Early, around 03:00 am – 3:30 am, we will pick you up from the hotel in Cusco to make the trip to Qollasuyo, the southern part of the ancient land of the Quechua people (Cusco). This area played a huge role in the history of the Tawantinsuyo (Ancient Incas).
Firstly, we will pass through the CUSIPATA District where we will stop for 30 minutes to have breakfast. From there, we continue for an hour and a half until passing PITUMARCA where we will be able to admire The Colonial Bridge (Puente colonial). We will then pass through some small villages until we get to the HANCHIPATA – LAMA CHIMPANA- community, a transit station where we will have a brief meeting before starting the walk-up.
We will begin our walk at the foot of the Ausangate mountain range. This will be followed by an ascent of approximately 1 hour to the highest point of the Rainbow Mountain. During this journey, we will have the opportunity to see the different types of South American camelids (relatives of the camel). Upon reaching the red hill, we will have time to soak in and take pictures of the beautiful scenery.
Finally, we will continue our journey with a 1-hour descent into the flat terrain and back to where the walk began, HANCHIPATA. Here, the driver will be waiting for us to return passing through PITUMARCA to the District of CUSIPATA where we can enjoy 1 hour of lunch. Following lunch, we will return to Cusco, arriving at approx. 3:00 p.m.
NOTE 1: If you are staying at a location different than that which you selected as your pickup location, the responsibility is explicitly yours to be at the main entrance of the hotel or hostel selected as your pick up location for the entire duration of the pickup time range on the date of your tour.
NOTE 2: After Vinicunca, there is an optional additional trek into the Red Valley. The duration of the walk is approximately 30 minutes, and you will also be required to pay an entrance fee to the area of 20 soles ($7 approx).
RECOMMENDATION: We strongly recommend staying in Cusco for 2 days before the expedition in order to acclimatize. Remember that although the walk is approx. 3 hours if you are not well acclimatized you may have difficulties during the journey.
– Pick-up from your hotel/hostel in the center of Cusco.
– Tourist bus transportation during the tour.
– Professional bilingual guide (Engish & Spanish)
– 1 simple breakfast / 1 buffet lunch
– Entrance to the park
– First aid kit
– Oxygen tanks for emergencies
– Entrance to Cusipata S/10 soles or 3.50 USD (mandatory)
– Travel insurance
– Saddle horse (if required)
– Rain poncho
– Red Valley 20 soles ($7 approx) per person (optional)
– Walking stick
– PASSPORT – very important!
– Hat to protect from sun or rain.
– Sunblock cream
– Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
– Water bottle
– Small backpack
– Trekking shoes
WARNING: When being picked up, check with the guide to ensure your name is on their list. Many local companies go to hostels and try to persuade you to go on their tour
Cancellation or changes to this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date need to be done before 6:00 pm the day before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel the day prior to the tour before 6:00 pm (Lima time) or earlier, a 10% administration fee (+ the card fee) will apply. After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
For cancellations or changes to your tour please email firstname.lastname@example.org
“I’m so glad I chose Rainbow Mountain Travel. I struggled with the altitude along the way and ended up unexpectedly using the oxygen tank! Don’t know what I would have done if I had gone with another operator! Thank you so much to my guide Carlos who was amazing the entire time! And thank you Rainbow Mountain Travel!”
“Rainbow Mountain was stunning, but I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if I didn’t go with Rainbow Mountain Travels. From the second we booked to the moment we were dropped off in Cusco, they made sure we had the ultimate experience. So professional, and made it a truly pleasant trek!”
“Rainbow Mountain Travels was the perfect company to hike with! I’ve done many treks with a lot of different operators but they were truly among the best. Extremely organised and punctual and our guide was fantastic! So informative and a really amazing guy!”
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