Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Multisport

Peru
Hiking, Whitewater Rafting, Zipline, Cycling, Camping
12 Explorer Chicks
8 Days

Overview

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Enjoy biking, hiking, and rafting during our multisport on our Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour. Meet and travel with adventurous women just like you! You’ll spend 4 days on a multisport journey to Machu Picchu including Hiking, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, and Zip-lining. Prior to your journey, you’ll spend 2 days acclimatizing in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. You will also embark on a single day hike to Rainbow Mountain.

Cusco and the Sacred Valley

During the first part of your adventure, you’ll explore the ancient ruins, landmarks, and museums of Cusco and the Sacred Valley with Explorer Chick on private tours. Sites to see include Cusco Cathedral, the Inca Museum, and Sacsayhuaman. Our private guide will walk us through each site giving us a personal tour and revealing the stories of the Incan Culture. Along the way, we’ll have a few surprises and special moments that will leave you moved by the spirituality and kindness of the Quechua culture.

Hike to Rainbow Mountain

Day 3, it’s an epic and challenging day of hiking to Rainbow Mountain. It’s a super early start to drive our private bus to over the dirt roads to our trailhead. Upon arrival, our team of chefs and porters will set up our dining tent and cook up a delicious and nutritious breakfast as you take in the views of the surrounding towering peaks. Then, you’ll hike deep into the spectacular painted hills, also known as Vinicunca.

The Red Valley will blow you away with the striking contrasts of green and red. You’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into a technicolor, fantasy land. Of course, the goal is Rainbow Mountain which will require every ounce of grit you can muster. The hike per se isn’t challenging, but the altitude will test your limits. Yet, the reward is the summit surrounded by an unexplored land filled with snow-covered glaciated peaks, wildly desert landscapes, herds of alpaca, and immaculate beauty.

Cycling, Rafting, Hiking and Zip-lining

You’ll start your multisport journey to Machu Picchu on Day 4 with a string of exciting adventures. To reach the sacred site, you’ll first downhill cycle for nearly 30 miles descending from the high mountains into the cloud forest. It’s rush riding downhill while also taking in the high mountains around you. Then it’s an exciting white water rafting trip with river camping down the Apurimac River. Led by expert guides, we will paddle and float down 30 miles of the river, river is beginner friendly and your guides will have you in stitches! Afterwards, we’ll soar like condors on over 2 miles of zip lines above the Sacred Valley.

Machu Picchu

The next morning, we wake super early to be one of the first to board the buses to the gates of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival our local guide will quickly usher us through the queues and kick off our private tour awarding us some privacy before the crowds descend on the ruins. Our local guide will take us through Machu Picchu pointing out areas of significance. Oh, and the BEST spots to snag those Machu Picchu Glamour Shots.

Deluxe Camping

Throughout your Multisport Adventure, enjoy Deluxe camping in 4 person tents that sleep only 2 people. We’ll have a team of porters and professional chefs who will aid our group with our overnight gear, setting up our tent city, and cooking us scrumptious meals. Yes, our team quickly becomes our heroes! All you are left to do is exhale, free your mind, and take in the challenging, sacred journey.

Day 1 – Arrivals to Cusco, Peru

You will be greeted at the Cusco Airport for your private transfer to to our boutique style hotel. In the afternoon, you will meet your local guides and Explorer Chick Leader who will be guiding you throughout your adventure. Then you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the Plaza de Armas leading to your guided tour of the Inca Museum. This will be a perfect introduction to the Inca and Pre-Inca cultures. Afterwards, you’ll walk to the San Blas district for a Welcome Reception including dinner, drinks, and a stunning view overlooking the the city of Cusco.

Accommodation: Boutique Style Hotel, Cusco (Shared)

Meals: Welcome Dinner with Peruvian Drinks

Day 2 – Explore Cusco and Sacsayhuaman

You’ll continue acclimatizing with light walking and tours today. You’ll start your morning with a city tour of Cusco including stops at the Saint Christopher Church and the Cusco Cathedral. We’ll also take the time to explore the shops of San Blas to grab souvenirs and all things alpaca. We then drive to the highlands to tour Quenko, The Temple of Fertility followed by a picnic lunch with specialty drinks. Following lunch you’ll follow an ancient Incan trail to the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site. It’s hilltop location has deemed it a fortress and also offers spectacular views of Cusco below. Following our tour of the Unesco World Heritage site, you’ll enjoy a group dinner.

Accommodation: Boutique Style Hotel, Cusco (Shared)

Meals: Buffet breakfast, chef-prepared picnic lunch, Dinner, and snacks

Day 3 – Trek to Rainbow Mountain 

Hiking Hours: 4 hours ascent/3 hours descent

Distance: 6.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet

Level of Difficulty: Strenuous due to the high altitude conditions

High Altitude: 16,666 feet

It’s an early start to an epic and challenging day of hiking to Rainbow Mountain. You’ll go deep into the spectacular painted hills, also known as Vinicunca. Rainbow Mountain is an unexplored land filled with snow-covered glaciated peaks, wildly desert landscapes, herds of alpaca, and immaculate beauty.

The day starts with a 6am departure and 3 hours of driving through traditional villages with a panorama of the Andes before arriving at the trail head at 15,000 ft. You’ll slowly make your way through the valley and gradually up to the summit. As soon as you arrive at the peak of the mountain, you will see a variety of wildlife including llamas and alpacas. This is the only place in Peru where wild Vicuñas and Andean camel can be seen. You will have plenty of time to take in the panorama of the valley, the tallest peak in the region – Ausangate Glacier (21,000′), and snap infinite pictures of the vibrant minerals that form the painted hills.

During your descent you’ll have the chance to meet the local Quecha people, who still follow the old customs of the Incas and weave the typical garments that are available in various shops throughout Peru. Afterwards, we will return to our hotel for an evening to enjoy on your own.

Accommodation: Boutique Style Hotel, Cusco (Shared)

Meals: Breakfast, Packed Trail Lunch and snacks

Day 4 – Downhill Cycling to the Loretuyoc Bridge 

Today we leave Cusco early, between 7-8 am to Huanoquite until the pass of Wilkacunca about a 3 hour drive. From this point on we begin to enter the Apurimac River Canyon with a condor-like view of the surrounding mountains as we head to the headwaters of the Amazon River.

Safety First! We will get suited up in protective gear for our ride including helmets, gloves, vest and high quality bikes. The fun part about today – it’s all downhill!  After 2 hours of a downhill ride coasting past native forests and small mountain villages we’ll reach our campsite for the night nestled next to a small cascade. We’ll watch the sun go down and enjoy a yummy camp side dinner together before crawling into our sleeping bags for the night.

Biking Time: 2-3 hours downhill on paved and gravel roads

Accommodation: Deluxe Camping (Shared – 2 per Tent) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Snacks 

 

Day 5 – Rafting the Apurimac + Riverside Camping

After a hearty early camp breakfast, we will head to the river to prepare our rafts and start our paddle for the day. This section of the river is an easy, scenic float. Along the route, we will see 200-year old trees alongside part of the Royal Inca Trail that comes from Cusco and heads towards the Apurimac river and then continues to the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

We will float by the village of Rocoto (at 9,100′) arriving at the base of an old Inca bridge called Huajachaca. This bridge was used by the original Peruvians to exchange products from the Pacific coast with Cusco, which was the capital of the Inca Empire.

After a river beach picnic, our rafting guides and all the equipment will be readied to continue our expedition. We’re headed into whitewater territory, baby!  We will paddle through Class II-III rapids alongside foundation of ancient Incan bridges.

We’ll camp at the riverside tonight and dinner will be around a cozy campfire. .

Accommodation: Deluxe Riverside Camping (Shared – 2 per Tent)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Snacks

Day 6 – Whitewater + Zip Lining 

After breakfast, we will raft through more intense rapids, class lll-lV called “La Otra Derecha”, among others. There will also be time to explore a couple of side canyons, with small cascades. After champing the river – we will float and paddle down almost 30 miles of the Apurimac! We will begin our return to the Sacred Valley to enjoy our next activity… the Zipline!

Along the way we’ll stop for a picnic lunch and then head to the small town of Pachar and begin the hike to reach the first zipline cable. We will hike a steep incline to the first zipline platform at nearly 11,000′. We will receive our equipment and safety briefing and now we’ll start to soar! There are seven cable lines in all, each 492 ft – 2296 ft in length. Total length of the flight is 9186 feet!  That’s nearly two miles to take in the giddy sensation of flying over the earth. We’ll head to Ollantaytambo for the night in a hotel with real beds and hot showers!

Whitewater Rafting Time: 3 hours

Transfer from River to Sacred Valley: 3.5 hours

Hike to Zipline Platform: 2 miles, 900′ elevation

Zip Lining Time: 3-4 hours

Accommodation: Hotel, Ollantaytambo (Shared – 2 per Room) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 7 –  Machu Picchu Day

Hiking Hours: 2 hours

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

It’s another early morning to board the first bus to Machu Picchu and to get the most of our day. You’ll enjoy a 2-hour Explorer Chick private tour learning about the history and mystery of the whole Incan complex.

Following our time in Machu Picchu, we’ll board the buses back to Aquas Calientes to enjoy your celebratory lunch at one of the local restaurants of the village. Then you’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo and then a private transfer back to Cusco city arriving roughly at 8pm. Your evening is free to enjoy how you see fit

Accommodation: Boutique Style Hotel, Cusco (Shared)

Meals: Breakfast, Celebration Lunch, and Snacks

Day 8 – Farewell Peru

Our saddest day of the adventure. Hugs and farewells. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before boarding your private transfer to Cusco airport. You are welcome to book your flight from Cusco at anytime from Cusco.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, availability, or other unforeseen incidents.

  • Exclusive Cusco City tour including a chef prepared picnic lunch
  • Private tour of Inca Museum in Cusco
  • Private Sacred Valley guided tour with a traditional lunch buffet
  • Full day Rainbow Mountain Tour with Chef prepared picnic lunch
  • Mountain bikes with safety equipment and van support
  • Guided White Water rafting trip, overnight on the River with gear and safety equipment
  • Sacred Valley Zip-line adventure
  • Privately guided group tour of Machu Picchu with plenty of time to enjoy the sacred site on your own
  • 4 Nights in a Boutique Hotel in Cusco (Shared)
  • 2 Nights Deluxe Camping
    • 4 Person tents Shared by 2 Explorer Chicks
    • Sleeping Bag, Pillow, Deluxe Air Foam Mattress
    • Trekking Poles
  • 1 Night Hotel in Ollantaytambo (Shared)
  • Peru Rail Expedition train tickets and Aguas Calientes bus tickets for Machu Picchu
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary: B-7, L-6, D-5
  • Private Explorer Chick land-transportation throughout itinerary including airport transfers
  • A commemorative Explorer Chick shirt.
  • All tips for included meals and local guides.
  • A detailed Travel Guide upon booking with everything you need to know for your trip.
  • The freedom to enjoy your vacation and mindlessly wander!
  • One local English/Spanish speaking guide(s) throughout the full itinerary
  • One experienced Explorer Chick Leader ensuring your trip is seamless and unforgettable!
  • Small Group experience! Your Explorer Chick Adventure is exclusive and limited to 12 women

*Packages do NOT include your airfare to Cusco, alcoholic beverages, Explorer Chick Leader Tips, meals not included in the itinerary, or costs for additional activities.

*Does NOT include your Explorer Chick Guide’s Tips – Tipping your Explorer Chick Guide is optional, but customary. If you wish to recognize your Explorer Chick Guide for exceptional service,we recommend you tip them 10-25% of your trip costs.

*A passport that is valid for at least 6 months past your arrival date is required.

We require a minimum of 5 Explorer Chicks for this trip. Please confirm your trip is guaranteed before booking your airfare.

Your trip begins and ends in Cusco, Peru.

Arrival: Plan to arrive on Day 1 in Cusco, Peru prior to 12pm. (CUZ)

Departure: Plan to depart Cusco, Peru anytime on Day 8. (CUZ)

Your arrival and departure airport transfers in Cusco are included with your package.

Our Explorer Chicks who wish to arrive early or stay beyond their departure day in Cusco have the option to add Pre and Post Hotel stays conveniently located at our Rendezvous Hotels. The advantage of booking a Pre-Tour Hotel stay is to allow for any luggage or travel delays plus it will give you an extra day to acclimate to the high altitude.

You will receive a travel guide attached to your booking confirmation with all the information you’ll need to prepare for your epic trip!

We highly recommend training prior to your retreat. The itinerary is packed full of hiking in alpine conditions with elevations ranging from 11,000 feet in Cusco up to 16,666′ on the Rainbow Mountain Trek. Explorer Chick has built in a 2 day period of acclimatization to reduce possible effects on the trail. You should be comfortable with hiking up to 12 miles in a day. This is an incredible adventure whose intensity should not be discounted due to the popularity of the destination.

You should be training on rough and rugged terrain – not perfectly paved sidewalks. Train how you play! Also, find steps, a hill, or the Stairmaster and get to climbing! Your quads, booty, and calves will thank you. Train in all the weather – This even means rain! Please consider the physical demands carefully as it is for the safety and enjoyment of the group.

Train your tootsies! Do not show up with brand new hiking boots or trail shoes. You should be spending hours upon hours in your boots leading up to your adventure to break them in. Better to suffer blisters at home than to miss out on a hike due to painful hot spots on your feet. This is our number one injury. Do not let it happen to you!

Altitude: At all times your trip will be above 8,000 feet, the elevation where anyone is at risk of altitude sickness. All people are susceptible to altitude sickness regardless of your age, gender and fitness.

Before your trip:

Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. There are also prescription drugs that aid with altitude sickness. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

Please consider your ability to meet the physical demands very seriously. It is for the safety of both you and our group. All Explorer Chicks will be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Physical Demands as part of their waiver upon booking.

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$4,299

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Non-Refundable Deposit: $550 due at booking to secure your spot

  • Pre and Post-Tour Hotel
    • $179/night/Single Room
    • $259/night/Double Room
  • Single Supplement Hotel + Tent (2 Available): $489
  • Single Supplement Hotel Only: $449

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