Day 1: Cusco – Tinqui – Upis hot springs
The first day, your trip will begin with the pick-up from your hotel in a private bus, which will drive you for 03 hours to the small town of Tinqui. From here you will have a view of the Andes mountain range, once you have reached Tinqui the trek begins, before leaving you will have a delicious breakfast, at the end you will be ready to start the trek. The walk will begin knowing one of the communities along the way where you will have the opportunity to observe all the ancient Inca practices embodied in agriculture and water conservation, enjoy an impressive landscape where you will feel the true Andean essence.
You will walk for approximately 02 hours, you will arrive at the first stop where you will be served a delicious lunch prepared with organic products, then you will be given water to recharge your boats. After lunch you will continue with the walk until you reach the first camp of the trip where you have the option to use the natural hot springs in the area and take a good Inca-style bath, you will have free time to explore and enjoy this small town and at the end of the On the trip, dinner will be ready, prepared by the specialized team and comfortable tents for a good rest.
Elevation: 3,867mts / 12,753ft
Distance: 11 km
Day 2: Upis hot springs – Puka Qocha – Ananta
Second day, start with coffee or tea in the morning and then have a delicious breakfast with all the travel equipment, once our breakfast is finished we will continue with the walk until we reach the first step located 4,855mts, from here you will have a view of the top of the hills and a beautiful landscape, you will have the opportunity to see mountains of colors due to the minerals that exist within the earth, without a doubt you will be surprised on this second day.
Continuing with the trail you will reach the first stopping point where you will have a delicious lunch prepared with organic products and you will have the opportunity to fill your water bottles with plenty of water, once you have finished your lunch you will continue with your Walk through the foothills of the mountains where you will see beautiful lagoons with crystalline waters, where it will be the second camp of the day, dinner will be ready at 7 pm and the tents will be prepared for you to rest well.
Elevation: 4,300mts / 13,753ft
Distance: 11 km
Day 3: Ananta – Rainbow Mountain – Aguas Calientes
The trek begins with a 3-hour ascent to Vinicunca mountain (16,466 ft / 5,020 m) after an early breakfast. We will see llamas and alpacas, traditional houses, and the breathtaking landscapes of Ausangate Mountain (6398m/20991ft) along the way. Rainbow Mountain (or Vinicunca) is located in Cusco’s southern region. Even the most ardent hikers will be impressed by this spectacular location.
The high elevation provides some of the most incredible views in the region, and you feel completely disconnected from modern civilization. Rainbow Mountain is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful one-day hikes. We will begin descending after reaching the summit and taking some time to explore and enjoy this extraordinary place. After lunch, we’ll board a van for a four-hour drive to Ollanataytambo, where we’ll catch a train at 7 p.m. to Aguas Calientes, where we’ll spend the night in a hotel.
Elevation: 4,410mts / 14,455ft
Distance: 12 km
Day 4: Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
Today is the day to visit Machu Picchu. To make the most of the day, AltitudExperience encourages all of our groups to begin the day early. Before boarding one of the first buses to Machu Picchu, you can get some breakfast (starting at 5:30 a.m.).
The hotel will store your bags for you, requiring you to only bring your day pack. The bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu takes 30 minutes. When you arrive at Machu Picchu, your tour guide will show you around the world-renowned Machu Picchu ruins.
The first thing your guide will do is take you to the best spot to photograph the sunrise. After the sun rises, your tour guide will lead you on a 2.5-hour walking tour of the main areas and explain the history. You’ll learn more about the Inca Empire’s history and culture. Participants in the Rainbow Mountain Trek will have some time to themselves at the end of the guided tour to walk the ruins without interruption or if you have arranged to hike Huayna Picchu* (must be booked in advance as it sells out and costs $75 per person). Then your guide will show you where to start this 2-hour round-trip hike.
We recommend starting your journey back to Aguas Calientes town no later than 2 hours before your train departure from Machu Picchu. Before your return, your guide will inform you of your train times. The train ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo takes two hours. The AltitudExperience staff will meet you at the train station’s exit door in Ollantaytambo and drive you back to Cusco. Cusco is about a two-hour car ride away. You can hike the Machu Picchu Mountain instead of the Huayna Picchu Mountain. This hike, on the other hand, is more difficult and takes at least three hours round-trip (at an additional cost of $75 per person).