We (two adults and three children aged 10,11 and 14) climbed the via ferrata with Arrio and Natalia as our guides. The trip was very well organised, and Arrio and Natalia collected us from our hotel in Urabamba and provided all the equipment we needed and a careful safety briefing. The via ferrata is a series of steel ladders that climb 300m up a steep rock face. You are secured as you climb with two snaplink (carabiners) and Arrio provided an extra rope for our younger children to reassure their parents! As we gained height we had spectacular views of the sacred valley looking north towards Ollyantaytambo and the ruins there, with the river and road far below us. The climax was the crossing of a wire bridge above a huge drop. We were given an excellent lunch (we liked the banana biscuits!) and then descended. Although the setting was very dramatic (and not for those afraid of heights) our children greatly enjoyed this and we'd recommend it very highly.
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