Most of the country, including all coastal areas, enjoys a so-called Mediterranean climate, almost identical to much of California. Summers are hot and dry with a 7-month period of near-constant sunshine generally from April until November.
Day 1: CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – km104 – WIÑAYHUAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU
With a compacted 2 days of fun ahead of you, we pick you up from your hotel by 4:00 am and take you to the train station in Ollantaytambo to catch the early 6:10 am Expedition Train. The two-hour Expedition train ride to km104 (2100mts/6927ft) will take us to the trailhead of km104 where the trek will start from. Here we cruise past the first checkpoint where your passports and permits will be checked by the park rangers.
(It is mandatory to have your original physical passport with you at this point otherwise entry to the park will not be granted)
After the check, we will start a moderate climb for three hours to the remote archaeological site of Wiñayhuana. (2650mts/8747ft). On the way, you will have a lot of opportunity for great photos of the spectacular Urubamba Canyon, and the ancient Inca sites found on this trek, as we make our connection into the traditional four day Inca Trail trek trail. After being at one with these beautiful sights, we continue onward towards the Sun Gate (2730mts/9007ft). Following the ancient footpath, we will come up to the first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance! As we move closer to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, you will feel more and more mesmerized from this stunning world heritage site. The group will have a short time to take some photos and we will be heading to the exit of the sight for our 25min bus ride to Aguas Calientes where you will spend a night in a Hotel.
- Meals: Box Lunch & Dinner.
- Accommodation: Inti Punku Machu Picchu or similar (Hotel Booked by TDI)
- Difficulty: Moderate
Day 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
On the 2nd surway day, we will take the first bus to Machu Picchu archeological site to bit the crowds, making sure your tour is enjoyable and that you see every nook and cranny of this New 7th Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience. Your guide will direct you through these magnificent ruins and its diverse main streets for 2.5 hours.
After the guided tour, you can explore the remainder of the citadel on your own and enjoy your time at this world’s spiritual center with its carved stairways made of stone. You should take your time and enjoy the pure delight of the moment.
Additional hikes need to be booked 3 to 5 months in advance as these depend on availability! these hikes need to be paid for in advance at booking!
- If chosen in advance you can climb (Huayna Picchu ($75US per person)) or (Machu Picchu Mountain ($75US per person)) to appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu and the valleys below from a higher viewpoint.
- Other activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the local museum or to the hot springs on your own. (entrance fees required and time permitting)
After your visit, you will descend to Aguas Calientes have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later board the Expedition train which departs at 4:22 pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo train station where our driver will be waiting for you for your return trip to Cusco. You will be back in Cusco by 20:30 approximately depending on traffic.
- Accommodation: Maytaq Wasin or Waman or similar (Hotel Booked by TDI)
Day 3: SACRED VALLEY TOUR (Pisac – Moray – Salt mines – Ollantaytambo- Cusco)
On day 3 the pickup from your hotel will be at 07:30 am. With our private transportation, we will head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. On the way, we will stop at the viewpoint of Mirador de Taray to enjoy the famous Urubamba valley with views of crops dressing the surrounding mountains.
At the archeological site Pisac you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 tombs and incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain. The guided tour will be 1.5 hours approx. After the tour, we will take you to the market of Pisac, for a short visit to spend some time shopping for souvenirs if you wish and then drive to Urubamba for lunch. (lunch not included)
The 2nd sight visited is Moray also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas”
The levels of terraces are carved into a huge circular depression, which was excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep you go into this circular depression. These terraces have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops.
Continuing our journey to the 3rd site, we will pass through the colonial town of Maras, ascending our way downhill to the pre-Inca salt mine. Thousands of saltpans have been used for salt extraction since Inca times.
At the top of the valley, there is a discharge from a small hot spring with a stream of heavily salt-laden water, which is diverted into the saltpans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used for human and animal consumption.
Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo, having time to explore the age-old, massive and beautiful Inca ruins with your tour guide explaining the rich history.
Our van will be ready for us for the 2-hour return trip to Cusco and we will drop you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving around 6:30 pm.
- Accommodation: Maytaq Wasin or Waman Hotels or similar (Hotel Booked by TDI)
Day 4: CUSCO – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – CUSCO
With an early pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 04:00 am, we begin your amazing Rainbow Mountain Trek with a 3-hour drive through the South Valley ending up at the trailhead at Quesiuno which is located at an altitude of (4,326 mts/14,189 ft)
On this trek, you will experience amazing views of Inca terraces, valleys filled with alpacas and vicunas, rocky mountains with snowy glacier peaks and the amazing news of the Rainbow Mountain itself!
The views of the Ausangate Mountain will follow us through the trail as we hike through different villages and interact with the local people, who are still keeping the culture alive.
It will take us around 3 to 3.5 hours, to finally reach our destination to the Rainbow Mountain (5,020mts /16,466ft).
At the summit you will have some time to rest, and enjoy the scenery! take photos and soak up the environment.
We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top.
Once we regroup, we will hike back down the trail we came on. The hike takes 2.5 hours back to the trailhead.
Our van will be waiting for us when we return. On the 3-hour drive back to Cusco you will be able to rest a bit from this great hike and share the experience with your friends and family!
We will drop you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving in Cusco at around 18:30 in the evening
- You can rent a horse from local people at the starting point of the trek if you wish!
- Meals: hot breakfast & lunch
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What is Included
- Entrances to the archeological sites
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
- Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu -Aguas Calientes.
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary
- Personal assistance.
- Hotels 3 Nights / Accommodation (double or matrimonial room)
What is not Included
- Machu Picchu Mountain / optional
- Huayna Picchu Mountain / optional
- Upgrade to Vistadome: $55USD per person (Return only Aguas Calientes to Poroy (Cusco) at 4:43pm)
- Tips for your guide