07 DAY CULTURAL TOUR WITH SHORT INCA TRAIL + RAINBOW MOUNTAIN
PRICE $ 1599
These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.
A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.
Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.
“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.
These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.
07 DAY CULTURAL TOUR WITH SHORT INCA TRAIL
This package offers you to know the largest number of archaeological sites in Cusco, including the route to Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail in its short version and a visit to the Rainbow Mountain. Ideal to combine culture, nature and living traditions. A journey of life you will not forget. If you do not have more reservations for the same date, we guarantee a private tour with a minimum of 2 people.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
A shuttle from the airport to the hotel. The rest of the day will be reserved for resting to adapt to the altitude, approximately 3400 meters (11,000 feet).
Alojamiento: Tandapata Boutique *** o similars
DAY 2: CHINCHERO MARAS – MORAY
To start the Maras Moray & Chinchero Tour we will pick you up from your hotel around 8 AM and head to Moray. The drive is about 1 hour and 20 minutes and is absolutely beautiful. You will drive through the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, through lush yellow fields of wheat, past some villages.
Finally, you will arrive at the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.
When you are done exploring Moray you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountainside, being filled daily by a little stream of water.
The last place to visit will be Chinchero. Here we can admire the well-preserved Inka walls of the main square as well as the many altars. We will also visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior artwork and imagery. Moving on we will participate in a wonderful introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles; throughout the afternoon we will become acquainted with the wisdom of Andean weavings as maintained since long before Inka times.
If you want to see something really different from ruins, this is your tour! The area is amazing and spectacularly beautiful. Once you are done with the visit, you will head back to the city in time to enjoy some lunch on your own.
Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel*** or similar.
DAY 3 AND 4: 2 DAY INKA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the perfect option for those who are short on time or not up to the challenge of the full-length Inca Trail. Combining beautiful scenery, diverse flora and fauna, and a visit to the Inca Trail’s most beautiful site Wiñay Wayna, this trek offers you the best sections of the Inca Trail condensed in to a single day. With a total distance of 10 km / 6.3 mi, this 2-Day Inca Trail is less challenging and a great choice for families with children.
We offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (except February when the trail is closed for maintenance)
DAY 3: CUSCO – KM 104 – AGUAS CALIENTES
Departing your hotel in Cusco we will travel by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. From here, a train will take us roughly an hour down the valley to our starting point. Our journey begins at the banks of the Urubamba River and slowly ascends to meet up with the original Inca Trail at the site of Winay Wayna, before continuing on to the Sun Gate and on to Machu Picchu.
Along the way, we will pass through dense cloud forest with its rich variety of plants, flowers, birds, and if we are lucky, some of the local mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) or the rare Spectacled Bear.
After a full day of trekking, we will arrive at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon for our first views of Machu Picchu stretched over the mountain ridge below. The lighting at this hour of the day makes for amazing pictures. Descending from the Sun Gate, we continue along the beautiful paved stone path to Machu Picchu, but only to the famous “look-out point” above the main part of the citadel. From here we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes in the valley below for hotel check-in and dinner.
Lodging: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar.
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU
This day will be one of the best as we will visit one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. Therefore, we will take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu; then we will register with our entrance tickets and our passport.
Our tour guide will provide you with all the information and will take you through the best-known sites of the Inca citadel during 02 hours of on-site guidance. You will enjoy the Historical Sanctuary in all its splendor while capturing spectacular moments with your camera. (If you add the extra entrances for the Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, you can do it after finishing the guidance in the citadel of Machu Picchu).
After this incredible experience, we will return to Aguas Calientes to enjoy a delicious lunch (not included).
In the afternoon, we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, upon arrival a representative of the agency will be waiting for you and then be transferred to Cusco in our private transportation.
Finally, we will leave you at your respective hotel.
Lodging: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar.
DAY 5: OLLANTAYTAMBO – PISAQ
This day we will return to the Inka city of Ollantaytambo by train. Couple after having a guided tour at the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. Then we will travel through the Sacred Valley of the Inkas towards the city of Pisaq. On the way, we will stop at a spectacular observation point to observe the Urubamba River as it travels by way of a curve, like a snake through the agricultural land and so we continue towards the city of Pisaq, where we can also observe the construction design from the archaeological site of Pisaq, which many say portrays the profile of a condor.
Pisaq is known primarily for two reasons: for its famous craft market and archeological site. Here we will have free time to walk around the market and interact with the many local artisans. The ruins of Pisaq, high above the modern city on the mountain, is one of the most important in the Sacred Valley.
Places that are visited:
- Pisaq Market
Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.
DAY 6: FULL DAY RAINBOW MOUNTAIN
You will need to wake up early to enjoy this natural marvel at its best. Between 3:45 am and 4:15 am, we’ll pick you up directly from your hotel to start our ride to the south of Cusco through beautiful landscapes of valleys and agricultural communities. First, we will drive for around 2 hours to the town of Cusipata (3,329m / 12,772 ft.).
After breakfast in Chillihuani, we will continue our trip by van, following a beautiful way between the mountains, accompanied by our first views of Ausangate, the highest peak of Cusco. Along the way, we will pass through herds of hundreds of alpacas and llamas and the occasional shepherd or local people moving about their daily activities.
Our ascent will begin in Phuluwasipata and last about 2 hours, bringing us to our final destination and the highest point on our Rainbow Mountain trek (or Vinicunca trek), at 5,020 meters. / 16,470 ft. Here we will stop to admire and appreciate the outstanding views in all directions and the rare geological formations that appear to be painted with exotic colors by God’s hand. Far below and into the distance are infinite valleys and glaciers as far as one can see. We will stop for about 30 minutes – the perfect amount of time to rest, to have a snack, and immerse yourself in this wild environment before we must begin our descent, roughly an hour and a half hours towards the point where we started the day’s hike in Phuluwasipata. Our transport will be waiting to take us to the restaurant in Chillihuani where we enjoy an energizing lunch. We will have time after lunch to visit some of the local households and observe the lifestyle and customs that are still being practiced today since Inca times. Here the native language of Quechua is spoken very well and agriculture is essential for life.
At the end of the day, our tour will conclude with an opportunity to meet with local people from the community before making our journey back to Cusco in our private van. We will leave you back at your hotel around 4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m.
- Meals: Continental Breakfast / snacks / fresh lunch
- Lowest Altitude: 3,890 m / 14,189 ft
- Highest Altitude: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
- Distance: 3 km / 1 mile.
- Travel time: 2 hours ascent; 1,5 hours descent
- Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE
Free morning to relax or do any activity, and according to your flight details, you will be transferred by our staff to the airport for your departure to Lima.
INCLUDES BEFORE THE INCA TRAIL:
- 06 night’s accommodations 3 stars hotels.
- All transportation.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
- Pick-up from your hotel
- Train to Km 104
- Return transportation by train to Ollantaytambo
- Return transportation by bus to Cusco
- 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner. If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, allergies, etc) please let us know
- 3 Star Hotel
- Oxygen bottle
- First-aid kit
- Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Round-trip Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- International and internal flights.
- Meals where are not stated
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
- Original Passport
- Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries
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