3. Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake 2-Day Tour
01 Day: Rainbow Mountain In this program we will visit one of the new natural attractions of Cusco "The mountain of 7 colors". The tour starts early in the morning, we will go through your hotel in Cusco between 04:00 and 04:30 am. To travel by car for approximately two hours to the south, until we reach the district of Cusipata - Paucarpata where we can have breakfast, then we will travel by car for 1 more hour until we reach the checkpoint and start the walk, the walk will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, we will observe the typical flora and fauna of the Andes, among which the presence of Llamas and Alpacas stands out, upon reaching the Vinicunca or Montaña de Colores viewpoint (5080 masl.) our guide will give us an explanation about the orography, ecosystem and color of the mountain, we will also be able to take advantage of the moment to take souvenir photos and admire the beautiful landscape, then we will return by the same path to the point where we started the walk (Llaqto) where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusipata, where we will enjoy lunch. After lunch we will begin the return trip to the city of Cusco, arriving between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. The last stop will be near the Plaza de Armas of Cusco 02 Day: Humantay Lake The trip begins at your hotel in Cusco. Our transfer will visit you very early between 4:00 and 5:00 in the morning. We will undertake a trip by vehicle of approximately two and a half hours to the town of Mollepata in the province of Anta, where we will be able to enjoy a delicious breakfast and gather the necessary provisions. After breakfast, we will continue our journey for about an hour and a half by car. The road we will take is unpaved until we reach the community of Soraypampa, located at an altitude of 3,900 meters above sea level. During the trip, we will see beautiful landscapes and the impressive snow-capped "Salkantay". From Soraypampa, we will start a 2 km walk. The path is ascending and it will take us around 1 hour and a half to two hours, during the walk we will witness panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, impressive natural landscapes, and a great diversity of flora and fauna until we reach the "Laguna Humantay "at a height of 4200 masl. The "Laguna Humantay" has a turquoise color due to the minerals it has at the bottom, and in its waters you can see the reflection of the sky. Once you arrive at the lagoon, you can participate in a stone-laying ceremony to thank you for coming to this magical place. Our guide will walk you around the lagoon and share other interesting information. After our visit, we will descend on foot to the community of Soraypampa, where we will enjoy a delicious Andean lunch. After lunch, we will start the trip back to the city of Cusco. Our tour ends at approximately 6:30 in the afternoon, concluding our day hike to the Humantay Lagoon.