If you have little time and want to enjoy the best treks in Cusco, then this program is perfect for you. You’ll revel in the Ausangate glacier, colorful mountains and the Short Inca Trail of 2 days. The last will take you to see archeological sites, unique landscapes and, most importantly, visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Another highlight is the touristic destination of the Rainbow Mountain, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world with its inexplicable beauty. Join us, whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple or with a group; we’ll take care of all the details so you can live an unforgettable experience. We’re sure you won’t regret choosing this unique excursion.
We’ll start traveling from Cusco to the community of Upis where we will enjoy breakfast. After that, we’ll gradually ascend to the Upis campsite for lunch. We’ll then continue up the the Arapa Pass and then to the Hatun Pucacocha Lagoon to spend the night. In the morning, we’ll go toward the Puca Pass and then down to Anantapata to have lunch. Later, we will go uphill to the Warmisaya Pass and then arrive to our campsite in Surinecocha.
Next, we’ll hike toward the Rainbow Mountain and then descend to Llacto. From there, we will go by car to the Taray viewpoint to have lunch. Next, we’ll visit the archeological complex of Urco and then spend the night in Ollantaytambo. The next day, we’ll travel by train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 to start our trek toward Wiñay Wayna and Inti Punku. We’ll finish the day in the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night.
Finally, we’ll board a bus taking us to the entrance of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Once we’re inside, you will have 2-3 hours to visit all the most important sites and take incredible pictures. After that, we’ll return to Aguas Calientres and begin our return trip to Cusco.
We’ll leave Cusco at 4 AM in private transportation, heading toward the community of Upis (4,250 m / 13,944 ft) where we will have breakfast. We’ll then meet the team that will accompany us during the entire trek.
Once all the final details are prepared, we’ll ascend gradually for three hours until we arrive to the place where we’ll have lunch. Along the trail, we’ll enjoy breathtaking landscapes accompanied by llamas and alpacas. Next, we’ll continue up two and a half more hours to the Arapa Pass (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). From here, you will see a multitude of colors in the Andean mountains and valleys in front of your eyes.
After we enrich our landscape culture, we’ll go down three and a half hours, passing by the Yanacocha Lagoon, until we arrive at our campsite close to the Hatun Pucacocha Lagoon (4500 m / 14764 ft). When we get there, we’ll be at the foot of the Ausangate snowcap and surrounded by gorgeous lakes.
We’ll wake up with the warmth of the sunrise and enjoy a delicious breakfast that will provide us the necessary energy to start hiking. We’ll fill our water bottles, canteens and camelbacks, and then go up two hours to the Puca Pass (4,870 m / 15,978 ft). On the way, we’ll see the Ausangate snowcap and cristaline lakes around us.
Continuing, we will go downhill an hour and half to Anantapata (4,750 m / 15,584 ft) where we’ll have a wonderful lunch. Later, we’ll again go uphill to the Warmisaya Pass (4,985 m / 16,355 ft), and you’ll be able to see a part of the Rainbow Mountain from a distance.
After a short rest there, we’ll make our way toward our campsite close to the Surinecocha Lagoon (4,800 m / 15,748 ft). When we get there, we’ll have a flavorful dinner prepared by our talented chef, and we’ll sleep surrounded by nature.
Today, we’ll get up early and have a nice breakfast. We’ll start gradually hiking uphill on a picturesque trail. We will go toward the highest point of our trek where we’ll see multicolored scenes full of pure energy and enjoy the sunrise. We’ve finally reached the Rainbow Mountain (5,100 m / 16,732 ft)! We’ll take time to behold this wonder without many people around since we’ll be the first to arrive. Your guide will explain everything about this place and the relationship the Andean people have with the sacred mountains.
After that, we’ll go down one hour to Llacto (4,630 m / 15,190 ft) and from there go 2 hours by car to the Taray Viewpoint (3,150 m / 10,334 ft) to have lunch at the start of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Later, we’ll continue traveling to Urco (2,900 m / 9,514 ft), an archeological complex dedicated to water worship. For one hour, we’ll continue along the banks of the Willcamayu River until we reach Ollantaytambo (2,792 m / 9,160 ft).
When we get there, we’ll enjoy our last hike to the Qolqas Inca (2,950 m / 9,678 ft), old granaries from the Inca age located on a hill called Pinkuylluna. While we are there, you’ll have an impressive view of the archeological complex of Ollantaytambo. In the evening, we’ll have our last dinner and spend the night in that town.
Today, we’ll start early for an adventure full of history and ancestral culture. We’ll go to the train station in Ollantaytambo and travel an hour and a half to KM 104, where our hike will begin. Here, we’ll have a short meeting about the last details, and you’ll receive snacks and a boxed lunch to eat during the day.
After that, we’ll start our day surrounded by dense, local vegetation in the cloud forest until we reach our first Inca archeological site, Chachabamba, known as a ceremonial center. Next, we’ll go uphill for three hours toward the most important place on this route, Wiñay Wayna (2,650 m / 8,964 ft) where we will walk through its streets and connect with Mother Earth, hearing the songs of the birds. Then, we will continue for 10 minutes to where we’ll have lunch.
Later, we’ll make our way to the Sun Gate, from which you’ll be able to see, for the first time, the impressive architecture of Machu Picchu. While you’re there, you can take incredible pictures of both places and honor the memory of the Incas, who built this wonder in connection with the surrounding nature. Finally, we’ll take a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes where we’ll spend the night and enjoy a delicious dinner at the best restaurant.
Today, we’ll start off toward the bus station and go to the entrance of Machu Picchu (2,430 m / 7,972 ft). Before going into the citadel, we can use the bathrooms. Once inside, you´ll be truly impacted by so much beauty! It seems that time hasn’t passed in this place and that life itself has stood still in the middle of these mountains. You’ll visit the place most highly desired by so many, Machu Picchu!
The tour inside the citadel will be personalized. You’ll traverse significant places where the Incas walked and you’ll even feel they’re by your side. The citadel of Machu Picchu is large, so it will take you 2-3 hours to visit the most important sites in these sacred grounds.
After that, we’ll return by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes just in time for lunch. Then, you’ll have a couple hours of free time to rest and do whatever you’d like. Later on, we’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo and, from there, we’ll return to Cusco in private transportation.
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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