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RAINBOW MOUNTAIN and RED VALLEY DAY HIKE

Description

Rainbow mountain is one of the iconic Cusco hikes is a must-do day trip if you’re in the Cusco area and have some extra time! Rainbow Mountain and the red valley are a series of high Andean landscapes full of rainbow colors and there are also hills and peaks of red color like a reddish desert which makes it one of the most impressive landscapes of the Peruvian Andes and that make for some of the most beautiful and other-worldly photography on Earth. The hike is not long (8 km round trip hike), but it is all above 5100 m so, while it is challenging for that reason, it is also one of the best day hikes in Peru!

For this trip to the Rainbow Mountain, we will provide everything you need, also the guide will pick you up from your hotel to give you some additional information and start the tour also, we provide breakfast and lunch for this tour, please have a look our itinerary and the details of the tour.

You can also do this trip on horseback for an additional cost of s/80 soles which cost the horses that the locals rent for riding. The horses you can rent directly from the locals once you make to the trail head and the guide will help you.

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Highlights

  • Amazing Andean landscapes
  • Beautiful Rainbow Mountain colors
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks included
  • Snow capped mountains, Peaks and Valleys
  • Pick Up from Your Hotel in Cusco
  • Tour lead by award-winning Expert Guides
  • See llamas and alpacas and their local owners along the route
  • Hike through the spectacular Red Valley
from $ 29.00
FULL DAY TOUR
Trip Style:
Hiking
Dificulty Level:
Regular
Group Size:
16
Total Hiking Distance:
8 KM
Meals:
1 B, D, 1 L
Departures:
DAILY DEPARTURES
Trip Starts in:
CUSCO AT YOUR HOTEL
Places to Visit:
CUSCO, CUSIPATA, RAINBOW MOUNTAIN, RED VALLEY

TRIP ITINERARY

 

  • Pick up time from your hotel is from 4:30 to 5:00 am
  • It takes 3 hours car ride from Cusco to the trail head
  • It takes 2 hours uphill hiking from the trail head to the rainbow mountain (4km up)
  • The time that you spend in the rainbow mountain is around 30 minutes to one hour depending on the weather conditions
  • Hiking back from the rainbow mountain to the car stop through the red valley takes around 2 hours downhill hike
  • Car ride back to Cusco takes around 3 hours
  • You will be back in Cusco around 4:30 pm

After picking up everyone from their respective hotels, we will go to the town of Cusipata by car for 2 hours where we will make a stop at the restaurant to have a delicious breakfast, which will take about an hour and then we continue in the same car for 1 more hour towards the beginning of the hike which is called Chilliwani at 4700 m, then we go to the control point to pay the entrance fee to the community (20 soles for foreign visitor and 10 soles for Peruvian). Afterwards we get ready for the hike towards the Rainbow mountain for around 2 hours uphill hike a distance of 4 km. Once in the Rainbow mountain you will have enough time to take pictures, listen to the explanations of the guide and enjoy all the wonderful landscape of the area. The time that you will spend at the rainbow mountain is about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the weather conditions, sometimes it is cloudy, foggy or a little rainy and it is very cold in that case you may stay about 30 minutes, if the weather is sunny and clear you can Stay around an hour enough time to know the Rainbow mountain. After we will get ready for the return hike through the Red Valley which is a spectacular red landscape, the hike through the red valley takes about 2 hours to the car stop and it will be the end of the hike then we take the car back to Cusipata for an hour where we will stop to have a buffet lunch and then 2 more hours by car back to Cusco.

  • NOTE

If you do not like to do the Red Valley hike you can return to the car stop by the same trail that you took to make to the Raimbow mountain. The downhill hike by the same trail takes around 1.5 hours to the car stop. The car will wait for every single person of the group.

 

Inclusions

Included

  • Round trip transportation
  • Breakfast (fruit juice, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, fruit salad, and bread or pancakes with butter and jam)
  • Buffet lunch
  • Walking stick
  • Entrance fee for Rainbow Mountain (does not include entrance fee to Red Valley, which is 20 soles and can be paid directly to the local community)
  • Groups ranging between 12-14 people, maximum 16 people
  • English speaking, professional guides
  • First-Aid equipment and oxygen bottle for emergencies

Not Included

  • Entrance fee for the red valley = 20 soles
  • Personal gear
  • Tips

PRICING

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN AND RED VALLEY DAY HIKE – GROUP SERVICE – SEASON 2021 (from March 2021 to January 2022)

 

  • REGULAR PRICE: USD 29 dollars per person
  • OFFER PRICE: USD 24 dollars per person  

Our OFFER PRICE apply for people who already booked with us one of our tours to Machu Picchu such Salkantay trek, Inca jungle, Machu Picchu tours, etc.

Our prices for the Rainbow Mountain are reasonable and are in line with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco. If you book this tour online or directly at our office in Cusco, the price does not vary, we always keep the same price and the quality of the service we provide will always be the best.

  • OPTION HORSEBACK RIDING: 80 soles or 22 dollars.

This is an OPTION for those who are not able to hike or just want to enjoy a horseback riding in the mountains. Once you arrive at the beginning of the Rainbow Mountain hike you can rent a ridding horse from the locals directly with the help of the guide. The price that they charge for the horse usually is 80 soles or 22 dollars and the horse will take you to the Rainbow mountain and take you back also the owner of the horse will be pulling the horse ahead and you only have to sit down on the horse and enjoy.

 

  • BOOKING

Booking online: If you like to book the Rainbow Mountain tour online, we request a deposit of 20 dollars per person and the remaining balance you can pay once you arrive in Cusco at our office if you are not able to come to our office you can pay to the tour guide once you are on the tour also is possible to pay the full amount online.

Booking at the office: If you like you can come to our office in Cusco to book the Rainbow Mountain tour one of our salesperson will give all the details of the tour and taking your reservations, this tour you can book even a day before.

BOOKING NOTES

WHAT TO PACK

We recommend dressing as follow for the Raimbow mountain tour 

  • Wool hat
  • T-shirt
  • Layer
  • A jacket
  • Long pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Small Backpack to carry water, some snacks, camera, etc.

What to bring for the tour

  • 2 liters of water (there are options to buy along the route)
  • Snacks such as, apple, cereal bar, sweets and chocolates
  • Sun cream
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Cash in soles for extras and entrance fee to the Red Valley

Frequently Asked Questions RAINBOW MOUNTAIN and RED VALLEY DAY HIKE

How long does it take to hike Rainbow Mountain?

The way up takes between 1.5 to 2 hours on a gradual uphill trail. If you take the same way down, your return will be about 1.5 hours. If you return through the Red Valley it will take about 2 hours.

When is the best time to go?
The best time to go is typically the dry season, from May to November. However, the trek is available year-round and can offer various benefits throughout the year.
 
Do I need to bring my passport for this tour?
No. You do not need to bring a physical copy of your passport. However, it is always beneficial to have a copy of your passport or a photo stored on your phone in case of an emergency.
 
What type of transportation do you use?
Our fleet consists only of Sprinter Mercedes Benz, modern minibuses, that feature a Machu Picchu Reservations logo and has all the documentation required by the national authorities. The vehicles are maintained daily and kept in good, clean condition.
 
Will the altitude affect me?
Each person reacts differently to altitude. If you plan to hike the Salkantay trail, we recommend arriving 2 or 3 days before the start the trek to acclimate. You can use this time to rest, enjoy the city, or complete other day tours.
 
What can I do to prevent altitude sickness?
Arriving in Cusco at least two days before your trek and drinking lots of water can help to prevent altitude sickness. You may also want to try coca tea, which naturally helps with the effects of altitude. Coca tea can be ordered at almost any cafe, restaurant, or hotel, or can be prepared by boiling water with dried coca leaves. We also recommend eating light food the day before the trek and taking any medications prescribed by a doctor.
 
How do I reserve a space for the rainbow mountain?
Just click on the “Book Now” button below and fill out all the required information. One of our sales advisors will contact you immediately and once you place your deposit, we’ll send you a confirmation email. You can also contact a specialist by WhatsApp at +51974217700.
 
Do you require a deposit?
Yes. We require a booking deposit of $20 USD for the Rainbow Mountain tour. However, if you cancel the tour within a 24-hour notice, we will provide a 100% refund or reschedule your trip. If you do not cancel within 24-hours, the deposit will not be refunded.
 
What happens after I make my deposit?
Once we confirm the deposit, we will send you a confirmation email with all of the details of your tour.
 
Can I go by horse to the Rainbow Mountain?
Yes, you can go by horse to the mountain of colors, you can rent horses directly from the local people, which typically costs between 60 and 80 Soles per person.
 
How long will I stay in the rainbow mountain?
We usually spend about one hour at the rainbow mountain viewpoint. However, this depends on the group pace and weather conditions.

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