Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca

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Enjoy the natural colors of the stunning Rainbow Mountain Trek, hiking through an isolated valley, in which you may interact with the local people who are still keeping traditional Quechua culture alive!  You will see snow capped peaks, herds of alpaca, glaciers and birds of prey, all set within an incredibly colourful mountain range. The Rainbow Mountain trek offers opportunities to see a range of wildlife including soaring eagles and caracara.  The colourful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area are very different from other ecosystems you will see in Peru.

Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca full day

Itinerary:

We will pick you up from your hotel at 4am, and begin with our amazing Rainbow Mountain Trek Adventure.  We set out on our drive for 3 hours through the South Valley; ending up at the trailhead at Llacto (4,638m / 15,216 ft).  Along the way, there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, traditional villages, valleys and high Andean peaks.

The herds of alpacas and llamas near your breakfast place will entertain you in the early morning. Once we reach the trailhead, we start on our hike following a lovely stream. As you start your hike, you will have views of the Ausangate Mountain and glaciers. You can interact with the local people, who are still keeping traditional Quechua culture alive. Learn about their traditional clothes and the significance of the different hats worn by the men. Ask your guide to teach you a few words of Quechua!

After a total hike of 1.5 hours, we finally reach our destination….the Rainbow Mountain (5,020m /16,466ft). After admiring the unique beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You can take pictures or just soak up the view. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. Afterwards, there is an optional hike across to the top of the Red Valley.  This walk takes about 45 minutes longer to get back to the trailhead. At this point, we hike back down the way we came. The hike takes 1 hour, then we enjoy our lunch.

We will embark on the 3-hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving around 5:00pm.

What is included:

Pre-departure briefing
Pick up from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
Private transport from Cusco to llacto (starting point of the trek)
Private transport from llacto to Cusco
Professional English/spanish speaking tour guide
Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
entrance fees to Rainbow Mountain
First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Emergency horse.
1Breakfasts, 1 Lunches. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.

Not Included

Walking Poles (Can be rented from us / each pair US$ 5)
Tips
Horse for entire trip (US$ 35.00)

What to take

Day backpack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rainjacket, gloves)
Walking boots.
Walking sticks
Rain poncho
Sun hat + sunglasses.
Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
Suncream
Extra money

PRICES

Group Service

per person US$75.00

Private Service

2 people US$ 180 per person
3 people US$ 160 per person
4 people US$ 140 per person
5 people US$ 130 per person
6 people US$ 99 per person
7+ people US$ 75 per person

Machu Picchu or Sacred Valley Extension:

1 Day trip From US$ 280.00 per person (depending on group size, Train class, etc).

2 Day 1 night Trip From US$ 335 per person (depending on group size, Train class, Hotel, etc).

Sacred Valley from US$ 70 per person (minimum of 2 people)

INFORMATION

Enjoy the natural colors of the stunning Rainbow Mountain Trek, hiking through an isolated valley, in which you may interact with the local people who are still keeping traditional Quechua culture alive!  You will see snow capped peaks, herds of alpaca, glaciers and birds of prey, all set within an incredibly colourful mountain range. The Rainbow Mountain trek offers opportunities to see a range of wildlife including soaring eagles and caracara.  The colourful sandstone mountains in the Vinicunca area are very different from other ecosystems you will see in Peru.

ITINERARY

Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca full day

Itinerary:

We will pick you up from your hotel at 4am, and begin with our amazing Rainbow Mountain Trek Adventure.  We set out on our drive for 3 hours through the South Valley; ending up at the trailhead at Llacto (4,638m / 15,216 ft).  Along the way, there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, traditional villages, valleys and high Andean peaks.

The herds of alpacas and llamas near your breakfast place will entertain you in the early morning. Once we reach the trailhead, we start on our hike following a lovely stream. As you start your hike, you will have views of the Ausangate Mountain and glaciers. You can interact with the local people, who are still keeping traditional Quechua culture alive. Learn about their traditional clothes and the significance of the different hats worn by the men. Ask your guide to teach you a few words of Quechua!

After a total hike of 1.5 hours, we finally reach our destination….the Rainbow Mountain (5,020m /16,466ft). After admiring the unique beauty, you will have time to explore the area. You can take pictures or just soak up the view. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top. Afterwards, there is an optional hike across to the top of the Red Valley.  This walk takes about 45 minutes longer to get back to the trailhead. At this point, we hike back down the way we came. The hike takes 1 hour, then we enjoy our lunch.

We will embark on the 3-hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel, arriving around 5:00pm.

PRICE / IMPORTANT INFO

What is included:

Pre-departure briefing
Pick up from your hotel in the morning of the trek departure
Private transport from Cusco to llacto (starting point of the trek)
Private transport from llacto to Cusco
Professional English/spanish speaking tour guide
Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
entrance fees to Rainbow Mountain
First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
Emergency horse.
1Breakfasts, 1 Lunches. If you have a dietary request such as vegetarian food please let us know.

Not Included

Walking Poles (Can be rented from us / each pair US$ 5)
Tips
Horse for entire trip (US$ 35.00)

What to take

Day backpack, warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rainjacket, gloves)
Walking boots.
Walking sticks
Rain poncho
Sun hat + sunglasses.
Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
Suncream
Extra money

PRICES

Group Service

per person US$75.00

Private Service

2 people US$ 180 per person
3 people US$ 160 per person
4 people US$ 140 per person
5 people US$ 130 per person
6 people US$ 99 per person
7+ people US$ 75 per person

Machu Picchu or Sacred Valley Extension:

1 Day trip From US$ 280.00 per person (depending on group size, Train class, etc).

2 Day 1 night Trip From US$ 335 per person (depending on group size, Train class, Hotel, etc).

Sacred Valley from US$ 70 per person (minimum of 2 people)

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