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Rainbow Mountain & Qeswachaka Bridge 3 Days / 2 Nights

Rainbow Mountain & Qeswachaka Bridge 3 Days / 2 Nights, The Rainbow Mountain Peru, officially named Vinicunca, is stunning and a bucket list destination for many. Situated near the incredible Ausangate Mountain, they are generally reached on the Ausangate Trek, a 6 day trek.
As Apu Ausangate is the holiest mountain in the region, the deity of Cusco and the highest mountain in the Cusco area (6,385 m / 20,945 ft), the 5, 6 day trek with the bonus of seeing the Rainbow Mountains is well worth it. Since pre-Inca times the mountain has been a place of worship and offerings and this tradition continues today, with the yearly Qoyllur Rit’I pilgrimage, consisting of over 10,000 pilgrims.
Q´eswachaka Bridge This Inca Bridge is the only one still in use. Located in Canas province 3 hours approximately from Cusco by car. Perfect place for people who love nature, adventure and culture must visit this place. Persons with courage can cross this Inca suspension bridge which is 28 meters long and it is made with Ichu (puna straw)

Overview

TRIP OVERVIEW

• Type of Tour: Adventure, ecological landscapes and cultural
• Departures Day: Daily departures.
• Season: Regularly from march to january
• Tour Duration: 3 Day
• Accommodation: Camping
• Group size: 2 – 8 persons

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Itinerary

TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 01: SOUTHERN VALLEY TOUR- CHILLCA
We will pick you up in Cusco at 8:00AM from whichever hotel you are staying at within Cusco.
The Southern Valley Tour takes you to an area of Cusco that few people visit. With visits to a mix of Colonial, Inca and Pre-Inca sites it offers a snapshot in to over 800 years of Cusco’s history. Starting with visits to some of the Colonial era churches in the suburbs of Cusco you work your way down the valley stopping at the village of Huasao which is renowned for its witch doctors before carrying on to the beautiful Inca water temple at Tipon. From Tipon you carry on to the extensive Pre-Inca site of Pikillacta which was constructed by the Wari culture who occupied the Cusco region before the arrival of the Inca and finally visit the church of Andahuayillas which is known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas due to its ornate decorations.
During which we will pass through a few traditional villages and see some amazing views of the Andes. Campsite at Chilca.

Places that are visited:

  • Tipon
  • Andahuaylillas
  • Colonial and Inca bridges in Checacupe

Day 02: CHILLCA – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – CHILLCA –QESWACHACA
After breakfast and packing some snacks to munch on en route, we will begin the hike from Chillca at 3700m/12139 ft elevation. From here it will be a 4 hour uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountains. Along the way you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley. As you reach the summit of the mountain you will be able to spot some Andean wildlife. Vicuñas are considered to be the Andean camel and this is the only place in Cusco where you will see them in the wild. Vicuñas are in the same family as llamas, though are much smaller and they have the most expensive wool in the world.
Once we arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to take in the views and the majesty of this area. All of the mountains that surround this area are red and there are amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak right in front of you. Ausangate is the tallest mountain of the Cusco region (just under 21,000 ft elevation) and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota Range. While taking in these magnificent views our staff will bring you some hot drinks while sharing information with you about the composition of these incredible mountains and how they became striated in the rainbows of colors you are seeing. After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors floating on the air currents) we will begin our descent with a 2 hour downhill hike. We will then meet up with our trekking chef and enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared lunch.
After lunch you can visit some of the local family’s homes where you can see the lifestyle of these people who still practice the ancient traditions of the Inkas. Here they speak Quechua, practicing their earth-based religion, and the agriculture – honoring the mountain spirits and sun to insure that their crops and herds flourish – as well as weaving the textiles that you will find in the museums all around Peru. During which we will pass through a few traditional villages we appreciate since conical shape volcano and beautiful landscapes and see some amazing views of the Andes. We will continue with our trip to Queswachaka, where we will make campsite close to this Bridge, with the opportunity to enjoy the sunset from here and take some photos of the stars. Campsite at Queswachaca.
Optional: Traditional Andean Ceremony with local Shaman (Not Included)

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,326 m / 10,189 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,020 m / 12,466 ft
  • Distance to walk: Downhill: 3.5 km / 2 miles
  • Approximate walking time: 2 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Day 03: QUESWACHACA– FOUR LAKES–CUSCO

After breakfast we will take the anticipated tour of this famous bridge. Queswachaca (3,600 meters above sea level) is an ancestral bridge, a clear demonstration of Incan architecture. It is built on the Apurimac River in the province of Canas. Every year, approximately 1000 villagers of Winchiri and Perccaro come together to reconstruct the bridge, is using skills that have been passed down from generation to generation. The dimension of the bridge are 33 meters long and 1.20 meters wide, made of a straw material and braided. We will continue to visiting the Four Lakes this new ecotourism and cultural circuit offers interesting attractions, starting from Cusco’s South Valley and ascending to the high Andean plateaus, at an altitude superior to 3,600 m.a.s.l. With four beautiful lakes, you will likely spot wild ducks, herons, gulls, migratory birds and a diversity of fish, such as trout, pickerel, and others. Of the four lakes, the Pomacanchi Lagoon is the largest and most important one. Finally after our interactions with the locals, we will start our return in our private van back to Cusco, arriving around 6PM, where we will drop you off at your hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
  • Lowest Elevation: 3,326 m / 10,189 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,020 m / 12,466 ft
  • Distance to walk: Down and Uphill: 1.5 km / 1 miles
  • Approximate Car and walking time: 4 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy

Includes

INCLUDED:

  • Private transportation to the trailhead
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco (no matter which hotel)
  • 02 Breakfast, 03 lunches 02 Dinner.
  • Entrance fee into the Park
  • 4 man tent for every 2 trekkers.
  • Inflantable matresses
  • Tour guide for the entire trip (English speaking)
  • Snacks
  • Drinking water
  • Freshly prepared hot lunch
  • First Aid kit
  • Trekking poles
  • Porters & Cook
  • Dining tent, chairs & tables
  • Private toilet
  • Taxes

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Emergency Horses
  • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
  • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance
  • Trekking poles
  • Tips

WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE:

  • Small day pack
  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Warm clothes
  • Rain gear
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking boots
  • camera with extra batteries

Prices

Price per person:

PRICE: $395 per person

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Even though this is a one day tour, we do include a chef and some porters to help serve a healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch for everyone.

Terms & Conditions

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Booking Procedures

Once you have chosen your program, please read this terms and conditions as your booking is subject to the terms listed below. A contract is entered into once CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE receives your booking form and deposit, and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE

Payment / Deposit

An appropriate deposit per person for the chosen program is requested at the moment of the booking. This deposit is non-refundable in case of cancellation by the client. The balance of the program has to be paid prior to departure in a date that will vary according to the program that you are booking and the indications that you will receive from your travel consultant.

Cancellation by Us

CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE reserves the right to cancel a program in case any of the following circumstances occur:

Client’s failure to pay the due balance of 60 or 20 days (according the booked program) prior to the departure date. In this case, the client will not have any right for the deposit refund.

Force majeure: Impossibility to operate the program due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE’s control. Ie. Delays in departures on travel arrangements caused by technical problems, weather conditions, over-booking or closure of a hotel, strikes, riots, decisions by State Governments or Tourist Organizations altering the itinerary, the duration of the time spent in a city or even omitting a city or part of the itinerary due to the local situation. In such cases, CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE will propose viable solutions to operate the program or comparable travel arrangements. If any of the circumstances listed above occur during the course of the tour, we reserve the right to alter the scheduled itinerary accordingly and no compensation will be paid. We will make every reasonable effort to provide you with the booked program arrangements but changes may occur. If they are significant we shall, if possible, inform you before the departure date.

Again, we will offer comparable alternative arrangements. All additional expenses derived will be at the expense of the client. Please note that CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE will not be liable to reimburse additional expenses undertaken by the client in preparation for the tour, this including international tickets, used mileage awards and fees, cost of visas, immunizations, shots, among others.

Alterations by You

If the client requests any amendments to the initial travel arrangements once a booking is confirmed, no amendment fee will be payable unless the program changes its nature significantly. Upon request of additional services such as train tickets, domestic airfare, etc., CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE will charge an additional $30.00 for each solicited service. If due to the amendment, CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE should have to assume significant communication charges or other expenses, these would be payable by the client. If amendments are requested after the commencement of the tour, CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE will do its best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such an amendment being made, the client will be liable for any cancellation/retention charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE in attempting to secure any revised arrangement.

Cancellation by You

In case of cancellation by the client, this should be notified to CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE in writing. Please note that the program deposit is non-refundable. Such notification will only be deemed to have been given on receipt of your letter or e-mail, since we can only act on receipt. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy.

For Custom Programs:

If notification of cancellation is received more than 60 days before the departure, the client will only lose the deposit. For notifications received within 60 days of departure, cancellation charges are as follows:

60 to 31 Days: 50% of program price
30 to 16 Days: 75% of program price
15 to the Day of Departure 100% of program price

For Treks and Expeditions:

If notification of cancellation is received more than 30 days before the departure, the client will only lose the deposit. For notifications received within 30 days of departure, cancellation charges are as follows:

30 to 16 Days: 75% of program price
15 to the Day of Departure 100% of program price

For all cancellations within 30 days of departure, the unused trek permit will be returned as well as the return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Cusco and the bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Cusco. Clients may be able to re-use the tickets by presenting them to the respective authorities and paying an additional amount, which varies depending on the ticket.

Cancellations received Fridays for program departures that weekend (Saturday, Sunday or Monday) will be treated as day of departure cancellation. We cannot give any allowance or refund for meals, rooms, excursions, etc. not taken, when these are included in the price of the tour. No refund can be made on lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets or vouchers. There will be no refunds made for cancelled or unused services whatsoever.

Any reimbursement expenses derived from a cancellation by you will not be assumed by CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE

Acceptance of Risk

Some of CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE’s itineraries have been designed to provide participants with an exposure to the true nature of the environment visited. They therefore involve an element of personal risk and exposure to potential, which could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to the client, his/her property or to third parties. The client understands that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity and therefore assumes them as part of the tour. The client accepts that he/she is aware of his physical and health condition and that, under the knowledge of this he/she decides to undertake the abovementioned risks. The client excludes CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE  from any responsibility linked to any accident or injury that may occur associated to the clients’ health, physical condition or other.

Authority on Tour

At all times the decision of the company’s guide or representative will be final on all matters likely to endanger the safety and well being of the tour group.

The client must at all times strictly comply with the laws, customs, and foreign exchange and drug regulations of Peru. Should the client fail to comply with the above, or should the client interfere with the well being of the group then the guide or company representative may order the client to leave the tour without recourse to any refund.

Travel Documents

It is the responsibility of the individual traveler to secure the proper documentation prior to joining the program. The client must be in possession of a valid passport with at least six-month validity from the date of entry and all visas required for the whole of the journey. Any information or advice given by the company on visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment, etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.

Responsibility

The company shall not be liable for any damage or loss if the failure to carry out the contract is:

1. Attributable to the client
2. Attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for and the event is unforeseeable or unavoidable
3. Due to unforeseen and unusual circumstances beyond the company’s control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had to be exercised. The company will do its best to minimize the effects of matters outside its control, but cannot accept any liability for these matters which include political disputes, border closures, refusals of visas, industrial action, delayed flights, unforeseeable climate, strikes, war, civil disturbances, natural disasters, government actions, mechanical failures or any acts of God, among others. The client accepts to assume all extra costs derived by any of these factors.

CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE directly operates part of the services included in a program but also makes arrangements with airlines, hotels and other independent parties to provide you with the travel services you purchase. We do take all reasonable steps to ensure that organizations providing services maintain our quality standards. However, these parties are independent suppliers over whom we have no direct full control.

CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE can therefore not accept liability for negligence of the staff of these organizations. The participant waives any claim against CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE for any damage to or loss of property, injury or death due to any act or negligence of any airlines, surface transportation company, hotels or any person rendering any of the services or accommodations included.

CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE cannot be held responsible for any claim, losses, damages or delay of baggage or other properties, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, upset and disappointment, distress or frustrations, whether physical or mental, resulting from the act or omission of any party providing the services. In the event of any service being withdrawn by any of our suppliers, CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE shall have no responsibility beyond refunding all monies paid by the participant for that service.

When you travel with an airline, the conditions of carriage of that airline will apply. These conditions are the subject of international agreements and may limit or exclude liability. CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE is not liable for any expenses or consequences resulting from flight delays, cancellations or missed connections, and such expenses shall be borne by the client.

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If a client has a complaint against the company the client must first inform the tour conductor, guide or company representative while on the tour in order that the guide/representative can attempt to rectify the matter. Any further complaint must be put in writing to the company within 7 days of the end of the tour.

Venue for all claims or disputes shall be exclusively in Cusco, Peru, whose courts, using Peruvian Law, shall have exclusive jurisdiction. Damage claims against CUSCO JOURNEYS & ADVENTURE shall be limited to the value of the particular item in dispute.

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