TOUR

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, RAFTING THE VILCANOTA RIVER: 2D, 1N

DAYS

2 DAYS 1 NIGHTS

PRICES

$ 500 person

LOCATION

CUSCO

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, RAFTING THE VILCANOTA RIVES: 2D, 1N

Rainbow Mountain Peru, also known as Vinicunca is a undiscovered land full of wildly desert landscapes, snowcapped glaciated peaks, herds of alpaca, and pristine beauty.
During this journey you will be in between two different ecosystem the Andean grass land called puna and the janca ecosystem in the proximity of the glacears.There will be some flora and fauna during this journey to the sacred mountain of vinicunca.Among the species that you can see will be the river gull, Andean cacara and puna ibis, Andean flickers and several kind of finches like plumbeous sierra finch and the Peruvian sierra finch among them.as well some flora like ichu vegetation from the grain family ,many succulent close to the glaciers and many musses and chilcas from the asters family.

Throughout your journey you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the impressive Ausangate Mountain towering in the distance. You will experience firsthand how locals live in the mountains and even see them hard at work. As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of the Rainbow Mountain, and finally with one last push you will hike or ride the mules or horses up to a vantage point that gives you a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up the sacred land. You have made it to the ultimate destination- The painted hills hidden deep in the Andes. Our way back will be by the same trail down to the beginning where hot drinks, dinning tent and a warn meal will be waiting for you after your challenge to this magnificent scenery. Then we will continue to the beginning of the river trip where we will camp along the river. Time for happy hours and then a good dinner. Sleep well with the sounds of the river looking forward for a great river trip.

The Ausangate snow peaks considered sacred in the Andean world. Is one of the highest mountains in Peru… Supposes to fertilize the Pachamama or Mother earth, been a masculine symbol of the Andean religion, traditions and myths.

Choquequirao is one of the largest of abandoned Inca cities.it was probably built by the Inca Tupac Yupanqui from 1471 to 1500 after his father Pachacutek.it was probably built as a political,social,militar and religuios retreat and center during the expantion of this Inca king and refuge of the last Incas. To reach it requires an extraordinary hike through the Andes in the Vilcabamba mountain range with the incredible Canyon view of a mighty river called Apurimac (one of the main heat water sources of the Amazon River).

 Included: We Provide and Include: Itinerary transport round trip from Cusco-Licensed,C;P;R,SWISS WATER RESCUE COURSES Bilingual, history and naturalist Tour Guides-All Itinerary Meals, including vegetarian & snacks, Safety orientation and River Equipment , optional activities-First Aid kit and Oxygen-Tour specific,-Dining tent, Cook & Services. Emergency phone, Safety Kayak. Portable toilet. Pictures and video optional

OVERVIEW

 

Duration: Full day 4am – 6pm

Distance: 15K / 9.3 miles optional 10Km / 6.5 miles

Elevation: 4300m (14,200ft) – 5035m (16,520ft)

Difficulty: moderate / difficult

What to bringThis is a list designed to advise you what equipment is appropriate to bring according to the weather conditions predominating at the time of your trip:
Flashlights (at least one headlamp among them).
Sun Block; Insect Repellent.
Towels (Small; cotton and hygienic).
Rain Gear (Pants and Jacket) though not necessary during the months of July and August.
A couple of pairs of socks, perhaps even an extra pair.
One pair of trousers for the evening plus one more pairs for trail use (zipp-offs).
Sandals for River use or lunch camp use (Teva types).
Low ankle height hiking shoes or regular hiking boots (check the season).
Reading material.
Binoculars (always useful regardless of season and activity).
Water Bottle (I liter capacity).
Good Sun glasses, perhaps two sets.
A bandana for neck protection.
One sets of underwear (perhaps an extra pair).
Camera and plenty of film.
Passport (couple of Xerox copies)
At least one short sleeve shirt and one or two long sleeve shirts
And your regular medium to high altitude outer trekking clothes (Anorak-Wind Breaker, Pile or Down Jacket, Wool Hat, Glove

PACKAGE DETAILS

THE GREAT URUBAMBA RIVER/RAFTING CLASS III- IV.

The Great Urubamba River in Peru is a partially navigable headwater of the Amazon River. It rises in the Andes to the southeast of Cusco, near the border of the Puno region, in a place called “La Raya Pass”, which at 4338 meters; it lies between the snowcapped Chimboya that rises to 5489 meters and the Mosaya snow peak, at 5400 meters. Here, at its origin, it is called the sacred Vilcanota River. Another main source of water for this sacred river is the snowcapped mountain Ausangate that rises to 6384 meters. As it flows in the Sacred Valley between Pisac and Ollantaytambo the river is called the Willcamayu or “Sacred River of the Incas”. It flows north-northeast for about 724 kilometers before joining the great Apurimac River to form the Ucayali River. Together they join the Marañon River and the Napo River to form the Great Amazon River near Iquitos in the north part of Perú.

River rafting: Vilcanota,Chuquicahuana section:

After two hours drive we reach a town called LLocllora. Late afternoon we will arrive to the camp near the river to enjoy hotdrinks and some rum,fire for the night and agood sleep near the sounds of the water of the sacred river vilcanota. After , we reach a town called LLocllora where we get up for breakfast and for preparations, safety instructions and to gather our equipment and gear for the rafting trip. Because this is a challenging section, we will meet up with our “Safety Kayak” who will accompany us along this section. For the first 3,30 minutes , we will be in a variety of class I, II, III, IV rapids, over a distance of 30 kilometers. Our first class III rapid is called “the Introduction” which is good training for the main rapids coming ahead. After that, we pass the class III+ rapid called “the Curve”, and then we will continue through easy class I and class II rapids. After a rest in a spot with great views of the Vilcanota Mountain range, we will run the canyon, enjoying a section with two class III+ rapids, called “the Train of Waves” and “the Knife”. Further down the canyon we will run three class IV rapids.Because our first class IV rapid is difficult, we will stop to scout the rapid and assess the conditions. Continuing down the river, we will run “the Butterfly” rapid, a class IV with technical conditions, then “the Bridge” rapid, also a class IV.

We will take a break in another spot with beautiful views of the Vilcanota mountain range and prepare for the next challenging section. “The Big Waves” is a large class IV rapid that is over 100 meters long with big, continual waves. Later, we will have two great class III+ rapids until we reach a flat section. The rest of the day is class I and class II rapids. Along the way, we enjoy excellent opportunities to see some of the flora and fauna of the Inter Andean valleys.

Then we will float for a while in class I;II rapids with incredible scenery of the vilcanota mountain range. With great variety of flora and fauna such a Andean gull, black phoebes and giants hummingbirds.as well we will be paddling in grass land and Andean scrub bush vegetation with tress like pepper corn and tanning.as well chachacomos and queñas which is part of our native forest “the Introduction” rapid, which is class III. From there we go through a section of class II rapids until we reach Cusipata Canyon, which has class III rapids..

We continue through sections with some waves and some flat sections of class I and class II rapids, then more class II rapids. All along, we will be enjoying beautiful views of the Vilcanota Mountain range and the flora and fauna of the Andean forest. We take-out at a beautiful spot change into dry clothes and have a picnic lunch. Our drive back to Cusco is about one hour and a half..

1500 $ / Person

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