Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain

Rainbow Mountain and Machu Picchu

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Duration
4 Days / 3 Nights
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Price
from US$450
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Max. Altitude
5050 m / 16568 ft
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Group Size
Up to 12 people
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Accommodation
Hostel
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Difficulty
Moderate
  • City Tour Cusco
  • Moray – Salt Mines
  • Machu Picchu
  • Rainbow Mountain

Cusco City, Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Tour

Explore the living history and breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian highlands on this incredible experience. Starting in the Imperial City, discover what made Cusco the center of the Inca Empire! In the Sacred Valley you’ll visit the giant agricultural laboratory of Moray, as well as the Maras salt mines., then Ollantaytambo, from here, take the train up to the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the grandest and most enthralling sites in Latin American, for a privately guided tour, after Machu Picchu our next, venture high into the Andes for the Rainbow Mountain.

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City Tour Cusco, Moray – Salt Mines, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain
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Explore Cusco with a specialist guide for an in-depth insight into life in the Incas empire's capital – past and present.
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Take the renowned train to Machu Picchu with ample time to marvel at this archaeological wonder and admire Cusco's beguiling colonial streets.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Before You Go
  • Pricing
  Overview

This tour will take you through the most important and surprising tourist attractions in southern Peru. We'll start with a complete city tour through the ancient city of Cusco. You'll visit the Cathedral, the Qorikancha, or Temple of the Sun, as well as the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Then we'll go to the charming Sacred Valley of the Incas towards Ollantaytambo, the last living Inca city, where you'll board a train that'll take you from the Andean mountains to the same Amazon jungle where Machu Picchu is located, one of the seven Wonders of the Modern World. Immense finely carved stone blocks are arranged in complete harmony with nature on top of a quartz mountain.

You'll visit its squares, temples, steps, and agricultural platforms on a 2-hour guided tour. Finally, you'll discover the beauty of the Vinicunca mountain —also known as Rainbow Mountain, Mountain of Colors ,or Mountain of 7 Colors— which attracts thousands of tourists due to its uniqueness. The varied mineral composition of its soil has caused colored ribbons to adorn the body of this gigantic site.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 0

    Pre-Departure Briefing

    Cusco

  • Day 1

    We welcome you to Cusco – City Tour Cusco Half Day

  • Day 2

    Cusco | Moray – Salt Mines – Aguas Calientes

  • Day 3

    Aguas Calientes | Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu - Cusco

  • Day 4

    Cusco | Llacto - Rainbow Mountain - Llacto - Cusco

Why Take the Inca Discovery?

  • Explore Cusco with a specialist guide for an in-depth insight into life in the Incas empire's capital – past and present.
  • Explore the incredible and fascinating ancient ruins of Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
  • Visit Moray and the Maras Salt Mines highlights of the Sacred Valley.
  • The Rainbow Mountain of Peru offers travelers an entire day of unforgettable adventures amid a surreal landscape and local culture contact.
  • Get ready to discover a true wonder of Mother Nature surrounded by a unique ecosystem.
  • Take the renowned train to Machu Picchu with ample time to marvel at this archaeological wonder and admire Cusco's beguiling colonial streets.
  Itinerary
Day 1

We welcome you to Cusco – City Tour Cusco Half Day

A representative of Salkantay Trekking will be waiting for you at the Cusco Airport to take you directly to your hotel. Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,399 masl / 11,151 fasl so you may need some time to acclimatize.

After Lunch, we pick you up from your hotel to explore the city on an afternoon city tour.

Our tour begins in the fascinating Qorikancha or Temple of the Sun, probably the most important Inca place within the city of Cusco. While you marvel at the exquisite architecture of the place, our guide will share with you a bit of the history of the Incas. We’ll continue heading to the Plaza de Armas to visit the Cathedral that holds approximately 300 paintings from the famous Cusqueña School (the tour includes the entrance to the Cathedral). The Plaza de Armas itself is a wonderful place to sit and immerse yourself in the local atmosphere.

Later we’ll visit the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán, located on top of a mountain above Cusco. It’s characterized by having been built with rocks of colossal sizes that weigh hundreds of tons. Ancient Inca architects cut and polished these giant rocks to build zig-zag walls that span hundreds of meters. Despite the fact that only a small portion of the original site remains, the cyclopean dimensions of Sacsayhuamán continue to inspire and surprise its visitors. We’ll continue with the Qenqo temple, carved from a single stone block. This temple has artificial tunnels, one of which forms an amphitheater. The original purpose of the amphitheater has been lost over time, but most agree that the area was used to worship the Sun, Moon, and Stars! We will also visit Puca Pucara, a site that the Incas used as a military control center.

Our tour ends in Tambomachay, an Inca archaeological site that shows a series of aqueducts, channels, and waterfalls that run spectacularly through rock terraces. The cost of admission to the site is included in the tour.

At the end of the day, we’ll take you to the door of your hotel to enjoy a relaxing night.

  • Accommodation:  Hotel
Day 2

Cusco | Moray – Salt Mines – Aguas Calientes

Today you’ll enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then we’ll pick you up to go to the beautiful town of Maras (3,300 masl / 10,827 fasl). There you’ll find not only beautiful architecture but also fine textile art. We will continue to the impressive Moray archaeological site (3,450 masl / 11,319 fasl) made up of a series of giant circular terraces and a complex irrigation system. Moray is known as the largest agricultural laboratory in the world because it was used to grow food that only grows in tropical climates. After feeling the energy of this intriguing site, we’ll continue with the salt mines, a set of more than 3,000 small white pools from which salt is extracted. These small pools are filled with water that evaporates, thus producing the salt that the residents collect and package to sell in different markets in the region. This salt has a pink hue and is well known for its healing properties and delicious flavour.

It’s time to head aboard our private transport to Ollantaytambo where the train that will take us to Aguas Calientes will wait for us. Once there you’ll check into a nice hotel (shared rooms) to cool off before dinner. You can also take advantage of your free time to enjoy the thermo-medicinal waters of the place. Go to bed early because tomorrow we will finally see the impressive Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Day 3

Aguas Calientes | Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu - Cusco

After a well-deserved night of rest, the day you have waited for so long has arrived: today you’ll stroll through the mysterious streets of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Our day begins at dawn. We’ll board a bus that will take us for around 25 minutes to the entrance of the Inca citadel and we’ll enter just before the sun begins to paint this impressive place in gold. Take some time to watch the show of the day that begins on one of the 7 Wonders of the World and feel how its powerful energy vibrates. You’ll take a guided tour for 2 hours and then you’ll have plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. If you have the respective entry ticket, you can hike up to the imposing Huayna Picchu. At the end you can take the bus to Aguas Calientes or walk back through the middle of the dense vegetation that will surround you. Don't worry, the whole way is signposted. You’ll have the afternoon free to have lunch at the restaurant of your choice (food not included in the package) and take a look at the rest of this intense miniature city. Your train will leave for Ollantaytambo at sunset, don't forget to be at the station 30 minutes earlier than the departure time! Then we will take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 4

Cusco | Llacto - Rainbow Mountain - Llacto - Cusco

Our adventure begins at 4:00 am. We will pick you up from the door of your hotel to head for 3 hours towards the Southern Valley in our private transport. Remember that the starting point of our walk is at 4,638 masl / 15,216 fasl. Along the way we’ll observe picturesque Andean towns, agricultural platforms from the Inca period, fertile valleys, and beautiful rolling mountains. Even in the morning, the herds of llamas and alpacas will entertain you while you enjoy a delicious continental breakfast. We’ll continue our journey until we reach the starting point of the walk. There we’ll head down a meandering path in the middle of the Andean mountains following a beautiful stream. As you ascend, you’ll be rewarded with the impressive view of the Ausangate Mountain (6,300 masl / 20,900 fasl). Take a few minutes to try to understand why this mountain is a living deity for the Andean people. This whole area is home to many people and you’ll have the opportunity to see them working the land. You’ll surely also be surprised to see the traditional clothing they use that they make themselves thanks to the practice of textile art that they have inherited from their ancestors. In this way, an ancient culture is preserved that refuses to be submitted by the rules of the western world. Your guide will teach you about the meaning of some clothes and, if you want, you can ask him to teach you some words in Quechua. After 1.5 hours of walking, we will arrive at the amazing Rainbow Mountain of Cusco (5,050 masl / 16,564 fasl). Take time to admire the unique beauty of this impressive natural formation and feel the thrill of witnessing a unique natural spectacle. You will explore the surroundings a little while your guide explains the theories that exist regarding the origin of this mountain that seems to be taken from a colourful dream of the gods. Take photographs or simply immerse yourself in the landscape that also shows you the splendour of the great mountain Ausangate in the distance.

There we will take a break between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the speed of your steps and the condition of the weather. If you want to stay longer, inform your guide. Later, there’s the possibility of walking through the Red Valley, if the climate and weather allow it. Don’t miss this valley of completely red mountains! We’ll take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to arrive again at the starting point where we’ll enjoy our box lunch. Once we have filled our stomachs, we’ll embark on our private transport back to the city of Cusco. At approximately 5:00 pm we’ll leave you at the door of your hotel.

  Inclusions

What Is Included?

  • High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing

    You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our porters. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Guide

    All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. Also, they speak English. As good cusqueños, they feel a great commitment to transmit the knowledge they have inherited from their grandparents. They are very friendly and professional. They’ll make sure you are safe and happy.

  • Medical Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergency situations (altitude sickness, traveller’s diarrhoea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Customer Service 24/7

    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.

  • Meals

  • Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets so let us know if you have any special restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner; in addition to hot drinks and snacks. Every morning we’ll give you your snack so you can enjoy it during the walk. Remember that your last lunch will be on day 4. Dinner on the last day is not included.

  • One cloth snack bag per person

    To avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, we will give you a cloth bag for your snacks.

  • Products for hygiene

    You will be provided with a small towel before each meal to clean your hands.

  • Transportation

  • All transport

  • EXTRAS included in our service.

  • We believe that attention to small details is what sets us apart from other local companies. You’ll receive a small sleeping pillow, a foam mattress, a cover to protect your backpack on the road, and a rain poncho.

  • Satellite phones:

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. While all of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. Each Salkantay Trekking guides has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world. You can also use it even if it’s not an emergency.

What Is Not Included?

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tips for our staff

    Tips are usual on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the porters and chefs together.

  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management

    Landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.

  • Day 4 Dinner

  • Personal clothing and gear

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about trekking Salkantay in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

Briefing or informative meeting

All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Salkantay Trekking offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

Duffel bag or canvas case:

ou’ll receive a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. The porters will take them on the way and will deliver them to you when you get to each camp. They measure 66 cm / 2 ft. Long x 36 cm / 1 ft. Wide.

A maximum of 5 kg is allowed for each duffel bag that includes the weight of your sleeping bag, mat, clothes and other personal items.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Storing your luggage at our Office.

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pickups:

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group tours:

Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

Strikes and demonstrations:

Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects:

You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

  Pricing

The Rainbow Mountain can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

  • Group Price

  • Rainbow Mountain Group
  • 2020 Land Cost
    US$450
    per person
  • Pre-payment
    US$200
    (Required)
  • Balance
    US$250
  • This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

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Private Tour - 2020 Land Cost

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Trekkers: US$950 per person
  • 3 Trekkers: US$850 per person
  • 4 Trekkers: US$750 per person
  • 5 Trekkers: US$700 per person
  • 6 Trekkers: US$620 per person
  • 7 Trekkers: US$580 per person
  • 8 or more Trekkers: $530 per person

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

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Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information

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