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

USD $589.00

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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 guide. 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!

Please let us know which of the following options you prefer:
Option 1: Morning tour of Machu Picchu (entrance from 6:00 am onwards) from Aguas Calientes
Option 2: Afternoon tour of Machu Picchu (entrance from 12:00 pm onwards) from Aguas Calientes 
Option 3: Morning tour of Machu Picchu (entrance from 6:00 am onwards) from Cusco
Option 4: Afternoon tour of Machu Picchu (entrance from 12:00 pm onwards) from Cusco



*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).

Expedition train:

The Expedition train is a tourist standard service with semi-panoramic windows. On board, you will be offered a simple snack that consists of a cold or hot drink and a sweet or salty option. Watch the video about the Expedition train.

Vistadome train:
The Vistadome train is the more luxurious option that has carriages with panoramic windows to the sides and on the ceiling so you can enjoy the landscape on comfortable leather seats. On board, you will be offered a snack elaborated with regional Andean products. On the way back, there will be a 20-minute show on board including a typical dance offered by the staff. Watch the video about the Vistadome train.

You will be picked up at your hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) at 4:00 am. Then, you will head to the train station located in the town of Ollantaytambo where you will board the train at 6:40 am or at 7:20 am and make your trip to to the village of "Aguas Calientes" (2000 m) where you will arrive at approximately 8:20 am or 9:00 am, respectively.

Upon arrival at the train station, a guide will be waiting for you to accompany you to the bus that brings you to the entrance of Machu Picchu. It takes about 30 minutes by bus 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 approximately 2.5 hours. At the end, you will have free time to take a walk through the citadel and to visit Machu Picchu, the Sun Gate etc.

Photo Machu Picchu day tour Cusco exploor

Then, you will return to the town of Aguas Calientes and eat in one of the many restaurants (not included). At 2:30 pm, 4:12 pm or at 7:00 pm, you will take the train back and arrive in Ollantaytambo at 4:10 pm, 6:00 pm or at 8:40 pm (you must 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 a guide will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Cusco (1 hour and 30 minutes by car).

  • 04:00 am: Pick up at the hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) and bus ride to Ollantaytambo
  • 04:00 am: Trip to Ollantaytambo
  • 06:40 am or 7:20 am: Train to Aguas Calientes
  • 08:20 am or 9:00 am: Arrival at Aguas Calientes
  • Afterwards: Bus ride (20 min) & entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu (2.5 hour guided tour and free time)
  • Return bus ride (20 min) to Aguas Calientes
  • Lunch (not included)
  • 2:30 pm, 4:12 pm or 7:00 pm: Departure of train to Ollantaytambo
  • 4:10 pm, 6:00 pm or 8:40 pm: Arrival to Ollantaytambo & bus ride to Cusco for 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Arrival at the city of Cusco
This Experience Normal Rainbow Mountain
Mountain Palccoyo (3 Rainbow Mountains) Vinicunca (1 large mountain)
Daily Tourists 200-300 800-1000
Hike Duration 45-60 minutes 3-4 hours
Schedule 5am - 5.30pm 4am - 5.30pm
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 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.

Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour exploor peru

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 around 5:30pm.

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 4:00am 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 (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 6:00pm.


Machu Picchu:

  • Round trip train tickets 
  • Private transfer from your hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) in Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo and shared transport with drop-off near Plaza de Armas (Plaza Regocijo or Plaza San Francisco) in Cusco
  • Transfer from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip in bus CONSETUR)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • Professional english speaking guide
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu (only for: Inca Rail (normal or Vistadome) + Huayna Picchu)

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
  • Breakfast (quinoa drink, tea, coffee, bread, omelets, pancakes)
  • Lunch 
  • Oxygen and first-aid kit

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 indigenous guide
  • 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


    • 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, insect repellent sunglasses and some extra money 
    • Pack some snacks and coca leaves

     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 
    • 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:
    • If you cancel minimum 5 days before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of 50%.
    • 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.

     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.


    • As a student you can use the discount code "mapistudent" in the checkout and you'll get a $20 discount. You need to have your valid student ID card with you for the Machu Picchu day tour, if not the discount will not be applied. 
    • The seats in the train are chosen by the train company itself; there is no possibility to influence your seat from our or any travel operator's side.
    • Maximum group size is 15 people
    • Please mention your preferred time for the return train (2:30 pm, 4:12 pm or at 7:00 pm) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (subject to ticket availability).
    • In the case of flight delays, inconveniences with the train schedule or bad weather (rain, landslides, etc.) the operator is not responsible.
    • There are two-time slots to visit Machu Picchu:
      • 6:00 - 12:00 and 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.


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