Cusco | Sacred Valley | Inca Trail | Machu Picchu | Rainbow Mountain

The Best of Cusco & Inca Trail

US$ 1095.00 per person
8 Days & 7 Nights Duration
4,215 m / 13,829 ft Max. Altitude
2,040 m / 6,693 ft Min. Altitude
51 km / 31.68 mi Walking Distance
  • Cusco
  • Sacred Valley
  • Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu
  • Rainbow Mountain

Discover a magical journey in the present through Inca wonders of the past

Hello, explorer! This tour will take you through the best parts of Cusco and the Inca Trail; it absolutely has to be on your shortlist! These are 8 days of excitement with all the conveniences included. We’ll provide all the transportation and coordinate the amazing activities you need to do to experience the Inca capital and its surroundings to the fullest. You’ll explore the imperial city and visit its archeological sites and impressive colonial churches before taking off on the mountain adventure of a lifetime.

Hello, explorer! This tour will take you through the best parts of Cusco and the Inca Trail; it absolutely has to be on your shortlist! These are 8 days of excitement with all the conveniences included. We’ll provide all the transportation and coordinate the amazing activities you need to do to experience the Inca capital and its surroundings to the fullest. You’ll explore the imperial city and visit its archeological sites and impressive colonial churches before taking off on the mountain adventure of a lifetime.

After adapting to the Andean altitude, you’ll hike on the world-famous Inca Trail, spending time in snow-covered mountains, the lush cloud forest, and a magnificent mix of Inca ruins. You’ll stay in private, comfortable accommodations along the trail, trek with just a light backpack, and taste the best of Peruvian cuisine from the hands of our talented chef. On top of all that, you’ll visit the Sacred Valley and Rainbow Mountain, two of the most important destinations in all of South America. Without a doubt, this is one of the most incredible journeys you can experience to make the most of your Peruvian adventure. Take a look at this program, and join us for the adventure!

Trip Highlights

  • Live a one-of-a-kind experience around Cusco, where you’ll discover the most sought-after destinations of the area on a trip full of history, important monuments of humanity, and unbelievable landscapes.
  • Stroll through the streets of Cusco, known as America’s Rome.
  • Visit the highest salt mines in the world and the astonishing site of Moray on our Sacred Valley tour.
  • Enjoy 4 days on the prized Inca Trail; discover its impressive archeological complexes and camp surrounded by its natural wonders.
  • Cross through the famous Sun Gate, or Inti Punku, to reach the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Explore the legendary Machu Picchu and its extensive grounds and constructions with our expert guide.
  • Spend a day at Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca, on a scenic hike through the Andes.
Included meals Breakfast: 7
Lunch: 5
Dinner: 4
Trip staff Explore Tour Leader
Transport Bus
Accommodation 3 nights camping
4 nights hotel
Walking grade: Easy to Challenging
Group Size: Up to 10 People
Day 1 Arrival to Cusco - City Tour
The best part of the day: Discover the Incas’ historical capital city on a tour of its main attractions.

Welcome to the imperial city! We’ll be waiting for you at the Cusco airport to take you to your hotel in this charming city. To help you get used to the altitude, the first day will be a great opportunity to do a City Tour. You’ll walk through its historic, cobbled streets and see various colonial buildings constructed on the foundations of what were once grand Inca palaces. We’ll start you out with a tour around the central plaza of Cusco and a visit to the Cusco Cathedral, a prime example of Baroque-style architecture. It holds dozens of secrets hidden in the paintings and sculptures that call it home. You’ll then continue on to Qoricancha, or the Temple of the Sun, the most important religious complex of the extensive Inca Empire.

Next, we’ll go a few kilometers outside of the city to visit Sacsayhuaman, an extraordinary site and one of the icons of Inca architecture and engineering. Close to this complex of gigantic stones, you’ll find Qenqo, which, in Quechua, means “labyrinth” and is considered to be a temple dedicated to the Pachamama or Mother Nature. After that, you’ll visit Puca Pucara, a military construction with a wonderful view of the Cusco Valley. Puca Pucara, in Quechua, means “Red Fort.”

Lastly, you’ll see Tambomachay, which means “resting place,” an ancient temple of water worship, which is considered to be one of the main natural deities of the Incas. After an incredible afternoon, we’ll take you back to Cusco and leave you at the door of your hotel. You’ll have free time before going out to dinner at one of the best restaurants in Cusco and trying this country’s exquisite cuisine for the first time.

After a warm welcome and time to rest at your hotel, you’ll begin exploring the city of Cusco. The first stop will be at the picturesque central plaza to appreciate its magnificent colonial architecture, which was constructed on the foundations of Inca temples and palaces. Next, you’ll go to Qoricancha, the most important religious complex in the Inca Empire, where you’ll visit its museum, grounds, and structures.

Later, we’ll take you just outside the city to the Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman to see its unbelievable Inca constructions, and then you’ll go to Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. That night, we’ll take you to one of the best restaurants in the city for dinner.

  • Dinner Meals
  • Hotel in Cusco Accommodation
  • 5 hours approx. Tour Duration
  • 3,390 m / 11,122 ft Min. Altitude
  • 3,800 m / 12,467 ft Max. Altitude
Day 2 Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas: Chinchero - Moray - Maras - Ollantaytambo
The best part of the day: Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and feel the power of the Pachamama.

Early in the morning, you’ll leave your hotel, and we’ll take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be in Chinchero, where you’ll learn about traditional weaving from the locals. You’ll see how they produce various colors of natural dyes to create the beautiful wools of our colorful Cusco, which they later turn into gorgeous pieces of clothing. You’ll also see buildings there that were built on top of the original Inca foundations, like in Cusco: great adobe and stone walls showing you a mixture between Inca and Spanish architectural styles.

After Chinchero, we’ll take you to Moray, an Inca agricultural investigation complex with circular terraces that create distinct microclimates on each level for growing crops not native to the area. Ingenious! We’ll then go to the small town of Maras. There, you’ll visit its colonial churches, which contain Cusqueña paintings representing the Last Supper and Jesus with his twelve apostles. Here, you’ll also have the privilege of visiting the famous Salt Mines of Maras and its more than 3,000 natural salt pools, along with their breathtaking surroundings.

After exploring this part of the valley, we’ll continue to Urubamba, and you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch buffet with a huge variety of Andean foods to choose from. Eat adventurously! We’ll then take you to Ollantaytambo, a monumental Inca complex built for military, religious, administrative, and agricultural purposes. Here, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of its spectacular landscapes and Inca constructions, including its unfinished but impressive Sun Temple. You’ll stroll through its streets, traveling through time to that age long past. Of course, you’ll spend the night at a hotel in this charming Inca town, taking in the positive energy it shares.

We’ll leave Cusco early to take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First, you’ll visit Chinchero to learn about traditional weaving techniques and visit its colonial buildings that were built on Inca foundations. After that, you’ll go to the agricultural laboratory at Moray and be surprised by its circular farming terraces. You’ll savor a traditional Andean buffet in Urubamba, and then we’ll take you to Ollantaytambo to tour the town and visit its archeological complex. Finally, you’ll rest in a comfortable hotel in this charming city.

  • Breakfast and Lunch Meals
  • Hotel in Ollantaytambo Accommodation
  • 9 hours approx. Tour Duration
  • 2,792 m / 9,160 ft Min. Altitude
  • 3,762 m / 12,343 ft Max. Altitude
Day 3 Ollantaytambo - Piscacucho (KM - 82) - Llactapata - Huayllabamba - Ayapata
The best part of the day: A scenic train ride and your first steps on the Inca Tail - the perfect start to an adventure

Today, you’ll wake up early to have breakfast and head out from the hotel. We’ll ride the train for an hour to Piscacucho, located at Km 82 of the tracks, the trailhead of the age-old Inca Trail. You’ll start the hike by crossing a bridge over the Urubamba River, entering into a high-altitude forest with amazing views of Waqayhuillca (Veronica glacier), the highest mountain in the Urubamba Mountain Range.

You’ll walk northwest along the Sacred Valley, and after a couple of hours on a flat path, you’ll arrive at Miskay. Here, our guide will give you coca leaves to chew, and a glass of chicha, considered the sacred drink of the Incas. After that, you’ll hike up to Willkarakay to visit the impressive Llactapata archeological site.

You’ll continue through the Kusichaca Valley to Tarayoc, and there, we’ll provide the first lunch prepared by the expert hands of our chef. Next, you’ll gradually climb an hour to the community of Wayllabamba. From there, keep going until you reach our campsite in Ayapata. Along the trail, enjoy the fabulous views of the valley and its diverse flora and fauna, much different than what you’re used to seeing at home!

You’ll start today’s adventure early. We’ll board a train from Ollantaytambo to the community of Piscacucho (Km 82), the trailhead of the hike. As you traverse a portion of the original Inca Trail, you’ll have the chance to see spectacular landscapes and archeological sites like Willkaray and Llactapata. You’ll feel the Inca magic alongside you, and our guide will help you understand your surroundings. Finally, you’ll reach our campsite at Ayapata.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
  • Moderate Difficulty
  • Camp Accommodation
  • 14 km / 8.7 mi Hiking distance
  • 6 to 7 hours Hiking time
  • 2,700 m / 8,858 pies Starting Altitude
  • 2,620 m / 8,596 ft Min. Altitude
  • 3,300 m / 10,827 ft Max. Altitude
Day 4 Ayapata - Warmi Wañusqa Pass - Runkurakay Pass - Sayacmarca - Chaquicocha
The best part of the day: Test your limits, and reach the top of the Warmi Wañusca Pass.

We’ll wake you up with a hot cup of coca tea and then have breakfast, and that will give you the energy you need for the day. You’ll start off the morning on the hardest part of the trek, a steep climb through the lush cloud forest. After four hours, you’ll conquer the first mountain pass of the day, Warmi Wañusca, or the Dead Woman’s Pass.

Once you’re at the peak, you’ll be able to admire the majestic mountains all around you. After taking incredible pictures here, you’ll head downhill to have lunch in Pacaymayo. After a well-deserved rest, you’ll hike uphill once again, this time to the Runkurakay Pass (3,970 m / 13,022 f). Halfway there, you’ll visit a small, oval-shaped archeological site that was used as a watchtower.

After that, you’ll descend to Yanacocha, which, in Quechua, means “black lagoon.” Then you’ll go deeper into the cloud forest to Sayacmarca (3,624 m / 11,887 f), a beautiful, semi-circular archeological site of various levels with narrow streets, fountains of water, courtyards, and irrigation canals. Here, you’ll be able to see one of the best sunsets of your life over the Aobamba Valley.

Half an hour away, you’ll reach our campsite in Chaquicocha, a calm and isolated place. This is the perfect opportunity to look up at the clear, Andean sky and learn about Inca constellations. The night sky of the mountains offers a truly astonishing view!

Today is the most challenging day of the trek, starting with a 4-hour ascent to the Warmi Wañusca Pass, or the Dead Woman’s Pass. Once you’ve reached the peak, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the scenic landscape. After that, you’ll hike down to Pacaymayo for lunch. Once you’ve recharged, you’ll hike uphill once again to the archeological site at Runkurakay.

Next, you’ll go downhill for about an hour and a half to the Sayacmarca ruins and then enjoy the sunset as you make your way to our campsite in Chaquicocha. There, you’ll have the chance to observe the night sky and learn about Inca constellations.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
  • Challenging Difficulty
  • Camp Accommodation
  • 16 km / 9.94 mi Hiking distance
  • 8 to 9 hours Hiking time
  • 3,300 m / 10,827 ft Starting Altitude
  • 4,215 m / 13,829 ft Min. Altitude
  • 3,300 m / 10,827 ft Max. Altitude
Day 5 Chaquicocha - Phuyupatamarca - Intipata - Wiñay Wayna
The best part of the day: Learn from the magnificent Inca archeological sites in the cloud forest.

Today will be easier than yesterday. You’ll enjoy breakfast with unbelievable surroundings and then start the two-hour hike to the Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarca (3,680 m / 12,073 f), a magical site known as “the city above the clouds.” From here, you’ll see Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain in the distance before exploring the area with our guide.

Later, you’ll go even deeper into the cloud forest of the high jungle of the Andes. You’ll descend for two and a half hours to Intipata, an important agricultural center where you’ll get yet another great view of the surrounding landscape and be able to take amazing pictures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here, there are also beautiful orchids unique to this part of the Andes. Continuing on, you’ll reach our campsite in Wiñay Wayna (2,680 m / 8,792 f).

After having lunch and resting for a moment, you’ll get to visit the archeological site of Wiñay Wayna, or “eternal youth,” famous for its spectacular, vertical terraces. You’ll spend about an hour here with our guide, who’ll teach you about its interesting history. Back at the campsite, you’ll have a moment to say goodbye to the porters and chefs who’ve helped you on the trail, and we’ll have a small celebration to successfully end the day. That night, you’ll be able to rest and recuperate to prepare for tomorrow’s adventure.

We’ll leave Chaquicocha to visit the beautiful Inca site at Phuyupatamarca. After that, you’ll descend to Intipata and enjoy its incredible views. You’ll then continue to some of the most amazing ruins of the Inca Trail, Wiñay Wayna, where our guide will give you a tour of its most important sites. Later on, we’ll return to the campsite of the same name to spend the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Meals
  • Moderate Difficulty
  • Camp Accommodation
  • 9 km / 5.59 mi Hiking distance
  • 4 a 5 hours Hiking time
  • 3,600 m / 11,811 ft Starting Altitude
  • 2,650 m / 8,694 ft Min. Altitude
  • 3,650 m / 11,975 ft Max. Altitude
Day 6 Wiñay Wayna - Puerta del Sol (Inti Punku) - Machu Picchu - Cusco
The best part of the day: The indescribable sensation of crossing through the Sun Gate into the most important Inca city, the admirable Machu Picchu

We’ll wake you up early to hike the last few kilometers of the Inca Trail. After breakfast, you’ll walk about an hour on an easy path to Inti Punku, also known as the Sun Gate. This was the old entrance to the sacred city of Machu Picchu, and you’ll finally be amazed by your first views of the majestic citadel! If the weather’s good, you’ll be able to watch the first sunbeams of the day coming over the mountains.

From there, you’ll walk downhill on a beautiful stone path to the entrance of the citadel. We’ll take you to the classic spot for the perfect picture of the city. Later, after a short rest, we’ll start the guided tour of this famous Wonder of the Modern World; it will last two hours. All of our guides are experts on its history and Inca mythology; they’ll truly make this long-awaited place come to life!

After a fantastic tour, we’ll take you down to Aguas Calientes to have lunch in a restaurant of your choice. Later, we’ll board the train to Poroy or Ollantaytambo, and then our private car will take you back to your hotel in Cusco. The return time will depend on the time of your train ticket.

We’ll wake you up early to have breakfast and then hike the last bit of the Inca Trail to reach the Sun Gate or Inti Punku. From there, you’ll be able to take truly unbelievable photographs of the sunrise over Machu Picchu. After that, you’ll walk downhill to finally enter the citadel and learn about its history and the culture of the Incas. Finishing this visit, we’ll take you down to Aguas Calientes by bus to board the train to Ollantaytambo, and from there, our private car will take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Breakfast Meals
  • Moderate Difficulty
  • Hotel in Cusco Accommodation
  • 5 km / 3.11 mi Hiking distance to Machu Picchu
  • 2 to 4 hours in total Hiking time
  • 2,650 m / 8,694 ft Starting Altitude
  • 2,040 m / 6,693 ft Min. Altitude
  • 2,720 m / 8,924 ft Max. Altitude
Day 7 Cusco - Cusipata - Llacto - Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley Viewpoint - Llacto - Cusco
The best part of the day: Visit Rainbow Mountain, a breathtaking spectacle of all the hues of the earth.

Today, you’ll visit yet another of the most famous places around Cusco! In the morning, we’ll take you out of Cusco once again, this time about two hours away to the town of Cusipata; there, we’ll provide breakfast. We’ll continue down the zig-zagged road through small Andean towns until we reach Llacto, the trailhead of our hike. You’ll go uphill on a somewhat steep path, and the increasing altitude will make each step more difficult than the last. However, you’ll be motivated by your picturesque surroundings: the incredible natural beauty of the Andes Mountain Range.

On the trail, you’ll see Apachetas all along the way, small rock towers left by other hikers as a tribute to the mountain. There will also be local wildlife around, blending into the landscape; herds of llamas and alpacas will accompany you on the way to the grand mountain.

You’ll spend a breathtaking hour hiking to the foot of Rainbow Mountain. At that point, the trek will become much more difficult. You’ll go uphill for 30 more minutes, now on a very steep path that leads to the highest viewpoint of the famous Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca. Once you’re there, you’ll have an amazing view of the great Vilcanota Mountain Range and its majestic Ausangate, the guardian Apu of the high Andean towns of the region.

After spending time considering this colorful beauty, you’ll have a chance to explore the surroundings with our guide, who will explain the geological origins of this mountain and its significance. Later, you’ll take the same trail to return an hour and a half downhill to where you started. From there, our private care will take you back to Cusipata for lunch, and then you’ll return to Cusco, storing the best moments of this trip in your heart and soul.

Today, we’ll start early to see the magical, Instagram-famous Rainbow Mountain. Our car will take you to the trailhead, stopping in Cusipata along the way to have breakfast. The hike is in one of the most scenic parts of the Andes as you’ll catch a glance at the Vilcanota Mountain Range, too.

You’ll hike an hour and a half to the peak, the viewpoint of the mountain. From Rainbow Mountain, you’ll be able to take the most amazing pictures of the spectacular surrounding landscapes. You’ll also go to see the Red Valley and then descend using the same path on which you came up. From there, our car will take you back to Cusco, excited to have finally seen this colorful place in person.

  • Breakfast and Lunch Meals
  • Moderate Difficulty
  • 7 km / 4.35 mi Hiking distance
  • 3 hours Hiking time
  • 4,630 m / 15,190 ft Starting Altitude
  • 3,310 m / 10,860 ft Min. Altitude
  • 5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. Altitude
Day 8 Cusco - Lima

Enjoy the morning with free time in the city - buying souvenirs, walking around the historical center of town, or just relaxing. Later on, we’ll get you to the airport in time for your flight.

Cusco still has so much more to offer. If you have time, you can do the unforgettable hike to Humantay Lagoon or take any of our other tours to finish out your adventure.

Enjoy the morning with free time in the city - buying souvenirs, walking around the historical center of town, or just relaxing. Later on, we’ll get you to the airport in time for your flight.

Cusco still has so much more to offer. If you have time, you can do the unforgettable hike to Humantay Lagoon or take any of our other tours to finish out your adventure.

  • Breakfast Meals

At Ausangate Peru, we specify the included and non-included services under all the tour itineraries listed on our website. We take care of all the logistics, but please pay attention to the details to avoid missing anything. Some items may differ for specific programs, so please read carefully before booking with us.

What is Included?

  • High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure Briefing (Inca Trail)
    Detailed trek briefing with your Guide the day before the tour. The meeting is at 5:00 pm in our office.
  • All Tours and Activities according to the Program
  • Experienced Tour Guides
    On each tour, you'll be with official English and Spanish-speaking Guides. They will enlighten you about the culture and surroundings and make sure you are safe, sound, and comfortable to enjoy your trip worry-free!
  • Private Camping Equipment (Inca Trail)
    • A spacious dining tent to enjoy your meals worry-free
    • Tables, chairs, dishware, and cooking equipment
    • A portable travel toilet
    • Inflatable mattress
    All equipment carried by our horses
  • One Duffle Bag
    For the Inca Trail, you’ll receive a duffle bag to pack your personal belongings up to a maximum weight of 7 kg / 15.4 lb (this weight includes your sleeping bag). Our porters will carry it on the route.
  • Medical Kit or First AID Kit
    All Ausangate Peru guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions for them every February. Your guide will always have a first aid kit and oxygen to face basic emergencies (altitude sickness, travelers' diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.). If necessary, we'll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
  • 24/7 Customer Service
    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication with Ausangate Peru leading up to your tour.
  • Accommodation

  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Tents
    Ausangate Peru uses the best equipment to ensure your safety and comfort. Every 2 people will share a Eureka Timberline or Mountain Hardwear tent with a capacity of 4 people.
  • 4 Nights in Selected Hotels
    • Cusco: 3 Nights
    • Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo): 1 night
  • Meals

  • Meals in Cusco and the Sacred Valley
    • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
  • Meals in the Inca Trail
    • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 3 Dinners
  • Water (Days 2 to 7)
    For the Inca Trail: A good supply of boiled, filtered, and cooled water. Please bring a camel bag or an empty bottle (2 liters recommended) which you can refill during each meal.
    For Rainbow Mountain and the Sacred Valley: A water bottle
  • Wake up tea
    You'll wake up every morning at the camp with a cup of coca tea! It'll be brought to your tent so you can warm up before you start the day.
  • Tea Time or Happy Hour
    Every afternoon before dinner, the cooks will provide you popcorn, cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, hot water, etc. After a long day of hiking, you won't have to wait until dinner to relax, warm-up, and enjoy a bite!
  • Snacks (Days 2 to 7)
    For the hikes, we'll provide you with snacks of local fruits, cookies, chocolate, caramels, etc., to enjoy during the walk. To avoid the use of plastic bags that contaminate our environment, you'll receive a cloth bag.
  • Transportation

  • Private Transport
    All transportation and transfers between indicated hotels, airports, and bus or train stations are included (according to the itinerary).
  • Train Ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Day 6)
  • Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (Day 6)
  • Personal Belongings Transportation (Inca Trail)
    Our Porters Team carry all camping equipment, including the duffle bags and all supplies for the trek.
  • Permits & Entrance Tickets

  • Entry to the Rainbow Mountain
  • Admission to the Inca Trail
  • Entry Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaelogical Site

Not Included:

  • Boleto Turistico or Cusco Tourist Ticket

    This ticket is required to access many of the most popular attractions in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, including archaeological sites and museums (applies to days 1 and 2).
    • From PEN 70.00 (US$ 20.00) to PEN 130.00 (US$ 40.00) per person.
  • Cusco’s Cathedral Entrance Ticket

    • Adult: PEN 40.00 (US$ 11.00)
    • Students and Children (11-17): PEN 20 (US$ 6.00)
    • Children (under 10): Free
  • Qorikancha Entrance Ticket

    • Adult: PEN 15.00 (US$ 5.00)
    • Students and Children (11-17): PEN 8.00 (US$ 3.00)
    • Children (under 10): Free
  • Extras and important equipment

    You will need a sleeping bag to camp. Walking sticks are optional but highly recommended. If you don’t have them, don't worry, you can rent them with Ausangate Peru.
    • Sleeping bag: US$ 20.00
    • Walking poles (pair): US$ 20.00
  • Meals not indicated

  • Personal Hiking Gear

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tips for our staff

    Tipping is the standard in any excursion in Peru. Although we pay good salaries to our team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do.
  • Additional costs or delays beyond our control

    Landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to a safety concern, illness, pandemics, government policy changes, political instability, strikes, an act of God, etc.

Our Hiking Team

Our tour leader in Ausangate mountain

Our Tour Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.

Our cook in Ausangate Peru

Our Cooks

After a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling.

Meals: What to Expect in Ausangate

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola.

Our Horseman and Horses in Ausangate trek

Our Horseman and Horses

Our Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.

Essential packing list for trekking

So you are planning to trek the famous Ausangate?

his Ausangate Packing List will help you to prepare for your outdoor adventure in one of the most stunning regions of South America.

In it we have provided as much detail on every piece of kit you will need for a safe and successful trekking. The packing list includes personal recommendations on gear that we own and use. We believe these recommended items of gear provide the best value for money and deliver the best performance.

Essential packing list

PACKING LIST: Duffle Bag Duffle Bag
PACKING LIST: Daypack Daypack


PACKING LIST: Original Passport Original Passport


PACKING LIST: Underwear Underwear
PACKING LIST: Base Layer Base Layer
PACKING LIST: Trekking Shirts Trekking Shirts
PACKING LIST: Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
PACKING LIST: Insulated Jacket Insulated Jacket
PACKING LIST: Fleece Jacket Fleece Jacket
PACKING LIST: Trekking Shorts and Trousers Trekking Shorts and Trousers


PACKING LIST: Hat for Sun Protection Hat for Sun Protection
PACKING LIST: Head Band or Beanie Head Band or Beanie
PACKING LIST: Neck Gaiter or Balaclava Neck Gaiter or Balaclava


PACKING LIST: Inner Gloves Inner Gloves
PACKING LIST: Outer Gloves Outer Gloves


PACKING LIST: Hiking Boots
PACKING LIST: Trainers (Trekking shoes / sandals) Trainers (Trekking shoes / sandals)
PACKING LIST: Hiking Socks
PACKING LIST: Thermal Socks Thermal Socks
PACKING LIST: Gaiters Gaiters

Important Accessories

PACKING LIST: Sleeping Bag Sleeping Bag
PACKING LIST: Trekking Poles Trekking Poles
PACKING LIST: Sunglasses Sunglasses
PACKING LIST: Headlamp Headlamp
PACKING LIST: Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
PACKING LIST: Camera / Videocamera Camera / Videocamera
PACKING LIST: Notebook / Journal and Pen Notebook / Journal and Pen

Personal Gear and Medications

  • Trekking Towel:

    A small to medium sized hiking towel can come in great use. LifeVentures or Discovery provide good, quick-drying trekking towels.
  • Small Locks:

    To protect your belongings in your rucksack or duffle bag
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags:

    These come in handy for storing important / valuable items like your money, a passport and electrical equipment
  • Isotonic Powder:

    Can be used to flavour your water nicely and helps replace electrolytes, improving energy levels and aiding water absorption. Here are some good Isotonic powdered drinks
  • Diamox:

    Also know as acetazolamide, is a medication that can be used as a prophylactic (preventative) solution for altitude sickness. It does not cure altitude sickness and should never therefore never be used as a method to continue ascending to high altitudes. It can however help prevent the onset of altitude sickness and is commonly used by high altitude climbers and trekkers.
  • General Medications:

    We recommend taking paracetamol or aspirin for headaches (a common altitude sickness symptom on the Salkantay Trek) and Imodium for diarrhoea (another common problem as food preparation can be a little unhygienic)
  • Basic First Aid Kit:

    If you are joining an organised trek, your guide will most likely be carrying a first aid kit. If you are hiking unsupported or independently then a first aid kit is a must. Here are some compact and good outdoor first aid kits: Outdoor First Aid Kits
  • Suncream / Lip balm:

    No one wants burnt skin or cracked lips! Be sure to bring 1 x suncream (SPF 30) and 1 x lip balm
  • Baby wipes:

    For quick and easy wet washe when no showers are in sight! bring 1 x baby wipes
  • Blister Plasters:

    The dreaded blisters! We recommend taking Compeed blister plasters
  • Hand Sanitizer:

    Great for disinfecting hands before and after eating, or when they get dirty during the hike

2021 Land Cost

The "The Best of Cusco & Inca Trail" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

Total Price per person from
US$ 1095.00

Required Pre-payment: per person.
US$ 600.00

Balance (Cusco): (Commonly paid in Cusco after the briefing).
US$ 495.00

This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 8%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day in Cusco) without charges.

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Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Peru Adventure.

  • Rainbow Mountain: US$ 80.00
  • Sacred Valley: US$ 50.00
  • City Tour: US$ 20.00

Additional Items

There are additional items you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices.

  • Sleeping bag: US$ 20.00
  • Inflattable mattress: US$ 20.00
  • Walking poles (pair): US$ 20.00

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14 years and above
Below 14 years

The Greatest Hiking Trails in Peru

Here you will find the Best Adventure Treks around Ausangate, Rainbow Mountain, and Machu Picchu.

Our collection of the most fabulous hiking trails in Peru bring you up close and very personal with the region’s most jaw-dropping highlights: from the snow-peaked Andes to turquoise lakes, waterfalls, and glaciers that seem to hang as if by magic, as well as an abundance of wildlife spotting and a breathtaking, unforgettable adventure in nature.

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Upis Hot Spring, Arapa Pass, Yanacocha, Pucacocha Lake
Ausangate Trek 5 Days, a fantastic and less-known trek are surrounding the snow-capped Sacred Mountain (“Apu”) of Ausangate (6,384 masl / 20,945 fasl) that takes you over mountain passes, impressive mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, hot springs, and turquoise lakes. Ausangate, a five-day trek, is an unforgettable hike recommended for mountain trekking lovers, searching for an intense experience in remote areas and wild nature.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 5 days trekking
  • Max altitude - 5200 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 450 View Details
Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca Cusco 1 day
  • 1 DAY


Rainbow Mountain, Warmisaya Pass
The majestic Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca or Winicunca (5,100 m / 16,732 f). On top of that, you’ll also visit the Warmisaya Pass where you’ll catch a glance of the snowcap of Ausangate in all its glory. You’ll understand why this Apu (what the locals call it) is so sacred.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 1 day trekking
  • Max altitude - 5200 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 100 View Details
Hatun Pucacocha in the Ausangate Mountain
  • 3 DAYS

Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain

Arapa Pass, Warmisaya, Red Valley
The perfect route for you to discover your ideal trek. You’ll visit the Rainbow Mountain, as well as the most highly respected glacier in the region of Cusco, Ausangate.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 3 days trekking
  • Max altitude - 5200 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 350 View Details
Machu Picchu
  • 4 DAYS

Rainbow Mountain: Imperial

City Tour, Maras Moray, Salt Mines, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain
We’ll take you on an unmatched journey. We’ll start, first, with a City Tour, traversing the main attractions of the city in its natural form. We’ll continue exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas, enjoying the unique beauty of the fields of Andean crops in these places. We’ll also visit the enigmatic circular farming terraces of Moray and discover how, since time immemorial, salt has been extracted from Maras.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 4 days tour
  • Max altitude - 5200 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 600 View Details
Quelccaya Glacier
  • 2 DAYS

Rainbow Mountain & Quelccaya Glacier

Rainbow Mountain - Sibinacocha Lake - Quelccaya Glacier
We will start this program by heading south of the city of Cusco to reach the picturesque Rainbow Mountain. After exploring this beautiful place, we will head in our private transport to the Sibinacocha lake, the second-largest in Cusco. We will camp in the Ruita sector, from where we will be able to appreciate the great Quelccaya glacier.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 2 days trekking
  • Max altitude - 5200 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 230 View Details
Inca Trail route to Machu Picchu
  • 6 DAYS

Rainbow Mountain + Inca Trail

Rainbow Mountain - Inca Trail Classic - Machu Picchu
We want to propose a new travel option. It’s a combination of nature, culture, history and landscapes from glaciers to valleys and the cloud forest. We’ll visit these three most impactful settings of the Cusco region.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 9 days treks
  • Max altitude - 5100 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 800 View Details
7 Lakes of Ausangate Full-Day Tour
  • 1 DAY

Ausangate 7 Lakes Hike

Pacchanta - Comercocha Lagoon - Otorongococha - Azulcocha - Pacchanta Hot Springs
The Tour of the 7 Lakes is one of the most beautiful routes in all of the Vilcanota Mountain Range; you’ll stand before the imposing Ausangate, one of the 5 highest snowcaps in Peru. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with the purest of nature and gaze upon a gorgeous place in the Andes of Cusco surrounding these multi-colored lakes.
  • Max group size: 12
  • 1 day hike
  • Max altitude - 4800 metres
  • For Adventure Seekers
FROM US$ 80 View Details

For us quality of experience is only second to safety.

We are committed to providing world-class trekking experiences for our guests that go way above and beyond the mass-produced tours so common today.

2 days of adventures in the Andes

We did the 2-day tour through Ausangate, the rainbow mountain, and the red valley. The tour was private, the guide Jimmy was very friendly and professional, the whole trip has well organized the food was delicious during the excursion.
I thank the travel agency for this beautiful experience, and I recommend it.

-- NICHOLAS A tripadvisor


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