The Royal Cusco

The Royal Cusco

Sacred Valley - Chinchero - Machu Picchu - Rainbow Mountain

The Royal Cusco

7 days
Sacred Valley - Chinchero - Machu Picchu - Rainbow Mountain

  • Day 1. Cultural Sacred Valley Km 0    
  • Day 2. The Chinchero Plateau Community Experience    
  • Day 3. Kay Magical Inca Trail 2D/1N    
  • Day 4. HuaynaPicchu or MachuPicchu Mountain / Cusco    
  • Day 5. Cusco 180° / Free PM    
  • Day 6. Rainbow Mountain    
  • Day 7. Free AM / Out PM    

Day 1. Cultural Sacred Valley Km 0

Take flight from Lima to Cusco

Upon arrival at the airport, you'll meet a representative from Andean Exclusive at the airport, who will introduce you to your private guide and driver for your stay in Cusco. They will accompany you in a private vehicle to Pisac, a significant Inca site in the Urubamba Valley, with stops along the way. You'll also visit a Llama & Alpaca Ranch, where you can see Andean camelids like llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos. Alpacas are known for their thick wool used in textiles, while vicuñas have fine fur considered the finest in the world. 

Your journey continues with a visit to Pisac, where you can explore the famous market with various handcrafts and fresh produce. Afterward, you'll explore the Pisac ruins, featuring remarkable Inca masonry, terracing, and breathtaking views of the valley. You can explore this marvelous setting at your own pace.

Sacred Valley of The IncasSacred Valley of The Incas

Day 2. The Chinchero Plateu Community experience    

Real Sacred Valley | 3-4 hour walk and visit a rural village with expert guide

Your day starts with a morning transfer from your hotel. Your guide and driver will accompany you to Chinchero, a historic town and its ruins situated at 3800 meters above sea level. Chinchero, once the home of the Inca emperor Tupac Yupanqui, offers a rich history and picturesque views of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range.

After a brief visit to the town and ruins, you'll embark on a moderately challenging hike that will gradually take you uphill for about 1.5 to 2 hours through fields of potatoes, colorful flowers, and Andean crops, likely with no other hikers in sight. The locals accompanying you will provide insights into regional plants and the role of llamas in their community. They are very welcoming, so take the opportunity to ask questions and get to know them.

Upon reaching a beautiful mountain plateau, perfect for a snack and rest, enjoy the opportunity to take photos and then continue your hike, descending for about an hour until you reach the lesser-visited Inca ruins of Machucollca. Along the way, you'll have panoramic views of mountains and valleys and even have the chance to guide the llamas if you're up for it. Your guide will explain the ancient use of the ruins as food storage before you continue for another 20 minutes to the local community of Racchi.

In the village, you'll be welcomed by one of the warm local families who will invite you to their home for a carefully prepared lunch. Enjoy the flavors of vegetables, potatoes, and corn grown in their gardens, as well as delicious homemade meats and sauces. Your exact menu will vary depending on the season you visit. After lunch, you'll head to their outdoor weaving area for a demonstration of their textile art. You'll learn how they spin, dye, and weave the wool or fur from their animals. After a full day of culture and trekking, return to your hotel with a new perspective on the region. 

Weavers from the Chinchero communityWeavers from the Chinchero community

Day 3. Kay Magical Inca Trail 2D/1N

Transfer from Urubamba Valley to Ollantaytambo Train Station

Traveling from your hotel, a private vehicle will take you to the Ollantaytambo train station, which is approximately a 20-minute journey. This marks the beginning of your adventure to Machu Picchu.

You'll board a train that boasts stunning panoramic windows, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the breathtaking views throughout your journey. This mid-range option provided by PeruRail comprises five cars, providing both comfort and quality, complete with snacks and soft drinks. The train's design focuses on captivating guests with the ever-changing and awe-inspiring natural surroundings, offering excellent opportunities for capturing spectacular photos. The trip from Ollantaytambo to KM 104 takes approximately one hour.

For this service, you are allowed to bring hand luggage with a maximum weight of 5 kg (11 pounds) and dimensions not exceeding 157 cm (62 inches) in length, height, and width. If you have larger suitcases, our representatives will arrange secure storage at your hotel until you return from Machu Picchu.

One-day Inca Trail | 6-hour hike with expert guide. 

For those seeking a less crowded and more adventurous route to Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail is the ideal choice. Disembarking from the train just before reaching Aguas Calientes (the station serving Machu Picchu), you'll cross a suspension bridge to explore the intriguing Inca archaeological complex of Cachabamba. Following a brief visit to this site, a three to four-hour uphill hike will lead you to the remarkable Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna, accessible solely on foot. From there, you'll continue for approximately 2 hours along the primary Inca Trail to Inti Punku, also known as the Gate of the Sun. Here, you'll witness Machu Picchu for the first time, with most of the hike consisting of uphill terrain, cliffs, and stunning views of the Vilcanota River. Upon your arrival at Machu Picchu.

Day 4. Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain / To Cusco    

Second Day in Machu Picchu | Accompanied by expert guide 

This morning, after taking a bus back to Machu Picchu, enjoy a day filled with activities exploring the ruins. Depending on your interests, various excursions are available, and your guide will provide explanations about the different sections of the site. Lunch is not included. After your visit to Machu Picchu, take a bus to the village of Aguas Calientes and board the train back to Cusco.

Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo offers a mid-range option with panoramic windows to capture breathtaking views throughout the journey. The trip from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes about 1.5 hours, and the baggage allowance for this service is hand luggage with a maximum weight of 5 kg/11 pounds and a maximum size of 157 cm/62 inches (length + height + width).

Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco

Upon arriving at Ollantaytambo train station, an Andean Exclusive representative will meet you and transfer you approximately 2 hours to your Cusco hotel.

Vista de MachupicchuMachupicchu View

Day 5. Cusco 180°

In Cusco and Surroundings | 4-hour tour accompanied by one of our expert guides 

Cusco, at 3,400 meters (11,155 feet) above sea level, is a captivating city in Peru, often regarded as one of the most beautiful in South America. It was once the heart of the Inca Empire, which stretched from southern Colombia to northern Chile and Argentina, and eastward into the Amazon Basin. 

Your exploration begins with a visit to the Plaza de Armas in the city center. As you tour the city, your guide will narrate the rich history and significant events associated with the streets and buildings. You'll admire the Renaissance-style Cathedral, one of the city's most imposing structures, and the exquisite masonry of Qoricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun" by the Incas. 

Don't miss the vibrant open-air San Pedro market, where you'll encounter an array of unique fruits and potatoes. Lastly, your journey will take you to the outskirts of the city to explore the remarkable Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman

Qoricancha - The temple of the SunQoricancha - The temple of the Sun

Day 6. Rainbouw Mountain

"Rainbow Mountain Trek

Explore the stunning Rainbow Mountain during this high-altitude trek, specifically to Vinicunca or Palcoyo, which is famously known as Rainbow Mountain. This natural wonder showcases mineral deposits creating vibrant streaks on sandstone rock. Situated in the Cordillera Vilcanota near the sacred mountain Ausangate, this trek is part of a comprehensive tailored itinerary for Peru, not a standalone experience.

During this day-long journey, you'll traverse one of the world's most pristine mountain ecosystems, enjoying scenic mountain landscapes and observing wildlife in its natural habitat. By arriving at Rainbow Mountain before the crowds, you'll have the opportunity to fully appreciate this awe-inspiring site. On your return trip to Cusco, you'll have the chance to visit nearby towns such as Checacupec Church and Andahuaylillas or explore local markets to experience the culture and purchase traditional products.

Rainbow MountainRainbow Mountain

Day 7. Out PM

Transfer from hotel in Cusco to airport  | Take flight from Lima to Cusco

On the way out from Cusco, a representative will pick you up from your hotel 2 hours and 15 minutes earlier to your flight and take you to the airport. The representative has already your boarding pass to get inside the airport and would help you with check-in process and be there if you need something in the counter. Then will escort you to the entrance of departures launge to say goodbye."        

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