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Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu And Rainbow Mountain Tour Package (3 Days)

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ollantaytambo, Aguas caliente, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain
Duration 3 days - 2 nights
Travel Style Hike,History,Cultural
Difficulty Moderate
Group size Min 2 - Max 8

Embark on an unforgettable journey with 69 Explorer, where we will delve into the heart of the Peruvian Andes. Our meticulously crafted 3-Day Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain Tour promises an adventure brimming with cultural richness, historical marvels, and breathtaking natural beauty.

Day one of our expedition leads us into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a mesmerizing landscape lying between Cusco and Machu Picchu. We will immerse ourselves in the valley’s enchanting blend of Spanish and Inca influences, exploring colonial towns and ancient ruins. As we traverse this historic valley, expect to be awed by its verdant terraces and the imposing Andean mountains, peaking at heights of up to 6,000 m (nearly 20,000 ft). 

The pinnacle of our second day is the iconic Machu Picchu. Rising majestically above the clouds at 2,430 m (7,970 ft), this UNESCO World Heritage site is a testament to Incan ingenuity. We will navigate through its stone pathways, uncovering the mysteries of its temples, terraces, and plazas. Our expert guides will bring to life the history and legends of this ancient wonder, ensuring a deeply enriching experience.

Our final day introduces us to the surreal beauty of Vinicunca, known as the Rainbow Mountain. We will embark on a hike that will take us through some of the most stunning scenery in Peru. The trek, spanning approximately 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), rewards us with panoramic views of the Andean landscape and the awe-inspiring sight of the mountain’s striated hues, a result of mineral deposits.

Throughout our journey, we will savor authentic Peruvian cuisine, providing a taste of the local flavors that enrich this culturally vibrant region. Comfortable accommodations each night will ensure that we are well-rested and ready for each day’s adventures.

Join us at 69 Explorer for this extraordinary 3-day tour, where we will create memories to last a lifetime, exploring the wonders of Peru’s Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain.

From US$ 577

95% of travelers recommend this experience

Important information

Includes

  • Accommodations: Hotel stays are included for the duration of the tour. This involves one night in Aguas Calientes (near Machu Picchu) 
  • Transportation: All necessary transportation within the tour, including:
    • Round-trip transport from Cusco to the start points of the tours.
    • Train tickets to and from Aguas Calientes.
    • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back.
  • Meals: Breakfast in Aguas Calientes and Lunch in Sacred Valley
  • Guided Tours: Professional, bilingual guide services for all scheduled tours and activities. This includes guided explorations of the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain.
  • Entrance Fees: All entrance fees to the attractions and sites, including the Machu Picchu sanctuary.
  • Support: Ongoing support and assistance from the tour operator, which includes customer service before and during the tour.

Excludes

  • Entrance Fees to Sacred Valley: The package does not cover the entrance fees to certain sites within the Sacred Valley.
  • Travel Insurance: Travelers are expected to arrange their own travel insurance. This is crucial for covering unexpected events like medical emergencies, trip cancellations, or lost baggage.
  • International and Domestic Flights: Flights to and from Cusco are not included. Participants must book these separately.
  • Meals Not Specified in the Itinerary: While some meals are included additional meals, snacks, and beverages outside of those specified in the itinerary will be an extra cost.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks, alcoholic beverages, and other bersonal purchases are not covered.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for guides, drivers, and staff are not included in the tour price and are left to the discretion of the traveler.
  • Optional Activities: Any activities not outlined in the official itinerary, such as additional excursions or optional hikes (other than those specified), may incur extra charges.
  • Additional Overnight Stays: The tour does not cover accommodation in Cusco any extra hotel stays will be an additional cost.
  • Transportation Outside the Itinerary: Any transportation not related to the tour activities (like airport transfers, if not mentioned) are excluded.

Recommend to carry

  • Clothing:
    • Lightweight, breathable shirts (long-sleeved and short-sleeved for layering).
    • Warm layers (fleece or wool sweaters, jackets).
    • Waterproof and windproof jacket (especially for the rainy season, November to March).
    • Comfortable pants for hiking (quick-dry material is ideal).
    • Shorts for warmer days.
    • Thermal underwear (useful for cold mornings, especially at higher altitudes).
    • Hat, gloves, and scarf (for colder conditions in the highlands).
    • Sun hat or cap for sunny days.
  • Footwear:
    • Sturdy, comfortable hiking boots (broken in prior to the trip).
    • Casual shoes or sandals for evenings and city exploration.
    • Hiking socks (preferably moisture-wicking).
  • Travel Essentials:
    • Passport and necessary travel documents (including visas, if required).
    • Health insurance and travel insurance documents.
    • Credit cards and cash (in local currency – Peruvian Soles).
  • Health and Hygiene:
    • Personal medication and basic first-aid kit.
    • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF.
    • Insect repellent.
    • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
    • Toiletries (biodegradable if possible).
    • Reusable water bottle.
  • Accessories:
    • Sunglasses (UV protection).
    • Daypack (for daily excursions and hikes).
    • Camera with extra batteries/memory cards.
    • Portable power bank.
    • Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries).
    • Travel adapter and chargers for electronics.
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Lightweight, quick-dry towel.
    • Binoculars (optional, for wildlife and scenic viewing).
    • Snacks (like energy bars, nuts, which are great for hiking days).
    • Travel guidebook and maps.
    • Journal and pen for recording experiences.
  • Altitude Sickness Prevention:
    • Altitude sickness medication (consult with a doctor before departure).
    • Cocoa leaves or coca tea (commonly used locally for altitude sickness).
    • Drinking lots of water is one of the best ways to prevent altitude sikcness.
    • Pacing yourself on in the city and on hikes especially those at higher altitudes.

Itinerary

On the first day of our Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain package, we will embark on a captivating journey through the heart of the Sacred Valley. Our route will take us from Cusco to the mystical sites of Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, and finally to Aguas Calientes.

We will begin our day with a scenic drive from Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, to the picturesque town of Pisac. In Pisac, we will explore its famous market, where local artisans display vibrant textiles and handcrafted goods. We will then ascend to the Pisac ruins, offering a spectacular view of the valley below.

Next, we will journey to Urubamba, a charming town nestled in the Andes. Here, we will savor a delightful lunch featuring traditional Peruvian cuisine. This experience not only tantalizes our taste buds but also gives us a glimpse into the local culinary culture.

Our adventure continues to Ollantaytambo, an ancient Incan fortress with impressive terraces carved into the hillside. We will wander through its stone streets, and listen to our guide explain the stories of the past. The engineering marvels of Ollantaytambo demonstrate the advanced skills of the Incan civilization.

The day concludes with our arrival in Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Here, we will unwind and prepare for the next day’s exploration of the iconic Inca citadel.

Key Statistics of Day 1:

  • Total distance covered: Approximately 95 kilometers (59 miles) from Cusco to Aguas Calientes.
  • Highest altitude: Pisac at 3,300 meters (10,827 feet).
  • Lowest altitude: Aguas Calientes at 2,040 m (6,693 ft).
  • Overall level of difficulty: Moderate, with leisurely walks and cultural exploration.

This day in the Sacred Valley is more than just a tour; it’s an immersive experience into the heart of Andean culture and history. Join us on this unforgettable journey where the ancient past and present beautifully intertwine.

Day 2 of our Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain package is dedicated to the exploration of the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. This day marks a highlight in our journey as we unravel the mysteries of this ancient Incan citadel.

We will start our day early in Aguas Calientes, gearing up for a thrilling adventure ahead. A short bus ride will bring us to the gates of Machu Picchu, where we will witness the sunrise over this world-renowned archaeological site. The sight of the sun illuminating the ancient stones is a moment we will cherish forever.

We will spend the morning touring Machu Picchu. Our expert guides will lead us through the main areas of the site, including the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana stone, and the Room of the Three Windows. We will learn about the history and significance of each structure, gaining insights into the Incan civilization.

After our comprehensive tour, we will have free time to explore Machu Picchu at our own pace. We might choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for panoramic views of the site and the surrounding mountains.

In the afternoon, we will descend to Aguas Calientes to catch our train back to Cusco. Reflecting on the day’s discoveries, we will relax and enjoy the scenic journey through the Andean landscape.

Key Statistics of Day 2:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) round trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Highest altitude: Machu Picchu at 2,430 m (7,970 ft).
  • Lowest altitude: Aguas Calientes at 2,040 m(6,693 ft).
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, with options for additional challenging hikes.

This day at Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, promises an unforgettable experience. We will immerse ourselves in the beauty and mystery of this iconic symbol of the Incan Empire. Join us as we explore one of the most magical destinations on earth.

On Day 3, we will head to Peru’s second most popular attraction the mesmerizing Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. This full-day tour will take us through some of the most stunning landscapes in the Peruvian Andes, showcasing a spectrum of natural colors that make Rainbow Mountain a must-visit destination.

Our day starts early in the morning with a drive from Cusco to the trailhead. This journey itself is a visual treat, as we pass through traditional villages and witness the daily life of the Andean communities.

Upon arrival at the trailhead, we will begin our hike towards Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca. The hike is a rewarding challenge, as we ascend through ever-changing scenery. We will witness a dramatic shift in landscapes, from lush fields to the strikingly colored mineral deposits that give Rainbow Mountain its name.

Reaching the summit of Rainbow Mountain, situated at 5,200 m (17,060 ft) above sea level, will be a moment of triumph. The view from the top is breathtaking, with panoramic vistas of the Andean range and the vivid stripes of the mountain itself.

After spending time at the summit, capturing memories and enjoying the spectacular views, we will begin our descent. The hike down will offer a different perspective of the stunning surroundings.

Upon completing our hike, we will return to Cusco, bringing an end to an exhilarating day filled with natural wonders and physical achievement.

Key Statistics of Day 3:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) round trip hike.
  • Highest altitude: 5,200 m (17,060 ft) at the summit of Rainbow Mountain.
  • Lowest altitude: Cusco at 3,400 m (11,155 ft).
  • Level of difficulty: Challenging, due to the high altitude and length of the hike.

Join us on this remarkable journey to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, where the natural beauty of the Andes reveals itself in an unforgettable display of colors and landscapes.

FAQs

This tour is moderately demanding. It involves walking and hiking at high altitudes, particularly at Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain. A good level of fitness is recommended.

Typically, Day 1 covers the Sacred Valley, including sites like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Day 2 is dedicated to exploring Machu Picchu, and Day 3 involves the Rainbow Mountain trek. Itineraries can vary, so check with your tour operator for exact details.

Comfortable hiking boots, weather-appropriate clothing (layers for varying temperatures), sun protection, a hat, and a sturdy backpack are essential. For Rainbow Mountain, warm clothing and possibly trekking poles are recommended.

Accommodations typically include hotels or guesthouses. 

Transportation usually includes a mix of private vehicles and trains, especially to Machu Picchu. The journey to Rainbow Mountain is typically by bus or private vehicle.

Yes, the entrance fee to Machu Picchu is included in the package.

Cusco is around 3,400 meters (11,200 feet), Machu Picchu is at 2,430 m (7,970 ft), and Rainbow Mountain reaches about 5,200 m (17,060 ft). Acclimatize in Cusco before the tour, stay hydrated, and consider altitude sickness medication if necessary.

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