TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Departure: Lima
  • Perfect for family
  • Explore the former Inca capital and discover the alluring colors of Vinicunca

ROUTE

Day 1: ARRIVAL AT CUSCO

Day 2: CUSCO

Day 3: SACRED VALLEY

Day 4: MACHU PICCHU

Day 5: VINICUNCA

Day 6: VINICUNCA

Day 7: CUSCO

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodations
  • All activity and entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
  • Guides (EN/SP other languages available on request)
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary Transportation as mentioned in itinerary

MAP

  1. Cusco
  2. Sacred Valley
  3. Machu Picchu
  4. Vinicunca

TRIP OVERVIEW

Cusco is one of the top destinations for adventure lovers. This seven-day trip around the Imperial City is the perfect mix of history and outdoor activities, with two walks that will connect you with nature and the Inca spirit that reigns in the city.

You’ll also make an unforgettable visit to Machu Picchu, the heart of the most important pre-colonial empire in South America.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL CUSCO

 

A vehicle will take you from Cusco’s airport to your selected hotel. A representative will fill you in about the attractions and services that the city has to offer, and will help you with your check-in at the hotel. Take advantage of the free afternoon to acclimate while you walk through the city, visit its churches, plazas, and discover all its Inca charm.

Night at the selected hotel in Cusco.

Optional activity: Guided City Tour.

DAY 2: CUSCO

After having breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be transported to Sacsayhuaman early in the morning. From here, you’ll start walking to Chacanor Devil’s Balcony. This place offers a perfect harmony between nature and Inca architecture, where the buildings blend with the rocks that house them. At the top of the cliff, you’ll find a natural viewpoint.

After lunch, you’ll visit the Temple of the Moon and learn about Andean cosmology, its connection with the stars, and the forces of nature. On your way back to Cusco, you’ll explore the archaeological site of Cusilluchayoc.

You’ll be following an ancient Inca trail that led to a part of the empire known as Antisuyo. You’ll return to the city through the San Blas neighborhood, known to house some of the most talented artisans.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco on bed and breakfast basis. Box lunch included.

DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY

sacred valley

After having breakfast, enjoy a free day in the Sacred Valley, the heart of the Inca Empire. Its pleasant weather and lower altitude make it the perfect refuge for being alone, with a significant other, or with your family. Delight your palate with traditional dishes; a visit to archaeological sites such as Ollantaytambo or Pisac; immerse yourself in living culture at the Yucay Museum; or take part in adventure activities such as Via Ferrata or kayaking in the nearby lagoons.

Overnight at the Sacred Valley hotel in Cusco on bed and breakfast basis.

Optional activity: Full day Sacred Valley Tour.

DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU

machu picchu woman

 

Spend the day exploring this jewel of pre-Hispanic engineering, chosen by the Inca Pachacutec as his retirement center, where his mummified remains were sheltered. Machu Picchu or ‘Old Mountain’ was declared to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Its breathtaking beauty is proof of these titles. Its granite buildings seem to have emerged directly from the earth, so perfectly designed that it will boggle your mind to contemplate how they built it. Machu Picchu keeps many wonderful secrets: take the road to the Inca Bridge, see the royal mausoleum up close, go up to the Intihuatana, or simply contemplate the impressive geography from its platforms. The Urubamba River surrounds it like a snake, and you can see Salkantay mountain in the distance.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco on bed and breakfast basis. Lunch included.

DAY 5: VINICUNCA

After having breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be picked up early in the morning and transferred to Checacupe, the starting point for your hike

to Vinicunca or the Rainbow Mountain. On the way, you’ll visit the Wari site of Pikillacta: its buildings look like pyramids. Once in Checacupe, you’ll have the chance to explore the town for a few minutes before continuing towards Quesoyuni, a small Andean community. After a much needed lunch, you’ll start the ascent towards the camp in Kairawiri. This is an acclimatization walk in order to prepare for the ascent the next day. Once you’ve arrived at the campsite, dinner awaits you before you sleep.

Overnight at campsite. Lunch and dinner included.

DAY 6: VINICUNCA – CUSCO

vinicunca hike

 

Start the day early in the morning with a comforting breakfast at the campsite and continue on your way to Vinicunca. The walk is arduous, but the view waiting at the top is worth it: a unique universe of impressive and intense colors. Apu Ausangate stands in the distance, and contrasts the rainbow mountain with its whiteness. Take between 30 and 45 minutes to enjoy and relax before embarking on the return to Quesoyuni where you’ll have an outdoor picnic. After lunch, you’ll return to Cusco.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco on bed and breakfast basis.

INCLUSIONS

GUIDE:

English-speaking guide.

 

ACCOMMODATION:

Four nights of accommodation in Cusco, one night of camping and one night in Sacred Valley

 

MEALS:

Daily breakfast starting on day 2. Lunch on days 4 and 5. Box lunch on day 2. Dinner on day 5

 

TRANSPORT:

Private transfers from/to the airport.

 

ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES:

All the visits mentioned in the above itinerary: Vinicunca route and Machu Picchu on day 4.

Not Included

  • Personal expenses.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during your meals.
  • Meals not stated in the program description.
  • Tips for your driver and guide.
  • Additional optional visits.
  • Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTC) for children from ages 10 to 17.
  • Mandatory supplementaries for special dates like Easter Holidays, Inti Raymi, National Holidays, Christmas and New Year’s mentioned separately.
  • International flights to Peru.
  • Domestic flights (we advise booking the first flights in the morning).
  • International and domestic airport departure taxes.

RATES

Period of departure: From Jan 1, 2019 to Dec 20, 2019

Package rates per person in US dollars in double accommodation

 

Departure period Category Min 2
January 1 2019
to December 20 2019
Comfort 1400
Standard 1450
Superior Standard 1504
First Class 1589
Deluxe 1959

Third person/child policy

Child aged 0 to 1 year 11 months, no charge (no extra bed provided). Child aged 2 to 5 years is considered category ‘child without bed’. Child aged 6 to 10 years is considered category ‘child with bed’. Children aged 10 and up should consider the additional charge for the Cusco BTC ticket, detailed in the Optional Supplements section for all programs that include Cusco.

 

Other considerations:

Rates not applicable on the following dates in 2019: Easter holidays (April 17 to April 21), Inti Raymi sun festival (June 22 to 28), National Holidays (July 27 to 31), Christmas, New Year’s, conferences or special events.

All rates are per person and apply only to foreign passengers. Prices are subject to change without prior notice and can only be guaranteed once the reservation has been made. Rates do not apply to residents with more than 60 days of stay, nor corporate passengers (4 or more nights in Lima). Bookings shall include the passenger’s full name, nationality, passport number, age and date of birth.

ADD-ONS

Want to get the most out of your trip? Let us know if you’d like to include these optional activities (all rates are per person and in US dollars):

Activity Description Shared
Full day Sacred Valley Depart from hotels in Cusco. Visits included: Yucayliving museum, Chinchero and Ollantaytambofortress. BTC not included. 46 USD
City tour in Cusco Visits included: Coricancha, Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo,

Puca Pucara and Tambomachay

39 USD
Cusco Tourist Tick (BTC) Entrances included: Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Pikillacta, Chinchero, Qenqo,

Pisac, Moray, Tipon, Contemporary Art Museum, Coricancha Site Museum, Regional Museum, Pachacutec Monument

61 USD
Peruvian Tasting Explorer Gastronomic experience in Cusco 126 USD
Art trail – shared ceramic workshop Traditional ceramic workshop in Cusco to learn two techniques: glazed colonial and “dorado colonial”. 127 USD

STARTING AT:

$1400

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