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Short Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain

Short Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain

The best combination of Rainbow Mountain packages, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu is our most popular package, it is a 3 day trip to walk the short Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and a day trip to the Rainbow Mountain either walking or on horseback Take a step back in time and explore the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu in an exciting trekking adventure in Peru. Declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and full of fascinating legends and history, Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the highlight of any traveler's trip to Peru - but reaching the famous citadel on foot along the original Inca Trail adds a special perspective to this mystical experience.

This program was established for the adventurous tourist who likes the challenges where he will meet the most important archaeological centers of the city, he will also undertake the 2 day Inca Trail, created especially for the adventurous tourist, offers the possibility of combining a traditional walk with one of adventure, tour the famous and the Inca Trail Short course towards one of the seven wonders of the modern world Machu Picchu will also have a great adventure towards the Mountain of the Seven Colors.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Cusco

Transfer from the airport to hotel in Cusco.

Free day in Cusco


Day 02: Short Inca Trail Hike

06:30 Pick up from the hotel to Ollantaytambo train station

07:20 Train to the head trail of the Inca Trail - Km 104

08:20 Walking to Wiñayhuayna

13:00 Box Lunch

14:00 Continue the hiking to Machu Picchu

16:00 Arrival to sungate and view the Machu Picchu citadel

16:10 Walk down to Aguas Calientes town

19:00 Dinner and Spend a night in the Hotel


Day 03: Hike to Machu Picchu

04:00 Wake up and Walk up to Machu Picchu.

06:00 Guided tour of Machu Picchu citadel.

09:00 Free time, explore Machu Picchu or climb up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (optional)

18:35 Return to Ollantaytambo by train

20:30 Arrival to Ollantaytambo and transfer by bus to Cusco

22:00 Dropped-off in your hotel


Day 04: Peru Rainbow Mountain Tour

4:30 Pick up from the hotel Tour to Quesiuno town

07:00 Breakfast 07:00 Start the hike to the Rainbow Mountain

10:00 Peru Rainbow Mountain Tour

11:00 Return to Quesiuno town

14:00 Lunch

15:00 Return to Cusco by bus

17:30 Arrive to Cusco


Day 05: Departure day

Transfer from the hotel to the Cusco airport.


Highlights of the Rainbow Mountain and Inca Trail:

  • 2 day Inca Trail hike on the cloud forest of the lost city of the Incas,
  • Enjoy the landscapes flora and fauna of the Inca Path
  • 2 days enjoying explanations of a professional Tour Guide,
  • Visit of Wiñay Wayna citadel,
  • Explore the Chachabamaba ruins
  • Walk through the Inti Punko (Sun Gate),
  • Visit the Rainbow Mountain Cusco,
  • Exploration of the mystical Machu Picchu.

Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodationsm. Small group.

Physical Rating: 3 - Moderate - Some low-altitude hikes, but accessible to most healthy travellers

Age requirement: 4+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Inca Trail Permits: It is included in your hike. In the peak season the trail is booked months in advance

Inca Trail Operator: Tierras Vivas travel 

Crew: A profesional Tour Guide on the Short Inca Trail.

Meals: 2x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner, 1x Snack bag.

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train (Expedition train).

Accommodation: Hotel Cusco (3 night) and Hotel Machu Picchu (1 night)



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2 Day Inca Trail Train (VISTADOME Perurail or 360° Inca Rail)

2 day Machu Picchu Hike from Tierras Vivas


Day 1: Cusco

At the right time, a representative of Tierras Vivas will pick you up at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in the city of Cusco. You will have a welcome with coca tea, you will have the afternoon free to acclimatize to the height of Cusco. Overnight in hotel in Cusco.

Day 2: Short Inca Trail hike

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and transfer you to the train station. You will take the train through the breathtaking landscapes of the Sacred Valley to the station at kilometer 104. Here you will start your hike following the original Inca trail through the beautiful Andean mountains.

The first Inca ruins you will find are those of Chachabamba, a small archaeological complex that is believed to have once been a watchtower in Machu Picchu. From here the path climbs a gradual slope for three hours until it reaches 2,650 meters (8,690 feet). You will visit the site of Wiñay Wayna, which means "Eternal Youth" in the indigenous Quechua language. The name comes from the perennial orchids that dot the landscape, making Wiñay Wayna perhaps the most beautiful place of the Inca Trail. It is also the last urban center before arriving at Machu Picchu.

Wiñay Wayna consists of 4 main sectors: the urban sector, located in the lower part and containing more than 20 buildings; the ritual sector; the sector of terraced crops; and the sector of the towers, which has the best architecture of the place and that was probably a place of religious or social importance.

After touring the site and lunch, we will continue to the Inti Punku or the "Puerta del Sol", from where you can see Machu Picchu in all its majesty and grandeur. From Inti Punku you will walk downhill for approximately 30 minutes towards the main ruins of the citadel, enjoying magnificent panoramic views along the way. Then we will take a bus to the mountain town of Aguas Calientes, where we will have dinner and spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Machu Picchu.


Minimum altitude: 6,660 feet (2,2030 m)

Maximum altitude: 2,650 m (8,690 ft)

Approximate time: 6 to 7 hrs.

Difficulty: Moderate

Day 3: Hike to Machu Picchu

At the agreed time in the morning, your guide will go to your hotel, to continue to the bus station. Where to board the bus to reach the incredible wonder of the world "The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu", known as "The Lost City of the Incas".

When you arrive at the citadel of Machu Picchu, enter the entrance tickets and start the tour, visiting the main places such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the royal rooms, the Temple of the Three Windows, approximately 2 hours.

Once the guide is over they will have free time to take pictures and walk around the citadel. Then we will return to Aguas Calientes where you will have the lunch of the day (lunch not included). After an opportune time, he will return by train to Ollantaytambo, where the transfer driver will be waiting for him to take him to his hotel in Cusco. Overnight at Hotel in Cusco.

Day 4: Peru Rainbow Mountain Tour

Early, at agreed time (04:30 am approx.) You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco, to make our beautiful trip to the South Valley of Cusco, located in the southern part of the ancient capital of the Inkas (Cusco), the trip will take a duration of 3 hours approximately.

Our first stop will be in the beautiful village of Cusipata where we will have a short break to enjoy our breakfast and after a brief explanation, we will start our trek towards the mountain Vinicunca or mountain of seven colors. We will start with our walk at the foot of the Ausangate, an approximately 2 hour climb, during this trip we will have the opportunity to see the different varieties of South American camelids and the beautiful reflection of the landscape is impressive. When we get to the mountain of colors we will have enough time to take pictures of this enigmatic and amazing place, later we will return walking until arriving to Pampachiri, where we will take our transport to go to Cusipata and enjoy the delicious lunch. Upon return we will make a stop to visit the beautiful colonial bridge of Checacupe. Finally, between 17:00 hours we will be in the imperial city.

Overnight at hotel in Cusco.

Day 5: Departure Day

According to the schedule of your flight, your hotel will be transferred to the airport. Once we finish the transfer, our services will end. 



  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide
  • Transfer Airport - Hotel Cusco - Airport;
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco (3 night), Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 night);
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Meals: 4x breakfast, 1x Lunch in the Rainbow Mountain, 1x Box lunch on the Inca Trail, 1x dinner (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost)
  • A train round trip (Expedition Service) between Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo);
  • A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes in the second day
  • Tourist transportation to the Rainbow Mountain (round trip).
  • Professional guide in the Peru Rainbow Mountain Tour, 2 day Inca Trail and Machu Picchu;
  • Tourist transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco;
  • First aid kit and small oxygen tank

Not Included

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • International and local flights nor airport departure taxes,
  • Emergency horse in the Rainbow Mountain (U$ 30)
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu
  • A shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu in the second day (U$ 12 one way)
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory)
  • Travel Insurance

Reccomendations for Short Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain Tour

We recommend taking the famous coca tea and a lot of liquid, as it contributes in a particular way to prepare the body and face high altitudes

Due to the altitude a period of at least 3 days is recommended for acclimatization in Cusco or in a place of more than 3,000 m.s. / 9 840ft.

Short Inca Trail hike

The distance we will travel in total is 7 k.m. at a maximum height of 5200 m.s.m., the level of difficulty of the walk to the mountain 7 colors is medium to difficult, the best season to visit this beautiful landscape is from March to November.

This version of the Inca Short Trail, 2 Days 1 Night located at 2,100 meters above sea level. (departing by train from Ollantaytambo). It is a 16-kilometer hike, where you will appreciate spectacular views of high Andean landscapes and the Amazon rainforest visiting Inca constructions on the route. We started walking 5 kilometers uphill gradually to the Inca Complex of Wiñaywayna, located at 2,700 meters above sea level, "Andenes" surround the entire mountain, decorating this ancient Inca castle with temples, shrines, buildings, and water channels.

Rainbow Mountain Climate

The climate is semi-tropical, hot and humid days and cold nights the minimum temperature is between 0 ° C - 11 ° C Cusco (June) and maximum temperature between 20 ° C - 26 ° C Machu Picchu (June). The rainy months are between November to April is not recommended to do the tour

Packing List

2 day Inca Trail:

  • Backpack of 20 to 30 liters,
  • Trekking shoes,
  • Rain jacket and / or plastic poncho (you can buy in Cusco),
  • Warm jacket or fleece,
  • Shirts,
  • Long pants,
  • Sun hat and wool hat,
  • Sun block, insect repellent,
  • Camera, extra camera memory and additional batteries,
  • Snacks, chocolates, energy bars, emergency money.


Peru Rainbow Mountain Tour:

  • A backpack of 20 or 30 liters,
  • Change clothes for trekking. The recommended is: sweaters, shorts and warm clothes, shoes or trekking shoes used (do not travel with new shoes or without too much time), warm jacket, coca leaves, cap, hat and glove,
  • Sunscreen,
  • Toilet paper,
  • Sunglasses,
  • Water bottle,
  • Personal medications (headache, anti-inflammatory medications),
  • Extra money (preferably in soles)
Days 5
per person
$ 650.00
Code SIRM5
Activity level
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