We will pick you up at 5:30
am from your hotel in Cusco. It is
about a 3hrs ½ driving on our shared transport, journey through an undiscovered
land of wild desert landscapes, snowcapped peaks, herds of alpaca. When we
reach the trailhead for this hike, we are going to have a hot breakfast upon
arrival and we will begin the hike from Chillihuani
at 4200m/13,900 ft elevation. From here, it will be a 4 hour approx. uphill
hike to reach the famous Rainbow
Mountains. Along the way you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial
peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing
along the valley. As you reach the summit of the mountain, you will be able to
spot some Andean wildlife. Vicuñas
are considered to be the Andean camel and this is the only place in Cusco where
you will see them in the wild. Vicuñas are in the same family as llamas, though
are much smaller and they have the most expensive wool in the world.
Once we arrive at the top
of what we come to see the Rainbow
Mountain, you will have enough time to take photos and relax yourself on
the top majesty area views. All of the mountains that surround this area are
red and there are amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak right in front of you. Ausangate is the
tallest mountain of the Cusco region (just under 21,000 ft) and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota Range.
While taking view of this
magnificent, colorful mountain views our staff will bring you some hot drinks
while sharing information with you about the composition of these incredible
mountains and how they became striated in the rainbows of colors you are
seeing. 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.
We will then meet up with
our trekking chef and enjoy the delicious, freshly prepared hot lunch. After lunch you can visit some
of the local family’s houses where
you can see their lifestyle of these people who still practice the ancient
traditions of the Incas. They still
speak Quechua, practicing their earth-based religion and, the agriculture –
honoring the mountain spirits and sun to insure that their crops and herds
flourish – as well as weaving the textiles that you will find in the museums
all around Peru.
Finally, after our
interactions with the locals, we will start returning trip back to Chillihuani village to catch our shared
transport back to Cusco, arriving
around 6 pm approx., where we will drop you off at your hotel.