Peru

Bucket List Cusco - 4 days

Visit the most picturesque destinations in the Cusco Region

Bucket List Cusco - 4 days

Visit the most picturesque destinations in the Cusco Region

Pack for adventure, these epic 4 days will be filled with some of the most beautiful natural and historical places Peru has to offer. On this 4 day adventure you will visit, Machu Picchu, the Rainbow mountain, Sacred Valley's - Maras (salt mines) & Moray (several terraced circular ancient agricultural sites) and an amazing trek to Humantay lake filled with glacial blues.

Trip ITINERARY

Day 1: Sacred Valley Tour

On this Moray/Maras tour in the Sacred Valley, we combine the most special Incan ruins the surrounding area has to offer. You will enjoy unparalleled landscape of the Peruvian Andes throughout your journey and get a true taste of the local culture. With our tour guide by your side you will learn all about the landscape, Incan history, and why the area is so important. The tour starts with a visit to Chinchero market home to the famous Peruvian weaving and textiles.

Following this we will make our way to Moray- “the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory”, consisting of three archeological remains which looks like amphitheater style. After visiting Moray we head to Maras, located 7 miles from Moray at altitude of 3,380m. This is a small village, as a model of a miniature town known for its salt mines which have been exploited since pre- Inca times as a means of economic exchange and securities. You will have time to explore the area, shop for products the locals have made from the salt and even try chicha, a corn made beer that is very important to the Inca's history. After time exploring have time to visit one more site- Ollantaytambo before heading back to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 2: Machu Picchu Tour

You will leave Cusco early in the morning for a trip to the village of Ollantaytambo which is located in the Sacred Valley. This is where you will catch the train to Aguas Calientes. The train journey itself is filled with stunning views and will take about 1 hour. You will then bus up to Machu Picchu where you will be given a guided tour of the site and learn about the Inca civilization, visiting all of the highlights of the ruins (2 hours).

After your guided tour you will have free time to explore the site on your own.

In the afternoon you will get back on the bus and head to Aguas Calientes town. You will then board the train back to Ollantaytambo, where a private van will be waiting for you to drive back to Cusco.


Day 3: Humantay Lake Trek

Hike to one of Peru's most magical lakes and be surrounded by the impressive Salkantay and Humantay Peaks while gazing at unbelievable turquoise water.
OVERVIEW:

Duration: Full Day 3am- 5pm

Distance: 6.4 km (4 mi) Round Trip

Elevation: 3,869m (12,690 feet) / 4,200m (13,779 feet)

Difficulty: Easy/ moderate

ITINERARY:

We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 3am and drive 4 hours to the village of Soraypampa, located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. Here we will enjoy breakfast before we start our trek up to the lake.

With beautiful views surrounding us, we ascend up the mountain 1.5 hours (1200 ft) for 2 miles taking numerous breaks to enjoy the scenery. After conquering the hill, we will gaze down on a turquoise lake , which is surrounded by steep peaks and an impressive glacier.

The hike is dominated by Salkantay Peak, one of Peru’s most sacred mountains, towering 20,600 feet with a sheer and snowy face. The equally impressive Humantay Peak, rising 19,412 feet, is also within view. Shamans and other natives will often give blessing when reaching the crystal-clear waters of Humantay Lake. Once we reach the lakeshore, we relax, enjoy a snack, go for a swim (if you are brave!) or give thanks to Pachamama (Mother Earth). When you are ready to hike back down, we will descend to Soraypampa and have lunch while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy peaks. We drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.

Day 4: Rainbow Mountain Trek

The Rainbow Mountains of Peru, offer a remote landscape experience immersing you with local cultures and unique wildlife only found in these high altitude ecosystems.
SCHEDULE:

Your day starts in Cusco where you are picked up from your hotel at 2:15am for a 3.5 hour trip via private van to the start of the trail. You will be given a local Peruvian style breakfast prepared by our chef and fuel up for the hike ahead of you.

The hike to the rainbow mountain will take around 2 hours and is a distance of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Throughout your journey you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the snow capped peak of Ausangate towering in the distance. You will see hundreds of roaming alpaca, and have the chance to truly see how Quechua people live. As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of the Rainbow Mountain and how it was formed, and finally with one last push you will hike up to a vantage point that gives you a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up the sacred land.

We will have snacks on top and take a relaxing break to soak up the vistas, where you can enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. At this time you can also enjoy some coca tea that the locals prepare for visitors. After about an hour we will continue on to the red valley, another awe inspiring area not to be missed by trekkers but seldom visited. From here, we continue our hike back to the trailhead (1 hour), where you will have a gourmet lunch prepared by our chef in a traditional mud-house and depart back to Cusco. Arriving in Cusco around 4pm.

CONSIDERATIONS:

This is a challenging day of hiking. Hikers should be reasonably fit, and spend some time in Cusco to acclimate (we recommend 3 days in Cusco or similar elevation). The main reason this trek is difficult is because of the elevation. The terrain is a gradual climb and you are walking in a valley for the majority of the trek. Please consult your doctor for proper advice on trekking in high altitude.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or other events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.

Additional Trip Info

  • Private Transport from/to hotel
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking guide
  • Guided tour of Sacred Valley (Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo)
  • Partial tourist ticket to Sacred Valley archeological sites
  • Round trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu entrance tickets
  • Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu gate
  • 2 hour guided tour Machu Picchu
  • Humantay Lake Trek with entrance tickets
  • Rainbow Mountain Trek with entrance tickets
  • Emergency First aid kit & Oxygen
  • Transfer back to Cusco hotel
  • Some meals as listed

  • Voluntary Gratuity
  • Travel insurance
  • Items not listed
  • Hotel accommodation (can be booked if requested)
  • Huayna Picchu entrance ($25)

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