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2 Day Trips from Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour + Alternative Rainbow Mountain Trek

USD $148.00 $199.00

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City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Trekking to the Rainbow Mountains, Visit of Pisac, Moray, Salt Mines of Maras & Ollantaytambo //

 Why you'll love this experience:

 Passionate and experienced guides that are happy to share incredible stories with you.

 Hike only for 45 minutes instead of 3 hours to the alternative rainbow mountain.

 Small (up to 8) instead of a large impersonalized group to keep your experience with your guide special.

 Don't rush from site to site like in the typical touristic tour of the Sacred Valley. Enjoy more time at each site and better understand the culture and history of every place.

 

Within 2 days, you will get to know Cusco's precious natural environment: the sacred valley and the rainbow mountains. During the sacred valley tour, you will discover Pisay, the archaeological site of Moray, the salt mines of Maras and Ollantaytambo, the last stop before heading to Machu Picchu. Depending on your preference, you can stay in Ollantaytambo, continue to Aguas Calientes and visit Machu Picchu in the morning or you can also just return to Cusco. No matter which option you will end up choosing, you will surely be fascinated by the treasures the sacred valley has to offer. The short trekking tour to the Rainbow Mountains will show you postcard-like mountains and a unique landscape you can only find South of Cusco. However, this is not the typical trekking tour to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. This is the alternative tour to the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountains where you -instead of being with hundreds of other tourists fighting to get the best photo with no people on it- will be almost alone because this tour is still very unknown yet. After around an hour of trekking, you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views and see the typical Andean wildlife with your guide. Trekkers, listen up: this day trip to the Rainbow Mountains is one of the best ones in Cusco, if not in all of Peru!

 

Reviews of past travelers enjoying our Alternative Rainbow Mountain Trekking Tour

Itinerary*:

*the following itinerary is just exemplary; you're free to choose the order of the tours with off-days in between (f.e. tour 2, day off, tour 1). 

DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

6:30 am:         Pick-up at your hotel in Cusco

  7:30 am:         Sacred Valley viewpoint

  7:40 am:         Pisac

10:15 am:         Visit of the Salt Mines of Maras (we'll only go to the viewpoint, it's forbidden to enter the salt mines)

11:40 am:         Visit of Moray

  1:30 pm:         Lunch in Urubamba

  2:15 pm:         Chicha beer tasting 

  2:50 pm:         Ollantaytambo

  4:30 pm:         Drop-off at main square in Ollantaytambo

  6:00 pm:         Arrival at your hotel in Cusco

Note: All times are approximations.

 

DAY 2: ALTERNATIVE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TOUR

        4:00 am:   Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco

        5:10 am:   Breakfast in a local restaurant

        6:40 am:   Arrival at parking lot + Briefing 

        9:10 am:   Arrival on the top of the rainbow mountain and a break with coca tea and local snacks

      10:00 am:   Hiking through the red valley + seeing alpacas

      12:00 pm:   Pickup by car

      12:30 pm:   Lunch in local restaurant 

        4:30 pm:   Arrival at your hotel in Cusco

Note: All times are approximations.

 Included:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking local guide
  • Small group tour with 2-8 people

Sacred Valley Tour: 

  • Lunch buffet (vegetarian and vegan food options available)
  • Chicha beer tasting in a local Chicheria

Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour: 

  • Visit of potato museum in local community
  • Breakfast and lunch (vegetarian and vegan food options available)
  • Snacks: Cookies, coca leaves and a coca/muña tea when arriving at the mountain
  • Hike with Alpaca (it's optional: only joining us in case there is no snow, very low probability of having snow)
  • Trekking poles
  • First-aid kit and oxygen

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 Not Included:

  • Tips for your guide

Sacred Valley Tour:

  • Breakfast
  • Cusco tourist ticket (partial ticket valid for 2 days S/ 70, general ticket valid for 10 days S/ 130 per person). It gives you entrance to the sights and can be bought directly at the sites we visit so don't worry about purchasing it in advance.
  • Entrance to Maras Salt Mines (S/ 10 per person)

Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour:

  • Entrance to the Rainbow Mountain area (S/ 10)
  • Donations to the community (you're welcome to bring unused clothes or pens, notebooks etc.)

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 Schedule:

  • Sacred Valley Tour: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour: 4:00 am - 4:30 pm

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 Recommendations:

    • Please let us know if you are planning to take a train to Aguas Calientes after the Sacred Valley day tour.
    • Bring change in order to pay small expenses, such as for using the restroom or to support the locals by buying their handicrafts (from 4 up to 100 soles). Donations to the community, such as old clothes or utilities, such as pens, notebooks etc. are more than welcome. 
    • Clothing: Bring your backpack, a rain cape, gloves, a hat, hiking shoes, an extra pair of socks and wear layers of hiking clothes so you'll be warm
    • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and some extra money
    • Pack some snacks and coca leaves

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     Terms of Reservation:

    • Due to high demand during the high season, please book your tour at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee a spot. We accept all reservations until 2:00 pm on the day before the tour (only if you send us the required information asked by us in our confirmation mail until 2:00 pm).
    • Minimum 2 people
    • If there are not minimum 2 people in total in your group for the day you chose you have the option to:
      • postpone the date of the tour
      • receive a refund
      • pay the difference to the private tour and do the private tour

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       Terms of Cancellation:

      • If you cancel up to 3 days before the start of the tour, you'll receive a 100% refund.
      • If you cancel less than 3 days before the start of the tour, you'll receive a 50% refund.
      • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the start of the tour, there won't be any refunds.

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         Info: 

        • We are not to be hold liable in case of delayed flights, inconveniences with train schedules or bad weather.
        • If you want to fly your drone at the Palccoyo Rainbow mountain, you have to pay S/ 50 to the local community.
        • Toilets are available in Pisac, the salt mines of Maras, Moray, at the restaurant in Urubamba and in Ollantaytambo.
        • It is possible that the community, as well as the alpaca, are not available due to reasons beyond our control (sickness of community member, family issues or others). The probability is very very low and we are in daily contact with them to make sure everything will be fine for the next day. Still, the probability exists. We are not to be held liable in case no lama or alpaca will be available or in case of any circumstance arising with the animals. We will proceed with the tour without any refund.

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