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Best Rainbow Mountain Hike 1 Day provided by Action Peru Treks

Best Rainbow Mountain Hike 1 Day

Best Rainbow Mountain Hike 1 Day
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About
Sometimes Mother Nature produces a display of color so vibrant and so varied, that it seems almost impossible that it could have occurred naturally. Yet as your eyes fall upon the beauty of Peru´s Rainbow Mountains (known locally as Vinicunca) is quite literally looking at millions of years of geological history and a natural wonder seen almost nowhere else on Earth. By far the best way to experience the stunning vistas of Vinicunca is via the Cusipata trail. This challenging but spectacular trail winds through remote Andean villages with their beautiful adobe style houses, passes herds of wild Llamas and Alpacas grazing on the mountainside, and continually rewards us with views of the magnificent Ausangate Glacier. Standing at over 6,300m (20,900ft) this is the highest mountain in the Cusco region.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 24h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 24h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
To make the most of our time on the trail and at the rainbow mountain, our day will start before dawn. Collecting you from your Cusco hotel at around 4:00 AM, we make a 3-hour drive through the South Valley to the trailhead at Llacto (4,638m / 15,216 ft). Our transportation is comfortable though. Upon reaching the Cusipata village (3,300m/10,826ft), we provide a full continental breakfast, perfect fuel for the hiking ahead. Our trek beings along a meandering path in the foothills of the magnificent Andes. As dawn continues to break around us, the surrounding herds of Alpacas and Llamas will be waking too and our paths often cross along the way. The whole area is home to many Fincas (local farms) and there will be opportunities to see traditional Quechua people working the land as they have generations. The surrounding forests are home to some unique fauna and we may see Chinchillas or even Vicuñas (a non-domesticated relative of the llama family found only in South America) so make sure you have your cameras ready. As if all that wasn’t enough, the striking colours of the red mountains are all around us, and provide a spectacular backdrop for this portion of the hike. After making a challenging ascent for around 1 hour we reach the magnificent Rainbow Mountain of Vinicunca (5,020 m / 16,466 ft). ¡No photoshop or Instagram filters are required here! This awesome display of colour is 100% natural, and completely breathtaking. Taking our time at the summit to take pictures, explore the area or just take in the spectacular views. Your guide will let you know when it is time to return, and we hike downhill the way we came for around 45 minutes. In a sense though this is an altogether different hike as we take in the views that were behind us on our ascent. Reaching the trailhead we drive 40 minutes to a local restaurant at Cusipata village where a delicious lunch will be waiting for us. Finally it’s just a 2 hour drive back to Cusco. We drop you off at your Cusco hotel around 4 PM, weary but with incredible memories of a very unique day. • Total distance hiked: 8 km / 4.97 miles • Starting/minimum altitude: 4,638m / 15,216 ft. • Maximum altitude: 5,020m / 16,466 ft. • Overall trek difficulty: Challenging
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Call the number below and use the product code: 21801P14
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Professional Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more) • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Llacto (trailhead) • Return transportation from Llacto to your Cusco hotel • One breakfast, one lunch in a local restaurant in Cusipata • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit • Breakfast • Lunch
Exclusions
Trekking poles – you can rent them from us • Emergency horse and horseman • Tips • Travel /Health/Emergency Insurance
Duration
24h
Departure details
Location Name: Centrally located Cusco hotels
Cusco Region, Cusco Region
Inclusions
Professional Bilingual English speaking tour guide (additional tour guide for groups of nine people or more) • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Llacto (trailhead) • Return transportation from Llacto to your Cusco hotel • One breakfast, one lunch in a local restaurant in Cusipata • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit • Breakfast • Lunch
Exclusions
Trekking poles – you can rent them from us • Emergency horse and horseman • Tips • Travel /Health/Emergency Insurance
Departure details
Location Name: Centrally located Cusco hotels
Cusco Region, Cusco Region
Duration
24h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
What to bring
Water (recommend at least 2L)
Rain jacket/poncho
Winter hat and gloves and ain pants
Snacks
Sun block (factor 35+ recommended, the sun can be strong)
Sunglasses and sun hat
Camera with spare batteries (no. batteries run down faster at high altitudes)
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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Fabia A
Forli, Italy19 contributions
Professional and friendly
Aug 2019 • Couples
My husband and I were lucky cause it was just the both of us so they picked us up with a car like it was a private trip. The guide, FREDDY, is very nice, friendly and he knows everything about the mountains and also about the Incas. The driver as well was friendly but unfortunately I don’t remember the name. They came at our hotel at 4 in order to be at the mountains earlier then the most of the tourists, in fact when we arrive there was just few people so we could enjoy it the most. We had great breakfast and great lunch with them. I strongly recommend this travel agency for expeditions and treks in Cusco.
Written 8 August 2019
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Darleen S
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Worth every penny and so breathe taking litterally
Apr 2019 • Family
Rainbow mountain is a 5km hike to a beautiful mountain around glaciers with breathe taking views its a very challenging hike due to altitude but so worth it i recommend it to everyone. Action Treks Peru is so organized our guide was amazing and so patient with us we took a private tour and boy did they take amazing care of us. The food at the local restaurant they take you too is wonderful the people are so friendly and greatful. They pick you up by bus and bring blankets for your comfort its a nice smoothe drive throught he mountains and beautiful views all the way. My husband and teenage daughter loved it. It truly was a magical family vacation and action treks peru only made it better there staff is very nice professional and caring i would definetly book with them again and again !
Written 15 June 2019
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Candice L
3 contributions
Rainbow mountain
Apr 2019 • Friends
We were 2 and we did a 1 day trip to Winikunka (rainbow mountains) with a guide called Edgar. He was very Nice and we learnt a lot of thing. The hiking is difficult but he didnt rush us. We took our time to enjoy this amazing view. We had breakfast and lunch in a great restaurant and the driver was very safe. The 4x4 was confortable.
Written 25 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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