The Best of Cusco in 4 Days

$ 469 /
Per Person


Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Humantay Lake & Sacred Valley

This 4-day Machu Picchu trip will show you the finest of Cusco’s landscape, local culture, history, architecture, and, of course, the New Wonder of the World. Prepare for four magnificent places in four days: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, and Humantay Lake. You’ll dodge the crowds and learn about the greatest photo sites with our professional tours. Are you ready?

Tour Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Departure: Cusco
Difficulty: Easy walk
Season: All year
Destination: Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Sacred Valley & Humantay Lake
Type Adventure: Culture / Adventure / Hotel



Day 1: Sacred Valley Tour

We take you up from your accommodation at 7:00 a.m. and drive you to the sacred valley. Explore the magnificent places, such as Chinchero’s textile center, which has an incredible selection of alpacas, llamas, vicuñas, and huanacos. Moray is the next Inca site. As we explore its distinct sights, catch a peek of adventure in history and culture. After that, pay a visit to the historic village of Maras Market, where you can discover traditional Andean indigenous cultures through the bustling local market that showcases their customs and products.

Take a lunch stop in Urubamba before continuing on to the Ollantaytambo Archeological Site, where stories of Andean magic abound! When it’s time to return to your accommodation in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, watch the sunset over the Inka Valley on your way back. Join our holy 4-day Machu Picchu trip to give yourself this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Schedules of Sacred Valley tour

Note: Please keep in mind that if you wish to do this trip immediately following your flight from Lima to Cusco, you must take the first flight of the day.

7:00 am: Pickup from your hotel

8:30 am: Visit to a historic textile hub, Moray, and the Maras Salt Mines

12:30 pm: Lunch with Local Family in the heart of the Sacred Valley

2:00 pm: Visit of Ollantaytambo and drop-off at main square in Ollantaytambo at 4:00 pm if requested

5:30 pm: Arrival at your hotel in Cusco

  Day 2: Machu Picchu

Start from Cusco: Your adventure to Machu Picchu will start with the pick up from your hotel 4 a.m. heading to the train station where you will board your train at 6:10 a.m. enjoying a mystical journey through the Andes of Peru. Upon arrival at Machu picchu village, your guide will give you all the indications to take the bus that will transfer you to the citadel of Machu picchu, the journey will be 30 minutes by bus, the visit will begin around 9 a.m. and will last approximately 2 hours. Our Altitude Experience guide will tell you all the history and events that happened in this beautiful Inca city during the tour, where you will have time to capture the best photos and views of Machu Picchu to get the most out of this unforgettable experience. Once you have finished and enjoyed the tour in Machu picchu, we will start with the return to Machu picchu town at 12 p.m. where you will have free time for lunch before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo. Finally, at 14:55 p.m. you will board the train to ollantaytambo, then you will be transferred in our Altitude Experience van to Cusco leaving you at your hotel, you will be around 7 p.m. in the city of Cusco to rest and recharge your energies for our next adventure Rainbow Mountain.

Start from Aguas Calientes: Take the train in the afternoon the day before the tour, stay the night in Aguas Calientes, and then undertake the tour the next day. The remaining route is the same as described earlier.

Entrance Tickets: Included

Day 3: Rainbow Mountain

This beautiful adventure starts very early in the morning, our Altitude Experience van will pick you up from your hotel in the early morning, giving you the start of our adventure in the direction of the southern valley of Cusco. The trip will take approximately 2 hours to reach the village of Cusipata where you will have a delicious breakfast made with local products and from there we will continue the journey for another 1 hour to reach the checkpoint where you will begin the hike that will take approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes bordering beautiful mountains reaching the top to surprise you with the best views (5,020 mts / 16466ft) of the mountain of 7 colours. After the visit, it is time to return along the same trail for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes until we reach Cusipata where a delicious lunch awaits us. Finally, we will return to Cusco in the afternoon.

Walking distance: 5 km
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Entrance Tickets: Included

Schedules of Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca Tour

3:00 am: Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. 2 hours, later we’ll have breakfast.

6:30 am: Briefing and beginning of the hike.

8:30 am: Arrival on the top of the rainbow mountain and a break with tea and local snacks. Red valley hike depends on accessibility (currently closed).

12:30 pm: Lunch in local restaurant.

3:30 pm: Arrival in Cusco and drop-off at your hotel.

  Day 4: Humantay Lake 

This amazing day begins at 3 a.m., when your guide picks you up from your Cusco hotel. We’ll travel three hours to the Soraypampa trailhead, which is located in the gorgeous Apurimac River valley.

We trek up the “real path,” which gradually climbs height. After passing through a small traditional town, we continue for another hour and a half, climbing 1,200 feet/366 meters in about two miles along a hard trail. After completing the final hill, we will look down on a turquoise lake surrounded by towering peaks and an outstanding glacier.

On the journey, you may see the Salkantay Mountain, one of Peru’s most holy mountains, rising 20,600 feet/6,279 meters with a steep and snowy face. Humantay Peak, which rises 19,412 feet/5,917 meters, is also visible. Shamans and those who follow traditional Andean beliefs will frequently bless anyone who arrive at Humantay Lake’s crystal-clear waters.

We rest, eat a snack, or say gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Earth) once we get at the lakefront. When you’re ready, we’ll trek back down to Soraypampa for a delicious lunch while admiring the amazing panoramic views of the snowy peaks. We travel back to Cusco and leave you off at your hotel at 3 p.m., exhausted after such a magnificent day.

Walking distance: 5 km
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Entrance Tickets: Included

Schedules of  Humantay Lake 

3:00 am: Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. Around 3 hours later, we’ll have breakfast.

6:30 am: Start of the hike to Humantay Lake

8:30 am: Visit of Humantay Lake, diverse lookouts and a break with tea and snacks. We stay for around 1 hour without any crowds around.

11:45 am: Lunch in local restaurant

3:00 pm: Arrival in Cusco, drop-off at your hotel and end of the Humantay Lake tour


The Best of Cusco in 4 Days

$ 469 /

per person

All year
For All
Permit Required
Type of Tour:
History, Adventure, Hiking


What Our Clients Say in Tripadvisor


Overall Rating of 3rd-party reviews

Katrin Schulze
Katrin Schulze
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Dear Robinzon, Thank you for our fantastic personalized trip to Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu! We enjoyed every minute! It was a great honor to be invited to your family's home and have a great lunch. The soup was super rich as well as the guinea pig, the corn, the cheese and the potatoes? We enjoyed his detailed explanations about the history of the Incas, about Peru and its people, traditions and way of life. The trip from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back on the scenic train was one of the most beautiful train rides of our lives. Machu Picchu is an indescribable experience, thank you for taking us there with the first bus so that for the first hour or so we had the feeling of being (almost) alone in this magical place. And how lucky we were that the sun came out! Thank you also for choosing such good restaurants, the food was fantastic. In short: thumbs up, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Can we recommend your services?
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Wow. I really could not have asked for a better guide than Robinson for the Inca Trail Trek (4 days, 3 nights) to Machu Picchu. He and his team made this journey so positive and really one of the best experiences of my life. Along the way, Robin was attentive to everyone in the group and cultivated an environment that made us become so close very quickly and feel like family. I was admittedly a bit nervous to embark on the journey solo. From the moment I met Robinson during the briefing session the night before we left, he made me feel so comfortable and eliminated any concerns that I had. I could not believe the operation overall — between the amazing porters carrying all our supplies for the 4 day trek and the chef who made some of the most amazing food I had during all my time in Peru — I didn’t know it could be possible to be so comfortable during a trek like this. The porters made sure that food was ready and camp was set up once we arrived back every night, and that we had fresh water in the morning before getting back on the trail each day. One day it rained and got a bit cold on the trail. Robinson offered coffee and I thought he was joking. He then proceeded to pull out a portable coffee maker from his bag, and THEN a bit later a porter ran up from camp and brought us tea. These guys made the impossible possible. This trek was a life-changing experience for me, thanks to Robinson and his team. I cannot say enough good things about them and could not recommend them enough. They are the best in the game !!!
Stacy Warner
Stacy Warner
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We chose the Lares Trek an we could not have been more pleased!! Our guide- Adrian- made this adventure exceptional. As it was just two of us ladies- he ensured we had all the necessities and breaks!! We had so much hiking and history- as Adrian taught us so many interesting facts about the Inca culture. As we are both vegan - Adrian ensured all meals, snacks, and beverages met our dietary needs! This was indeed a trip of a lifetime and could not have happened without our exceptional guide !! Thank you AltitudeXperience and muchos gracias Adrian!!!

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