Rainbow Mountain Lodge-to-Lodge & Mallkini Alpaca Farm
PE-016
10 Days
From USD 4,369
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The ‘Rainbow Mountain’ is one of Cusco’s best-kept secrets and a bucket list destination for many hikers. A 2-day trek starting from Cusco will lead you through one of the wildest and rarely visited regions of Peru, and the crown jewel in the Andes, the longest mountain range on Earth. At the end of the day, a simple yet comfortable lodge awaits you for a well-deserved rest. The remote villages that you will see along the way are amongst the only few shepherding (raising lamas and alpacas) communities left in the world. Another highlight of this journey is a stay at Peru’s biggest alpaca farm, where you will spend 2 days surrounded by more than 4000 alpacas and learn all you can about one of Peru’s most iconic animals.

Highlights

  • Enjoy some of the most magical panoramic views of Lake Huampococha and the Nevado del Inca peak with your stay at the Huampococha Lodge
  • Reach the top of 'Rainbow Mountain' before the visitors leaving from Cusco even arrive at the site
  • Gain the experience of a lifetime as you spend the night at an Alpaca farm in the Peruvian Altiplano, a treat for the true nature lover
Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival you will be privately escorted to your hotel.
At a proper time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to your next destination: Cusco.

This afternoon you walk through the major sites of interest in Cusco. You visit the famous cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School. You continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun where we witness the incredible masonry of the Incas, an engineering feat that remains an enigma. Afterwards you walk along Hatunrumiyoc Street named after the 12-angled stone clearly visible in the remaining walls of what used to be Inca Roca’s Palace. You make a last stop in San Blas artisan quarter. Its steeped cobblestone alleys not only offer spectacular views of the city but are lined with workshops and galleries, a great way to soak in Cusco's artistic atmosphere.
In the morning you will be transferred to Ollanta train station. The train ride takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Machu Picchu.
Upon arrival a small coach takes you up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. For centuries Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spaniards and has only been found in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. During a guided tour you will experience the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction, making this Inca site one of the seven new wonders of the world.

In the afternoon, return by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta. Upon arrival, you will be transferred back to Cusco.

Tonight, you receive a briefing for your upcoming trek tomorrow.
Your 2-day-journey to Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) starts with a pick-up from Cusco in the morning. Escorted by your guide, you cross through the Vilcanota Valley to the town of Checacupe. Hike through the spectacular canyon of Japura until you arrive at the community of Osefina, where we see the first grazing llamas and alpacas. Little by little you start ascending through a picturesque valley. As you leave the last houses behind, the landscape will change drastically on the way to the Anta pass and you will get your first glimpse of the Vilcanota mountain range. You will spend the night in the Huampococha Lodge where you may get the opportunity to see Andean geese who usually nest close by.

IMPORTANT
Min. altitude: 3,384 m (11,102 ft.)
Max. altitude: 4,900 m (16,076 ft.)
Distance (hike): 6.5 km (4 miles)
Duration (hike): 4 hours
Difficulty: Medium to demanding
Enjoy your breakfast with the first rays of sunshine before starting your hike. Today you will encounter the most spectacular stretch. You hike between mountains which have naturally formed with a myriad of colors, enjoy the awe-inspiring views over this natural geological wonder as it shows off its red, ochre, and blue layers. Admire the unique beauty of Rainbow Mountain one last time before descending through the valley that leads to Japura.

IMPORTANT
Min. altitude: 3,384 m (11,102 ft.)
Max. altitude: 5,100 m (16,732 ft.)
Distance (hike): 16 km (9.9 miles)
Duration (hike): 5 hours
Difficulty: Medium to demanding

Due to the physical requirements and overall challenge you must be in good physical condition. This trek requires you to acclimatize in Cusco before starting off (as you will be hiking up to mountain passes at altitudes of about 5,000 meters/16,404 ft). It is also is important to drink plenty of water and/or coca leaf tea. Temperatures can drop to below freezing at night. We strongly recommend bringing thermal underwear.

Drive from Japura (close to the community of Pitumarca) to Sicuani to spend the night (approx. 1-hour drive)
Morning drive from Sicuani to Mallkini Farm (approx. 4-hour drive)

Spend the next 2 days at the Mallkini Alpaca Farm and get an insight into alpaca breeding, rural life and the pristine landscapes of the Peruvian Highlands. With its over 4000 alpacas and 3,000 hectares, Mallkini is the largest privately funded alpaca-breeding ranch in Peru. The ranch started out as a genetic center founded by the Michell Group with the aim of improving the quality of the fibers it produced, and today features a welcoming lodge for nature lovers, complete with six rustic guestrooms with a homelike contemporary comfort. Within the secluded grounds, you find marshlands, springs and hillside habitats filled with native flora and fauna.

Upon your arrival, you will be treated to a delicious three-course meal before you begin your afternoon visit to 3 of the 8 ‘puntas’ where the alpacas are gathered. This will shortly be followed by a hike through a quenoal forest to a lookout point which overlooks the lush valley (approx. 3-4 hrs). Alternatively, you may visit the Mirasol School (only during weekdays), an initiative of a Norwegian couple, clients of the Michell Group. After a well-deserved three-course dinner you will be set to enjoy a well-deserved night's rest.
After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to this oasis of tranquility and head to Puno (160km from Puno, approx. 3 hours).

IMPORTANT
Altitude at Mallkini varies between 4,000 and 4,500m (13,120 and 14,700ft)
Complimentary use of oxygen tanks at the lodge.
Llama trekking can be arranged at an additional cost (4-5 hours)
From October through December you can participate in alpaca shearing activities (at additional cost, 2-3 hours)
Today’s excursion shows you the beauty and the traditional life on the shores of Titicaca Lake.

You start early in the morning and head to the southern shores of the lake to visit Aymara communities. On route, you pass the village Chucuito (Temple of Fertility) and continue to Qopa Amaya, a pre-Colombian ceremonial place. The impressive red and violet rocks have an important spiritual meaning since Incan times, and its significance still stands until today. In Villa Socca a great moment has come to give an offering to the lake. The simple but traditional ritual ‘Qui’nto’ asks the lake for permission to get to know it while making an offering of three coca leaves. Not surprising that the views from this spot over the lake are truly majestic.

Next, you reach Perka Norte, where you start off a 50-minutes hike along an ancient path to the beach of Luquina. From here, the vehicle takes you to a local restaurant for a lunch with splendid views over the lake. In Luquina, you can take part in different activities with the local families. In the afternoon, a small snack awaits you before you head back to your hotel in Puno.
At a proper time, you will be transferred to the airport of Juliaca to take your flight to Lima. Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Ask your guide for some tips for your farewell dinner in Lima, considered a gastronomic mecca in the Americas.
At a proper time, you will be transferred to the airport in Lima to take your international flight.
Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival you will be privately escorted to your hotel.
At a proper time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to your next destination: Cusco.

This afternoon you walk through the major sites of interest in Cusco. You visit the famous cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School. You continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun where we witness the incredible masonry of the Incas, an engineering feat that remains an enigma. Afterwards you walk along Hatunrumiyoc Street named after the 12-angled stone clearly visible in the remaining walls of what used to be Inca Roca’s Palace. You make a last stop in San Blas artisan quarter. Its steeped cobblestone alleys not only offer spectacular views of the city but are lined with workshops and galleries, a great way to soak in Cusco's artistic atmosphere.
In the morning you will be transferred to Ollanta train station. The train ride takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Machu Picchu.
Upon arrival a small coach takes you up the steep roads to the entrance of the citadel. For centuries Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the Spaniards and has only been found in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. During a guided tour you will experience the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction, making this Inca site one of the seven new wonders of the world.

In the afternoon, return by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta. Upon arrival, you will be transferred back to Cusco.

Tonight, you receive a briefing for your upcoming trek tomorrow.
Your 2-day-journey to Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) starts with a pick-up from Cusco in the morning. Escorted by your guide, you cross through the Vilcanota Valley to the town of Checacupe. Hike through the spectacular canyon of Japura until you arrive at the community of Osefina, where we see the first grazing llamas and alpacas. Little by little you start ascending through a picturesque valley. As you leave the last houses behind, the landscape will change drastically on the way to the Anta pass and you will get your first glimpse of the Vilcanota mountain range. You will spend the night in the Huampococha Lodge where you may get the opportunity to see Andean geese who usually nest close by.

IMPORTANT
Min. altitude: 3,384 m (11,102 ft.)
Max. altitude: 4,900 m (16,076 ft.)
Distance (hike): 6.5 km (4 miles)
Duration (hike): 4 hours
Difficulty: Medium to demanding
Enjoy your breakfast with the first rays of sunshine before starting your hike. Today you will encounter the most spectacular stretch. You hike between mountains which have naturally formed with a myriad of colors, enjoy the awe-inspiring views over this natural geological wonder as it shows off its red, ochre, and blue layers. Admire the unique beauty of Rainbow Mountain one last time before descending through the valley that leads to Japura.

IMPORTANT
Min. altitude: 3,384 m (11,102 ft.)
Max. altitude: 5,100 m (16,732 ft.)
Distance (hike): 16 km (9.9 miles)
Duration (hike): 5 hours
Difficulty: Medium to demanding

Due to the physical requirements and overall challenge you must be in good physical condition. This trek requires you to acclimatize in Cusco before starting off (as you will be hiking up to mountain passes at altitudes of about 5,000 meters/16,404 ft). It is also is important to drink plenty of water and/or coca leaf tea. Temperatures can drop to below freezing at night. We strongly recommend bringing thermal underwear.

Drive from Japura (close to the community of Pitumarca) to Sicuani to spend the night (approx. 1-hour drive)
Morning drive from Sicuani to Mallkini Farm (approx. 4-hour drive)

Spend the next 2 days at the Mallkini Alpaca Farm and get an insight into alpaca breeding, rural life and the pristine landscapes of the Peruvian Highlands. With its over 4000 alpacas and 3,000 hectares, Mallkini is the largest privately funded alpaca-breeding ranch in Peru. The ranch started out as a genetic center founded by the Michell Group with the aim of improving the quality of the fibers it produced, and today features a welcoming lodge for nature lovers, complete with six rustic guestrooms with a homelike contemporary comfort. Within the secluded grounds, you find marshlands, springs and hillside habitats filled with native flora and fauna.

Upon your arrival, you will be treated to a delicious three-course meal before you begin your afternoon visit to 3 of the 8 ‘puntas’ where the alpacas are gathered. This will shortly be followed by a hike through a quenoal forest to a lookout point which overlooks the lush valley (approx. 3-4 hrs). Alternatively, you may visit the Mirasol School (only during weekdays), an initiative of a Norwegian couple, clients of the Michell Group. After a well-deserved three-course dinner you will be set to enjoy a well-deserved night's rest.
After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to this oasis of tranquility and head to Puno (160km from Puno, approx. 3 hours).

IMPORTANT
Altitude at Mallkini varies between 4,000 and 4,500m (13,120 and 14,700ft)
Complimentary use of oxygen tanks at the lodge.
Llama trekking can be arranged at an additional cost (4-5 hours)
From October through December you can participate in alpaca shearing activities (at additional cost, 2-3 hours)
Today’s excursion shows you the beauty and the traditional life on the shores of Titicaca Lake.

You start early in the morning and head to the southern shores of the lake to visit Aymara communities. On route, you pass the village Chucuito (Temple of Fertility) and continue to Qopa Amaya, a pre-Colombian ceremonial place. The impressive red and violet rocks have an important spiritual meaning since Incan times, and its significance still stands until today. In Villa Socca a great moment has come to give an offering to the lake. The simple but traditional ritual ‘Qui’nto’ asks the lake for permission to get to know it while making an offering of three coca leaves. Not surprising that the views from this spot over the lake are truly majestic.

Next, you reach Perka Norte, where you start off a 50-minutes hike along an ancient path to the beach of Luquina. From here, the vehicle takes you to a local restaurant for a lunch with splendid views over the lake. In Luquina, you can take part in different activities with the local families. In the afternoon, a small snack awaits you before you head back to your hotel in Puno.
At a proper time, you will be transferred to the airport of Juliaca to take your flight to Lima. Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Ask your guide for some tips for your farewell dinner in Lima, considered a gastronomic mecca in the Americas.
At a proper time, you will be transferred to the airport in Lima to take your international flight.

Based on two people sharing TWIN or double room (excluding international & domestic flights)

USD 4,369 per person
Arawi Miraflores Prime, Antigua Casona San Blas, Huampococha Lodge, Wilkamayu, Mallkini Farm, Casa Andina Premium – Puno

  • Transfers from/to the airport, bus or train station
  • Accommodation based on the selected hotel category
  • Train ticket Ollanta – Machu Picchu – Ollanta in Vistadome Class (Superior Class).
  • Private services with local English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted (B: breakfast, L: lunch, BoxedL: boxed lunch, D: dinner)
  • Permanent assistance by our Guest Experience Department
Machu Picchu
Huampococha Lodge Room
En route to Vinicunca
Mirasol School Supported by Malkini Farm
View from Vinicunca
Views from Vinicunca (Red Valley)

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