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Cusco Peru Vacation Package – Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain

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Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain Package

Cusco Peru Vacation Package or Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain package is one of our exclusive travel packages. 

We have designed this eight-day package tour to offer you a delightful combination of stunning landscapes, from the Andes to the cloud forests, ancient Inca ruins, and the best of the region’s attractions on your trip to Peru, South America. 

Cusco Peru Vacation Package begins with a guided tour of the city of Cusco where you will be visiting the prominent Inca ruins. You will then have a guided tour of the Sacred Valley

You will then embark on a hike on the emblematic Short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. The trail is a popular alternative to the Classic Inca Trail. It is dotted with some of the prominent Inca ruins. 

You will be having a day dedicated to a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site, Machu Picchu. On this guided tour you will be visiting some of the prominent parts of the Inca citadel, including the main square or Plaza de Armas, remains of Inca royal quarters, ceremonial sites, and more. 

Cusco Peru Vacation Package culminates with a full trek to the iconic Rainbow Mountains of Peru, Vinicunca Mountain

We highly recommend that you book your Cusco Peru Vacation Package during the dry season, between March and November. You will have clear skies which will give you plenty of photo opportunities. 

Why Machu Picchu Tours?

We are a fully locally owned tour operator and a licensed Inca Trail operator based in Cusco. Our guides are passionate about the history and culture of Peru. They have years of experience in hiking to Machu Picchu. 

This is a high-altitude experience. Although our tour guides will be carrying oxygen tanks and coca leaves, It is highly recommended to spend 3-4 days in Cusco to avoid altitude sickness

Do take a moment to check out reviews on Tripadvisor.

Check out our interesting facts about Machu Picchu

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

Depends on your flights arrival time

Price Includes

  • An experienced & profesional Tour Leader
  • 7 nights accommodation in a 3 star hotel in Cusco
  • Breakfast every day, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Hot beverages like Coca tea or coffee
  • Guided tour of all mentioned sites
  • 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

Price Excludes

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

Recommended To Carry

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
Cusco Peru Vacation Package at a glance
  • First Day: Pick up from airport to hotel
  • Second Day: Cusco 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
Itinerary
Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain Package

Day 1Cusco Hotel Transfer

Our representative will be meeting you at Cusco Airport on arrival and will be transferring you to your hotel in Cusco. 

Cusco nestles at (11,151 ft / 3399 meters above sea level). It is imperative that you spend the first day of your Cusco Peru Vacation Package resting and enjoying the city while acclimatizing to the altitude. 

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2Cusco City Tour

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. The half-day tour starts with a visit to the Cathedral of Cusco. This was a Royal palace of Incas. On Spanish conquest, they took it down and built the cathedral. 

We will continue the City Tour at Qorikancha. This was the most prominent and Sacred Site of worship for the Incas. Legends say that once the courtyard of the temple was full of statues made entirely of gold. 

The Spanish rulers demolished the temple after conquering Cusco and built the temple retaining its basement. 

Once you have had your fill of these two iconic sites within the city of Cusco, we will be driving you to the outskirts of the city. Here we will begin the tour at Sacsayhuaman. It is a massive fortress built entirely of massive stones each weighing over a ton. It is still a mystery how the Incas transported these stones here. 

Our next stop will be in Q’enqo. This site was used for scarification and mummification of corpses.

We will then visit Tambomachay. This was more like a spa to the political elites of the Incas. There are a series of canals through which water from the nearby Timpuc river flows. Even today you will be able to see the water flowing through these canals. 

We will then visit Puca Pucara. In Quechua, it means red rock. It gets its name after the color of the rock at sunset. This was the watch tower of the Incan military. 

Ending the tour, we will be driving you back to Cusco city. We will be dropping you off at Plaza Regocijo, a block away from Cusco’s main square – Plaza de Armas.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3Sacred Valley tour and overnight in Ollantaytambo town

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Pisac. Here we will begin the tour by visiting the traditional market. This is an ideal place to buy souvenirs. 

We will then drive to Urubamba. This is often referred to as the heart of the Sacred Valley due to its centric location. Here we will be stopping in a local restaurant for a buffet lunch. 

After lunch, we will be driving you to Ollantaytambo. Here we will begin the tour by admiring the beauty and architecture of the village. We will then be visiting the archaeological complex. 

Our local expert will be sharing some detailed stories about the prominence of the complex. It depicts the Inca mythology. 

We will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room in Ollantaytambo for the night.

Check out our Sacred Valley Guide

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4Short Inca Trail Hike

Your epic 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu experience begins at 0730 AM, with a morning transfer to Ollantaytambo train station. 

We will be boarding the tourist train for an hour and a half ride to the trailhead, Km 104. The trailhead gets its name after its distance from Cusco on the way to Machu Picchu. 

The train ride offers relishing views of the Andean highland villages tucked amidst the snowcapped peaks as it snakes along the course of the Urubamba river. 

Once in Km 104, the authorities will be verifying your original passport against the permit. Make sure to carry your original passport. 

Chachabamba

Our Short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu begins with a visit to Chachabamba. It is an Inca ruin at 2150m/7053ft. 

It is a notable site, the Incas used the stone altar here to worship their two prominent nature entities, Inti (Sun) and Apus (Mountain Peaks). Locals in the region often visit here to offer their gratitude as their ancestors did. 

Our local expert will be giving you detailed information on your guided visit to the archeological complex of Chachabamba. 

Wiñay Wayna:

After soaking in history, we will begin with a gradual uphill hike to the most prominent site on the 2 Day Inca Trail hike, Wiñay Wayna. In Quechua, the name Wiñay Wayna signifies “forever young”. It is perched on a hilltop at 2650m/8694ft. Above sea level. 

The archaeological complex features stunning Inca farming terraces. When Machu Picchu was inhabited, farmers here could not produce enough crops to feed everyone. They cultivated most crops in Wiñay Wayna to meet the growing demands then.

After an immersive tour of the complex, we will be stopping at the campsite here to unbox our lunch. 

Sungate or Intipunku:

After lunch, we will continue with an hour’s hike to Sun gate. You will get a panoramic view of Machu Picchu citadel from here. You will have plenty of time here to soak in the views and get an insight into the Incan history and Andean traditions with our local expert. 

Once you have had your fill, we will begin with a gradual 45-minute descent to the exit of Machu Picchu citadel. We will be taking the 25 minutes bus ride down the hill to Aguas Calientes town.

We will be accommodating you in an ensuite hotel room in Aguas Calientes for the night. Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town, as it is locally known as gets its name after the hot springs here.

You can spend the evening taking a refreshing dip in the natural thermal waters here or simply saunter through the cobble-stoned streets rimmed with stalls selling souvenirs. 

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Box Lunch

Day 5Machu Picchu Tour - Cusco

Early in the morning, we will be boarding the tourist bus for a thirty minutes ride up the hill to visit Machu Picchu.

The tour guide will be meeting you at the entrance of the citadel and will assist you in clearing the security control to enter the citadel. Please note that you will have to show your entrance ticket and original passport that you have used at the time of booking. 

We will then give you a detailed two hours guided tour. During the tour, we will take you to the most important temples and enclosures. We will be visiting the remains of royal quarters, Inca ceremonial sites, sundial clocks, and more. 

After the tour, you will have free time for exploring Machu Picchu on your own.

If you have booked to climb Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu, our guide will direct you to the respective trail head. 

Please note that if you intend to hike to any of these peaks, we strongly recommend that you book well in advance. Just like the Inca Trail, you will need a permit to hike these peaks. Also, access is limited to 200 people a day. 

Due to its overgrowing popularity, permits are sold out 5-6 months in advance. So do let us know at the time of booking.

After the full-day trip to Machu Picchu, you will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here you will board the vistadome train to Ollantaytambo train station. Here, our representative will be meeting you and will drive you back to Cusco. We will arrive in Cusco City at around 7:00 p.m.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6Free 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. We recommend a tour of the iconic, San Pedro Market.

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day

Day 7Rainbow Mountain Trek

At 0500 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will then embark on a two hours bus ride through the South Valley of Cusco. Along the way, we will be stopping for breakfast. 

From the starting point of the trek, it normally takes about two hours to reach the summit. 

Apu Vinicunca, Rainbow Mountain Peru nestles at 5100 meters above sea level (16732 feet). The hike up offers enhancing views of the beautiful landscapes. 

You will also hike through Peruvian highland farms where you will get to see many llamas and Alpacas. You will get acquainted with the Andean way of life. 

If you are not feeling keen on hiking, you can rent a horse. At the base camp, there are locals with their horses, you can negotiate a price and ride on one to the top.

From the summit of Apu Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, you will get a closer look at the Sacred Ausangate Peak. This is the tallest and the most sacred Andean peak. 

Once you have had your fill of the Rainbow Mountains, you will start the descent to the car park. We will be driving to Ccolca for lunch.

After lunch, we will be driving you back to Cusco. We will be reaching between 0400 and 0500 PM. 

  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8Cusco Airport drop off

We will be picking you up from the hotel and will be transferring you to the airport. 

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FAQs

What is the best time to visit Cusco Peru?

The best time to visit Cusco Peru is during the dry season, which runs from April to October.

How to visit Machu Picchu from Cusco?

First you need to take a minivan from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, then take a train to Aguas Calientes town. Once there, Machu Picchu can be reached after a short bus ride.

What to visit in Cusco?

Cusco is a wonderful region full of history and culture. The best places to visit in Cusco are Machu Picchu, Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. However, the city of Cusco also offers a unique experience for visitors. Its numerous colonial buildings combined with the ancient Inca ruins create a distinctive atmosphere.

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Paula Ś

Solo Traveller

Each day was packed with great activities, the guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The food and accomodation provided was great quality. Recommended!

November 2, 2021

Jade L

Solo Traveller

Really enjoyed my four day trek with Julio as our guide. These four days give you a good mixture of adventure and hiking. Especially loved the zip lining. Couldn’t have asked for a better team to go up with!

March 17, 2020

Vivian Michellin

Couple Traveller

If you are looking for a Cusco Tour package we highly recommend this trip. We were on a honeymoon and it was simply perfect. Everything was organised efficiently from start to end. We will surely recommend them to our friends and families back home.

December 10, 2019

Naoto Kato

Solo Traveller

This was the hardest hiking I’ve ever experienced. Be careful not to walk too fast, or you may not be able to finish to the top. Altitude, wind, hails would simply deprive your energy and normal thinking.
The landscape is rewarding from the top, anyway!

May 5, 2019