Rainbow Mountain Peru 1 Day Hike
Peru has kept a well hidden secret for many years. The Rainbow Mountain Peru 1 Day hike allows you to experience one of the most profound natural marvels while virtually running into no other hikers. The Rainbow Mountain hike is ranked by National Geographic as one of the top 100 places you should visit before you die.
The landscapes of this area are both breathtaking and unlike anything you have seen before. You will see many herds of llamas, Alpacas and pass through small villages of the Andean people who are still living traditional lifestyles.
The mountains surrounding you are each individually unique, each with their own formations, peaks, colors of bright green and reds, and various vegetation. To top it off, you are even able to view the powerful and towering sacred Apu Ausangate.
This gorgeous trek leads you to a landscape that looks like something not of this planet, the painted mountain is one of the most spectacular formations in South America. Each day more and more people are finding out about this amazing place, but for now, it remains a secret spot for the most adventurous trekkers.
We will pick you up at 4 AM in the morning from your hotel in Cusco and we will begin our journey by driving down to the south of Cusco for about 3 hours. Along the way, we will pass through several villages and towns such as Tipon, Urcos, Pitumarca, and several others.
We will wind through the majestic mountains, passing rivers, beautiful expansive mountain ranges, and fascinating rock formations until we reach Quesiuno village (4,326 m / 14,189 ft.), which is the trailhead to our hike.
Once at Qesiuno, we will share a hearty breakfast prepared by our incredible chef and then begin venturing to the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain of Peru, also known as Vinicunca (5,020 m/16,469 ft.). We will hike through the mountains with 360 degree views, all while walking past streams, rivers, alpacas, and llamas. As we are able to see endless views of mountains after mountains and we are also gifted with an impressive view of the Ausangate glacier (the highest mountain in the Cusco region).
We will begin by a steady 3 hour uphill hike, following a path through the valley until we reach the famous Rainbow Mountain. Here we will be warmly welcomed by a local family selling snacks and coca tea (which helps with the high altitude). We continue only a bit more up to the top in order to see the magnificent views of the 7 colored breathtaking mountain. Bundle up because once we make our way to the top it can be a tad windy, however once there nothing is comparable to the incredible natural occurring color formations in this magnificent mountain.
After taking photos and soaking in the view we will have time to explore the surrounding areas. The Red Valley, as it is called, looks as if you are on Mars. The rock formations on the side of the mountains are very interesting as well, if you look close enough you can see shapes of faces within the rocks.
After enjoying Rainbow Mountain and the Red Valley we will begin our journey back through the gorgeous valley for approximately 2 hours. We will then arrive at base camp, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch. Then winding through the majestic mountains we drive back for 3 hours to Cusco where you will be dropped off at you hotel.
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