Rainbow Mountain Cusco 1 Day Tour
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7 Colors Rainbow Mountain – 1 Day Tour
Rainbow mountain Cusco, 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 and for our own definition is the Best Kept from the Rainbow mountain of Peru.
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.
Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trip 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 to 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
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 in 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.
- Bus Cusco to Vinicunca.
- Tour guide.
- Bus back to Cusco
- Tips for the trekking crew, Guides, Cooks, and porters at your discretion.
- Flight Ticket to Cusco.
- Accommodation in Cusco. (see recommendation)
- Travel Insurance. (check that your insurance covers you for treks above 4,200 masl) and (COVID-19)
For Palcoyo Rainbow Tour Price is.
From: $ 320 Private Tour
This Tour is a private personalized 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.
- Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable).
- A comfortable 45 Lt trek backpack if you want to carry all your belongings.
- A small daypack to carry your personal belongings.
- Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support or tough sport shoes, (light sandals or clogs are recommended to rest at campsites).
- Trekking poles with rubber tips. (metal tips are not allowed on the trail).
- Warm clothes, layers for variable temperature especially at night
- Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
- Gloves or mittens, scarf, wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
- Flashlight, head torch, and extra batteries
- Camera and extra batteries, – Binoculars
- Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
- Sunscreen, and sunglasses
- Personal medical kit, insect repellent
- Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
- Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
- 2-liter water bottle, (disposable plastic bottles are forbidden).
- Extra money for drinks en route, Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes. ($10-15)
- Tips for (porters, cooks, guides. ($30-40) Not mandatory.
- Emergency money at least 200-300 soles. ($ 120)
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Every morning and afternoon, before and after your daily hikes you will find hot drinks and snacks in your dining tent.
*Special Diets Available Upon Request
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