RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS
- Trek Type: Hiking, adventure, camping
- Who For: People with sense of real adventure and in very good shape
- Temperature: Cold, temperature may go below 0 C° /32f at night
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Highest altitude: 5200 masl. /17,060 ft.
You will be one of those few people enjoying so beautiful and colorful nature, one of the highest snowcapped mountains and one of the 7 wonders of the world in one step.
Day 1: Cusco – Sunchupata – Rainbow Mountain – Chillca Valley
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00am to begin our unique experience. We will drive in private transportation for 2 hours until Pitumarca, town where we will stop for restroom or other stuff, then continue for 1 more hour to the trail head at Sunchupata, located at 4,200m/13,780ft. Along the way we will see wonderful valleys, farming terraces, rugged mountains and some isolated communities. Upon arrival we will meet our horseman and horses, and then we will enjoy our first breakfast prepared by our trekking chef. After breakfast we begin our hike gradually heading up. It will be approximately 3 to 4 hours until we reach the RAINBOW MOUNTAIN. Once there, we will enjoy the amazing colored mountain which is the HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY. After postcard pictures we will continue 1 more hour of trek until we reach a beautiful area, where we will enjoy our first lunch surrounded by colorful mountains. After lunch, it will be 2 hours uphill until the summit called Vicuña Pass at 5,200 m/17,060 ft. elevation, then 1 more hour downhill until the campsite in Chillca Valley at 4,600m/15,092ft, where we will enjoy hot drinks and dinner. This campsite is unique alongside three snowcapped mountains.
Day 2: Chillca Valley – Ausangate snowcapped – Hot Spring
We will wake up early in the morning with a hot cup of coca tea to start one of the most beautiful days of the trek. After an early breakfast we will start with a 2 hour uphill climb to Alpaca pass at 5,000 m/16,404 ft. in elevation. From the top we will have gorgeous views of the blue lakes and the majestic VIEW OF AUSANGATE SNOWCAPPED right in front. Sometimes is possible to see avalanches. It is so impressive!!!… After some wonderful shots, we head downhill for 1 hour and reach our lunch spot. On the way down we will see many alpacas, llamas and perhaps condors. After lunch and siesta we will continue with our trek for 3 more hours to Arapa pass, which is at 4,800 m/ 15,748 ft. elevation. Then it will be another one hour downhill until we arrive at our campsite at Upis located at 4,400 m/14,436 ft. elevation, where we will ENJOY LOCAL HOT SPRINGS and relax our muscles after two days of trekking. We can see amazing sunsets from here and perhaps some condors and eagles flying. Hot drinks and dinner will be ready after hot spring.
Day 3: Hot Spring – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes town
After another delicious breakfast on the mountains, we have about 1 hour trek of Peruvian flat until road head and back into civilization, thus completing the trek. On arrival we say good bye to our trek team, meet up with our driver, who will drive us until train station in Ollantaytambo. On the way to Ollantaytambo we will stop in Urubamba for a delicious lunch. Once in Ollantaytambo we will take the train which runs into beautiful valley toward Aguas Calientes town, it will be time to take the cameras out for some pictures. When we arrive to Aguas Calientes town 2100m/6890ft of elevation) we will go to the hotel. After a nice shower we will enjoy a delicious dinner at one of restaurants in town.
Day 4: Machupicchu – Cusco
Very early morning, we take a 25 minutes bus up to Machupicchu (2400m/7874ft of elevation). Our guide will lead us to explore and discover each corner within the enigmatic Citadel. The guided tour will be for 2 hours approximately. Afterwards, you will still have some time to visit other places that you did not see with your guide. In the afternoon we will back to Aguas Calientes town by bus where we will take the train (at 14:55 or 16:20) back to Ollantaytambo, where our staff will be waiting for you, for transfer back to Cusco, arriving at 20:00 approximately to your selected hotel in Cusco.
Price: $590USD per person
- Discount of USD20 for students with the student international card (ISIC Card). we need a copy of the card at booking and you have to bring to Perú with you
- Discount of USD20 for minors of 16 years old that send us a copy of their passport at booking.
- Briefing: At least briefing has to be two day before your trek (to organize everything the next day). We will come to your hotel for briefing.
- Transportation: All your transportation is included in this trek.
- You will be picked up directly from your hotel around 4 a.m. in Cusco and drive to trailhead to begin your trek. Once you complete the trek, you will be drive directly to Ollantaytambo (stop in Urubamba for lunch), where we will take the train.
- Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu archeological site up and down
- Professional Tour Guide: All of them speak English, graduated in tourism and well-trained in first aid measures. All them grew up in Cusco and have a passion to teach others about their heritage. They are experts in their field working at least 5 years in tourism and will ensure your safety and happiness.
- Access Tickets: As soon as we receive your personal information and a deposit, we are going to purchase your access tickets to all sites
- Cook & Horsemen: We include Chef and assistant chef. Horseman and his mules to carry all equipment and your duffel bags. We will have access to our duffel bag once we get the evening campsite.
- Emergency Horse: All of our alternative treks include an extra horse for our clients making very little progress in the trek
- Equipment: We provide the finest equipment. We use Eureka tents that are shared by only two people. Spacious dining tent with camp tables and chairs to enjoy our meals in, latrine tent, inflatable mattresses, sleeping liner and pillow and duffel bags (up to 7Kg/15lbs per person, it includes your sleeping bag). The duffel bag will be provided by your guide at your briefing.
- Food: You will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the trek, along with a happy hour of hot tea each afternoon. We will also provide you snack each morning to enjoy along the hike. Our chefs cook delicious meals that many previous trekkers have raved about. We honor all food restrictions. Be sure to remind your tour guide of any food restrictions at briefing. Food is typically served family-style.
- Drinking Water: Beginning from your first lunch until your 3th day breakfast, we will supply all the water needed. This water will be filtered, boiled and then cooled, before distributing. You must take your own water bottles or camel back. We recommend carrying about 2L worth. We will refill waters at each meal.
- First Aid: all our guides receive training in first aid from a physician. Our tour guide will always have a first-aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. We will get you off the trail as quickly and comfortably as possible, and ensure you get directly to a clinic for treatment, if needed.
- Hotel: we work with 2 start hotels, with private bathroom, hot water and for your comfort they are private rooms with WIFE connection. If you wish to upgrade hotel please ask for options.
- Food: First day breakfast and Lunch the last day.
- Sleeping Bag: If you don’t want to bring, it´s available for rent: $20 for whole trek.
- Walking Sticks (Pair): If you don’t want to bring, it´s available for rent: $10 for whole trek
- Huayna Picchu: Is $20. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Is the mountain that stands background to Machu Picchu. It is 55 minutes hike up. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. You will do this after your tour in Machu Picchu.
How to Make Booking
HOW TO MAKE A BOOKING
To successfully make a booking you must:
- Click on Booking Now and fill out the request.
- Receive a booking form, fill out and send us.
- Make your deposit.
- Receive your confirmation from us via email and that it is all.
Payment options: PayPal, Bank deposit, and Western Union wire (for bank deposits or Western Union please contact us for details).
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PROCESS OF FULL BOOKING
1. – We will email you booking forms for completion.
These forms will outline the details that we need from each of you – passport number, nationality, full name etc. We do not need a scan of your passport. If you are a student, we need the number of your ISIC student card, and a scan of your card. With Inca Trail bookings, we need this at the same time as your booking.
2.- Nonrefundable deposit to confirm your reservation.
- FOR UNIQUE PACKAGE TOURS: Deposit: 25 % of the program price per person
- FOR UNIQUE ADVENTURE JOURNEYS: Deposit: USD 225 dollars per person
When sending you the booking forms, we will also send you further information about how to make your deposit. Payment options include: 1. Paypal (accept Credit Cards) 2.Bank deposit 3. Western Union
- Please note that there are costs involved in both making international bank transfers or a Western Union transfer – in both cases the costs will be paid by the client, NOT Pureq Experiences.
- Please note that this deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE as described in the General Terms and Conditions. We highly recommend you take out travel insurance that covers such deposits in the case of cancellation.
3.- Upon receipt of your deposit, we will confirm your trek via email.
LEASE read this confirmation – it includes details of your pre trek briefing, our address as well as how to pay the balance.
4.- Arrival in Cusco (only for treks)
the balance of your payment can be paid upon arrival in CASH. (As long as you arrive in Cusco a MINIMUM of 48 hours prior to your trip’s departure unless by prior arrangement)
- For those that wish to pay the balance of their trek fee via PayPal or bank deposit or Western Union, please ask your travel consultant for more information.
- For cancellation policy, please refer to our General Booking Conditions.
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- Valid, GREEN ISIC CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru)
- Good 20 to 30 liters daypack
- Water storage: Camelback enough for at least 2-3 liters.
- Comfortable hiking boots
FOR YOUR DUFFEL:
Porters will carry up to 7 kg of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and air matt (if you bring/rent one). I f you rent in our office both, the weight is 3.5 kg total.
- Extra t-shirts
- Extra hiking pants
- Set of hiking socks
- Warm jacket:, because gets very cold at some nights
- wool hat
- Headlamp: essential
- Waterproof gloves (even if they are ski gloves, take them)
- Sandals for camp
- Battery Charger: There is no place to plug in while trekking!
- Large plastic bags: to help organize and keep clean from dirty.
- Sleeping bag: Recommend down bags for -10C at least
- Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
- Bug spray
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and paste
- Toilet paper
- Personal medication: First aid kit: band aids, moleskin, etc.
INSIDE YOUR DAYPACKS:
We always recommend the small ones. Because inside Machu Picchu, no larger back bags than 25L will be allowed in. Other ways, you will need to store outside.
- Rain gear
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
- Rain jacket and pants, or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)