The perfect extension trip for those who like hiking, especially if you have already been at altitude for some days. Rainbow Mountain is located near one of the most sacred mountains for Quechua people, just like it was for the Incas. Mountain Ausangate at 6,384 m/20,940 ft. was considered a deity. The Lake Titicaca is considered the birth place of one the greatest and most mysterious civilizations, both places were like magic for the Incas. Both places are located at high altitude so the hikes will be in the thin air, but near in reach to nature and culture. Our timing and itinerary turns a crowded experience into a peaceful one that makes the overall experience worth it.
This day we'll have an early 7:30 am departure by bus from your hotel and will drive along the southern tip of the sacred valley. From there we'll climb to the Vilcanota Range and to Phulawasi, the trail head sitting at 4,665 m/15,300 ft. We start our hike with a climb to Rainbow Mountain whose height reaches 16,564 ft./5,050 m. The mountain is striped in colors ranging from turquoise to lavender to maroon and gold. The view point will be our highest altitude. Then we descend back to the bus by the Red Valley Pass to enjoy even more of the sacred geography and glaciers across from us, like the Ausangate Mountain at 6,384 m/20,940 ft. In the late evening you will return back to your hotel.Included. box lunch
We will head south by bus to the high pass of La Raya at 4,300 m above sea level. Then we will descend to the Altiplano-Puna Plateau and drive along the second largest plateau after the Tibetian Plateau in height and reach at 3,900 m/4,300 m. We'll then drive all the way to the northern side of Lake Titicaca to the Peninsula of Capachicha to the port of Chifron. At Chifron Beach you will meet with your local guide. He or she will continue the journey with you by boat on the highest navigable lake in the world to Amantani Island for your native and rustic homestay.
Note: If you prefer a hotel instead of home stay, we could drive to the city of Puno and the next day will have a full day on Lake Titicaca, at the Uros floating islands and Takile Island.
After breakfast we will explore the unique Amatani Island, full of terraces built by Tihuanacu and the Incan civilization. You'll meet Quechua people who preserve their unique lifestyle. We'll explore as we hike up to Pachatata, the top of the island. After lunch with our hostess, we'll take a boat ride and our first stop will be the floating islands of the Uros. The community that lives on these artificial, floating islands made of reeds (totora) is both surreal and incredible. Despite outside influences, they have maintained their traditional culture, and you will not be disappointed by your experience if you accept the fact that visiting the Uros Islands is a commercial venture focused entirely on supporting tourism, as this is the reason that we still have the art of making these islands out of reeds. Without tourist dollars, we would only be able to see pictures of how people used to live on these reed islands. You'll have the evening to enjoy Puno City.Included Lunch.
For your last day in the Andes and if your domestic flight allows you the time, we will visit the burial site of Sillustani on the way to the Juliaca Airport. This is a magical place where the Aymara cultures and Inca civilization chose to build burial towers out of giant boulders facing east for the sunrise. Within these towers they placed mummies in the fetal position to await their reincarnation. Your domestic flight out of Lake Titicaca should be followed up by your international flight back home.
A hotel located near Rainbow mountain and on the route to lake Titicaca which maximize your day hours to enjoy your hike around Rainbow mountain , Our home stay on the Lake titicaca gives you a unique change to fully explore the Culture on the mysterious lake Titicaca , In Puno a hotel with unique location to explore on your own more of the city.