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Rainbow Mountain Tour

Full Day

SUMMARY

The Rainbow Mouantain Tour (also called as Rainbow Mountain or Winincunca Mountain) is one of the new attractions of Peru. Located more than 100 kilometers from Cusco, on a place located at 5,200 meters above sea level. The slopes and summit are tinted with different colors including red, purple, green, yellow, pink and other variations. Since 2016, this place receives hundreds of visitors a day becoming, together with Machu Picchu, in one of the most visited places in Cusco-Peru. We are the only ones doing this hike in the afternoon, so once we get to the view point, no one else is there. 

Price: 85 Per Person

Type of Tour: Natural, Walking, Hiking.                                         

Duration: 11 Hours                                         

Start time: 09:00 a.m.                                         

End time: 19:30 p.m.                                         

Maximum elevation point: 5036 masl (Viewpoint)             

Difficulty: Medium, Difficult                                         

What we visited: Winincunca Mountain (Rainbow Mountain), Red Valley (Optional)                           

by booking this tour your are planting 1 tree at an indiginous community of Cusco

ITINERARY

ITINERAY

Pick up for the Rainbow Mountain Tour will be at 8:30 a.m., we will travel for 2 and a half hours to our trail head, once we arrive at this place our guide will give you special recommendations to hike on high elevations, we will have time to prepare ourselves and warm up before our wonderful hike.

Once passed control, will be 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours walking uphill until the Rainbow Mountain View Point at 5,100 masl, if you prefer to save energy for the last portion, there are horses for rent, prices vary between 30 to 70 soles according to the distance. Along the route you will enjoy beautiful views of the valley, the mountains, the snowy Ausangate (6372 masl) This mountain is the highest in Cusco, and is considered by locals as a Sacred Apu.

Once at the top of the rainbow mountain view point the guide will give you free time to take your pictures, enjoy the spectacular views, while we enjoy the amazing views our guide will offer you a nice hot coca tea, the advantage of doing the Rainbow Mounatin Tour with us it is that you will be the only ones at the top, no one else will be there since big groups goes very early, and for the time that we arrive everyone is gone.

If you wish and have enough energy you can do another 30 minutes’ walk to the viewpoint of the red valley (there is an extra 10 soles charged by locals to get there), when we finish our Rainbow Mountain Tour we will descend to our lunch spot where our chef will be waiting for us with a fresh and hot buffet lunch. Once finished our lunch we will travel back to Cusco for another 3 hours and we will leave you back at your hotel.

INCLUSIONS

Please check out what our Rainbow Mountain Tour includes and what is not included, so you can have enough time to get somethig that you may need for the tour.

Included

  • Professional Guide – We have the best selection of guides, all graduated in the national university of Cusco and grown up in this region with a deep love and passion for teaching their culture. They are fun but professional and will make sure you are safe and happy. In addition, they are trained in first aid and carry an oxygen tank if necessary because of the high altitude.
  • Tourist transport. – We use clean and new vehicles for all our services, with professional drivers that guarantee a safe trip. Our drivers are constantly trained in prudent driving and customer service.
  • Water to drink. – We will take care of providing you with water for your hike, in addition to your walking team will bring a hot tea to the top of the mountain so you can enjoy while appreciating the impressive colors of the mountain.
  •  Snacks and energy bars. – We will provide you with a snack consisting of energy bars and fruits for the walk.
  •  Pick up from the hotel. – Our service includes picking up from your hotel to start the tour, pick up time will be confirmed according to the location of your hotel, at the end of the tour we will also leave you back at your hotel. (Our service does not include AIRBNB type house collection because many do not have a clear name or address if you are at one we will coordinate picking place and hour).
  • Entrance tickets. – The Rainbow Mountain is administered by the same people of the area, so we are pleased to pay them since this is a direct income for them.
  • Permanent Assistance. – We want all the activities you do in our destination to be unique, unforgettable and safe, so you will always have an assigned personal assistant who will be in constant communication with you in case you need something.

Not included

  • Tips – The tips for your crew are voluntary and according to your satisfaction level.

PRICES

Our Rainbow Mountain Tour is done in the afternnon and we will have an early lunch in the best restaurant of the area. We prefer to do it in this way due to crowded times in the morning.

Private Tour

2 – 3 People $. 169 per person
4 – 5 people $.  149 per person
6 – 7 people $.  129 per person
8 – 9 people $.  109 per person
10 or more $.  89   per person

Shared or Group Tour.

1 – 11 people  $. 85 per person
11 more. Your PPT representative will reserve and coordinate the final price.

TRAVEL INFO

Altitude sickness

As soon as the people reserve the trip to Peru, specifically to Cusco, they begin to wonder about altitude sickness. High altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. For few days at high altitude your body adjusts to the least amount of oxygen in the air.

The first symptoms of altitude sickness may be; headache, fatigue, followed by loss of appetite, nausea or vomit, dizziness, trouble sleeping, difficulty breathing during exercise. If any of these effects worsen, contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor. Our team is well trained on first aid assistance and specially on altitude problems, if you feel any of the altitude symptoms mentioned during your hike, please let your guide know so he or she will help you as soon as possible.

For farther information about altitude sickness please read our article HERE.

Weather

The weather in Cusco it’s unpredictable. Dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not prevent the rain from falling in June or the sun coming out in December, just be prepared for any weather. No matter which month you take the hike or excursion, or which tour you are on, make sure you have adequate clothing that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.

Many of the excursions through the Andes involve many microclimates and you will have to be prepared for all seasons. The layers are always key because they are easy to adjust to different temperatures. And the nights will always be cold, so get ready with a warm jacket.

Arriving to Cusco

The airport in Cusco is currently quite small and only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline, you must pick up your bags in Lima and then register them again.

The best way to get to Cusco is by air and there are several airline options. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but it has more flight options. But you also have PERUVIAN, AVIANCA, STAR PERU, LC PERU to choose according to your preference. Expect flight delays or cancellations, due to the high altitude of Cusco, tends to be difficult to land so that on rainy days you can paralyze air traffic. The bus tours are always available and although the journey may be long, especially from Lima, Peru buses are well maintained and are comfortable. This option is recommended if you come from a city closer to Cusco like Puno or Arequipa. Buses from Lima will take around 20 hours to arrive to Cusco.

Travel insurance

To protect your travel investment, we recommend buying travel insurance. Getting travel insurance before leaving home is highly recommended and very easy. There are many insurance companies depending on your country of origin and at different prices according to your time of stay, take some time to review them and hire the one that best suits you. This is an excellent way to protect yourself while visiting Peru.

Community

At Peru Private Tours (PPT) we are proud of the work we do for our community. This is the main objective for our company. We are working directly with the villages to help them meet the needs of their families. We support the children of the villages by giving them school supplies, books and clothes.

PPT offers constant training for all our team: guides, porters, chefs and drivers. We are a family born in the Andes and we want to work with them and for them. That is why once a year we bring our porters and their families to Machu Picchu.

for your day pack

Please take note of these recommendations to do the Rainbow Mountain Tour.

  • PASSPORT OR IDENTITY DOCUMENT (VERY IMPORTANT)
  • Hat or cap for the sun: Very important for the walk, radiation is stronger on the rainbow mountain.
  • Sunglasses: Highly recommended as we are going to pass close to the snow and this reflects the sun. In front of the Rainbow Mountain it is located the glaciar of Ausagate.
  • Sunscreen: The radiation in the mountains is stronger, use sunscreen every day.
  • Waterproof jacket or windbreaker (if it is light much better)
  • Gloves: Especially for when you are on the the Rainbow Mountain View Point, because there it is very windy and cold.
  • Bottle to fill water or CAMELBAK.  double the regular dose of water you drink normally.
  • Shoe with a good grip: If you have trekking shoe is much better.
  • Lightweight pants for walking: Please try not to wear Jean pants for the hike.
  • Personal medication pills: Do not forget to take your personal medication that is very important.
  • Others that you consider necessary. But remember that this is an ADVENTURE walk!
  • Above all, a lot of desire to have fun, enjoy nature and learn about the local culture.
Afternnon Rainbow Mountain Hike

We do the Rainbow Mouantain Tour in a completly different way than any other companys, we start in Cusco at 09 am and drive for 2 hours until our lunch spot, we have an early lunch by 11 am (1 hour before hike start time) so you will have time to rest after lunch. Once we get to the trail head, everyone will be leaving so at the view point there will be no one, just us with an amazing view of the mountains. We bring hot coca tea to share at the top.

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