2 Days in Cusco: Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour + Day Tour to Machu Picchu

USD $365.00 $380.00

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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 Pachutec, 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.

Difficulty of trek: easy-medium

Validity: Buy TODAY and you have up to 5 months to reserve the experience. Minimum 2 people. 

As a student you can use the discount code "mapistudent" in the checkout and you'll get a $20 discount. You need to have your valid student ID card with you for the Machu Picchu day tour, if not the discount will not be applied.


Reviews of past travelers enjoying our Alternative Rainbow Mountain Trekking Tour



*the following itinerary is just exemplary; you're free to choose the order of the activities/tours.

Your local guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am for your alternative Rainbow Mountain trip in a private bus. After a 3-hour shuttle drive to the Ananiso community, passing traditional villages with amazing views of the Andes, valleys, and mountains, you will reach the starting point, which is at 4.300 m.
First, you’ll get acquainted with your fellow travelers and stretch your legs while receiving important information from your guide about the hike. Afterwards, you'll begin the hike for 1 hour on a small path crossing the Palomino Valley with some lovely views over some beautiful rock formations of the area. At 4.900 m, you will explore the area and you will be able to spot much Andean wildlife such as alpacas, llamas, condors (Vulture gryphus) and the rarely seen vicuña (wild llama family). 

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Once you have arrived at the Rainbow Mountain, you will have a great view over the entire region and also of the Ausangate Glacier, which is 6375 m high (21,000 ft). After a well-deserved break and some energizing snacks, you will have enough time to take some photos and breathe the fresh air of the Andes. You will spend about 2 hours at the summit, depending on the weather conditions, and then it's time start the descent of 20-30 minutes to the starting point where the driver will be waiting for you. After this outstanding day tour, you will return back to Cusco, in a private bus, arriving at your hotel around 5:30 pm.



You will be picked up at your hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) 30 minutes before the departure time of Cusco and you will be taken to the train station located in the town of Ollantaytambo (1 hour 30 minutes by car) where you will board the train and then make your trip to To the village of "Aguas Calientes" (2000 m) which lasts 2 hours.

Upon arrival at the train station, the guide will be waiting for you with a sign and your names. With him you will go to the bus station, to climb 400 m high, by a zigzag road, for 30 minutes to reach the incredible Wonder of the world "The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu", known as "The Lost City of the Incas".

When you arrive at the citadel of Machu Picchu you will pass through the control where you will receive your ticket, from this place you will begin the guided tour, visit the main areas of the city such as Main Square, Circular Tower, Sacred Solar Clock, The Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries, the guided tour will be for more than two hours. At the end you will have free time to take a walk through the citadel and visit Machu Picchu, then return to the town of Aguas Calientes and eat in one of the many restaurants.

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In the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco (must arrive at the station 30 minutes before the departure time of your train), return will follow the same route as the one-way trip, when you arrive at the train station in Ollantaytambo , They will wait to take you to your hotel in Cusco (1 hour and 30 minutes by car).

  • 03:50 am: Pick up at the hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas)
  • 04:00 am: Trip to Ollantaytambo
  • 06:40 am: Trip to Machu Picchu
  • 08:00 am: Arrival to the town of Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu
  • 08:30 am: Ascend in the bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • 09:10 am: Entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu
  • 12:00 pm: Downhill in bus to the town of Machu Picchu
  • 12:30 pm: Arrival to the town of Aguas Calientes
  • 1:00 pm: Lunch (not included)
  • 2:30 pm o 19:00 pm: Departure to Ollantaytambo
  • 4:00 pm o 20:30 pm: Arrival to Ollantaytambo
  • 6:00 pm o 22:00 pm: Arrival to the City of Cusco 



Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour:

  • Private transport from and to your hotel in Cusco 
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking indigenous guide(s) 
  • Small snack having arrived at the summit (Coca- or Muña tea and fresh bread)
  • Breakfast (quinoa drink, tea, coffee, bread, omelets, pancakes) and lunch 
  • Oxygen and first-aid kit
  • Communication radios

Machu Picchu Tour:

  • For 1 person
  • Roundtrip tourist train tickets
  • Transfer from the hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas)
  • Transportation Cuzco/Ollantaytambo/Cuzco
  • Transfer in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • Roundtrip in bus CONSETUR
  • Professional guide

 Not Included:

  • Entrance for the alternative Rainbow Mountain tour (S/ 5 for Peruvians, S/ 10 for foreigners)
  • Pick up from hotels outside of Cusco
  • Accommodation at night
  • Drinks


  • Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour: 5:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Machu Picchu tour: 03:50 am to 10:00 pm


  • Two 1-day tours


  • Use a small trekking backpack, a hat, gloves and a rain cape
  • Camera and binoculars 
  • Take your sunglasses and sunscreen with you
  • Insect repellent for the Machu Picchu tour
  • Bring water and snacks
  • Comfortable clothes for zipline and no sandals 

 Terms of Reservation:

  • Minimum 1 day before

For Machu Picchu:

  • Minimum 1 week before (so that the train tickets can be reserved before).
  • In case you choose the local train, you will have to buy your tickets on the 1st day of your arrival since the sale of the local train is personal and the reservation can be made 1 day before (depends on availability).

 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 50% refund.

Machu Picchu Tour:

  • Refunds of 100% if you cancel up to 1 day before the start of the tour.
  • In the tourist train to Machu Picchu it will only be possible to make the return of 70% with 1 week before anticipation and 50% if it is 5 days before the tour.


  • The operator is not liable in case of delayed flights, inconvenience with train schedules, or bad weather, such as rains, snowfall, landslides, etc.

Machu Picchu Tour:

  • If you want to bring your kids you can acquire their tour here.
  • In the case of flight delays, inconveniences with the train schedule or bad weather (rain, landslides, etc.) the provider is not responsible.
  • There are two time slots for visits to Machu Picchu:
    • 6:00 - 12:00 y 12:00 - 17:30
  • If you want to go to Huayna Picchu please consider the following:
    • Make your reservation at least 2 - 3 months in advance
    • There are 2 schedules:
      • 7:00 am - 8:00 am
      • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Information about the Local Operator:

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