Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain

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Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain

Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain 05 days/04 nights

Discover the magic and charm of the city of Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the recently discovered Rainbow Mountain. Explore the rich Inca and colonial heritage of Cusco and Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas. Then we will enjoy a phenomenal view of the Vinicunca Mountain, the mountain of colors, not before passing through an unforgettable experience through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and a spectacular view of the circular terraces of Moray and the salt mines of Maras.

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Itinerary

Our company Machu Picchu Peru Tours starts with the pick up of our visitors on average from 1:00 pm to 1:15 pm. from their respective hotels in the city of Cusco, and then continue with the visit of the following tourist attractions (archaeological remains), known as the City tour or combined.

Temple of Qoricancha – It is evident that the Temple of Qorikancha (House of the Sun) was the richest in precious metals because here was stored all the gold and silver of all its territory, all these metals that were found in this place were delivered in the form of offerings for the Sacred City of the Temple. In the time of the Incas or (Quechuas) all these precious metals had no economic value but religious value, its perfect architecture and stone constructions reflect that it was the most important precinct of the Inca empire.

Sacsayhuaman – The name Sacsayhuaman in Quechua means “satisfied falcon”. It is said that this falcon was the bird that guarded the entire Inca empire. The “ceremonial construction” of Sacsayhuaman has located 2 km from Cusco, this place has currently celebrated the feast of the sun (Inti Raymi) every June 24 of each year.

Qenqo – Its name in Quechua means “labyrinth” and is located 6 kilometers from the city of Cusco. This archaeological park was described as an amphitheater since on the outside you can see a semicircular construction. In reality, the purpose of this construction is not known because there is a ceremonial table, zigzag channels, niches, etc. that could have been used as an altar. It is presumed that it was one of the most important sanctuaries in the Inca period.

Puca Pucara – In Quechua means “Red Fortress” due to the red color of the rocks, this ancient Tambo was a military construction and watchtower for the Cusco valley and all the Quechua roads, this fortress was built by large walls, staircases, and terraces that were part of the defensive complex of the Inca Empire Its construction is of the rustic type consisting of streets, houses, and courtyards.

Tambomachay – It is located 12 km. from the city, known as the bath of the Inca, by the shape of its water fountains, it could also be an enclosure dedicated to the cult of water, after our visit we return to the city of Cusco. End of the excursion of the City or tour or combined.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas or Vilcanota Valley is located between the towns of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo, is beautiful, suggestive, and was highly appreciated by the Inca, due to its special conditions such as the beneficial climate and the generous fertility of their land.

On the way we pass through the villages of Coya, Lamay, Calca, Yucay, Urubamba, where beautiful flora and fauna is observed during the tour that lasts approximately 45 minutes to reach the city of Urubamba where we will have lunch in a cozy typical restaurant; In the afternoon we continue the journey to the town of Ollantaytambo, to visit the Archaeological Complex of Ollantaytambo, after the visit to this important archaeological center, return to visit the ruins of Chinchero and its small chapel a few minutes from the city of Cusco, and then transfer to your hotel.

The excursion starts early in the morning when we pick you up from your hotel. Then we depart to the train station located in the town of Poroy or Ollantaytambo according to your choice and the availability of trains. We board the train to the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu.

Travel time is approximately 4 hours from the time we pick you up at the hotel. During the trip, we will appreciate a diversity of natural landscapes and the impressive Urubamba River. After the trip, we arrive at the Puente Ruinas station located in Machupicchu Pueblo. Here the guide will be waiting for the guided tour of Machu Picchu. From the village, we will take the buses to make the ascent to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu which lasts approximately 25 minutes. Accompanied by a professional guide we start the tour appreciating the panoramic view of the citadel of Machu Picchu, we continue visiting the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the royal enclosures, the temple of the Three Windows, the cemeteries, and the whole city for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Then you will have free time to stroll around the citadel and take pictures. After the tour, you can go down to the town of Aguas Calientes to have lunch in one of the many restaurants and do some shopping.

Approximately at 7:00 pm we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then to Cusco, the return also takes 4 hours from the train station to the hotel, upon arrival at the train station in Poroy or Ollantaytambo, we will be waiting to take you to your hotel.

The Rainbow Mountain (VINICUNCA) is one of the majestic attractions present on the way to the APU AUSANGATE, it is said to be a place that shows a new opportunity for anyone who visits it, this belief has its beginning in the saying “If you want to see the rainbow you have to face the storm” which teaches us that there is always a reward for our efforts as well as a new opportunity; In the same way, is listed by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine as one of the 100 places to visit before you die, do not miss the opportunity to be part of this wonderful place because in the end life is a wonderful adventure that begins when you want.

Rainbow Mountain Trek: The adventure begins very early, at 03:00 am we will start the pick up at different lodges and then head to the picturesque village of Pitumarca south of the city of Cusco, where we will make a stop to provide us with some things necessary to start the tour such as water or energy drinks, snacks, cereals, etc.
After this short stop, we will continue our journey where we will observe the multicolored landscapes and crops that are mixed between the mysterious mountains and snow-capped mountains, Andean animals such as llamas, alpacas, sheep, vicuñas, and deep valleys. We will arrive at the picturesque village of Ocefina (Chillca), the starting point of our trek, where we will enjoy a delicious Andean breakfast with the locals. After our breakfast, we will start our trek for 4 hours uphill until we reach the village of Machuraccay and then we will ascend to the slopes of the Vinicunca hill, a place of access control to this mystical place.
Continuing the hike we will go through a path that little by little will change the panorama between mountains of intense colors and small streams of frozen water that feed and give life to this valley, as we walk we will observe how the colors of our surroundings will change by the climate, we will arrive at an altitude of 5033 meters above sea level. Top of the mysterious mountain of 7 colors (Vinicunca).

This will be the point where we will have enough time to take pictures, videos, etc. At the same time, it will be the place where we will enjoy our snack while our sight is delighted with the magic that encloses the mountains behind its veil of clouds and snowy peaks, after such an exquisite experience we will start the walk back to the town of Pitumarca where we will have lunch, then we will return to Cusco at around 20.00 hours, thus culminating the hike to the mountain of 7 colors.

Note: During the ascent, we will have a backup horse in case of any emergency, now if you want you can rent a horse for yourself, so culminates our package tours to Cusco and the Seven Colors Mountain.

Free day to visit other parts of the city or do some shopping.

We arrive at the end of our tour service to Machu Picchu and Vinicunca for 5 Days and 4 Nights.

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Before you book

  • To reserve this excursion a minimum of 30 days in advance is required.
  • A minimum of 01 participants is required.
  • The excursion is conducted in two languages: English and Spanish.
  • Level of demand: A high level of physical fitness and a good state of health is required.

Before Traveling

  • Original passports or personal documents (with which the reservations were made / copies are not accepted).
  • One light backpack or briefcase per person of 20 liters.
  • Trekking shoes or tennis shoes.
  • Clothing according to the season (rain poncho, windbreaker).
  • Sunscreen, repellent, wide-brimmed hat for sunny days.
  • Medicine and/or articles of personal use.
  • Camera or video camera.
  • Money in soles and not in dollars since the exchange rates are very low.

Frequently Asked Questions

To make the reservation we need the following information: 

  • Once the payment is done you must send us to our email (info@machupicchuperutours.com) the copy of your passports or foreigner card, with this information we will send you the confirmation of the itinerary and the purchase invoice. 
  • You must indicate the date of travel and the number of people to the email info@machupicchuperutours.com, since our website does not give you the option to choose the date of travel.
  • You must contact us one day before to re-confirm your participation.

We recommend you book the tour in advance since we have 2 seasons (high and low), which differ between the number of tourists we operate. For this reason, it is better to book in advance so as not to have any unexpected issues related to the availability of the tours. 

Our most in-demand holidays 

  • Holy Week: From April 07th to 11th.
  • Inti Raymi: From June 20 to 25.
  • Independence Day: From July 28th to July 31st.
  • All Saints Day: From November 01st to 04th
  • Christmas and New Year: From December 23, 2018 to January 01.

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