RAINBOW MOUNTAIN –SHORT INCA TRAIL –MACHUPICCHU 6/5N

AUSANGATE- VINICUNCA (THE RAINBOW MOUNTAINS)

It is a hike around the snowcapped, a dramatic scenery located in South America; Peru, the largest peak in Cusco southern region, Andes Path Peru. Offers you one traditional circuit around Ausangate and one very non-traditional to Vinicunca, you end up doing two treks in the area. Andes Path Peru, will satisfy most demanding and will get unforgettable memories as sumptuous panoramas of high mountain, formidable glaciers and crystalline rivers, turquoise lakes, peaceful pastoral scenes of the herds of spangled and alpacas kept on by Andeans with multi-colored clothing This new route, apart from the beaten paths, is a true adventure through a nature preserved and wild, where the only meeting which you make will be YAURICUNCA, VINICUNCA THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, PUCAPUNTA (the red mountain) and small communities of Quechua-speaking Inca descendants that exploit the vast wide ones of Altiplano. The route achieves a circuit of scale, passing by collars located between 4710 and 5200 meters.

A shorter version of the Inca Trail leaves from KM 104, 2100 m (104 kilometers along the railway from Cusco to Aguas Calientes) and involves a four hour walk uphill to Wiñay-Wayna Complex 2700m followed by a couple more hours of walking to arrive at Machu Picchu. This 2-Day tour covers 16km of Inca Trail in the first day, connecting with the Classic 4-day trail at the impressive archaeological site of Wiñay-Wayna. (Only Inca Trail hikers get to enjoy these ruins !!!) The name means “Forever Young” in Quechua, the indigenous language, and is taken from that of the pink and purple orchid that grows here. Farming terraces, “Andenes”, surrounding the whole side of a mountain decorate this ancient Inca castle that includes temples, buildings and water channels. The stonework is high in quality with fine masonry and includes a magnificent sequence of fifteen ritual fountain baths. It was a religious centre, probably associated with the ritual worship of water. Chachabamba is another very interesting Inca complex that we will visit, hiding in the middle of the beautiful mountains and the lower part of the sub-tropical valley.Trekkers continue the hike all the way to Machu Picchu, where you will observe the famous view from the Sun gate “Inti Punku” and spend the night in a comfortable hostel in Aguas Calientes. Groups then will return (Guided group average 8 -12 people max) to Machu Picchu for a guided tour on the second day. This private tour of Machu Picchu will take place very early so as to avoid the large crowds that arrive on the first train from Cusco, then you will have free time to explore on your own, or climb Huayna Picchu.

Day 1: TINQUI VILLAGE – UPIS (CAMPING AT HOT SPRINGS)

After early breackast We will drive you southeast to Tinki. You’ll most likely stop on the way at the towns of Ocongate and Qatca where you you can have a drink and see some local culture. The journey to Tinki takes roughly 3.5 hours. From Tinki your trek begins proper. You start by trekking through the Vilcanota Valley before steadily climbing upwards to some high grasslands. Here you get your first glimpse of the Vilcanota range, including both Ausangate and Colqe Cruz peak. You cross the Mapacho river before continuing on through local community villages towards the base of Ausangate. You camp near the thermal baths at Upis (4408m). According to local legend, the baths are medicinal and many pilgrims seek the baths each year to heal. Upis hots springs overnight.

Day 2: UPIS PUKAQOCHA.

After breakfast we begin our trek at 7:00am. We begin ascending for 3 hours The morning begins with your first mountain pass crossing – Arapa (4850m). The views of Ausangate from Arapa pass are stunning and you’ll want to get your camera ready! After reaching the pass you stop for a light lunch before descending down into the valley on a well-trodden gravel trail. On your descent you’ll pass the green lake of Puqa Q’ocha (4556m). Once back down in the valley you camp for the night beside the gorgeous blue lake of Jatun Puqa Q’ocha. From your camp site you can choose to climb a nearby ridge to view the red-tinged lake of Vino Q’ocha. Each lake in the region is coloured differently depending on the coloured sediment of the nearby mountains.

Day 3: PUKAQOCHA WAMPOQOCHA.-

Today is a big day and the most anticipated day of the trek. We hike up to 17,000 feet where you will be graced with views of the majestic painted hills, but don’t get too excited yet, we still have a few hours to go before we finally arrive at the Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca. We have a celebratory lunch on top and take long break to enjoy the views. After lunch we head back up the valley and set up camp near Lake Yanaorqo.

DAY 4. VINICUNCA CUSCO OLLAYTAMBO

We’ll have an early breakfast and then begin a walk of approximately one and a half hours towards Vinicunca Pass, the site of the famous Rainbow Mountains of Peru! At this point, our breathing will become increasingly labored as we gain altitude. Once we arrive at the top of the pass, there may be some frigid gusts of wind, so please ensure that you are wrapped up warmly and that your head is protected with a woolly hat.
You will be rewarded for your trekking efforts when you finally see the incredible Vinicunca, with its vibrant multi-hued layers of rock sediment: turquoise, orange, brown, and red! In addition to the great views of the colored mountain itself, you will have majestic views of snow-capped Apu Ausangate, provided the day is clear. This trek to Vinicunca is without a doubt the most famous new attraction in Peru and there will be plenty of people taking selfies!
. We ended up having a marvelous time and arrive to ollantayatmbo.

DAY 5: Ollantaytambo – KM 104 Chachabamba – Wiñay-Wayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

We’ll pick you up from your hotel at 06:00am to transfer you to train station for a 4 hour journey or in high season this may be with private transport to Ollantaytambo train station, then we’ll board a Tourist Backpacker Train with reserved seats for 1 hour and 45 minutes to the kilometer 104 start of the hike. As soon as we arrive to this point we will cross a bridge to the checkpoint and show your passports then we will start with a easy walk. On the other side of the Vilcanota river the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba. After a visit to Chachabamba, we’ll continue along the trail heading south, climbing the mountain, before entering the cloud forest. Then the trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing the uphill hike in open grassland. After hiking in the sun for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest. This is where trekkers can enjoy a beautiful waterfall. After leaving the waterfall and forest, trekkers will arrive at the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñay-Wayna. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 litres of water.

After lunch in Wiñay-Wayna we continue through a cloud forest full of bromelias, orchids and fern trees. You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features including stone steps and tambos “resting places”. To arrive at Inti Punku (Sun Gate) we will climb 60 Inca steps. From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe the marvelous Machu Picchu, where you can feel an inner peace. We will have a break for photos before heading down to Aguas Calientes. Hot spring pools are optional or you can enjoy free time to chill out at this small village. (B,L / D)

Accommodation in private rooms, http://hostalpresidente.com/index.html or similar level accommodation.

This is all considered a low altitude hike, but you would want to be fit.

DAY 6: Aguas Calienets – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Early after a good breakfast we will leave to re-live the history and the mysterious world of the Incas; we take the first bus up at approx 05.30am and arrive at the ruins at 06.00am. At this time is still not so crowded so we take advantage of the tranquility of this sacred site with a guided tour. This enigmatic city is explored for approx. 2 hours and its mysteries and archaeological information will be explained by your expert guide. Following this you will be free to explore at your own pace (you generally have approx. 6 hours extra free time but this depends on train timetables in high season). You will have the option to climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain (Please check previously with your guide. Sometimes guided tour is after Huayna Picchu). Around 4:00pm we’ll take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for your return train.

The train departs Aguas Calientes late in the afternoon. (6:00 pm or 5:00 pm to Ollantaytambo then a 2 hours transport to Cusco arriving at 9:00 pm approx) (B)
NOTE :
* People who want to visit Huayna Picchu must let us know as soon as they can, because according to new rules, there is a limit of people (400) per day that can climb it.
Timetable :
– 1st Turn 07:00 am : 200 people.
– 2nd Turn 10:00 am : 200 people.

What's included?

All included in this trip

  • Transfer from your hotel to the Train Station
  • Tourist Back-packer train to Km 104 (starting point of the hike)
    Entrance fees for Machupicchu
  • Permits and fees for the 2 Day Inca Trail
  • Guided visit of Chachabamba, views of Choquesuysuy and Intipata
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu on the second day
  • 6 Lunch, 5 Dinner, 6 Breakfast
  • Private room for 2 or 3 people
  • 2 bus tickets Machu Picchu –Aguas
  • Calientes –Machu Picchu
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Ollantaytambo and transport to Cusco (Train Aguas Calientes to Cusco if Available)
  • 2 Nights hotel

What is not included?

  • Hot springs entrance

We recommend that you bring:

  • Original passport
  • Student card ISIC (if applicable.)
    You only need to carry a small day pack
  • Water to drink (2 liters recommended)
  • Camera, binoculars
  • Rain jacket or rain poncho in rainy season – Dec, Jan
  • Change of weather gear in rainy season – Dec, Jan
  • Basic toiletries
  • Hat for the sun
  • Sun cream SPF35 or above
  • Insect repellent for mosquitoes (Malaria or Yellow fever not been reported)
  • Confortable hiking boots, runners or sturdy shoes
  • Money in soles or dollars. (ATMs and travelers cheques in Aguas Calientes are more expensive to use/change)
Considering an extra night in Aguas Calientes? We can change the date of your train ticket to the following day. Hotel and other costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs. Please also note that your entry ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for one day only, if you wish to visit the ruins on a second consecutive day you will need to purchase another ticket.

Aguas Calientes Extra Day Upgrade Package (optional)

With hikes that trek the traditional Inca Trail, the standard package has clients returning to Cusco at the end of the trek, and they don’t spend a night in Aguas Calientes. This package provides clients the opportunity to stay in Aguas Calientes for an extra night, visit Machu Picchu for a second day and then return to Cusco by the comfortable Vistadome train.
Cost: $195 per person on twin share basis. This price doesn’t change depending on the number of people in the group.
Second day’s entry to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, valued at $60
Bus up and down to ruins on extra day, valued at $24
1 night in a Hostel .
With limited eating choices at Machu Picchu hunger tends to send clients to Aguas Calientes; by including the buffet lunch we find that clients can visit Machu Picchu early, then go to the buffet to try lots of different Peruvian (and Western) dishes, rest and go back for a second look at Machu Picchu.
Return in Vistadome train rather than Expedition train, which gives you the opportunity for a more varied timetable and to return in a nicer train, with big windows in the roof.

** Please contact us for a price for the same package but with 2 star accomodation and return in Expedition Train service **

Available discounts (these discounts are not cumulative)

Students: US$ 25.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
Teenagers: US$ 35.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
Children: US$ 100.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
Price: Group Inca trail: 2017 per person

DOES NOT INCLUDED
• Flights to and from Peru / Cusco, or any kind of transport before or after completion of the program.
• Tipping staff

Private Service Prices 2018

  • 1 person : US$1750.00 per person
  • 2 people : US$1250.00 per person
  • 3 people: US$1150.00 per person
  • 4 people : US$1050.00 per person
  • 5 people : US$ 950.00 per person
  • 6+ people : US$ 900.00 per person

Optional Machupicchu extention

Discounts

  • Student Discount: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to phototourperu@gmail.com
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $65 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person

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