HIKING TO THE RAINBOW MOUNTAIN (VINICUNCA)
The Vilcabamba range of mountain located to the southeast of Cusco is a very important section of the Andes Cordillera, this is one of the mountain range in Peru that has the highest concentration of snowy peaks, this creates beautiful high Andean landscapes with vast snow-capped mountains and large glaciers, which in their thaws make to appear beautiful lagoons, lakes, nice valleys. Nowadays with the passage of time many of these summits are completely uncovered of snow and they show a special natural pigment of the rock that together with some minerals and the special color of the soil of this place creates beautiful mountain, they are very striking by the colors they show, these together with the local people who are mainly breeders of Alpacas and Llamas will make this tour in an unforgettable experience, breathe deeply and live the 5020 meters of “Vinicunca” (The rainbow Mountain).
For this hike we organize tours every day, for this reason we recommend the passengers stay at least one whole day in Cusco to Acclimatize, this is a prerequisite to go on this tour because you start to walk over 4300mts (14107 fts) and the summit is over 5020mts (16469 fts)
Location: Cusco, Vilcanota range of mountain.
Destiny: Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain)
Duration: Full day (from 4:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
Difficulty: Medium to hard.
We pick you up in your Hotel around 3:45 to 4:00 a.m. then we’ll travel 03 and ½ hours on a bus to Hanchipacha or Japura where you’ll have a delicious breakfast, after we continue to Quesyuno, this is the trail head where we start the hiking, first we walk three hours uphill where you will find a beautiful landscape, big mountain and local people with their typical clothes making their daily life, you will find big groups of Alpacas, Llamas and sometimes wild Vicuñas, also small lagoons created by the thaws of the glaciers, once you arrive to the summit 5020 mts. (16469 Fts.) you will have a free time to rest and to take your pictures, then, we start to go back by a different way, the “Red Valley”, we call it likethat for the red color of the mountain soil, they look pretty nice, this will be other three hours walk downhill to arrive again in Japura where you will have a comforting lunch, then we will bring you back to Cusco again (arrival around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m.).
- Pick up in the Hotel.Recojo en el Hotel.
- Tourist Transportation to go and back.
- 01 Breakfast, 01 Lunch (Vegetarian and vegan options with no extra cost).
- Entrance Ticket.
- Professional bilingual guide.
- First aid kids (With oxigen Baloon).
- Personal equipment (Jacket, Gloves, Walking sticks).
- Horse rental (S/ 80.00 like a US$ 25.00)