Enjoy the Rainbow Mountain (VINICUNCA) hiking through some isolated communities, in which you may interact with the local people who are still keeping the living culture. You will see snowcapped peaks, herds of llamas, glaciers and small lakes, all set within an incredibly colourful mountain range. The Rainbow Mountain trek offers a selection of wildlife including condors, vicunas, chinchillas). The colourful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area is probably the coolest thing you will see in Peru.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 5.30 am, and begin with our amazing Rainbow Mountain Trek. We set out on our drive through the South Valley, ending up at the trailhead at Chillihuani Cusipata (4,200 m / 13,900 ft) is 3 hours. Along the way, there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, valleys and Rocky Mountains.
Once we reach the train-head, we start on our hike following a lovely stream. You will be immediately surprised by the herds of alpacas and llamas. Continually you’ll have views of the Ausangate Mountain as we hike through different villages and interact with the local people who still are speaking the Inca language (quechua) and using the traditional clothes. After a total hike of 3 hours, we finally reach our destination….the RAINBOW MOUNTAIN (5,000m /16,500ft). After being awed by their beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You can take pictures or just soak up the environment. We will spend approximately 1 hour at the top. At this point, we hike back down the way we came. The hike takes 2 hours. Our private van will be waiting for us. We will embark on the 2.30 hours’ drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving at 6. P.m.
To go on the VINICUNCA trek, you must be in good physical condition, and we recommend a preliminary days acclimatization stage, for your body to react better during the trek, as we will be in hiking up to high passes at altitudes of about 5,100 meters, and it also is important to drink a lot of water, Muña and coca tea.