Peru

Peru Multisport Adventure - Machu Picchu to Rainbow Mountain - 9 Days

Take the Adventurous route to Machu Picchu and visit the Rainbow Mtn at Sunrise

Peru Multisport Adventure - Machu Picchu to Rainbow Mountain - 9 Days

Take the Adventurous route to Machu Picchu and visit the Rainbow Mtn at Sunrise

On this 9 day adventure through Peru, you will experience the most Epic itinerary as you hike along old Inca trails on a multisport approach to Machu Picchu. This trip is designed for an adventurous spirit involving zip-lining through the jungle, rafting down the Urubamba River canyon all while experiencing culture, history and lands full of alpacas and llamas. The trip ends with an overnight stay at FlashpackerConnect exclusive Rainbow Mountain Camp offering rustic comforts under milky way skies, topped off with a sunset & sunrise summit of the Rainbow Mountain.

Dont have the time? Check out our 4 day Multisport adventure HERE!

Trip ITINERARY

Day 1: Pisco Sours & Peruvian Cooking in Cusco

At 2pm you will meet your chef/instructor and listen to a brief introduction on Peruvian cuisine. This class is geared toward curious travelers that want to learn by doing, not just by eating at local restaurants. Through the chef's commentary, come to understand the history of Peruvian cuisine in a way that you couldn't by simply tasting a few local delicacies.

Head to the San Pedro Market on a guided tour, where you'll learn how to pick out the best ingredients by color, aroma, and texture. Taste several varieties of exotic fruits endemic to Peru before returning to the restaurant's kitchen for your cooking lesson. Learn how to make dishes such as ceviche with fresh fish, the national drink pisco sour, and lomo saltado (stir-fry dish). Then, sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. (B,L)

Overnight: Cusco - 3 Star Hotel

Day 2: Sacred Valley - Pisac, Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo & Chincherro

Your full day Sacred Valley tour includes 4 main sites: Pisac, Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo and Chincherro. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby around 7am. You will be taken on a road that winds around the mountains north of Cusco. On the way, we will stop at a famous point known as El Mirador (Lookout Point) where you will gain some insight into the Inca history. From here, we continue on to Pisac giving you a tour of the ruins and allowing you to walk around and explore on your own for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, we will head to the bustling Pisac market where you can spend some time walking around the market bargain hunting.

After exploring, we will stop for lunch at a local buffet ,where you can enjoy a wide variety of Peruvian style dishes. From here, we will continue along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once we reach Ollantaytambo, we will visit the ruins, an important area of Incan construction, built during the Inca’s heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca site because you can find rock formations representing the Inca god, Wiracocha. From here, we take you to the ruins of Chincherro to explore before returning you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley around 5:00-6:00pm. (B)

*Alternatively sites Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Ollantaytambo can be booked on request.

Overnight: Ollantaytambo - 3 Star Hotel


Day 3: Sacred Valley - Santa Maria: Mountain Biking & White Water Rafting

Your FlashpackerConnect guide will pick you up in a private car around 8am and transport the group 3 hours to the top of Malaga Pass where we will start our mountain bike descent. This epic decent will take around 3 hours as you pass local villages, rivers, llama and Alpaca farms with views of snow capped peaks and surrounding glaciers. The trail is along a wide dirt road that lends itself to most ability levels. Upon arriving in the town of Huamanmarca we will have a break for lunch. From here, we will begin our white water adventure on the Urubamba River, encountering Class II-IV rapids, depending on the season. Even beginners can take on this river as you will be under the guidance of a professional team. After about a 2 hour trip we reach the take out and we will be transferred to our hotel in Santa Maria.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Biking time: – 3 to 4 hours approximately.
  • Mountain Biking: 28 miles, Elevation loss: 4,592'; Rafting: 3 hours

Overnight: Santa Maria – Hotel Inmaculada (or similar)

Day 4: Santa Maria -Santa Teresa: Inca Trails, Junge Ziplining & Hot Springs

After a hearty breakfast we will be fueled up for a 10 mile hike along a section on the ancient Inca Trail. Along the way we will walk through small farming communities who grow coca, coffee and jungle fruits. Upon arrival to Vilcabamba we will have our lunch. 

From here, we will arrive to the Jungle canopy that is home to a series of seven zip lines that wind through the jungles! Our day end in the small town of Santa Teresa known for its famous thermal hot springs that are naturally pulled from the surrounding mountains. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Distance: approx. 12 km
  • Hiking: 6-7 hours, 10 miles, Elevation Gain: 3,280', elevation loss: 3,658'

Overnight: Santa Teresa- Eco Quechua Lodge (or similar)

Day 5: Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes: Trekking & train ride through the Andean mountains

After breakfast, we set off trekking with a climb up Llactapata pass, where you will get the first views of Machu Picchu in the distance. We will begin a decent through the lush forests passing some seldom seen Incan ruins along the way. This is also a great place to see rare bird species and orchids. Once we reach the Urubamba River bed, we board the local train to the town of Aguas Calients at the base of Machu Picchu. 

Upon arrival we will check into our hotel. From here, you will have some time to relax and enjoy the amazing views, explore some of the souvenir shops, and eat dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Hiking: 7 miles, elevation gain 1,800', elevation loss: 3,075'
  • Distance: approx. 16 km

Overnight: La Cabana (or similar)

Day 6: Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Today is the most magical day of your journey. Depending on your entrance time to Machu Picchu your guide will help you determine the best time to wake up for your tour. If you have the early entrance you will wake up around 4am to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu and see the sun rise over the ruins (sunrise dependant on season). If you have a later entrance you will be able to enjoy a bit more sleep before taking the bus up to the ruins (entrance times will be assigned to you depending on how far in advance you book). Your guide will take about 2 hours explaining the highlights of Machu Picchu and the beautiful sites. Afterwards, if you have booked the option to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain you will have time for your hike and have free time to walk the ruins 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 your ride back to Cusco arriving between 6-8pm.

Overnight: 3 Star Hotel in Cusco (or similar)

Day 7: Rainbow Mountain 2 Day Trek

On the first day of your Rainbow mountain adventure we will pick you up at your hotel at 4:00am and drive 3 hours to the trailhead. While packing up our gear our chef will be preparing a hot breakfast to get you fueled up for the hike ahead of you. Our guides will go over the itinerary for the day and safety tips to ensure you are fully prepared for the next two days. The trek begins in a large green valley. You will see hundreds of alpacas, local farmers, and the beautiful Ausangate mountain looming in the distance- this is only a teaser for what is to come on your journey. 

As you continue making your way on the trail you will begin to conquer the first pass of the trek- Puccacocha pass. At around 16,000 feet, the pass sits just above Puccacocha lake, and the massive Ausangate mountain is directly in front of you, while a beautiful active glacier crashes into the lake below. After a successful climb we will stop around noon for lunch and to recharge your body for the remainder of the hike.

Our destination for the night is Anata, where we will enjoy a beautiful evening surrounded by jaw dropping landscape in the still of the Andes. As the sun sets we set up the dining tent with chairs for your group to relax and enjoy conversation while dinner is being prepared. This night you will see an unforgettable night sky full of constellations, shooting stars, and keep yourself warm with coca tea.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Hiking: 8.77 miles, elevation gain 2,624'
  • Time: 5-6 hours

Overnight: FlashpackerConnect’s private mountain camp

Day 8: Rainbow Mountain 2 Day Trek

Today is what you've been waiting for. Your chance to see the beautiful Rainbow Mountain; and the best part, you're almost there. We'll wake you up bright and early (time dependant on weather- usually between 4am and 5am) with coca tea delivered to your tent, and serve you a hearty breakfast to fuel you up for your final climb to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain). Upon arrival you can take all the time you want soaking in the amazing 360 degree vistas of the surrounding lands and explore the mountain itself. Take some time to yourself and really enjoy the beauty of nature around you- it truly is a magical place. The hike down will only take about three hours and here we will celebrate a successful journey, and enjoy lunch before departing back to Cusco (3 hours). Arrival time back in Cusco will depend on hiking speed (usually around 5pm)

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hiking: 11 miles, elevation:  5000m-5200m-4200m
  • Time: 6-7 hours

Overnight: 3 Star Hotel in Cusco (or similar)


Day 9: Depart Cusco

At a designated time you will be transferred to the airport in Cusco and bid farewell to the FlashpackerConnect team.

Additional Trip Info

  • All accommodation - (3 star hotel - 7 nights, upgrades available on request)
  • 1 night camping at Flashpackerconnect's exclusive camp
  • Entrance fees & permits
  • All activities as mentioned
  • Transfers to/ from your hotel to the tours
  • Fluent English / Spanish speaking local guides
  • Some meals - as listed
  • All camping gear & Equipment
  • Train & bus transport for Machu Picchu
  • First aid kit/ oxygen
  • Insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Extras
  • Services not indicated
  • International flights
  • Domestic Flights & Airport transfers (can be arranged on request)

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