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Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Day Trip and Red Valley (Optional)

1. Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Day Trip and Red Valley (Optional)

Experience the incredible beauty of Rainbow Mountain on a guided hiking tour. You get a chance to see alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas while soaking in the stunning mountain views during the journey. Savor a local lunch before heading back to your accommodation in Cusco.  Your professional tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM. After a 2-hour drive, you will arrive in Cusipata where you will stop for breakfast and buy water and snacks for the trek. Following breakfast, you'll travel one more hour to the hike starting point, at 4,850 meters. From there you will start your 3.5-kilometer trek to Rainbow Mountain over both flat and uphill terrain. During your hike, you will enjoy amazing views and encounters with wild alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. Once you reach the top at 5,010 meters, you can make use of some free time to take a break, and if the weather is good, you will be able to enjoy views over Rainbow Mountain. You'll go downhill to the starting spot for another hour. Then, take transportation back to Cusipata where a local lunch will be waiting for you. Once you finish your buffet lunch you will travel back to Cusco, where you will arrive between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM at Plaza de Armas.

Cusco: Humantay Lake with Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

2. Cusco: Humantay Lake with Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

Your professional tour guide will pick you up at your homestay, hostel or hotel in Cusco between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM. After a 2-hour drive, you will arrive in Mollepata where we will stop for breakfast and pick up water and snacks for the trek. After breakfast, travel 1 more hour to Soraypampa. Once you arrive at this high mountain plateau, admire the beautiful mountains Apu Salkantay (6,230 meters above sea level) and Humantay (5,250 meters above sea level) above sea level. The tour itself reaches an altitude of 4,200 meters. After a short time preparing your day pack you will start the 2-hour trek to Humantay Lake. The way up to Humantay Lake is steep however your group is small and your guide will let you take your time to enjoy the trek.  Enjoy the views of Humantay Lake and enjoy an optional small climb above the lake to the right or left where you can enjoy a panoramic view.  Next, you will have the easy part of your trek. Go downhill to Soraypampa for another hour. Then you will take your private transportation back to Mollepata where a local lunch will be waiting for you. Once you finish your buffet lunch you will go back to Cusco arriving between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM at the drop-off near Plaza de Armas.

From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

3. From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

Travel from Cusco to learn about the majestic Inca city: Machu Picchu and the ancient civilization living there. Discover the secrets that are hidden in it. Go back in time as you explore the streets of these ruins located in the Peruvian Andes.  Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco for transfer to the train station. Get on board and enjoy the comforts offered by the train during the journey to Machu Picchu. Choose from the option of a standard train or a Vistadome train that offers panoramic views. Enjoy the dynamic landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and take a bus to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of this wonderful place. Depending on the option you select, enjoy a guided visit of Circuit 5. Visit Qolqas, the Agricultural Zone, the waterway, dry pit, Temple of the Sun, Inka House, water sources, set three covers, Pisonay Square, and the archaeological reserve. Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and get recommendations for lunch. Board the train back to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station where transportation will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

4. From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

Get your adrenaline pumping as you ride quad bikes through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the Incan archeological site of Moray and discover the Maras Salt Mines on a trip from Cusco. Depart Cusco and head to Cruzpata where you'll receive instructions on how to drive your quad bike safely. Start your adventure riding through the Sacred Valley while taking in beautiful views of snow-capped mountains. Drive your quad bikes to the Moray archeological site and enjoy a quick visit with your guide. after drive again your atv from Moray Until the basecamp. Park the quads and take the van to visit the the Salt mines of Maras. Hop back on our Minivan to Cusco.

Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

5. Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

Witness Rainbow Mountain in all its glory, take some photos and explore the area on a day trip from Cusco with a guide. Set out on an adventure in the early morning with a hotel pickup. Head up the mountain, cross small villages, immerse yourself in the local culture, and have lunch after your hike. Begin your full-day tour in Cusco city, where you will be picked up between 4:15 AM and 4:45 AM. You will then drive in a comfortable van for 3 hours to the town of Cusipata, where you will have breakfast in a local family house. Following breakfast, head to the starting point of your hike. There are approximately 3 kilometers of flat land uphill, leading to the majestic "Mountain of Colors". The hike will take about 1.5 hours, depending on your level of fitness. Along the way, enjoy panoramic views of the valleys, wild llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, as well as of the Andes and the nearby glaciers.  Once here, if the weather is good, get the first views of Rainbow Mountain. At the top, take a well-deserved break, which will also be your chance to catch your breath and enjoy the stunning views. After taking beautiful photos, begin your descent, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch upon your return. You will then take private transportation back to Cusco, where you will arrive at approximately 5:00 PM.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac and Ollantaytambo

6. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac and Ollantaytambo

The first stop on this full-day tour from Cusco is the Mirador of Taray for spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley. Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market.. Visit the archaeological site and see the agricultural terraces, Inca cemeteries and royal buildings. Continue to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a restaurant. Head to Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to Machu Picchu, and to protect the Incas from possible invasions. Visit the picturesque village of Chinchero on the way back to Cusco, and see the remains of the royal estate of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. See also how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region.

Cusco: Humantay Lake Day Trip with Breakfast and Lunch

7. Cusco: Humantay Lake Day Trip with Breakfast and Lunch

Benefit from pick-up at your Cusco hotel between 03:30 AM and 04:00 AM, and then journey to Mollepata village in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. After breakfast in Mollepata, continue towards Soraypampa 3,900 meters above sea level. Trek for approximately 1.5 hours to Humantay Lake, 4,200 meters (13,779 feet) above sea level and get wonderful views of the turquoise waters at the base of Humantay Glacier. Immerse yourself in a landscape sacred to the Incas, and get the chance to rent a horse to ride to the lake. Explore the turquoise glacial waters of Humantay Lake , leisure for photography exploring the surrounding area before going back to Mollepata for a buffet lunch. Then, journey back to Cusco at 06:00 PM.

Machu Picchu: Standard Admission Ticket

8. Machu Picchu: Standard Admission Ticket

Explore the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu at your own pace with a standard entrance ticket to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reserve your entrance ticket to enter the site. You can independently organize transportation and tour guide for the visit.  Discover landmark attractions at your own pace, such as the Temple of the Sun, the terraced fields of the agricultural sector, and the Intihuatana stone, and take the famous picture from the observatory with the lost citadel behind.  For entering the Lost Citadel of Machu Picchu, it is mandatory that you are accompanied by an accredited guide. You are able to hire the tour guide directly at the entrance of the ruins.

Machu Picchu: Entry Ticket

9. Machu Picchu: Entry Ticket

Book your entry ticket to Machu Picchu with a convenient service that sends your ticket via email. Choose which circuit you want to follow upon your arrival at the site. Circuit 1 (Llaqta de Machupicchu): Hike to the upper and lower parts of the archaeological site, terraces, and agricultural. If you plan to explore Machu Picchu extensively, Circuit 1 is ideal. Circuit 2 (Llaqta de Machupicchu and Inca Bridge): Make your way to the upper and lower parts of the archaeological site with routes to Inti Punku and Inca Bridge. Circuit 3 (Machupicchu Mountain): Visit the lower part of the archaeological site, including the agricultural zone, the Temple of the Sun, and the House of the Inca. Circuit 4, Option 1 (Waynapicchu Mountain): Explore the lower part of the archaeological site, including the agricultural zone, the Temple of the Sun, the House of the Inca, Sacred Rock, and water mirrors, and hike Waynapicchu Mountain. Circuit 4, Option 2 (Huchuypicchu Mountain): Explore the lower part of the archaeological site, including the agricultural zone, the Temple of the Sun, the House of the Inca, Sacred Rock, and water mirrors, and hike Huchuypicchu Mountain.

From Cusco: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain ATV Tour with Meals

10. From Cusco: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain ATV Tour with Meals

Itinerary: The trip to the mountain of 7 colors by atv begins with pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Hotel pickup 4.00 am trip start 4.30 am Travel destination Cusco - Pitumarca duration 2 hours by car Breakfast at a local restaurant in Kusipata (after breakfast we continue the trip by car) Pitumarca - Qosqotapa duration 1h.20m by car Qosqopata is the end of the car (from this point our atv adventure begins Qosqopata - Mountain of the 7 colors (vinicunca) 30 minute trip on atv quad bikes Duration of the trip on the atv quad bikes is 30 minutes one way until arriving at the mountain of the 7 colors. - Return trip 25 minutes The walking time from the end of the atvs to the baga part of the colorful mountain is to walk for 5 minutes to have some souvenir photos. To have the best cover photos and memories it is necessary to walk for 7 minutes towards the mountain hill where you can see the red valley.

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We had a great time on the sacred valley tour. All our group were Spanish speaking but the tour guide was great at translating everything for us so we could get all the information the rest were getting. Really interesting tour with the best bit being Ollyantambo. I enjoyed the textile demonstration in Chinchero too, but make sure you take your purse to atleast tip them, if you're not going to buy anything. We arrived in Pisac as it was closing which was a shame but we were still allowed inside for a short while. It's a long day with a lot of driving but was worthwhile to see all the main sights in a day. It didn't feel rushed, despite the disclaimer the company makes. The buffet lunch was great too!

We really enjoyed our experience with Ricardo in Peru. He was very knowledgeable and always in a good mood. We chose the 3-days option with rafting and zip line. Both were really cool. Our stay in Bella Victoria Lodge was also a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The food was amazing. We will talk about these three days for a very long time. Highly recommended!

Informative and fun! Very practical teaching for all the family, so we could all follow and learn from our host. Purchasing the food in the market, identifying the variety of fruit and vegetables, especially potatoes available, was an education in itself. Thank you to our host Chef Jesus from us all.

Alpaca and llama farm was great. Guide was really informative and friendly. The muscle bound dog on the farm is my new best friend.

The travel agency was super responsive and really helped me out