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Rainbow Mountain – Cusco Full Day

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Duration

1 Day

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

Unlimited

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Languages

English, Español

Overview

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

 

Cusco is a department privileged by nature and history. The capital of the Inca Empire houses in its territory wonders of all kinds such as the ineffable citadel of Machu Picchu or the wonderful Manu National Park. Attractions such as these make it easy to understand why the Incas chose Cusco to build the navel of the world there.

In addition to the historical monuments and archaeological complexes, the department of Cusco embraces in its green territory the wonders of nature, such as the snowy Ausangate and Salkantay, two of the most beautiful mountains on the continent. Located in the heart of the Andes of Cusco, they were considered by the Incas as authentic deities.

The mountain of the 7 colors (also called Vinicunca or simply ‘rainbow’) According to various investigations done on site, the multicolored shades are due to the different minerals it covers in the area. These natural substances have a format of 65 million years when water and rain covered their slopes and summits. With the passage of time, the extreme weather was thawing the snow that formed there revealing to the world what is today one of the most strategically important tourist in Cusco. It is one of the new and best attractions of Peru. Located more than 100 kilometers from the city of Cusco, on an altitudinal summit located at 5,200 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.) It is a mountainous formation tinged with various shades product of the complex combination of minerals. The slopes and the summit are dyed in various shades that include red, purple, green, yellow, pink and other variations. This tourist attraction was surrounded by ice not many years ago. Since 2016, this place receives hundreds of visitors a day, along with Machu Picchu, becoming one of the most visited places in Cusco-Peru. Next, all the information about the Mountain of 7 Colors.

 

NOTES:

  • 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.
  • 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 ($6 approx).
  • Minimum age for the tour is 10 years old and you must have your parents’ permission to take the tour
  • It is not recommended for people over 60 or in poor physical condition. Due to the height and steep climbs, it can be dangerous for your health.
  • December, January and early February, the tour takes place normally, although occasionally visibility may be limited due to weather instability.

 

  • 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.

 

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Rainbow Mountain Full Day
Rainbow Mountain Full Day

03:00 - 3:30 a.m.

Early in the morning 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 Tahuantinsuyo (Ancient Incas).

The first stop:
The initial transport will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Firstly, we will pass through the District of CUSIPATA where we will stop for 30 minutes to have breakfast.

The second stop:
From then we continue onwards with our journey for 1 hour until we reach FULAWASIPATA. Here, we will pause for a quick brief on how we will be carry out our journey. We will begin our walk at the foot of the Ausangate mountain range.

The third stop:
This will be followed by an ascent of approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes 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 (relative of the camel). Upon reaching the red hill, we will have time to soak in and take pictures of the beautiful scenery.

The fourth stop:
Finally, we will continue our journey with a 1-hour descent into the flat terrain and back to where the walk began, FULAWASIPATA. Here, the driver will be waiting for us to return to the District of CUSIPATA where we can enjoy 1 hour of lunch.

3:00 p.m. approx.

Following lunch, we will return to Cusco, arriving at approx. 3:00 p.m.

Included


  • Pick up from your hotel / hostel in Cusco.
  • Transportation by tourist bus during the tour.
  • Guide in Spanish and English.
  • 01 simple breakfast / 01 simple lunch.
  • Entrance to the park.
  • First aid kit.
  • Emergency oxygen tank.

Excluded


  • Travel insurance.
  • Mineral water.
  • Snack.
  • Horse to ride (if necessary).
  • Rain poncho.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Blankets.
  • Visit to the Red Valley (20 extra soles).



RECOMENDATIONS

  • PASSPORT - very important!
  • Students: ISIC card!
  • Hat to protect against sun or rain.
  • Sun glasses.
  • Sunscreen cream.
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
  • Camera.
  • Bottle of water.
  • Extra Money (Soles).

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FAQs

Will we suffer from altitude sickness or sorojche?
Sorojche or altitude sickness is the lack of adaptation of the organism to heights and all the symptoms that it generates in the body and is likely to suffer during this walk to Humantay. Some of the symptoms are: Intense headache, Fatigue or physical exhaustion, heavy sleep, nausea and vomiting, agitation, digestive disorder, lack of appetite.

You can drink a mate of “leaves of Coca” known for its high medicinal powers, so this will help us feel better and be able to continue with our great adventure.
Will previous acclimatization be necessary?
It is recommended to have at least a couple of days of acclimatization in high-altitude cities (more than 3000 meters above sea level), in this case in the imperial city of Cusco, this so that during the tour you do not have problems with altitude sickness and can make the walk without major problems, it is recommended to take infusions of “muña” and “the sacred coca leaf”
Drink plenty of fluids, avoid fruits such as apples and beans, the first few days rest as much as possible and keep your body warm.
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