DAY 1: Cusco – Kayrawiry – Cusco.
We will pick you up in Cusco at 5:00am from whichever hotel you are staying at within Cusco. It is about a 3½ hour drive in our private van during which we will pass through a few traditional villages and see some amazing views of the Andes. When we reach the trailhead for this hike, we will stop and enjoy a lovely breakfast freshly prepared by our trekking chef. After breakfast and packing some snacks to munch on en route, we will begin the hike from Kayrawiry (4,526 m / 15,189 ft) ft elevation. From here it will be a 2 hour 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 Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to take in the views and the magesty of this area. 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 elevation) and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota Range. While taking in these magnificent 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 floating on the air currents) we will begin our descent with a 1½ hour downhill hike. Then we take our private transportation to our lunch spot. After lunch we will start our return trip back to Cusco, arriving around 6:00pm, where we will drop you off at your hotel.