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Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trekking Tour

1. Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trekking Tour

Following an early morning pickup between 4 AM and 4:30 AM from your accommodation in Cusco, head in direction of Quiquijana and savor a delicious breakfast buffet in a local restaurant. Then, continue the journey until you'll reach the control point in Llaqta and finally arrive in Phulawasipata where your trekking adventure awaits. Before starting the trek, your guide will give you some recommendations to start your adventure towards the Rainbow Mountain. Walk for approximately 1.5 hours until you reach the Rainbow Mountain at 5,036 meters above sea level. Take in panoramic views from the top of the mountain from where you'll be able to see the Ausangate Mountain, Peru's fifth highest mountain. Enjoy 20-minute of leisure time to take pictures of the fascinating scenery. Then, continue for a 30-minute trek to the Red Valley. Once again, admire the views of the Red Valley located at 5,038 meters above sea level. After 15 minutes, you'll return to the parking lot where your driver awaits you. On the way back, stop for a break in Quiquijana where you'll taste delicious buffet lunch. Then, head back to Cusco where you'll be dropped off at the Plaza Regocijo, 2 blocks from Plaza de Armas.

Cusco: Small-Group Alternative Rainbow Mountain Hike

2. Cusco: Small-Group Alternative Rainbow Mountain Hike

The world-famous Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain has garnered plenty of attention over recent years. However, this small site has lost its charm due to the abundance of travelers and overcrowding. Luckily, you can still experience the true beauty of these colorful landscapes on an alternative route to Palyccoyo Mountain. The day begins with early morning pickup at 4 AM from your accommodation in Cusco. Set out on the journey towards the hiking route, stopping by a local restaurant for a hearty breakfast to fill you up for the trip. Arrive at the trail's starting location at 9:30 AM and listen to a briefing to ensure you’re prepared for the 50-minute hike ahead. As you walk to the top of Palyccoyo, admire the incredibly colorful landscapes and meet friendly alpacas that roam the mountains. At the top of Palyccoyo, soak up unspoiled views of your surroundings and marvel at the beauty of nature. You can also opt to continue the hike onto the nearby Stone Forest where another fantastic lookout awaits. After some time to enjoy the view, walk back down the mountain and head to a nearby restaurant for a well-deserved lunch before the return journey to Cusco.

Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

3. Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

Your pickup will be from your hotel in Cusco at 8:10AM, at which point you will travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will begin by visiting the impressive Pisac, which is known as the Inca astronomical observatory. Following that you will enjoy a buffet lunch in Urubamba, where you can enjoy typical Peruvian dishes. Your second point will be the fortress of Ollantaytambo, where you will observe the Temple of the Sun and its impressive monoliths. You'll then continue to the archaeological park of Chinchero, which is an important agrigola site. Whilst at Chinchero you can observe stairs, Inca walls, and the platforms where the locals used to post their llamas and alpacas. You can also observe Andean women who still wear Inca costumes, before you return to Cusco at approximately 7:30PM. Your tour will eventually end near the main square of Cusco.

From Cusco: Q'eswachaka Bridge & 4 Lagoons Full-Day Tour

4. From Cusco: Q'eswachaka Bridge & 4 Lagoons Full-Day Tour

Start the tour with pickup from your hotel between 4:30 AM and 5 AM, then, set off in a private van for 2 hours towards the city of Combapata. Stop here for a continental breakfast before continuing traveling for 1 more hour. During the drive, admire views of the beautiful landscapes and the Salcca River - the sacred river of the Incas. Next, continue your trip to Yanaoca, which is 1 of the 8 districts in the Canas de Cusco province. Take a look at the Q'eswachaka Bridge - an old suspension bridge that crosses between the steep rocky cliffs and spans the Apurimac River. Marvel at the construction, the last remaining Inca rope bridge made from ropes made of grass. Leave the vehicle and descend a steep path to a viewpoint to take photos, before carefully crossing the bridge. Prepare for the adrenaline rush of your life as you walk along the swinging bridge. Try not to look down into the canyon which stretches for many meters below. After visiting the bridge, drive to Combapata for a quick lunch break. Then, set off for the lake district which is home to the 4 famous lagoons: Pampamarca, Asnacqoccha, Acopia, and Pomacanchi. When you arrive, marvel at these stretches of water which are nestled like jewels among the golden-green hills, glowing in the warm afternoon. Observe the native flamingos and other birds as they fly and feed around its edges. Finally, return to Cusco between around 4:30 PM - 5 PM, where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu: 2-Day, 1-Night Tour

5. Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu: 2-Day, 1-Night Tour

Reconnect with nature on a guided 2-day, 1-night tour to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. From Cusco, visit Awanacancha, Pisac Market, the Pisac Inca site, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, and Machu Picchu. Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Aguas CalientesGet picked up from your hotel in Cusco, meet your guide, then take a 30-minute drive to Awanacancha, a textile center and farm. Get a chance to see the llamas, alpacas, viñuna, and guanacos. Learn about the farm’s variety of South American animals. Then, visit the textile center to learn the weaving process and how the locals get the natural colors. You can shop here as well. Afterward, take a 30-minute ride to a lookout point of the Sacred Valley. Take in scenic views of the Andes, Urubamba River, and the Sacred Valley’s farming lands of the Incas. Next, visit the Pisac archaeological site, located on top of the mountains with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems, and the Inca Empire’s largest cemetery. After exploring, head to the local Pisac Market, a handicraft market where artisans sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products, and souvenirs. Later, take a 1-hour ride to Urubamba for lunch in a local restaurant that offers various local Peruvian dishes made with fresh local products. Near the end of your day, head to the town of Ollantaytambo, the last standing Inca citadel. The town is built above ancient Inca buildings. Explore the town’s archeological site that features temples, terraces, storehouses, and a large Inca monolithic. After exploring Ollantaytambo, take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hotel. Day 2: Machu Picchu – CuscoWake up early at your hotel, have breakfast, and take one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, simply show an original passport at the checkpoint to enter the citadel. First, take a short hike to the Sungate of Inca Bridge before exploring the fortress with your guide. Enjoy a guided tour for about 3 hours, visiting the most remarkable terraces, storehouses, temples, and palaces. Spend some free time exploring the site by yourself or take an optional, extra hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. After exploring Machu Picchu, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, have lunch on your own (optional), then take a ride in the Vistadome panoramic train. Once back to Ollantaytambo, take a van back to your hotel in Cusco. 

Cusco: 2-Day Maras, Moray Salt Mines and Machu Picchu Tour

6. Cusco: 2-Day Maras, Moray Salt Mines and Machu Picchu Tour

Day 1: Cusco – Moray Salt Mines – Aguas Calientes You will be picked up from your hotel between 8:00-8:15AM before heading to Moray. The drive will last around 1 hour and 20 minutes, and is scenically breathtaking. You will drive through the snow capped peaks of the Andes, the lush yellow wheat fields, and traditional Andean villages. You will eventually arrive in the fascinating terraces of Moray, which is made up of three amphitheater-like terraces constructed by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, are thought to have been used as an agricultural laboratory to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. After exploring Moray, you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which are just 2 miles away. Dating back to colonial times, Maras was considered a salt-producing center. Carved into the mountain side are over 3,000 salt pools, which are filled daily by a little stream of water. Once the water evaporates, it leaves behind a glistening patchwork of salt. The salt mines are a great spot to take pictures and capture the amazing beauty of both the Andes and the spectacular Salineras. Following the salt mines, your next destination is Urubamba, where you will arrive at approximately 1:00PM to enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. From Urubamba, it is just 30 minutes to get to Ollantaytambo Train Station. Your train will depart at 3:37PM to Aguas Calientes, which will be an approximately 1.5-hour journey. During the train ride, you can take time to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding valleys and Andes mountains. The train will arrive in Aguas Calientes, which is a small town located at the base of Machu Picchu, where your transfer will be waiting you at the train station to take you to your selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. Day 2: Machu Picchu - Cusco Today is the most important day, as you will be visiting Machu Picchu. Because it’s so special, we encourage you to wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you head to the bus station to try to catch one of the first buses at 5:30AM (they are all on a first come first serve basis). The bus will take about 25 minutes to get to Machu Picchu, and as soon as you arrive to the complex, you will be taken to the best spot to overlook all the ruins and receive panoramic views of the landscape and the sunrise over the mountains. There will be a rendezvous to observe the sunrise (if weather allows), in order to attain spectacular views of the Lost City of the Incas. You will then have a 2-hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, with plenty of free time afterwards to explore on your own. If you have tickets to climb the amazing mountain of Huaynapicchu, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. Please make sure this is arranged at least a month in advance of your visit, as tickets do sell out. Once you are done exploring all Machu Picchu has to offer, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch, after which you will take an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. From there you will take a private bus back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour

7. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in the historic center of Cusco between 4:00 AM and 5:00 AM. Travel south of the city through the beautiful landscape of valleys and small agricultural villages. Stop for breakfast outside of the town of Cusipata. After breakfast, continue the journey between the mountains, accompanied by the first views of Ausangate, one of the highest mountain peaks of the region. Pass by herds of hundreds of alpacas and llamas as you make your way to the starting point of the hike. Begin the hike at Phuluwasipata, and after about 2 hours, reach the highest point of the hike at 5,020 meters above sea level. Admire the outstanding views in all directions and the rare geological formations of Rainbow Mountain, known locally as Vinicuna. Discover the vibrant colors of the mountain, and enjoy about 40 minutes to relax and take in the natural beauty of the surrounding region. Then, begin the descent towards Phuluwasipata. Travel back to Cusipata for some lunch. After lunch, visit some local households and learn more about traditional customs which have been practiced since Incan times. Enjoy an opportunity to meet the locals and hear the native language of Quechua, before returning to Cusco, where you will arrive between 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM.

From Cusco: 2-Day Rainbow Mountain Hiking and Camping Trip

8. From Cusco: 2-Day Rainbow Mountain Hiking and Camping Trip

Travel from Cusco to Rainbow mountain for a hiking and camping adventure with this two-day group trip. See stunning views of the snow-capped Ausangate mountain and have the opportunity to spot wildlife like chinchillas. Day 1: Be picked up from your accommodation in Cusco at 4:00 AM and relax as you drive to the trailhead. Stop for breakfast before starting your hike to the first pass of Puccacocha, which is located at 5000 meters above sea level. Marvel at the imposing snow-capped Ausangate mountain and Lake Puccacocha. Make camp at Ananta with well-maintained equipment. Have the tent set up for you, so you can spend the evening relaxing. Day 2: Start your day with a delicious breakfast before climbing to a Rainbow mountain lookout. Listen as your guide explains the importance of this place to you. Next, head to the Red Valley viewpoint to explore and snap some pictures. After a nice lunch, walk to the bus station where your driver will be waiting to take you on the 3-hour drive back to Cusco. Arrive in Cusco at about 5:00 pm.

Cusco: Waqrapukara Full-Day Trek

9. Cusco: Waqrapukara Full-Day Trek

Experience a full-day trek in Waqrapukara, Cusco, alongside a professional guide. Walk through the Apurimac Canyon, visit the Waqrapukara archaeological site, and learn about the area’s culture and history. Enjoy scenic views and wildlife encounters along your journey. Get picked up by your tour guide from your accommodation in downtown Cusco. Then, take a 2-hour drive to Cusipata to stop for breakfast and buy water, snacks, etc. for the trek. Following breakfast, travel approximately two more hours to Santa Lucia. Then, start your trek to Waqrapukara. The roads feature different types of soils and medium-level steep paths. During your hike, take in memorable views and get a chance at encounters with wild chinchillas. Since the guided walk and the Waqrapukara ceremony are personalized for your group, you will have the flexibility to walk and explore at your own speed. Arrive in Waqrapukara and explore for about an hour. Get filled in by your guide about the story behind the archeological site. This is an opportunity to experience the Andean culture on mountains that were sacred to the Incas. Later, enjoy a box lunch before heading back the same way to where you began your trek. Board your return transport to Cusco and get dropped off near the center of Cusco after which you can independently return to your accommodation.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu 4-Day 1-Night Trip

10. From Cusco: Machu Picchu 4-Day 1-Night Trip

Day 1 Be picked up at your accommodation between 1:15 PM - 1:25 PM and take a tour through the city. Visit the cathedral of Cusco, Qorikancha, Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay. The tour will end around 7:00 PM in the main square. Walk to your accommodation from the main square. Day 2 Be picked up at your accommodation between 8:15 AM - 8:35 AM and head to the Sacred Valley. Spend the day exploring the valley and visit Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, and Chincheros. Return to Cusco at around 7:30 PM. Day 3 Be picked up at your accommodation between 6:45 AM - 7:10 AM and travel to Hydroelectric. Arrive at Hydroelectric at around 2:00 PM. Relax with a short break for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a 3-hour walk to the hot waters, where your accommodation is. Listen to a short briefing about the itinerary for the next day. Afterward, you can have dinner and relax in the thermal baths. Day 4 Wake up early and walk to the sanctuary entrance. Have a 2-hour tour of the sanctuary and spend some time taking photos before heading down to the hydroelectric plant. Pick up all your belongings at your accommodation and take a bus at 3:00 PM to Cusco. Travel for 7-hours to Cusco. Arrive at Cusco at around 10:00 PM, where your tour comes to an end. Walk or take a taxi to your accommodation in Cusco.

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What people are saying about Cusco

The Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour is an excellent way to view three rainbow mountains with only about an hour of hiking. Our guide Darwin was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Our tour also included a delicious breakfast and lunch and stops at the small but very interesting village museum and the market. We live at 6,000 feet altitude in New Mexico, so the 17,000 feet didn’t bother us at all. The panoramic views are absolutely stunning! We highly recommend this tour!

Palcoyo is an incredible place which is totally worth the early departure. Photos can't describe the beauty of the landscape. Our guide Darwin was very nice and patient. The lunch stop was also nice with well cooked local dishes and surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the lush mountains on a sunny day

Very well planned adventure. My Guide Juan was excellent, as he was very knowledgeable about the history and significance of Peru’s Rainbow mountains. Definitely recommend!

Very attentive and friendly guide , small group of 5 people , comfortable transport, everything went according to plan

Our tour was just perfect. Darwin was a super cool tour guide, weather was perfect, we can't complain at all