Get off the beaten path and explore the painted hills of Rainbow Mountain Peru and Red Valley.
Rainbow Mountain Tour takes you on one of the most popular day hikes in the Cusco region. Spend a beautiful day away from the busy city life and enjoy the natural beauty of the painted hills ofÂ Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley. Rainbow Mountain is located in the Andes' most remote place, where its inhabitants only speak Quechua, the native language of the Incas.
- Visit the Amazing Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley
- Travel on a small group tour and make friend
- Hike along with Llamas and Alpacas
- Marvel at the Snow-capped Ausangate peaks.
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What you need to take:
- Rain Gear
- Warm clothes (gloves, hats, scarf)
- Suncream, long -sleeves
- Water, snacks
- Extra money in cash for shopping or rent a horse
Important to know before booking:
- Everyday departure
- Small group tours
Full description of Rainbow Mountain Tour.
After being collected from your hotel lobby in Cusco at 4.30 am, drive for 4 hours to Cusipata Trailhead. Along the way, you'll also stop for breakfast in a local family house at Cusipata town (3386 m / 11108 ft). As you climb, you'll see several shepherding villages, potato farming lands, and amazing views of the Mountains.
Once we arrive at Cusipata Trailhead (4629 m / 15187 ft), begin the 2 hours hike up to Rainbow Mountain ( 5017 m / 19459 ft). Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, herds of llamas and alpacas, and keep up the local women's pace that works here by renting horses you can hire. Upon arrival at the top of Rainbow Mountain, youÂ´ll be rewarded with a 360° of amazing views of the colored mountains and the Ausangate Mountain (6398m/20991ft), the highest peak in Cusco.
After spending time at Rainbow Mountain, if you still have energy and the altitude is not taking your breath away, you can take a 20-minute hike to the amazing and rarely visited Red Valley (4934 m / 16187 ft). Marvel at the moon-like landscape, take Â´plenty of photographs, then start descending back to the trailhead to take our transportation for lunch at Cusipata town. Arrival at Cusco is around 5:pm, dropping you off near the Plaza de Armas at Regocijo Square.
Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour will take you on a genuinely unique adventure through a preserved wild natural terrain with amazing views of the Ausangate Glacier Peak, isolated local villages, and colorful mountains. This tour is by far one of the most spectacular day hikes at a great value.
- Pick up from your hotel on the morning of the tour.
- Comfortable transportation with AC
- Blankets on the drive to stay warm.
- Breakfast with a local family atyou'llata
- Professional Native Tour Guide
- Entrance fee to Rainbow Mountain
- Entrance to red valley
- Trekking poles
- First aid kit, oxygen tank
- Lunch with a local family at Cusipata
- Drop off at Regocijo Square
- All taxes Included
- Emergency Horse (You can hire a horse)
What is Rainbow Mountain?
Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca, is a popular day trip from Cusco, Peru. The colorful mountain is known for its striking natural beauty and unique geological formations
How long does the Rainbow Mountain tour take?
The Rainbow Mountain tour is typically a full-day excursion, lasting around 12-15 hours. The tour includes transportation to and from Cusco, a hike to the mountain, and time spent at the summit for photos and exploration.
How difficult is the hike to Rainbow Mountain?
The hike to Rainbow Mountain is considered moderately difficult due to the high altitude and the distance involved. The hike is around 3-5 miles (5-8 kilometers) each way, with an elevation gain of approximately 1,500 feet (450 meters). The trail can be steep and uneven in places, so a moderate level of physical fitness is required.
What is the best time of year to visit Rainbow Mountain?
The best time to visit Rainbow Mountain is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. The weather is typically clearer and drier during this time, making for better hiking conditions and more vibrant colors on the mountain.
Is altitude sickness a concern during the Rainbow Mountain tour?
Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern on the Rainbow Mountain tour. The starting point for the hike is at an altitude of around 14,100 feet (4,300 meters) and reaches over 16,000 feet (5,000 meters) at the summit. It is essential to acclimatize in Cusco for at least a couple of days before attempting the hike and to stay well-hydrated throughout the tour.
What should I wear and bring on the Rainbow Mountain tour?
Dress in layers, as temperatures can vary significantly between the start of the hike and the summit. Wear comfortable hiking shoes or boots, and bring a waterproof jacket or poncho in case of rain. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, gloves, and a warm hat or beanie for the summit. Bring a reusable water bottle, snacks, and your camera or smartphone to capture the stunning scenery.
Are horses available for rent during the Rainbow Mountain hike?
Yes, horses are usually available for rent at the hike's starting point for those who prefer not to walk or need assistance due to the high altitude or physical limitations. Keep in mind that horses may not be able to take you all the way to the summit, and you may need to walk the final portion of the trail.
Is the Rainbow Mountain tour suitable for children?
The Rainbow Mountain tour can be suitable for children, depending on their age, physical fitness, and interest in hiking and nature. The high altitude, challenging hike, and long day should be taken into consideration when deciding if the tour is appropriate for your family.