Rainbow Mountain Peru, Vinicunca 1D Hike
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) and Red Valley you are 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 Llama 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 and is considered a holy mountain (or mountain spirit) by the local Peruvians. Ausangate is the deity of Cusco and since pre-Inca times has been a place of worship and offerings, a tradition that still continues today.
Most trips that give such unparalleled access to the Rainbow Mountains require a multi-day trek, but we have changed that with this itinerary; designing a spectacular, but challenging hike that can be taken as a day trip from Cusco!.
With uninterrupted beauty and solitude, this is a trip for trekkers who love a true outdoor adventure, but are on a tight schedule. So why not allow us to take you on an inspiring and memorable trip, to one of Mother Nature’s true wonders.
What is Included?
- 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
- Entrance fee to the rainbow mountain
- One breakfast, one lunch in a local restaurant in Cusipata
- Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit
What is not included?
- Trekking poles – you can rent them from us
- Emergency horse and horseman
- Travel /Health/Emergency Insurance
We recommend that you bring?
- Original passport
- Water (recommend at least 2L)
- Rain jacket/poncho
- Winter hat and gloves
- Rain pants
- 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)
- Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us)
- Hiking poles – US $5.00 (pair)
Departure/Return LocationLima, Perú
IncludedProfessional licensed guide fluent in English
Not Includedprivate van to trailhead at km 82
- Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
- Lowest Elevation: 4,638 m / 15,216 ft
- Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
- Distance to walk: 8 km / 4.97 miles
- Approximate walking time: 2 hours (1 hour up; 1 hour down)
- Level of Difficulty: Challenging
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