1-Day Perolniyoc Waterfall Journey: Nature's Majesty in a Day

A day-long trek to witness the splendor of the Perolniyoc Waterfall.

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Cusco, Peru


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Immerse yourself in the mystical Andean landscapes with our 1-Day Perolniyoc Waterfall Trek. This succinct, one-day escape offers a harmonious mix of natural splendor and ancient Inca history. Stand in awe of the cascading Perolniyoc Waterfall, a lesser-known treasure in the Sacred Valley, and wander through the historic whispers of the Raqaypata ruins.

Our trek is a perfect snapshot of the Andean essence, designed for both the avid hiker and the culture enthusiast. It’s a single-day sojourn that packs a visual and spiritual punch, providing a brief yet enriching escape into Peru’s heartland. For a day trip that truly encapsulates the majestic beauty of the Andes, our 1-Day Perolniyoc Waterfall Trek is the journey of a lifetime condensed into a single, memorable day.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 7:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Perolniyoc Waterfall, Raqaypata Archaeological Site, Ñaupa Iglesia
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Rise with the sun and join us on a journey from Cusco to the serene Perolniyoc Waterfall, nestled deep within the Sacred Valley. As we depart, the drive itself offers a feast for the eyes, taking us along a scenic route where the Andes seem to whisper ancient tales.

Upon arrival at the trailhead, we'll embark on an invigorating 30-minute hike. Our path is fringed with a rich tapestry of native flora, and the distant peaks stand as silent guardians of the valley's deep-rooted traditions. It’s not just a walk; it's a passage through time and nature.

The Perolniyoc Waterfall, a hidden gem of the valley, awaits at the trail’s end. Here, the water's descent crafts an ethereal melody, and you’re invited to bask in the splendor of this natural wonder. Whether it's the thrill of the spray on your skin or the awe-inspiring sight, the waterfall is a testament to the untouched beauty of the region.

From the waterfall, our quest continues with a 45-minute hike to the ancient Raqaypata archaeological site above. As you explore the remnants of Incan architecture and culture, our guide will bring to life the stories and significance of this sacred site.

Having traced the echoes of the past, we retrace our steps back down the trail, where a delectable Box Lunch awaits, offering a chance to refuel and reflect on the morning's adventure. Our selection of refreshments provides a perfect complement to the meal and a moment of relaxation amidst the day’s activities.

The exploration is far from over, as we set out on a brief 20-minute stroll to Ñaupa Iglesia, an enigmatic site steeped in Incan astronomy and spirituality. Here, amid the vestiges of ancestral worship, you will feel the spiritual pulse of the Andes, connecting you to the cosmos as understood by ancient civilizations.

Our return to Cusco is a tranquil affair, leaving the Sacred Valley's landscapes in the rearview as they give way to the evening light. Your anticipated arrival time at your hotel is around 4 pm, closing a chapter on a day rich with physical fulfillment, cultural immersion, and the sublime beauty of nature.

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate Encounter with Perolniyoc Waterfall: Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Perolniyoc Waterfall, where the sounds and sights of cascading waters create a profound natural experience.

  • Guided Exploration of Raqaypata: Ascend to the archaeological site of Raqaypata, discovering Incan ruins that offer a window into a civilization deeply connected with nature and the divine.

  • Diverse Flora and Traditional Agriculture: Walk through landscapes dotted with traditional agriculture and native vegetation, witnessing the harmonious balance between human cultivation and wild nature.

  • Visit to the Mystical Ñaupa Iglesia: Journey to the sacred Ñaupa Iglesia, an ancient site of worship and astronomical significance, which offers insights into the Inca’s sophisticated understanding of the stars and their cycles.

  • Cultural Insights from Expert Guides: Benefit from the knowledge and passion of expert local guides, who will bring the history and culture of the sites to life, enhancing your connection to this majestic land.

  • Comfortable Return Journey with Views: Reflect on your adventure with a different perspective of the Sacred Valley on the return drive, ensuring a comfortable and contemplative end to your day.

  • Photography Opportunities: Capture the beauty of the Andean landscapes, vibrant local culture, and ancient Incan sites, making for unforgettable visuals that will stand as a testament to your Peruvian adventure.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Perolniyoc Waterfall Trek. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Perolniyoc Waterfall Trek, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

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Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Do I need to be experienced in hiking to join the trek?

Our trek is designed for a range of fitness levels. However, some degree of physical fitness is beneficial as the trek involves walking at high altitudes. Beginners are welcome, and we ensure a pace that accommodates our group’s overall ability.

What is the best time of year to go on the Perolniyoc Waterfall Trek?

The trek can be enjoyed year-round, but the dry season from April to October offers the most stable weather conditions. The rainy season is from November to March, and while treks are still possible, the path may be more challenging.

Will there be access to restrooms during the trek?

Facilities are limited once we start the trek. We recommend using the restrooms at the starting point before we begin. Please be prepared to use nature’s facilities if necessary, and always practice leave-no-trace principles.

Are there any age restrictions for this trek?

There are no strict age limits, but the trek is not recommended for very young children or those with mobility issues due to the uneven terrain and altitude. Please contact us if you have concerns about age suitability.

Are vegetarian or vegan meal options available?

Yes, please inform us in advance, and we’ll ensure that vegetarian or vegan meal options are available for you during the tour.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Will someone carry my personal belongings?

You will need to carry your own belongings. We recommend a comfortable backpack with just the essentials, as our trek is only a day long.

Are there any extra fees I should be aware of?

There are no hidden fees in our trek packages. However, personal expenses, optional tips, and any additional services not outlined in the inclusions will be at your own cost.

What are the altitudes of Perolniyoc Waterfall and Raqaypata?

The Perolniyoc Waterfall sits at an altitude of 3,400 meters (11,155 feet) and the Raqaypata archaeological site, located about 150 meters higher, is at approximately 3,550 meters (11,647 feet) above sea level.

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