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  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Pick up: Hotel Cusco
  • Drop off: Hotel Cusco
  • Availability: Year Round
  • Tour type: Adventure
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Vinicunca Mountain and Waqrapukara Trek - 2 Days

The Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain and Waqrapukara Trek – 2 Days is designed for those looking for new alternative treks around Cusco. Explore Peru’s Rainbow Mountains and its most scenic and stunning landscapes on the first day. Enjoy the natural and fascinating colors of the Vinicunca Mountain with your private local guide by your side.

During this hike, you will also discover the majestic Inca construction of Waqrapukara or “horn-shaped fortress”, located in the canyon of the mighty Apurimac river, will be an unforgettable experience since it is a hidden treasure for travelers who are looking for something different and with few people. This beautiful sacred place combines an incredible work in stone with spectacular natural formations and small lagoons around.

Departure & Return Location:

Hotel Cusco.

Departure Time:

Pick up from your hotel (3:00 am – 3:30 am).

Vinicunca Mountain and Waqrapukara Trek – 2 Days highlights:

  • Avoid the massive crowds with our exclusive itinerary on a private or semi-private experience.
  • Instagram-worthy views of the colorful Rainbow Mountain, we know the best spots for photos.
  • Explore the incredible Red Valley viewpoint.
  • Enjoy a personal and flexible private guided tour to the Rainbow Mountains conducted by a friendly and Knowledgeable Tour Guide.
  • Get off the beaten path and explore cute villages and mountains and get close up to the local people

IMPORTANT INFO BEFORE YOU GO

Deposits

A non-refundable deposit (varies depending on tour) is payable from the Client to Huaynas Expeditions when reserving any Product. If the reservation is made 7 days or fewer before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. Depending on the original booking method, the client should send the non-refundable deposit to Huaynas Expeditions or the authorized Agent through whom they made their reservation.

Tour Briefing

A pre-tour briefing is given to you, ideally two days before the start of the trek. This is comprehensive information on the tour schedule, required gear, altitude, weather, etc. Questions and concerns will be clarified so that you fully comprehend the tour schedule.

Acclimatization

It is strongly suggested to be progressively acclimatized; thus, you should arrive in Cusco 2 days previous to trek departure. Altitude sickness causes you a headache, stomache, hands tingling, etc. There is certain medicine you may take to avoid altitude sickness, for instance acetazalomide; moreover, it is helpful to have coca tea; and hot liquids to not become dehydrated. You must descend as the ultimate emergency if you develop serious altitude sickness.

Pick Up of Guests

If your hotel is located in the Historical Center of Cusco, Huaynas Expeditions will pick you up there. Although your guide will schedule the pickup time during the briefing, please be aware that the pickup time could change by up to 20 minutes due to traffic.

Cusco is an ancient city, and there are lots of winding cobblestone streets there. It may be challenging to move luggage to some hotels and Airbnbs because they are situated on car-free streets or long, including inclines. Booking lodging with adequate access is something we strongly advise.

Duffel Bag or Canvas Case

You’ll be given a canvas case or duffel bag during your briefing. Our horses will transport them, and the horsemen will hand them to you as you arrive at each camp. They are 60 x 24 x 22 centimetres (23.6 x 9.45 x 8.66 in).

Each duffel bag can only contain a maximum of 7 kilogrammes (15.4 lb), which includes the weight of your clothing, sleeping bag, and other personal belongings.

Strikes and Demonstrations

Strikes and demonstrations are frequent in Peru, which may stop some of our tours. Roads can be stopped, and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will attempt to keep your vacation as initially planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these conditions, trips may potentially be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, our operations department will manage everything with you. Your safety is our priority, and our decisions will be taken to protect it.

Group Tours

Because group trips are made up of various persons, physical states and ages may differ. You acknowledge that some persons may be faster or slower than you if you choose to participate in a group trip. As a result, everyone on the road may proceed at their own speed.

It is conceivable that a group may want to change the itinerary; however, after discussing with all participants, the guide will determine if such changes are allowed.

Travel Insurance

We highly advise you to buy comprehensive travel insurance before departing. A comprehensive travel insurance coverage that covers everything from high-altitude treks to unforeseen trip adjustments is a must-have travel gear. Please remember that your standard medical insurance plan will not cover some possibilities in your own country. We suggest searching for a plan that covers the following coverage:

  • Adventure trips and any specific activity you will be undertaking on your journey (such as a high-altitude trek);
  • Recovery of your non-refundable booking deposit in the event of trip cancellation due to illness or accidental injury;
  • National or international emergency evacuation;
  • Patriation of remains in the event of death;
  • Other medical expenses related to injury, illness or death.

While we try to be understanding when situations arise, the fact is that Trip Changes and Trip Cancellation incur penalties.

Passport

To book the below things in your name, we require a photo of your passport’s bio page (Peruvian Government Requirement). Please keep in mind that each traveler must be aware of the re-entry laws for their place of residence/citizenship. Some nations require a passport valid for 6 months beyond the travel date. Please confirm that your passport is current and meets your country’s and residency standards. We can purchase your flights with an expired passport, but we will require a copy of the current passport as soon as you receive it in order to update your tickets.

Visa’s

Most countries are permitted to obtain a visa at the point of arrival. Only a few nations require visas to be obtained in advance. Please remember that each tourist is responsible for determining whether or not a visa is required before admission. Please remember that tourist visas are usually valid for 90 days or less and require proof of return travel.

Lost Objects

Please be aware of where you leave your belongings, and remember to take everything with you once you leave our transportation, tents, or restaurants. You are solely responsible for your items throughout the trip.

WHY CHOOSE HUAYNAS EXPEDITIONS?

Ethical, Sustainable, Eco-friendly

Our objective is to provide great treks, tours, and adventure experiences while adhering to environmental, sustainable, ethical, and socially conscious travel practices. We make every effort throughout our excursions to avoid negative affects and enhance benefits to the local people and natural ecosystems we visit. We pay fair, livable rates to ensure that we employ and retain the best guides and support workers. We follow worldwide sustainable tourism criteria and have continuous community projects and charity activities that benefit four or more local Andean villages.

Excellence

We take pleasure in offering five-star service before, during, and after your vacation. Huaynas Expeditions is committed to providing exceptional customer service and adventure experiences.

Quality

When walking over tough mountain terrain at high altitudes in unpredictable weather, it is critical to have the best equipment possible. We supply Mountain Hardwear 4-season tents (3 seasons for Inca Trail because of warmer weather), extra thick mattress mats, dry bags for your overnight gear, and other amenities to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.

Personalized

Any hike or tour can be tailored to your travel, fitness, financial, and time constraints. Do you need a journey or tour for a business or work event, a charity organization, or any significant occasion? Get in touch; we can handle everything!

Leave No Trace

As it should be, our journeys leave nothing but smiles and footprints.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

We care about the environment, which is why we reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our equipment is reusable (no paper or plastic plates/cups/utensils), we buy locally and avoid paper/plastic packaging, and we recycle anything we can. This is not the norm in Peru, but we intend to make it so one day soon!

Passionate

All of our staff are enthusiastic about their jobs. Who wouldn’t want to work in an office surrounded by gorgeous mountains and endless vistas? We are happy to provide our guides and employees with the highest rates in the industry.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Vinicunca Mountain - Pomacanchi Lake.

You will be picked up from your hotel around 03:00 am. We drive nearly 3 hours in a private van to the trailhead, where we will provide you box breakfast upon arrival to fuel up for the trek ahead of you. After enjoying our breakfast, we start hiking. We will walk for around 2 hours roughly until the top of the RAINBOW MOUNTAIN. We will have time to explore the area and take pictures. you will spend approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on your trekking speed and weather conditions).

After completing our tour of the Vinicunca Rainbow mountain, we will return to the starting point where our Chef will be waiting for us with a delicious Buffet lunch. Then we will go to the Pomacanchi Lagoon. We will set up our camp next to the lagoon of Pomacanchi, the first lagoon that we will visit on this tour.

The Pomacanchi lagoon has a maximum depth of 140 meters, where you can see trout, pejerreyes, huitas, ccarachis, ch’iñis. We will have a free afternoon to go through this lagoon and have our delicious dinner at night and spend the night in our tents next to the Pomacanchi lagoon.

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Rainbow Mountain Peru

Day 2: Pomacanchi Lake - Waqrapukara - Huayqui - Cusco.

Today we will hike to the Waqrapukara incan site; after breakfast at around 6 am, we continue in our mobility for 30 more minutes through a zigzagging unpaved road to the place called Punta Carretera. Place where we will stop for about 10 minutes to make the final preparations before walking towards Waqrapukara. We will start our walk along a flat road slightly stretched with small climbs and descents for the first 2 hours; we will also pass through beautiful landscapes, such as high Andean lakes (Cochas).

Once we reach the top, we will descend until we get the Waqrapukara viewpoint. We will stop to take the first pictures of the Archaeological Complex of Waqrapukara. Then we will continue descending for about 40 minutes until we reach the same ceremonial center. We will observe gigantic rock formations that give depth to the Apurímac River Valley as we approach.

We will explore the ceremonial center of Waqrapukara for an hour and a half. After contemplating so much beauty and taking a photo session, we will keep hiking down for 2 hours to Huayqui Comunity; the views here are out of this world! In addition to these breathtaking vistas, we will be treated to fascinating ancient rock paintings along the way. Some of these cave paintings are in an excellent state of preservation.

We will take our transport back to Pomacanchi lake, where our fantastic cook will be waiting for us with lunch; after lunch, we will drive to Cusco, arriving at your hotel at approximately 6:00 pm.

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Waqrapukara Peru

Inclusions

Price Includes for Vinicunca Mountain and Waqrapukara Trek - 2 Days:

  • Pre orientation one night before your departure.
  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Roundtrip transportation.
  • Entrance ticket to Rainbow Mountain.
  • Entrance ticket to Red Valley.
  • Entrance ticket to Waqrapukara.
  • Professional guide with Spanish / English / Quechua speaking.
  • Second guide for groups with over 12 people.
  • Tents – 2 people in a 4-person tent, which allows for greater comfort and storage of backpacks.
  • Thermarest air-inflate Comfortable sleeping Mattress.
  • Cook and assistance of the Cook.
  • Cooking equipment.
  • Dining equipment, including chairs and tables.
  • Portable environmental Biodegradable toilet (The Pett).
  • Foodservice (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 2 snacks) – nutritionally balanced menu.
  • Vegetarian and free gluten food for no extra cost.
  • Camping spot fees.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle.

Price Excludes for Vinicunca Mountain and Waqrapukara Trek - 2 Days:

  • Extra expenses.
  • Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you).
  • Sleeping bags (it can be rented from us for US$ 10 for the entire trip).
  • Walking sticks (it can be rented from us for US$ 10 for the entire trip).

Items to bring for Vinicunca Mountain and Waqrapukara Trek - 2 Days:

  • A travel insurance card is essential.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) or poncho. Plastic ponchos can be purchased for about $ 2 in Cusco.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots are recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breathe at night if you want to take them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf, and knit / tour beanie. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Camera, films, and batteries.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from sun, rain, and cold.
  • Sunblock.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
  • Your own special medicines you may need, paracetamol, second skin blisters, etc.
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Eager and adventurous spirit to enjoy your hike.

Would you like Vinicunca Mountain and Waqrapukara Trek - 2 Days in a private service?

We also offer a special service only for you or your group, you have the power to choose the size of your group and the date of departure, we will never add other people since it will be organized only for you.

Our Vinicunca Mountain and Waqrapukara Trek – 2 Days private service includes additional items such as:

Additional Inclusions:

  • North Face 4-season tents.
  • Sleeping bag / Silk Liner included.
  • 02 Waking Poles per person.
  • 1 Duffel Bag to carry all your sleeping bags, a self-inflating pad, as well as your clothes.
  • Private round-trip transportation.
  • Tour Guide, Cook, and driver only for you. And of course, we pay a little more for our Staff and Guide.

Prices

Our prices for the Vinicunca Mountain and Waqrapukara Trek – 2 Days are reasonable and are in different packages with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco, and discounts will apply automatically for groups of over 5 people when booking this tour together at the same time.
We are a local tour operator that never shares service with any other company in Cusco, most agencies in Cusco share their service to save operating costs with poor quality. We guarantee to make the trip even if there are only 02 people in your group.
Our booking process is simple and you can secure your trip with only a 30% deposit and pay the rest at the destination.

Large Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: 02 Min - 16ppl Max)
Adult: USD 350
Student: Not available
Child: USD 330
Infant: Free

Small Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: 02 Min - 08ppl Max)
Adult: USD 380
Student: Not available
Child: USD 360
Infant: Free

Private Group Service WITH Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: Upon Request)
Adult: USD 490
Student: Not available
Child: USD 470
Infant: Free

Private Group Service WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: Upon Request)
Adult: USD 400
Student: Not available
Child: USD 380
Infant: Free

Solo Traveller WITH NO Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: SOLO)
Adult: USD 700
Student: Not available
Child: Not available
Infant: Not available

Solo Traveller WITH Additional Inclusions

(Group Size: SOLO)
Adult: USD 800
Student: Not available
Child: Not available
Infant: Not available

Our Fees:

  • Adult (12+ Years): Over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Younger than 25 years old with valid Student Card.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years):  Between 3 years old and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Younger than 2 years old. (The infant can only ride on the adult’s lap. If you want them to ride in a seat, add them as a child).

*Remember that age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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FAQs

We want your vacation to Peru to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. This section contains answers to any inquiries regarding going with Huaynas Expeditions. Please read the following information; it will assist you if you have any queries regarding our services.

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When do we Pay the balance?

You’ll pay your remaining balance once you arrive in Cusco and in cash in US dollars or soles (Peruvian currency) to the change of the day. If you prefer payment through PayPal, you’ll be charged an additional 6% due to bank commissions. It is better to pay us with cash because there is no transaction fee.

Can I store my luggage at your office?

Of course! During the tour with us, your main luggage can be stored in our office or at your hotel. Both of them are free.

Can I change departure date after the Confirmation of the tour?

Yes, it is possible. But you should let us know 7 days in advance.

Do I need to bring my original passport?

It is not mandatory to bring your Passport.

How far in advance should I book the tour?

At least 7 days in advance.

Is there student discount for this tour?

Unfortunately, there is no student discount.

Tipping?

Tipping is not required, but it is appreciated if you are satisfied with the services. Even though it might not be familiar in your country, the people who will look after you during the tour place a lot of importance on it. Many Huaynas Expeditions’ destinations encourage top-notch service and are a foundational aspect of the travel and tourism sector. It’s up to you how much to tip based on how well you thought out the tour and how long it lasted. Remember that leaving a tip is optional and should only be done if you receive first-class service.

Is Huaynas Expeditions sustainable?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions is a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator; for that, we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and appreciate the local places and their people.

What is the Tour Guide like?

Our guides make us so happy! Their English is excellent, and they are extremely professional. They have a great deal of knowledge and love for the history and heritage of the Incas. Constant professional and personal growth is a priority for our tour guides. They conduct research to make sure that the Inca and Andean cultural theories you are given are accurate and widely accepted. Our team members are smart, athletic, and fun-loving. All of them have academic backgrounds in archaeology, tourism, botany, history, or anthropology.

How many days do I need to be acclimated before starting the trek?

You should have at least 48 hours or more in Cusco. It’s recommended to enjoy these days in the city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley.

What if I suffer from altitude sickness?

Our tour guide is professional; he will treat you accordingly with the oxygen tank; we always provide an oxygen tank for this tour.

When is the best time to go to the Rainbow Mountain?

Best season: Dry season (May to October)

Is there a horse rental?

If you have trouble walking on this trek, we recommend renting a horse (there are horses at the starting point). However, horses will only take you to the uphill section, not downhills, since there is a risk of falling off the horse.

WHY TRAVEL WITH US

When making plans for a long-awaited dream journey, choosing the right travel agency or tour operator is the most crucial option you will make. Initially, some businesses might appear more affordable. But if you dig a bit further, you’ll discover why booking with Huaynas Expeditions ensures that your trip will be as remarkable as it can be.

100% DIRECT LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

All our Tours & Treks are provided only by Huaynas Expeditions staff and professional guides. That means Huaynas Expeditions will never pass you on to another company or 3rd Party.

PROFESSIONAL GUIDES

Our staff comprises tourism industry veterans eager to share their expertise and serve the passenger. They are prepared to show you the best of Cusco and Peru with their extensive knowledge.

SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE

We are a travel agency committed to providing the best tourism services and are eager to help you explore the numerous natural and archaeological treasures found in every region of the nation.

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

Find excursions and activities that astonish you, then reserve them. You’ll be overjoyed when the tour is over and eager to tell your friends about your fantastic trip to Peru. Choose us for your ideal vacation.

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