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3 Unforgettable Days in Cusco: Machu Picchu Day Tour + Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour & Community Visit + Humantay Lake Tour (free airport pickup & drop-off included)

USD $570.00

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

 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.

 Be one of the first travelers visiting the Humantay Lake that day.

 

Enjoy the best tours of Cusco in 3 days! A tour to Machu Picchu, to the famous Rainbow Mountains and to the Humantay Lake will make sure that you use your time in Cusco in the best way possible. All three highlights are definitely some of the most beautiful places that you can find in Peru, allowing you to get to know better the history of the Incas and the beauty of Cusco's mountains. Your guide will tell you all the details about Pachacutec, about Hiram Bingham, the discoverer of Machu Picchu and about the historical events and stories related to it with vivid descriptions that make you feel like you are time traveling. Apart from Machu Picchu, you will also get to know the Rainbow Mountains. No worries, this is not the common 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.  During this alternative tour, you will be one of the first travelers on top of the mountain 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. The last tour leads us to the Humantay Lake, one of the most impressive lakes of Peru. Again, 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 crystal clear turquoise water of the 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. Go for it and enjoy a unique adventure in Cusco! 

 

 

Itinerary:

*the following itinerary is just exemplary; you're free to choose the order of the tours with off-days (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 board 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 head to the “Casa del Guardián” to enjoy the typical panoramic views of Machu Picchu. This is the perfect 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

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.

  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.

 Included:

  • Airport pickup and transport to your hotel in Cusco and transport from your hotel to the airport (only for hotels in Cusco city center)

Machu Picchu:

  • 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.

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

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
  • Visit of the Humantay lagoon
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Artisanal chocolate snacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Oxygen and first-aid kit
  • Communication radios 

     Not Included:

    Machu Picchu day tour:
    • Accommodation at night
    • Drinks
    • Tips

    Alternative Tour to the Rainbow Mountains & 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:

      • Machu Picchu: Everyday
      • Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour: 4:00 am - 5:00 pm
      • Humantay Lake tour: 3:30 am - 4:00 pm

       Recommendations:

      • 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
      • 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.
      • Bring your original passport for the Machu Picchu tour.
      • Bring sunscreen, insect repellent sunglasses and some extra money 
      • Pack some snacks and coca leaves
      • 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)

       Terms of Reservation:

      Machu Picchu Tour:

      • Minimum 1 week before. The earlier you book, the better the train times we can organize for you.
      • Minimum 2 people

      Rainbow Mountain Tour & Humantay Lake Tour:

      • Minimum 1 day before
      • Minimum 2 people
      • If there are not minimum 2 people in total in the group for your tour 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:

      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.
      Alternative Rainbow Mountain & Humantay 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.

       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

       Info: 

      • If you want to go to Machu Picchu Mountain you will visit the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu for 2 hours with our guide before he will drop you off at the starting point of Machu Picchu Mountain.
      • Bathrooms are available at the breakfast & lunch restaurant and at the parking lot. 
      • The seats in the train are chosen by the train company itself; there is no possibility to influence your seat from our side, but you will be sitting next to each other.
      • 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. This also holds for the airport pickup. The driver arrives 5 minutes after your arrival and waits up to 25 minutes outside on the parking lot when leaving the building (with a sign and your name on it). In case of any delays, you’ll have to get to your hotel on your own as the driver has to continue with his work. For any refund on this service, please claim it with your airline.
      • Changes or upgrades are subject to 1.) availability and 2.) an extra charge as stated in our Terms and conditions.
      • 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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