Peru adventure tour
Stunning 3-Day Ausangate Adventure Vacation in Peru!
In Incan mythology, Ausangate is home to Apu, the spirit of the sacred mountain. Our Ausangate adventure vacation gives you three days in the majestic Vilcanota mountain range of the Peruvian Andes. Here you can see for yourself why the Incans chose this area as a place of worship and peace.
Our Ausangate adventure tour takes you off the beaten path, far from the crowded tourist circuit, to the wild back country of Peru, where we’ll explore the majestic Ausangate wilderness. This guided hiking adventure passes six glacial lakes and has snowcapped mountains almost close enough to touch. We have intertwined culture and hiking on this amazing 3-day adventure vacation!
Adventure Vacation Description:
This guided hiking tour departs from Cusco. We will travel for about three hours until we reach the base of the towering Ausangate mountain. Once there, you’ll stay in a local home, eat local food, soak in thermal hot springs, and trek some of the most beautiful trails Peru has to offer. This 3-day Ausangate adventure vacation is a perfect, secluded guided hiking tour that is an alternative to the huge crowds of Lake Humantay or Rainbow Mountain. If you are searching for a longer trek in this area check out our 5-day Ausangate trek.
Why choose Haku’s Ausangate Adventure Vacation in Peru?
We pride ourselves on searching out cultural adventure vacations that keep you away from crowded tour buses and out in the wilderness with nature. Our groups are kept small or completely private in order to give you our attention and keep you safe while exploring Peru. All of our cultural experiences are authentic and the result of many years of forging friendships with the local people. We make sure that they make no changes to their lifestyle, in order to give you a true local experience. A percentage of this trip’s profit is donated to local education programs for children.
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What you can expect
Ausangate Adventure Vacation Highlights
Some highlights to look forward to on your guided hiking tour in Peru!
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Adventure Vacation Details
The day starts at our Cusco office at 9:30 am; from here, we’ll head out to the majestic area of Ausangate, a 3-hour drive from Cusco. We will arrive at the home of a local in a very remote area in the Peruvian Andes, where you’ll be staying and eating. There will be a delicious Peruvian lunch waiting for us at the house. After eating, we’ll take a short, 3 km/2 mi hike to help acclimate to the elevation, and meet the local alpacas! When we get back from the hike, we’ll enjoy some hot tea – as the weather at 4267 m/14,000 ft and above is often pretty chilly! Dinner is at 7pm after which you are free to sleep or take a dip in the hot springs.
Adventure Vacation Stats:
Max Altitude: 14,000 ft/4,267 m
Lodging: Local home
Food Included: L, D, snacks
Notes: The local homestays are very basic. While there is some electricity it is scarce and unreliable. There are no hot showers but the thermal hot springs are a 10 minute walk from the house. Prepare yourself for a real experience on your adventure vacation!
Rise and shine! Today we’ll wake up bright and early for a 6:30 am breakfast and head out shortly after. We will say goodbye to our hosts and take a packed lunch with us for our guided hiking tour.
As we leave our homestay we will pass the many alpacas that our hosts raise for both food and wool. Hiking this early we will pass many lightly frozen streams, and watch as the frozen grass begins to defrost from the freezing cold night of the high Andes. After 3 km/1.8 mi of hiking the mighty Ausangate will reveal her majestic peaks to us. We will hike though open alpine terrain and under the snow caps.
After an hour of hiking we’ll come across the calm, emerald beauty of the first of the day’s stunning glacial lakes. Hulking glaciers and awe-inspiring mountain peaks will be common throughout the day. As we hike on, curious alpacas graze across the alpine scree fields all around us.
The Ausangate region is incredible and we go at a comfortable pace so you can get the most out of your guided adventure vacation. There are numerous photo opportunities! Upon reaching the highest point, an amazing lookout with views for days, we have a rest and eat our picnic lunch.
We will finish the trail at relaxing hot springs, a great way to end the day! After the much needed dip, we will head back to our homestay. We’ll have dinner and then be free to sleep, hang out, play cards and take in the beauty of this unique place.
Adventure Vacation Stats:
Distance: 20 km/12 mi
Max Elevation: 4876 m/15997 ft
Lodging: Local home
Food Included: B, L, D, snacks
Today we’ll have breakfast around 6:30 and head out around 8am to the Radar trailhead. This is most popular biking trail of Haku Expeditions but also doubles as a gorgeous, mostly downhill hiking trail. It’s rarely used, so don’t expect to see bikers or hikers. It winds downhill almost 1600 m/ 5000 ft, and is a great crosscut view of Peruvian and Andean culture.
We will take you back to your hotel after our hiking tour and say goodbye!
Adventure Vacation Stats:
Distance: 13 km/8 mi
Max Elevation: 14,658 ft/4,468 m
Lodging: Not included
Food Included: B, L, snacks
What’s the price of this 3-day Ausangate Adventure Vacation? And what’s included?
The price per person depends on how many people are in the group.
2 person group: $640 pp
3 Person group: $535 pp
4+ Person group: $460 pp
- Bilingual, knowledgeable guide for 3 days, and all his expenses
- All transport
- Entrance fees for the Ausangate Park
- Entrance into the hot springs
- Lodging for two nights in a local home
- Seven meals
- Snacks and water
- Meals not stated (breakfast on the first day, dinner on the last day)
- Tips for your guide and driver
What is the overall Adventure Vacation hiking stats?
Overall Hiking distance: 33 km/20 mi
Max elevation: 4876 m/15,997 ft
For this 3-day Ausangate Adventure Vacation you can be a novice trekker, adventure trekker or advanced trekker.
Your fitness level should be at least 3
Fitness level 3: You exercise one to two times a week but do not have a normal schedule that keeps you biking/hiking or doing other activities weekly. You don’t go to the gym or train for any specific sports but you lead a relatively active lifestyle by biking, hiking, skiing, or whatever it may be.
Note: If you would like to join us on the Ausangate Adventure Vacation and are not at a level three fitness, you can sign up if you begin a weekly exercise routine for two months before you come.
All international flights require a layover. Most layovers will be through Lima, Peru or Bogota, Colombia. In the case of flying through Lima most flights will arrive late at night in Lima and flights to Cusco will fly out in the morning. Many people get arrivals at 3-4 am and flights out around 5-6 am.
Your options for layovers in Lima, Peru.
- Choose a flight that has a late arrival and early departure and sleep in the airport for a few hours (most common choice)
- Choose a flight that has a semi-late arrival like 11 pm and a very late morning departure like 10 am and get an airbnb with airport pickup near the airport. (Choose something 5 min from the airport so you can sleep)
- Get a room at the hotel connected to the airport. This hotel is called the Wyndham Costa del Sol
- Purchase two separate flights. One to Lima and stay the night in Miraflores. Visit Lima a bit for the day and fly out on a later flight to Cusco.
Things to note when arriving in Lima:
- On arrival you will need to pass through migrations. These are very long lines and can take more than an hour sometimes. If you have young children up to two years old, are over 65 or handicapped, by law, you can use the preferential line
- After passing migrations you will need to pass through customs and declare any goods you may have brought
- Once through migrations and customs you must recover your checked bags, leave the international arrivals part of the airport and then re-check your bags at the check-in. Here there are often extremely long lines. If you have paid for extra baggage or oversized baggage make sure you have the receipt so they do not charge you a second time. Also, oversized bags are dropped off in a special line so ask before you wait in the normal line
- Once the baggage is checked you can go through the normal process and screening to get to your national flight to Cusco
As you can see there is a lot that you must do on arrival to Lima. You will need a bare minimum of two hours (if you have only carry-on luggage) in between flights.
What to bring:
- Water bottle or two for refilling or
- Camelbak bladder in your day pack/ hiking pack
- Rain jacket
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Hiking poles
- Down jacket, hat, gloves, scarf
- Hiking clothes: quick-dry layers, long underwear, hiking socks, etc
- Quick-dry towel and bathing suit
- Ear plugs and eye mask for sleeping
- A book, cards or something for at night
- Any medicines you may need: epi-pens, inhalers etc.
- Camera or phone
- Charging devices for phones and camera
- Day pack for carrying water, camera, snacks, medicines
- Ibuprofen, aspirin, or something similar for headaches or muscle pain
- If you think you will want high altitude medication, Diamox is what many people use
Each person is required to have a specific travel/trip insurance outside of your credit card or regular medical insurance. You should get comprehensive coverage that includes trip interruption/cancellation and personal liability. Mention all activities that you will be involved in such as mountain biking, hiking at high altitude and whatever other activities you may have planned.
We do not provide refunds. If you should get hurt or sick not only will travel insurance cover your medical expenses, it will also cover the lost portion of the guided hiking tour. Make sure you have trip interruption or trip cancellation included! South America is famous for people striking and shutting down all activities. If you miss your Machu Picchu trip, your Amazon trip or your flight due to strikes, the insurance will cover the loss or additional costs that are incurred.
Check out our blog on travel insurance and why it is a must for any South America Vacation!
Peru’s currency is called the Nuevo Sol. You’ll be able to exchange US currency for the Sol easily in Cusco. The exchange rate often fluctuates between 3.29-3.33 sol per US dollar.
We recommend you bring cash. Peru is still a cash society. Most people don’t have bank accounts as Peruvian banks charge up to $15 per month just to have the account open. So, services like Venmo, Pay-Pal, and Apple Pay aren’t used here. Most local stores, taxis, and local restaurants are cash only.
ATMS charge around $8 to take out $60-200. Banks only allow a limited withdrawal daily. Thus, it’s probably a good idea to withdraw a good sum of cash before you come to Peru, unless your bank returns ATM fees. You can also try the app called ATM hero and do a little research before you come to decide if an ATM card or cash is best for you.
The USD, EURO, CAD cash you bring should be unripped bills. Small tears or bills that are written on are not accepted for exchange.
As Peru is a cash society and it is difficult to withdraw large amounts of cash, we require your balance be brought in cash.
TIPPING: Local restaurants generally do not require a tip, however, leaving a few soles is a nice gesture. Tourist restaurants are generally a 10% tip. Tipping your guide in Peru is generally 5-10% of the price you paid for the tour.
Trip of a Lifetime!!!"My wife and I, along with our two children (ages 6 & 8) traveled to Peru for 15 days over Christmas and thanks to Bill and Nicole it was an adventure we will never forget. From the epic mountain biking to the breathtaking views on our three day trek, Haku saw to it that every aspect of our vacation met our needs perfectly. Their knowledge of the local culture and surroundings paired with their outstanding customer service left us wishing we could have stayed even longer. What was originally dubbed our once in a lifetime trip will definitely have a sequel or two or three!!! Thank you for the wonderful memories Bill and Nic!"
Amazing adventure that could never be duplicated.If your looking to Travel away from the beaten path of life, Haku Expeditions is able to arrange your wildest fantasy. We signed up for a 3 day/2 night expedition in search of the Andean Condor. The trek was masterly arranged by Haku Expeditions !!! Prior to departing Cusco, we were educated by this wonderful outfit on what to expect along the way. We ventured off into the Andes Mountains with a pair of binoculars and not a worry in the world. I can not describe the scenery nor the emotions which flooded our senses throughout every minute of this expedition. It was truly Amazing and my soul yearns to get back asap and do it all over again. I can not praise Nicole and William Koch (Owners of Haku Expeditions) enough, they are true experts in their field and super knowledgeable about this entire area. This boutique outfit has something very special to offer for any inquiry or requests you might have. They have changed the way we look at life going forward:) So Much Love, Joseph and Carly Stevenson
You need to be acclimatized for this trip; this means that if you live at low altitude, you should probably arrive in Cusco, Peru two to three days before the guided hiking tour begins.
We also recommend you take vitamin C supplements and probiotics before you come and while here. As great as Peru’s food is, it’s probably different than what your body is used to, so it’s important to make sure your body is ready for the transition.
Out in the Ausangate region there is nowhere to get cash, exchange cash, or use a credit card. Make sure to have some low-denomination cash in Peruvian soles for small things like beer or locally made handicrafts.
For Cusco area:
Bring cash. Peru is still a cash society. Most people don’t have bank accounts as Peruvian banks charge up to $15 per month just to have the account open. So, services like Venmo, Pay-Pal, and Apple Pay aren’t used here. Drivers, guides, local restaurants — all will be expecting cash.
This means that we too will ask for the balance of your trip in cash for the simple reason that we must pay everyone we work with in cash.
ATMS charge around $8 to take out $60-200. Banks only allow a small withdrawal daily. Thus, it’s probably a good idea to withdraw a good sum of cash before your flight to Peru. You can also try the app called ATM hero and do a little research before you come to decide if an ATM card or cash is best for you.
Peru’s currency is called the Sol. You’ll be able to exchange most international currency for the Sol easily if you need to in Cusco.
On this Peru adventure vacation you will want a nice comfortable daypack. You only need to carry what you need for the day: water, snacks, rain jacket, camera and personal items.
We will be staying with locals in their home. It will feel essentially like a step above camping; you’ll have a small, quaint room with a simple bed. There is no shower and the bathroom is shared.
So that you can have an authentic experience we ask the families to keep the homes and meals just like they would for themselves.
7 meals are included. L, D, B, L, D, B, L and snacks for day 2 and 3.
You should leave most of your luggage at your hotel in Cusco and come with only the necessary things for the trip itself.
It will be very cold, as we are always at 14,000 ft/4000 meters and above. Be prepared with down jackets, and good quality wool hats, gloves, etc.
Beyond that, though: we don’t know! When you’re that high up, the weather is constantly changing. We recommend that you don’t look at the forecast because, frankly, it’s always wrong. Peru’s dry season is between mid-May and late September. The shoulder seasons are April and October, and the rainy season is between November and March with the heaviest rains December through February.
We recommend visiting Peru between May-Sept but will take you if you prefer on another date knowing it may be wet or snowy.
- At high elevations, sometimes it is hard to eat or your appetite may not be great. It’s great to have energy chews or small high-calorie snacks to help get enough calories throughout the day
- Stay very hydrated at all times
- It can also be difficult for some to sleep at high elevation, so ear plugs, an eye mask, or earphones for light music might help
- Walking slow and taking deep breaths will help, there is no rush
- If you do not spend a few days in Cusco acclimatizing beforehand you may get altitude sickness
Seeing this iconic 15th century Incan citadel is a more than worthy bucket list item for most people that come to Peru. If you’d like, we’ll organize a Machu Picchu tour that includes a round-trip train ticket, entrance to the sanctuary, and an English-speaking guide.
Archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as a palace for the Incan emperor Pachacuti in the 15th century. It was abandoned after roughly a century, during the Spanish conquest, and remained virtually unknown until 1911, when American historian Hiram Bingham made Machu Picchu’s existence public. In 1983, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and since then it has captured the imagination and awe of the millions of people who travel to experience its magic.
Save $30 USD pp when you add on Machu Picchu with your Ausangate Adventure Vacation!
Price: $350 per person, which includes a one way bus ticket
(Normally $365 pp when purchased separately and does not include a bus ticket)
- Entrance into Machu Picchu
- Round-trip train ticket on Peru rail
- English-speaking guide
- Two-hour Machu Picchu tour
- Taxi to the train station in Cusco
- Bus down from the ruins after your Machu Picchu trip
- Bus up to the ruins (15$ USD add-on at checkout)
- Entrance into Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
- Taxi to train station in Ollantaytambo
All add-ons will be offered to you at checkout
Make your vacation even easier! Let us book a hotel or airbnb for you!
We make sure to book you a place that has a central location within walking distance of the Plaza de Armas.
We also make sure you have a place that has real hot water as many places only offer cold water or luke warm showers at best!
Hotels include breakfast. Private apartments (airbnbs) do not.
Price: $60 USD for 1-2 person group
All add-ons will be offered to you at checkout
Ausangate hiking tour
Is This Adventure Vacation For You?
Our 3-day Ausangate Adventure Vacation is designed for thrillseekers who are looking for an off-the-beaten-path trip that combines amazing scenery with local culture. Our guided hiking tours are flexible and can be combined with other adventures such as a Machu Picchu day trip or mountain biking in the Andes.
Our 3-day Ausangate guided hiking tour is ideal for you if:
- You love hiking and discovering new places by foot
- You crave new adventures wherever you go
- You want to be challenged and amazed with world-class terrain while in Peru
- You dislike crowded hiking trails that are packed with people
- You enjoy cultural immersion like homestays and lunches with locals
- You want to pack the most scenery and hiking possible into 2-3 days