Short Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain 5 Days / 4 Nights

Trip introduction

Cusco historical capital of America and cradle of the Inca civilization awaits you to share days full of magic and history, we want you to feel at home and we invite you to take a tour of the main streets, squares of the center of this magical city with our Walking tour. Speak of Cusco is to go back to the time of our ancestors the Incas and obviously we can not leave without reaching the mythical Machu Picchu, we give the option to make part of the original Inca road and enter through the door that was used more than 500 years ago to reach this marvel in construction and engineering. Let´s walk to the mountain of the 7 colors or also called Rainbow Mountain and have contact with local people who still perform their pastoral activities of camelids like llamas vicunas and alpacas in their natural environment .

Highlights

  • Visit one of the cities declared as cultural heritage of humanity CUSCO -WALKING TOUR
  • Visit the Inca Museum (the largest in the City)
  • Original short Inca trail to Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy the sunset and sunrise in Machu Picchu
  • Explore inwardly each part of the last city of the Incas (Machu Picchu)
  • Rainbow Mountain Hike
  • Sighting of Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas in their natural environment
Responsible travel.
By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival to Cusco + Walking Tour

Depending on the arrival of your flight from the city of Lima, our staff will be waiting for you for transport you to the selected hotel located in the downtown city. You will have enough time to rest and organize your things and why not take a mate of coca to help you in the process of acclimatization.
Around 3 pm. During the afternoon. We will take a walk through the main streets, squares, markets of the city that are full of history so that you feel more in harmony with the environment that surrounds it, we will pause to visit the Inca museum, considered as the largest of the City and the only one that stores more than 95% of original pieces of the Inca period, we will end our visit watching the sunset from the main square of the city and then return to the hotel where our guide will give a briefing about the Hike to Machu Picchu.

Day 2: Short Inca Trail – Aguas Calientes

We will wake up early to take the bus to Ollantaytambo train station from Cusco. After approximately 1:45 hours on the bus, we will board the train that will take us to Km 104 (Chachabamba) to begin the Inca Trail. Our guide will show you the first Inca site (Chachabamba) and will gradually tell the story of this path that still remains original, then walk for 4 or 5 hours to another important Inca site called Wiñay Wayna. We will walk through a mixture of cactus vegetation where we will see varieties of orchids and a cloud forest. Later we will continue for 2 more hours to the Puerta del Sol which is the original entrance to the city and that only those who make this tour have the privilege of using it as more than 500 years ago to see the sunset in Machu Picchu and Have our first classic photo taken as a postcard for souvenir. Finally, we will end the afternoon continuing our journey to Aguas Calientes to spend the night where you can take advantage of the hot springs if you choose to do.

Day 3: Machu Picchu - Cusco

This is our day !!! We will take the first bus that leaves from Aguas Calientes at 5:30 am to the city of Machu Picchu. After entering the checkpoint with our guide we will walk for 7 or 10 minutes to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and depending on the weather we will be able to see the sunrise. We will explore the city for 2 or 3 hours while visiting the most important sectors within the urban area and listening to the wealth of historical information that our guide will provide. After the tour you can explore the place on your own. At the end of the afternoon we will return to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Ollantaytambo and then to Cusco.

Day 4:- Cusco- Rainbow Mountain - Cusco

Did you know that Rainbow Mountain is one of the 100 places you should visit before dying according to National Geographic ?. we help you to realize that dream!.
Our team will pick you up from the hotel at 03:30 a.m. for take the way to Pitumarca. Try to rest on the way to have energy for walk. As the sun rises you can observe the typical Peruvian Andean landscape and the villages along the route. Our Andean breakfast will be at approximately 6:30 a.m. we will have everything ready for you to enjoy your first meal and start the walk of about 4 kilometers. With the sun on top, we take the first steps through the quiet and remote landscape of the Cusco. You can advance at your pace and observe in detail the flora of the Andes as well as open your arms and breathe the clean Andean air. On the way we will pass through mountains, a narrow path, small streams, always under the tutelage of high snow, especially the snowy Apu Ausangate. Approximately at 11:00 in the morning we will reach the top of the Mountain Vinicunca, or Mountain of 7 Colors. All the effort of the 4 hours of hiking will be rewarded with the dazzling view of the rainbow mountain. It will leave you speechless! The colors of the mountain change in the day and with the weather. You can not miss this show! Once there you will have time to take pictures. The return will be by the same route: first the walk back to the Pitumarca and finally in a private car to Cusco. We will arrive in Cusco around 7 at night.

Day 5 - Cusco Departure

Depending on the departure of your flight we will take you to the airport to board your transportation that will take you to your next destination.

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Included

  • 3 night hotel in Cusco
  • 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • An experienced professional guides
  • English speaking local guides
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 2 boxed lunches(short Inca trail and rainbow mountain hike)
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Visit to the Inca Museum
  • Walking tour in Cusco
  • Original Inca Trail 2 days
  • Walk to the Rainbow Mountain
  • Tickets to the Inca Museum
  • Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Train Tickets to Ollantaytambo- 104 (beginning of Inca Trail) - Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo
  • Bus Tickets to Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Transfer, Airport - Hotel – Airport
  • Transfer – Cusco- train station Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Not Included

  • Tips for the staff
  • Lunch in Aguas Caliente
  • Extras (water, snacks, items not in the itinerary )

Recommendations

  • Backpack waterproof layer
  • Loose pants and better long
  • Feather coat and waterproof jacket.
  • Gloves and skullcap.
  • Trekking shoes with thick orm.
  • Micro fiber or wool socks.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Sunscream and glasses.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Original passport.
  • Purifiying pills.
  • Personal higiene items.
  • Torch with replacement battery.
  • Camera.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Extra Money to tipping guides, cookers and porters.