Inca & Ausangate Treks with The Rainbow Mountain
PER-98 / 16-day trip / Grade: T2-T3
Peru was the heart of the Inca empire, which expanded along the Andes and Amazon, creating one of the most vast territories ruled by a single civilization. The incas built a huge network of trails and paths to link the cities, towns, production areas and sacred places. This program contains a selection of two of what we considered to be most representative trails in the Cusco area: The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in the Vilcabamba range and the Ausangate trek in the Vilcanota range. Both beautiful routes, one with focus on the Inca period and the infrastructure built over the changing landscape and the other travels isolated high altitude mountain passes of astonishing beauty and remote local communities living pretty much like their forefathers did during there Spanish conquest.
The world famous archeological citadel of Machu Picchu is one of them and the best ways to visit and experience, not only the ruins but also the amazing infrastructure and culture, is by hiking one of the trails that lead there. Due to the popularity of these trail, we have chosen the Tomacaya route, being much less crowded, retains the essence of the old trails. The itinerary starts after a good acclimatization in the historic city of Cusco, where the traveller will get a first introduction into the inca world. The trail follows a series of beautiful valleys in the Vilcabamba range, ascending close to 4900 meters and then dropping down the Urubamba River’s shores (Km. 82) and the town of Ollantaytambo. From this place a train to Aguas Calientes to visit the famous Machu Picchu, before a well earned rest in Cusco, before starting the second part of the program.
The Ausangate trek remains a bit if a secret gem among other more famous and better know itineraries. Nevertheless, it is one of the best in Peru and definitely an experience for the intermediate and experience trekker. Located in the Vilcanota mountain range, only 100 km. South-East from the city of Cusco, it offers an authentic natural and social scenery to please the most demanding traveler. Vilcanota has several snowcapped high peaks of various technical difficulties, among them the highest summit in the region: Ausangate (6384 m) a holy place in the local believes.
Our program not only includes these amazing treks, it also visits the famous Vinicunca or Rainbow mountain, located on a side valley of the Ausangate range. This additional day, provides the opportunity to enjoy this unique geological phenomena, giving a more global insight into what the region and culture has to offer.
Do not miss this once in a life time experience!
|Day 1||Arrival in Lima|
|Day 2||Lima to Cusco|
|Day 3||City tour in Cusco|
|Day 4||Cusco – Tomacaya (3075 m) – Tinkoq (4154 m)|
|Day 5||Tinkoq – Tocto Pass (4900 m) – Pampaccahuana’s viewpoint (3902 m)|
|Day 6||Pampaccahuana’s viewpoint – Llactapata – Meskay (2763 m)|
|Day 7||Meskay – Pistakucho (2656 m) – Ollantaytambo (2845 m) – Aguas Calientes (2050 m)|
|Day 8||Machu Picchu (2420 m) – Return to Cusco|
|Day 10||Cusco – Upis (4450 m)|
|Day 11||Hatun Pucacocha Lake (4500 m)|
|Day 12||Anantapata (4650 m)|
|Day 13||Rainbow Mountain/Vinicunca (5030 m) & Ausangatecocha (4650 m)|
|Day 14||Jampa (4700 m)|
|Day 15||Pacchanta (4300 m) – Cusco|
|Day 16||Cusco – Lima – Departure|