Rainbow Mountain Trek
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at about 5:00 am, and from there we will drive about 4 hours to the south of Cusco. We will follow the highway before following a mountain road that passes through traditional villages and fertile valleys. Once we arrive to the start of the hike, we will have breakfast. If it is a clear day we will be able to see the nearby snow-capped Ausangate Mountain, which is the tallest mountain in the Cusco Province at 6,384 meters or 20,945 feet. Then we will start hiking at 4,350 meters (14,271 feet) and it will take about 2 hours to reach the top of Rainbow Mountain. First, we will go through a valley, gradually ascending and will be able to see alpacas and llamas. Along the way we will pass apachetas or Andean rock piles that are set up as offerings. We will reach the first pass which is at 4,710 meters (15,454 feet) and can stop to have a break and eat some snacks. Here, we will be able to see our destination, and then will finish the hike to the top of Rainbow Mountain which is at 4,980 meters (16,338 feet). This incredible mountain features beautiful colors of red, orange, yellow, green, and purple as a result from the minerals it is formed from. You will have the option to hike up another 50 meters (164 feet) to take incredible photos of this beautiful natural formation, and when you are ready we will start our descent. Hiking downhill, we will reach our vehicle in about 1 hour, and on the way we will choose a place to stop and eat our boxed lunches. We will then drive back to Cusco, dropping you off at your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm.