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The Best of Cusco in 4 Days: Sacred Valley Tour + Machu Picchu Tour + Alternative Rainbow Mountain Trek + Humantay Lake Tour (free airport pickup & drop-off included)

USD $508.00

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

 Why you'll love this experience:

 Machu Picchu tour with visits of beautiful spots perfect for couple-, family-, and friend pictures touristy groups don't get to see.

 More than 500+ 5-star Tripadvisor reviews for the Machu Picchu tour only. See what others are saying about their unforgettable time with us.

 Free airport pickup & drop-off included

 Revolutionary Sacred Valley itinerary nobody else offers - 4 sites in one day, avoid the touristy masses and be one of the first entering Pisac!

 Hike only for 45 minutes instead of 2 hours to the alternative rainbow mountain on a flat and short path, enjoying the surroundings and wild alpacas.

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

 

The Sacred Valley, the Machu Picchu, the Rainbow Mountains and the Humantay lake are waiting for you. Are you ready for 4 days packed with 4 unforgettable tours in Cusco?

First, you will enjoy our unique Sacred Valley tour where you will visit Pisac, the archaeological site of Moray, the salt mines of Maras and Ollantaytambo, the last stop before heading to Machu Picchu.

Another highlight will be Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world and the most popular tourist attraction in Peru. You will enjoy a private day tour to Machu Picchu so that the most important moment during your time in Peru will be perfect. As our guide is specialized in Machu Picchu tours, he will show you spots that are perfect for pictures where the crowds don't go.

Apart from the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, you will also explore the postcard-like Rainbow Mountains during an easy 1-hour hike with no big crowds around. Instead of seeing just one Rainbow Mountain, you will see three different ones. You will also get the chance to visit and support our social project

Last but not least, you will visit the Humantay Lake. This trekking tour is a little more intense than the tour to the Rainbow Mountain Palccoyo but 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. As we leave early in Cusco, we will be one of the first ones getting to the lake, before the crowds arrive.

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Itinerary*:

*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). 

  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

  3:15 pm:         Ollantaytambo

  5:30 pm:         Drop-off at main square in Ollantaytambo in case you want to take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night there instead of returning to Cusco. If so, your Machu Picchu tour on the following day will start from Aguas Calientes and not from Cusco.

  6:30 pm:         Arrival at your hotel in Cusco

Note: All times are approximations.


Machu Picchu Day Tour from Cusco

Machu Picchu Day Tour with Expedition Train* from Cusco (earliest entrance option**)
...with Machu Picchu Mountain / Huayna Picchu****
2:45 am: Hotel Pickup in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley*** 2:45 am: Hotel Pickup in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley***
5:05 am: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes 5:05 am: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
6:35 am: Welcome by team member at train station and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance 6:35 am: Welcome by team member at train station and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance
8:00 am: Guided Machu Picchu tour 8:00 am: Machu Picchu Mountain / Huayna Picchu hike
10:30 am: Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide) 11:00 am: Machu Picchu tour with Exploor guide
11:30 am: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time for lunch 1:30 pm: Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide)
Return train to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon/evening 3:30 pm: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time for lunch
Private pickup after arrival at the train station Return train to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon/evening
Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco Private pickup after arriving at the train station
Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco

*Vistadome options are also possible

**Entrance preferences (as early as possible, in the late morning, in the afternoon) are eligible when filling out the pre-confirmation email you receive automatically after the reservation has been made to coordinate your private Machu Picchu tour

***Sacred Valley pickups and drop-offs available for locations between Ollantaytambo to Urubamba or Urubamba to Cusco. Locations outside this route are possible as well but will have an additional fee for the extra transportation.

****This is the only itinerary possible in this case

 

Machu Picchu Day Tour from Aguas Calientes 

Machu Picchu Day Tour with Expedition Train* from Aguas Calientes (earliest entrance option **)
...with Machu Picchu Mountain / Huayna Picchu [ (...) in case of 10:00 am hike]
4:30 pm: Hotel Pickup (or Sacred Valley tour) 4:30 pm: Hotel Pickup (or Sacred Valley tour)
7:04 pm: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes 7:04 pm: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
8:45 pm: Arrival at train station and heading to hotel (no pickup from Exploor, usually hotels offer this service) 8:45 pm: Arrival at train station and heading to hotel (no pickup from Exploor, usually hotels offer this service)

 

Before 5:30 am: Hotel pickup by guide and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance Before 5:30 am: Hotel pickup by guide and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance
6:00 am: Guided Machu Picchu tour 6:00 (8:00) am: Guided Machu Picchu tour
8:30 am: Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide) 8:00 (10:00) am: Machu Picchu Mountain/ Huayna Picchu hike
9:30 am: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time 11:00 am (1:00 pm): Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide)
Return train to Ollantaytambo in the early afternoon/evening 12:00 (2:00) pm: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time for lunch
Private pickup after arriving at the train station Return train to Ollantaytambo in the early afternoon/evening
Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco Private pickup after arriving at the train station
Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco

*Vistadome options are also possible

**Entrance preferences (as early as possible, in the late morning, in the afternoon) are eligible when filling out the pre-confirmation email you receive automatically after the reservation has been made to coordinate your private Machu Picchu tour

***Sacred Valley pickups and drop-offs available for locations between Ollantaytambo to Urubamba or Urubamba to Cusco. Locations outside this route are possible as well but will have an additional fee for the extra transportation.

 

Machu Picchu Group Tour from Cusco or Aguas Calientes 

  • 2:50 am: Hotel pickup by Exploor driver and head with shared transport from meetup spot where our driver brings you to Ollantaytambo train station (we leave Cusco at 3:00 am, 1h earlier than almost everyone else, to avoid the tourist crowds on Machu Picchu) 
  • Take the train to Aguas Calientes from Ollantaytambo
  • Exploor team awaits you at the train station, then you head to the entrance by shuttle bus
  • 7:15 am: 2.5-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu (we enter before the majority of Cusco's tourist groups arrives, who start later than 8:00 am, taking the train 1h later)
  • 9:45 am: End of guided tour for those who don't do the optional hike. You can either remain at the end of the site without your guide or head back to Aguas Calientes by shuttle bus.
  • Take shuttle bus back to Aguas Calientes and free time to have lunch 
  • Take the train back to Ollantaytambo* in the afternoon, pick up from the train station and shared transport to the main point in Cusco where our driver awaits and brings you to your hotel in Cusco where you'll arrive in the evening

*Train back ends in Ollantaytambo until 30/04/2020. From 01/05/2020 onwards train heads back until Poroy train station.

In case of an overnight stay in Aguas Calientes:

  • 7:00 pm on the day before: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • 9:15 pm on the day before: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and briefing with guide in your hotel
  • Pickup in the morning at time coordinated and head to shuttle buses

 

        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 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 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.

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 Included:

  • Airport pickup and transport to your hotel in Cusco and transport from your hotel to the airport (only for hotels in Cusco city center)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off** 
  • Fluent English speaking local guide

Sacred Valley Tour: 

  • Delicious lunch buffet (vegetarian and vegan food options available) in restaurant for small groups and llamas in the garden
  • Small group tour of 2-10 people

Machu Picchu Tour:

  • Round trip Expedition train tickets 
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain (only for private tours available - optional and depending on availability*)
  • Shuttle tickets Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Private or small group tour with Machu Picchu expert guide

*If you reserve the tour at least 1 month in advance, it’s very likely that there are still tickets available. Less than 1 month, most likely all tickets are sold out.

**By exploor (hotel to meetup point) and shared transportation (meetup point to Ollantaytambo). Sacred Valley pickups and drop-offs are available for locations between Ollantaytambo to Urubamba or Urubamba to Cusco only for private tours. Locations outside this route are possible also only for private tours and will have an additional fee for the extra distance to cover.

Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour: 

  • Visit of local community
  • Breakfast and lunch (vegetarian and vegan food options available)
  • Snacks: Cookies and tea when arriving at the mountain
  • Hike with alpaca or llama (it's optional: only joining us in case there is no snow, very low probability of having snow & we cannot influence if it will be an alpaca or llama, depends on the community)
  • Trekking poles
  • First-aid kit and oxygen
  • Small group tour of 2-8 people
Humantay Lake tour:
  • Breakfast and lunch (vegetarian and vegan food options available)
  • Trekking poles
  • Oxygen and first-aid kit
  • Small group tour of 2-8 people

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 Not Included:

  • Tips for your guide

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)

Machu Picchu Tour:

  • Meals
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Ollantaytambo
    • you have the option to check for recommended places here
    • or head back to Cusco and leave with the van in the morning to Ollantaytambo
Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour & 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
  • Beverages

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 Schedule:

  • Sacred Valley Tour: 6:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Machu Picchu Tour: Everyday from daily departures
  • Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour: 3:45 am - 3:30 pm
  • Humantay Lake tour: 3:30 am - 3:30 pm

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 Recommendations:

  • Bring your original passport for the Machu Picchu tour.
  • 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.
  • Use only hand luggage for your tour to Machu Picchu, as the maximum weight allowed is 5 kg (you can store your luggage at your hotel in Cusco)
  • 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. 
  • 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

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 Terms of Reservation:

  • Minimum 1 week before. The earlier you book, the better the train times we can organize for you.
  • If you want to book the private Machu Picchu tour option for 3 people or more please use the discount code "MAPI3" during checkout and you'll get $10 off per person.
  • Minimum 2 people
  • For solo travelers: An additional $60 will have to be paid via a separate payment inquiry sent by us as the Machu Picchu price considered in this package is for min 2 travelers
  • Minimum age is 12 years old
  • If you want to book Machu Pichu Mountain within 1 month of the tour, please ask us for the availability of tickets in advance.(only for private tours available)
  • After the booking has been made, please respond to our automatic email asking about the necessary information for the tour, such as pickup spot, food preferences and more.
  • If you are not minimum 2 people in total in your group 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:

    • There won’t be any refunds for the Machu Picchu tour as we proceed with the purchase of the entrance tickets, the train tickets etc. as soon as you have made your reservation.
    • For the Rainbow Mountain Palccoyo, the Humantay Lake and the Sacred Valley tour:
      • 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: 

      • Please note that for holidays, such as the 10/05/2020 the team receives an extra bonus as they make the sacrifice of not being with their families. To appreciate their availability, an additional $70 (in total, not per person) will be charged apart from the price indicated on the webpage. This amount can be paid via email payment request by Paypal.
      • From January 2nd until April 30th, there aren’t any trains departing from Cusco/Poroy, only from Ollantaytambo.
      • Where and when can you choose your preferred time at Machu Picchu?
        • When you’ve made your reservation with us, you’ll automatically receive an email where all-important questions about your Machu Picchu day trip, airport transportation and more will be asked. We recommend answering to this email as soon as possible to enable us to start with the coordination of your tickets and ensuring an excellent experience for you.
      • What is the Vistadome Train and how can I book it?
        • This train option has a panoramic view due to bigger windows. It differs in price. Per train and person, this option has an additional cost of $40 that can be paid via PayPal when the upgrade is confirmed.
          How can it be booked? In the email mentioned above, you have the option to select this train option as: “no”, “one way” or “both ways”. We’ll then take care of the rest.
      • Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu option
        • Both are hikes to the mountains that surround the archeological site of Machu Picchu. Please find a detailed comparison here.
          In case you opt to add one of those two hikes, please contact us first via Whatsapp +51965027736 or info@exploor.pe to help you with the availabilities. When everything is clear, please select the Machu Picchu Mountain option during the booking process. In the email that you’ll receive automatically after the reservation has been made you can then indicate which option you’d like to hike and the corresponding tickets will be organized. (only for private tours available)
        • Transportation for shared groups: Our private driver picks you punctually up at your hotel/hostel/Airbnb and brings you safely to the meetup spot where you enter a shared transportation to Ollantaytambo (same for the way back, all under clear safety and comfort standards for your best).
        • The seats in the train are chosen by the train company itself; there is no possibility to influence your seat from our side.
        • In the case of flight delays, inconveniences with the train schedule or bad weather (rain, landslides, etc.) we do not assume any responsibility, but your travel insurance most likely will offer coverage for these cases. This also holds for the airport pickup. The driver arrives 5 minutes after your arrival and waits up to 25 minutes outside on the parking lot when leaving the building (with a sign and your name on it). In case of any delays, you’ll have to get to your hotel on your own as the driver has to continue with his work. For any refund on this service, please claim it with your airline.
        • Changes or upgrades are subject to 1.) availability and 2.) an extra charge as stated in our Terms and conditions.
        • For security reasons, we don't allow drones at Palccoyo or at the Humantay lake 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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