Rainbow Mountain Lodge-to-Lodge & Mallkini Alpaca Farm
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Besides the classic visit to Machu Picchu this journey offers a different way to experience Rainbow Mountain. Instead of the classic day hike you spend one night at a cozy and intimate lodge close to the trailhead run by the locals of the remote community of Chillca. A 2-day hike blends cultural immersion with awe-inspiring scenery.  Another highlight of this journey is a stay at Peru’s largest alpaca farm, where you will spend 1 night 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 Mallkini 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)
Experience and explore the untouched stretches of Lake Titicaca in today’s full-day kayak and biking journey. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the lakeside community of Luquina where you will don your aquatic gear and begin your kayaking journey to the Uros island of Titino, a remote floating island undiscovered by conventional tourism.

After 4 hours on the water, you will make your way back to Luquina where a hearty lunch, complete with local delights and superfoods such as quinoa, awaits your return. Once you have refueled, climb on a mountain bike and cycle through the rural surroundings of Luquina, observing the local communities as they go about their daily lives, working their fields and shepherding their livestock.
From here, you will have the choice to either continue biking along a 30km paved road back to Puno and intimately experience this unique environment further or opt to be driven back to your hotel by van.
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)
Experience and explore the untouched stretches of Lake Titicaca in today’s full-day kayak and biking journey. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the lakeside community of Luquina where you will don your aquatic gear and begin your kayaking journey to the Uros island of Titino, a remote floating island undiscovered by conventional tourism.

After 4 hours on the water, you will make your way back to Luquina where a hearty lunch, complete with local delights and superfoods such as quinoa, awaits your return. Once you have refueled, climb on a mountain bike and cycle through the rural surroundings of Luquina, observing the local communities as they go about their daily lives, working their fields and shepherding their livestock.
From here, you will have the choice to either continue biking along a 30km paved road back to Puno and intimately experience this unique environment further or opt to be driven back to your hotel by van.
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 4,511 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
En-route to Rainbow Mountain
Local lady along the Rainbow Mountain trail
Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain
Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain
Huampococha Lodge (Rainbow Mountain)
Huampococha Lodge (Rainbow Mountain)
Main house at Mallkini Alpaca Farm
Twin Room at Mallkini
Fireplace at Mallkini
Breakfast at Mallkini
Mirasol School Supported by Mallkini
Mallkini Alpaca Farm
Flamingoes in Mallkini surroundings
Vizcacha in Mallkini's surroundings
Titcaca iews from Luquina
Kayaking from Luquina
Titino Uros floating island
Fisherman on Titicaca shores
Mountain biking in Puno
Machu Picchu

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