Witness the beautiful multicolored landscape in a small group
Professional, bilingual guides with safety equipment and emergency oxygen
Early departure ensures we avoid the huge crowds that arrive later in the day
It is a unique and unforgettable hike, on which you will be able to appreciate nature in all it's splendour. This day hike is a wonderful experience you will never forget. Peru's Rainbow Mountain is a unique site that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated.
All year round except February
Cuzco hotel and hostel pickup
RASGOS DEL PERU
ONLINE BOOKING NOT AVAILABLE
Minimum age: 12 years old – Must have parents permission
Maximum age: 60 years old – Medical proof of optimum health status
Our adventure begins very early, at 03:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. we start pickups at travellers' respective hostels or hotels.
Later we leave in our transport units towards Cerro Colorado or Rainbow Mountain. Along the way, we will observe multicolored landscapes and crops that lie between the mysterious snowy mountains. We see many Andean animals like llamas, alpacas, sheep, and vicuñas. After 3 hours we will arrive to the community of Pitumarca there we will take a small breakfast.
After our breakfast, we head to the community of Qesoyuno place where our adventure begins. The hike to the mountain is approximately 3 hours uphill.
Starting the walk we will pass a path that gradually changes the panorama between mountains of intense colors and small streams of ice water that feed and give life to this beautiful place, as we go walking we will observe how the colors around us will change by the climate, until reaching the edge of the Cerro Vinincunca. After which we will ascend to a height more than 5033 m.s.n.m. Top of the magic Mountain of Colors or Rainbow Mountain.
This is the point where we will have enough time to take selfies, photographs, videos, etc. At the same time this will be the place where we will enjoy our refreshment while we appreciate the magic and energy that keeps this majestic place, behind its veil of clouds, and snowy peaks. After such an exquisite experience we will undertake the return trek for approximately 3 hours to the town of Pitumarca, where our transport units await us, we return to our restaurant to have lunch.
Finally, we return to Cusco, arriving in the city at 18:30 pm. End of the tour is at Plaza Regocijo (1 block from Plaza de Armas).
Note: If you are staying at a different location than the one you select as your pick up location, it is explicitly your responsibility to be at the main entrance of the hotel or hostel selected as your pick up location for the duration of the pickup time range on your tour date. You must be in a visible place easy to see for the operator and be alert for their vehicle/guide when they go to pick you up for the tour.
Important:December, January and the start of February the tour does operate as normal however occasionally visibility may be limited due to the changeable weather.
- Pick up from your hotel/hostel in Cusco.
- Tourist bus transportation during the tour.
- Guide in Spanish and English
- 1 simple breakfast / 1 simple lunch
- Entrance to the park
- First aid kit
- Emergency oxigen tank
- Travel insurance
- Mineral waters
- Saddle horse
- Rain poncho
- PASSPORT - very important!
- Hat to protect from sun or rain.
- Sun glasses.
- Protective sun cream.
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
- Water bottle
- Small backpack
- Trekking shoes
Cancellation or changes to this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date need to be done before 6:00 pm the day before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel the day prior to the tour before 6:00 pm (Lima time), a 10% administration fee will apply. After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
For cancellations or changes to your tour please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations as I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation.
Do I need to bring trekking shoes?
Not necessarily, but as you will spend several hours hiking up and down through the canyon, we recommend that you at least wear stable and comfortable shoes.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500meters without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
How do I avoid altitude sickness?
Take Soroche (Diamox) pills, eat small meals, drink coca tea, drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol (it’s a dehydrator). The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize yourself. The recommended approach for acclimatization is to ascend gradually, spending at least 24 hours at every 2,000 ft increase in altitude.
What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?
Common symptoms of altitude sickness (sometimes called acute mountain sickness) can be similar to a bad hangover, and may include a headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. A severe headache that is not relieved by medication, nausea and vomiting, and increasing fatigue or shortness of breath may indicate more serious problems – seek medical attention.
How physically fit do I need to be?
You should be reasonably fit to undertake the trek. The trek is not particularly steep, but at this altitude the gradual climb is difficult.
Can I rent a horse during this trek?
Yes, you can rent a horse for 80 soles for approximately 6 hours, but there are some parts that you will need to walk (approx. 20 to 40 minutes). If you want to hire a horse, you will need to inform the guide at the beginning of the tour and it is subject to availability.
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