Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley tour (Group Service) – Cusco, Perú
Have the best experience on this trip, visiting the Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley in our group service option with the best guides, confortable transportation and the best food!
Rainbow Mountain: This is one of the most famous attractions in Cusco and the 2nd more visited one after Machu Picchu. This tour gives you the exciting experience on climbing a mountain over 15,000ft, where you will be able to see colourful landscapes, majestic glaciers, amazing and vibrant green valleys with herds of alpaca, the impressive Ausangate mountain range. Also you will experience first-hand how locals live in the mountains and even see them hard at work.
Red Valley: Highly recommended to visit while you are doing the Rainbow Mountain tour, this is an extension and takes 20 minutes more (one way). The red valley has an amazing view and it feels like you are in other planet!
|GROUP SIZE:||2-16 People with 1 guide.|
|GUIDING LANGUAGE:||English – Spanish guiding.|
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION:||Your hotel in Cusco/Plaza Regocijo (downtown)|
|DURATION:||Full Day 4:00 – 16:00|
|DISTANCE:||8 km (4.9 Miles) Round trip hiking|
|ELEVATION:||From 3,400 (11,155 feet) to 5,036m (16,522 feet)|
|GOOD FOR:||Those with a sense of adventure and in good hiking shape.|
|HIGHLIGHTS:||Beautiful landscapes, impressive snow capped mountains, alpacas, colored mountains, local people, local communities!|
||At least 2 whole days in Cusco before this tour.|
- Due to early pick up time of services, we recommend you to book your hotel in Cusco city center. But in case you are staying in an AirBnB accommodation, we can arrange the pick up from a well known location.
- We organize this tour everyday, for this reason we recommend the passengers stay at least one whole day in Cusco to Acclimatize, this is a prerequisite to go on this tour because you start to walk over 4600mts (15091 fts) and the summit is over 5020mts (16469 fts).
- It is recommended to not take part in the trek if over 60 years of age or in poor physical conditions. Due to the high altitude and steep climbing, it can be dangerous for your health. Other tour operators won’t tell you this, so be very careful.
04:00 - 06:30 : Pick up - Transportation to Cusipata - Breakfast
0The adventure begins very early with our team picking you up from your hotel between 04:00 – 04:30 am and heading to the small village of Cusipata (located south of Cusco). In Cusipata, we will make a stop to grab some last-minute items like drinks, snacks, sunblock, rain poncho, etc.
After the short stop we go to the closest local community called Tintinco. Here we will enjoy a delicious breakfast in order to be ready for the hike.
06:30 - 7:30 : Paucarpata - Phulawasipata - Trekking
After breakfast, we start the ascending for one more hour from the valley to the base camp of our hike called Phulawasipata – 4,600m (15,091 feet), and this drive allows for some gorgeous, sweeping views, local communities, and many alpacas through the car windows.
08:00 - 9:30 : Trekking to the Rainbow Mountain
Once we receive a short briefing and get ready, we will begin the hike. It will be a one hour and a half , uphill hike to reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. Along the way, you will enjoy the amazing views of the Andes, snow-capped mountain, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley.
Once we reach to the top of Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb the majesty of the colorful mountains that surrounds this area. You will also see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate snow capped-mountain in front of you while your guide will be talking more about it.
10:15 - 13:30 : Red Valley - Return to the base camp
On the return we will also go to the Red Valley also called “Mars”, where we will see a red desert with an amazing view. After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors floating on the air currents), we will begin our descent with one hour, downhill hike by a different and and one more hour by car to Paucarpata.
13:30 - 16:00 : Paucarpata - Lunch - Return to Cusco
We will then arrive to Paucarpata and enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared, hot lunch. After lunch, we will catch our private van back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel or Regocijo Plaza about 16:00.
- Regarding the food, we can also arrange vegetarian or vegan options.
- It is also possible go by horse instead of hiking (highly recommended for people who live at sea level)
GROUP SERVICE PRICES 2021 – DAILY DEPARTURES
|2-16 people with one guide||$35USD per person|
If you would like to take a horse, you would decide it in the basecamp with your tour guide, and also paid it there in Soles or Dollars.
Horse (one way) $20USD
Horse (round trip) $30 USD
La experiencia fue hermosa, a la vez agotadora. Sugiero mejor ir en caballo con los nativos, de regreso la caminata es más amena con una paisajes salidos de la imaginación de un solo Creador. Toda esa cordillera andina llena de nubes, riachuelos, nevados y vicuñas hacen de esta una experiencia hermosa.
We went to the Rainbow Mountains with 2 kids (9 and 10 years old) and even if we did not have enough time to be acclimatized the 3 hours drive and the time spent to the Rainbows Mountains worth it… I mean really !
This is not an easy walk but you have plenty of time to do it. You can even take an horse ride to go up and down, so you just have to walk the last 500 meters to get on top (5036 meters above sea level)
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