4 day Machu Picchu tour: Valley + Humantay + Rainbow
Explore our best seller 4 day Machu Picchu tour! Visit the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Humantay Lake, and Rainbow Mountain – learning about local culture, history, and people along the way. On day one, experience traditional Inca practices in Chinchero’s textile community, visit Moray’s agricultural site, admire Maras’ ancient salt mines, and explore Ollantaytambo’s citadel. On day two, marvel at the beauty of Machu Picchu – learning its discovery story while taking tons of photos as clouds break over this once-forgotten ruin. Finish your journey with two hikes to stunning Humantay Lake and Rainbow Mountain. Don’t miss out on this amazing adventure – Book Now!
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- Duration4 Days
- Type TripCultural, Active
- Group SizeMax 6 people
- LanguagesEng, Esp, Fr,
- SeasonYear around
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Day 1: Cusco/Sacred Valley/Chinchero/ Moray/Maras/Ollantaytambo/ Machu Picchu
Day 2: Cusco/Sunrise over Machu Picchu/Cusco
Day 3: Humantay Lake trek 12,630 ft (3.850 m)
Day 4: Rainbow Mountain Trek 17,060 ft (5,200 m)
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Starts at: Starting with pick up hotel in Cusco city
Ends in: Cusco city
Name: 4 day Machu Picchu tour
Total Hiking: 250+ km / 3 hrs. hiking per day
Altitude: highest 5200m (17.060 ft) / lowest 2600m (8.530 ft).
Day 1 Cusco/Sacred Valley/Chinchero/ Moray/Maras/Ollantaytambo/ Machu Picchu
At 7:30 am your VSA cultural guide and our driver will pick up you from your hotel.
We drive for about 45 minutes and stop by the small town of Chinchero to learn about the ancient techniques of arts and textiles by the local people of the area. A truly unique experience!
We then continue to visit Moray, the agricultural testing site of the Incas while passing through beautiful green lush valleys and beginning to see snow-capped peaks of the Andes. The Incas carved out the dome-like shape into the ground to test out optimal growing temperatures for different crops.
After spending 30-45minutes exploring, we drive 15minutes to Maras, where we will explore and learn about the ancient salt mines.
Here, we explore the area for about 30 – 45minutes before making our way back to the van to transport us to Ollantaytambo, the Inca Citadel
At the Inca Citadel, we learn about the Inca building techniques and methods of transporting massive rocks that weighed tons.
Once we finish the tour of the citadel, we break for a late lunch before boarding the train that will take you to Aguas Calientes and finally your hotel.
We arrive to Aguas Calientes.
*Please keep in mind to buy snacks as we will break for a late lunch. Unless you’d like to have lunch before Ollantaytambo – which we can definitely do as well!
Meals Included: Not Included
Day 2 Cusco/Sunrise over Machu Picchu/Cusco
Early wake-up call at 4:30 am to ready and grab breakfast by 5 am.
After a quick meal, we make our way to the bus line to wait for our turn up to Machu Picchu.
20min after we board we arrive at the entrance of One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu where we begin our 2hr private guided tour for sunrise.
The moment we’ve all been waiting for! After the tour, you will have time to explore.
We make a bus line near the entrance gate to make our way back to Aguas Calientes.
Our guide will be at Gringo Bills hotel to transfer you to the train station for you to board the afternoon train.
After a 1hr and 45-minute train ride along the beautiful and impressive roaring Urubamba river and dense amazon jungle, we arrive in Ollantaytambo.
At which point, your transfer will be waiting for you to take you back to your 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
At 4:30 am your VSA mountain guide and our driver will pick up you from your hotel. The first stop of the day will be at Mollepata to have breakfast to fuel up on energy. After a light breakfast, we’ll continue our drive up to Soraypampa at 3920m.a.s.l.
Here you will have the opportunity to get to know the Sky Camp which is located in front of the majestic snowy Salkantay and Humantay.
After a brief rest, we will prepare ourselves to start the trek upwards until we reach the highest point of the trail, on our way crossing wonderful landscapes surrounded by a complex of mountains. You will surely be impressed with the panoramic view of seeing the turquoise lake at 4200 masl. 13779 (ft) close to an astounding glacier. Get ready to take tons of photos!
After we enjoy photos and possible glacial dip, we will return to where our personnel will be waiting for us with lunch.
Our transport will be waiting for us to return to Cusco by 5 pm approximately
Meals Included: Breakfast Buffet & Local Lunch
Day 4 Cusco/Rainbow Mountain/Cusco
Route to Rainbow Mountain! Your VSA mountain guide will pick you up at your hotel between the hours of 2:15 am and 2:30 am, for a 3 hour trip via private van to the start of the trail. Upon arriving, you will be served a local Peruvian breakfast prepared by our local chef to get your energy up for our day ahead!
Our day will consist of a 2.5-hour hike and is a distance of 6 kilometers (3.7 miles). roughout your journey you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the snow-capped peak of Ausangate towering in the distance. You will see hundreds of roaming alpaca, and have the chance to truly see how Quechua people live.
As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of the Rainbow Mountain and how it was formed, and finally, with one last push, you will hike up to a vantage point that gives you a 360-degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up the sacred land.
We will have snacks on top and take a relaxing break to soak up the vistas, where you can enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. At this time you can also enjoy some coca tea that the locals prepare for visitors.
After about an hour you will embark on your hike back to the trailhead (1.5 hours), where you will have a gourmet lunch prepared by our chef in a traditional mud-house and depart back to Cusco.
Arriving in Cusco around 4:30 pm.
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 guided tour Machu Picchu
Humantay Lake Tour with entrance tickets
Rainbow Mountain Tour with entrance tickets
Emergency Oxygen Tank
Transfer back to Cusco hotel
Fee tips for our staff (Tipping is the norm on any excursion in South America)
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 4 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 (2 to 4 months) 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.
How long does it take to get to Rainbow Mountain from Cusco?
It takes approximately 3 hours by car from Cusco to reach the starting point for the hike up to Rainbow Mountain and then another 2-3 hours of walking on a steep path before you can reach the peak.
What type of clothing should visitors wear in order to be comfortable while exploring Rainbow Mountain?
Visitors should dress warmly in layers; high waterproof boots; sun protection including hats, gloves, sunscreen and sunglasses; and bring water bottles since these items are essential for tackling this challenging yet rewarding trek!
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