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3 Days in Cusco: Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour & Community Visit + Humantay Lake Tour + Sacred Valley

USD $277.00 $325.00

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City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Trekking to the Rainbow Mountains, Humantay Lake & Sacred Valley // 

You will visit the Rainbow Mountains, the Humantay lake, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Have you ever heard of these destinations before? Come and get to know them with your guide and fall in love with Cusco's unique nature! This is not the common trekking tour to the popular Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain where you will be with hundreds of other tourists fighting to get the best photo with no people on it. During this tour, you will be one of the first travelers to visit the rainbow mountains with this easy 1-hour hike with no crowds around. Apart from that, you will get the chance to visit and support our social project, a local community that will hearty welcome you. You will also get to know the Humantay lake, one of Peru's most impressive lakes at 4200 m with crystal-clear water. With this tour, you will be one of the first ones at the lake to enjoy this beautiful landscape almost for yourself. Our tour guide will hike in a flexible pace adapted to your needs until reaching the Humantay lake, no matter if you're a beginner or a pro hiker. Within two hours of hiking, you will explore off the normal path spots for incredible photos of the lake and its surroundings. Apart from that, you will be visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas, undoubtedly a must see when in Cusco. Travel back in time with your local guide while you get to know Pisac, the archaeological complex of Moray, the salt mines of Maras and the ruins in Ollantaytambo. With this tour you will most certainly get to know some of Cusco's incredible sites.

Difficulty of treks: easy-medium

Note: Minimum 2 people. 

 

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).

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.

  3:30 am:      Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco

  5:35 am:      Breakfast with an incredible view over the valley

  7:40 am:      Arrival al parking lot + Briefing 

10:10 am:      Visit of the Humantay Lake, diverse lookouts and a break with coca tea and local snacks

11:20 am:      Head back to the car 

  1:50 pm:      Lunch in local restaurant 

  4:00 pm:      Arrival at your hotel in Cusco

Note: All times are approximations.

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

  7:30 am:         Sacred Valley viewpoint

  7:40 am:         Pisac (market visit only on Sundays)

10:15 am:         Visit of the Salt Mines of Maras 

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.

 

 Included:

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
  • Small group tour with 2-8 people
  • 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

Humantay Lake tour:

  • Private transport with hotel pick-up from all hotels close to the Plaza de Armas (see "Pickup / Drop-off" info below) 
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking local guide
  • Small group tour with 2-8 people
  • Visit of the Humantay lake
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Artisanal chocolate snacks
  • Trekking poles
  • First-aid kit and oxygen
  • Communication radios

Sacred Valley:

  • Private transport with hotel pick-up from all hotels close to the Plaza de Armas (see "Pickup / Drop-off" info below)
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking local guide
  • Small group tour with 2-8 people
  • Artisanal chocolate snack
  • Sacred Valley day tour
  • Lunch buffet 

 Not Included:

Sacred Valley Tour:
  • Breakfast
  • Cusco tourist ticket = entrance to sights in the Sacred Valley (partial ticket valid for 2 days S/ 70, general ticket valid for 10 days S/ 130 per person)
  • Entrance to Maras Salt Mines (S/ 10 per person)
Alternative Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake Tour:
  • Entrance to the Rainbow Mountain area and to the Humantay Lake (S/ 10 each)
  • Pick up from hotels outside of Cusco city
  • Donations to the community (you're welcome to bring unused clothes or pens, notebooks etc.) on the Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour
  • Tips for your guide

 Schedule:

  • Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour: 4:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Humantay Lake tour: 3:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sacred Valley tour: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm

 Recommendations:

  • Bring change in order to pay small expenses, such as for using the restroom
  • Use a small trekking backpack, a hat, gloves and a rain cape
  • If you don't want to hike up to the Humantay Lake you can rent a horse for S/ 70 that will take you almost to the end of the hike.
  • Camera and binoculars 
  • Take your sunglasses and sunscreen with you
  • Bring water and snacks

 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 you buy the group tour and there are not minimum 2 people in total 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

 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.

 Pickup / Drop-off:

  • Pickup from your hotel (only if your hotel is close to the city center of Cusco. In case you stay further away, meet up at the Plaza de Armas - taxi cost approx. 10-15 Soles)
  • Drop-off at Plaza de Armas
  • Private tours include pickup from- and drop-off at the hotel.

 Info: 

  • We are not to be hold liable in case of delayed flights, inconveniences with train schedules or bad weather.
  • Bathrooms are available at the breakfast & lunch restaurant and at the parking lot. 
  • If you want to fly your drone at the Palccoyo Rainbow mountain, you have to pay S/ 30 to the local community.

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