Rainbow Mountain Perú, Vinicunca 1D Hike


The Rainbow Mountain of Peru, also known as Vinicunca, are stunning and can be seen on the spectacular Ausangate Trek. Ausangate mountain itself is considered a holy mountain (or mountain spirit) by local Peruvians and is the deity of Cusco. Since pre-Inca times the mountain has been a place of worship and offerings and this tradition continues today.

Most trips that allow you to see the Rainbow Mountains require a trek of at least 6 days. That has changed with this brand new itinerary. We have designed this hike so that it can be done as a day trip!

On this trek you will see quaint villages, beautiful adobe style houses, herds of llamas and alpacas and you will have magnificent views of the Ausangate Glacier (6,385 m / 20,945 ft), the highest mountain in the Cusco region. With uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a spectacular trip for trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure.

  • Distance hiked: 15 km / 9 ¼ miles
  • Starting / minimum altitude: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
  • Maximum altitude: 5,200 m / 17,060ft
  • Overall trek difficulty: Challenging*
VINICUNCA 1D

ITINERARY


We will pick you up early from your Cusco hotel and set out on a drive through the South Valley. The drive to the trailhead at Quesiuno (4,326 m / 14,189 ft) is 3 hours long. Once we reach the Inkintuyoc bridge, we will have a fueling continental breakfast. We then start off on our hike, following a lovely stream. You will be immediately surprised by literally herds of alpacas and llamas. We will have consistent views of the Ausangate Mountain. We will hike through villages and interact with the local residents. We will stop for a deluxe box lunch along the trail.

Back on the trail, we encounter more of the traditional elements of this trek. This includes potato fields and unique fauna. We have the prospect of seeing chinchillas and vicunas. Vicunas are the only non-domesticated animal of the llama family in Peru. Many red mountains are also a highlight of this portion of the hike.

After a total hike of approximately 5 hours, we finally reach our destination, what we came to see….the Rainbow Mountains (5,200 m / 17,060ft.). After getting over the shock of their beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You will have time to take pictures and soak in the environment. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. At this point, it is time to go back down. We hike downhill the way we came. The hike will take 4 to 5 hours. Our private van will be waiting for us when we return.

We will embark on the 3 hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is between 8 and 9 PM. Meals: Box lunch

  • Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
  • Distance to walk: 15 km / 9 ¼ miles
  • Approximate walking time: 5 to 6 hours up; 4 to 5 hours down
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging


MORE INFORMATION


Services Included

  • Professional Bilingual English speaking tour guide
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Tourist Transportation to Quesiuno
  • Entrance fee to the Vinicunca Mountain
  • Return transportation from Quesiuno to Cusco
  • American breakfast
  • Buffet lunch
  • Emergency medical kit.

Services Not Included

  • Trekking poles – you can rent them from us
  • Tip
  • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance

What to bring

  • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both).
  • Water
  • Rain jacket / poncho
  • Winter hat and gloves
  • Rain pants
  • Snacks
  • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
  • Sombrero para el sol
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
Our trek rankings are the following
  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Difficult
  • Challenging
  • Demanding

Rentals

Hiking poles – US $10.00 (pair)

For availability of spaces for this service, please contact us info@iteptravel.com and we`ll send you detailed information, prices, terms and conditions.

ITEP TRAVEL, specializes in organizing the ideal travel plan to Peru, with hotels and destinations that you choose, because we have all confidential and promotional rates. For guidance on how to organize your custom package. Please write us.


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TRIP DETAILS

Start:

Cusco

End:

Cusco

Duration:

1 Days

Max Altitude:

1,609 - 5,200m. / 5,278ft - 17,060ft.

Difficulty:

Moderate - Challenge - Easy

Departures Dates:

Every day (Please check availability in our groups)

Activities:

Archaeological, Trekking, Landscape

Type of Tour:

Archaeological Cultural Trekking Landscape Ecological Camping Flora & Fauna

Meals provided:


Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú

RESERVATIONS

If you want to make a reservation, please fill out our Passenger Details Form.

*** Each reservation requires a USD $ 200.00 deposit as a down payment per person + 10% transfer tax (Total USD $ 220.00). The final balance can be paid at our Local office in cash during your briefing a day or two before your trip.

Once the deposit will be confirmed we will send you your contract voucher.


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*** USD $ 200.00 is not the price of the Trek, is only a down payment.

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