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2 Day Trips from Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour + Alternative Rainbow Mountain Trek

USD $214.00 $288.00

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City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Trekking to the Rainbow Mountains, Visit of Pisac, Moray, Salt Mines of Maras & Ollantaytambo //

 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.

 Don't rush from site to site like in the typical touristic tour of the Sacred Valley. Enjoy more time at each site and better understand the culture and history of every place.

 

Within 2 days, you will get to know Cusco's precious natural environment: the sacred valley and the rainbow mountains. During the sacred valley tour, you will discover Pisay, the archaeological site of Moray, the salt mines of Maras and Ollantaytambo, the last stop before heading to Machu Picchu. Depending on your preference, you can stay in Ollantaytambo, continue to Aguas Calientes and visit Machu Picchu in the morning or you can also just return to Cusco. No matter which option you will end up choosing, you will surely be fascinated by the treasures the sacred valley has to offer. The short trekking tour to the Rainbow Mountains will show you postcard-like mountains and a unique landscape you can only find South of Cusco. However, this is not the typical trekking tour to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. This is the alternative tour to the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountains where you -instead of being with hundreds of other tourists fighting to get the best photo with no people on it- will be almost alone because this tour is still very unknown yet. After around an hour of trekking, you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views and see the typical Andean wildlife with your guide. Trekkers, listen up: this day trip to the Rainbow Mountains is one of the best ones in Cusco, if not in all of Peru!

Difficulty of trek: easy - medium

Note: Minimum 2 people. 

Reviews of past travelers enjoying our Alternative Rainbow Mountain Trekking Tour

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). 

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco at 6:30 am before 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. 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.
photo Sacred Valley tour cusco exploor peru
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 tu Cusco with the guide at 5:30 pm, stay in Ollantaytambo or head on to Aguas Calientes.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am for your 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 until reaching the starting point, which is at 4.300 m. You’ll get acquainted with your fellow travelers and stretch your legs while receiving important information from your guide about the schedule and the hike.
Afterwards, the hike will be up for 1 hour along a small path overhanging the Palomino Valley with some lovely views over some of the most beautiful rock formations of the area. At 4.900 m you will explore the area. 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 Rainbow Mountain, you will have a great view over the entire region and also of the Ausangate Glacier, which is 6375 m high (21,000ft.).
After a well-deserved break and some energizing snacks, you will have enough time for many photos and breathe the fresh air of the Andes. You will spend about 2 hours at the summit, depending on the weather conditions. You will begin the descent of 20-30 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 around 5:30 pm.

 Included:

Sacred Valley 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 indigenous guide(s) 
  • Sacred Valley day tour
  • Lunch buffet 

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 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)
  • Lunch 
  • First aid kit and oxygen

 Not Included:

Sacred Valley Tour:

  • Breakfast
  • Tourist ticket (partial ticket S/ 70, general ticket S/ 130 per person)
  • Entrance to Maras Salt Mines (S/ 10 per person)
Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour:
  • Entrance (S/ 5 for Peruvians, S/. 10 for foreigners)
  • Pick up from hotels outside of Cusco

 Schedule:

  • Sacred Valley Tour: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour: 5:00 am - 5:30 pm

 Duration:

  • Two 1-Day Tours

 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
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and some extra money 
  • Pack some snacks and coca leaves

 Terms of Reservation:

  • If you want to book for 3 people or more please use the discount code "3CUS" during checkout and you'll get $10 off per person.
  • Minimum 1 day before
  • 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

     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 (due to the rush hour that might leave you waiting 1-2 hours in the van in case we'd drop-off every participant)
    • 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.

       Information about the Local Guides:

      We only select the best guides whose services comply with our quality and security standards.

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