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

USD $354.00 $418.00

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

 Why you'll love this experience:

 Private Machu Picchu tour with visits of romantic viewpoints perfect for couple pictures.

 Must visit places of Machu Picchu and hidden spots normal groups don't get to see. 

 Hike with an alpaca or llama for only 45 minutes instead of 2 hours to the alternative rainbow mountain.

 See 3 rainbow mountains instead of just 1 with a small group of up to 8 travelers.

 

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 in a private tour. Our tour guide will show you the best spots for photos where normal tourist groups don't go.

Apart from that, you will enjoy the tour to the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountains which will astonish you because of their variety in colours 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 photo with no people on it. In comparison to that trek, you will not only see "one" Rainbow Mountain but three and there aren't any large crowds around. More than that, you will hike for only 45 minutes!

  

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).

Machu Picchu Day Tour from Cusco

Machu Picchu Day Tour with Expedition Train* from Cusco (earliest entrance option**)
...with Machu Picchu Mountain / Huayna Picchu****
2:45 am: Hotel Pickup in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley*** 2:45 am: Hotel Pickup in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley***
5:05 am: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes 5:05 am: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
6:35 am: Welcome by team member at train station and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance 6:35 am: Welcome by team member at train station and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance
8:00 am: Guided Machu Picchu tour 8:00 am: Machu Picchu Mountain / Huayna Picchu hike
10:30 am: Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide) 11:00 am: Machu Picchu tour with Exploor guide
11:30 am: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time for lunch 1:30 pm: Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide)
Return train to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon/evening 3:30 pm: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time for lunch
Private pickup after arrival at the train station Return train to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon/evening
Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco Private pickup after arriving at the train station
Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco

*Vistadome options are also possible

**Entrance preferences (as early as possible, in the late morning, in the afternoon) are eligible when filling out the pre-confirmation email you receive automatically after the reservation has been made to coordinate your private Machu Picchu tour

***Sacred Valley pickups and drop-offs available for locations between Ollantaytambo to Urubamba or Urubamba to Cusco. Locations outside this route are possible as well but will have an additional fee for the extra transportation.

****This is the only itinerary possible in this case

 

Machu Picchu Day Tour from Aguas Calientes 

Machu Picchu Day Tour with Expedition Train* from Aguas Calientes (earliest entrance option **)
...with Machu Picchu Mountain / Huayna Picchu [ (...) in case of 10:00 am hike]
4:30 pm: Hotel Pickup (or Sacred Valley tour) 4:30 pm: Hotel Pickup (or Sacred Valley tour)
7:04 pm: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes 7:04 pm: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
8:45 pm: Arrival at train station and heading to hotel (no pickup from Exploor, usually hotels offer this service) 8:45 pm: Arrival at train station and heading to hotel (no pickup from Exploor, usually hotels offer this service)

 

Before 5:30 am: Hotel pickup by guide and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance Before 5:30 am: Hotel pickup by guide and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance
6:00 am: Guided Machu Picchu tour 6:00 (8:00) am: Guided Machu Picchu tour
8:30 am: Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide) 8:00 (10:00) am: Machu Picchu Mountain/ Huayna Picchu hike
9:30 am: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time 11:00 am (1:00 pm): Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide)
Return train to Ollantaytambo in the early afternoon/evening 12:00 (2:00) pm: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time for lunch
Private pickup after arriving at the train station Return train to Ollantaytambo in the early afternoon/evening
Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco Private pickup after arriving at the train station
Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco

*Vistadome options are also possible

**Entrance preferences (as early as possible, in the late morning, in the afternoon) are eligible when filling out the pre-confirmation email you receive automatically after the reservation has been made to coordinate your private Machu Picchu tour

***Sacred Valley pickups and drop-offs available for locations between Ollantaytambo to Urubamba or Urubamba to Cusco. Locations outside this route are possible as well but will have an additional fee for the extra transportation.

 

Machu Picchu Small Group Tour from Cusco or Aguas Calientes 

In case you enjoyed the Sacred Valley tour the day prior to your Machu Picchu tour, you can take the train that evening and stay in Aguas Calientes (AC). The evening before, we’ll digitally introduce you to your certified guide and share last details, if you’re in AC or Cusco (no worries, you will already have received all of the tickets in <1 week after your online reservation). 

You stay in Cusco? Great! Get picked up by our licensed driver from wherever you stay.

From here, you head safely in the small group for approximately 1.5 hours to the Ollantaytambo train station and take the train to AC for another 1.5 hours. After your arrival, our team awaits you outside of the train station to meet up with the travelers who stayed the night in AC. Next, we take the shuttle to the Machu Picchu entrance and the 2.5 hour guided tour is about to start (please consider the note below in case you plan to hike Machu Picchu mountain)*.

After a fascinating time with your guide, you have the chance to remain a little longer in the final part of the complex. Then, it’s time to take the shuttle back to the village on your own and enjoy lunch and some free time before you take the train back to Cusco. The train leaves either at 5:23 pm or 6:20 pm, arriving in Cusco between 8-10 pm**.
However, in case you prefer to leave earlier and spend the evening in Cusco, we can organize a special train at 2:55 pm or 3:20 pm for only $25 more or the panoramic Vistadome train at 1:37 pm or 2:55 pm for $30-40 more per person***. Important note: All group tours from agencies take trains at 6:20 pm or later. Arriving at the train station, our driver will await you outside and bring you back to your accommodation in Cusco safely.

*In case you’re interested in a Machu Picchu Mountain hike, please note that with any group tour you’ll only have 1.5 hours with the guide in Machu Picchu. Why? Group tours start at 8 am, the only starting time that allows for the Machu Picchu hike, which will be at 10 am. Thus, you need to leave the group at 9:30 am to arrive on time at the starting point, which is at another location of where the group will be at this time.
We recommend either the hike to Huayna Picchu (starts at 11:00 am, thus, after 10:30 am when the tour ends you have time to get to the meetup spot), or a private Machu Picchu tour with a personalized itinerary that provides the opportunity to hike Machu Picchu Mountain first and enjoy the guided tour of Machu Picchu (private) later.

**Both train slots depend on availability. In case both slots are sold out or more expensive (especially for last minute reservations within <2 weeks in advance), we’ll organize the train that follows. Those can leave at 9:50 pm (arrival in Cusco at 1 am - very improbable for reservations with >2 weeks in advance). Due to the season and risks of mud slides, the trains end until 01 of May 2020 in Ollantaytambo, not other train stations that follow after and are closer to Cusco. Within this time, you'll be head by a Minibus, organized by the railway company that awaits you outside of the train station, to Cusco where our driver will bring you safely to your hotel. After 01 of May the operations of the trains will be normal again.

***Depending on availability. For the last minute reservations (<2 weeks in advance), prices might also change. To find out more about that, please contact us via email or Whatsapp to ask for availability. 

Itinerary: 

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

        5:30 am:   Breakfast in local restaurant

        8:00 am:   Optional visit of the Palccoyo community and its potato museum (depends on community’s availability)

        9:30 am:   Arrival at the 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 tea and snacks

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

      11:30 am:   Head back to the car and then drive to the restaurant

        1:50 pm:   Lunch in local restaurant

        3:30 pm:   Arrival in Cusco and drop-off at your hotel

Note: All times are approximations.

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 Included:

  • Airport pickup and transport to your hotel in Cusco (the airport pickup can be scheduled flexibly)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by professional driver
  • Fluent English speaking licensed local guide

Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour:

  • Visit of potato museum in local community (optional)
  • Breakfast and lunch (vegetarian and vegan food options available)
  • Snacks: Cookies and tea when arriving at the mountain
  • Hike with alpaca or llama (depends on availability and weather, we can't decide which animal will join us as this depends on the community)
  • Trekking poles
  • First-aid kit and oxygen
  • Small group tour with 2-8 people

Machu Picchu Tour:

  • Round trip Expedition train tickets (Vistadome train option is also possible for private tours, see “Info” below)
  • Private Machu Picchu tour or small-group tour of max. 10 travelers
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain (only for private tours available - optional and depending on availability*)
  • Shuttle from Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off in Cusco or Sacred Valley**
  • Professional English-speaking guide specialised on Machu Picchu tours (for private tours, Spanish or Portuguese is available)
  • 100% money-back guarantee in case of our failure***

*Please ask us via chat or email about availability (especially for reservations within 1 month).
**By exploor (from hotel to meetup point) and shared transportation (from meetup point to Ollantaytambo). Sacred Valley pickups and drop-offs available for locations between Ollantaytambo to Urubamba or Urubamba to Cusco only for private tours. Locations outside this route are possible also only for private tours and only at an additional cost.
***In case it’s related to something that is 100% under our control, such as transportation or the guide, and that negatively affects your experience on the day of the tour.

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 Not Included:

  • Tips for your guide
Machu Picchu Full Day:
  • Accommodation at night
Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour:
  • Entrance to the Rainbow Mountain area (S/ 10)

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 Schedule:

  • Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour: 3:45 am - 3:30 pm
  • Machu Picchu tour: Daily departures

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 Recommendations:

  • 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.
  • Due to regulations by the railway companies, you'll be only allowed to bring a small backpack of max 5-6 kg with you when heading by train to Aguas  Calientes (with or without overnight stay). Larger luggage can be problematic, resulting in loosing the tour without any right on a refund.
  • 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, some extra money and some snacks
  • 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)
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 Terms of Reservation:

  • Minimum 2 people
  • For solo travelers: An additional $60 will have to be paid via a separate PayPal payment inquiry sent via email as the Machu Picchu price considered in this tour is for min. 2 travelers.
  • Minimum age is 12 years old
  • After the booking has been made, please respond to our automatic email asking about necessary information for the tour, such as pickup spot, food preferences and more.
  • 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.
  • Minimum 2 people
  • If you want to book a private tour for 3 people or more please use the discount code "MAPI3" during checkout and you'll get $10 off per person.
  • Regarding Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu reservations please see “Info” below
  • After the booking has been made, please respond to our automatic email asking about necessary information for the tour, such as pickup spot, food preferences and more.

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 Terms of Cancellation:

  • 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.

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     Info:

    • Please note that for holidays, such as 10/05/2020 the team receives an extra bonus as they make the sacrifice of not being with their families. To appreciate their availability, an additional $70 (in total, not per person) will be charged apart from the price indicated on the webpage. This amount can be paid via email payment request by Paypal.
    • From January 2nd until April 30th, there aren’t any trains departing from Cusco/Poroy, only from Ollantaytambo.
    • Where and when can you choose your preferred time at Machu Picchu?
      • When you’ve made your reservation with us, you’ll automatically receive an email where all important questions about your Machu Picchu day trip, airport transportation and more will be asked. We recommend answering to this email as soon as possible to enable us to start with the coordination of your tickets and ensuring an excellent experience for you.
    • What is the Vistadome Train and how can I book it?
      • This train option has a panoramic view due to bigger windows. It differs in price. Per train and person this option has an additional cost of $40 that can be paid via PayPal when the upgrade is confirmed.
        How can it be booked? In the email mentioned above, you have the option to select this train option as: “no”, “one way” or “both ways”. We’ll then take care of the rest.
    • Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu option
      • Both are hikes to the mountains that surround the archeological site of Machu Picchu. Please find a detailed comparison here.
      • In case you opt to add one of those two hikes, please contact us first via Whatsapp +51965027736 or info@exploor.pe to help you with the availabilities. The additional entrance fee for either the Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu hike is $20. This amount will be added automatically when you choose the preferred option in the dropdown above.
    • For the airport pickup, what if my flight has a delay?
      • Please contact us via Whatsapp +51965027736 so the team can check if a postponement of the pickup is still possible. Our drivers are contracted for specific times and if the delay is more than 45 minutes the pickup would be lost. In case our drivers are occupied for a later time, the airline delay will count as a “no show” and you’ll have to organize the transport yourself or pay an extra for the newly coordinated pickup of $15 via email. In case a change is possible, our driver will await you outside of the airport on the parking lot with a sign and your names on it.
      • In the case of flight delays, inconveniences with the train schedule or bad weather (rain, landslides, etc.) we do not assume any responsibility, but your travel insurance most likely will offer coverage for these cases. Please share with your insurance any problems you may experience.
      • The seats in the train are chosen by the train company itself; there is no possibility to influence your seat from our side.
      • Changes or upgrades are subject to 1.) availability and 2.) an extra charge as stated in our Terms and conditions.
      • For security reasons, we don't allow drones during group tours, only during private tours.

      COVID-19 health & safety measures:

      • Face masks required for travelers in public areas and in the car
      • Face masks required for guides and drivers in public areas
      • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
      • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
      • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
      • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
      • Guides required to regularly wash hands
      • Regular temperature checks for staff

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