Today we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am, and then depart on our 3-hour drive through the South Valley, en route to the trailhead at Llacto (4,638 m / 15,216 ft). Along the way, there are stunning views of Inca agricultural terraces, traditional villages, valleys, and high Andean peaks.
The walk to the hill of 7 colors will take about 4 hours and has a distance of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Along your journey you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the snow-capped peak of Apu Ausangate rising in the distance. You will see hundreds of roaming alpacas and have the chance to really see how the Quechua people live. As you get closer to the Mountain of 7 colors, you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. Your guide will explain what the existence of the Mountain of 7 colors consists of and how it was formed, and finally, with one last push, you will go up to a viewpoint that gives you a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up the sacred land.
At this time you can also enjoy a coca tea that the locals prepare for visitors. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. Then there is a hike or to the viewpoint of the great Red Valley.
At noon we will go down the other route down to the community of Quesiuno, where our cook will be waiting for us with a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we will continue in our private transport to the base camp, near the Sibinacocha lagoon, where we will contemplate the last rays of the day’s sun, drinking a hot coffee. And in the evening we will have a nutritious dinner. Star lovers will be able to enjoy the constellations and the milky way that can be seen very clearly in the Andes of Peru.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
Camping elevation : 4,800 m / 15,748 ft
Today we will get up at 7:00 am, during the early morning the cold is intense so you will have your breakfast inside your mountain tent. Then we will take the transportation until the hike point of Cochas. We will start the trek across a pretty valley filled with grazing llamas, alpacas, and multi-colored pools fed by glacial melting. We will cross a river, then begin a steady climb to Bajo Huancanay (4,755 msnm). After lunch, we will continue the ascent to Alto Huancanay (5150 msnm), and the current border of the Quelccaya Ice Cap. You will explore these impressive glaciers during the day, in the afternoon we will return to our base camp in Bajo Huancanay.
After two days full of many adventures and the best landscapes of the Andes, we will say goodbye to the Quelccaya glacier and the beautiful Sibinacocha lagoon. Our last day begins with an early breakfast, to then begin the walk back to the community called Cochas, where our private transport awaits us to return to the city of Cusco.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., we will arrive at the capital of the Incas, the great Cusco, whose final point will be your hotel.