This excursion to the rainbow mountains of Vinicunca and the Quelccaya glacier, It is designed for lovers of the outdoors. The Quelccaya Glacier is  cataloged as one of the largest tropical snow-capped mountains in the world.
These natural attractions should be on your bucket list of trips to South America, its landscapes are unique ; since it will delight all your senses with the impressive sunsets in the great Ausangate mountain range, very similar to the  lands of Patagonia.
Cusco is one of the most diverse regions in terms of landscapes, it has Amazon jungles, mountains, snow-capped mountains and valleys that give it a large number of climates and areas of unique habitats in the world. It is so that since 2014 one of the most impressive natural attractions of Peru has been visited, we refer to the colored mountains of Vinicunca, which as an effect of the deglaciation showed us its beautiful colors, this natural wonder enchants all visitors to the ancient capital of the Inca empire.
Unaltered landscapes for thousands of kilometers, pure air, pristine lakes, unexplored mountains, ancient ice fields and blue glaciers. And above all there are enormous distances to cross in silence, accompanied by the wind. You’re going to want to become an explorer. They will make you want to explore the desolate routes, traverse dusty paths between mountains and snowy peaks.
The feeling of freedom is in tune with the horizons that feel infinite and unaltered, and that feeling will be what marks your journey. Quelccaya is a land to explore, to feel that you arrive at a place that no one has ever seen before.
The Quelccaya glacier is a place of dreams, it is a land of enormous beauty with some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet.

Trek to Quelccaya glacier is located in the southeast of Peru, in the Cusco region, it is the most extensive tropical glacier in the world of 44 square kilometers and an ice layer more than 200 meters thick. It is one of the favorite destinations for professional mountaineers, who come to conquer its peak. To reach this glacier the hike lasts two days and begins in the Phinaya community that belongs to the Pitumarca district of the Canchis Province. The largest tropical glacier in the world is located at 5,600 meters above sea level. and the temperature gets below zero at night.

Quelccaya is a majestic glacier, ideal for practicing adventure sports and appreciating nature; numerous species of fauna such as alpacas, llamas and vicuñas inhabit this area, which are of great importance to the nearby populations of this area. It is made up of U-shaped valleys, glacial streaks in the volcanic rocks and beautiful lagoons in the Vilcanota mountain range.

Peru is a country where you can find almost all the ecosystems in the world. A clear example is the Quelccaya glacier in Cusco, considered one of the wonders of the country. Glaciers are the largest freshwater reserves on the planet. They are a source of water for agriculture, industrial activities and domestic uses.

In case you want to explore and enjoy the beautiful landscapes, the Inca Quarry Trail is a new alternative trek to the Classic Inca Trail, where you will not find hikers, this circuit is one of the most memorable to discover the great landscape richness and culture of Peru, since in its circuit you will be able to learn more deeply about the mysticism and customs of the men of the Andes, and take a train trip to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. You can also find a new Puerta del Sol in all the Andes. Sun Gate or called Inti Punku, are structures built to honor the sun, usually at such an angle that they frame a distant mountain and welcome the first rays of the winter solstice. You can also see Inca mummies inside their tombs. Another great attraction of this route of the Inca quarry is the Perolniyoc waterfall, where you can take a dip, at the top you will appreciate the Inca ruins of Perolniyoc. They are Andean terraces that in the past were a very important ceremonial center for the cult of water and mother earth. But perhaps the attraction that most stands out this circuit is undoubtedly the Inca stone quarries, where the ancient Incas developed a great technique for cutting lithic material, to later be taken to the town of Ollantaytambo. Today you can still see the lithic workshops with all their work elements, as if they had been left yesterday.

The sacred Inca trail to Machu Picchu is a new route that starts from the city of Cusco, we will go in our private transport to the north-west of the city of Cusco, during the first rays of the sun we will visit the typical market of Pisac, and appreciate its fine handicrafts, also the traditional ovens where some small empanadas are made in the Cusco style.

Then we depart through the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the archaeological complex of Urco, where we will visit one of the sacred temples of the Incas, of great significance, since according to archaeologists this is the true origin of the Incas. On this trip we will also visit the Inkarry museum, a cultural space where the best representations of all the cultures that existed in Peru since 4,000 BC are displayed. And after having been imbued with a lot of information on history and culture, we will start our sacred inca trail hike  through the mountains of Apu Kusanpata, passing through beautiful forests of Queuñas and Chachacomos, to Lake Yanacocha, a sacred inca trail space since time immemorial. Continuing the trip you will go up to the high peaks of the apu Illahuaman, from where you have a fabulous view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and be part of an offering ceremony to the sacred apus of the Quechua people, with the coca leaves, with our Andean priest of Q’eros.

During our Sacred Inca Trail hike, we also give strength to the Pachamama, so that she might go on generating life. During that offering ceremony, prayers are made for the health of whoever asks for them. Often, prayers are made for the participants´ work, prosperity and protection. In our Andean Cosmovision, everything that surrounds us is alive and we consider that offsets of balance frequently occur within our lives. So, one of the ways we have to harmonize and re-balance them, is through that Sacred Ceremony. Therefore, prayers are made with three undamaged coca leaves that Mother Earth gives us and which are offered to the Apus (Great Mountain Spirits). We also use elements like sweets, wool of different colors, myrrh, incense, animal fat and a great variety of foods and herbs we buy in the market and that the Andean people call “alcanzo” (allowance). But, one has to know how to prepare the offering, because not all that is being sold is being used, as each element has its meaning and reason to be.

After an approach to the mysticism of the Incas, we will go down to the Yucay Valley where the royal estates of Inca Wayna CCapaq and Tupaq Inca Yupanqui are still preserved. To close with a flourish you will explore the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu through the short  Inca Trail route, where you can enjoy Machu Picchu with more time and get the best photos of your trip to Peru.

The Short Inca Trail & Yanacocha Lake is located in the mountains of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is a beautiful lagoon whose waters are black surrounded by wonderful natural landscapes full of flora and fauna, this new walking route in Cusco is not very frequented by many tourists for this reason you can still feel tranquility, peace and excitement during the walk.

From the beginning, the walk to the Yanacocha Lake will surprise you with beautiful landscapes and picturesque paths, in addition you can see a beautiful forest of Chachacomos and Queuñas that stand out for their size and age. The flora and fauna stand out in the Yanacocha lake walk, we will also find a natural viewpoint of the entire sacred valley of the Incas and at the end of the walk the beautiful Yanacocha lagoon whose meaning is Black Lake (Yana = Black – Cocha = Lake). The landscape around the lagoon is beautiful, it is surrounded by a queuñas forest and located between large mountains that belong to the Andes mountain range specifically to the Vilcanota mountain range.

The Polylepis (“queñual”) forests of the Cordillera del Vilcanota (3600-4500m) are ecosystems that contain a fauna and flora, in physiological and microclimatic conditions unique in the world with high levels of endemism, such us :  birds (68 species), reptiles and amphibians (7 species), and larger mammals (8 species). These fragments are relics of a widely distributed habitat during the Pleistocene. The Polylepis forests existing in the Cordillera del Vilcanota contain populations of endemic birds such as Leptasthenura xenothorax, Cinclodes excelsior and Anairetes alpinus, reasons why this Cordillera, in this mountain range you can enjoy bird watching, and an environment natural full of freshness in the sacred valley of the Incas.

After exploring the majestic Andes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we embark on a tourist train, until the start of the short Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu, where you will witness a splendid cloud forest that in its lush trees hide the most palaces. beautiful places of the Incas, and as a reward you will have a fabulous view of the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu from the Puerta del Sol. The last day you will go through all the attractions of the fabulous Machu Picchu, which is currently one of the seven modern wonders of the world.


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