This full day Enjoy the natural mountains colors of the rarely visited vinincunka trek or Rainbow Mountain Trek, hiking through some isolated communities, in which you may interact with the local people who are still keeping the culture alive!. You will see snowcapped peaks, herds of llamas, glaciers and turquoise lakes, all set within an incredibly colourful mountain range. The Rainbow Mountain trek offers a selection of wildlife including soaring condors, vicunas, bobcats and pumas. The colourful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunka area is probably the coolest thing you will see in Peru.
Most trips that give such unparalleled access to the Rainbow Mountains require a multi-day trek, but we have changed that with this itinerary; designing a spectacular, but challenging hike that can be taken as a day trip from Cusco. This part of the country is also unique around Cusco because you’ll observe Andean life still being practiced in the traditional way and have the chance to meet and talk directly with the local Quechua people.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to board a private transfer for the 30-minute drive to Tambomachay (3,700 m/ 12,139 ft), passing by Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo and Puca Pucara. Tambomachay is where we will start our Huchuy Qosqo trek, and also where we will meet our trusty horsemen and their horses who will be accompanying us. The first part of the Huchuy Qosqo trek is a steady 2-hour hike uphill which will take us to the first pass of our trek (4,100 m/13,451ft).
In this part of the hike there are some incredible views of Cusco and the surrounding mountains. After hiking for 30 more minutes we will get to Lake Qoricocha, an amazing location which will be where we’ll have our much-needed lunch. When we continue after lunch, 35 minutes into the trek we will conquer our second mountain pass, and the highest point of the entire trek (4,200 m/13,779 ft). Fortunately, the rest of the trek today will be downhill. For the next 4 hours we will cross panoramic valleys, an imposing canyon and walk a trail that is part of the extensive Inca trail network that spanned the entire empire. We will camp right on one of the terraces at the Huchuy Qosqo site itself.
• Accommodations: Camping
• Meals: Lunch/Dinner
• Distance covered: 14 km / 9 miles
• Time: 7 to 8 hours
• Lowest elevation: 3,600 m/ 11,808 ft.
• Highest elevation: 4,100 m/ 13,779 ft.
• Difficulty: moderate
• Sights: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Lake Qoricocha, Huchuy Qosqo Complex
We will get up early for a scrumptious breakfast at the campsite, after which we will enjoy a comprehensive tour where we will learn a lot about the history of the Huchuy Qosqo complex.
After the tour finishes, we will hike down for approximately 2-3 hours to Lamay (3,000m/9,840 ft.), where we will have lunch. Then lunch we will have a 1:30 hour transfer to the village of Ollantaytambo (2,840 m / 9,315 ft.). Immediately after a stroll around the village, we will board the luxury Vistadome train to the village of Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, we will accompany you to your hotel. There are hot springs in the village, which you could choose to visit before a lovely dinner at the renowned restaurant
• Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
• Accommodations: Hotel.
• Minimum altitude: 3,000 m/ 9,840 ft.
• Maximum altitude: 3,600 m/ 11,808 ft.
• Distance to walk: 3 km (1.5 miles)..
• Approximate walking time: 2 to 3 hours.
• Difficulty: easy.
• Sights: Huchuy Qosqo Inca ruins, Ollantaytambo.
After an early breakfast, we leave our hotel to take the bus for the journey up to Machu Picchu ruins. Once there we visit one of the most important mystic centers of the world: Machu Picchu. A 2 hour guided tour will take us into the history of this mysterious and charming ruin. Then you have plenty of time for further exploring, taking photos and the option to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or going up to the Sun Gate. After that, we head back to Aguas Calientes
In Aguas Calientes we’ll board the Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo, where we will be picked up to be transferred to the hotel in Cusco. The time of arrival in Cusco depends on the time of the train ticket.
• Meals: Breakfast.
• Difficulty: Easy.