Enjoy the natural colors of the rarely visited Rainbow Mountain, located in a mountain range of Peru that has the highest concentration of snow-capped peaks. This creates beautiful high-Andean landscapes with extensive snow-capped mountains and beautiful lagoons.
You will need to wake up early to enjoy this natural marvel at its best. Between 3:45 am and 4:15 am, we’ll pick you up directly from your hotel to start our ride to the south of Cusco through beautiful landscapes. First, we will drive for around 2 hours to the town of Cusipata (3329 m).
After breakfast in Chillihuani, we will continue our trip by van, following a beautiful way between the mountains, accompanied by our first views of Ausangate, the highest peak in Cusco. Along the way, we will pass through herds of hundreds of alpacas and llamas, and local people moving about their daily business.
Our ascent will begin in Phuluwasipata, and last about 2 hours, bringing us to our final destination and the highest point on our Rainbow Mountain trek at 5020 m. Here we will stop to admire and appreciate the outstanding views in all directions and the rare geological formations that appear to be painted with exotic colors. Far below in the distance, there are infinite valleys and glaciers as far as the eye can see. We will stop for about 30 minutes – the perfect amount of time to rest, to have a snack, and immerse yourself in this wild environment. Then, we start to go back a different way, the Red Valley. We call it like that because of the red color of the soil. You will only find a few people, this is a totally different experience. After we must begin our descent towards the point where we started the day’s hike in Phuluwasipata. There, our transport will be waiting to take us to a restaurant in Chillihuani, where we enjoy an energizing lunch. We will have time after lunch to visit some of the local households, and observe the lifestyle and customs that are still being practiced today since Inca times. Here the native language of Quechua is spoken very well, and agriculture is essential for life.
At the end of the day our tour will conclude with an opportunity to meet with local people from the community before making our journey back to Cusco in our private van. We will drop you off at your hotel between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm.