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From Cuzco: Full-Day Ausangate Trek

1. 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. 

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

2. 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.

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