3 Unforgettable Days in Cusco: Machu Picchu Day Tour + Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour + Humantay Lake Tour

USD $439.00 $475.00

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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 Perú, 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 Pachutec, 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 together with your tour guide Roger. 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. This is the alternative trek that, in comparison to the Vinicunca trek, allows you not only to see "one" Rainbow Mountain but numerous while only hiking about 45 minutes with almost no tourists around. The missing tour of the 3 top tours lies at 4200 m: the Humantay Lake, one of the most impressive lakes of Peru. This trekking tour is totally worth the effort as you will be rewarded with crystal clear turquoise water and a beautiful view of the landscape. Apart from that, you will have a tour along the Salkantay trek and the sacred mountain, which is the second largest mountain in Cusco.  Go for it and enjoy a unique adventure in Cusco!

Difficulty of treks: easy-medium

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


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.


You will be picked up at your hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) 30 minutes before the departure time in Cusco. Then, you will head 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 approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival at the train station, the guide will be waiting for you with a sign and with your names. With him you will go to the bus station, to drive 400 m on a zigzag road for 30 minutes until reaching 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 point on, the guided tour will start and you will 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 for more than two hours.

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At the end, you will have free time to take a walk through the citadel and to visit Machu Picchu. Then, you will return to the town of Aguas Calientes and eat in one of the many restaurants. In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo (you must arrive at the station 30 minutes before the departure time of your train). When you arrive at the train station in Ollantaytambo, a guide will be waiting for you 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 


Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am for the 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. 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). 

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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 6375 m 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 around 5:30 pm.



At 4:00 am in the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco. 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 (3800 m), which is aprox. 2 hours away from the lake. On the way to the Humantay lagoon, you will see the snow-capped Salkantay (6375 m), the Humantay mountain (5835 m), inter-Andean valleys surrounded by mountains and the unique flora and fauna of the Andes. Reaching the highest point of 4200 m (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 6:00 pm. 


Machu Picchu:

  • 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, bilingual guide
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu (only for: Inca Rail (normal or Vistadome) + Huayna Picchu)

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)
  • Lunch 
  • Oxygen and first-aid kit
  • Communication radios

Humantay Lake tour:

  • Round trip transportation: Cusco - Soraypampa - Cusco
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking indigenous guide(s) 
  • Hotel pick-up from all hotels close to the Plaza de Armas
  • Visit of the Humantay lagoon
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Oxygen and first-aid kit

     Not Included:

    • Entrance for the alternative Rainbow Mountain tour (S/. 5 for Peruvians, S/. 10 for foreigners) or the Humantay Lake tour (cost: S/.10 per person, around $3)
    • Pick up from hotels outside of Cusco
    • Accommodation at night
    • Drinks


    • Machu Picchu: Everyday from 03:50 am to 10:00 pm
    • Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour: 5:00 am - 5:30 pm
    • Humantay Lake tour: 4:00 am - 6:00 pm


    • Three 1-day trips


    • Wear light shoes, a long sleeve shirt, long pants and bring a raincoat during rain season (gloves during winter months as well)
    • Use one backpack or briefcase per person
    • Drink lots of water during the excursion and take some snacks with you 
    • Take insect repellent, sunblock, sunglasses and a hat for sunny days with you
    • Bring your camera and your binoculars 

     Terms of Reservation:

    Machu Picchu Tour:

    • Minimum 1 week before (so that the train tickets can be reserved before).
    • In case you would like to climb the Huayna Picchu, please make your reservation at least 2 months in advance.

    Rainbow Mountain Tour & Humantay Lake Tour:

    • Minimum 1 day before 

     Terms of Cancellation:

    Machu Picchu Tour:
    • If you booked the tourist train to Machu Picchu it will only be possible to refund 70% if cancelled 1 week before the tour and 50% if it is 5 days before the tour.
    • In case the entrance tickets (Machu Picchu and/or Huayna Picchu) are bought by us already (Tickets that include Huayna Picchu: normally 2 months in advance to avoid booking problems due to the daily Huayna Picchu limit; Machu Picchu: approx. 1 week in advance during low season and 2 weeks during high season), the price of those tickets cannot be returned or claimed.
    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 50% refund.


    • 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:
      • You have to make your reservation at least 2 months before
      • There are 2 schedules:
        • 7:00 am - 8:00 am
        • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

       Information about the Local Guides:

      We only select the best guides whose services comply with our security standards, good equipment and a fair price for every destination.

      After having made the purchase you receive an e-mail with the complete contact information of the local guide.

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