RAINBOW INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU 8 Days
The Inca Trail is one of the most beautiful and important trails in South America, which is home to more than 40 kilometers of impressive Inca ruins, mountainous landscapes, cloud forests and a diverse flora and fauna. The ancient inhabitants of Tahuantinsuyo used this route to make a pilgrimage to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. Follow their tracks and make your visit to Cusco an unforgettable experience. It combines unique landscapes with mountains, jungle and a mixture of ruins, tunnels and cobbles of the Quechuas. This program has a high demand and its quotas are limited, there are dates in which the quotas are sold out months in advance. We recommend you plan your trip as far in advance as possible.
DAY 01: CUSCO CITY TOUR
Upon arrival to Cusco Airport. Reception and transportation to the Hotel where you will receive an aromatic coca tea to stimulating for the height, will have the free morning to rest and also we suggest you have a light lunch in your hotel or in one of the surrounded. 13:30 Hr. City tour we will visit the Main square, the Qoricancha (temple of the sun) and in addition we will make a route bordering archaeological centers like Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Q'enko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay, tour finishes 18:30 Hr. approximately at the main square in order you can take dinner in one of the exquisite restaurants in the area, then overnight.
DAY 02: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Breakfast. 8:15 am. Full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting: the colorful market in Pisac. Pisac is located to the entrance of the Sacred Valley and followed by Ollantaytambo, the older town continuously occupied of the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their channels that have not varied from the time Inca, evoke their ancestral inheritance, lunch in a typical restaurant. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Finally, we gonna return to Cusco main square at 18:30 Hr. approx.
The night is free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice; although we always have plenty of suggestions for you should you require them.
DAY 03: RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK
03:30 Hr. We will pick you up at your Cuzco Hotel, Then we are going 3 hours drive through the South Valley to the Pitumarca town, where we will have our breakfast. After that we are going to drive for about 15 minutes more to Quesiuno community (4,326 m / 14,189 ft.), where we gonna start our trek for 3 hours approx. to arrive at the astonishing Rainbow Mountain, (most of the way is going up). The Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, is a spectacular place near the snowy Ausangate glacier. In the way up we are going to be able to enjoy amazing landscapes of herds of alpacas and llamas, the Ausangate Mountain, many red mountains and traditional local houses. We will have time to explore the area and take pictures. We will spend approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour (depend of your trekking speed and weather conditions). After to take nice pictures and enjoy this majestic and unique natural wonder, we will descend back into Chilca for lunch. After lunch, we will drive back to Cuzco, arriving around 20:00 Hr.
DAY 04: Cusco to Wayllabamba 12km (Inca Trail)
5:00 am we will pick you up from your hotel and ride by private bus bus to Piskacuchu (2700 msnm), (also known simply as km 82). Our private Bus gonna stop at the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley for about half hour to give people the opportunity to have breakfast. Hikers cross the Vilcanota River and follow the trail to the right as it climbs steeply up from the river. It is a simple descent down to the Cusichaca river. You’ll also get a great view over the extensive Inca ruins of Llactapata (also known as Patallacta on some maps). Llactapata 2750 msnm means ‘upper town’ in Quechua and was primarily an agricultural station used to supply Machu Picchu with corn, the staple crop of the Incas. The settlement composed over one hundred buildings, houses for the workers and soldiers, including five baths. For a further 7 km the path follows the left bank of the river up to the small village of Wayllabamba (3,000 msnm). We’ll arrive to our campsite by 17:00 Hr. and after settling in for a bit you can relax and have a hot drink and snack with your team of porters. Overnight in our tents.
DAY 05: Wayllabamba to Pacamayo 12km (Inca Trail)
At the second day our guide wakes us up at 5:30 with warm tee, we will leave Wayllabamba behind and begin the most difficult part of the trek. After breakfast at 6:00 am, we begins our hiking at 6:30 am. Following the left bank of the Llulluchayoc river for about 1 hour brings you to ‘Tres Piedras’ (three stones) and a small bridge over the Huayruro river. A little further on you’ll enter a beautiful cloud forest passing a waterfall. A further 4 hours trek through steepening woods we gonna pass the high spot which is called dead woman pass (4.600 msnm), where you can experience the female spirit, a woman that lives on the side of the mountain. The descent from this mountain is steep although not difficult. From this place we have a 2 hour hike down to our second camping spot (Pacamayu 3,600 msnm), where we will have our lunch. There are toilet facilities here. At the camp we will go to the bed around 18:30 Hr.
DAY 06: Pacamayo to Winay Wayna 15km (Inca Trail)
06:00 Hr. We will have our breakfast. This day is the longest but also the most impressive and most interesting due to the many Inca ruins that we will visit along the way. From the campsite at Pacamayo it takes about an hour to climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay (3800 msnm). These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacamayo valley. After 45 minute hike will bring you to the top of the second pass: Abra de Runkuracay (4,000 msnm). At last you’ll feel that you are walking along the trail of the Incas with paving, for the most part, being original. The descent down the steps from the pass is steep so take care. After about 1 hour from the 2nd pass you’ll arrive at Sayacmarca (3624 msnm) by way of a superbly designed stone staircase. After the visit we will have 25 min. to chakicoccha (3.600 msnm) where we will enjoy our lunch in natural surroundings and incredible landscape. After the lunch we have a one hour hiking to Phuyupatamarka (3.600 msnm), from this point we will have an easy two hour walk down to Wiñnahuayna (2.600 msnm), where we will settle our camp and our chef will make a nice buffet to everyone so we can say goodbye to the chefs and the porters in a very nice way at 18:30 Hr. also our guide will give you a short orientation and you will visit the Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna, spending about an hour and a half there. We will explain the significance of the site and combine all the information given during the trek so you’re fully prepared for your visit to Machu Picchu the following day.
DAY 07: Winay Wayna to Machu Picchu 5km (Inca Trail)
On the last day, Wake up time early at 03:30 am, We’ll eat breakfast at 4:00 am and wait at the checkpoint to be one of the first to start trekking when they open the gates at 5:30AM. We’ll wave goodbye to our team of porters and chef and then it’s “Forward On” to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku). From where we will have great views of Machu Picchu and all the surrounding mountains. Here we will have 20 min. to rest. Thereafter we have 10 min. down to the lost city of the Incas; Machu Picchu. Here the Inca trail ends and we will enter the one of the seven wonder, Machu Picchu. At the city, we have to pass the second checkpoint for leaving our bags and it will cost you 3 soles for every back, which is necessary. We will have two hours guided in Machu picchu. We suggest you after visiting Machu Picchu you can take the bus down to Aguas Calientes by 14:30 at the latest (assuming train departs at 16:30). Buses depart every 15 minutes. Check with the guide for actual times. This leaves you plenty of time at the ruins to climb Huayna Picchu (must be arranged ahead of time). It takes about 1 hour to climb and 40 minutes to descend. Most people, however, leave the ruins at about 13:30 and return to Aguas Calientes for lunch (at the ruins there is only one restaurant and it’s very expensive). There are several small restaurants in Aguas Calientes to satisfy all budgets. You may also wish to
pay a visit to the town’s famous thermal springs which feel great after finishing the trail. Entrance to the springs costs US$3, allow 2 hours to really enjoy them. After this we will take our train to Cusco and then transfer to your hotel.
DAY 08: TRANSFER OUT
Breakfast. Coordinated time transfer to the Airport to return to Lima. END OF SERVICES.
- Collection from your hotel in the morning of trek departure
- Private bus from your hotel to the start of the trail
- Inca Trail & Machu Picchu entrance fees.
- English speaking professional guide (two guides for groups over 9 persons)
- Igloo tents – 2 persons in each 3-person capacity tent with plenty of space for your backpacks
- Double thickness foam mattress
- Cook and Cooking equipment
- Meals (03B,03L,03D) – food includes pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for the altitude.
- Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn)
- Porters (to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment)
- Dining tent with camp tables and chairs
- Kitchen tent
- Accommodation for our porters and cooks
- First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco.
- Breakfast on the first morning. Some hotels offer an early morning breakfast service. If not, we stop at Ollantaytambo town on the way to the start on the trek where you’ll have the opportunity to have breakfast
- Meal in restaurant in Aguas Calientes on day 4 of the trek.
- Extra Porter to carry your things. (US$ 140.00)
- Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes US$3.50
- Sleeping bags can be hired in our office for US$16 for the 4 day trek.
- Tips for the guide, cook and porters.
- International air tickets and associated taxes
- Domestic Flights
- Meals not specified on the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc
- Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or
- Sleeping bag (can be hired from our office for US$16 for the 4 day trek)
- Sleeping mattress (we will provide you with this)
- Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars)
- Strong, comfortable footwear
- One complete change of clothing (you can afford to carry more changes of clothing if you hire a personal porters, see options below)
- Sweater and jacket (something warm)
- Water bottle and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
- Flashlight and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun block (sun protection cream), Insect repellent
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after the trek – entrance not included in price)
- You also need to bring your original passport on the trail and your student ISIC card (if claiming a student discount).
- Price per person US$ 808.00 based on double room and tourist train from Machupicchu.
- Price per person US$ 854.00 based on single room and tourist train from Machupicchu. Included Following hostels: (Basic Class) Cusco: "Ayllu Real or similar Hostel"
- Price per person US$ 842.00 based on double room and tourist train from Machupicchu.
- Price per person US$ 924.00 based on single room and tourist train from Machupicchu. Included Following 3 starts hotels: (Tourist Class) Cusco: "Prisma or Villandre Hotel"
- Price per person US$ 932.00 based on double room and tourist train from Machupicchu.
- Price per person US$ 1122.00 based on single room and tourist train from Machupicchu. Included Following 4 starts hotels: (First Class) Cusco: "Jose Antonio, Eco Inn, Sonesta Posada del Inca Cusco Hotel"
- Price per person US$ 1055.00 based on double room and tourist train from Machupicchu.
- Price per person US$ 1350.00 based on single room and tourist train from Machupicchu. Included Following 4 starts hotels: (First Class) Cusco: "Novotel or Picoaga Hotel"