Full Itinerary of 2 Day Trips from Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour + Alternative Rainbow Mountain Trek & Community Visit

  • 6:30 am: Pickup from your hotel and then we will head to Pisac to visit the impressive ruins of Pisac and its artisan handicraft market.
  • 10:00 am: Visit of the archaeological site of Moray. 
  • 12:00 am: Visit of the salt mines of Maras. (the salt is recommended by Gastón Acurio, one of the most renown chefs in Peru).
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  • 1:30 pm: We will continue to Urubamba where we will have lunch (Peruvian buffet)
  • Afterwards, we will continue to drive along the Urubamba river heading towards Ollantaytambo (arrival at 3:00 pm) to explore its ceremonial centres, observe the impressive rock formations and find out more about the history behind it.
  • You can either return to Cusco with the guide at 6:30 pm, stay in Ollantaytambo or head on to Aguas Calientes.

  • 4:00 - 4:30 am (please be ready from 4:00 am onwards): Pickup from your hotel and head towards the rainbow mountains.
  • Before arriving at the restaurant to enjoy an energetic breakfast with an incredible view over the valley, we will stop at a small village famous for its delicious bread.
  • 7:00 am: We will be entering the remote landscape, seeing locals with their animals on the street, children leaving to school and lots of wild alpacas. Once we arrive at the Palccoyo community, we will visit its potato museum (created in collaboration with exploor).
  • Next, we will head up to the parking lot (you can use the bathrooms here) from where you can see the first of the three Rainbow Mountains and from where the hike begins. 
          
  • Roughly an hour later you have reached the plateau at 4.900 m from where you can see all three rainbow mountains and maybe even the Ausangate mountain (6.375 m / 21,000 ft.), Cusco's highest mountain. Now is the time for a warm coca or muña tea and some artisanal chocolate made by our "abuelita".
  • Afterwards, you will hike for 20 minutes until reaching the stone forest from where you can take postcard like pictures (this is optional as it's the toughest and steepest part; you can also stay at the plateau and meet up with the others later).
  • The descent will take approximately 45 minutes before we arrive at the car (toilet stop). Then, we'll head back down to the community where you can interact with the community members and their alpacas while learning more about their lifestyle.
  • Following this, we will be on the road for approximately one hour driving to our lunch spot for some delicious Peruvian specialties. Once everyone is satisfied, we will return to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel at approximately 4:30 pm.