Arrival to Cusco with a transfer to your hotel; a welcome meeting will be organized by your guide for a quick briefing of the tour. The rest of the day can be spent exploring Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, set in the Andes Mountains. Discover Spanish churches and mansions that sit alongside Inca remains and enjoy the vibrant nightlife or sampling Peruvian restaurants.
City Tour with visit to Cathedral – Cost per person $ 30 (Not Incl. Entrance Fee).
you’ll have a full Cusco city tour, starting at the city center viewing the Incan foundations of many buildings, the famous Cathedral, and the Temple of the Sun. You will also visit the typical market of San Pedro. In the end, you will visit the hills around Cusco to get a full tour of four ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.
Classic Cooking Class – Cost per person $ 40.
With an approximate duration of 3 hours, this service starts at 11 am, picking up the user from their hotel on the way to the house of the chosen cook. Once in the place, the tourists receive a brief explanation of the activities they will carry out, and they will receive the appropriate clothing for the class. What we will do next is practical cooking classes where tourists learn the preparation of traditional plates of the city, presented by experienced chefs, who teach various conventional recipes. In this service, all the ingredients are already at home. Lunch/Dinner at the cook’s house: We want all the tourist to feel immersed in the local culture, for this, each chef has prepared various stories and experiences that are transmitted in the table and surrounded by local people (the cook and his family) while tasting the food made in the cooking class.
Folklore Show and Dinner – Cost per person $ 25.
Head to the Tunupa restaurant, located just the central Plaza de Armas of Cusco (3 minutes walking from Hotel), and get ready for a fabulous buffet dinner. There is a large selection of typical dishes, meat, fish, vegetables, and desserts they are amazing and delicious dishes. The night is more enjoyable when the traditional dance show begins and you can get involved with folk, traditional, classical music, and sweeten your ears with the Andean instruments: Quena, charango, flute, zampoña. If you wish, you can also share the dance floor with the dancers and get a great experience.
Private Transport: Cusco Airport – Hotel (20 minutes).
After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at your ease. The capital city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.
OPTIONAL: Full day Sacred Valley Tour Cost per person $ 45. (Group Services).
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00 am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley. The Valley is (31km)/ (19mi) from Cusco, and at an altitude of 2,970m/9,700 ft. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition. You will be able to test your bartending skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs.
Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at the Tunupa restaurant. Then, we continue to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town due to the beautiful ruins on the terraces. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have been well-preserved from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a taste of what it would have been like living in this time.
The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its main attraction is the colorful Sunday market which is less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. In the end, we bring you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at 6:30 pm approximately.
PS: This night, you have the Inca trail briefing at 7:00 p.m. at the hotel lobby.
Rainbow Mountain – Cost per person $ 80. (Group Services).
We will pick you up at 4:00 AM from your hotel in Cusco. It is about a 3hrs ½ driving on our private transport, through an undiscovered land of wild desert landscapes, snow-capped peaks, and herds of alpacas. When we reach the trailhead for this hike, we are going to have a hot breakfast and then continue hiking to the rainbow mountain, this will take us around 3-4 hours (Depending on fitness level). After breakfast and packing some snacks for the road, we will begin the hike from Chillca at (4300m/14,200 ft elevation). From here it will be a 4 hour approx. uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountains. Along the way you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley. As you reach the summit of the mountain you will be able to spot some Andean wildlife. Vicuñas are considered to be the Andean camel and this is the only place in Cusco where you will see them in the wild. Vicuñas are in the same family as llamas, though are much smaller and they have the most expensive wool in the world.
Once we arrive at the top of what we come to see “Rainbow Mountain”, you will have enough time to take photos and relax on the top majesty area views. All of the mountains that surround this area are red and there are amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak right in front of you. Ausangate is the tallest mountain of the Cusco region (just under 21,000 ft) and is part of the Vilcanota Range. Our staff will bring you some hot drinks while sharing information with you about the composition of these incredible mountains and how they became rainbow-like After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors around by) we will begin our descent with a 2-hour downhill hike. We will then meet up with our trekking chef and enjoy the delicious, freshly prepared hot lunch. After lunch, you can visit some of the local family’s houses where you can see the lifestyle of these people who still practice the ancient traditions of the Inkas. They still speak Quechua, practicing their earth-based religion and the agriculture – honoring the mountain spirits and sun to ensure that their crops and herds flourish – as well as weaving the textiles that you will find in the museums all around Peru. Finally, after our interactions with the locals, we will start returning trip back to Chillca village to catch our private transport back to Cusco, arriving around 06:00 pm approx. after transfer to Cusco Hotel.
DAY 03: Time to start our adventure, on the way to Lares! (B/L/D)
You´ll enjoy a delicious breakfast just before we’ll pick you up to go to Calca in the Sacred Valley. Once there we have the last chance to buy anything you think you could need. We keep going to the highest place will be this first day: 4265 meters above sea level (13992 FASL), there Sawasiray and Pitusiray, two big mountains, say hello to us. Then we go down to 3207 MASL/10521 FASL in Lares a typical and small Colonial Town. There we can enjoy the springs, have lunch and finally get ready to start our hiking adventure. We´ll take an Increasing path to Huacawasi (3600 MASL – 11811 FASL) our first stop. This little town is full of colors and good Vibes. Houses made of adobe and many of the typical Llamas.
Transport: Sacred Valley – Huacawasi (3.5 hours approx.).
Tour Guide: Spanish/English.
Entrance Fee: Lares Valley.
Horseman and mules: they carry cooking and camping equipment.
Overnight: Huacawasi Camp.
DAY 04: Huacahuasi – Lares Hot Springs (B/L/D)
After Breakfast start our trek to Aruraycocha (at 4500 MASL/14763 FASL) the highest point. The view is just amazing, you can see the beautiful Aruraycocha lake, and then go down towards it. Here the vegetation changes. It’s the conservation area of Mantanay we can observe a typical kind of tree called the Q’euñas around the other lake: Yuraccocha. Around these lakes, we’ll have lunch. If we are lucky enough, we can see the famous and huge Andean Condor. We´ll keep going down to Mantanay village our second campsite 3800 MASL/12467 FASL high.
Tour Guide: Spanish/English.
Horseman and mules: they carry cooking and camping equipment.
Overnight: Mantanay Camp.
DAY 05: Lares – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (B/L/D)
Hopefully, you had a nice sleep because this morning is the last day of trekking heading to Yanahuara, located at 2950 MASL/9678 FASL. another beautiful and colorful town located in the Sacred Valley. There the weathers changes; we´ll be warmer. Here also, the important white grain corn is harvested. And here it’s where we’ll have our last meal together and say goodbye to our staff–Cooks and Horsemen–we’ll take a van to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is an archaeological site once the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti, who conquered the region and nowadays is some kind of museum due to the Inca ruins . Located in the sacred valley is the place where we´ll take the train to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night just before the day we finally climb Machu Picchu.
DAY 06: Machu Picchu in its glory – BIG DAY! (B/-/-)
Wake up early for breakfast before our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 05h40 to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you will watch the sunrise. After entering the Citadel begin a guided walking tour (approximately two hours) of the citadel complex. After this experience, enjoy some free time to explore the mysterious city at leisure.
Optional Service: Wayna Picchu – Cost per person $ 30
There is time for those whit enough energy to climb Wayna (Huayna) Picchu (at your own expense). For many people climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights when visiting Machu Picchu. Wayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu. The climb itself is interesting as you will see how the Inca did cut out some steps out of the rocks and as you wind around the side of a mountain will see Machu Picchu from different angles.
This afternoon, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch later we will board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon your arrival to the train station, we will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.