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Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain Tour (4 Days)

ollantaytambo, Aguas caliente, Machu Picchu, short inca trail
Duration 4 days - 3 nights
Travel Style Trekking,History,Cultural
Difficulty Moderate
Group size Min 2 - Max 8

Prepare to immerse yourself in the vibrant heart of Peru’s unique landscapes on our exclusive 4 Days Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail, and Rainbow Mountain Tour, meticulously curated by 69 Explorer. As you embark on this unforgettable adventure, you will explore the rich tapestry of Incan history. Marvel at awe-inspiring natural wonders, and engage with the enduring cultural heritage of the Andes.

Day 1: Discovering the Sacred Valley

Our journey begins in the enchanting Sacred Valley, a region brimming with historical significance and natural beauty. We will traverse through picturesque villages, where the traditional way of life is still very much alive. Together, we will archaeological sites like Pisac and Ollantaytambo, offering insights into the ingenuity of Incan architecture. These tour will cover distances of approximately 8 km (5 mi), immersing you in the landscapes of the Andes.

Day 2: Venturing on the Short Inca Trail

On the second day, we’ll embark on the renowned Short Inca Trail, a more accessible alternative to the classic route. This trek, covering around 13 km (8 mi), will take us through lush cloud forests and past ruins. Finally we will come to the iconic Sun Gate. Here, you will catch your first breathtaking glimpse of Machu Picchu from afar, a moment that promises to be a highlight of your journey.

Day 3: Exploring Machu Picchu

The third day is dedicated to exploring the majestic Machu Picchu. We will delve into the mysteries of this world-famous citadel, learning about its historical significance and marveling at its architectural grandeur. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you through the main sites, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of this New Seven Wonder of the World.

Day 4: Ascending Rainbow Mountain

Our adventure culminates with the ascent to the spectacular Rainbow Mountain, a natural wonder that has captivated travelers worldwide. This challenging hike, ascending to an altitude of 5,200 m (17,060 ft), will reward us with panoramic views of the multi-colored mineral-rich slopes and the snow-capped Andean peaks. It’s a fitting finale to our remarkable journey.


Throughout the 4 Days Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail, and Rainbow Mountain Tour with 69 Explorer, we will provide expert guidance, comfortable accommodations, and an immersive cultural experience. Join us for this journey of a lifetime, where every step unveils a story, every landscape inspires awe, and every moment becomes a cherished memory.

From US$ 657

95% of travelers recommend this experience

Important information


  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation from Cusco to all tour locations, including Sacred Valley, the start of the Short Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain. This includes train tickets to and from Aguas Calientes, as well as bus tickets to Machu Picchu.
  • Accommodations: Overnight stays in hotels or lodges, particularly in Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo. Accommodations are usually comfortable and cater to the needs of hikers and travelers.
  • Entrance Fees: All necessary entrance fees to various sites such as Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain.
  • Guided Tours: Professional, bilingual guides for each leg of the journey, providing historical, cultural, and practical information at each site, including a guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: Several meals are included, such as breakfasts at hotels, packed lunches during hikes. 
  • Hiking Permits: Permits for the Short Inca Trail, which are necessary and must be obtained in advance due to limited availability. 69 Explorer will take care of that.
  • Support Staff: The inclusion of porters, cooks, and other support staff for the hiking portion of the tour, ensuring a comfortable and well-supported trekking experience.
  • Health and Safety Measures: First aid kits and emergency oxygen, if necessary, for high-altitude hikes like Rainbow Mountain.
  • Additional Services: We include additional services such as a welcome briefing in Cusco, and luggage storage during treks.


  • Entrance Fees to Sacred Valley: While entrance fees to specific sites like Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain are included, entrance fees to the Sacred Valley archaeological sites (e.g., Pisac, Ollantaytambo) are excluded.
  • Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is not included and is recommended for travelers to purchase independently.
  • Flights to and from Cusco: International and domestic flights are not included in the tour price.
  • Some Meals: While some meals are included, certain meals, especially dinners, are not covered. This allows travelers the flexibility to explore local cuisine on their own.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for guides, porters, and other staff are not included and are left to the discretion of the traveler.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses such as souvenirs, snacks, drinks, and other incidental costs are not included.
  • Optional Activities: Any additional activities outside of the set itinerary, such as thermal baths or additional excursions, are not covered.
  • Additional Nights: Extra nights in hotels before or after the tour are not included.
  • Transportation to Starting Point: If the tour doesn’t include pick-up from your hotel or a specific meeting point, the cost of getting to the starting location of the tour is not included.

Recommend to carry

  • Clothing:
    • Layered clothing that can be easily added or removed as temperatures change.
    • Moisture-wicking shirts and pants for hiking.
    • Warm layers for cool evenings and mornings, such as fleece jackets or wool sweaters.
    • Waterproof and windproof jacket.
    • Comfortable clothes for evenings in town or at the campsite.
  • Footwear:
    • Sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots.
    • Comfortable walking shoes for lighter days or exploring towns.
    • Sandals or flip-flops for showers or relaxed times at the campsite.
  • Accessories:
    • Hat or sun cap
    • Wool hat and gloves for cold mornings and evenings.
    • Sunglasses with UV protection.
    • Trekking poles (can often be rented).
    • A comfortable, durable backpack with a rain cover.
  • Hydration and Food:
    • Water bottles 2 L
    • Snacks like energy bars, nuts, and dried fruits.
  • Personal Items:
    • Toiletries (biodegradable if possible).
    • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF.
    • Insect repellent.
    • Personal medication.
    • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • Travel Documents:
    • Passport and any necessary visas.
    • Travel insurance documents.
    • Emergency contact information.
  • Electronics:
    • Camera with extra batteries or charger.
    • Phone and charger.
    • Portable power bank.
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Small binoculars (optional) for bird and wildlife watching.
    • Lightweight, reusable bag for laundry or extra storage.
    • Earplugs and sleep mask for light sleepers.
    • Small notebook and pen for journaling.
  • Cash:
    • Some Peruvian Soles for small purchases, tips, and personal expenses.


Embark on an exhilarating journey through the heart of the Sacred Valley on the first day of our 4 Days Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail, and Rainbow Mountain Tour. We will begin our adventure in Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, and travel through the picturesque landscapes of the Andes, visiting key locations such as Pisac, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo.

Our day starts with a scenic drive from Cusco to Pisac, where we will explore the renowned Pisac market. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with local artisans and admire their colorful handicrafts. Following the market visit, we will ascend to the Pisac ruins. These ruins, perched high in the mountains, offer breathtaking views and a glimpse into the Inca’s advanced agricultural practices.

Next, we will journey through the beautiful Urubamba Valley. This fertile valley, often referred to as the ‘Sacred Valley of the Incas,’ is a visual feast of lush fields and traditional villages set against a backdrop of rugged mountains. In Urubamba, we will enjoy a delicious lunch featuring local Peruvian cuisine, a perfect way to recharge before continuing our exploration.

The afternoon will see us arriving in Ollantaytambo, a village that retains its original Inca layout and is known for its massive Inca fortress. In Ollantaytambo, we will explore the fortress and surrounding archaeological sites, marveling at the impressive stonework and learning about the historical significance of this strategic location in the Sacred Valley.

Our day concludes with an overnight stay in Ollantaytambo, allowing us to experience the tranquil beauty of the Andes under the starlit sky. This peaceful rest prepares us for the adventures of the following days.

Key Statistics of Day 1:

  • Distance from Cusco to Ollantaytambo: Approximately 65 km (40 mi).
  • Highest altitude: Pisac ruins at 3,300 m (10,827 ft).
  • Urubamba’s altitude for lunch: Around 2,871 m (9,419 ft).
  • Ollantaytambo’s altitude for overnight stay: 2,792 m (9,160 ft).
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, suitable for most travelers with leisurely walks and explorations.

Join us on this first day of the tour, where we will immerse ourselves in the rich history and stunning landscapes of the Sacred Valley, setting the stage for the remarkable experiences that lie ahead with 69 Explorer.

Day 2 of our 4 Days Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail, and Rainbow Mountain Tour is a thrilling expedition on the iconic Short Inca Trail, starting from the historic town of Ollantaytambo. This day is a blend of hiking through breathtaking landscapes and discovering Incan sites, offering an experience like no other.

We will begin our day with a transfer from Ollantaytambo to the starting point of the Short Inca Trail. Here, we will gear up and commence our hike, embarking on a journey through time and nature. The trail leads us through a diverse array of scenery, from lush cloud forests to rugged mountain terrain, showcasing the natural beauty of the Peruvian Andes.

As we trek along this historic path, we’ll encounter various Incan ruins, each with its unique story and significance. These sites offer a fascinating glimpse into the Inca civilization and their architectural prowess. Our knowledgeable guides will provide insights and anecdotes, making the history come alive.

The trail gradually ascends, offering us spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The highlight of our hike is reaching the renowned Sun Gate, or ‘Inti Punku’, where we will be greeted with a stunning panoramic view of Machu Picchu in the distance. This moment, witnessing the majesty of the Incan citadel, is truly awe-inspiring and a highlight of the trek.

Our day concludes with a descent to our campsite for the night, where we will relax and reflect on the day’s adventures amidst the serene beauty of the Andes.

Key Statistics of Day 2:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) on the Short Inca Trail.
  • Starting altitude in Ollantaytambo: 2,792 meters (9,160 feet).
  • Highest altitude at the Sun Gate: 2,720 meters (8,924 feet).
  • Difficulty level: Moderate to challenging, suitable for those with a good level of fitness.
  • Duration of hike: Around 5-7 hours, including stops at Incan sites and for lunch.

This day on the Short Inca Trail is a journey not just through stunning landscapes but also through history and culture, offering an enriching experience that is an essential part of our 4-day adventure with 69 Explorer.

On Day 3 of our 4 Days Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail, and Rainbow Mountain Tour, we will embark on a momentous journey to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, followed by a return to Cusco, the historical heart of the Inca civilization. This day is a blend of exploring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and experiencing the rich cultural tapestry of the Andes.

Our day commences with an early morning departure from Aguas Calientes. We will make our way to the bus station for a short, winding ride up to Machu Picchu. As we ascend, the anticipation builds, with each turn bringing us closer to the citadel.

Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, we will enter the site as the sun begins to cast its first light over the iconic ruins. This mystical moment, watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu, is both breathtaking and serene. We will spend the morning exploring the main areas of the citadel, including the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana stone, and the Room of the Three Windows. Our expert guides will narrate the stories and theories that surround this mystical place, deepening your understanding and appreciation of this architectural marvel.

After immersing ourselves in the magic of Machu Picchu, we will return to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Here, you can relax and reflect on your morning’s extraordinary experiences. In the afternoon, we will board a train back to Ollantaytambo, followed by a comfortable transfer to Cusco, where our day concludes.

Key Statistics of Day 3:

  • Total distance covered: Approximately 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) exploring Machu Picchu.
  • Starting altitude in Aguas Calientes: 2,040 m (6,692 ft).
  • Altitude at Machu Picchu: 2,430 m (7,972 ft).
  • Difficulty level: Easy to moderate, with some steep and uneven terrain in Machu Picchu.
  • Duration of Machu Picchu visit: About 3-4 hours, including guided tour and free time.

Day 3 of our tour offers an unforgettable experience, combining the exploration of the legendary Machu Picchu with the journey back to the vibrant city of Cusco. It’s a day filled with wonder, history, and breathtaking scenery, making it a highlight of our adventure with 69 Expeditions.

On the final day of our 4 Days Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail, and Rainbow Mountain Tour, we will embark on an exhilarating adventure to the stunning Vinicunca, also known as Rainbow Mountain. This day promises a blend of challenging trekking and rewarding views of one of Peru’s most extraordinary natural wonders.

Our day begins early with a drive from Cusco to the trailhead near the base of Rainbow Mountain. As we travel, we will witness the sunrise over the Andean landscape, setting a magical tone for the day. Upon arrival at the trailhead, we will prepare for our trek, gearing up and acclimatizing to the altitude.

The hike to Rainbow Mountain is a journey through an ever-changing landscape. We will pass through quaint local villages, witness herds of alpacas and llamas, and see the stunning Ausangate Mountain in the distance. The trek is challenging but incredibly rewarding, with each step bringing us closer to the breathtaking sight of Rainbow Mountain’s vibrant mineral-rich slopes.

Upon reaching the summit of Rainbow Mountain, standing at an impressive altitude, we will have time to soak in the panoramic views. The mountain’s unique coloring, created by various mineral deposits, is a sight to behold and makes for an unforgettable experience.

After spending time at the summit, we will begin our descent and return to the trailhead. Our journey back to Cusco will be filled with reflections on the incredible experiences and memories made over the past four days.

Key Statistics of Day 4:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 14 km (8.7 mi) round trip.
  • Starting altitude at the trailhead: About 4,326 m (14,189 ft).
  • Highest altitude at Rainbow Mountain: 5,200 m (17,060 ft).
  • Difficulty level: Challenging, due to high altitude and steep sections.
  • Duration of hike: Approximately 4-6 hours, depending on individual pace and weather conditions.

Day 4 of our tour is a true testament to the natural beauty and adventure that Peru has to offer. It’s a day that combines physical challenge with awe-inspiring rewards, making it a perfect conclusion to our 4 Days Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail, and Rainbow Mountain Tour with 69 Explorer.


The tour is moderately challenging. It involves several days of walking, including high-altitude hikes. Participants should have a good level of fitness and be comfortable walking for several hours each day on uneven terrain.

Visa requirements depend on your nationality. Most travelers from the US, Canada, and EU countries do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Always check the latest visa requirements with your local Peruvian embassy or consulate before traveling.

The best time to visit is during the dry season, from May to October, when there is less rain and clearer skies, making hiking conditions more favorable.

The risk varies, but the high altitudes can affect anyone. To mitigate the risks, acclimatize in Cusco for a few days before the hike, stay hydrated, eat light meals, and consider talking to your doctor about altitude sickness medication.

Essential items include a good pair of hiking boots, layered clothing, rain gear, a hat, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, and personal medication. A detailed packing list is provided in the itinerary.

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended for all travelers. Ensure that your policy covers high-altitude hiking.

Group sizes vary. Typically, they range from small groups of 6-8 people to larger groups of 15-20. Smaller group sizes offer a more personalized experience.

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