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Cusco – Short Inca Trail – Rainbow Mountain

Cusco – Short Inca Trail – Rainbow Mountain


Activite type



Group Size

min 2 / max 10


Max Altitude

2430 m / 7932 ft


Activity Level


Cusco – Short Inca Trail hike – Rainbow Mountain – OVERVIEW

This tour offers a delightful itinerary, combining two well-known tourist destinations: hiking on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and a tour to the famous Vinicunca Mountain, more commonly known as Rainbow Mountain. .

You’ll get to enjoy the city of Cusco, be enchanted by the Sacred Valley, and explore the marvel at the hike you’ll take to the remarkable Machu Picchu, besides challenging yourself on the path leading to the gorgeous scenery of the mountain of seven colors!

Itinerary at a glance

First Day: Pick up from airport to hotel
Second Day: City tour (half day )
Third Day: Sacred Valley tour and Overnight in Ollantaytambo town
Fourth Day: Short Inca Trail Hike
Fifth Day: Machu Picchu Tour & back to Cusco
Sixth Day: Free day in Cusco
Seventh Day: Cusco – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco
Eighth Day: Transfer Out

Cusco – short Inca Trail hike-Highlights

Cusco – short Inca Trail hike – DETAILS


Day 1: Pick up from airport to hotel

Welcome to Cusco! Today, our friendly Machu Picchu Tours representative will be at the airport ready with a sign of our logo and your name. From there, we will transfer you to your hotel and assist with your check-in.

Due to altitude in Cusco (11,151 ft / 3399 m) we do suggest to spend the rest of the day relaxing. We would also recommend arriving to Cusco in the morning that way you can acclimatize to the altitude for the rest of the day or come a day before you start a tour with us.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day

Day 2: City tour (half day)

Sightsee towards the streets of Cusco, there are fascinating Inca artworks that are still intact to this day with a mix of European-colonial style.

We leave the hotel at 1 pm and visit one of the most captivating cathedral of Peru, We continue the tour by stopping at the temple of Coricancha (Sacred Temple of the Incas) and finish exploring the city by going to the nearest archaeological site of Cusco, Sacsayhuaman (12139 ft / 3700m). We end the tour by visiting Qenqo, Tambomachay and return back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Sacred Valley tour and overnight in Ollantaytambo town

Today we will visit one of the most iconic places in Cusco, The Sacred Valley of the Incas. We pick you up at 7:30 am and make our way to the first stop point, Awanacancha. During the trip, we will have first sighting of South America’s treasured animals, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. We will also have the opportunity to learn about the alpaca wool and have time to shop for some beautiful quality baby alpaca fabrics.

As we continue on with the tour, we visit the archaeological center of Pisac (9,750 ft / 2,972 m), one of the prominent ruins along the Sacred Valley. Pisa market is one of the most recommended markets where you will find a variety of gifts and souvenirs for all types.

Afterwards, we will have lunch (included) offering a variety of options. Then we stop at a Peruvian bar (Chichería) and try the traditional Peruvian drinks.

Finally, we stop at the last archeological site, known as Ollantaytambo, visit one of the oldest museums of South America. Continue on by exploring the grand site and move our way to the hotel in the Sacred Valley . There we rest and prepare for the short Inca Trail the following day.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4: Short Inca Trail Hike

We will pick you up at your hotel at 7:30 am, from there, we will drive to the Ollantaytambo train station and then board the train to km 104, this is where the real adventure begins!

Short Inca trail runs for approximately 4 hours through gradual and very steep climbs until we get to the top of the beautiful archeological called Wiñay Wayna (known as forever young) reaching up to 8746/2666m.

We will have time to explore and learn more of its history and origins. After lunch, we will be ascending through mountains and a further 2 hours through terrain fields.

With spectacular views and unforgettable memories along the Inca trail, you will have every chance to take incredible pictures of the sunset overlooking Machu Picchu.

Mission accomplished, we arrive at Machu Picchu! Have your camera ready for some great pictures! We make our way to Aguas Calientes via bus and stay overnight at one of our recommended hotels!

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast and Box Lunch

Day 5: Machu Picchu Tour & back to Cusco

Today is a special and grand day, we will visit one of the 7 wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. After breakfast we will board the bus (30 minute ride) to the citadel of Machu Picchu Citadel (7874 ft / 2400 m).

Our guide will have the pleasure to share the history of our ancestor and show you the most important places of Machu Picchu. This will be a guided tour of 2 hours.

From there, you will have free time to explore and take plenty of photos. We finish the tour by boarding the bus back to Aguas Calientes, have lunch (included) and take the train that leaves at about 2:30pm. Please note, the train ride will be 2 hours and another 2 hours via bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Free day in Cusco

Cusco has plenty to offer! Whether it be adventure, culture, trekking or shopping! So take advantage of today to explore more about this beautiful city.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day

Day 7: Cusco – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco

You will be picked up from your hotel at 5 am to leave to the southern valley of Cusco, a bus drive of approximately 2 hours. Here you will have a small stop for breakfast (included). After breakfast, the trip will continue for 45 more minutes on bus until you reach the starting point of the Rainbow Mountain Trek.

The Rainbow Mountain Trek hike takes approximately 2 hours until reaching the top of the mountain. The hike is mostly a climb up to the top (16,732 ft / 5,100 m), which is generally an easy trail. Nevertheless, the altitude is what makes this hike a challenge. Along the hike you will see beautiful landscapes, some local families and of course many llamas and alpacas. Once you reach the top you can appreciate grand Ausangate, one of the largest snowfalls in the Cusco region. When everyone finishes taking pictures of the Rainbow Mountain, you will start the descent until getting back to the bus. You will return by bus to Ccolca and have lunch there. After lunch, the bus drive will continue for 2 more hours until arriving at Cusco at 4pm – 5pm approximately.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8: Transfer Out

Time to say goodbye and we hope you had an enjoyable trip! Today we will transfer you to the airport at the requested time.



  • An experienced & profesional Tour Leader
  • 7 nights accommodation at 3 star hotel
  • Breakfast each day, 2 luches, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing tours of all major áreas
  • Sacred Valley, City tour ,Machu Picchu &  Rainbow Mountain entrances fees
  • Modern air-conditioned coach, mini coach or van
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Transportation – round trip train Tickets and bus to Cusco

Not included

  • Visa, Passport fees
  • International flights
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu (must be booked in advance based on availability)
  • Travel insurance
  • Walking sticks Us$8
  • Tips for your crew

Cusco – Short Inca Trail hike – ESSENTIAL INFO


At Machu Picchu Tours & Treks, a representative will organize a simple meeting the night before your tour or trek starts. During this meeting, you meet fellow adventures or tourists and gain valuable information regarding all aspects of your trip.

If you do arrive late, your Machu Picchu Tours representative will leave you a message regarding the time and meeting details for the next morning.

Airport transfer

For those of you who have purchased your arrival through Machu Picchu Tours, or if the entry was part of the cost of your chosen tour, please note the following:

Your arrival has been arranged dependent on the flight information that you provided to us. If there is a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your regularly scheduled arrival time, please let us know in advance. It is highly recommended that you contact us at +51974378488 so your transfer from the airport to the hotel can be adjusted.

Laggage storage

our luggage is limited due to the train restrictions, even if its an overnight tour. All bags that you bring to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) should be carry-on only. All extra luggage can be left safely in Cusco at your hotel or the Machu Picchu Tours office depot while you enjoy your tour or trek. We’ll take them from you on the morning of your journey and return them once you’re back in Cusco. Make sure your bags are appropriately identified, so it’s easy to locate them.

Baggage restrictions

Baggage on the trains to and from Machu Picchu is limited to 1 backpack that doesn’t exceed 8kg or 17 pounds. Its linear dimensions should be within 158cm or 62 inches. Luggage storage may be arranged with your guide if necessary. Depending on your itinerary, tagged luggage can be stored at your hotel in Cusco until you return from Machu Picchu.

Please note any type of bag or bagged when visiting Machu Picchu. A bag can be no bigger than 40cm, or 157 inches high X 35cm or 14 inches wide X 20cm or 8 inches deep as anything bigger won’t be permitted into the citadel. There is storage near the citadel. Even if your bags are already tagged with ID tags, please use any Machu Picchu Tours luggage tags. This makes it easier for Machu Picchu Tours staff to find and manage your luggage for you.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is essential as it offers you protection against circumstances like trip cancelations, delays or interruptions, loss of baggage, medical emergencies, and other problems that may occur.

There are medical evacuation plans that are offered for additional protection in case of an emergency. At Machu Picchu Tours, we care about your health, and our recommended affiliate will fly you on their ICU-equipped aircraft to the hospital of your choice.

We recommend that you purchase a form of travel insurance to protect your travel investment.

Cusco – short Inca Trail hike – FAQs

How to Book a Cusco – Short Inca Trail hike?

  1. When booking your Cusco – Short Inca Trail hike Tour, you’ll need to fill out our booking form by clicking on the BOOK NOW link on Machu Picchu Tours’ homepage. Be ready to supply the following information for each participant in your group. Keep in mind that we can’t purchase the entrance into Machu Picchu or the train without this information.
    1. Personal Information (Full name as it appears on your passport)
    2. Gender
    3. Passport Number
    4. Date of Birth (D.O.B.) example: dd/mm/yyyy
    5. Nationality
  2. There is a required USD$500.00 per person for us to purchase the train tickets and entrance into Machu Picchu. Click on the VISA, Western Union, or the PAYPAL links on our booking page. Once we receive the deposit and details, we can then book your permits. Once we have those in our hands, we’ll send you the invoice and confirmation that everything is ready to go. All start dates, once they’re confirmed, are guaranteed.

Cusco – Short Inca Trail hike – PICTURES

$1,650 USD
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