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AUSANGATE- VINICUNCA (THE RAINBOW MOUNTAINS) is a hike around the snow capped, a dramatic scenery located in South America; Perú, the largest peak in Cusco southern region, Andes Path Peru. offers you one traditional circuit around Ausangate and one very non-traditional to Vinicunca, you end up doing two treks in the area. Andes Path Peru, will satisfy most demanding and will get unforgettable memories as sumptuous panoramas of high mountain, formidable glaciers and crystalline rivers, turquoise lakes, peaceful pastoral scenes of the herds of spangled and alpacas kept on by Andeans with multi-coloured clothing This new route, apart from the beaten paths, is a true adventure through a nature preserved and wild, where the only meeting which you make will be YAURICUNCA, VINICUNCA THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, PUCAPUNTA (the red mountain) and small communities of Quechua-speaking Inca descendants that exploit the vast wide ones of Altiplano. The route achieves a circuit of scale, passing by collars located between 4710 and 5200 meters on the PALOMANI PASS.
Malaga.This is one of the famous birding areas in Cusco, easily reach in a full day trip leaving Cusco or better is you are based in the Urubamba Valley, the birding is done along the road that goes to La Convencion Province, on the northwestern part of Cusco, this drive used to be a rough one but since road was paved, access has tremendously improved. To bird along this road selected stops are made at first at Peñas with scrubby vegetation where several interesting birds are found, some target birds include the endemics Chesnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, White-tufted Sunbeam, Rusty-fronted Canastero and Creamy-crested Spinetail as well as a great variety of hummers Giant, Black and Green tailed Trainbearers, Great Sapphire-wing, Shinning Sunbeam, Sparkling violetear, Tyrian metatail, Sword-billed and more. Other beauties include Golden-billed Saltator, Blue and Yellow Tanager, Andean Parakeets, Red-crested Cotinga and several more.The birding as we reach the pass is quiet rewarding too with several species of seedeaters, sierra finches and ground tyrants, raptors are a good possibility as well, once over the pass the habitat gets more humid, as we are in the eastern sloes of the andes. The habitat change is quiet dramatic, Chusquea bamboo patches offers good possibilities for Parodis Hemispingus (endemic), Unstreaked Tit-tyrant (endemic), Marcapata Spinetail (endemic) several species of conebills, furnarids, mountain tanagers and flycatchers. The side fast moving streams are good for Torrent Duck and White capped Dipper.
This a good option for birders that are willing to increase their bird lists and expand their knowledge on Andean birds or just enjoy a full birding day in some of the most dramatic andean habitats

Day 1: Tinki Village-Upis Camping by the Hot Springs

After early breackast We will drive you southeast to Tinki. You’ll most likely stop on the way at the towns of Ocongate and Qatca where you you can have a drink and see some local culture. The journey to Tinki takes roughly 3.5 hours. From Tinki your trek begins proper. You start by trekking through the Vilcanota Valley before steadily climbing upwards to some high grasslands. Here you get your first glimpse of the Vilcanota range, including both Ausangate and Colqe Cruz peak. You cross the Mapacho river before continuing on through local community villages towards the base of Ausangate. You camp near the thermal baths at Upis (4408m). According to local legend, the baths are medicinal and many pilgrims seek the baths each year to heal. Upis hots springs overnight. B:L:D.

Day 2: Upis Pukaqocha.-

After breakfast we begin our trek at 7:00am. We begin ascending for 3 hours The morning begins with your first mountain pass crossing – Arapa (4850m). The views of Ausangate from Arapa pass are stunning and you’ll want to get your camera ready! After reaching the pass you stop for a light lunch before descending down into the valley on a well-trodden gravel trail. On your descent you’ll pass the green lake of Puqa Q’ocha (4556m). Once back down in the valley you camp for the night beside the gorgeous blue lake of Jatun Puqa Q’ocha. From your camp site you can choose to climb a nearby ridge to view the red-tinged lake of Vino Q’ocha. Each lake in the region is coloured differently depending on the coloured sediment of the nearby mountains. B:L:D.

Day 3: Pukaqocha : Huampococha.-

Today is a big day and the most anticipated day of the trek. We hike up to 17,000 feet where you will be graced with views of the majestic painted hills, but don’t get too excited yet, we still have a few hours to go before we finally arrive at the Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca. We have a celebratory lunch on top and take long break to enjoy the views. After lunch we head back up the valley and set up camp near Lake Yanaorqo. B:L:D.

Day 4. Huampococha/Vinicunca/Cusco Ollantaytambo

Continue as far as we can towards Puca punta the red sandstone sediment formations, such a wonderful experience. Here we see vicuñas and luckily condors, to shorten the climb this is a relatively short day and eventually encounter Vinicunca a mountain of striations of colors embedded in the hillsides. best known as The Rainbow Mountain, it speaks for itself. We ended up having a marvelous time and arrive to Cusco Ollantaytambo. B:L:D.

Day 5 : Abra Malaga (the pass 4316m)

We will need an early start as we drive up to a very high pass at 14,000 ft (4,316 m). Near the pass are groves of Polylepis woodland with several globally threatened species such as Royal Cinclodes, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, and the endemic White-browed Tit-Spinetail. The walking is quite moderate due to the elevation. Sourrouding the Polylepis forest we may see Andean Goose, Crested Duck, Mountain Caracara, Andean Lapwing, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Andean Flicker, Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Streak-throated Canastero, Line-fronted Canastero, Stripe-headed Antpitta, Puna Tapaculo, Taczanowski´s Ground-Tyrant, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Rufous-webbed Bush-Tyrant, Giant Conebill and Black Siskin Later in the day we will target other species in the roadside scrub such as the endemics White-tufted Sunbeam, Creamy-crested Spinetail and Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. Night in Ollantaytambo. B:L:D.

Day 6 : Abra Malaga (cloud forest 1650m)

Early start to drive up the pass and arrive to the upper montane evergreen forest, chusquea bamboo forest, streams and scrubs. We may see Imperial Snipe, Golden-plumed Pararakeet, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Great Sapphirewing, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Sapphire-vented Puffleg, Scaled Metaltail, Purple-backed Thornbill, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Puna Thistletail the endemic Marcapata Spinetail, Pearled Treerunner, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Rufous Antpitta, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Undulated Antpitta the endemic Red-and-white Antpitta, Diademed Tapaculo, Trilling Tapaculo, Highland Elaenia, Sierran Elaenia the endemic Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Bran-colored Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Bush-Tyrant, Smoky Bush-Tyrant the endemic Inca Wren, Mountain Wren, Great Thrush the endemic Parodi´s Hemispingus, Rufous-chested Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Lacrimose Mountain-Tanager, Plushcap, Tit-like Dacnis, Blue-backed Conebill, Moustached Flower-piercer, Stripe-headed Brush-Finch the endemic Cuzco Brush-Finch, Golden-bellied Grosbeak, Mountain Cacique and many more. In the late afternoon we will to Aguas Calientes . B:L:D.

Day 7: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

You will have breakfast at your hotel before we take a very early bus (5:30am) along the winding road to Machu Picchu to see the magnificent sunrise. Once there you will be given a 2 hour walking tour of the site.You will begin your hike of Huayna Picchu mountain at 10 AM. If you are not climbing the mountain, or after you hike the mountain, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before you return to Aguas Calientes by bus. When you arrive in Aguas Calientes you will board the expedition train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo you will travel by private van to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel. Arrival time in Cusco depends on the time of your train ticket.(B/L / )

Not Included:

  • Flights to and from Peru / Cusco, or any kind of transport before or after completion of the program.
  • Tipping staff

We recommended you bring:

A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature
Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Cusco.
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
Sleeping bag
3 Nights Hotel 1 Ollantaytambo 1 Night Aguas Calientes 1 Night Ipal
1 Round trip train ticket
1 Round Trip bus ticket
1 Entrance fee for Machupicchu
Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries
Camera, films and batteries (batteries are consumed quicker in cold conditions)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
Sun block
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported
Toilet paper – pack in & pack out
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) and water for the first morning.
We advise you to bring water sterilizing tablets in case you collect water from streams.
Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
Small towel or sarong
Bathers/swimsuit (if you intend on swimming in hot springs)
Original passport & ISIC (International Student Identity Card) if you have one.
Walking sticks or poles (can be hired from us)
Binoculars (if you have them)
Walking poles
Extra mule for personal belongings (e.g. camera equipment) US$25 per day
• Services of expert guides in high mountain trek.
• Private transport round trip
• Accomodation: camping in tent
• Waterproof bags
• First aid kit and oxygen


  • Student Discount: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to [email protected]
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00

Private Service Prices 2018

  • 1 person : US$2050.00 per person
  • 2 people : US$1550.00 per person
  • 3 people : US$1450.00 per person
  • 4 people : US$1350.00 per person
  • 5 people : US$1250.00 per person
  • 6+ people : US$1150.00 per person

Optional Machupicchu extention


As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $65 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person

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