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

USD $309.00 $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 Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain that you have probably heard of before and where you will be with hundreds of other tourists fighting to get the best photo with no people on it. The alternative Rainbow Mountain tour allows you not only to see "one" Rainbow Mountain but numerous, you will not hike 3 hours but only about 45 minutes to 1 hour and, most likely, you will not see any other large tourist groups around meaning you have the entire landscape almost for yourself. You will also get to know the Humantay lake, one of Peru's most impressive lakes at 4200 m with crystal-clear water. Within a single hour of walking, you will discover incredible places that are totally worth the trekking effort. You will walk along the Salkantay trek and the sacred mountain, the second highest mountain in Cusco. 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).

This Experience Normal Rainbow Mountain
Mountain Palccoyo (3 Rainbow Mountains) Vinicunca (1 large mountain)
Daily Tourists 50-100 800-1000
Hike Duration 45-60 minutes 3-4 hours
Schedule 4:00 am - 5:00 pm 4:00 am - 5:30 pm
Time on top 2 hours 40 minutes
Guide The best possible Professional
Group Size 2-10 15-20
Participants ES/EN (%) 5/95 70/30
Transport with Small to large van Large van to bus
Known since 2017 2015


Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco between 4:00 - 4:30 am for the alternative Rainbow Mountain trip in a private bus. After a 3-hour shuttle drive to the Palccoyo 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. Now, it's time to get acquainted with your fellow travelers and stretch your legs while receiving important information from your guide about the hike.

 

Afterwards, you start to hike along a small path through the Palomino Valley with some lovely views over some beautiful rock formations. 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).
Upon your arrival at the Rainbow Mountain, you will have a great view over the entire region and also of the Ausangate Glacier, which is 6375m high (21,000ft.). 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. Then, you will begin the descent of aprox. 30 minutes to the starting point, where the driver will be waiting for you. After this outstanding day of touring, you will return back to Cusco, in a private bus, getting back at your hotel between 4:30 - 5:00 pm.

Others With us
Arrival With other groups Be the first one up there
Guide Professional The best possible
Participants ES/EN (%) 70/30 5/95
Transport with Large van to bus Small to large van
At around 3:30 am, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco (please be ready from 3:15 am onwards). Then, you will be on the road for around 3.5 hours. During the trip by bus, you can see the beautiful landscapes, typical villages of the Andes, amazing mountains, valleys and crop fields. You will stop in the colonial town of Mollepata for breakfast.



Afterwards, you will start the hiking tour from Soraypampa (3800m), which is aprox. 2 hours away from the lake. On the way to the Humantay lagoon, you will see the snow-capped Salkantay (6375m), the Humantay mountain (5835m), inter-Andean valleys surrounded by mountains and the unique flora and fauna of the Andes. Reaching the highest point of 4200m (Humantay Lagoon), you will have enough time to explore the surroundings and to take some photos. Then, you will descend 1 hour to take the bus and to return to Molletpata, where a delicious lunch awaits you. Afterwards, you will return to Cusco so that you arrive at approximately 4:00pm.

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco at 6:30 am and then you will head to the town of Pisac to visit one of the most imposing archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here, you can see wonderful architecture and enjoy unique views of the valley from the top. The next stop is the artisan market of Pisac, where you can find typical souvenirs.
photo Sacred Valley tour cusco exploor peru

Afterwards, you will get to know the archaeological site of Moray. Here, you will face a construction that is a clear proof of the extraordinary agricultural progresses that the ancient Peruvians had regarding the management of climates, soils and humidity. The salt mines of Maras, which are not far from Moray, are the next highlight on this tour. Together with your guide, you will enter the mines, learn about its history and have enough time to take some pictures. If you want to, you can buy some of the special salt to take it home and use it for cooking.

Then, you will continue to Urubamba to get some lunch. Once you're ready to go, you will head to Ollantaytambo, a very important temple for the Inca known as "the living city of the Incas". You will explore its ceremonial centres, walk along its narrow paths and find out the history behind it. Now that you have visited the last site of the tour, you can either return to Cusco with the guide at 5:30 pm, stay in Ollantaytambo or head on to Aguas Calientes.

 

 Included:

Alternative Rainbow Mountain 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 snack having arrived at the summit (Coca- or Muña tea and fresh bread)
  • Picnic breakfast and lunch 
  • Local snacks and a coca 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 lake
  • Picnic breakfast and lunch
  • Local snacks and a coca tea when arriving at the mountain
  • 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
  • Sacred Valley day tour
  • Lunch buffet 

 Not Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Tourist ticket = entrance to sights (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)

 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 - 5:30 pm

 Duration:

  • Three 1-day trips

 Recommendations:

  • Use a small trekking backpack, a hat, gloves and a rain cape
  • Camera and binoculars 
  • Take your sunglasses and sunscreen with you
  • Bring water and snacks

 Terms of Reservation:

  • Minimum 1 day before
  • 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.

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