Rainbow Mountain Llama Trek
- See the highest peak near Cusco, Ausangate
- Stunning Rainbow Mountain
- Iconic Peruvian llama trekking
- High elevation trekking through the Andes
- A full day at Machu Picchu
- Breathtaking mountain views
- High mountain lakes and wildlife
- Top notch cuisine and service
Our Rainbow Mountain Llama Trek is the triple crown adventure of Peru! It is one of the most special and memorable hikes in the world and is truly one not to be missed! It combines the uniqueness and cultural significance of Peruvian llama trekking with remote, high-altitude hiking in the Andes Mountains. Highlights of the trip include towering snow-capped peaks, high mountain passes (our high point is 16,560 feet!), mountain lakes, hot springs, amazing cultural immersion, the vibrant and other-worldly landscape colors of Rainbow Mountain, and of course a trip to the ancient Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. This trek takes place south of Cusco, Peru adjacent to the mountain, Ausangate, which was an “Apu” or sacred mountain to the Inca people. This trip is also one of the best undiscovered treks in the world and provides solace from the larger crowds that inhabit the more famous trails. Hiking through this vast and dramatic landscape in the heart of the Andes with the help of the iconic animal of the Inca, llamas, provides a well-rounded, culturally rich and awe-inspiring adventure in Peru.
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On this guided Peru trek we start by picking you up from the airport in Cusco. We will drive to our hotel, have showers and meet for our orientation meeting to get acquainted with our group, itinerary and supplies needed for the trek. After our orientation meeting we go to our favorite, local Peruvian restaurant for dinner in Cusco. Be sure to drink copious amounts of water throughout today, as flying and traveling will certainly dehydrate you. Cusco is over 11,000 feet in elevation and being hydrated (lots of water and limiting alcohol) is a critical component of dealing with significant elevation changes. Self-care begins immediately.
This morning we will enjoy our first Peruvian breakfast in Cusco. After breakfast, we will meet for our educational and historical visit to the ruin of Saksaywaman, the ancient cathedral in Cusco, and the Qoricancha (Sun Temple). For lunch we will meet our chef for the week and enjoy the organic and local foods Cusco has to offer. After the tour, we have some free time to relax before dinner. At dinner your guides will provide the plan for the following day and answer any last minute questions.
Today serves as an additional acclimatization day. After breakfast we will drive to the village of Chinchero, where we visit a Wildland-supported weaving center. The Chincherinas (local women) will show us the process of weaving beautiful blankets, dying with colors and making clothes. Subsequently, we will head towards the salt mines / Salineras that date back over 2,000 years with over 3,000 salt pools carved into the mountain side. After the Salineras visit, we will go to an amazing lunch spot with phenomenal mountain views. After lunch we will move on to the fascinating terraces of Moray, once used for agricultural experimentation by the Incas. After Moray, we will head back to Cusco and enjoy free time until we meet for dinner. Our guides will deliver the plan for the following day.
This morning we will leave the hotel at approximately 5 A.M. and eat breakfast en route to our hike. We have a 3.5-hour drive to the town of Upis, south of Cusco. Once we arrive in Upis, we will meet our llama wrangler, the rest of our support crew and our llamas for the start of our trek. After packing, we will begin by hiking gradually uphill through many small villages, farms and high grasslands with views of the Vilcanota Range (home to the Cusco area's highest peaks). Tonight's camp sits below towering and glaciated Mount Ausangate (20,945'), a deeply sacred mountain to the Inca and the highest peak in the range. We'll also be able to see Colqe Cruz peak (20,020'). Our camp has one more optional treat - hot springs. Those who desire can enjoy a soak in the small thermal pools not far from camp. A wonderful Peruvian dinner and great night's sleep cap off our first day of trekking.
This morning we wake up with a warm up of coca tea delivered to us in our tents by our cook crew. We will then have coffee, breakfast and begin walking by 8am. Our hike starts slowly up to our first pass, Arapa (16,000 ft.), then down to Pukacocha Lake, where we'll relax over a lakeside, picnic lunch. After lunch we hike up to another high mountain pass (16,500') with breathtaking views of the lake where we will have lunch. We continue our descent from the pass into a wide, picturesque valley. We will set up camp and enjoy a well deserved dinner and good night's sleep.
Today we pack up camp and have a hearty breakfast before starting the day's hike to Ananta pass, which offers spectacular views of Pukacocha lake, Pumacocha lakes and Ausangate mountain. After spending some time here, we’ll hike down and have lunch at Auqui.
After lunch, we hike towards the Huarmisaya pass, which provides views of the famous Rainbow Mountain in the distance. We continue hiking until we reach our campsite, on the other side of the pass next adjacent to Huarmisaya lake.
This morning, we have breakfast, breakdown camp and hike for 1-2 hours to reach Rainbow mountain before the crowds arrive. After spending ample time there and taking photographs, we’ll make our way down to meet our awaiting transportation. We will be transported to the sacred valley to the town of Urubamba where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will drive to Ollantaytambo to board our train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas, we will check into our hotel and have free time until going to dinner. Tomorrow we visit the Machu Picchu!
This morning we have some flexibility and a couple of different options depending on how the group is feeling. One option is to wake up early and take the tourist bus to Machu Picchu for the sunrise. Another option is to sleep in a bit, let the tourist crowds subside and take the bus to Machu Picchu around 10 am. We will discuss the options the night before and decide as a group which strategy we want to use.
At Machu Picchu our local Peruvian guide will lead us on a thorough and fascinating tour of the ancient Inca city for 3-4 hours. We will learn about the amazing cultural history of the Inca and their ancient city, and delve into some of the mysteries that surround Machu Picchu. After the Machu Picchu tour we head back to Aguas Calientes for lunch. We then board a train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, we board our private van to the town of Urubamba. Depending on the time, we may have dinner in Urubamba or continue on to Cusco where we will have dinner and check into our hotel. What a week it's been!
This morning we have our last Peruvian breakfast in Cusco and say our good-byes before heading to the airport. From here it's of course your option to continue exploring Peru or have a flight booked to return home. You can depart Cusco any time on this final day. Service ends after transportation to the airport. Thanks for choosing Wildland Trekking!
Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.
- A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
- Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
- A professional Wildland guide, trained in 1st Aid, risk management and assessment and responsibility to provide overall standard of excellence in service quality.
- Local Peruvian guide(s), expert in cultural and natural history, the local area, fauna and flora, etc.
- Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
- Luxury Vistadome train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
- Lodging before and after the trekking portion of the trip (Lodging Details)
- All camping gear and supplies (including a dining tent and kitchen tent)
- Llamas to transport all gear, food, and most personal items
- Professional camp chef
- Drinking water and hot water for washing face, hands...etc.
- Use of a day pack and trekking poles
- Gratuity for in-country crew: Porters, Chefs, Waiters, and Drivers. *Please Note: Gratuities for Guide(s) are not included in trip rate.
- All meals for the duration of the tour
- Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
- You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!
- Transportation to Cusco, Peru
- Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
- Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills , wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
- All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight (disposable plastic water bottles are prohibited; please have refillable water bottles or hydration bladders)
- Gratuity for guide(s) (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; USD is recommended.) *Please Note: Gratuities for Porters, Chefs, Waiters, and Drivers are included in the trip rate.
This Peru hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. We'll have dinners at carefully selected, wonderful restaurants in Cusco as well as meals prepared on the trail by a professional camp chef. Some staples you may find are potatoes (papas), quinoa, rice, beans, meat, fish, various grains and vegetables.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.
We provide all group gear which includes the following:
- Trekking poles
- Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads
- Company-issued first-aid kit
- Satellite phone
We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.
Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.
Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).
Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!
We will meet you at the airport on Day 1 and transport you to the first night's hotel (included), where we'll conduct an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the first evening (your flight should arrive before 3PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.
Your safety is our top priority. Our Global Destination trips are led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Finally, we've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.
In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.
Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.
Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.
The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides, with a minimum of 2 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.
Age restrictions are as follows:
- 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
- 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis
For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.
If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.
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For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:
Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.comIf you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664
If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.
Peru is home to part of the Amazon Rainforest as well as the towering Andes Mountains. Machu Picchu is at an elevation of 7,710 feet (2,350 meters), but most of our treks in the region reach elevations well above 10,000 feet, some reaching nearly 17,000 feet. Because of the significant elevation changes and alpine hiking, the temperatures and weather can also vary widely. At elevations above 10,000 feet you can expect cold temperatures.
The average temperatures and precipitation in the Machu Picchu region are:
|March||70° F||45° F||11 days|
|April||72° F||40° F||8 days|
|May||70° F||36° F||3 days|
|June||70° F||34° F||2 days|
|July||70° F||30° F||2 days|
|August||70° F||34° F||2 days|
|September||72° F||40° F||7 days|
|October||72° F||43° F||8 days|
Tierra Viva Centro
This inviting Cusco lodge maintains the feeling of a historic residence built with stone, tiles, adobe and wood. It is the restored home of the Velasco Ordoñez family, historic residents of Cusco. The rooms offer modern comfort and are spacious, with large windows and wood floors.
Our Peru Treks feature premier camping with comfortable sleeping tents, kitchen tents, dedicated chefs, and a team of porters to carry and set up/break down camp each day. We provide all top-of-the-line gear. Our guests regularly rave about the camping accommodations on our Peru adventures!
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu
This hotel is in the quietest area of Aguas Calientes, facing the Urubamba River and surrounded by the Forest of Clouds. Modern and stylish, it features spacious and comfortable rooms, a lounge with a fireplace, and wonderful local art hung on the walls of the lobby and rooms.