Chonta – Canyon of Condor

Flight of Condor
Flight of Andean Condor

The “Canyon of Condor” is located in the Chonta community of the district of Limatambo in the province of Anta – Cusco.

Chonta Community
Chonta Community

To get to this natural viewpoint, which is located more than 3 thousand 400 meters above sea level (3400m ASL), there is an hour walk from the community of Chonta.

Along the trail, you can see natural attractions (landscapes, valleys and sacred mountains) that are located on the right margin of the Apurimac River.

Route to Chonta Canyon
Route to Condor Canyon

Finally, you reach the Huaco Viewpoint where you can observe the majestic flight of the Andean condors in their natural state.

Trekking to Chonta Canyon
Trekking to Condor Viewpoint

The visitor can also enjoy the impressive natural paradise of the Apurímac River valley, considered the largest in South America.

From the viewpoint of the condors, other birds can be seen, such as eagles, hawks, deer, Andean foxes, vizcachas, among others.

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Humantay Lake

Humantay Lake
Humantay Lake

Latin America is recognized worldwide for the natural beauties that are hidden within countries like Peru.

This lagoon formed by the thaw of the Humantay mountain presents a unique landscape of the district of Mollepata (Anta).

Humantay Lake
Humantay Lagoon

In Peru an adventure destination is Cusco, which guards the Salkantay Trek to the Apu Salkantay, an attraction that moves with the beauty of the landscape and keeps years of history in archaeological zones.

As part of the route to the Salkantay mountain, you can access walking or mountain biking, as well as lending itself to some other camping activities.

With a mystical air, the lagoon is visited by shamans and tourists from all over the world to leave offerings to the Pachamama, deity that represents mother Earth in the Inca culture.

Humantay Lake - leave offerings to the Pachamama
Placement of stones are offerings to Pachamama (Mother Earth)

Through the placement of stones an offering is offered to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) thanking him for having successfully arrived at the lagoon, as well as asking him to accompany us on our journey.

The Humantay Lake is a place that impacts with its immensity, traces and colors in the landscape, which make it one of the unmissable tourist destinations in the bowels of Peru.

Humantay Mountain
Humantay Mountain

HUMANTAY LAKE ON GOOGLE MAPS

Cocalmayo Hot Springs

Cocalmayo Hot Springs

Before the days of high-tech spa treatments, wellness seekers headed to the hot springs.

On your Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru, you can take time to take a hot bath, in an impressive environment of abundant vegetation next to a huge river; the place seems out of a fantasy, but you can buy beers and snacks. The hot springs are the method of Mother Nature to infuse relaxation in tired bodies.

The hot springs of Colcalmayo are a popular destination among travelers who seek a connection to the land and its balance.

Under water on Hot springs of Cocalmayo

There is nothing better than taking a hot bath in nature, while enjoying a drink of “aguaymanto“. Take a dip in the hot springs of Cocalmayo, it is a great experience. It is situated between a huge river and a small mountain. In Cocalmayo, bathers can enjoy outdoor swimming pools fed by natural hot springs, built between a small mountain full of vegetation and the Urubamba River. You will find 3 pools of different sizes and depths. The water temperature varies between 38 and 44 ºC and unlike most thermal waters in Peru, it has clear waters. Very close to the pools there are cold showers, the water comes from the lagoons of Uripataand is very refreshing; the mixture of waters will give you a very comforting feeling.

The benefits: Located at 1,600 m.s.n.m. Its waters are rich in essential minerals such as sodium, magnesium, bicarbonate, calcium, sulfate and others, which have healing properties on the skin, bones, muscles and joints.

Hot springs of Cocalmayo

Where are the thermal baths of Cocalmayo?

The hot springs of Cocalmayo are in the valley of the Urubamba river (Vilcanota) in a cozy and relaxing place, their naturally heated pools reach 44 ºC. They are to 20 minutes of the town of Santa Teresa in the province of the Convención, in Cusco – Peru; precisely at kilometer 135 of the railway line between Cusco and Quillabamba, at 1,600 m.s.

Salkantay Trek Weather along the trek to Machu Picchu

Weather on Salkantay trek is very varied, due to the fact that it winds its way through wildly different terrain at different altitudes. The only place where weather is a serious concern is the Salkantay Pass, and the nearby areas. Temperatures here, and at the nearby Soraypampa campsite, can fall below freezing. The other camps are much warmer, due to their proximity to the cloud forest.

Average Minimum and Maximum temperature in Cusco

  • The months September, October, November and December have a nice average temperature.
  • On average, the warmest month is September.
  • On average, the coolest month is January.

The monthly mean minimum and maximum temperatures over the year in Cusco, Peru (Fahrenheit)

The monthly mean minimum and maximum temperatures over the year in Cusco, Peru

Weather on Salkantay trek monthly mean minimum and maximum temperatures over the year in Cusco, Peru (Celsius)

Weather on Salkantay trek monthly mean minimum and maximum temperatures over the year in Cusco, Peru (Celsius)

Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in December – March.

Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in December – March.

AVERAGE HUMIDITY OVER THE YEAR

This is the mean monthly relative humidity

This is the mean monthly relative humidity

AVERAGE WIND SPEED OVER THE YEAR

This is the mean monthly wind speed (meters per second)

his is the mean monthly relative humidity

Know more about your travel destination in Peru, the best tourist destinations such as Cusco city and Machu PicchuArequipaand Colca Canyon, Puno and Lake Titicaca. besides other interesting for your trip to Peru issues.

This Trek is a great alternative to the Inca Trail. 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 endemic flora and fauna and stop by part of the Inca trailLlactapata, which is an enclosure built on the mountain facing Machu Picchu.

Montaña de Colores Inolvidable

Mis amigos y yo volvimos a Perú, esta vez tomamos el tour a la montaña de colores que fue una experiencia inolvidable. de hecho el recojo desde el hotel es desde muy temprano 4 de la mañana, nos proveyeron frazadas para el abrigarnos del frío. fue magnifico tener todo incluido incluyendo los abrigos. muchas gracias Edgar, sabemos que es un trabajo agotador, pero aman hacerlo.

Montaña de Colores Inolvidable - Rainbow Mountain Full day

Review by: Bryan

Country: Chile

Departure date: December 25, 2017

Tour: Rainbow Mountain Full day

Guide: Edgar

Excellent tour guide

Carmen was an excellent tour guide, who was a lot of knowledge of Peru. All the other assistants (ie horseman + cooks) were great and friendly and made very good food. The trip itself is amazing.

 

Humantay Lake - Classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 days
Humantay Lake

Ausangate Trek in 6 Days

Ausangate Mount (6,377 meters) is the highest and most sacred mountain in Southern Peru, which for centuries has been the center of religious beliefs of the Andean people still go on annual pilgrimages to its icy slopes.

Hiking around this mystical mountain, camping near hot springs and turquoise lakes inhabited by numerous species of birds, including andean goose and the Andean condor. Walking among the herds of llamas and alpacas in remote native villages.

With spectacular views of glaciers, uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a spectacular trip for experienced hikers who love a true outdoor adventure trip.

During this adventure you will be well taken care of by our professional team of English speaking guides, cooks and carriers with their mules. We also have some supporting saddle horses for the ones who rather ride than hike.

Climbing Ausangate mountain
Climbing Ausangate mountain (6,377 meters)

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Cusco – Tinqui


We leave early from Cusco traveling by private bus to the small town of Tinqui. We will see the impressive mountain range of the Vilcanota passing through various traditional Andean villages and take time to stop and take some photos.

On arrival we meet our horsemen and organize our packages for the walk. We began by farming communities and enjoy the stunning views of the mountains. Let’s walk for 3 hours and then it is time to stop for lunch. After we continue for another 2 hours approximately to reach the hot springs in Upis, where we spend the night.


Day 2 : Upis – Pucaqocha.


After of a big breakfast, we are ready to leave camp and start our hike for the day. Let’s climb to the highest pass of Arapa (4,850 m).

From this vantage point we can see the contrast of landscapes: dry desert-like hills near the glaciers of Mt. Ausangate, while below in the valley is bright green vegetation. If we’re lucky we might even see a condor in the sky! We will enjoy the stunning views of snow-covered mountain.

Ausangate and Pucaqocha. This place has three beautiful lakes with tones of reds, greens and turquoises (PukacochaHatunPukacocha, and Qomerqocha). The second camp is located near a glacier.


Day 3 : Pucaqocha – Huchuy Pinay.


Early in the morning after breakfast we begin the ascent of approximately 2 to 3 hours over the second mountain pass Apuchata (4,900 msn).

From here we descend for around of 1.5 hours to the campsite at Ausangate Qocha where a delicious lunch awaits us. This is the time to pause and enjoy the stunning scenery. After the lunch we have the second climb of two hours until pass of the third Palomani mountain (5,100 meters).

Then we descend in the small community of Huchuy Pinaya where we spend the night.


Day 4: Huchuy Pinaya – Jampa.


Today we climb to the highest point of the trek: Jampa (5,150 meters). The silence of this remote wilderness is inspiring! From here we have an excellent view of Mount Tampa.

After of the pass we descend for 2 hours through an area of llamas, alpacas and vicunas to reach Pampacancha (4,050 meters). From here we follow an uphill trail for approximately 3 hours and takes us to the camp at Jampa (4,300 meters).


Day 5: Jampa – Pacchanta.


After walking and acclimatise on Day 4, we’re ready for another adventure! We take breakfast early and then begin the hike of approximately 1 hour to reach the glacier base and then to the top of the mountain!

After enjoying the spectacular views of the Vilcanota mountain range we descend back down to take a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we descend to the Qomerqocha lagoon before reaching at Pacchanta after a walk approximated 5 hours.

Pacchanta is a small community with attractive hot springs where we can enjoy a relaxing dip. Camp and spend the night here.


Day 6: Pacchanta – Tinqui – Cusco.


In the morning we leave the village of Pacchanta and start to walk back to the village of Tinqui; the trek takes approximately 2 hours. Once in Tinki, we have lunch and have time to visit the village and speak with the people.

Then we board the transportation that will take us back to Cusco, arriving after nightfall


END OF OUR SERVICES


INCLUDES

  • Private transportation to start of the Trek
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Meals
  • 7 kgs personal luggage allowance to put on the horses
  • Personal Duffle Bags for your extra luggage to put on the horses
  • Spacious tents; Sleeping mats; Dining tent, Kitchen tent, Latrine tent
  • Horses to carry the group equipment (food, tents, tables, etc.)
  • 1 Emergency Horse
  • Emergency Oxygen bottle and first aid kit

 

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