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Rainbow Mountain Tour with Red Valley 1 day

Rainbow Mountain Tour with Red Valley 1 day

1 day from $ USD 100.00

Rainbow Mountain Tour with Red Valley 1 day

1 day from $ 100 | Rainbow Mountain Tour with Red Valley 1 day

| Min Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl) | Max Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl)
Price From
$ USD 100.00
Duration
1 day
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 10
Physical Level
Moderate

Introduction

The Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, is a popular tourist destination in Cusco that has gained immense popularity in recent years. Despite its fame, many travelers are unaware of the beauty that the mountain and Red Valley hold. Andean Spirit believes that this hidden gem is worth discovering and is not limited to just being a Rainbow Mountain.

The Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley tour, lasting for one day, takes you to the Cordillera de Vilcanota, located southeast of Cusco. This arm of the Andes is one of the mountain ranges in Peru with a high concentration of snow-capped peaks, creating stunning landscapes of the high Andes. These peaks and glaciers, over time, have transformed into lagoons, valleys, and peaks, now covered in snow, with their natural rock pigments mixed with minerals, giving the ground its unique and beautiful colors.

During your visit to Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley, you will not only admire the colorful mountains, but also have the chance to interact with the locals who are mostly alpaca herders. The 5036 meter height of Vinicunca (the Mountain of Colors) will take your breath away and leave you with an unforgettable experience.

Trip details

  • Location: Cusco – Peru
  • Duration: 1 days
  • Type: Ceremony, Hiking & Adventure Tours
  • Destinations: Cusco, Urcus, Montaña de Colores.
  • Difficulty: Intense
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Itinerary

DAY 1

Rainbow Mountain Tour with Red Valley 1 day

The Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Tour begins with an early morning pick-up from your hotel between 3:30am and 4:00am. Our transportation will then take you on a 2-hour drive to Cusipata where you will enjoy a hearty breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue the journey for another hour to Phullawasipata (4626 meters/15177 feet), the starting point for the hike.

The hike itself will take you through picturesque landscapes, where you will encounter local residents going about their daily activities, and wild alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas roaming the area. You will also see stunning lagoons formed from melting glaciers.

After a 1 hour 30 minutes to 2-hour ascent, you will reach the summit of Vinicunca (5036 meters/16522 feet), where you will have time to catch your breath, rest and take some incredible photos. The next part of the hike takes you through the “Red Valley,” which is named after the unique red color of the mountain’s foot. This area is less visited and offers a peaceful and serene experience. The descent to Phulawasipata takes another 2 hours.

Upon your return, you will enjoy a relaxing lunch and then be taken back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off one block from the main square due to traffic. The tour is expected to end between 4:30pm and 5:00pm.

What to Bring

Essential items for the Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley tour:

  • Small backpack to carry your belongings
  • Breathable outer clothing such as a jacket, fleece, gloves, and hat to stay warm and protected from the elements
  • Sun protection such as a cap or hat to shield your head and face from the sun’s rays
  • Sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays
  • Sturdy mountain shoes to provide good grip and support while hiking
  • Snacks such as cookies, fruits, and sweets to keep you fueled during the tour, as well as water to stay hydrated. Breakfast will be served at around 6 AM, and lunch will be provided after 1 PM.
  • Sunglasses (optional) to protect your eyes from glare and improve visibility.

Recommendations

  • Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) and the Red Valley Tour: Essential Information for Travelers
  • Age restrictions: There are no age restrictions, but it is recommended to start the tour from the age of 7 for best enjoyment.
  • Restrooms: Unfortunately, there are no restrooms along the Red Valley Trail, so it is advisable to use the facilities before starting the hike.
  • Altitude: Vinicunca is situated at an altitude of 5,053 meters, which can be challenging for some people, especially those with altitude sickness.
  • Cost: The entrance fee to the Red Valley is 20 soles, payable in two parts of 10 soles each, at the beginning and end of the trail.
  • Location: The Red Valley is located in the municipalities of Pitumarca and Cusipata in the province of Canchis, and is about 3 hours from the city of Cusco.
  • Time: The round trip to the Rainbow Mountain Trail in the Red Valley takes approximately 50 minutes to complete.
  • Fauna: Visitors may spot various wildlife along the trail, including alpacas, llamas, vicuñas, Andean condors, kestrels, and Andean bears, among others.
  • Advantages: The Red Valley offers a less crowded alternative to the popular Rainbow Mountain hike, allowing visitors to escape the crowds and enjoy a more peaceful experience.
  • Disadvantages: The Red Valley trail requires a bit more effort than the Rainbow Mountain trail, and some visitors may feel tired after the hike.
  • Difficulty level: The trail is considered easy to moderate for the short course and moderate to difficult for the longer route.
  • Walking distance: The short course is 970 meters (0.60 miles) long, while the longer route is 1.2 km (0.74 miles).

Pricing List

Private Service

This service is an exclusive way to carry out this trip where the service is much more personalized, the prices vary according to the number of people in your group:

Number of persons Price per person
2 Persons or more $ USD 115.00 Inquire Now

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