3 Days in Cusco: Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour + Humantay Lake Tour + Quad Biking to Moray and Maras

USD $259.00

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City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Trekking to Rainbow Mountains & Humantay Lake, quad biking //

Come to Cusco and have a tour in  the famous Rainbow Mountains, the beautiful Humantay lake and, if it were not enough,  the quad biking tour to Maras and Moray! See the famous rainbow mountains with your own eyes and enjoy  the alternative tour, in which you will not be with hundreds of other tourists fighting to get the best photo. In comparison to the Vinicunca trek,  you will not only see "one" Rainbow Mountain but numerous. Also, forget about the 3 hours of hiking, with this tour you will only hike about 45 minutes to 1 hour. In this tour, you will most likely be able to enjoy the Rainbow Mountains and the red valley almost for yourself as it is mostly unknown yet. The Humantay lagoon, located at 4200m , is another natural beauty that you will visit together with your local guide from Cusco. From Soraypampa, you will start hiking towards the crystal-clear lagoon, passing along the Salkantay trek and the sacred mountain. On the third day, you will enjoy an ATV tour to the Salt Mines of Maras, which have been exploited since the Inca age and whose origin still remains as a mystery and you will also visit the archeological site of Moray, known as a laboratory of Inca agricultural research. Go for it and enjoy the perfect combination of nature and adventure!

Difficulty of treks: easy-medium

Note: Minimum 2 people. 


*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).

Your local guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am for your 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. Here, it's time to 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 through the Palomino Valley with some lovely views over incredible rock formations of the area. 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 to breathe the fresh air of the Andes. You will spend about 2 hours at the summit, depending on the weather conditions, before you descend for 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, arriving your hotel around 5:30 pm.

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
At 4:00 am, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco. Then, you will be on the road for around 3.5 hours, passing beautiful landscapes, typical villages of the Andes, amazing mountains, valleys and crop fields. You will stop in the colonial town of Mollepata for breakfast.

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Afterwards, you will start the hiking tour from Soraypampa (3800 m), which takes 2 hours, to reach the lagoon. 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. Once you have reached the highest point of 4200 m (Humantay Lagoon), you will have enough time to explore the surroundings and take some unforgettable photos. Then, you will descend 1 hour to take the bus and to return to Molletpata, where a delicious lunch already awaits you. After that, you will return to Cusco so that you arrive at approximately 6:00pm.

The half-day ATV tour starts once you meet up at the Plaza de Armas (directly at the Inca statue) or in front of the tour operator's office to start the trip in a private vehicle to head towards Cruzpata, a small community located on the route to Chinchero in the Sacred Valley, around 40 minutes away from Cusco. Here, you will do the pre-tour training with explanations and some tips from the guide. Then, you will begin with the adventure as you tour the Salt Mines of Maras and enjoy the beautiful landscape of the mountains in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Afterwards, you will head towards the archaeological area of Moray, where you will take a break and have some time to explore the area. At both sites, you will have enough time to enter and to take some photos but the quad biking guide will not enter with you and give elaborate explanations of the two attractions. Finally, you will descend and return to the cultivated areas of Maras until you reach Cruzpata again where the driver awaits you to return to the city of Cusco. The tour has a distance of approx. 50 km.


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

Quad Biking Tour:

  • Roundtrip private transportation (hotel pickup only for the morning tour)
  • Visit of Moray and Maras (entrance is not included)
  • Personal ATV: 250cc Honda / Yamaha
  • Safety equipment helmet, glasses
  • Professional bilingual guide (with mechanical skills)
  • First-aid kit and bottled mineral water

 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
  • Personal accident insurance and ATV insurance
  • Entrance to (cash payment at destination itself):
    • Moray S/. 70 (for foreigners), S/. 40 (for Peruvians); if you have the tourist ticket you don't have to pay for the entrance.
    • Maras S/. 10 ($3)


  • Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour: 5:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Humantay Lake tour: 4:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Quad biking tour: in the morning at 7:15 am and in the afternoon at 1:15 pm


  • 2-day trips and 1 half-day tour


  • 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:

  • Minimum 1 day before
  • For the quad biking tour: the minimum age is 18 years. In case of underaged, the ATV has to be shared and driven by an adult (example: father + son; option 2 when selecting the type of participation).
  • 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 or Plaza de Regocijo (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.


  • The operator is not liable in case of delayed flights, inconvenience with train schedules, or bad weather, such as rains, snowfall, landslides, etc.

For the quad biking tour:

  • A double ATV (two people on one ATV) costs S/. 179
  • National Client: You need to bring your ID or pay S/. 200 as a guarantee for each ATV or open credit card.
  • Foreign Client: You need to bring your original passport or pay $100 as a guarantee for each ATV or open credit card.
  • In both cases at the end of the service, if no damage has occurred from the customer, these documents and the corresponding guarantee will be returned.
  • In the case of flight delays, inconveniences with the train schedule or bad weather (rain, landslides, etc.) the operator is not responsible.

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