An active tour of the important mountain ranges around the Cusco Region: the Urubamba & Vilcanota. This is the perfect week-long itinerary for those who enjoy adventure and want to have an authentic Andean experience in the mountains.

Highlights

  • Free day in Cusco exploring the markets & back streets of Cusco
  • Full day exploring Pisac with an overnight in Ollantaytambo
  • Start at Ollantaytambo KM 104 for the Short Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu guided tour & free time to explore the citadel
  • Rock climbing in Pitumarca for all abilities
  • Day hike to Mount Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain)

Overview

This tour includes a journey through the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, a two-day trek and mountain climbing. You'll start in Cusco by exploring this historic city, then journey into the Sacred Valley for the two-day Inca Trail.

This trek culminates in the visit to Machu Picchu, the jewel in the crown of the Andes Mountain Range. Then onto Pitumarca for rock climbing in this beautiful valley, followed by a stunning day hike to Mount Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain).

Overview map

Brief itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Cusco (Free day & acclimatization) Cusco
Day 2 Full Day in Pisac, Overnight in Ollantaytambo Ollantaytambo
Day 3 Ollantaytambo Km 104 & Short Inca Trail Aguas Calientes
Day 4 Machu Picchu Excursion Ollantaytambo
Day 5 Rock Climbing - South Cusco (Pitumarca Valley) Chacco Huayllasca
Day 6 Rainbow Mountain (Mount Vinicunca) - Vilcanota Cordillera Cusco
Day 7 Departure  

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Cusco (Free day & acclimatization)

Cusco
Explore the city of Cusco on your first day

On your first day, you can explore the city of Cusco and enjoy all it has to offer, like San Pedro market, the Plaza de Armas, San Blas and much more. We'll be happy to recommend some great hotels depending on your budget.

Day 2: Full Day in Pisac, Overnight in Ollantaytambo

We'll leave Cusco around 8:30 am and arrive at the village of Pisac, known for its traditional market and archaeological complex built into the mountainside. Its views, balconies, tunnels, crop terraces and irrigation canals are some of the finest.

After exploring and trekking around the ancient town of Pisac, we will spend some time walking around its unique and artisanal market, where we can appreciate or buy the different crafts that are handmade in this town. Then we drive to Ollantaytambo town to spend the night there.

Day 3: Ollantaytambo Km 104 & Short Inca Trail

We will take the train to Km 104, where the Inca Trail starts. The valley turns into a canyon and the scenery begins to change as the cloud forests appear on our approach to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. We will disembark the train at Km 104 and start the hike along a challenging uphill path. This trek is short but hard, so expect a bit of a challenge.

This ancient Inca Trail takes us uphill all the way to the magnificent archeological complex of Wiñay Wayna, from where there are many steep steps to climb to reach the archaeological site. With a great sense of peace far from the crowds, this will be the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious boxed lunch, with superb views of the massive green mountains and native orchids.

The trail becomes gentler from here and continues all the way to the Sun Gate, where we arrive at Machu Picchu through its original entrance. It is from here that we will have our first glimpse of Machu Picchu. We then cross the site to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town, where will check into our lodge to rest and relax in anticipation of a full day visit tomorrow. Tonight we have dinner at the Indio Feliz restaurant, a really unique and fantastic restaurant.    

Maximum altitude: 2732 m / 8964 ft                     
Minimum altitude: 2088 m / 6850 ft
Distance traveled: 10.79 km / 6.67 ml (to Inti Punku)  
Approximate walking time: 7 hours

Day 4: Machu Picchu Excursion

Today, after lunch, we will catch the bus up to Machu Picchu. It is a 25-minute bus ride to the sanctuary (2400 m). As other people begin leaving Machu Picchu, we'll start exploring the ruins and visit some of the most important places in the archeological site. Our guide will lead us in our exploration and discovery of the many corners of this enigmatic citadel.

The guided tour will have an average duration of 2 hours. There will be plenty of time for pictures, after which we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch our train back to Ollantaytambo where our private transportation will be waiting for us to drive us back to Cusco.

If you feel like an uphill challenge, you have the option to climb the infamous mountain of Huayna Picchu. It is important to know that to climb this mountain, you need to buy a separate ticket in advance.

Day 5: Rock Climbing - South Cusco (Pitumarca Valley)

Rock climbing here, in one of Cusco's southernmost valleys, is a great experience due to the unique and beautiful landscape. It's a special place because you can do this in the Andes at 4,000 m altitude. The climbing is designed to be fun and to improve your level and ability. It includes a pre-experience briefing and all the necessary climbing equipment (helmet, harnesses, ropes, billets, etc). 

There are a couple of options here for accommodation. We can camp in a small community Chacco Huayllasca. Located at the bottom of the rocks we climb, which is very picturesque, that also be quite cold, but we have the best equipment to combat the elements.

The other option is an overnight stay on a small dairy farm (Tambo Queque Norte) where you can experience a nice warm bed, dinner and farm life.

Day 6: Rainbow Mountain (Mount Vinicunca) - Vilcanota Cordillera

Leaving around 7:30 a.m, we begin our final journey to Rainbow Mountain. The hike starts from Hanchipata-Quesuno at 3,700 m elevation above sea level. From here, it´s a three hour, uphill hike to reach the famous pass Rainbow Mountain.

Once we arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, there is enough time to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. It is also possible to view Ausangate Glacier Peak from this point. Then we begin the descent back to our transport to drive back to Cusco City.

Day 7: Transfer to Airport for departure

On your final day, we'll transfer you the airport for your departure. Until next time!