Do you want to enjoy an adventure on the most attractive ancestral trails in the region of Cusco? Then this 4-day program is for you; we’ll offer you the best of the two short treks most sought after by the majority of visitors: Rainbow Mountain and the Inca Trail. Along the way, you’ll see impressive mountains, lakes, glaciers and landscapes unique to the region. Whether you go alone or with others, we’ll take care of planning your trip so you don’t have to worry about anything. Take advantage of this adventure that will take you all the way to enjoy the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu!
We’ll start the hike in Quesiuno toward the Puca Pass, a magnificent place to look out over the Ausangate glacier, surrounded by crystalline lakes. After that, you’ll go to Anantapata to have lunch and, then, to the campsite in Surenicocha. The next day, you’ll walk to the Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley; these sites are truly incredible because they seem to have been drawn out or taken off of the planet Mars. In the afternoon, we’ll visit other important places: Andahuaylillas, Rumi Punku and Huacarpay. After that, we’ll go to Cusco to spend the night.
The next day, we’ll travel to Ollantaytambo and then board a train to Km 104, the start of the Inca Trail. The hike will be from Wiñay Huayna to the Sun Gate, from where we’ll be able to see Machu Picchu in the distance. We’ll spend the night in Aguas Calientes. The last day, we’ll finally visit Machu Picchu and see this wonderful place, learning about Andean culture. After this beautiful experience, we’ll return to Cusco.
We’ll start the day early, traveling in private transportation through Pitumarca to Quesiuno where we’ll have a delicious breakfast. When we get there, we’ll prepare to begin our hike and start going slowly 500 meters up for three hours until we arrive at the Puca Pass (4,870 m / 15,977 f).
Once we’re at the peak, we’ll get the best look at the Ausangate glacier and the glorious lakes surrounding it. According to Andean cosmovision, both small and big mountains have life since, for the local inhabitants, they’re the spiritual chiefs called Apus. Ausangate is the most powerful, known as the creator of the waters. After a connection with this protective Apu, we’ll go down, for an hour and a half, to Anantapata to have lunch.
Continuing on, we’ll go up to the Warmisaya Pass (4,985 m / 16,355 f), from which we can see the Rainbow Mountain in the distance. After that, we’ll continue 45 minutes to our campsite in Surenicocha and have a delicious dinner.
Today, we’ll arrive at the highest point, the viewpoint of the Rainbow Mountain (5,100 m / 16,732 f). This site will captivate its visitors with many colors: pink, fuschia, yellowish brown, red, turquoise and gold. Because of this, it’s one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world.
After visiting this site early in the morning, we’ll go on to the viewpoint of the Red Valley. After that, we’ll descend an hour to Llacto where our transportation will be waiting to take us to the Andahuaylillas Cathedral. This church has colorful paintings inside belonging to the school of Cusco and with a peculiar style.
Next, we’ll continue, by car, to Rumi Punku where we’ll do a 45-minute hike to the wetlands of Huacarpay to have lunch. Later, we’ll return to the city of Cusco to rest and prepare for our next adventure.
Today, we’ll leave very early in private transportation to the station of Ollantaytambo where we’ll board a train going toward Km 104, the starting point of our hike. After that, we’ll go to Chanchabamba, the first archeological site welcoming us to the Inca Trail.
Next, we’ll go up three hours and note the climatic change from the mountains to the tropical forest. Continuing on, we’ll visit the archeological site of Wiñay Huayna; it’s said that this place is a small-scale replica of Machu Picchu. Once you’ve explored it, you can make up your own mind. We’ll have lunch closeby.
We’ll then continue the trail to the Sun Gate, the official entrance from Cusco to Machu Picchu in imperial times. The view from here is incredible; it’s so exciting that it can’t be described in words. You’ll be able to take some fantastic pictures from this point. Later, we’ll take a bus down to Aguas Calientes, enjoy our dinner in an exclusive restaurant and spend the night at a comfortable hotel. Remember to get to sleep early; tomorrow, we’ll start before dawn.
We’ll start the day by enjoying a delicious breakfast at the hotel. After that, we’ll take a bus to the entrance of the Inca City. Remember to follow all the instructions; this will allow you to have a problem-free experience. After visiting other sacred places like the Rainbow Mountain and the grand Inca Trail, your dream to visit Machu Picchu is finally becoming a reality!
Once you’re inside the citadel of Machu Picchu, your personal guide will take you to visit temples, terraces, palaces, priests’ quarters, the Intihuatana, the industrial sector and the agricultural fields.
As you look around this wonderful site, you’ll be able to consult with your guide. In the end, some questions will go without being answered; no one can clearly explain the harmony between architecture and nature. After having finished this visit, capturing the moment on your camera and in your memory, we’ll return to the town of Aguas Calientes to have lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll take a train back to Ollantaytambo and, from there, private transportation to return to your hotel in Cusco.
All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Peru Hike offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.
ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.
A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.
The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.
Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Peru Hike can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Returning from Machu Picchu requires quite a bit of logistics, but don’t worry. Everything is included in your tour!
Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.
Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.
You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.
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