From Chicha-de-jora making to midnight lantern-lit walks, there are a wealth of activities on offer to adventurous travellers at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. And now, from April, guests will have the opportunity to embark on an exhilarating two-day adventure to the Vinicunca Mountain in the Peruvian Andes, better known as Rainbow Mountain.
Back in the day, locals proclaim that Rainbow Mountain was shielded under a thick sheet of ice. Now, the geological wonder famously strikes a chord with explorers for being brilliantly bold, boasting ‘stripes’ of gold and red, turquoise, blue and purple, caused by minerals in the rock.
After enjoying breakfast at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, travellers are whisked to the scenic Andean village of Checacupe, observing its colonial stone infrastructure, before continuing their drive through the South Valley, following the asphalt road towards Quesoyoni. Upon arrival, hikers will meet their local horseman and, after loading-up the horses, continue uphill to Anantapata – where they can enjoy unrivalled views of the magnificent Ausangate Mountain.
After a spot of lunch, trekkers continue to Anantapata pass – offering a glimpse of the Vilcanota Chain – before pitching their tent in Surine Qocha, where they spend the night.
After sunrise, weary walkers refuel with breakfast, before beginning their second-day of trekking. After a short, 1 ½ hour hike, travellers are treated to a spectacular view of Rainbow Mountain, with its colourful layers of sediment, standing out against the snow-peppered peaks of neighbouring Ausangate. After resting, trekkers head downhill, following the K´airahuire Valley, before taking a private transfer from Quesoyoni to Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba.
Please note: the price of the excursion caters for every need on the trip, from transfers and meals to all equipment and horses. Guests can opt for the trip between April – December. The hike is challenging, and so hikers will need to be well acclimatised and in good fitness. For more information, click here.