Vinicunca, the Mountain of 7 Colors, or Rainbow Mountain, is located in the Southern Region of Cusco. This gratifies even the most demanding travelers and trekkers, endowing unforgettable memories of the raw sites of and around it. Sumptuous panoramas of high mountains, formidable glaciers, crystalline rivers, calm lakes, harmonious pastoral scenes of grazing alpaca kept by Andean natives and the humble families of the region. This new route is genuinely unique and is a real adventure through a preserved wild natural terrain and includes Puka Punta, "red lead", a mountain in the Willkanuta mountain range and small communities of Quechua-speaking descendants. The route reaches great heights between 4710m and 5200m for stunning eagle eye views. Explore this route and it is likely that you will have this extension to the south all to yourself, encountering few or no other route hikers. The Vinicunca One-Day Tour is able to offer travelers an alternative trail that is paramount to other trips and destinations.
|Duration: 2 days and 1 night||Location: cusco / peru||start time: 03:00:00|
|Scheduled departures||visits: Rainbow Mountain Cusco Peru, Machu Picchu|
Day 1: Ausangate Vinicunca - 7 Color Mountain
We will pick you up from your hotel at 3:00am and head south through the town of Urco to the Cecacupe District (2 hours by bus) and then follow the path to Piturmata. We continue along the road through small villages until we arrive to the community of Hanchipata - Quesuno (1 hour and 20 minutes by bus), the ideal starting point to walk the route. We will see many mountains such as Ausangate, beautiful blue lagoons, and many other natural sites. The walk to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) will last approximately 3 hours. At this peak we will savor the view for about an hour taking photos of the beautiful scenery before descending the path and returning to our bus. It will take 2.5 hours to transport back to Cusco.
Day 2: Machu Picchu
Getting a very early start to the day, we will be picking you up in your hotel at 3:30am. We take a bus to Ollantaytambo where we will board our 6:10am train to a Machu Picchu village, which is popularly known as Aguas Calientes, "hot waters". The trip lasts approximately 1hr & 50min. Once arriving to Aguas Calientes we take the bus heading to the Inca citadel of MACHUPICCHU where we have a 2.5hr guided tour, concluding with some free time for you to explore. We take a 9:50pm return train to Ollantaytambo and then bus to Cusco. You will want to arrive half an hour early to the train station in Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.