HIKING IN PERU - RAINBOW MOUNTAIN AND INCA TRAIL
Amazing scenery and iconic hikes
HIKING IN PERU – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN AND INCA TRAIL
CUSCO, MACHU PICCHU, RAINBOW MOUNTAIN
11 days

This is our tailor made walking focussed journey through Peru. We have hand picked our favourite walks to give you the ultimate active journey. Take in the best part of the traditional Inca Trail on a 2 day journey and mix with villagers and communities on day hikes, then get ready to be wowed by the amazing Rainbow Mountain. This lesser visited hike is a true wonder, with the land seeming to have grabbed a rainbow from the sky and layed it out like a carpet on the ground before you.

Tour Highlights
  • See the Best of The Inca Trail in just 2 days
  • Hike the spectacular Rainbow Mountain
  • Hidden delights in the Sacred Valley
  • Pisac markets and ruins
  • World Heritage Lima

 

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    Peru, Machu Picchu

  • When
    :

    Mar – Jan

  • What
    :

    Nature and Hiking, Culture, Scenery

THERE'S A RAINBOW ON THE FLOOR

Just 100km southeast of Cusco is one of Peru’s newest hot spots for hiking. The land appears to be a rainbow laid out on the floor below you. The weathering and mineralogy of Ausangate Mountain has  created an unrivalled visual feast. Easily reached as an overnight trip from Cusco, there is an option to camp, but with the altitude and coolness, we choose to stay in the warmth and comfort of the lodge.

Itinerary

Met and transferred to your hotel upon arrival.

Morning sightseeing tour exploring the modern districts of Lima and its historic centre, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
Proceed to Santo Domingo Monastery boasting fine carved choir stalls, the oldest of Lima. It was here that San Marcos University, the first in South America, was founded in 1551. You’ll then visit the acclaimed Larco museum, and go on a journey into the legacy of pre-Inca cultures and the context in which they developed. The
museum offers a detailed look at 3,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of pre- Columbian art and have been displayed in the world’s most renowned museums.

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel to rest and slowly acclimatise.
Afternoon city tour includes the beautiful Koricancha or Sun Temple, the Cathedral as well as the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a most remarkable Inca building, the amphitheater of Kenko. This is followed by a visit to Puca
Pucara, a strategically located ‘red fortress’ that dominates the entire.

Guided tour to Pisac in the Sacred Valley. Explore
the fascinating market, originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products, now one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some ’empanadas’ baked in traditional clay ovens before you tackle the ruins above.
Set high above the valley by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing, the stonework and panoramas at Pisaq’s Inca citadel are magnificent. In the main ruins, you will find temples of the sun, moon, rain, rainbow, and stars, as well as a few Inca crosses rising from the ground. Return to Cusco for a briefing for your upcoming trek.

Early departure for your Inca Trail trek. Widely regarded as the best part of the many fantastic trails; today’s hike take you through the picturesque scenery and impeccably maintained ancient archaeology of the Inca trails. Starting at the ancient Inca ruins of Chachabamba (2,150 m), your route takes you along misty cloudforest
paths, moss covered stairs and numerous mountain lookout points, before arriving at the well preserved, imposing ancient compound at Winay Wayna; known for its ingenious steep agricultural terracing and earthquake-proof design. Take time to absorb the the mesmerising views and historic atmosphere, before continuing on past a chain of ritual baths and other smaller structures until reaching Inti Punku, more
commonly known as the ‘Sun Gate’, and your first glimpse of the magnificent Machu Picchu.
The Sun Gate is a pilgrimage site for travellers and tourists alike. Before dark, a secondary trail will take you down to the village of Aguas Calientes in the valley below, for an evening of rest, or possibly spent in one of the nearby thermal Baths.
Distance: 8km. Walking time: 6 to 7 Hours
Max. altitude: 2700m

A very early start this morning to catch the first bus back to Machu Picchu and enjoying the best, uninterrupted views of the early-morning sun rising above the main complex without the crowds. Your private guide will then be on hand for a two-hour walking tour. This gives you an excellent introduction to the history, its purpose, and the significance Machu Picchu holds in Peruvian history more widely.
You will have time to take the precarious climb to the summit of Huayna Pichu, the sister site to the main complex. (must be booked in advance).
When ready you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, and train to Ollantaytambo, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley
Walking time: 2 to 3 Hours
Starting altitude: 2,000m Max. altitude: 2400m

Visit one of the remote communities in The Sacred Valley. About 200 families live in the Quechua-speaking village of Patacancha. Adobe houses with thatched rooves are scattered throughout the hillsides. Women proudly maintain their century-old weaving techniques and a rich tradition of iconography. The complex patterns in their minds are passed down from generation to generation. Your visit helps the preservation of this cultural legacy and important part identity in the Andes

Today, hike from Moray to the salt terraces of Maras into the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Moaray’s circular terraces hidden among the hills are similar to that of a Greek amphitheatre.
Surrounded by an impressive backdrop of snow covered mountains, Moray served as an open-air agricultural lab for adapting crops to different environmental conditions. Continue on to the salt mines of Maras, where salt has been extracted since Inca times with the same methods still being used.
Walking time: approx. 5 hours
Altitude difference: 600m

Visit the charming community of Chinchero and its Sunday market that traces back to the Inca time when barter or ‘trueque’ existed. Its a real hub of activity, vibrant with colour and movement.

Morning pick up and driven by your guide through the fertile Vilcanota Valley to the town of Cusipata. Pass through the community of Quisacancha with grazing llamas and alpacas.
Your walk gives you a privileged view of the Inca Snowcapped Mountain (Nevado del Inca). On our way to the fourth Andean Lodge you might see hundreds of Andean geese nesting in the cliffs of Anta, and the flatiron formations of Apu Labrayani near Huampococha Tambo where you will spend the night.

Watch the sun’s first rays appear before starting the most spectacular hike between mountains of a myriad of colours, with red, ochre, and blue strata all shining forth. Admire the unique beauty of Rainbow Mountain, before descending through the valley that leads to Japura. On the
way you will have time for a farewell lunch before heading back to Cusco.

Day at leisure.

Transfer to the airport/station for onward travel.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and Inclusions
    2018 PRICES FROM2 PAX4 PAX
    TWIN SHARE$5,660$4,298

    PRICES ARE  PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE AND
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE

    INCLUSIONS

    • ALL TRANSFERS
    • ACCOMMODATION
    • PRIVATE SERVICES WITH LOCAL ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES (4 PAX OR MORE)
    • TRAIN TICKETS (VISTADOME CLASS) FOR YOUR INCA TRAIL
    • ENTRANCE FEES
    • MEALS AS NOTED (B: BREAKFAST, L: LUNCH, D: DINNER)
    • INCA TRAIL BRIEFING BEFORE THE TREK.
    • ENTRANCE FEES FOR BOTH THE INCA TRAIL & MACHU PICCHU.
    • HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN PASS
    • ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE.
    • FIRST-AID KIT INCLUDING EMERGENCY OXYGEN BOTTLE IF NEEDED.
    • BUS TICKET FROM MACHU PICCHU TO AGUAS CALIENTES
    • ROUND TRIP BUS TICKET FROM AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHU PICCHU ON DAY 2.
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