Dear traveler, in this new tour option, we offer to help you visit three of the most popular places in recent times. One of them became famous by going viral on social networks. Its beauty is due to its geological formation and relief weathering which, as time passed, came to light because of snowfall in the area; we’re talking about the already well-known Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca! You’ll be dazzled by its natural charm!
On the other hand, we have a magical place that needs no presentation since it has been and continues to be a fantastic place connecting man and nature, a wonder that all will recognize on visiting it. Being there, there’s nothing more than a constant feeling of speechlessness. We’re talking about none other than the sacred city of Machu Picchu. And this beautiful journey can’t be complete without taking a spin around the magnificent Sacred Valley.
Our trip will start early. Take full advantage of your breakfast, because we’re going up to the Puca Pass. Enjoying our first few hours of hiking, we’ll surely treasure every moment as we then descend toward Anantapata. After lunch, another beauty awaits us: Warmisaya. In the evening, we’ll get prepared to see the precious Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca, the next morning.
This gift from Mother Nature is so lovely; she allows us to be present in this place and to gaze upon the charm of the Rainbow Mountain. Remember to fully enjoy and take advantage of your time and to take the most incredible pictures. They will be your souvenirs from this moment. Later on, we’ll feel the change in climate as our fabulous journey takes us to Llacto and toward the valley.
The Sacred Valley receives us with a magnificent viewpoint. We’ll go into her depths to visit Ollantaytambo and learn about her past of war and resistance. Prepare yourself, because this is the start of a beautiful ending; tomorrow, everything will make sense when you finally visit the invaluable Machu Picchu who will receive you in her heart, the town of Aguas Calientes. Lastly, you’ll return to Cusco, very content from having had a super good time.
Today, one of the most colorful hikes in Cusco awaits us. We’ll leave at 4:00 AM with the characteristic cold of the region, so we recommend you are wrapped up well. We’ll arrive at the community of Quesiuno (4,376 m / 14,357 f) to have a delicious breakfast. In this three-hour trip full of impressive views and accompanied by herds of llamas and alpacas, we’ll understand that the mountains of the Andes originate on the border between the regions of Cusco and Puno.
Continuing on, a short uphill hike awaits us on a gradually ascending trail leading to the Puca Pass (4,870 m / 15,977 f). At this point, we’ll enjoy a traditional glacier scene and turquoise lagoons known as Pucacochas (red lagoons) and the majestic Ausangate which shares with us its radiant energy. After considering this wonder of nature, we’ll go down an hour and a half to have lunch in Anantapata (4,750 m / 11,614 f).
After a well-earned rest, we’ll continue ascending two hours to the Warmisaya Pass (4,985 m / 16,355 f) where we can grab our first glances at the mountain range of Vinicunca, which houses the treasure of the Rainbow Mountain. We will then take a steep downhill trail for 45 minutes to our campsite in Surinecocha (4,800m /15,748 f).
We will leave Cusco at 4:00 AM toward the small community of Quesiuno where we’ll have a good breakfast. We’ll start our adventure slowly, going uphill for three hours to the Puca Pass where you can enjoy the scenic wonder offered by the surroundings lagoons of Pucacocha and the majestic Ausangate. We’ll have time to rest and recuperate our strength here and to take amazing pictures. We’ll start our first descent toward Anantapata for lunch.
After filling up, we’ll continue to the highest point on the trail, the Warmisaya Pass (4,985 m / 16,355 f) and gaze upon the grand mountain range of Vinicunca which houses the treasure of the Rainbow Mountain. After that, we’ll walk downhill 45 minutes to our campsite in Surinecocha.
Today, we’ll set foot on Rainbow Mountain, so we’ll have to wake up very early to enjoy our breakfast. We’ll start gradually uphill on a picturesque trail, a multicolored scene of pure energy. Once we’re there, we’ll receive the charming view that the sunrise over the Rainbow Mountain (5,100 m / 16,732 f) offers us at the highest point on our trek. We’ll look out over this natural wonder without the crowds since we’ll be the first to arrive. We’ll learn so many things, thanks to our guide who'll explain everything about the ancestors of the local people and the relationship between humans and the mountains.
Afterwards, we will start downhill for an hour and a half to Llacto (4,630 m / 15,190 f). From here, we’ll board our transportation that will take us two hours away to have lunch at the Taray Viewpoint (3,150 m / 10,334 f), located at the head of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This incredible place will give you a great opportunity to see gorgeous landscapes in the Peruvian Andes.
Continuing our journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we’ll go along the right side of the Wilcamayu River (sacred river) until we get to Ollantaytambo (2,792 m / 9,160 f). Our private transportation will take us to Urco (2,900 m / 9,514 f), an archeological complex dedicated to water worship. We’ll explore the town, enjoying our last hike to the Inca granaries, called Qolqas (2,950 m / 9,678 pies), located in the mountain of Pinkylluna. There, you’ll have an impressive view of the archeological complex of Ollantaytambo. Finally, we’ll prepare for a repairing night of rest after a delicious dinner.
This morning, a gradual, two-hour ascent is awaiting us to arrive at the Rainbow Mountain. After enjoying this magical place, we’ll go down an hour and a half to Llacto where our private transportation will be waiting to take us on to our next adventure.
After a two-hour drive, we’ll be in the Sacred Valley of the Incas to have lunch and then visit a sacred place called Urco, an archeological complex dedicated to water worship. After an hour and a half, we’ll get to Ollantaytambo, see the town and hike up to the Inca Qolqas to enjoy a better view of the archeological complex. In the evening, we’ll rest in a comfortable hotel after enjoying our last dinner.
We’ll leave early from the train station in Ollantaytambo and travel for an hour and a half. The train will take us past the Urubamba valley and, on the way, we’ll enjoy scenic landscapes. We’ll get to the town of Machu Picchu, known as Aguas Calientes, where we’ll enjoy our breakfast.
From here, we’ll take a bus up to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. When we get there, we’ll have time to use the bathrooms before going in. Inside the complex, you’ll be stunned by the immense beauty and mysticism of this setting, in which seems like time hasn’t really passed; it’s as if life itself stood still in these magical mountains.
The tour of the citadel will be personalized thanks to a guide who will take you to the most important points. You will feel as though you were walking right beside the very Incas who were once here. The citadel is large, so the guided tour will last two or three hours, enough time to see the main sites of these sacred grounds. After fulfilling your dream of visiting Machu Picchu, we’ll return to the town of Aguas Calientes the same way we came - by bus.
You’ll have lunch and a couple free hours in the town before boarding the return train to Ollantaytambo where private transportation will be waiting to take you back to Cusco.
Today you’ll visit a Wonder of the Modern World, Machu Picchu. So, we’ll go to the train station in Ollantaytambo to travel to Aguas Calientes. From there, we’ll go by bus up to the entrance of the sanctuary. You’ll visit the complex with our professional guide who’ll take you around the ancient streets and grounds of this Inca citadel.
After that, we’ll return, by bus, to Aguas Calientes, have lunch and rest for a couple hours. In the afternoon, we’ll board the train to return to Ollantaytambo and then go in private transportation back to Cusco.
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Your tour will be led by a trained and highly experienced professional with a very solid guiding background, years of hiking and wilderness experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into unforgettable adventures.
After a challenging trek we know how important a good hot meal can be to prepare your body and warm you up. That’s why on every trek with Salkantay Trekking we employ chefs with years of experience cooking on the trails so that they provide filling.
All of our hiking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola.
Our Horseman and his horses are in charge of all our gear and will always await us within the safe and comfortable camp sites.
So you are planning to trek the famous Ausangate?
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In it we have provided as much detail on every piece of kit you will need for a safe and successful trekking. The packing list includes personal recommendations on gear that we own and use. We believe these recommended items of gear provide the best value for money and deliver the best performance.
The "Rainbow Mountain, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu" can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.
This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
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Our collection of the most fabulous hiking trails in Peru bring you up close and very personal with the region’s most jaw-dropping highlights: from the snow-peaked Andes to turquoise lakes, waterfalls, and glaciers that seem to hang as if by magic, as well as an abundance of wildlife spotting and a breathtaking, unforgettable adventure in nature.
We did the 2-day tour through Ausangate, the rainbow mountain, and the red valley. The tour was private, the guide Jimmy was very friendly and professional, the whole trip has well organized the food was delicious during the excursion.
I thank the travel agency for this beautiful experience, and I recommend it.
-- NICHOLAS A