic desert scenery, not to mention evenings full of more stars than you’ve ever seen!
In 2001, we ran the first commercial descent of the Cotahuasi River, which was featured in the December 2001 issue of Outside Magazine.
The whitewater itself is enough reason to embark on this adventure. However, the Cotahuasi also offers an incredible hike to the put-in on an original Inca footpath – a journey back in time as we admire the hundreds of Inca and pre-Inca ruins and artifacts that litter the canyon.
With time to visit magnificent Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we embark upon a scenic drive in private Land Cruisers to the town of Cotahuasi. Nestled in the hills at 2,680 meters (8,793 feet), it’s a quaint village of whitewashed colonial-style homes that line slim, straight lanes before a stunning backdrop of Cerro Hiunao.
Truly an adventure of a lifetime!
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A fun and lovely side-trip – visit the colourful indigenous market in Otavalo for an arts and crafts shopping adventure!
Stop by Peguche, known for its weavers, and Cotacachi, where they are known for their leather goods, which they have been making for hundreds of years.
Departing from Quito and heading north, we will travel across the colourful valleys of Guayllabamba and Cayambe. This trip through the breathtaking Andean setting offers great photo opportunities as well make our way to the province of Imbabura.
Walk through the famed craft market of Otavalo, which is the most famous and picturesque in South America. For visitors, the market offers opportunities to interact with Ecuadorians at a more intimate level as you negotiate prices of a variety of woven goods, bags, hats, flutes or simply appreciate the skillful and generous people responsible for the elegance and beauty of the clothing and handicrafts.
The tour also offers a range of alternatives to visiting nearby towns such as Peguche, with traditional looms and Andean wind instruments workshop, or Cotacachi featuring leatherwork including bags, jackets, hats, belts, and more.
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Costa Rica Multi Sport – Explore, relax, and get to know the Real Costa Rica!
A great opportunity to get off the beaten path and explore unspoiled Costa Rica!
Travel through lush tropical rainforests and revel in secluded wilderness lodges and some the most beautiful beaches in the world. Raft the world-class Pacuare river, one of the most magical rivers on the planet!
Corcovado is a paradise of tropical wilderness and beaches, cataloged by the National Geographic Society as “one of the most biologically intense places on Earth!”
With truly spectacular wildlife, including many species of monkeys, crocodiles, exotic parrots, toucans, the region boasts an incredible diversity of species.
Our accommodations in Corcovado is regarded as one of the best eco-lodges in Costa Rica and is but a short walk from the cool waters of Agujitas River and secluded black-sand beaches.
Enjoy your choice of several hiking and boat excursions led by resident naturalists. And within only minutes of the hotel, relax on a truly picture-perfect beach.
Our travels continue up the west coast to the beautiful Savegre River Valley, where we stay at another jungle lodge where, during your stay, you can hike with a naturalist, horseback ride, bird and wildlife watching, and enjoy a beautiful class 3 whitewater trip down the Savegre River.
Back north, prepare for some of the best rafting anywhere. Rated one of the top rivers in the world, you’ll experience the intimate nature of the Costa Rican rainforest – warm water, cascading waterfalls, and opulently lush rainforest with its brilliantly hued plant life. Sightings of animals and birds indulge your senses on every level.
The trip is complete with an evening at a remote eco-lodge, nestled in the rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River. Complete with hydro-powered electricity, it’s a model of ecotourism and deluxe accommodations.
Rainforest adventure at its best!
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