Colca Canyon & Cusco: 2D/1N Colca Canyon Trekking Tour + Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour in Cusco

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City: Cusco & Colca (Arequipa), Mountains // Activities: Trekking, swim in thermal baths, bird watching //

Are you ready for two beautiful tours that give you the chance to get to know two some of Peru's top tourist destinations? Visit the Rainbow Mountains of Cusco and the Colca Canyon close to Arequipa and fall in love with the unique nature during these two trekking tours. The alternative tour is not the typical trekking tour to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain where you will be with hundreds of other tourists fighting to get the best photo with no people on it. In comparison to the Vinicunca trek, you will not only see "one" Rainbow Mountain but numerous. Forget all the complaints about the 3-hour hike as you only hike about 45 minutes to 1 hour. A lot of tourists love this tour because you will not see a large number of other people around so you can enjoy this incredible landscape almost for yourselves. In Arequipa, you will perform a two-day trekking tour deep down in the Colca Canyon, located in the department of Arequipa. In its descent, you will enjoy the fantastic natural viewpoints with beautiful landscapes and see the famous condor. Arriving at the bungalows, you will enjoy the thermal pool where you can relax or have some fun to make this tour a great memory. 

Difficulty of treks: easy-medium

Validity: Buy TODAY and you have up to 5 months to reserve the experience. Minimum 2 people. 

 

Reviews of past travelers enjoying our Alternative Rainbow Mountain Trekking Tour

 

Itinerary*:

*the following itinerary is just exemplary; you're free to choose the order of the activities/tours.

Cusco:

ALTERNATIVE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TOUR
Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am for the alternative Rainbow Mountain trip in a private bus. After a 3-hour shuttle drive to the Ananiso community, passing traditional villages with amazing views of the Andes, valleys, and mountains, you will reach the starting point, which is at 4.300 m. Now, it's time to get acquainted with your fellow travelers and stretch your legs while receiving important information from your guide about the hike.

Afterwards, you start to hike along a small path through the Palomino Valley with some lovely views over some beautiful rock formations. At 4.900 m, you will explore the area and you will be able to spot much Andean wildlife such as alpacas, llamas, condors (Vulture gryphus) and the rarely seen vicuña (wild llama family). 
Upon your arrival at the Rainbow Mountain, you will have a great view over the entire region and also of the Ausangate Glacier, which is 6375 m high (21,000ft.). After a well-deserved break and some energizing snacks, you will have enough time to take some photos and breathe the fresh air of the Andes. You will spend about 2 hours at the summit, depending on the weather conditions. Then, you will begin the descent of aprox. 30 minutes to the starting point, where the driver will be waiting for you. After this outstanding day of touring, you will return back to Cusco, in a private bus, getting back at your hotel around 5:30 pm.

Arequipa: 

DAY 1: CONDOR VIEWPOINT + COLCA CANYON TREKKING

Arequipa - Chivay - Condor Cross - San Juan Oasis Sangalle

03:00 am: Pick up from your hotel in the city of Arequipa or in the operator's office. Departure to the Colca Canyon in a direct journey to Chivay where breakfast will be served. Then, you will depart to the Condor’s Cross to observe the majestic condors’ flight and then to the district of Cabanaconde, where you will rest. At 10:00 am, the walk will start in a direction to Colca Canyon’s depth for around 3 hours approx. On the way down, you will descend a steady path with zigzag curves. Finally, you will arrive at this beautiful place, which is a little paradise known as San Juan de Chuccho. Once you arrive, lunch will be served and then the trek will be continued three more hours inside the canyon, visiting villages like Coshñirhua Malata. Arrival to the Sangalle oasis with the afternoon free to enjoy swimming pools, rivers and lots of nature. You end this day with a dinner by the campfire and an overnight stay in bungalows of rustic material.

 

 

DAY 2: TREKKING TO CABANACONDE + VIEWPOINTS + THERMAL BATHS

Oasis - Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa

Hiking starts at 5:00 am to the town of Cabanaconde, this walk takes 3 hours approx. (ascent). In addition, breakfast will be served and upon arrival, you will start the return to Chivay. On the way, towns such as Pinchollo, Maca, and touristic viewpoints will be visited. Then you will be able to enjoy the thermal baths which are pools of 30 to 35 degrees for about 40 minutes. Apart from that, lunch will be served in the city of Chivay and you will return to the city of Arequipa, approx. at 5:30 pm. 

 Included:

Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour:

  • Private transport from and to your hotel in Cusco 
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking indigenous guide(s) 
  • Small snack having arrived at the summit (Coca- or Muña tea and fresh bread)
  • Breakfast (quinoa drink, tea, coffee, bread, omelets, pancakes)
  • Lunch 
  • Oxygen and first-aid kit
  • Communication radios

Colca Canyon Trekking tour:

  • Official bilingual guide during the tour
  • Shared tourist transportation 
  • A private bungalow inside the canyon
  • 1 night in Hosta l Sonqokilla (in Bungalows with shared bathroom and bedroom/ or private bed- and bathroom)
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Dinner

 Not Included:

  • Entrance for the alternative Rainbow Mountain tour (S/. 5 for Peruvians, S/. 10 for foreigners) or the Humantay Lake tour (cost: S/.10 per person, around $3)
  • Pick up from hotels outside of Cusco
  • Accommodation at night
  • Drinks

Colca Canyon Trekking tour: 

  • Last lunch at Chivay (Last day)
  • Entry to Colca (BTC) (S/.20 Peruvians, S/.70 foreigners)
  • Entry to the thermal baths (S/. 15.00, optional)

 Schedule:

  • Alternative Rainbow Mountain tour: 5:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Colca Canyon Trekking tour: everyday

 Duration:

  • 2D/1N tour and a 1-Day tour

 Recommendations:

  • Use a small trekking backpack, a hat, gloves and a rain cape
  • Camera and binoculars 
  • Take your sunglasses and sunscreen with you
  • Bring water and snacks

Colca Canyon Trekking tour:

  • You are fit to manage hikes of 6+ hours in the mountains (otherwise you'll suffer the altitude and the difficulty of this hike)
  • Water and snacks
  • 25 or 30 liter backpack
  • Sunscreen and repellent
  • Flashlights, swimsuit and towel

 Terms of Reservation:

  • Minimum 2 days before
  • Minimum age if you travel alone: 18 years

     Terms of Cancellation:

    • Cancellations and refunds of 100% are valid as long as they are made 5 days in advance.
    • Cancellations and refunds of 50% are valid as long as they are made 3 days in advance.

     Info: 

    • The operator is not liable in case of delayed flights, inconvenience with train schedules, or bad weather, such as rains, snowfall, landslides, etc.

       Information about the Local Guides:

      We only select the best guides whose services comply with our security standards, good equipment and a fair price for every destination.

      After having made the purchase you receive an e-mail with the complete contact information of the local guide.

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