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This program is perfect for those who want both the ancient Inca history and outdoor adventure! Explore Cusco, visit the most important places in the Sacred Valley, the famous Machu Picchu and the spectacular Rainbow Mountain!
You will start in the Imperial City, discover what made Cusco the center of the Inca Empire! In the Sacred Valley you will visit the extensive archeological area in Pisac, typical market and Ollantaytambo, on your way to Machu Picchu. Get up early to be among the first to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu, then travel back to Cusco that same day. The hike up Rainbow Mountain will be unlike anything you have ever seen and is certainly quite different from the climate of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu!
Moderate, the highest point is Rainbow mountain (5000 meters).
You are in a place with all cleaning and biosecurity protocols.
It means that social distancing on the tour is a natural thing.
All guided tours in Spanish and English. Groups could be mixed.
You will flight from Lima to Cusco. Arrival in Cusco city and transfer to your hotel, where the rest of the morning is free time to rest and to acclimatize to the altitude.
At 13:00 Hrs. We will pick you up from your hotel with direction to first point of visit, where we will know the imposing Cathedral of Cusco. Later, we will pass to know the Sun Temple or Qoricancha; place that keeps a syncretism among Inca culture and the compulsory impost of colonial times. Currently, this temple of the Sun, it is known as Santo Domingo temple.
Finishing this visit of religious sites with Inca vestiges, we will pass to known the four ruins circuit; that is located to 20 minutes of Cusco city, where we will see the archaeological and majestic places of: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. Ending up our tour at 18:00 hrs.
At 08:00am. we will pick you up from your hotel for begin the tour to Sacred Valley. Crossing by beautiful viewpoints and make the stop in our first destiny, that is the Sacred Valley viewpoint. From here, we will have the pleasure of witnessing the snowcapped mountains of Chicon, Veronica, and Pumawanca, also, we will have an extensive view of whole Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Then, we will visit the archaeological place of Pisaq and then the famous Pisac Market after this visit will take the bus to Ollantaytambo, both of them have different Inca constructions and the market places.
Train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (from 16:36 hrs. to 18:09 hrs.)Overnight at hotel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu).
Duration: 7 to 8 hours approx.
We will begin the tour very early (6:00am aprox), after breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel for begin our tour to Machu Picchu. We will take the bus up to Machu Picchu citadel. Into this place, we will begin our Machu Picchu tour through the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu. Optional: Hike to Huaynapicchu (3 hours, without Guide).
Lowering bus to Aguas Calientes. Lunch in Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon return by train to Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and by bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 4am, and begin with our amazing Rainbow Mountain hiking experience. We set out on our drive for 3 hours through the South Valley; ending up at the trailhead at Llacto (4,638m / 15,216 ft). Along the way, there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, traditional villages, valleys and high Andean peaks.
The herds of alpacas and llamas near your breakfast place will entertain you in the early morning. Once we reach the trailhead, we start on our hike following a lovely stream. As you start your hike, you will have views of the Ausangate Mountain and glaciers. You can interact with the local people, who are still keeping traditional Quechua culture alive. Learn about their traditional clothes and the significance of the different hats worn by the men. Ask your guide to teach you a few words of Quechua!
After a total hike of 1.5 hours, we finally reach our destination Rainbow Mountain (5,020m /16,466ft). After admiring the unique beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You can take pictures or just soak up the view. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. Afterwards, there is an optional hike across to the top of the Red Valley. This walk takes about 45 minutes longer to get back to the trailhead.
At this point, we hike back down the way we came. The hike takes 1 hour, then we enjoy our lunch which will prepare by our cook.
We will embark on the 3-hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving around 6:00pm.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the mornign you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Lima and journey home or on to your next destination.
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It is important to know what precautions to take before traveling to Cusco, because it is located in the Andes, Soroche is a possibility.