With more than 40 years of experience VIPAC is now proud to present its Outdoors Division
Vipac Adventures, a team of large experience and young spirit…. We are focused on designing new and exciting outdoor experiences around Peru, all of which we know and have experiment personally.
Modern times are changing fast and we have to move further on, that is why we have created an Outdoors Division with a modern concept and practices. Having in mind not only that Peru is a destination where history is alive and our unique biodiversity, but focusing on clients’ needs and fair and environmentally friendly practices.
Vipac Adventures offers a wide range of outdoors experiences; from flora and fauna experiences in one of the world’s most biodiverse and pristine areas, to Peru’s most beautiful and challenging trekking routes led by expert multilingual guides, top quality camping equipment, gourmet balanced menus, porters or mules to carry camping gear and clients’ personal belongings, all with comfort, extreme safety, attention to detail and sustainability.
Respect for nature. Respect for cultural heritage and communities. Respect for each human being. We embrace these values and live them day by day in every action we make, our operations and company culture.
No preventive measure is too much when we talk about the safety of our guests.
We are a team with large experience in tourism and outdoor activities. Our expertise comes from personal experience; we offer activities we have experimented.
We care about every detail involved in our experiences; from the design of the tours to the selection of our guides; from the needs of each traveler to the information and support we provide to our clients; nothing is left aside.
We work very hard to create innovative life-changing experiences for each of our travelers. All our experiences are flexible and can be tailor made to each guest taste, needs, and interests.
We pledge to continue innovating and creating new and exciting outdoor experiences all the time. We won’t stop seeking for new and great adventures and exploring our country of extreme contrasts.
TAMBOPATA NATIONAL PARK
Tambopata National Reserve is located south Madre de Dios River in the district of Tambopata e Inambari and the province of Tambopata, Madre de Dios.
Madre de Dios has become the commercial area of the Amazon Rainforest because of its easy access to the Peruvian Jungle and the extraction of gold, wood and high-quality chestnut. However, these activities cause a huge negative impact on the sustainability of the Rainforest. That is why there are several programs of conservation and controlled tourism to protect the flora and fauna.
MANU NATIONAL RESERVE
The National Park of Manu covers the regions of Cusco and Madre de Dios, and features with an extension of 1 692 137 hectares. Since 1977 the National Park of Manu constitutes the hurt of the Biosphere Reserve of Manu, the same was declared as Natural Heritage by the UNESCO in 1987. Although the entrance in not permitted, the tourists can access to different authorized lodges. Actually, the National Park of Manu inhabits 30 rural communities and Amazon native communities, like Matsiguenka, Amahuanca, Yaminahua, Piro, Amarakaeri, Huashipaire, and Nahua.
TREKKING / HIKING / WALKING
TREKKING GRADING CHART
The Trekking grades are based on the following criteria:
1. Length of the itinerary and the effort of the daily walk.
2. The height that is gained and/or lost per day.
3. The conditions of the path travel and the state of the surface.
4. Amount of weight carried by the client.
5. Temperature and weather conditions.
6. The remoteness and levels of comfort where the itinerary is developed.
• Soft Inca Trail
• Classic Inca Trail
• Highland Inca Trail
• Apu Huallanay & Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
• Choquequirao to Machu Picchu
• Salkantay to Machu Picchu
• The Highland Salkantay to Machu Picchu
• Land of the Incas – Lares Trek
• Utcubamba valley - North
• Waterfall Route - Cuispes / Yumbilla - San Pablo / Gocta
• Waterfall Route - Bongara Valley
• Full Day in San Gerónimo
• La Petaca Sacred Tumbs - Diablo Huasi - La Boveda
• Tours to South Utcubamba Valley
Cusco is the oldest continuously inhabited city in America. It was the religious and administrative center of the immense Inca Empire. Those who came from the city were saluted with respect by those going to see it, and upon arrival people knelt and prayed for having the privilege of seeing Cusco.
For the Incas, Cusco was the center of the world, and thus all the roads led to Cusco. Many of them can be still walked upon and some of them have been turned into the present highways. Because of the geographical features of the Vilcanota and the Urubamba valleys, and the presence of trails and Inca remains, this area provides some of the best trekking on the continent; not only snowcapped mountains, but also sub-tropical valleys and even jungle trips due to the proximity of the amazon basin to the city of Cusco.
Cusco lies at 3399 meters above sea level and is an excellent place to acclimatize before starting on any trek, because the city has all the facilities of modern life due to the increasing flow of tourism.
About 30 miles from Cusco is the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a fertile slash of green in the centre of the inhospitable Andes. The Valley is even now, a place of extraordinary peace and beauty, guarded at its two ends by the massive fortresses of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, it was the Incas’ granary, feeding both Cusco and the Lost City of Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu was clearly an extremely important city, strategically placed at the gateway between the Andes and the jungle, its position so well chosen, that there are still only two possible - and difficult - approaches, either along the Urubamba River or over the high passes of the Andes. The traditional Inca Trail was the ancient Inca highway that connected Cusco with Machu Picchu via the high Andean route. The actual route has been reconstructed from a
series of old Inca paths, first along the river and then up into the cloud-forested mountainsides to join the main trail and descend into the Lost City on foot.
CORDILLERA BLANCA AND HUAYHUASH
The Cordillera Blanca on the Northern Peruvian Andes is the world´s largest concentration of glaciers lying within the tropical zone. Along its 180 km length twenty to thirty peaks rise above 6,000 meters, depending on whether such muti-peaked mountains as Pucahirca and Huandoy are counted as one or four another thirty are higher than 5,700m Nevado Huascaran (6,768 m) is the world´s highest mountain in the tropical zone, and the second highest on the Andes along the Pacific Ocean. This magnificent mountain range has attracted trekkers and climbers for many years, and is now the most popular hiking region in South America. The mountains are very accessible because the western side of the Cordillera is interrupted by fifteen glacial valleys, creating ideal routes wich lead past the peaks west of the main crest and into the center of the range.
To preserve from progressive destruction the flora, fauna, archeological sites and scenic beauty of the Cordillera Blanca, the Huascaran National Park was created in 1975. Qeñual and Quishuar woods and the spectacular Puya Raimondi are under the protected flora, as well as the Taruca and spectacled fauna.
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