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Ausangate: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Cusco: 7 Lakes of Ausangate Full Day Tour

1. From Cusco: 7 Lakes of Ausangate Full Day Tour

View the lakes of mountain Ausangate on this full day hike, where you can visit the 7 turquoise-green lakes. Walk through part of the Vilcanota mountain range. Enjoy dining on a nice breakfast and lunch in the Andes. Experience majestic landscapes. snowy peaks, and go to the Pacchanta hot springs. Meet some locals from native communities, and see their ornaments and colorful textiles. Journey through the natural habitat of llamas and alpacas. Get away from busy roads and experience an authentic place free of crowds as you meet locals and take in the natural beauty of the mountains.

From Cuzco: Full-Day Ausangate Trek

2. From Cuzco: Full-Day Ausangate Trek

Get picked up by your professional guide from your Cuzco accommodation from 4–4:30 am. Make the 3-hour drive to Pacchanta all bundled up with extra warm sweater, jacket, hat and gloves as morning temperatures in the area range from 5–9°C. Stop for breakfast and any last minute things you forgot to buy in Cuzco like water and snacks. From Pacchanta, take in your first views of the magnificent Apu Ausangate Mountains, rising 6,384 meters above sea level. Take some time to prepare your day pack and then begin the 1.5-hour trek to the first of the Ausangate Lakes. Hike at a comfortable pace along the steep terrain with a small-group and attentive guide who will look out for your safety. Then trek back to Pacchanta where a fortifying local lunch awaits you. Once you've refueled, hop in the nearby hot springs and relax as you take in incredible views of the surrounding highlands. Arrive back in Cuzco between 6 and 7 pm. 

From Cusco: 2-Day Rainbow Mountain Hiking and Camping Trip

3. From Cusco: 2-Day Rainbow Mountain Hiking and Camping Trip

Travel from Cusco to Rainbow mountain for a hiking and camping adventure with this two-day group trip. See stunning views of the snow-capped Ausangate mountain and have the opportunity to spot wildlife like chinchillas. Day 1: Be picked up from your accommodation in Cusco at 4:00 AM and relax as you drive to the trailhead. Stop for breakfast before starting your hike to the first pass of Puccacocha, which is located at 5000 meters above sea level. Marvel at the imposing snow-capped Ausangate mountain and Lake Puccacocha. Make camp at Ananta with well-maintained equipment. Have the tent set up for you, so you can spend the evening relaxing. Day 2: Start your day with a delicious breakfast before climbing to a Rainbow mountain lookout. Listen as your guide explains the importance of this place to you. Next, head to the Red Valley viewpoint to explore and snap some pictures. After a nice lunch, walk to the bus station where your driver will be waiting to take you on the 3-hour drive back to Cusco. Arrive in Cusco at about 5:00 pm.

Cusco : Rainbow Mountain Tours Full day Trek with meals

4. Cusco : Rainbow Mountain Tours Full day Trek with meals

Your full-day tour begins in Cusco city, where you will be picked up between 4:00 AM ,After that, you'll travel to Qollasuyo. We will arrive at Checacupe and then arrive at the town of Pitumarca, After that, we walk passing beautiful landscapes and lagoons where alpacas, llamas, vicuñas, puma, Andean birds, condors, etc. live in a walk of 3 ½ hrs approx. until the Vinicunca Pass (5,200 m.s.), from where we will have an impressive view of the Cerro Colorado, which with the sunrise shows its impressive valley and hills of magical colors.then We will observe mountains such as the Apu Sarinini and the Ausangate Mountain, the highest in Cusco (6,372 meters above sea level) The Community of Chillca, constituted by shepherds of llamas and alpacas, is known as the guardian of these Andean places Every year, on the north side of Ausangate, the festival of Qoyllur Rit’i has been celebrated since time immemorial, where faith is impressive as dancers from different parts of Peru arrive. At the end of the day: Return to Cusco. Arrival approx: 6:00 pm.

From Cusco: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Guided Tour

5. From Cusco: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Guided Tour

Want to visit Rainbow Mountain, but high altitude hiking is not your thing? We have you covered. The 1 Day Trek to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain or Palccoyo Cusco is an easier option to visit the colored mountains, in contrast to the arduous Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Trek. Popularly known as the alternative Rainbow Mountain trip from Cusco, Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Tour begins at 0400 AM from Cusco. We will be driving you closer to the summit, so you will be reaching with a short and easy 45 minutes hike. The hike takes you through stunning landscapes like the imposing Ausangate Mountain, the tallest and most sacred mountain in Andean mythology. You will also be hiking near the much-photographed, Stone Forest or Bosque de Piedras. Those are natural rock formations towering up in the sky. It gives an illusion of a forest. Rainbow Mountain Peru or Montaña de Siete colores as known to locals, is the second most visited attraction in the Cusco region, after Machu Picchu. Over 1500 travelers visit the mountain daily. Most travelers choose to embark on an hour and a half hike to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. The 1 Day Trek to Palccoyo Cusco offers similar views as Vinicunca. Also, the hike to Palccoyo Cusco is much easier and shorter. The highest point of Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Peru is at 4900 meters above sea level (16076 feet). It is highly recommended that you spend at least 3 to 4 days in Cusco and acclimatize to avoid altitude sickness.

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What people are saying about Ausangate

Overall rating

3.4 / 5

based on 5 reviews

This is a remote trek but the long car journey was worth it. The trek takes you up close and personal with the Ausangate mountains. The facilities are basic and the community is only just getting set up for tourists but it is unspoilt and feels very authentic. Our guide, Bryan, was knowledgeable and passionate about the area. He made our trek a special one. We even managed a quick dip in the local hot springs which eased aching muscles.

Very hard but top-notch supervision for an unforgettable experience Hardly anyone It's magic To do