Rainbow Mountain Cusco -1 Day

Nature has unexplained places. At times it seems that it strives to show us an almost artistic beauty and sensibility. When this happens, places like the Rainbow Mountain emerge, where it seems that the earth was taken from an oil painting and the colors of geology creating a masterpiece.

Cusco, which was the capital of the Inca Empire, is well known for being one of the most beautiful cities in South America. It’s nearby Sacred Valley full of unique ruins and attractive city to visit the precious Machu Picchu. What the overwhelming majority of travelers ignore is that just 170 kilometers southwest of Cusco a rainbow fell from the sky to merge in the Andes of Peru.

It is surprising that until recently this geological miracle was practically unknown. Rainbow Mountain, or also known as Vinicunca in its indigenous denomination (Quechua) Is in the heart of the longest mountain range on the planet (Andes Cordillera 7,240 km’s) and perhaps that is why it is also one of its best treasures. All those who have been there agreed that the place has soul, energy, and magic that makes it unique.

Like most of the good things in life, you have to make a little effort to get them. To reach Vinicunca you have to set a course for Ausangate, the fifth highest peak of Peru (6,372 meters). This mountain is venerated for being a powerful APU (divinities or spirits of the mountain that influence the region that dominates). It is for this reason that before hiking begins, there is a custom ceremony performed an honor and respect for the gods of the mountains.

After a trek of approximately three hours in the middle of the mountain range, with beautiful landscapes, observing different ways of life, and a lot of autochthonous fauna like llamas and alpacas, the main attraction is reaching. In Rainbow Mountain, at 5,000 meters above sea level, an extraordinary geological process was given in which different strata lined up in multicolored layers created a simply spectacular effect of ochres, reds, whites, and blues that are interspersed in a chromatic form that you have never seen before.

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Itinerary

The tour begins with TL Peru Adventure picking you up from your respective hotel between 3:30 to 4:00 am. Your tour leader whom you had your pre-departure briefing will be on the bus with you. Your bus trip will last for 3 hours and during this trip, you will go through small communities like Checacupe, Pitumarka, Japura, and Quesiuno. In Japura, you will have a short introduction of the trip and gather for breakfast. You’ll get back on the bus for a short ride until you reach Quesiuno (4,100 meters).

Here your hike begins towards Vinicunca Mountain for 7.5Km or approximately 4 hrs hiking. At the end of the hike, you will see the gorgeous Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca (5,020 meters). While on top of this mountain you will see beautiful views of the surrounding glaciers as well. Time varies depending on the group’s wishes as to how long we stay up on the mountain. The descent back to Quesiuno will be of shorter time as it is downhill and here you will have lunch. Afterward, we will board our transportation and drive back to the city of Cusco and drop you off at your respective hotels.

  • Walking distance: 4 to 6 hrs according to your rhythm
  • Distance: 12km round trip
  • Physical Difficulty: Moderate
  • Highest point: 5,020 meters

 

 

 

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What you must bring

  • Tourist ticket (Boleto Turistico)
  • Passport
  • Money for Personal expenses
  • Sun Protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat)
  • Jacket or Fleece (for the cold weather in the afternoon

HOW TO BOOK

We are available to speak to you by phone, chat, email or any other modern form of communication. We highly suggest you contact us directly and confirm with us before your booking. Please fill out our Booking Form and pay the 50% deposit of your tour. TLPA will email you back that same day with your confirmation. We always send out confirmations. If for some reason you do not hear from us, contact our office and we will resend.
We are so happy and thrilled to take you on this exciting adventure. Thank you for trusting us.

PRICE

This Tour is a private personalize service. We do not mix with other groups and have Licensed Tour Guides to lead you to Cusco’s treasures. As a private service, you have the opportunity to ask away all the questions you may have and take as many pictures as you wish.

FROM $99.00 PER PERSON (in a Group of 8 Hikers)

What you must bring

  • Tourist ticket (Boleto Turistico)
  • Passport
  • Money for Personal expenses
  • Sun Protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat)
  • Jacket or Fleece (for the cold weather in the afternoon

THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS TO PACK

  • Original Passport (it has to be the same as you have used for booking your trek)
  • Valid, GREEN ISIC card (if you booked as a student)
  • Immigration Card (given on the plane as you enter Peru) we will need a copy
  • Daypack (for carrying your camera and your water bottle)
  • Water bottle or Camelback
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Personal Headlamp or torch- please personal not to share mainly for long trips
  • Toilet paper and a small plastic bag for waste
  • T-shirts/Hiking pants and socks
  • Fleece/ Thermals
  • Warm clothes, down jacket mostly on the top temperature drop around -5º Celsius.
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand Sanitizer

Departure

  • At your Hotel in Cusco

Included

  • Pick up from Airport and Hotel
  • Briefing
  • Private and/or personalized tours
  • Entrance ticket
  • Private Transportation
  • Organic Gourmet Breakfast and Lunch Buffet
  • Professional Chefs
  • Vegetarian/Special diet options available at no added cost to you Water
  • Professional Bilingual Tour Leader
  • Assistant Tour Guide for large groups
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency oxygen tank
  • Dining tent, tables, and chairs
  • Free and safe Storage in Cusco while you are hiking
  • Enthusiastic staff ready to give you the adventure of a lifetime!!

Not Included