Very early in the
morning, we will pick you up at 3:30 a.m. from your hotel located in the city of Cusco. Our shared transport
will take us in a journey of 3.5 hours driving through an undiscovered land of
wild desert panoramas, snowcapped peaks, herds of alpaca.
When we reach the
trailhead for this hike, we are going to have a hot breakfast upon arrival, and
the hike will begin from Chillihuani at
4.200 meter above sea level /13,900 ft elevation. From here, it will be a circa
4-hour uphill hike to reach the
famous Rainbow Mountain in Peru.
Along the way,
you will enjoy beautiful landscape
of the Andes, glacial peaks, red valley,
rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along this place. As we
reach the summit of the mountain, we will be able to spot some Andean
wildlife. Vicuñas are considered as the Andean camel, and this is the
only place in Cusco where you will see them in the wild. Vicuñas are the same
family as llamas and alpacas, though
are much smaller and they have the most expensive wool in the world.
Upon we arrive at
the top of what we come to see the Rainbow
Mountain, we will have time enough to take photos and relax even being in
high altitudes admiring majesty views. We will have the opportunity to see the Ausangate Mountain right in
front of us, the tallest mountain of Cusco (just under 21,000 ft), and it is
part of the Vilcanota Range.
While we are
looking around this fantastic spot, our tour
guide will share interesting information about the composition of these
incredible mountains formed millions of years ago, and how they got this lovely
After taking a
few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a
few condors around by) we
will begin our descent with a 2-hour
downhill hike. Then, we are going to meet up our transport that will take
us to a local restaurant in order we
can enjoy a delicious hot lunch.
Finally, we will
back to Cusco, arriving around 5:00 p.m., where we will drop you off at