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