3 Day Machu Picchu tour: Valley + Trek Day
Take our 3 Day Machu Picchu tour and immerse yourself in culture, beauty, and history! Visit the Sacred Valley for its diverse landscapes and traditional Inca textile communities. Explore Moray’s fascinating agricultural site, Maras’ ancient salt mines, and Ollantaytambo’s storied citadel. Ascend to the clouds with Machu Picchu, taking in its array of flora and fauna while learning the mythic tale of its discovery. Snap photos as the sky drape itself over the ruins! Finally, choose one of two thrilling hikes: Humantay Lake or Rainbow Mountain. Book today for an unforgettable experience!
- Duration3 Days
- Type TripCultural, Active
- Group SizeMax 6 People
- LanguagesEng, Esp, Fr,
- SeasonYear around
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Day 1: Cusco/Chinchero/ Moray/Maras/Ollantaytambo/ Machu Picchu
Day 2: Cusco/Sunrise over Machu Picchu/Cusco
Day 3: Humantay Lake trek or Rainbow Mountain Trek
Starts at: Starting with pick up hotel in Cusco city
Ends in: Cusco city
Name: 3 Day Machu Picchu tour
Total Hiking: 3 hrs. hiking per day
Altitude: highest 5200m (17.060 ft) / lowest 2600m (8.530 ft).
Humantay Lake or Rainbow Mountain
Day 1 Cusco/Chinchero/ Moray/Maras/Ollantaytambo/ Machu Picchu
At 7:30 am your VSA tour guide and driver will pick up you from your hotel. We drive 45 minutes and our first stop is a the small town called Chinchero, in this small city we will learn about the ancient techniques of arts and textiles by the local people of the area. A one of a kind experience!
We continued our journey, exploring the agricultural testing site of the Incas – Moray. As we passed through beautiful, lush valleys and caught glimpses of snow-capped peaks from afar, the awe-inspiring sight only grew stronger. The Incas crafted the dome-like shape into the ground to experiment with optimal growing temperatures for various crops, making it a truly unique experience.
After spending 30-45minutes exploring the mysterious agricultural testing site of Moray, we drove 15minutes to Maras, where we explored the area and learned about its ancient salt mines.
This unique experience was only heightened as we made our way back to the van and set off for Ollantaytambo, the Inca Citadel.
At the Inca Citadel, we were stunned by their amazing building techniques and intricate methods of transporting gigantic rocks weighing tons. We couldn’t help but marvel at the skill and resourcefulness of the ancient Incas.
Once we finished our tour of the Inca Citadel, we enjoyed a late lunch before boarding the train that would take us to Aguas Calientes, and eventually to the hotel.
We arrive at Aguas Calientes
*Remember to buy snacks for our late lunch. If you’d like, we can also have lunch before arriving to Ollantaytambo.
Meals Included: Not Included
Day 2 Cusco/Machu Picchu/Cusco
It’s time for an early wake-up call at 4:30 am! so we can be ready to grab breakfast by 5 am.
After a quick meal, we make our way to the bus line, eager for our journey up to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World! After a 20min ride, we’re at the entrance where we’ll start our private, 2hr guided tour around sunrise.
The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! After the tour, there’s plenty of time to explore over the sunrise!
We make our way to the bus line near the entrance gate, eager for our journey back to Aguas Calientes.
Our guide will be waiting for us at Gringo Bills hotel, ready to transfer us to the train station, so we can board the afternoon train.
After a 1hr and 45-minute train ride, with the majestic Urubamba river and dense Amazon jungle as our backdrop, we arrive in Ollantaytambo.
Our transfer is ready there to take us back to our hotel in Cusco.
Your transfer will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel in Cusco. Arriving by 6pm.
Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel
Day 3 Humantay Lake Trek (Option 1)
At 4:30am, your VSA mountain guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel. Our first stop of the day will be Mollepata, where we’ll have a light breakfast to fuel up on energy. After that, we’ll continue our drive up to Soraypampa at 3920m above sea level.
Here, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know the Sky Camp, nestled in front of the majestic snowy Salkantay and Humantay.
After a brief rest, we’ll continue our trek upwards, crossing wonderful landscapes surrounded by a complex of mountains. The highlight of the journey will be seeing the turquoise lake at 4200 masl (13779 ft), close to an astounding glacier.
Get your cameras ready, you will take beautiful photos!
After taking in the views and perhaps taking a glacial dip, we’ll return to where our staff will be waiting for us with lunch. Enjoy the delicious food while admiring the wonderful views of Salkantay and Humantay.
Our transport will be ready to take us back to Cusco at around 5 pm. Enjoy one last look at the views before heading back home!
Meals Included: Breakfast Buffet & Local Lunch
Day 4Cusco/Rainbow Mountain/Cusco (Option 2)
Get ready for an adventure! Your VSA mountain guide will be picking you up at your hotel between the hours of 2:15 am/2:30 am.
Enjoy a 3-hour trip via private van to the start of the Rainbow Mountain trail. Once you reach your destination, you will be served a delicious breakfast prepared by our local chef to give you all the energy you need for your journey ahead!
Embark on an epic journey of exploration! Our 2.5-hour hike will take us through a majestic green valley, with the snow-capped peak of Ausangate towering in the background. We’ll traverse a total distance of 6 kilometers (3.7 miles), meeting hundreds of roaming alpacas along the way and getting the chance to experience traditional Quechua life firsthand.
Get ready to explore! As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain, you’ll be able to see the first signs of the colorful minerals that formed the painted hills.
Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of this remarkable feature and how it was formed. With just one last push, you’ll summit a vantage point that offers an unforgettable 360-degree view of the sacred landscape below.
Take a break and take in the breathtaking views! We’ll have snacks and enjoy some coca tea whilst soaking up all the majestic beauty around us. It’s sure to be an experience that won’t be forgotten.
After an hour of exploring, you’ll begin your hike back to the trailhead. Approximadly a 1.5 hour trek. Upon your return, enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our chef and then make your way back to Cusco to complete your journey!
Arriving in Cusco around 4:30 pm, you’ll be concluding your journey and savoring the memories of this incredible experience!
Meals Included: Box Breakfast & Local Buffet Lunch
Private Transport from/to the hotel
Fluent English/Spanish speaking guide
Guided tour of Sacred Valley (Maras, Moray, Ollantaytambo) including entrance tickets
Roundtrip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (1st Expedition + 2nd Vistadome)
Machu Picchu entrance tickets (Usually by dawn, it depends on the advance of the purchase)
Roundtrip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu gate
2hr sunrise guided tour Machu Picchu
Humantay Lake Tour with entrance tickets or Rainbow Mountain Tour with entrance tickets
Emergency Oxygen Tank
Transfer back to Cusco hotel
Meals not described*
Guides Available (French, German, Japanese & more options with additional cost)
Not suitable for
People with heart problems
People in wheelchairs
What to Bring
Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat & Buff Mask, Lipstick
Trek shoes, Windbreaker Jacket
Explore our Peruvian gallery on Experience Peru. Before taking this 3 day Machu Picchu tour, you should take the following into account:
How long does it take to get from Cusco to Sacred Valley?
The drive from Cusco to the Sacred Valley usually takes around two hours via car or bus.
Is cash accepted at most locations around sacred valley towns?
Yes cash is generally accepted at most locations around sacred valley towns although many venues now also accept credit cards too; however due to limited banking facilities outside cities it is always good practice to carry enough money for emergencies just incase your other methods fail or become unavailable for any reason (more rural regions tend not accept card payments).
Do I need to book my tickets in advance for Machu Picchu?
Yes pre-booking your entrance ticket is essential if you plan on visiting Machu Picchu; these must be purchased online before arriving at the citadel so make sure you allow enough time for this process ahead of time! Tickets can sell out quickly during peak season so book yours early if possible.
Are guided tours recommended?
Guided tours are highly recommended for first time visitors wanting to learn more about Peru's fascinating history; professional tour guides will provide detailed information about each location you visit as well as entertaining stories about points of interest along the way making your experience even more enjoyable!
What type of clothing should visitors wear in order to be comfortable while exploring Machu Picchu?
Visitors should dress in layers and bring a raincoat or umbrella as well as sunglasses and sunscreen since the weather at the top of the mountain changes quickly throughout the day. Comfortable shoes are also recommended for walking around at the site.
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