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Machu Picchu – Rainbow Moutain

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Duration

10 Days

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Trip Grade

Moderate

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Group Size

15 people

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Overview

Explore two of the most striking wonders of Peru’s Sacred Valley; Machu Picchu and Vinicunca also known as ‘Rainbow Mountain’ challenging yourself on a stiff trek through one of the most ancient and astonishing routes of all time, The Inca Trail.

The 10-days adventurous trekking voyage bestows an excellent opportunity to seize the experience of exploring unique geography, culture, and adventure along with the hike into the Peruvian Andes Rainbow Mountain and Machu Picchu.

At first, we have one of the seven wonders of the World ‘Machu Picchu,’ an Incan city of sparkling masonry precariously perched between two towering Andean peaks. It is believed to be a sacred archaeological center for the nearby Incan capital of Cusco. The site remained unknown except to locals until 1911, when archaeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered it. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the best notorious and the most popular hiking voyage on the world. The trail rewards you with the view of magnificent mountains range, exotic vegetation, and extraordinary ecological variety while traversing you over high mountains.

Next, we explore the Rainbow Mountain, originally known as Vinicunca, in an altitude of 5,200 meters in the Andes of Peru. The natural color palate it has is hard to find anywhere else in the world. It is just a few hours from Peru’s most famous charm ‘Machu Picchu’ and is accessible from Cuzco. The trail up to Rainbow Mountain is very challenging but provides incredibly pleasant views of quaint villages, beautiful adobe style houses, herds of llamas and alpacas and the highest mountain in Cusco region ‘Ausangate Mountain’ along the way.

These two sights leave no qualms to humble, amaze and surprise you with their exceptional magnificence.

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Itinerary

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DAY 1: Fly to Lima.

Upon arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to the selected hotel and overnight.

DAY 2: Lima/Juliaca-Puno

After an early breakfast, there is a scheduled transfer from the hotel to the airport to take the flight to Puno. Upon arriving at Puno, there is a reception and transfer to the selected hotel.

DAY 3: Puno/Uros islands + Taquile island

After breakfast, there is a tour of the National Reserve of Titicaca for a visit to the Uros “floating islands”. These are a group of more than 40 islands made of piles of “Totora” reeds. Although the Uros people on the island have intermarried with the Aymara and no pure Uros exists, they continue living as their ancestors practising some of the Uro traditions. The islanders fish, hunt birds and graze cattle on the islets.

DAY 4: Puno/Cusco

At the scheduled time, it starts the trip to Cusco in private service. On the way, there are several stops to visit the Andahuaylillas’ Chapel and different archaeological sites like: the Racchi’s temple, La Raya and Pukara. A buffet lunch is provided in the village of Sicuani. Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the selected hotel for overnight.

DAY 5: Cusco/Wayllabamba – Inka trek 4/3

After an early breakfasts, the tour starts with a three hour bus ride through the Sacred Valley to Km 82 (54.68 mile post) at 2,750 m.s.n.m (9,022 ft.) From this point starts approximately a five hour hike through the Sacred Valley along the Urubamba river to reach the campsite in Wuayllabamba at 3,600 m.s.l. (9,842 ft.). Lunch and dinner are provided.

DAY 6: Wayllabamba/Warmiwañusca/Pacaymayo

After breakfast, departure for Warmiwañusca Pass 4,200 ms.l. ( 13,779 ft ) to enjoy the panoramic view of the Peruvian Andes. Afterwards the trail heads down to the second camp site in Pacay 3,600 m.s.l. (11,811 fts). Total hiking time is approximately six to seven hours. Lunch and dinner are provided.

DAY 7: Pacaymayo/Puyupatamarca/Wiñaywayna

After breakfast, departure for Warmiwañusca Pass 4,200 ms.l. ( 13,779 ft ) to enjoy the panoramic view of the Peruvian Andes. Afterwards the trail heads down to the second camp site in Pacay 3,600 m.s.l. (11,811 fts). Total hiking time is approximately six to seven hours. Lunch and dinner are provided.

DAY 8: Wiñaywayna/Machu Picchu – Huaynapicchu/Cusco

After an early breakfast, the hike starts at 5:30 A.M. to see the sunrise at Intipunko or “Sun Gate”. Arriving at Machu Picchu around 8:00A.M. for a two-hour guided tour. After the tour, climb up the Huayna Picchu mountain. At the scheduled time, began the descent to Aguas Calientes in a shuttle bus for lunch and to take the train back to Cusco and to your hotel. Lunch is included.

DAY 9: Cusco – Rainbow Mountain

A fantastic day tour (with trekking) to the so-called 7 Color Mountain, leaving from Cusco. Located in southern Peru, in the Cusco region, this route will take you through stunning landscapes with glaciers, snowcapped mountains and crystal clear rivers and lakes. Pass by local villages of Quechua descendants and explore the breathtaking surrounding nature. The colours of the Rainbow Mountain will leave you speechless. You will be picked up from your accommodation at around 3.00 am and start making your way first to Arco (on the route to Puno) eventually getting to the Checacupe district (2 hour journey). Then we will continue to Pitumarca and a number of small villages till we reach the community of Hanchipata-Quesuno (another 1.5 hours). From here we start our hike. We will be able to enjoy the view of numerous mountains around as well as of the Ausangate glacier, and we will be able to witness up close the local wildlife and camelids in their natural environment. The trek lasts for about 3 hours until we get to the stunning landscape of Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountains). Here we will have about one hour to relax and take amazing pictures of this natural wonder. We then hike back to the starting point of the trek, and from there return to Cusco (arriving at approximately 19.00).

DAY 10: Cusco/Lima

After an early breakfast, there is a scheduled transfer from the hotel to the airport to take the flight to Lima. Upon arriving at Lima, there is a reception and transfer to the selected hotel, evening we will take you for culture show and dinner.

Included/Excluded

  • Transportation from the hotel in Cusco to Km.82, entrance fee to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, camping equipment including double occupancy tents, mattresses, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, table, chairs, cooking equipment and utensils, all meals during the hike as indicated in the itinerary, cooks, porters to carry and set all the equipment and tents, bilingual tour guide and assistant, bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes, train ticket Aguas Calientes-Cusco, oxygen tank for emergency and first-aid kit.
  • To Huaynapicchu tickets:
  • – Tickets cannot be booked, immediate purchase with full name, passport number, age and nationality of the all passengers.
  • – NO allows refund
  • – subject to availability
  • – No guides included
  • Sleeping bags,
  • personal porter (available by prior arrangements) or personal items.
  • Note: for the Inca Trail is required items such as: toilet paper, sleeping bag and backpack.
  • We recommend light sportswear during the day, extra layers and jackets at night, sunblock, insect repellent, sun glasses, hat or cap and flashlight.
  • Keep your passport or personal ID with you all the time in a safe place.

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