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Cusco – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Rainbow Mountain – 6D/5N

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Experience the best Cusco has to offer on this exciting tour through the ancient Inca capital and beyond! On this action-packed tour, you will spend six days in the heart of the Andes, exploring traditional villages, sophisticated ruins, and incredible mountains by horseback, mountain bike, trek, and train. You will stay in quality hotels and hostels specially selected by our agency, and receive included private transportation to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour. Please note that meals are not included on this tour; however, with several excellent restaurants in Cusco, you will have no trouble finding plenty to eat!

In order to book this tour, you must provide your passport and flight information. We recommend booking two to three months in advance for maximum ease and flexibility.

Summary

PLACES VISITED ON THE TOUR:

  • City of Cusco Horseback Tour
  • Mountain-Biking in Moray, Maras, and the Salt Mines
  • Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu
  • Rainbow Mountain

Itinerary


Arrival in Cusco- Horseback Tour in Afternoo

You will be welcomed at the Cusco airport by our staff and escorted to your hotel or hostel.
After lunch, your adventure in Cusco begins with a horseback tour of the incredible ruins and scenic mountainsides which surround the city. You will begin with your guide at the Qenqo archeological site, then head towards Puka Pukara, Tambomachay, and Sacsayhuaman. As you ride through these historic treasures, you´ll encounter the countryside´s quaint homes and charming inhabitants. At the end of your tour, a driver will be waiting to bring you back to your hotel or hostel.

  • Horseback Tour Start Time: Approximately 1:30-2:00 pm
  • Horseback Tour End Time: Approximately 4:30 pm
  • Difficulty: Light to Moderate
  • Weather : Warm and windy, with temperatures a bit cooler early in the morning and late in the afternoon

Mountain Biking Moray & Maras Salt Mines (Full day)

Your day will begin with an 8:00 am pickup from your hotel or hostel and an approximate hour and twenty minute drive to Chinchero, where you´ll begin your tour. In this beautiful valley town, you´ll receive your mountain bikes, helmets, and gloves, then set out on a picturesque trail beside Huaypo Lake.

Our first stop is at Moray, where a group of terraced craters 150 meters deep has prompted speculation for centuries. Many historians believe the site was a type of agricultural experimentation center, where the Incas tested crops in different microclimates. Today, one of the Moray craters has been replanted, to give visitors an idea of how the original site may have functioned and looked.

We will continue along the trail to Maras, a small colonial village where we will eat lunch. From Maras, we will ride downhill for an hour to the Maras salt mines, where three thousand stunning, snow-white salt wells line the walls of a verdant valley. You can buy the salt produced here in the Maras market, as well as in several different locations throughout the Cusco region.

After our visit to the salt mines, we will ride for about an hour longer and then end our tour in Tarabamba, in the Sacred Valley. Transportation will be waiting to return you to Cusco by approximately 4:30 pm.

  • Tour Start Time: 8:00 am
  • Tour End Time: Approximately 4:30 pm
  • Riding distance: Approximately 35 kilometers
  • Difficulty: Moderate to High Moderate
  • Weather : Very warm and sunny

Sacred Valley Tour  and Overnight in Aguas Calientes

The tour begins at 8:00am with pickup at your hotel or hostel and a picturesque ride to the village of Pisac for a visit to its famous craft market. Located 33 kilometers from Cusco, the village of Pisac sits below one of Cusco´s most important archeological sites, where you will be able to explore an ancient Inca agricultural center and its stunning terraces. In Urubamba, or “The Heart of the Sacred Valley,” you can eat lunch (not included) in the shadow of snow-capped Chicon Mountain and explore the lush, palm-filled Plaza de Armas before continuing with the afternoon portion of the tour.
Next, you will arrive in Ollantaytambo, where villagers still live in ancient stone houses built by the Incas around Hanan Huacaypata Square. You will experience the majesty of one of the Inca´s most impregnable fortresses, as you climb to the scenic Temple of the Sun and admire the sophisticated engineering of the Baths of the Princess.
Finally, you will board the 4:30 p.m train to Aguas Calientes, After an approximately two-hour journey through the Andes, you will arrive at Aguas Calientes train station, where you will be greeted by our staff and escorted to your hotel and hostel to spend the night before your day at Machu Picchu. At dinner, you will be briefed on the next day´s tour and itinerary.

  • Tour Start Time: Approximately 8:00 am
  • Arrival in Aguas Calientes: Approximately 6:15 pm
  • Difficulty: Light
  • Weather : Warm and sunny, with cooler temperatures at night.

Machu Picchu Tour and Returing to Cusco

After an early wake-up call and breakfast, you will ascend to Machu Picchu either by bus or on foot to watch the sunrise. A guide will escort you through all the most important places within the ruins. Hiking to the peak of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain is also available for an additional fee (USD $20).
After you´ve explored Machu Picchu, we will return to Aguas Calientes for lunch before taking the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo (please note you must be in the station 30 minutes before the your train´s departure). You will be greeted at the Ollantaytambo station and driven back to Cusco.

  • Tour Start Time: Approximately 4:00 am
  • Arrival in Cusco: Approximately 10:30 pm
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Weather : Warm and humid; insect repellent recommended.

Raibow Mountain Full Day Hike

Your day will begin at 3:00 am with pickup from your hotel or hostel for the drive to Pitumarca. As the sun rises, you will be able to watch the countryside´s various charming villages come to life among the peaks of the Andes. We will stop briefly for breakfast, then continue our journey to Chillca, located 3700 meters above sea level. From here, it is an approximately four hour hike uphill to the top, with its incredible views of the area´s red mountains (including the famous seven-colored peak) and steep valleys. After plenty of time for photos and videos, we will hike back down (approximately 2 hours) to Chillca for lunch and free time to explore the village and the homes of its inhabitants, who still practice several Inca traditions. You will return to Cusco at approximately 7:30 pm.

  • Tour Start Time: Approximately 3:30 am (pickup from your hotel or hostel)
  • Tour End Time: Approximately 7:30 pm (return to Cusco)
  • Total Walking Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers (six to seven hours)
  • Altitude: 4,326 masl — 5,020 masl
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Weather : Cool and windy. Layered and thermal clothing highly recommended.

Good Bye Cusco – Return to Lima

We will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the airport for your flight to Lima.

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Options Pricing

Hotel booking is subject to availability of spaces.
The cost of the tour packages are based on double or matrimonial room. For an individual room an extra payment has to be made.
Prices do not include VAT for Peruvian passengers.

OPTION N° 1

$680 /per person

Mama Simona (3***)
Mama Simona 2 (4****)

Service: Group Service

Experience the best Cusco has to offer on this exciting tour through the ancient Inca capital and beyond!

OPTION N° 2

$780 /per person

Tiera Viva Saphi

Service: Group Service

Experience the best Cusco has to offer on this exciting tour through the ancient Inca capital and beyond!

OPTION N° 3

$900 /per person

Casa Andina Hotel

Service: Group Service

Experience the best Cusco has to offer on this exciting tour through the ancient Inca capital and beyond!

Included / Not Included

Included

Transportation to and from the airport on your arrival day in Cusco
Horseback Tour (Transport, guide, wrangler, horses, gloves, and helmet).
Mountain Biking Tour (Mountain bike, helmet, gloves, boxed lunch, and professional bike guide)
Sacred Valley Tour – Night in Aguas Calientes (Transfer from your hostel,Guide who is fluent in English,Tourist bus to the sites in the Sacred Valley, tourist tickets or entrance fees to see the sites in the sacred valley tour, Lunch in the tour,
One night accommodation in an Aguas Calientes hostel
Machu Picchu Tour (Round trip train tickets (tourist class) (Ollanta – Aguas Calientes – Ollanta)Round trip bus tickets (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.) Profesional bilingual tour guide Entrance to Machu Picchu,Transportation back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
Fout nights in accommodation in a Cusco with hot shower,wife,
Rainbow Mountain Day Hike (Transport, guide,breakfast,lunch and entrance fee to the mountain
Transportation to and from the hostel and airport

Not Included:

All breakfast,lunchs and dinners that are not mention in the tour itinerary
Flights (Lima – Cusco – Lima)
Entrance to the mountain of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Peak (optional $30 USD).
Entrance to Qoricancha (15 soles) and Cathedral (25 soles)Salt mine of maras (10 soles)

What you need to bring

  • Original passport and migration card (TAM)
  • Sneakers or hiking shoes
  • water
  • We strongly recommend to bring your Camel Back and water canteen due to that government of Peru will not allow disposable plastic bottles anymore on the Inca trail and in Machu Picchu.
  • Raincoat (long poncho) during the rainy season.
  • Warm jacket
  • Gloves and hat
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Long pants.
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Medicine and / or personal items/toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • A backpack or lightweight suitcase (between 5-6 kilos for tours in Machu Picchu)
  • Camera or camcorder, film, memory cards
  • Cash in small denominations of Peruvian nuevo soles
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs (optional)

FAQ

Pre-Trek Briefing

At Inka Trail Backpacker, providing a personal experience and ensuring you are thoroughly prepared for your trek is very important to us. Before you depart on the Inca Trail trek, you will receive a briefing in our office. At the briefing, you will get to meet our staff, receive maps and a detailed description of each day of your tour, be given duffel bags if you have hired a porter, and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Do the tour guides speak English?

Our team of guides are all local to the Cusco area and speak both Spanish and English fluently. Many of them also speaking Quechua (the native language of Peru). With degrees in tourism and with two years minimum of experience under their belts, they are full of energy, information about the native flora and fauna, and the Inca sites, with a vast knowledge of ready sourced stories and legends told by the Andean people.

How many people are there per group?

Group size depends on the day´s activity: the Sacred Valley Tour will have about 25-30 people, the Rainbow Mountain Tour will have twenty people maximum, and Machu Picchu will have sixteen people maximum.

Renewal or change passport number?

If you plan to renew or change your name on your passport between making your trek booking and starting your trek, you can book your trek or tour with your current passport number or name, but you must send us a copy of your old passport and a copy of your new passport when you have them. We can then make the change with the government before you arrive. The extra cost to make the change is US$25 per person. (This will cover the change in number or name for your Inca Trail Permit, Machu Picchu Entrance, and train.)

If you do not advise us of the change or do not want to pay the fee, bring the original of both passports (the old and new one). You can enter Peru with your new passport but you must show the government authorities your old passport in order to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or train. If you cannot do so, you will not be allowed to start your trek by the government officials. All names and numbers must match!!

Return train after your day at Machu Picchu: Your return train to Cusco is the Expedition train, which departs either at 6:20 or 8:20pm and  9:45 p.m. We can also book an afternoon train departure time of 2:55 or 4:35 p.m. for you if you prefer, at an extra cost of US $25. The train we will book depends on availability and will be confirmed at your briefing. There is also an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train which is an extra US $65 per person. Please let us know your preference at the time of booking the tour. Unfortunately, none of the trains go straight to Cusco—they run either to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. In either case, we will transfer you back by bus to your hotel in Cusco.

Can I change my return train ticket?

It may still be possible to make changes to your return train ticket if you don’t want to take the 18:20p.m train You will have to take your train ticket personally to the train station in Aguas Calientes and ask them to change the return ticket for an early one. You will probably be asked to pay an extra administration fee, which will depend on the train service and departure time. Changing the ticket will be subject to availability of spaces on the train

Tips for the Staff: Tips for porters, cooks and guides are always welcome. The porters are also very grateful for small gifts, such as clothing and school equipment for their children. A normal amount for the group to tip is S/60-80 for each porter and S/120 for the chef. The group will pool money for the tip, this is not an individual amount.

Refunds: Inti Sun Trek fails to confirm the reservation, your payment will be refunded in full.

Huayna Picchu Climb: Only 400 people can climb this mountain per day. If you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu, tickets need to be booked in advance.

Storage during your tour : You can leave any of your belongings at your hotel or hostel you were previously staying in. These hostels/hotels usually have a secure, locked room where you can store your belongings. If you do not trust your hostel, we would be more than happy to securely store your belongings for you.