Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru

Backroads & Highlands of Peru

Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru

Hiking
Rafting
17 days
Hard
Accomodation, Transfer, Meals
Friends, Individuals
2020

Fri, May 08

Sun, May 24

€1,299

Still available

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Overview

  • Get off the beaten path in the highlands of Peru and discover stunning mountain scenery and remote cities few tourists visit.
  • Getting to Cusco is half the adventure — travel by public bus keeps costs down and allows you to connect with the locals in the rarefied mountain air of the Andes.
  • Climb the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas."
  • We operate our own treks in Peru and can ensure the fair treatment of our porters — and an exceptional experience for you.

Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Simple hotels (13 nts), camping (3 nts)
Meals
  • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
  • Specialist Inca Trail CEO on the hike
  • Local guides
Transportation
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Public bus, private van, hiking, train


Activities
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Pottery making demonstration
  • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
  • Machu Picchu guided tour


Extra Activities

Cusco Cooking Class - From €39.00

  • Channel your inner chef with a Peruvian cooking class.
  • Take a trip to the market with your teacher and learn about regional flavours as you pick out the freshest ingredients.
  • Head back to the kitchen for a hands-on lesson and learn to prepare local Peruvian specialties.




Rainbow Mountain Hike - Full-day Trip - From €42.00

  • Lookout over these colourful Andean mountains striped with maroon, turquoise, lavender, and gold.
  • The sediment, elevation, and proximity to the ocean create a landscape that has to be seen to be believed.
  • Get started early to drive around 2 hours to the starting point of this challenging, yet rewarding full-day hike.
  • Reaching 5,029m (16,500 ft) this 14km hike is no walk in the park, but these unique mountains do not disappoint.

Machu Picchu

  • Hiking to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail in Peru will be the highlight of all your adventures.
  • Standing 4,200 meters high on the mountains, looking out over the peaks of the Andes, and knowing that you hiked to get there, fills you with joy and awe.
  • You won't want to be anywhere else.

Route

Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #mapImageWidget

Lima

Huancayo

+6 more

Cusco

Itinerary

Day 1Lima
Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Day 2Lima/Huancayo
Enjoy a spectacular bus ride into the Andes to Huancayo. Travel the route of the locals and start the Andean adventure on the road from Lima to Huancayo in the central Andes.
Day 3Huancayo
Spend the day enjoying optional activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, or just enjoy the scenery. The villages of Cochas Grande and Cochas Chico are two interesting day trips in the Mantaro Valley, some 12km (7mi) south of the city.
Day 4Huancayo/Huancavelica
Travel to the picturesque colonial city of Huancavelica aboard el Tren Macho. Take in the Peruvian countryside passing by the window and enjoy the ride amongst the locals.
Day 5Huancavelica/Ayacucho
Travel through the highlands and remote communities of the Andes to Ayacucho. The altitude of Ayacucho, its colonial feel, and the local pre-Inca history make it one of the most fascinating cities in the Andes.
Day 6Ayacucho
Spend two days in Ayacucho, with optional day tours to nearby archaeological sites, markets, city tours or individual exploration. The city is known for a handicrafts district famous for silver, carvings and woven items. There are many beautiful colonial churches and mansions to visit as well. The surrounding area also offers a number of attractions, including the Huari Capital and Quinua and Vilcashuaman, considered the geographical centre of the Inca Empire.
Day 7Ayacucho
Spend two days in Ayacucho, with optional day tours to nearby archaeological sites, markets, city tours or individual exploration. The city is known for a handicrafts district famous for silver, carvings and woven items. There are many beautiful colonial churches and mansions to visit as well. The surrounding area also offers a number of attractions, including the Huari Capital and Quinua and Vilcashuaman, considered the geographical centre of the Inca Empire.
Day 8Ayacucho/Andahuaylas
Pass by rural areas, massive mountain peaks and small villages to reach Andahuaylas. The focus of the day is the journey itself. You can't beat the scenery like this and there's no better way to get to know the country than to travel straight through some of the most remote regions. Arrive at Andahuaylas, set amidst a beautiful glacial valley. Agriculture is key to the lives of the locals here and the town has a good market.
Day 9Andahuaylas
Enjoy free time in Andahuaylas. Opt to visit to the Sondor archaeological site, the Pacucha Lagoon or the market.
Day 10Cusco
Enjoy free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour, head out whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. Choose to pre-book an optional Cusco Cooking Class. The nearby Sacred Valley, museums, churches and cobblestoned streets steeped in history, all combine to create a terrific atmosphere.
Day 11Cusco
Enjoy free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour, head out whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. The nearby Sacred Valley, museums, churches and cobblestoned streets steeped in history, all combine to create a terrific atmosphere. Opt to visit and hike the famed Rainbow Mountain, pre-book on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 12Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar). Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them. Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.
Day 13Inca Trail
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins. Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.
Day 14Inca Trail
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Day 15Inca Trail
Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Day 16Machu Picchu/Cusco
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Day 17Cusco
Depart at any time.

Related Photos & Video

With this selection, we would like to show you, how beautiful Machu Picchu is. It might show locations, weather conditions, trail roads that is not an exact match with this trek.

Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2
Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2
Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2
Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2
Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2
Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2
Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2

What to Take

  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night.
  • We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.
  • A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items.
  • Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person.
  • You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Map

Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Simple hotels (13 nts), camping (3 nts)
Meals
  • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
  • Specialist Inca Trail CEO on the hike
  • Local guides
Transportation
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Public bus, private van, hiking, train


Activities
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Pottery making demonstration
  • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
  • Machu Picchu guided tour


Extra Activities

Cusco Cooking Class - From €39.00

  • Channel your inner chef with a Peruvian cooking class.
  • Take a trip to the market with your teacher and learn about regional flavours as you pick out the freshest ingredients.
  • Head back to the kitchen for a hands-on lesson and learn to prepare local Peruvian specialties.




Rainbow Mountain Hike - Full-day Trip - From €42.00

  • Lookout over these colourful Andean mountains striped with maroon, turquoise, lavender, and gold.
  • The sediment, elevation, and proximity to the ocean create a landscape that has to be seen to be believed.
  • Get started early to drive around 2 hours to the starting point of this challenging, yet rewarding full-day hike.
  • Reaching 5,029m (16,500 ft) this 14km hike is no walk in the park, but these unique mountains do not disappoint.

Machu Picchu

  • Hiking to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail in Peru will be the highlight of all your adventures.
  • Standing 4,200 meters high on the mountains, looking out over the peaks of the Andes, and knowing that you hiked to get there, fills you with joy and awe.
  • You won't want to be anywhere else.

Route

Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #mapImageWidget

Lima

Huancayo

+6 more

Cusco

Itinerary

Day 1Lima
Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Day 2Lima/Huancayo
Enjoy a spectacular bus ride into the Andes to Huancayo. Travel the route of the locals and start the Andean adventure on the road from Lima to Huancayo in the central Andes.
Day 3Huancayo
Spend the day enjoying optional activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, or just enjoy the scenery. The villages of Cochas Grande and Cochas Chico are two interesting day trips in the Mantaro Valley, some 12km (7mi) south of the city.
Day 4Huancayo/Huancavelica
Travel to the picturesque colonial city of Huancavelica aboard el Tren Macho. Take in the Peruvian countryside passing by the window and enjoy the ride amongst the locals.
Day 5Huancavelica/Ayacucho
Travel through the highlands and remote communities of the Andes to Ayacucho. The altitude of Ayacucho, its colonial feel, and the local pre-Inca history make it one of the most fascinating cities in the Andes.
Day 6Ayacucho
Spend two days in Ayacucho, with optional day tours to nearby archaeological sites, markets, city tours or individual exploration. The city is known for a handicrafts district famous for silver, carvings and woven items. There are many beautiful colonial churches and mansions to visit as well. The surrounding area also offers a number of attractions, including the Huari Capital and Quinua and Vilcashuaman, considered the geographical centre of the Inca Empire.
Day 7Ayacucho
Spend two days in Ayacucho, with optional day tours to nearby archaeological sites, markets, city tours or individual exploration. The city is known for a handicrafts district famous for silver, carvings and woven items. There are many beautiful colonial churches and mansions to visit as well. The surrounding area also offers a number of attractions, including the Huari Capital and Quinua and Vilcashuaman, considered the geographical centre of the Inca Empire.
Day 8Ayacucho/Andahuaylas
Pass by rural areas, massive mountain peaks and small villages to reach Andahuaylas. The focus of the day is the journey itself. You can't beat the scenery like this and there's no better way to get to know the country than to travel straight through some of the most remote regions. Arrive at Andahuaylas, set amidst a beautiful glacial valley. Agriculture is key to the lives of the locals here and the town has a good market.
Day 9Andahuaylas
Enjoy free time in Andahuaylas. Opt to visit to the Sondor archaeological site, the Pacucha Lagoon or the market.
Day 10Cusco
Enjoy free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour, head out whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. Choose to pre-book an optional Cusco Cooking Class. The nearby Sacred Valley, museums, churches and cobblestoned streets steeped in history, all combine to create a terrific atmosphere.
Day 11Cusco
Enjoy free time to explore Cusco or take an optional city tour, head out whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. The nearby Sacred Valley, museums, churches and cobblestoned streets steeped in history, all combine to create a terrific atmosphere. Opt to visit and hike the famed Rainbow Mountain, pre-book on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Day 12Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar). Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them. Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn about the G Adventures for Good project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community.
Day 13Inca Trail
Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins. Trek through beautiful scenery, with a variety of flora that changes with the seasons, passing several smaller ruin sites like Llactapata.
Day 14Inca Trail
Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.
Day 15Inca Trail
Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).
Day 16Machu Picchu/Cusco
The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the site and enjoy free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.
Day 17Cusco
Depart at any time.

Related Photos & Video

With this selection, we would like to show you, how beautiful Machu Picchu is. It might show locations, weather conditions, trail roads that is not an exact match with this trek.

Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2
Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2
Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2
Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2
Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2
Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2
Backroads & Highlands of Peru Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Peru #b85aed58-e517-488a-bd6d-d3992b9078b2

What to Take

  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night.
  • We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.
  • A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items.
  • Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person.
  • You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

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17 days
2020

Fri, May 08

Sun, May 24

€1,299

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