A trek which combines the original Inca trail, flora and fauna, impressive archaeological sites, and magnificent snow-capped mountains, glacial peaks, and colorful striated mountains.
The short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu & Rainbow mountain trek package is the combination of the original Inca trail, flora and fauna, impressive archaeological sites, and magnificent snow-capped mountains, glacial peaks, and colorful striated mountains. On our first two days we will hike through tropical vegetation to the beautiful Inca site Wiñaywayna where we join the classic Inca Trail and continue to the famous Sun Gate. There, travelers have their first views of the magnificent Inca city Machu Picchu. On this hike, travelers can see Machu Picchu twice; during the sunset without crowds and the next day at sunrise. On the last two days we will be hiking by the Vilcanota Mountain range, is in close proximity to the highest Sacred Mountain in the Cusco region Ausangate, where we will spend the night under the start on the overnight trek to the Rainbow Mountain.
We will pick you up at your hotel to travel by private transportation to the train station at Ollantaytambo to travel to Km 104, the starting point of the trek. We ascend gradually to Wiñayhuyna, the best-preserved Inca site around Machu Picchu, visiting Chachabamba on the way. Lunch will be at a place chosen by the tour guide. We continue on the stone-paved Inca Trail through the cloud forest to Inti Punku (Sun Gate) where we will have a panoramic view of Machu Picchu and some time to enjoy the magical Inca city at sunset. Then we will go by bus to Aguas Calientes, where our hotel and dinner will be waiting for us.
Trekking distance: 10km/6,21miles
Aguas Calientes altitude: 2050m/6,726ft
After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will take the bus back to Machu Picchu for the complete guided tour of the magical city. Then you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself or to climb Wayna Picchu for different spectacular views of Machu Picchu. Later, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to take the train back to Ollantaytambo. From there, our private transportation will take us back to the hotel in Cusco.
Total distance by bus: 6 Km / 3.73 miles
Machu Picchu altitude: 2400 m / 7874 ft
Early in the morning, we will pick you at your hotel to travel by private transportation through the south Valley of Cusco until we arrive to Chilca community (4200m/13,779ft) starting point of the hike. Here, we will start hiking along the green valley full of alpacas grazing on the mountain sites and with beautiful views of the Ausangate Mountain (6270m/20,570ft). While we hike or stop for lunch on the trek, we may see wildlife such as Andean geese,chinchillas. After lunch we will continue to our Campsite Ananta (4400m/14,435ft) where we will set up our tents and spend the night.
Trekking distance: 12km/7,456miles
Campsite altitude: 4400m/14,456ft
After energizing breakfast, the trail will lead us to one of the highest point of the trek through intriguing formations of red sandstone until we arrive to Ananta pass (4500m/14,763ft).Where we will have first views of the Rainbow Mountain in the distance and breathtaking Ausangate glacier. Then we will descent to the beautiful lake where we will enjoy the wildlife. Here will start the final uphill to the Rainbow Mountain (5200m/17,060ft).Upon arrival at the Mountain, you will get to marvel at the multicolored strata that paint the mountains. After enjoying the impressive colored landscape, we will descend through the valley that lead to Llactu community (4200m/13,779ft) where we will enjoy lunch before taking our private transportation back to hotel in Cusco.
Trekking distance: 13km/8,07miles
Lacctu altitude: 4200m/13,779ft
Items that are included in the tour price:
Short Inca Trail
Items that are not included in the tour price:
Short Inca Trail
Private tours are available and priced by party size
WHAT WE RECOMMEND BRINGING:
Our guides are, personable, flexible, adaptable, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about sharing their world with you. Travel with us and you will have the pleasure of their company throughout your trip.
We can customize any trip or tours to suit your travel, fitness, budget, and time preferences. You can add or remove days, upgrade lodging. We directly coordinate all aspect of your trip before, during, and after your trip.
At Juve Travel Peru, we practice ethical, sustainable, responsible tourism. We are strong ties to various local communities and offer good jobs with fair salaries. We source food locally and support local owned businesses.
All our employees are passionate about what they do. We appreciate the hard work that our support staff provides and we are proud to offer our staff competitive wages in Peru.
Simple the best to travel, travel in a small group averaging only 12 guests and are mix couples and friends travelling together with different ages and nationalities. For private services you can decide how many people you will bring with you.
Our meals are prepared by our chefs with quality ingredients from local farmers and we can accommodate vegetarian, gluten free, vegan or allergy diets and more
An excellent option with a relaxed schedule, allowing trekkers to avoid the crowds at times found on the classic four-day hike.
Peru’s Inca Trail is rated by National Geographic as the best destination trek in the world, combining beautiful mountain scenery, original Inca trails, archaeological sites, and lush cloud forest rich in flora and fauna.
The best option for those who are short on time or who don’t like camping and difficult hikes. We hike through tropical vegetation to the beautiful Inca site Wiñaywayna, where we join the classic Inca Trail and continue to the famous Sun Gate.