5 Day Machu Picchu Tour: City + Valley + Humantay + Rainbow
This 5-Day Machu Picchu Tour is the perfect mix to visit the best that Cusco has to offer! Get ready for an incredible journey to Cusco – from the colorful streets of the city, to the majestic peaks of Machu Picchu, explore some breathtaking landscapes, and uncover centuries-old traditions! Visit Chinchero, a textile community that still holds on to its Inca practices, marvel at Moray’s ancient agricultural site, explore the salt mines of Maras and appreciate the citadel of Ollantaytambo. Be prepared to take stunning pictures and have those jaw-dropping moments as you witness the sun’s rays unfurl over this spectacular destination. And then get ready to embark on one of the most amazing hikes ever while discovering new history, cultures, and people along your path: Humantay & Rainbow Mountain! Reserve your spot today!
- Duration5 Days
- Type TripCultural, Active
- Group SizePrivate
- LanguagesEng, Esp, Fr,
- SeasonYear around
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Day 1: Cusco/Cusco City Tour/ Cusco
Day 2: Cusco/Sacred Valley/Chinchero/ Moray/Maras/Ollantaytambo/ Machu Picchu
Day 3: Cusco/Sunrise over Machu Picchu/Cusco
Day 4: Humantay Lake trek 12,630 ft (3.850 m)
Day 5: 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: 5 Day Machu Picchu tour
Total Hiking: 3hrs. per day
Altitude: highest 5200m (17.060 ft) / lowest 2600m (8.530 ft).
Cusco City Tour
Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca or Palccoyo)
Day 1 Cusco/ City Tour/ Cusco
Explore the colorful streets of Cusco with a city tour. Take in the stunning colonial architecture and discover its rich history as you visit attractions like: Koricancha Temple, Plaza de Armas and San Blas.
Explore and learn about the Incas and their civilization from knowledgeable local guides. Enjoy traditional Peruvian cuisine like cuy (guinea pig) or quinoa soup and don’t forget to buy some souvenirs to remember your trip in the Cusco markets!
Day 2 Cusco/Sacred Valley/Chinchero/ Moray/Maras/Ollantaytambo/ Machu Picchu
Get ready for an exciting experience with your VSA tour guide and driver, picking you up at 7:30am from your hotel! Enjoy the scenic 45-minute drive to Chinchero, a small town where you’ll be able to connect with local artisans and learn about ancient techniques of textiles. Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t forget!
Continue your journey, as you explore the agricultural testing site of the Incas – Moray! Pass through lush valleys, admire snow-capped peaks from afar, and experience a one-of-a-kind sight – a dome-like shape crafted into the ground by the Incas to experiment with optimal growing temperatures for different crops. An unforgettable experience awaits!
Embark on a unique journey to Maras, with its ancient salt mines! After spending 30-45 minutes exploring the mysterious agricultural testing site of Moray, return to the van and drive toward Ollantaytambo, the Inca Citadel. Admire beautiful landscapes as you go, and feel your excitement build as you experience something truly extraordinary!
Step inside the Inca Citadel and be stunned by their incredible building techniques and intricate methods of transporting monstrous rocks that weigh tons!
Be amazed by the skill and resourcefulness of the ancient Incas, and marvel at this one-of-a-kind sight. Experience something truly extraordinary!
After a spectacular tour of the Inca Citadel, we indulged in a delicious late lunch before taking the train to Aguas Calientes.
Get ready for an unforgettable journey to Aguas Calientes!
Don’t forget to pick up some snacks along the way. If you’re up for it, why not treat yourself to a delicious lunch before arriving at Ollantaytambo? An amazing adventure awaits!
Meals Included: Not Included
Day 3 Cusco/Machu Picchu/Cusco
Ready for an early start? Set your alarm for 4:30 AM and be ready to grab a delicious breakfast at 5 AM. An amazing adventure awaits!
We’re off! Grab a quick bite before making our way to the bus line for an unforgettable ride to Machu Picchu!
After a 20-minute journey, we’ll start our private, 2-hour guided tour at sunrise. It’s time for the adventure of a lifetime! Once the tour is complete, there will be plenty of time for exploration and amazement over the beautiful sunrise. Get ready for an unforgettable journey!
Ready to head home? Let’s make our way to the bus near the entrance gate, eagerly awaiting our journey back to Aguas Calientes. Let’s journey together and take in the sights of the amazing landscape that surrounds us!
Our guide awaits us at Gringo Bills hotel, ready to transfer us to the train station! Let’s seize the day and board the afternoon train for an incredible journey home.
We’ve arrived at Ollantaytambo after an incredible 1hr 45min train ride! The Urubamba river and dense Amazon jungle have been an amazing companion on our journey. Now, we’re set with a transfer ready to take us back to our hotel in Cusco!
You’ll be arriving back to your hotel in Cusco by 6pm, and your transfer will be waiting for you!
Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel
Day 4 Humantay Lake Trek
Get ready for a thrilling morning! At 4:30am, your VSA mountain guide will be picking you up from your hotel. Our first stop of the day will be Mollepata – we’ll have a delicious and energizing breakfast to prepare us for the journey ahead. And then, hold onto your hats – it’s time to drive up to Soraypampa at an altitude of 3920m! An amazing adventure awaits.
Get ready for an unforgettable experience! Here, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with the majestic Salkantay and Humantay mountains – at the breathtaking Sky Camp. An incredible opportunity awaits!
Get ready for an amazing view! After a short break, we’ll be pushing upwards, taking in all the incredible landscapes and pictures.
The highlight of your journey awaits! A dazzling turquoise lake at (13779 ft), next to an incredible glacier – your cameras won’t want to miss this moment. Ready, set, capture!
After taking in the breathtaking views and maybe challenging yourself to a glacial dip, you’ll return to where our friendly staff will be waiting for you with a delicious lunch. You’ll enjoy your meal while taking in the stunning views of the Salkantay and Humantay mountains – an unforgettable experience.
It’s time to say goodbye! Our transport will be ready to take us back to Cusco at around 5 pm. Make sure to enjoy one last look at the beautiful views before heading home.
Meals Included: Breakfast Buffet & Local Lunch
Day 5 Cusco/Rainbow Mountain/Cusco
Get ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime! Your VSA mountain guide will pick you up at your hotel between the hours of 2:15 am/2:30 am.
Enjoy a 3-hour journey via private van to the start of the Rainbow Mountain trail, where our local chef will be waiting with a delicious breakfast to energize you for the challenge ahead.
Get ready for an epic journey of exploration! Our 2.5-hour hike through a majestic green valley will take us past the snow-capped peak of Ausangate, and provide us with the opportunity to traverse 6 kilometers (3.7 miles). We’ll also get to meet hundreds of roaming alpacas, and experience traditional Quechua life firsthand.
Get ready to explore! As you approach the Rainbow Mountain, the first signs of its colorful minerals will become obvious, painting an incredible canvas before your eyes.
Follow your guide as they explain how this amazing feature formed and what it’s made up of. With one final effort, you’ll ascend to a panoramic point where you can take in the breathtaking view of the landscape below for miles around.
Take a break and soak in the magnificent views! Enjoy snacks and coca tea while being surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
After an hour of taking in the captivating sights, start your journey back to the trailhead. It’ll be a 1.5 hour trek, but the reward of a delicious lunch prepared by our chef and a return trip to Cusco.
Arrive in Cusco at 4:30 PM and end your journey on a high note, cherishing all the incredible memories you will have created today!
Meals Included: Box Breakfast & Local Buffet Lunch
Transfer IN Airport
Waling City Tours (3Hrs.)
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
Meals not described*
Guides Available (French, German, Japanese & more options with additional cost)
Not suitable for
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 5 day Machu Picchu tour, you should take the following into account:
Are travel insurance policies recommended when traveling in Peru?
Yes, it is strongly advised that travelers purchase adequate travel insurance coverage prior to their trip when visiting Peru; this will provide peace of mind knowing that unexpected medical expenses or cancellation costs will be covered should anything go wrong during your stay here.
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 there public transport available between places in Sacred Valley?
Yes, there is some public transport options available between places in Sacred Valley such as buses which run regularly between towns like Pisac and Urumbamba from morning until late afternoon; however this mode of transport may not be suitable for those wanting to visit remote areas as it only runs certain routes and times.
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.
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.
How long does it take to get to Humantay Lake from Cusco?
It takes around 3-3.5 hours to get from Cusco to Humantay Lake. You'll take a bus from Cusco to the trailhead, followed by a hike of 1-1.5 hours before reaching the lake. Enjoy the views along the way!
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!
What to expect in the Cusco City tour?
A Cusco City Tour is the perfect way to get to know this amazing city. Explore the vibrant streets, visit historical monuments and plazas steeped in tradition, and see iconic landmarks such as Cusco's Cathedral and Koricancha Sun Temple. You'll also experience a unique sense of Peruvian hospitality with stops at local markets where you can purchase wonderful souvenirs. It's an unbeatable experience you won't forget!
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