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Peru: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Full Day Tour

1. Peru: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Full Day Tour

Be stunned by all the colors of the rainbow as you take in the sights of some of the Andes' prime real estate, the much-celebrated Rainbow Mountain and its counterpart, the Red Valley. After a very early pickup and breakfast at Cusipata, continue to Phullawasipata (4,626 m./15,177 ft.) the trail head where the hike starts. Along with sightings of locals, see groups of Alpacas, Llamas and sometimes wild Vicuñas, and small lagoons created by the thawing glaciers. Arrive at the summit of Vinicunca (5,020 m./16,469 ft.) and grab a photo opp of breathtaking scenery. Then take the Red Valley route, so-named for the red color of the mountain soil. Enjoy the peace and quiet found here. Hike downhill through the red landscape to Phulawasipata for a well-earned lunch. Then be taken back to Cusco main square again in the late afternoon for the colorful journey's conclusion.

Cusco: Machu Picchu Tour with Tickets

2. Cusco: Machu Picchu Tour with Tickets

Embark on a full-day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco and experience the grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn the history behind the complex and the Inca people from your guide. On this 1-day excursion, visit Peru’s most important archaeological and cultural treasure. The day begins with pickup at your hotel, and transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo. An early 5:05 AM departure means you’ll have ample time to explore Machu Picchu. Take in the beauty of the valleys on the train journey to Aguas Calientes. From this point, there’s just a 30-minute bus trip to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Explore the Inca complex with a knowledgeable guide. See the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the mausoleum, and more. Have free time to take photos and walk around on your own. Visit the Plaza de Armas in town and see what handicrafts are on offer.  Return to Ollantaytambo by train, and then you’ll be taken back to Cusco.

Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Small Group Trek

3. Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Small Group Trek

Day 1: Cusco to Wayllabamba After pick-up Cusco, drive for 1.5 hours by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the trek begins. The walking on the first day is relatively easy. Along the way you will visit the ruined city of Patallacta, and Willkarakay, a military post located above Patallacta. Then enter the lush valley of Wayllabamba, walking along the banks of the Cusichaca River. The trail continues gradually upward through dense Andean forest, to the first campsite in Wayllabamba. Day 2: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu You will start early, as the walking is physically intense for those who are not accustomed to high altitudes. Trek through the densely vegetated Andean forest until you arrive at a campsite, where you will take a short rest. Continuing your ascent in the afternoon, the habitat will begin to change. After another rest, with snacks and hot drinks, begin the final ascent to a 4,215 meter pass, the highest point of the trek. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding valleys below, then descend to the campsite in Pacaymayu for the night. Day 3: Pacaymayu to Wiñay Wayna  Visit the archaeological site of Runkurakay, a former resting lodge for ancient pilgrims. Then after a 45-minute ascent, you will reach the second highest pass of the Inca trail. Descend to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca. After visiting the site, continue down the beautifully paved road to the lunch stop. From here you will enter the high Andean cloud forest. The trail continues along a narrow ridge, arriving at a natural viewing area, where it is possible to see the Sacred Valley and numerous mountain peaks, as well as Machu Picchu. From here, descend to the campsite at Wiñay Wayna, passing an important archaeological site and a temple where offerings are made to the sacred mountain spirits. Day 4: Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu Rise early to complete the final stretch of the Inca Trail. After about an hour you will reach the Sun Gate, and see the sunrise over the Andes (weather permitting). A 45-minute walk will take you into the higher area of Machu Picchu. Take a 2-hour tour to learn more about this magical place, and then you will have time to explore the citadel by yourself. The climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain is optional (at additional cost and must be booked in advance). In the afternoon you will descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will receive your train tickets for the return journey to Cusco. The train will arrive to Ollantaytambo, where you will be picked up and driven by bus back to your hotel in Cusco.

Cusco: Small-Group Alternative Rainbow Mountain Hike

4. 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.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Palcoyo Day Trip

5. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Palcoyo Day Trip

Begin the trip to the town of Cusipata in a comfortable tourist minivan. Upon arrival, enjoy an American-style buffet breakfast. Head to the starting point of the tour after breakfast. Start on the path that leads to the "mountain of colors", pass the control point, and pay an entrance fee to continue. Admire the panoramic views of the valleys, the Andes and the nearby glaciers along the trail, as well as the fauna: wild llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, as well as Andean condors. Reach the summit and take time to rest, take a breath, and admire the spectacular views. Take beautiful photos and videos, then begin the descent to the base with the group. Enjoy a tourist buffet lunch upon arriving at the restaurant at the end of the hike, before making the trip back to Cusco to be dropped off near the main square.

Cusco: 5-Day Salkantay Ultimate Trek to Machu Picchu

6. Cusco: 5-Day Salkantay Ultimate Trek to Machu Picchu

Begin your walk towards Soraypampa with panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay and Humantay mountains. By mid day its time for a classic Peruvian lunch. After lunch, your trail continues upwards toward Humantay Lake. Then arrive at camp where your tents will be ready for you, as well as dinner. The next day, the natural surroundings will change drastically from barren alpine to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, you will start the most difficult part of the trek. But, the views from the end point are literally breathtaking – not only Salkantay but also the surrounding peaks and valleys below. After a night's sleep, you wake early in the morning to start your trek through the high jungles. After about 5 hours you will arrive to Playa Sahuayaco near the town of Collpabamba, traversing an altitude known as the “eyebrow of the Amazon,” where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, and diverse flora and fauna manifest in absolute abundance. In the afternoon,you arrive to the town of Lucmabamba, your last camp site and also the beginning of the Inca Trail to Llactapata. In the morning begin to gradually hike upwards for about 2 hours to the archeological site of Llactapata, an impressive center with connections to Machu Picchu and Sayacmarka. You will have plenty of time to explore this beautiful Inca site before descending to the Hydro-Electrica (hydro station) which takes roughly 1.5 hours. On your last day, begin early and catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. It is important to start early to avoid the main crowds and also see the citadel during the first rays of morning light. Your guide will start the day with a tour of the most important locations, altars and constructions around Machu Picchu. During this walk they will also share with you what they know about the history of this place and the people who lived here. Following the tour you will have free time to explore the site on your own.

From Cusco: Maras, Moray & Machu Picchu 2-Day Trip

7. From Cusco: Maras, Moray & Machu Picchu 2-Day Trip

Explore The Lost City of Machu Picchu, Peru’s preeminent archaeological site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the amazing sites and culture of the Urubamba Valley over 2 days. Benefit from round-trip transportation from your hotel in Cusco, lodging and meals. DAY 1: CUSCO – CHINCHERO – MORAY - SALINERAS – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES Start with a hotel pickup in Cusco at 8:00 AM. Be driven to Chinchero. Explore the archeological site and the colonial church. Visit the handicraft market. Next, settle in for a 1-hour drive to Moray. See circular farming terraces and Maras town. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch while enjoying the view of the mountains. After lunch, visit Salineras, where locals have extracted salt since Incan times. Later, drive to Ollantaytambo to explore the town and archeological site. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Then, take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a 3-star hotel. DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO On the final day, start early with breakfast in the hotel. Take the first bus up to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, join a guided tour through the most important landmarks like Sunagte or Inca Bridge, temples, palaces, and plazas. After a 3-hour tour, enjoy free time to explore the citadel. Next, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and have lunch. Finally, hop on the Visatdoem train back to Cusco. Arrive back at your hotel at around 7.30 PM.

Cusco: 2-Day Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu in Small Groups

8. Cusco: 2-Day Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu in Small Groups

After pick-up from your hotel on the first day, travel by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. From here, a train will take you to the starting point of the trek, on the banks of the Urubamba River. The trail slowly ascends to meet the original Inca Trail. Along the way, pass through dense cloud forest with a rich variety of plants, flowers, and birds. If you are lucky you might see some of the local mammals, such as the rare spectacled bear. After a full day of trekking, arrive at the Sun Gate in the late afternoon for your first views of Machu Picchu. The lighting at this time makes for amazing pictures. Descending from the Sun Gate, continue along the beautiful paved stone path to Machu Picchu, to the famous look-out point above the main part of the citadel. From here, descend to the town of Aguas Calientes in the valley below. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner. You will rise very early on the second day to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu. Take a 2-hour guided tour of the site to see some of the most important locations, altars, and constructions. Learn about the history of this amazing place and the people who once lived here. After this, the rest of the day is yours to explore the citadel by yourself. If you have the additional permit to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, this will be the time. In the afternoon, your train will depart from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo. From here, drive by bus to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Machu Picchu: 2-Hour Small Group Guided Tour

9. Machu Picchu: 2-Hour Small Group Guided Tour

Book an expert guide and explore the "Lost City of the Incas" on a small-group tour with a maximum of 10 people. Set off on a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and be amazed by the fascinating history of this ancient place. Wake early to catch the first shuttle to Machu Picchu and experience the first rays of the sun as they sweep through the "Lost City of the Incas." Follow your guide to a perfect lookout location for the best views of the ruins and panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains. Get lost in the maze-like stone constructions, or follow in the footsteps of the ancients on a climb up the magical peak of Huayna Picchu. Benefit from personalized attention and assistance to find your way around the legendary site before returning to Aguas Calientes at the end of the day.

From Cusco: 2 Day Bus Tour to Machu Picchu

10. From Cusco: 2 Day Bus Tour to Machu Picchu

Experience two full days exploring the National Park of Machu Picchu. Travel to to the hydroelectric plant and witness the surrounding mountain scenery as you drive by. Enjoy a walk or trainride into the town of Aguas Calientes. Wake and walk to the archeological site and take a 2-hour guided tour. Begin traveling to the Machu Picchu hydroelectric plant, and marvel at the beautiful landscape as the bus travels through the mountains and into the cloud forest. Arrive at Santa Tereza to stop for lunch, and then continue on to the Machu Picchu National Park. Enter the National Park of Machu Picchu and enjoy an unguided walk along the well marked train tracks for two hours to reach the town of Aguas Calientes, or skip the walk and choose to add the option of a train ride. Meet the guide in the main plaza upon arrival in Aguas Calientes. Learn more about the town and the meeting point for dinner. Receive information about the next day's activities and return to the hotel to sleep and prepare for another day of excitement and exploration. Wake up packed and excited for a walk from Machu Picchu town to the archaeological site. Choose the option to skip the one hour walk and add a bus ride. Enjoy a two hour guided tour inside the archaeological site. Opt to hike or bus to the hydroelectric station where the return bus will be waiting. Take in the scenery on a peaceful six hour ride back to Cusco.

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What people are saying about Cusco

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

Really nice trip. Everything was great organized. Driver took as from the hotel to the train station and wait for us when we have came back. In the Machu Picchu Pueblo, there was a time for breakfast. Our guide gave us many interesting information about the place and helped with taking photos.

Everything went well. Hotel pickup and 70 minutes to the train station. Time for a small breakfast and super train ride. Then another employee who takes us to the bus. In Macchu P. Great guide. Return trip just as great.

the company took great care of us. Nathalie, our guide is very passionate and has a huge knowledge. We enjoyed a lot our tour and the pace was perfect, not rushed but still we were able to see so many incredible places.

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