RAINBOW MOUNTAIN FULL DAY

Ausangate Mountain - Cusco
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Highest Altitude

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  • Monday to Friday: 9.00am/5.00pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: 9.00am/5.00pm
  • Closed: 25/31 December

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Rainbow Mountain

The Rainbow Mountain Peru Full Day

The Rainbow Mountain of Peru, also known as Vinicunca, are stunning and can be seen on the spectacular Ausangate Trek. Ausangate mountain itself is considered a holy mountain (or mountain spirit) by local Peruvians and is the deity of Cusco. Since pre-Inca times the mountain has been a place of worship and offerings and this tradition continues today.

Most trips that allow you to see the Rainbow Mountains require a trek of at least 6 days. That has changed with this brand new itinerary. We have designed this hike so that it can be done as a day trip!

On this trek you will see quaint villages, beautiful adobe style houses, herds of llamas and alpacas and you will have magnificent views of the Ausangate Glacier (6,385 m / 20,945 ft), the highest mountain in the Cusco region.

You will need to wake up early to enjoy this natural marvel at its best. Between 4:30 am and 5:00 am, we’ll pick you up directly from your hotel to start our ride to the south of Cusco through beautiful landscapes of valleys and agricultural communities. First we will drive for around 2 hours to to the town of Cusipata (3,329m / 12,772 ft.) where we will have an energizing breakfast.

After breakfast in Cusipata we will continue our trip by van, following a beautiful way between the mountains, accompanied by our first views of Ausangate, highest peak of Cusco. Along the way we will pass through herds of hundreds of alpacas and llamas and the occasional shepherd or local people moving about their daily activities.

Our ascent will begin in Phulawasipata and last about 2 hours, bringing us to our final destination and highest point on our Rainbow Mountain Trek (or Vinicunca trek), at 5,020 mts / 16,470 ft. Once we arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb the majesty of the red mountains that surround this area. You will also see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak in front of you. Ausangate is the tallest mountain of the Cusco region (just under 21,000 ft elevation), and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota Range. While taking in these magnificent views, our staff will bring you some hot drinks and share some information with you about the composition of these mountains and how they became striated in the rainbow of colors.

After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors floating on the air currents), we will begin our descent with a one and half hour, downhill hike to Phuluwasipata. There our transport will be waiting to take us to restaurant in cusipata where we enjoy an energizing lunch. Finally we return back to Cusco city arriving at approximately 4:30pm to 5pm.

What is Included?

  • Professional tours Guide
  • Private transport
  • First Aid
  • Oxygen
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Entrance to national park (10 SOLES)

What is Not Included?

  • Tips
  • Emergency horse
  • weather

What You Should Bring

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco).
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended.
  • Sandals or jogging shoes for a higher comfort while at camp.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces. Thermal clothing is also recommended, especially for sleeping.
  • A down jacket is especially recommended for this trek since it runs at high altitude and temperatures may easily drop below freezing in the evening and at nights.
  • Flashlight/headlamp and batteries.
  • Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sun block
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  • Handkerchiefs.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc. Please note that we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. This recommendation applies for all clients being used to a specific snack, as it may happen that it is not included in our selection
  • Water container and water for the first morning.

USD 40.00 $ Per Person

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