The sacred valley of the Incas is full of wonders and hidden gems. Perolniyoc is definitely one of its well kept secrets. Perolniyoc is a beautiful waterfall of almost 100m high dominated by pre-inca ruins.
Category: Adventure, culture, ecology, and trekking
Duration: 1 day
Difficulty: Easy (the first part is a little bit steeper and takes approximately 45 minutes)
Languages: English, Spanish
Tour Start Time: Between 6:30 and 7:00 am
Tour End Time: Approximately 3:00 pm
Seasonal Availability: Year-round, April-November recommended
Maximum Altitude: 3,460 meters
Cusco – Socma
In the morning, we will pick you up from your accommodation at approximately 6:30 – 7:00 am. If your hotel or hostel is not located in the city center, we will pick you up from the doorway of our office building. We will begin the two hour drive towards Socma village where we will begin our hike.
After about 45 minutes hiking uphill, we will arrive to the first point were we can appreciate the waterfall. We will stop there for a moment to appreciate the view and take a few pictures. We will then continue about 30 minutes more slightly uphill to reach the archaeological site of Raqaypata. After a few explanations about the site from the guide and taking pictures, we will start the hike down. Finally you will return to Socma where we will take our transport back to Cusco, arriving around 3pm.
US$50 per person
- Pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off near the main square
- Round trip transportation between Cusco and Socma
- English/Spanish-speaking professional guide
- Breakfast and lunch box (vegetarian option available)
- First aid equipment
- Tips for your tour guide and driver
What to Bring:
- Hiking boots
- Small daypack or backpack (approximately 20L)
- Comfortable, lightweight trekking clothes or activewear (layers recommended)
- Waterproof, sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support and traction
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Warm coat
- Hat and gloves
- Hand sanitizer
- Sun hat or cap
- Insect repellent
- Water (at least 1L)
- Personal medications
- Muscle relaxers
- Painkillers or anti inflammatories
- Bandaids (especially those designed for blisters)
- Toilet paper
- Cash (in small denominations of Peruvian nuevo soles)
Health and Safety: All of our participants are required to inform us of any illness or injury which could affect them or the group during the tour. Although our guides carry first aid kits, we strongly recommended that you bring any personal medications you may need. We also suggest that you consult your doctor before reserving this tour.
Where to Store Your Things: Anything you do not want to bring with you on the tour can be safely left in your accommodation. Most hotels and hostels have safes to protect your belongings. However, if you do not feel comfortable leaving your things there, you may also bring them to our office for safekeeping during the tour.
Where is Perolniyoc waterfall located?
Perolniyoc is located about two hours from Cusco by car. The hike starts in Socma.
Are all activities on the tour mandatory? How flexible are itineraries?
We are committed to providing your ideal experience in Peru. Therefore, if there are any adjustments you would like to make to reflect your fitness level, lifestyle, or personal interests, we are happy to help! Our itineraries are reasonably flexible and activities can be removed or substituted as necessary.
Should I bring extra water?
Water is provided at meals. However, you should also carry a refillable water bottle with you to prevent dehydration.
How far in advance should I book my tour?
We recommend that you book your trek approximately one to two weeks in advance. This allows us to arrange for you to have the best possible transportation, guides, and meals during your tour.
How much time will I need to acclimate to the altitude before my tour?
We recommend at least two days in Cusco to sufficiently acclimate before the tour begins.
What meals are included? Are there vegetarian options?
Breakfast and lunch on the trek are included. Vegetarian options are available; however, vegan options are not.
Should I tip the guides? How much is appropriate?
A tip is customary, but the amount is at your discretion. Whatever you feel is appropriate based on the service you have received is fine; please remember to always be courteous and respectful with our guides.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
All of our guides are bilingual and speak both Spanish and English.