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2 Days in Cusco: Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour & Community Visit + Day Tour to Machu Picchu (free airport pickup included)

USD $515.00

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City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountains //

 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.

 Discover the Machu Picchu and make this world wonder a highlight of your Peruvian adventure.

 

Make the most out of your time in Cusco and get to know its two highlights: Machu Picchu and the rainbow mountains. Without a doubt, Machu Picchu is the most popular tourist attraction in Peru. Get to know all the details about Pachacutec, about Hiram Bingham, the discoverer of Machu Picchu and about the historical events and stories related to it. Be prepared for vivid descriptions of the tour guide that make you feel like you are time traveling. Apart from that, you will enjoy the alternative tour of the rainbow mountains that are around 3 hours away from Cusco. The rainbow mountains will astonish you because of its variety of colors due to the existing minerals in its soil. Forget the typical trekking tour to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain where you will be with hundreds of other tourists fighting to get the best shot with no people on it. In comparison to that trek, you will not only see "one" Rainbow Mountain but numerous during the alternative tour. Also, you will not be complaining about the 3-hour hike as you only hike about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Most importantly, it is very likely that you will not see a large number of other people meaning you can enjoy the Rainbow Mountains and the postcard-like landscape almost for yourselves.

  

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).

You will be picked up at your hotel in Cusco at a convenient time and head to the train station in Ollantaytambo. There, you will take the train to the village of Aguas Calientes (2000 m).

Upon arrival at the train station, our guide will be waiting for you to accompany you to the bus that brings you to the entrance of Machu Picchu (the bus ride takes about 25 minutes). From this point on, the private Machu Picchu tour will start and we will continue to the “Casa del Guardián” to enjoy the typical panoramic views of Machu Picchu. This is the ideal spot to take various photos. Afterwards, we’ll move on to the next viewpoints from where our guide will show you the different parts of the Machu Picchu ruins we will visit. The guided tour takes around 2 hours and we will visit the agricultural sector and then the ancient city of the Incas (temple of the sun, inca palace, the holy square, the three windows, the main temple, the holy stone, the sector of the three doorways and the mortars sector).

Photo Machu Picchu Day Tour cusco exploor peru

After the guided Machu Picchu tour, you will return to the town of Aguas Calientes by bus and you have the option to eat in one of the many restaurants. In the afternoon, you will take the train back and arrive in Ollantaytambo (please arrive at the station 30 minutes before the departure time of your train). When you arrive at the train station in Ollantaytambo, please leave the station because outside our guide will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

 

3:45-4:00 am:   Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco

        5:45 am:   Breakfast with an incredible view over the valley 

        8:00 am:   Visit of the Palccoyo community and its potato museum (created in collaboration with exploor in October 2018)

        9:30 am:   Arrival al parking lot (view of the 1strainbow mountain) + Briefing 

      10:00 am:   Visit of the 2ndrainbow mountain

      10:30 am:   Visit of the 3rdrainbow mountain + break with coca tea and local snacks

      11:00 am:   Hike up to the stone forest (optional) with a spectacular view

      11:30 am:   Head back to the car

      12:00 pm:   Interaction with locals in the community + snacks

        1:50 pm:   Lunch in local restaurant

4:30-5:00 pm:   Arrival at your hotel in Cusco

Note: All times are approximations.

 Included:

  • Airport pickup and transport to your hotel in Cusco (only Cusco city center)

Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour:

  • Private transport with hotel pick-up from all hotels/hostels/AirBnBs close to the Plaza de Armas (see "Pickup / Drop-off" info below) 
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking local guide during the Tres Rainbows hike
  • Visit of local community (donations are welcome)
  • Breakfast and lunch 
  • Artisanal chocolate snacks made by our "abuelita" (grandma) and a coca/muña tea when arriving at the mountain
  • Trekking poles
  • First-aid kit and oxygen
  • Communication radios

Machu Picchu Tour:

  • Round trip Expedition train tickets 
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain (optional and depending on availability*)
  • Shuttle tickets Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Airport pickup and transport to your hotel in Cusco (only Cusco city center)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional English-speaking private guide

*If you reserve the tour at least 1 month in advance, it’s very likely that there are still tickets available. Less than 1 month, most likely all tickets are sold out.

 Not Included:

Machu Picchu Full Day:
  • Accommodation at night
  • Drinks
  • Tips for your guide
Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour:
    • Entrance to the Rainbow Mountain area (S/ 10)
    • Pick up from hotels outside of Cusco city
    • Donations to the community (you're welcome to bring unused clothes or pens, notebooks etc.)
    • Tips for your guide

     Schedule:

    • Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour: 4:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Machu Picchu tour: Daily departures

     Recommendations:

    • Bring change in order to pay small expenses, such as for using the restroom
    • Bring your original passport for the Machu Picchu tour.
    • Bring your backpack, a rain cape and layers of clothes so you'll be warm
    • Take gloves, a hat, hiking shoes + an extra pair of socks with you (in case of snow) and if you want to you can bring hiking poles as well
    • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and some extra money
    • Use only hand luggage for your tour to Machu Picchu, as the maximum weight allowed is 5 kg (you can store your luggage at your hotel in Cusco)
    • Pack some snacks and coca leaves

     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.
    • 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

    For Machu Picchu:

    • Minimum 1 week before. The earlier you book, the better the train times we can organize for you.

     Terms of Cancellation:

    Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour:

    • 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 40% refund.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the start of the tour, there won't be any refunds.

    Machu Picchu Tour:

    • There won’t be any refunds for this tour as we proceed with the purchase of the entrance tickets, the train tickets etc. as soon as you have made your reservation.

     Pickup / Drop-off:

    • Pickup from your hotel
    • Drop-off at your hotel

     Info:

    • We are not to be held liable in case of delayed flights, inconveniences with train schedules or bad weather.
    • It is possible that the community, as well as the alpaca, are not available due to reasons by the community (sickness, family issues or others). The probability is very very low and we are in daily contact with them to make sure all will be fine for the next day. Still, the probability is there. We are not to be held liable in case of any circumstance and continue with the tour without any refund.
    • If you want to fly your drone at the Palccoyo Rainbow mountain, you have to pay S/ 30 to the local community.
    • Bathrooms are available at the breakfast & lunch restaurant and at the parking lot. 

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