Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain
In just over a week you can explore the best the Andes of Peru have to offer on this 8-day Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain expedition. A quick departure from Lima to Cuzco kicks off the adventure of scenic train rides through the Sacred Valley, high-altitude hikes into the clouds of Machu Picchu and the unique Rainbow Mountain, not to mention treks through ingenious agricultural sites left behind by the Inca culture. Private tours and luxurious accommodations assure that you can relish your new surroundings of the picturesque Peruvian highlands.
Starting from $3,490 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- A day to acclimatize in the Sacred Valley, ancient heartland of the Incan civilization. You will visit the town of Pisac, Incan ruins perched on the hillside above the valley, and enjoy all the luxurious amenities of your hotel.
- A private tour of the Sacred Valley. You will visit Moray, a circular terraced agricultural site, the Salinas salt pools, and the massive ruins at Ollantaytambo.
- A train ride through the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.
- A guided tour of the breath-taking Machu Picchu, to the most important and fascinating parts of the ruins, where you’ll learn how and why they were constructed.
- A night at an exclusive hotel in Aguas Calientes, where you can once again take in the splendor of your surroundings.
- An opportunity to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, overlooking the Machu Picchu citadel, for a bird’s eye view of the ruin
- A private half-day tour of Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire, including stops at the immense ruin of Sacsayhuaman, the temple of Koricancha, and Cuzco’s Cathedral to view its art and artefacts.
- The opportunity to take a private tour of Lima’s key sites, including the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima’s historical colonial squares, and the picturesque waterfront district of Miraflores.
- Hike over 13 miles as you ascend Vinicunca, also known as Rainbow Mountain, a name owed to its colorfully striped surface.
Welcome to Peru! Today is a transit day, and after a long flight you're probably looking forward to a nice meal and some relaxation. The Costa del Sol hotel is located right across the street from the airport and is the best choice for travelers connecting to Cuzco. But if you arrive to Lima in the early afternoon, you’ll have the time to make your way to a hotel in the picturesque waterfront district of Miraflores. If you go for this option, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
In the morning, you’ll board your flight to Cuzco. Your guide will meet you at the airport, and take you on a journey through the spectacular scenery of the Sacred Valley, the agricultural strip that supplied food to the Incan Empire. On the way to your hotel, you will visit the town of Pisac and the Inca ruins perched on the hillside above the valley. When you arrive, you can relax in the peaceful garden surroundings of your country hotel as you settle in and acclimatize to the altitude.
Your guide will take you into the Sacred Valley, a land lost in time amid the mountains, to visit Moray, a circular terraced agricultural site, and the Salinas salt pools. In the afternoon, you'll explore Ollantaytambo with its massive Inca ruins and charming town, before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes.
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! You will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu with a guided tour of the Incan citadel. Your guide will take you to the most important parts of the city, and reveal all that’s known about how the city was created. After exploring the ruins you can rest up on the train back to Cuzco.
During your tour of Cuzco, once the capital of the Incan Empire, you’ll visit Sacsayhuaman (an immense Incan complex with impressive stonework, Koricancha (one of the most important Incan temples whose walls were once actually coated in gold!), and Cuzco’s Cathedral where you’ll learn about the Cuzco school of art.
After breakfast, you’ll travel through the southern valley, along the Urubamba River. Pass through charming villages before continuing to the highland community of Quesoyoni (14,350 ft), where you’ll meet your trekking team. The hike begins by following a small stream which brings you into the highlands where you can enjoy magnificent views of Ausangate Mountain (the highest peak in the area) and the valley. Continue to climb for about two hours (reaching 16,440 ft), with an amazing view of the Vilcanota mountain chain. After the pass, descend for about an hour to our campsite close to the Surine Qocha (15,730 ft) where you’ll spend the evening.
Start your day with an early breakfast to power through 1.5 hours more of ascent to reach Rainbow Mountain (16,530 ft), known as Vinicunca to locals. Enjoy stunning views over this unique striped mountain, with its crimson neighbor in the background and Ausangate looming overhead. Once you have taken in the views, it’s time to start the descent down the K´airahuire valley, where you’ll enjoy a final lunch. Your trek ends on arrival to Quesoyoni, where you’ll board your transport back to Cuzco for a relaxing evening at leisure.
Catch a flight back to Peru’s metropolitan capital, Lima. If time permits, explore the city and some of the best it has to offer, including the Larco Archaeological Museum, home to pre-Columbian artifacts dating back to over 4,000 years old.
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