This is a jaw-dropping experience. First, the millenary Cusco city and its archaeological sites, then nothing you have seen before will prepare you to the magnificent and overwhelming nature spectacle that is the Rainbow mountain. The tour continues to the magnificent Sacred Valley of Incas with its beautiful landscapes and Inca sites and finally overwhelming sight of Machu Picchu citadel hidden on top of the hill almost touching the clouds.
Machu Picchu Travel and Rainbow Mountain
A Machu Picchu travel is without doubt one of the most dreamed trips of most of us. The ancient Inca citadel is everything and more when you put a foot on it. A Machu Picchu travel will immediately transport you to the past, to the glorious Inca Empire and its immense power and knowledge, how they were one with nature and how respectful they were with the elements, but also how hierarchized was its society being the Inca emperor not only the ruler but also the son of their highest god, the Sun.
During a Machu Picchu travel, you will also have the chance to visit many other archaeological sites around Cusco city, as well as impressive colonial architecture. The excursión to the Sacred Valley of the Incas will also be a very interesting excursión where you will discover not only more Inca buildings but also small and colorful markets and meet the always kind people of the Andes.
The perfect combination for a Machu Picchu travel, if you enjoy nature and a little bit of hike, is the amazing and unique Rainbow Mountain. This place is so unique because of its colored hills, colored by the minerals of their soils due to its location, near a volcanic chain that runs through South America.
As you can see a Machu Picchu travel can be don´t only an archaeological journey but also a nature orientated one. We can suggest you many other experiences to make even more interesting a Machu Picchu travel, a gastronomy tour for example, or a mystical experience perhaps.
A Machu Picchu travel is for these and many other reasons a trip you have to plan with professionals to really appreciate the history and beauty this area of Peru has to offer. We will take care of every single detail to make your Machu Picchu travel never to be forgotten, we are local experts with the best infrastructure and providers to make it happen.
Transfer to Lima airport to take the flight to Cusco city.
Transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon City Tour:
Visit the city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The tour will start at the temple of Koricancha, an ancient Inca palace where the order of the Dominicans built an incredible church that can still be seen there. Then visit the Main Square, where the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings, are located. Continue to the San Cristóbal colonial chruch to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Afterwards you will go on to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca building known for its massive walls of hewn stone, also Qenko and Puca Pucara archaeological complexes.
Half day visit to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious and agricultural center of the Incan Empire. The fortress is located on top of a mountain to allow them to protect the whole valley from invaders. From the highest spot you will be able to appreciate the narrow roads along with the channels that remain unaltered since Incan times.
Transfer from the hotel to the train station to take the train to Machu Picchu.
You will arrive to station in Machu Picchu town, and then you will be transported by bus to Machu Picchu citadel, one of the most renowned examples of the Inca’s architecture, surrounded by an amazing landscape of lush forest. Lost in history, Machu Picchu was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, but was built in the middle of XV century. At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride back to the Sacred Valley. From there transfer to Cusco city and to the selected hotel.
Challenge yourself and get a great payoff on this 11-hour day trip to Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca Mountain) from Cusco. This little-known spot in Peru is not only a must-see because of its naturally colorful mountains, but it’s the perfect location to take trip pics. Go on an exciting 3 to 4 hour hike to make your way to where the mountains are.
The Machu Picchu travel and Rainbow Mountain itinerary is a trip that can be accompanied by another excursion if you enjoy admiring the scenery and like a bit of climbing: the Huayna Picchu hill, just beside Machu Picchu is the perfect spot to admire the citadel as shown in the postcards.
The Incas also build temples and terraces in the side of this mountain and according to the historians, this is the place where the highest priest and the virgins devoted to the Inca emperor lived.
Let us know if you are willing to climb it through its numerous Inca steps to enjoy this side excursion.