7-COLOR VINICUNCA MOUNTAIN
Very early in the morning, we will start our journey across Valle Sur toward Phulawasipata, which is the starting point of our hike to the Cerro Colorado or 7-color Mountain, located about 100 km. southeast of Cusco city. After enjoying our breakfast, we will start our hike to reach the control center and enter this mystical place. During our walk we will observe how colors around us change due to the weather. We will reach an altitude of 5000 meters, approximately, which is the top of this mysterious mountain. Geological formations will reveal all its splendor; the contrast of the blue sky creates a formidable line between the coast desert and the Amazon jungle, guided by the beautiful Ausangate. After a guided visit, we will have lunch at one of the restaurants in the area. At the arranged time, we will return to Cusco.
|Visited areas||Cusco – Cusipata - Phulawasipata|
|It includes:||Transport, tour guide, ticket, box breakfast, lunch|
|Min/Max||1 passenger / +|
|Operation||From March to December|
|Type of Service||Private or Regular|
|Starting time (variable)||03.00 Hrs.|
|Difficulty level||Intense / Ascending walk of 8 km (5 miles) approximately.|
|Recommendations||Prior acclimatization is required (1 or 2 days)
Wear comfortable and warm clothes, sunglasses, hat or hat with wide brim, trekking shoes (not sports shoes). Bring a camera, small backpack, sun block and water bottle.
2D/1N Vinicunca Mountain
DAY 01: CUSCO/ QUESOYONI/ ANANTAPATA/ SURINE QOCHA | INCLUDES: B/D
Very early in the morning we will start our journey across Valle Sur, along a paved road to Puno; on the way, we will have the opportunity to visit the picturesque Andean community of Checacupe, we will see the colonial stone bridge and the Immaculate Conception Church. We will continue up to Quesoyoni (4376 m.a.s.l.), where we will begin our hike uphill along a beautiful road, we will see alpacas and llamas. After lunch we will continue to climb for 2 hours until we get to Anantapata (5010 m.a.s.l.); from there, we will be able to enjoy the view of Vilcanota chain. Then, we will descend for about one hour until we get to our camp site near Surineqocha lagoon (4795 m).
DAY 02: SURINE QOCHA/ VINICUNCA/ QUESOYONI/ CUSCO | INCLUDES: B/L
After breakfast, we will start a 1 and a half hour- walk to Vinicunca Mountain (5040 m.a.s.l.), also known as the Rainbow Mountain. On our way, we will appreciate a variety of natural scenes such as plateaus, water streams, valleys, grasslands and snowy mountains; accompanied with camelids, poultry and sheep. Vinicunca mountain is one of the spectacular sites in Vilcanota mountain chain; it has a natural color that changes depending on the weather; when it is cloudy, colors are softer or darker, and they are vivid and brighter when it is very sunny. After a short break, we will begin to descend through the valley of K'airahuire to have lunch, and then go to Quesoyoni for our return to the city of Cusco.
|Visited areas||Checacupe community, Surineqocha lagoon, Vinicunca. mountain.|
|Availability||All- year round.|
|Type of service||Private.|
|Starting time (may change)||Day 1: 06:00 hrs / Day 2: 6:00 hrs.|
|Important note||Acclimatization is needed.|