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

USD $247.00 $299.00

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City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Trekking to the Rainbow Mountains, Humantay Lake & Sacred Valley // 

 Why you'll love this experience:

 Revolutionary Sacred Valley itinerary nobody else offers - 5 sites in one day!

 Avoid touristy groups and enjoy the sites with your partner in small group instead of being with the masses!

 Hike for 45 minutes instead of 2 hours and see 3 rainbow mountains instead of just 1.

 Be one of the first groups to arrive at the Humantay lake.

 

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 popular Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain where you will be with hundreds of other tourists fighting to get the best photo with no people on it. During this tour, you will be one of the first travelers to visit the rainbow mountains with this easy 1-hour hike with no crowds around. Apart from that, you will get the chance to visit and support our social project

You will also get to know the Humantay lake, one of Peru's most impressive lakes at 4200 m with crystal-clear water. With this tour, you will be one of the first ones at the lake to enjoy this beautiful landscape almost for yourself. Our tour guide will hike in a flexible pace adapted to your needs until reaching the Humantay lake, no matter if you're a beginner or a pro hiker. Within two hours of hiking, you will explore off the normal path spots for incredible photos of the lake and its surroundings. 

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.

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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).

        3:45 am:   Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco

        5:30 am:   Breakfast in local restaurant

        8:00 am:   Optional visit of the Palccoyo community and its potato museum (depends on community’s availability)

        9:30 am:   Arrival at the parking lot (view of the 1strainbow mountain) + Briefing 

      10:00 am:   Visit of the 2ndrainbow mountain

      10:30 am:   Visit of the 3rdrainbow mountain + break with coca tea and snacks

      11:00 am:   Hike up to the stone forest (optional) with a spectacular view

      11:30 am:   Head back to the car and drive to the restaurant

        1:50 pm:   Lunch in local restaurant

        3:30 pm:   Arrival in Cusco and drop-off at your hotel

Note: All times are approximations. 

  3:30 am:      Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco

  5:35 am:      Breakfast with an incredible view over the valley

  7:40 am:      Arrival al parking lot + Briefing 

10:10 am:      Visit of the Humantay Lake, diverse lookouts and a break with coca tea and local snacks

11:20 am:      Head back to the car 

  1:50 pm:      Lunch in local restaurant 

  3:30 pm:      Arrival at your hotel in Cusco

Note: All times are approximations.

 6:30 am:         Pick-up at your hotel in Cusco

  7:30 am:         Sacred Valley viewpoint

  8:00 am:         Pisac

10:45 am:         Visit of the Salt Mines of Maras  (we'll only go to the viewpoint, it's forbidden to enter the salt mines)

12:30 am:         Visit of Moray

  1:30 pm:         Lunch in Urubamba

  2:15 pm:         Chicha beer tasting 

  3:15 pm:         Ollantaytambo

  5:30 pm:         Drop-off at main square in Ollantaytambo

  6:30 pm:         Arrival at your hotel in Cusco

Note: All times are approximations.

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 Included:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Fluent English speaking local guide
  • Small group tour with 2-8 people
  • Lunch during the Sacred Valley tour and Breakfast and lunch (vegetarian and vegan food options available) during the Rainbow Mountain and the Humantay lake tour

Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour:

  • Visit of potato museum in local community (optional)
  • Snacks: Cookies, coca leaves and a coca/muña tea when arriving at the mountain
  • Hike with Alpaca (it's optional: only joining us in case there is no snow, very low probability of having snow)
  • Trekking poles
  • First-aid kit and oxygen

Humantay Lake tour:

  • Trekking poles
  • First-aid kit and oxygen
  • Communication radios

Sacred Valley:

  • Lunch buffet (vegetarian and vegan food options available)
  • Chicha beer tasting in a local Chicheria

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 Not Included:

  • Tips for your guide
  • Beverages
Sacred Valley Tour:
  • Breakfast
  • Cusco tourist ticket (partial ticket valid for 2 days S/ 70, general ticket valid for 10 days S/ 130 per person). It gives you entrance to the sights and can be bought directly at the sites we visit so don't worry about purchasing it in advance.
  • Entrance to Maras Salt Mines (S/ 10 per person)
Alternative Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake Tour:
  • Entrance to the Rainbow Mountain area and to the Humantay Lake (S/ 10 each)
  • Donations to the community (you're welcome to bring unused clothes or pens, notebooks etc.) on the Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour

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 Schedule:

  • Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour: 3:45 am - 3:30 pm
  • Humantay Lake tour: 3:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Sacred Valley tour: 6:30 am - 6:30 pm

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 Recommendations:

  • Bring change in order to pay small expenses, such as for using the restroom or to support the locals by buying their handicrafts (from 4 up to 100 soles). Donations to the community, such as old clothes or utilities, such as pens, notebooks etc. are more than welcome. 
  • If you don't want to hike up to the Humantay Lake you can rent a horse for S/ 70 - 90 that will take you almost to the end of the hike.
  • Clothing: Bring your backpack, a rain cape, gloves, a hat, hiking shoes, an extra pair of socks and wear layers of hiking clothes so you'll be warm
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and some extra money
  • Pack some snacks and coca leaves

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 Terms of Reservation:

  • Due to high demand during the high season, please book your tour at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee a spot.
  • Minimum 2 people
  • Minimum age is 12 years old
  • After the booking has been made, please respond to our automatic email asking about necessary information for the tour, such as pickup spot, food preferences and more.
  • 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

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 Terms of Cancellation:

  • If you cancel less than 3 days before the start of your tour, there won’t be any refunds.
  • If you cancel between 3-7 days before the start of your tour, we will refund 50%.
  • If you cancel more than 7 days before the start of the tour, we will refund 100%.
  • Changing the date of your tour costs $20 per traveler and is subject to availability.

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     Info: 

    • We offer 100% flexibility for private tours.
    • We don’t issue refunds in case of delayed flights, inconveniences with train schedules, bad weather or sudden strikes that affect the tour.
    • Bathrooms are available at the breakfast & lunch restaurant and at the parking lot.
    • For security reasons, we don't allow drones during group tours, only during private tours.
    • It is possible that the community, as well as the alpaca, are not available due to reasons beyond our control (sickness of community member, family issues or others). The probability is very very low and we are in daily contact with them to make sure everything will be fine for the next day. Still, the probability exists. We are not to be held liable in case no lama or alpaca will be available or in case of any circumstance arising with the animals. We will proceed with the tour without any refund.

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