Beautiful Sights to Visit in Peru as Rainbow Mountains, Salkantay Trek
On the beautiful foothills is the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley), is 15km north of Cuzco. The home of attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages, in recent years it has become a destination of tourist attraction. Star attractions are the markets and the Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollanteytambo , but the valley also has other Inca sites. Trekking routes are gaining popularity. Adrenaline activities vary from rafting to rock climbing. Most activities can be organized in Cuzco.
Many travel agencies in Cuzco offer tour to the Sacred Valley, stopping at markets and the archaeological sites. If you have a day or two to spare, spend it exploring this peaceful corner of the Andes at your own leisure. The archaeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero are famous.
The Journey through the land of wild desert landscapes, snow capped peaks, heards of alpaca, and arrive at the destination- The painted hills hidden deep in the Andes.
The hike to the rainbow mountain is a challenging day of hiking. It will take full day to complete the trek and you are constantly at a high elevation (above 14,500ft/ 4500 meters).
THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN or best know by the locals as CERRO COLORADO is a 2 DAY trek; from high above you see there is a contrast with the blue sky forming a formidable barrier entering the coastal desert and the Amazonian jungle, also surrounded by glaciers. Located at the south of Cusco and dominated by AUSANGATE Mountain (6384 m), this area always remained isolated from the external influences of Chilca, knew to keep intact much customs and habits of the pre-colonial period.
The main attractions are-
· Vinicunca- the colourful rainbow mountains
· Ausangate (The Andean Sacred Mountain)
· Quechua-speaking Inca descendants
· Camping over the moonlight
The Inca Jungle trek is to Machu Picchu. It is an alternative way to get to Machu Picchu and engage in a multi-activity tour that includes biking, trekking, rafting and zip-lining. The tour is 4 days that includes these activities ending in Aguas Calientes where we spend the night before ending the tour with the highlight of South America’s most famous tourist attraction — the site of Machu Picchu itself on day 4.
The first day: Cusco — Santa Maria: Bicycling (34 miles, 55 km)
The second day: Santa Maria — Santa Teresa: Trekking (14 miles, 23 km)
The third day: Santa Teresa — Aguas Calientes: Trekking (10 miles, 16 km)
The fourth day: Machu Picchu
This Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail generally in 5 days but it can be done in 4 days. Going this route, you’ll be able to visit some of the most beautiful places in the Andean jungle and see the snow covered Salkantay Mountain (altitude is 6372 m). You will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes with a variety of flora and fauna and stop by part of the Inca trail, which is an enclosure built on the mountain facing Machu Picchu.
Starting Altitude — 2900m / 9515ft.
Highest Altitude — 4650m / 15,200ft
Walking Distance — 60.5 km / 37.5 miles
Longest Day — Day 2, approximately 18 km/11miles