Cusco Rainbow Mountain 1 day

Cusco Rainbow Mountain 1 day

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Expectations and what we see:

Enjoy the views of the Andes, snowcapped mountains, rivers, lakes, native  people and shepherds of llamas and alpacas.
Walk and reach breathtaking altitudes at around 5000m to see Vinicunca, the 7 Color Rainbow Mountain, .

Vinicunca

Itinerary:

4:30 am Pick up from hotel.
5:00 am. Tour starts with a  3 1/2 hrs of a ride southeast going through different towns
and Andean communities  like Urcos, Pitumarca,  Hanchillpata y Quesiuno.

8:30 am. Arrival in Hanchillpata and after breakfast ride to Quesiuno, start walking and
hiking (15 minutes away from Quesiuno : optional ride on horseback at an extra cost)

Along the hike see the sacred Ausangate and Puca Puncho mountains.

11:30 am  After a strenous 2 1/2 hrs a walk, reach Vinicunca (Rainbow mountain–Red Mountain) Time to enjoy and contemplate the landscape and colors of the mountain.

12:00 m. Walk back to Quesiuno for 2 1/2 hrs (less harder as you go down most of the route)

2:30 pm Lunch in Hanchillpata.

3:30 pm Start return back to Cusco where we will arrive at 7:00 pm aprox.

Rigors:

The altitude (highest point is at 5200m. - 16500ft)
Severe weather conditions.

Needs good physical conditions to walk 9 Km (4.5 Km one way),
Optional: rent a horse ( US$ 10 - 30 dollars according to the distance)

Remarks:

Hat
Sun glasses
Gloves
Scarf
Warm clothes
Rain gear or poncho
Good walking shoes
Camera
Day pack
Walking sticks

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