This tour is a fantastic combination of the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain. That makes this package ideal or those who want to discover the ancient Incas' cultures and traditions and gain some experience in contact with Quechua descendants, their customs, and costumes.
Enjoy the beauty of the Andean agricultural lands of Chinchero and the high mountains in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Discover the mysterious circles of Moray, an ancient laboratory of the Incas, and afterward the salt terraces where the tradition of salt extraction is kept since the ancient times.
After that, go on a fantastic train ride among the Sacred River of the Incas to Machu Picchu Town, and discover the sanctuary of the Incas, famous Machu Picchu.
Last day to complete a fantastic experience, Visit the Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley.
Welcome and pick up from the airport to transfer you to your hotel and then, spend your first day exploring the colonial and Incan history of Cusco at sites including Qorikancha, the city’s main cathedral and the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman including stunning Inca sites. After the tour, we drop you off at your hotel.
We have to leave Cusco city early at 07:30 am, and we will first collect you from your hotel within the city center. And drive to the picturesque town of Chinchero, a beautiful Inca village where the Spanish used the original Inca street layout and foundations. Here we will visit a local family at Chinchero town where you will be given a demonstration of the Andean textiles passed down to all of them from generations since Inca times. You also will have the opportunity to shop from the local families.
As we continue on our way to our next site, we will pass through lush agricultural fields and small rural communities with spectacular views of snow-capped peaks. Our next stop is Moray and its spectacular terraces of concentric rings, which has been proven to be an experimental center for understanding the various climates and temperatures of different crops or agricultural plants, perhaps even used for the domestication of mixed vegetables. After exploring Moray, we will descend lower in elevation to the salt mines of Maras, a vital production center dating back to pre-Inca times. Here are over 5000 salt pools carved into the mountainside, filled daily by water seeping from the Earth, what we call the tears of Mother Earth!
We will continue briefly in Urubamba for a well-deserved lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the impressive Inca site of Ollantaytambo, where your guide will give you essential information on the site.
At the end of the tour, your guide will take you to the train station in Ollantaytambo. You will travel three unforgettable hours through the Sacred Valley until we arrive at Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) and spend the night in this town.
We will get to our final destination, and complete the whole Machu Picchu by train two days.
After taking your breakfast at 05:30 am, we leave this town and get the bus to Machu Picchu. The ride will take us around 20 minutes to get to the top of the hill.
The first impression of Machu Picchu is its fantastic location, which mixes very well with the whole nature. Very far away at the back, the Andean mountains and snow peaks. The entire view will take your breath away, that is for sure.
Once in Machu Picchu, your guide will introduce you to the beauty of Machu Picchu. You will head directly to a well sought-after location from where you will watch the sunrise and take photographs. Your guide will then guide you around the main sectors of the citadel, for a total of two hours. During this guided tour, you will learn some more about the history and culture of the Inca Empire.
At the end of the tour, you will have some time to yourself or, if you arranged to hike Huayna Picchu* (must be booked in advance, as it sells out and costs $25 per person), your guide will show you where to begin this hike, which will take no more than 2 hours round-trip.
Once you finish exploring the city or part of it, your guide will meet you in Aguas Calientes to have lunch and receive your train tickets back to Cusco. The return to Cusco takes about four hours with a bus transfer in Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
Today is what you've been waiting for, your chance to see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain! You'll start your day with an early morning pick-up for the 3-hour drive to the start of the trek. When you reach the trailhead, enjoy some breakfast before starting the hike. You'll begin at Llacto; it will be a 1-hour, uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. (5,020m /16,466ft).
Along the way, enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, llamas, and alpacas grazing along the valley. Once you reach the top, you'll have time to rest, snack, and take in the scenery. You will also see amazing views of the valleys, Cordillera Vilcanota Range, and Ausangate Glacier Peak—the tallest mountain of the Cusco region at just under 21,000 ft.
You will have the option to visit the Red Mountain Valley and explore another out-worldly landscape before hiking down the mountain to our departure point. Here, we will celebrate a successful journey and enjoy lunch before departing back to Cusco (3 hours), arriving around 5 pm, with the drop you off at your hotel.
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.
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.
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 his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.
So you are planning to trek the famous Ausangate?
This 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.
To book any tour/trek through with Ausangate Peru, we do require a $200 deposit per person. PayPal does charge us a fee of 8% which we ask the client to cover. This taxes is just for deposits, the remaining, you will pay in cash(briefing day) without taxes.
Please complete the form below to request a reservation. One of our Trip Coordinators will contact you, often within two business hours, to confirm availability of the trip and/or provide you with other options. Once availability is established, we will ask for a deposit and a completed online registration to confirm your spot on the trek. Please call us at (+51) 947736747 with any questions or to confirm availability over the phone.
A day trip to Machu Picchu is an excellent way if you are short on time but still want to include this wonder of the world in your itinerary. Enjoy the beautiful holidays in one of the masterpieces of civil engineering and architecture of the Inca Empire. Built-in the heart of the central Andes and the Amazon jungle under the watchful protection of the sacred mountains Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu.
This tour is a combination of the Maras Moray Salt Mines Tour and the Classic Train Tour to Machu Picchu. That makes this package ideal or those who want to discover both cultures and traditions of the ancient Incas and gain some experience in contact with Quechua descendants, their customs, and costumes.
The Ausangate and Rainbow Mountain + Machu Picchu extended tour is a truly epic adventure. Discover the personality of the Andes on a long-winded trek. Recharge yourself near the most powerful energy points in the Cusco region. Immense sacred glaciers such as the imposing Apu Ausangate